Here at the Overlook Theatre, we love conventions. And not necessarily huge ones like San Diego Comic-Con, where you spend most of your day wading through huge crowds and waiting in line for everything; we are much more interested in the small, intimate events, where you actually get to spend a couple minutes (or longer, depending how tongue tied you get) talking to the guests that you've been waiting to meet. The catch for us is simply that so many of the cons that we want to go to are in Southern California and require early planning, time off of work, rentals, and so on. That's why I'm so excited about the Silver Scream Fest, which will be held in Santa Rosa, which is about an hour and a half away from the San Francisco bay area! This film and comic fest is presented by Famous Monsters of Filmland, who have partnered with the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group and the “Classic Underground Lost Treasures”, or CULT, at the Roxy Stadium 14. I can't tell you how many times we tried to plan an after-work mini road trip to the Roxy Stadium 14 for their Thursday Cult movie double features, but it's just far enough to be impossible.
Aside from meeting established celebrities, the mission of Silver Scream is to find new talent in the fields of film and graphic novels. At the time that I'm writing this, they are currently at the last call for submissions, but if you have a project that you feel strongly about, or just want to get some exposure, you can check out the submissions page. I'm not too sure about the rules or guidelines, unfortunately.
The full program for the event has not yet been posted, but a lot of the guests have been announced. Here are a couple of them:
Just to name a few! The rest of the announced guests can be found here.
We are just about a month away from the Silver Scream, which will be held March 4th-6th. Tickets and weekend passes can be found here and they range from single day, to packages that come with a t-shirt and party invitation.
I hope to see some of you guys there!