Kool Kat of the Week: Vanessa Ionta Wright Dishes on the Atlanta Debut of Her Film Short, RAINY SEASON, Screening at the Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest at The Plaza Theatre

Posted on: Jun 21st, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Vanessa Ionta Wright, local filmmaker, co-founder and Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival, and horror aficionado helps dish out a night of terror, alongside fellow Atlanta indie filmmakers, with a screening of her short film, RAINY SEASON (2017), during the first ever Attack of the Fifty Foot Film Fest! Hosted by HORROR HOTEL producer and Kool Kat Debbie Hess, the fest features quality shorts created by local filmmakers (HORROR HOTEL episode “Sleep Tight” by Kool Kat Ricky Hess et al; ATTACK OF THE FACE MELTERS co-directed by Blake K. Swell and Tyler Weddle; and MR. LOCKJAW PREQUEL: EPISODE ONE directed by Byron Erwin)! So if you’re looking for a bloody fangtastic time and want to chat it up with some killer local filmmakers, make your way to The Plaza Theatre on June 27 at 7pm!

Wright, both writer and director of RAINY SEASON received full authorization by the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, to adapt his short story, “Rainy Season,” (first published in the Spring 1989 issue of MIDNIGHT GRAFFITI), into a live-action piece of bloody art, for the sole purpose of screening at film festivals in 2015. By way of King’s Dollar Babies program, Wright invested her blood, sweat and tears along with her WIHFF co-founder and Executive Producer Samantha Kolesnik and they are excited to bring the film to Atlanta’s horror film-loving audience!

ATLRetro caught up with Vanessa to chat about her film, the Attack of the Fifty Foot Film Fest, women in genre filmmaking and her upcoming Women in Horror Film Festival. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A, why not take a peek at RAINY SEASON’s official 2017 trailer, here.

ATLRetro: Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest! Sounds exciting and right up ATLRetro’s alley! Can you tell us a little about the event, what inspired it, and how you got involved?

Vanessa Ionta Wright: The organizer of the event, Debbie Hess, wanted to put together a ‘mini’ fest of horror/sci-fi/suspense themed films produced by local Atlanta filmmakers that were either world premiere films or first time in Atlanta proper premieres. She wanted to curate a selection of quality indie films that would showcase and celebrate the talent and production capabilities of Atlanta filmmakers themselves. The world knows Atlanta as a premium destination for studio filmmaking with big budgets but Atlanta also has some excellent and creative filmmakers right here that can deliver the goods on an indie level as well. Collaborating with multiple filmmakers made it feasible to bring these short films to the big screen. The Plaza Theatre seemed the perfect venue with its historic background for such films. She put out a call to submit films for consideration. RAINY SEASON was a good fit.

Care to share a little about the other featured films and their directors?

I haven’t personally met any of them yet, but am very much looking forward to it, as well as seeing their films. Here is all the information I was able to gather with my spy skills: The Hesses (Ricky, Al and Debbie) produce the HORROR HOTEL series filmed in Atlanta. Ricky is the creator and primary director of the series with the first season streaming on Hulu, an anthology feature film of the 2nd season episodes which are available on Amazon Prime and coming soon to DirectTV. Their festival film, “Sleep Tight” is the pilot episode of the 3rd season and promises to creep it up with attack bed bugs! ATTACK OF THE FACE MELTERS, written by Blake K. Swell and co-directed by Tyler Weddle and Swell, features Jack, a lovable comic geek that enjoys his comics more than his girlfriend. Life takes a turn when Jack’s comic book comes to life. And LOCKJAW PREQUEL: Episode One, directed by Byron Conrad Erwin, written by Justin Craig, features a ventriloquist with mundane aspirations of becoming a children’s entertainer who becomes subject to his dummy’s more sinister desire: interrogating and torturing criminals for the mob.

We’re excited to see that your short film RAINY SEASON, adapted from Stephen King’s short story will be screening at the fest. Can you tell us a little about the film and the making of? Any interesting or crazy tales to tell about filming your short?

I feel like the entire experience from beginning to end has been crazy and interesting. I secured the non-exclusive rights back in July 2015 and began work on the script. Once the script was basically locked — I say basically because I was doing rewrites up until a day before shooting — I started putting together a team to get this sucker produced. I

Vanessa Ionta Wright

met Executive Producer Samantha Kolesnik at a film festival in Los Angeles and she was in the process of having her short film THE PRICE OF BONES (2016) produced and wanted to be more involved with production, so I asked if she wanted to jump on board RAINY SEASON.  She went from “Sure, I’ll help out,” to Executive Producer.  This film would not have happened without her. I then reached out to Director of Photography Mark Simon and was honored that he wanted to be a part of this project. Working alongside John Hughes, Mark began his career on some of the most iconic films in history (SIXTEEN CANDLES, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF). We were so lucky to be working with so many talents in this industry.

