The Second Annual B Movie Celebration
--By Nic Brown--
Artcraft Theater in downtown Franklin was one of the main
venues for the event.
The historic Artcraft Theater in downtown Franklin was one of the main venues for the event.
The small town of Franklin, Indiana once again offered a warm
welcome to people from all over the country (and even a few from
outside it) to join in three days of movies, seminars, and parties
all about the fun “B-side” of cinema. Mayor Fred L. Paris was on
hand for the opening gala and charity auction on the event’s first
night. The charity auction was a new part of the celebration this
year. Numerous filmmakers, writers, and artists
contributed items to the silent auction held to benefit victims of
recent flooding in the town. “We [the town of
The highlight of the gala
was when special guest host Sarah “The Queen of Trash” Dunn
Sarah Dunn the
"Queen of Trash" was one of the event hosts. She also enjoys towering over B Movie website
writers like myself.
Sarah Dunn the "Queen of Trash" was one of the event hosts. She
also enjoys towering over B Movie website writers like myself.
of the town and the day
was named “Sarah Dunn Day”. Sarah and her partner Mr. Lobo host the
“Cinema Insomnia” show in
Other events at the B Movie Celebration included a directors’ roundtable discussion where film makers Jim Wynorski (CHOPPING MALL, TRANSYLVANIA TWIST), Tom Holland (FRIGHT NIGHT, CHILD’S PLAY), Lloyd Kaufman (POULTRYGEIST, THE TOXIC AVENGER), Greydon Clark (SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS, WITHOUT WARNING), Jim O’Rear (THE DEEPENING, SCREAM FARM) and Kelley Baker (BIRD DOG, THE GAS CAFÉ) gathered to discuss the art and business of filmmaking. The panel discussion was lively and showed the different styles of the filmmakers whose one common thread was their love of making movies.
Harry Manfredini, the
musical master who introduced the world to the unique and instantly
recognizable theme of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series, held workshops for
budding filmmakers on how to avoid common mistakes when scoring
their films. Screenwriters Ron Aberdeen, Jim O’Rear and Carl
Salminen gave their takes on screenplay writing during “Coffee with
Three Great Writers”.
Director's Roundtable (from left to
right): Jim Wynorski, Jim O’Rear ,Tom Holland, Greydon Clark, Kelley Baker, and of course
Director's Roundtable (from left to right): Jim Wynorski, Jim O’Rear ,Tom Holland,
Greydon Clark, Kelley Baker, and of course Lloyd Kaufman
Of course the gala dinner,
charity auction, panel discussions, workshops and seminars were all
great fun and informative, but they aren’t the real heart of the B
Movie Celebration. That honor is reserved for the movies themselves.
Over fifty films played at venues all over central
B Movie Man Nic Brown with the legendary
Jim Wynorski outside the Willard at the B Moive Celebration.
B Movie Man Nic Brown with the legendary Jim Wynorski outside
the Willard at the B Moive Celebration.
Between all the movies and other activities, B movie fans and filmmakers alike could often be found sitting on the patio of The Willard, the local watering hole. While Harry Manfredini entertained a group of fans with stories about his experiences scoring movies, Jim Wynorski, Greydon Clark and Tom Holland discussed how to get a film made in today’s market and still make a profit, while some astute independent filmmakers sat nearby taking notes from the candid conversation.
Amid all of this Bill
Dever sat smiling at a table as he talked to some of the other B
movie fans gathered in