The Chicagoland Area About to be Invaded by B Movies
The Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge Illinois will host the Seventh Annual B
Movie Celebration October 25th-27th.
Chicago, IL, October 04, 2013 -- The B Movie Celebration enters into its seventh year
with the launch of the Celebration at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge
There is an event which celebrates the often maligned art form known as B Movies. The
B Movie Celebration attempts to shine a light and provides a focus for public education
on the subject of wacky, fun and schlocky cinema. And this year the event is to take place
in Woodridge, a suburb of Chicago.
For the past seven years, fans of the often maligned genre of B-movies have gathered to
just to watch classic and emerging B-films, but not just to passively view the films, as the
name implies, but to celebrate them! This year â€” the Seventh â€” looks like being the
biggest yet. Why? The organizers have been rampaging through the independent film
underworld, ferreting out a host of new releases and soon-to-be-classics to be introduced
into the Celebrationâ€™s film program. Many of the films presented will be either North
American or World premieres.
The B Movie Celebration, the annual celebration of all things B takes place in Woodridge
Illinois October 25th-27th at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema
Bill Dever, founder of the B Movie Celebration explains that B movies' freer form of
cinematic speech allow for a higher form of artistic expression as there are often fewer
studio constraints. B movies often have been a very strong medium for social subtext. In
the classic Night of the Living Dead, for instance, director George Romero was able to
offer profound commentary about the Vietnam War and racism in America.
"Beyond the gore, beyond the spectacle," Bill Dever, says of Dawn of the Dead, "there
really is social subtext about the dangers of consumerism in our society." Death Race
2000, a film in which pedestrians become targets for drivers, discusses at its heart the
erosion of the American cultural base. "Movies as a whole have been taken over by
spectacle and shock, which at one time was the stock and trade of all B movies," says
Dever. Horror movies in which people, often teenagers, are terrorized, tortured, and
murdered for seemingly no reason spring to mind. Maybe the ordinarily faint of heart can
sit through a slasher flick - if the chainsaw-wielding maniac turns out to be a formerly
mild-mannered and misunderstood accountant with a compelling reason to go on a killing
Not a fan for blood for bloods sake?, try this offering from the B Movie folks: "Do you
long for a zombie epic with inspired characters and complex storylines that will actually
hold audience interest between the requisite scenes of chunk-blowing gore?" Oh, B
movies. They had us at epic.
The organic structure of B movies is based upon a process and tradition where the
audience can take more ownership of the medium. Anyone can pick up a video camera,
shoot footage, and call what they've done a movie. As Dever states, B movies should be
the proving ground for young film artists: "There's a huge amount of opportunity to
define themselves, a lot of product will be produced, and at the end of the day, a few new
talents will be left standing."
The Celebration will feature screenings of over 68 B movies, including 26 feature films
as well as 42 cutting edge shorts. There will also be personal appearances from such B
Greats as B Director Jim Wynorski, Fred Olen Ray and Kevin Tenney. New digitally
remastered versions of Wynorski's â€œThe Lost Empireâ€ and â€œChopping Mall will
be launched, Fred Olen Ray will have the World' Premiere of his film â€œAfter
Midnightâ€ and Kevin Tenney will be present during a screening of his opus
For those that are about to Schlock we salute.
Contact: William Dever The B Movie Celebration 44 North Jackson Street Franklin,
Indiana 46131 317-225-9767 email@example.com