The Seventh Annual B-Movie Celebration takes place at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge, Illinois (Suburb of Chicago) from October 25th-27th.
From their press release, founded in 2007 by Franklin Indiana resident and genre producer, Bill Dever whose goal was to celebrate the diverse and artistically vital segment of cinema known as “B’s”. Often the term B-Movie is thought carry an attitude of derision and scorn. Low budget “B” or Genre filmmakingis considered to be second class or in some way inferior to Hollywood’s slick corporate product. They know otherwise. They know that for the most part the grand American cinematic tradition has evolved from origins in B-Movies. The weavers of images, whom they as a collective culture deem as masters of the cinematic arts; Scorsese, Coppola, Kaufman, Demme, Leone, Bogdanovich, Lucas, Spielberg and Tarantino. All either toiled in the fields of B-filmmaking or consider themselves primarily influenced by this cinematic tradition.
The B-Movie Celebration realizes that Hollywood has taken the stock-in-trade of B-Movies and subverted the exploitation aspect of it for its own ends, often ignoring the passion and the creativity of the B-Movie auteurs, and have created mega- budgeted flicks which have no heart and do not move the art of cinema further. The product Hollywood now produces often acts as a kind of celluloid Eurasian Milfoil, crowding all other of forms of cinema off the viewing public’s radar and demanding that only they have the right or ability to bring entertainment to the world. They take deep exception to this and intend to offer an alternative.
The B-Movie Celebration recognizes that most of the innovation and indeed the very definition of the cinematic arts came as a result of B-Movies. There is a tradition and legacy here that should not be forgotten. Filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux, Ida Lupino, Samuel Fuller, Jacques Tourneur, Lloyd Kaufman, Robert Lippert, Roger Corman and Jim Wynorski have all contributed significantly to the tradition and the emerging art form that is Movies. Some of them still do.
This year they are showcasing a global overview of emerging genre filmmakers as well as reminiscing by screening classics. The slate of films has been curated by Avery Battles and Bill Dever. These filmmakers are from around the globe and are responsible for creating what they at the B-Movie Celebration know will influence and impact the next generation of movie fans. These people have taken on the banner of advancing the art of the motion picture and they like their predecessors must be celebrated. Come and share their works with them this October when the B-Movie Nation comes together to celebrate Everything B in Woodridge, Illinois at the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema.
For further information please go to Bmoviecelebration.com.