One of our biggest challenges, being on such a tight and small budget, was the fact that our set had no electricity or running water and we were shooting nights in an isolated location during the hottest days of August.  Thank goodness for generators, port-a-potties and a healthy respect for bats.

And how cool that your adaptation is fully authorized by King. Can you tell us a little about that process and how long it took for you to get King’s blessing?

This wasn’t as daunting as I thought it might be. The process was fairly simple. “Rainy Season” is part of King’s Dollar Babies Program, which allows aspiring filmmakers to secure the non-exclusive rights to his work and adapt it for the screen. I looked at the list of available stories and filled out an application and waited. Two weeks went by and I received an email granting me permission to adapt the story. I signed the contract and mailed my dollar bill to the “Master of Horror.”  The completed film can in no way make a profit or be distributed. It is for festival use only. So many people have asked, “Why on earth would you make a film that can’t be distributed or make any money?” I look at this film as a very expensive resume. I felt like this film could be a great opportunity for everyone involved to take the next step. Plus it doesn’t hurt to have Stephen King’s name on your film.

Behind the scenes – RAINY SEASON

Are there any other horror stories you’d like to adapt to film, those that have yet to hit the big screen?

I am always late to the party when it comes to reading. Generally, I’ll read a book and think, “That would make an awesome film!” and then I look it up and it’s already been done. I also read a lot of older books…I might need some book recommendations on new horror releases.

Can you tell our readers what drew you to filmmaking and which filmmakers would you say inspired you most?

I think I’ve been drawn to filmmaking my entire life, I just didn’t realize that it could be a career. I started writing stories at an early age, and the moment our family got a VHS movie camera I started bringing those stories to life. I have always been inspired by those who can take the seeds of an idea and grow it into a visual medium that can evoke an emotional response, be it laughter, tears or fear. I grew up on television and movies.  So much of it was still new. Premium cable television got popular in the early 1980s and I was front and center. I was always drawn to the scarier programs. I remember sneaking around to watch COMMANDER USA’s GROOVIE MOVIES and films like MY BLOODY VALENTINE , FRIDAY THE 13TH III, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, CAT PEOPLE and more. I was also an avid watcher of the early TWILIGHT ZONE series and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. I loved suspense more than anything. Gore was fun, but the anticipation of terror got me every time. And the horror of the 1970s and 1980s is so iconic. I watched films by John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper and thought, “I want to do that!”

As an independent female filmmaker working in the horror genre, what challenges have you personally faced that seem to be a common theme amongst women in the industry?

I don’t know that I have faced any challenges in the industry due to being a woman. I think the challenges I have faced are common to all independent filmmakers regardless of gender. There is an audience for every film and I think as filmmakers we are all trying to find the most effective route to get our films in front of those audiences. Filmmaking is expensive, time consuming and extremely competitive. I think for years this industry has been dominated by men at the top, but we are seeing more and more women in these top creative and executive roles. And I certainly don’t think that I, or any other woman, should be given opportunities simply based on our gender. If I get hired as a director it should be because I am the best director for the job, not because I’m a good female director.

It seems that little by little, women are finally getting the attention they deserve when it comes to film, especially within the horror genre, which brings us to your Women in Horror Film Festival coming up in September. Can you give us a sneak peek into that venture and why you think it’s important that these types of events take place?

Samantha Kolesnik and I are very excited to be bringing this event to the Atlanta area. As genre filmmakers, we have noticed an unbalanced representation of women at horror film festivals and at the box office. We decided to create a platform to showcase female genre filmmakers and screenwriters. Not to create a women only event, but to promote those women who are currently creating films and screenplays and to get them noticed in an otherwise saturated market. We are striving for more equality in the industry, a balanced representation of talented filmmakers and writers. We are very excited to be welcoming some very special guests to the event that many horror fans will recognize: Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Horror Producer Marianne Maddalena, Lynn Lowry, Horror authors Mylo Carbia and Meg Hafdahl and famed zombie from AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, Sonya Thompson.  These trailblazing women have been hugely supportive of what Samantha and I have created and we’re thrilled to be working alongside them. The festival will be accepting submissions through July 15, 2017, and the fest will take place September 21-24, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Peachtree City, just down the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Raleigh Studios, home of THE WALKING DEAD.  Your readers can go here for more information.

Who are your favorite women horror directors and why?

Some of my favorites would be Kathryn Bigelow (NEAR DARK), Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK), Mary Lambert (PET SEMATARY), Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO). I am quickly becoming a fan of some amazing up and coming indie directors like Heidi Hartwig (WONDER VALLEY), Justine Raczkiewicz (WASTE) and Audrey Cummings (BERKSHIRE COUNTY). Why I like these particular directors? They know how to tell great stories. They are able to scare and disturb audiences while also creating thought provoking subject matter. I like them because they make great films. It’s why I like any director. I know I’m leaving people off of my list. I could create a spreadsheet of my favorite horror films and directors and you could offer a centerfold-type fold out for your readers. -Ha!-

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be watching right now— past or present, well-known or obscure?

I love lists! I’m limited to only 5?! WATCHING: THE KEEPERS (Netflix Docuseries); MAKING A MURDERER (Netflix Docuseries); submissions for WIHFF – even though Sam and I are not judging the work, we are watching and enjoying all of the films, so that has been taking up a lot of my screen time; and some of my all time favorite films and TV shows in no particular order: RUSHMORE (Anderson), RAISING ARIZONA (Cohen Bros), HALLOWEEN (Carpenter), PSYCHO (Hitchcock), PULP FICTION (Tarantino), GOODFELLAS (Scorsese), A BRONX TALE (DeNiro), BACK TO THE FUTURE (Zemeckis), SLING BLADE (Thorton), ROCKY (Stallone), DIE HARD (McTierman), ALIEN (Scott). Series that I love and have loved:  THE WALKING DEAD, HEROES, BREAKING BAD, FRIDAY THE 13th the Series, AMAZING STORIES, STRANGER THINGS, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, V, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, DARK SHADOWS, etc. There are so many more that I will remember after this is printed!

Any advice for women filmmakers out there trying to get their foot in the door?

This advice is for all filmmakers. Get out there and make your films. Find good talented people to work and collaborate with and get your film made.  There are so many resources for funding now. Get your hands on a good script or write one yourself and do it. There is no career in film without the film. And surround yourself with good, creative, talented people. You never know who you might meet, so network like crazy. Go to film festivals, get involved with the local indie film scene, and offer to help out on set even if you don’t get paid. Favors get repaid, so support each other, and treat your cast/crew with respect and kindness.

Getting back to what brought us here, Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest! Anything exciting planned for fest-goers? Can we expect this to be an annual event, something we all can look forward to in years to come?

I’m not sure if this will become an annual event, but I do hope so! I love that Debbie Hess is giving an opportunity to local filmmakers to screen their films. This is about sharing our work. It’s not a competition and we are all there to cheer each other on and give audiences a chance to see some films they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. And the Plaza is just a super cool venue, so much history there! Friends, fans and moviegoers will have the chance to meet the filmmakers and even the cast of some of these films, which is pretty exciting in my book.
And last but not least, what’s next for Vanessa Ionta Wright? Any other films in the works we should know about?

Right now I am enjoying the RAINY SEASON ride. It’s currently hitting festivals and I want to enjoy the success of the film before I jump into the next one. And WIHFF is keeping me pretty busy as it’s the first year! My plan is hopefully direct a feature in the next year or two so Samantha Kolesnik and I have been making a plan to make that happen. We are actually currently working on a screenplay together, which I am very excited about. I will be at the Attack of the 50ft Film Fest so please be sure to stop by and say hi, I love meeting people!

All photos courtesy of Vanessa Ionta Wright and used with permission.

 

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Kool Kat of the Week: Local Filmmaker Debbie Hess Brings Tricks and Treats to The Plaza Theater with the Return of the Fifty Foot Film Festival on October 30

Posted on: Oct 25th, 2018 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

In this season of ghosts and goblins, Debbie Hess, Executive Producer of the award-winning web anthology series, HORROR HOTEL, where the only recurring character is a menacing dilapidated motor court hotel where “People check in, but they don’t always check out,” along with jack of all film-trades son and Kool Kat Ricky Hess brings Atlanta a special treat (and maybe a few tricks) with the Return of the Fifty Foot Film Festival, invading The Plaza Theater on All Hallows Eve-Eve, October 30, at 7pm!

Return of the Fifty Foot Film Fest gives local sci-fi, horror, suspense and fantasy filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films at this one-night only event. From premiere screenings to award-winning film shorts, this wee festival delivers a one-stop-shop of terror you won’t want to miss! Last year’s inaugural event, Attack of the Fifty Foot Film Festival, sold out to a hell-raising standing-room-only crowd and featured films by Ricky Hess, Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (Women in Horror Film Festival) and so many more! This year’s event promises twice as many filmmakers as the previous event, so you’ll definitely want to get your tickets early! Tickets can be purchased here.

ATLRetro caught up with Debbie to chat about the Return of the Fifty Foot Film Fest, the web anthology series HORROR HOTEL, and the importance of local film festivals for indie filmmakers.

ATLRetro: Attack of the 50 Foot Film Festival invades Atlanta for a second exciting year! Can you tell us a little about the event and what inspired you to bring it back to film lovers Atlanta-wide?

Debbie Hess: We decided to bring the event back for a second year because it was so well received last year and we still saw a need to provide a venue specifically for Atlanta-area filmmakers to raise the awareness of the awesome creative talent we have here. Events like this help to promote content creation and provide a chance for the community to support, encourage and recognize our Georgia films and filmmakers who can get eclipsed by all the media attention and national focus on the larger studio films that are coming here for production. And that is a great thing of course, but we need to constantly be aware that we have content creation going on in our own backyard as well and foster a support system to be able to show these quality films to the community. There’s nothing quite like seeing the film you have so lovingly and laboriously produced shown on the big screen.

What makes this event different than other film festivals?

Several things really. First off, it is for Atlanta-area filmmakers only. Most film festivals have entries from all over the world, although many festivals now program sections for local content only, which is good. When you are thrown in with filmmakers from countries that have a lot of grant programs available to make indie films and they are given a lot of money to make a short film, it’s not a level playing field. Most of your local indie filmmakers have similar resource restrictions, which makes it a load more fun to see what everyone has been able to do with that. And with this festival, all the ticket proceeds are split between the filmmakers (whose entry fee is their split of the theatre rental) allowing them more resources to help with their filmmaking. Both last year and this year we have covered the theatre rental fee and had earnings left over to go to our filmmakers. It’s a win-win. Secondly, it’s not a competition festival so there’s no stress involved or disappointment if you don’t win something. Everyone is a winner who has the fortitude to produce a finished film in the first place. It really is more of a celebration of the accomplishments of our local filmmakers right here in our own backyard.

Can you tell our readers what it takes to put on this type of film event?

Horror Hotel – “No Time For Love” (Jason Gaglione and Kat Rarick)

Sure! It’s quite a bit of work even for a small one like ours. We start out by reaching out to area filmmakers to see if they have a recent film (preferably a premiere) that they would like to submit. I can truly appreciate the dilemma that larger festivals must have in deciding which films to accept. Being a filmmaker myself surely helps because I can judge a little better and appreciate the qualities of an indie film. Some things just don’t require a big budget to get right – a good story, well-written and executed with attention to good filmmaking techniques, along with good editing, good sound, good acting etc. Since this festival is limited to films in the sci-fi, horror, suspense and fantasy genres, we are looking for films that have done a good job creating that “environment” for a visually appealing film in those genres. And then there is the challenge of programming those films in a fixed amount of time and in our case, a short period of time. We would love to have been able to include more of the films that were submitted.

Then there is the promotion work involved to get the word out. Because we want the community to come out and see the films, you have to go as wide as possible to advertise and market that. We post on all the larger and more popular community calendars that are online. We post on all social media and encourage all the filmmakers to do the same. We send out mass emails and loads of press releases and market packages to all the local media including TV stations, radio stations, online publications, student newspapers, podcasts creators, etc. This year we are so grateful to be covered by a number of great media outlets in the Atlanta area that are helping promote the event and the filmmakers. But by far, the filmmakers themselves have the most influence over who comes out to see the films.  It’s their invitations to friends, family and people who worked on their film that will garner the most attendees.

Care to share a little about the films and their directors/creators?

I’d love to since that’s what it’s all about!

THE WISH & THE WISP – Written/Directed by Vashmere Valentine is a delightful fantasy film currently sweeping up awards globally on the festival circuit. It’s about two bickering siblings that learn the true magic of believing when they find a real wish and encounter the menacing creature who wants it back. RESIDENCE 906 (premiere screening) – Directed by Heather Hutton, written by Michele Olson and produced by Iesha Price. Made with over 50 females, this film is a paranormal thriller about the mysterious deaths of a paranormal investigator’s team that force her to confront an enigmatic demon. NO TIME FOR LOVE (premiere screening) – Directed by Ricky Hess. This new episode of HORROR HOTEL is a sci-fi tale about time catching up to a reclusive sailor when a pretty girl brings the modern world into his life. It includes loads of special effects. Fans of The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons will enjoy this one. FEAST – Written/Directed by Melissa Kunnap is a horror short that recently won best regional film at the Women in Horror Film Festival. The logline reads “A young intern finds out more about his boss and circle of friends than he’d wished to know,” and contains well-done effects. LIVING NIGHTMARE – Created by Jonathan Gabriel and Kristina Miranovic is an anthology of three actual nightmares based on unforgettable accounts, contains very nice sets and effects and is a real skin creep! BAD CANDY – Written/Directed by Scott Hansen is a horror short about a naughty trick R treater which has stunning cinematography and excellent costumes. Creepy clown alert! MR. SMILES (premiere screening) – Written/Directed by Tyler Hunt Weddle is a horror short about a girl who discovers a storybook in an attic whose characters come to life. Goosebump inspired, Freddy Kruger executed. PET’s tagline says it all, “A man with a short fuse and an empty checkbook introduces his irritating boss to man’s best friend,” written/directed by Justin Craig (premiere screening).

With HORROR HOTEL, you’ve made filmmaking a family affair [you as producer, your son Ricky Hess as the horror anthology’s creator/director and your husband Al Hess as the writer]. Can you tell us a little about the creative process within the family unit and any pros/cons working so closely with your family?

Yes, it has been a family affair and this year we added a new addition to our family, my new daughter-in-law, Allyson Hess, who works on set with us as well. My son Ricky is a powerhouse of talent. He not only is the creator/director but he also does nearly all of the post-production work including editing/color/sound/effects etc. PLUS he is a skilled camera operator as well. My husband, Al, is the writer for the series but he is also a talented props builder, lighting technician, set builder and so much more. Over the years, we have all increased our skill level and learned to do more in other areas which is pretty typical in indie filmmaking. The more you can do yourself, the higher the likelihood you can get something finished. Working within the family has its advantages in that decisions can be made quickly and you have a trusted unit to bounce things off of and get honest feedback on your ideas.  There are always differences of opinion in the filmmaking process and you have to work through those sometimes a little more carefully within family, but in the end we all have a deep respect for each other’s opinion and we work it out.

HORROR HOTEL has become a successful horror anthology, haunting into its 3rd season. What can our readers expect to experience this season, and where can they go to catch new episodes?

For our upcoming 3rd season, we have made longer films than we normally do, so there will be fewer of them. We tried to up the bar on our production with more challenging episodes that required more effects than we normally have had. Our pilot episode SLEEP TIGHT is about killer bed bugs that invade the hotel rooms. And yes, we did use some real bugs,  although they were not bed bugs of course, but we used what is referred to as movie bugs, hissing cockroaches, which are pathogen free and harmless to humans. Nonetheless, quite creepy! It premiered in last year’s festival and got a great response and feedback. It was probably one of the more ‘horror’ episodes we have done as a lot of ours tend to be more sci-fi themed.

The episode we are premiering this year from the 3rd season is sci-fi with loads of special effects and centers on a reclusive sailor (Jason Gaglione) who has shuttered himself away in his hotel room for decades. No one locally has ever seen him. A pretty girl (Kat Rarick) tricks her way into his room and the story is about what happens inside the room after that. We turned the room basically into a time machine. It was extremely challenging and required a ton of SFX make-up, pulled off beautifully by master make-up artists Greg and Sandra Solomon of Etcfx in Newman. If you like stories like THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, you will like this episode!  Ricky did some exceptional work in post-production as well with some of the visual effects. We had to experiment with quite a few things. So, expect more production value out of 3rd season. It will be releasing later this year or early next year. Currently HORROR HOTEL can be seen on Amazon Prime as an anthology feature film of our 2nd season, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and select episodes are on DirectTV as well.

What drew you to become a filmmaker and what keeps you playing within the horror genre?

I entered filmmaking by wanting to help Ricky make his HORROR HOTEL series. We had our house used as a set a few years back and we became fascinated with the process and thought it would be great fun to do some ourselves and help him out with that project. Really, the show has more sci-fi stories than mainstream horror. More like THE TWILIGHT ZONE-type of tales, which I love –  stories and films that take you to another place and stretch your imagination. I will always tend towards that type of films as favorites.

Is there a film/series you have always wanted to make? Or still plan to make?

We’ve tossed around some ideas for other series but have not nailed anything down. We are just focused at the moment in getting the 3rd season ready to distribute and let the creative juices flow after that!

Smaller local film festivals are all immensely popular these days. How important are these festivals to independent filmmakers? What’s the draw to submit a film and have it screened at one?

It’s much easier to be seen in a smaller local film festival, plus because it is in your community, more people will be able to actually attend and support you. The festivals are vital to indie filmmakers especially those making primarily short films as shorts don’t have much distribution possibility like feature-length films, yet they serve a vital purpose to showcase a filmmakers creative ability as well as those who work on them. Festivals add credibility to a filmmakers resume and at least prove a curator thought highly enough of them to be accepted.

Who would you say are the filmmakers or films that inspired you the most and what was it about those particular filmmakers/films that inspired you?

I am a very retro kind of gal and most of my favorite filmmakers are classics like Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling. I like the kind of horror/sci-fi they brought to film by creative storytelling and excellent tension building without all the fancy effects. I am a huge fan of most of Hitchcock’s more successful films. No favorite one in particular.

As an independent female filmmaker working in the horror genre, what challenges have you personally faced that seem to be a common theme amongst women in the industry?

I’d say probably just getting taken seriously and being respected. There are a lot of basic female common traits that work for us in filmmaking. Most females tend to be much more organized than our counterparts. I can always count on female cast and crew to be a little more attentive to details, return correspondence quickly and keep their calendar events in check. No male bashing here, just a noted difference in my own experience.

Within the last few weeks comments were made by a well-known production company insisting that he would hire female horror directors if only there were women to be hired. What is your response to this claim? How important do you feel it is to ensure representation exists within the industry, on local and international levels?

Well, the backlash was immense after that came out and they have since apologized, but it obviously was misspoken as hundreds of people if not thousands of people cited their own female peers as adequately qualified and we know that to be perfectly true just from our own local gals who produce quality work. I think the horror genre was just generally thought to be more male-dominated in the past because of the nature of the content, but festivals like the Women in Horror Film Festival held right here in Georgia certainly proves that to be false.

Claims that there aren’t any female horror filmmakers are obviously ludicrous, as Atlanta is chock full of them! Who would you say are your favorite women horror directors and why?

I know of several first-hand that as it happens, have been in our film festival or are this year. Vanessa Ionta Wright, founder of the Women In Horror Film Festival held in Georgia, has done some beautiful and creative films. One was from a Stephen King short story which screened at last year’s festival. And we have not one but two female filmmakers in this year’s fest. Melissa Lee Kunnap has a horror film in there as does Iesha Price. They BOTH contain high quality work. As a matter of fact, Iesha’s film, RESIDENCE 906 was primarily a female production with over 50 women in the cast and crew, only 2 males. That’s impressive to say the least.

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be watching, reading or listening to right now— past or present, well-known or obscure?

Watching – Just finished up OZARK on Netflix. Give the series GOLIATH a try on Amazon Prime if you are into Billy Bob Thornton, which I am. I am a huge fan of the FARGO series and the original movie – just plain good storytelling with most excellent creepy characters. I am retro when it comes to music stuff – mostly oldies from the ‘70s. I love reading mystery novels and am constantly burning through books and am currently reading Randy Singer.
Any advice for up and coming filmmakers out there trying to get their foot in the door?

Whatever your budget, start with the basics. A good story is first. Get advice on what you have before you film. Don’t get too attached to an idea if it needs to be improved or trashed. Film with the purpose of making it as good as you can possibly get it and employ all the good filmmaking techniques you possibly can. Do your best work always knowing that people will judge you for it. Always be learning and improving your work.

Getting back to what brought us here, Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest! Anything exciting planned for fest-goers? With this being the second exciting year, can we expect this to be an annual event, something we all can look forward to in years to come?

We will be talking briefly after the screening to the filmmakers and I think a few of them will have some exciting announcements about upcoming projects they will share. Annual event? We will see. We take that one year at a time and see if there is interest among the local filmmakers to make it happen!

Photos courtesy of Debbie Hess and used with permission.

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Murder, Mayhem and Madness! Our Top Horrorific Reasons to Haunt on Down to WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2018 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

The Women in Horror Film Festival kills it at Crowne Plaza Atlanta & Conference Center – Peachtree City this Thursday-Sunday Oct. 4-7. Festival creators Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik showcase one helluva line-up of creative kickass female minds in every aspect of the horrorific cinematic and filmmaking experience, contemporary and retro alike, with over 70 short films to whet your most nightmarish appetities!. The festival has much to offer all the genre cinephiles in your life, from slasher gore-fests to comedic catastrophes, check out our top reasons to get your spine tingled at the WIHFF!

1) BOOGIE DOWN AND BRING OUT THE DEAD. The gals of WIHFF throw some hellacious parties! So guys and ghouls, why not VIP it up and make your way to the fest on Thursday night, get your photos taken on the Dead Carpet and get hell-bent at the VIP Party (Oct. 4/7:30pm (photos); 8pm (party)). Or get horrorfied on Friday at the After Party, hosted by HorrorPack (Oct. 5/11:00pm). And the rest of the fest wouldn’t be the same without after parties on Saturday (Oct. 6/10:30pm) and Sunday (Oct. 7/9:00pm), so why not monster mash it up with the best of ‘em!

2) MARIANNE MADDALENA. One killer genre Producer, Marianne Maddalena has produced 26 plus films and television series including THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991), WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE (1994), SCREAM (1996), DRACULA 2000 (2000), THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006) and more!

3) TRINA PARKS. Best known for her role as Thumper in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971), Parks’ career spanned the ‘70s with appearances in an episode of Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY (“The Phantom Farmhouse” – 1971); DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (1975); THE MUTHERS (1976) and more. She came back deadlier than ever in David DeCoteau’s IMMORTAL KISS: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT (2012).

4) ELM STREET GORE-GAL, HEATHER LANGENKAMP. Langenkamp won our horror hearts with her portrayal of nightmare-filled teen Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven’s ‘80s classic spawning its own hellacious franchise, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984).

5) FRIGHTENING FILMS! The WIHFF has heads rolling with three days of non-stop action filled to the bloody brim with films galore! Friday’s (Oct. 5) schedule includes an Experimental Horror Block, a Horror Comedy Shorts Block, a Features Screening (SHE WAS SO PRETTY: BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE, dir. Brooklyn Ewing), a Sci-Fi Shorts Block, an International Shorts Block, a second Feature Screening & World Premiere (BUGS: A TRILOGY, dir. Simone Kisiel), and a Macabre Thrills Block! Saturday (Oct. 6) terrifies with a Psychological Shorts Block, a Thriller Shorts Block, and a Feature Screening (ECHOES OF FEAR, dir. Brian and Laurence Avenet-Bradley)! And Sunday (Oct. 7) gets gory and kicks off the day with a Feature Screening (ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, dir. Rebekah and David Ian McKendry), a Regional Horror Shorts Block (including Kool Kat Dayna Noffke’s 2018 “Teaser”), an Animation Horror Shorts Block, a Feature Screening (RELICT: A MESOPOTAMIC TALE, dir. Laura Sanchez Acosta), a Student Horror Shorts Block and a Body Horror Shorts Block! So, come on out and discover some new terrifying talent!

6) KILLER PANELS. WIHFF offers several killer panels including From Indie to Studio – Making the Leapfeaturing one helluva line-up with Gillian Albinski (THE WALKING DEAD; THE STRANGERS), Mark Simon (ONE MISSED CALL; NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III), and Marianne Maddelena (Oct. 6/12:30pm). Or catch the Diversity & Visibility panel featuring Trina Parks and horror author Mylo Carbia (Oct. 6/4pm).

7) WARPED WRITERS. There wouldn’t be films without writers, and of so WIHFF offers up highly acclaimed horror/thriller/suspense writer Mylo Carbia, a.k.a. Hollywood’s No. 1 horror film ghostwriter turned author (THE RAPING OF AVA DESANTIS / VIOLETS ARE RED). Carbia will be selling and signing during the festival.

8) SCARE-TASTIC SHOPPING.  You won’t want to miss out on the horrorific wares the festival vendors have to offer, from handmade horrors, to gothic gifts. During your stay, why not stock up on macabre movie memorabilia, cult classics and creepy clothing, costumes, accessories and more. Keep your eyes peeled for our fiend and horror filmmaker, Lynne Hanson and her spooky horror art! Vendors will be selling/meeting guests from daily during the festival.

Women in Horror Film Festival main festival hours are Fri. Oct.5  from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat. Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sun. Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info, visit the Women in Horror Film Festival official website here.

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This Week in ATLRetro, October 1-7, 2018

Posted on: Sep 30th, 2018 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get spooked in ATLRetro this week! We’ve got MonsteramaCon and the Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF) to knock your socks off and so much more! As the days creep closer and closer to that most haunted pinnacle of fright and terror, we’ve dug up some spooktacular events just for you! The ghosts and goblins have been let loose, so don’t be a fraidy cat; get out and get Retro!

Monday, October 1

The Plaza Theater gets horrorific with screenings of Stephen Chiodo’s KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) and Kevin Connor’s MOTEL HELL (1980), through Oct. 4! Or catch The Plaza’s screening of Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003) at 9:30pm! Celebrate 30 years of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]! Get jazzy with Simona Minns at the Red Light Café! The Milk Carton Kids dish out a night of Americana at the Variety Playhouse! Spend the night with The English Beat at City Winery! Get your Beckett fix as 7 Stages presents WAITING FOR GODOT, through Oct. 14! Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction event every Monday! Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/ Duluth/Marietta) screens Mike Newell’s HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005) at 7:30pm! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Get the blues with Barrelhouse Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, October 2

The Atlanta Opera brings you CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD, a jazz opera about the life of Charlie Parker at Paris on Ponce at 7:30pm! Get intimate with David Byrne at the Fox Theatre! Kung fu it up with a screening of Chang Cheh’s FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978) at The Plaza Theater at 9:30pm! Rock out with A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Casey Hood at The Earl! Funk it up with The Senators at City Winery! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Blind Willie’s gets down with the Tyler Neal Band! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, October 3

Woodruff Park spooks it up with a free screening of Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE (1988) at 6pm! Get spellbound and catch a screening of Nicolas Roeg’s THE WITCHES (1990) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! Grind-core it up with Captured! By Robots at The Earl! The Star Bar dishes out a night of ‘60s psyche rock with The Sun Machine, Black Cat Rising and Naan Violence! Emory Cinematheque kills it with their “Hitchcock/Hitchcockian” series with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS (1946) at 7:30pm! The Atlanta Opera brings you CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD, a jazz opera about the life of Charlie Parker at Paris on Ponce at 7:30pm! Get kung fu’d with a screening of Jeong Chang-Hwa’s KING BOXER [FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH] (1972) at The Plaza Theater at 9:30pm! Or catch a screening of John LandisCOMING TO AMERICA (1988) at Brookhaven’s CineBistro! Celebrate 30 years of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]! Get your Gene Wilder fix at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Mel BrooksYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) at 2:30pm/7:30pm, or catch a screening at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse at 1:45pm/7:25pm! Catch a screening of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) at SCADShow at 6pm! Blind Willie’s gets rockin’ with their Blues Jam hosted by the Cazanovas! Rock on down to The Highlander for their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires up a night of acoustic blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, October 4

Take a walk down the “Dead Carpet” for the second annual Women in Horror Film Festival brought to you by Festival Directors Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Samantha Kolesnik (keep your bloody eyes peeled for our exclusive Kool Kat interview with Sam, coming soon), killing it through Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Peachtree City, featuring a horrorific lineup of shorts and feature-length films, panels, vendors and special guests including Marianne Maddalena (SCREAM; THE HILLS HAVE EYES), Trina Parks (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER), Ross Childress (Collective Soul) and more!

Cineprov gets kaijurific with a night of MST3K-style laughs at The Plaza Theater as they screen/riff Noriaki Yuasa’s GAMMERA THE INVICIBLE (1966) at 7:30pm! Or kung fu it up at The Plaza with a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI (1999) at 9:30pm! Creep on down to the FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock for night with Dacre Stoker and the release of his new book, DRACUL at 6:30pm! Shakey Graves dishes out a night of rockin’ Americana at the Tabernacle! Rock Chastain 2018 brings you 10,000 Maniacs, Yellow Brick Road (a tribute to Elton John), the Dreambrother Band and Pony League! 7 Stages presents WAITING FOR GODOT, through Oct. 14! Bloody Disgusting presents Amityville Double Feature with screenings of Sandor Stern’s AMITYVILLE: THE EVIL ESCAPES (1989) and Tony Randel’s AMITYVILLE: IT’S ABOUT TIME (1992) at Studio Movie Grill (Duluth/Marietta); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and, Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee)! Burly Q it up with The Candybox Revue’s Burlesque Karaoke at the Red Light Café!  Rock out with Landt, Wicked Spring, 72nd & Central and Katie Martin at The Star Bar! Folk it up with Donovan Woods and Tyler Boone at Eddie’s Attic! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Edwin McCain at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with the Georgia Mountain String Band at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so get swanky and hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes with The Knotty Boys and some killer island cocktails! Get the blues with The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, October 5

The horror! The horror! Atlanta kicks off its Halloween celebrations with a bang! Spook up the weekend with a whole lotta horror classics by haunting on down to the fifth annual Monsterama Convention invading the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta and haunting all your senses through Oct. 7! You won’t want to miss our exclusive Kool Kat interview with Director Jeff Burr (FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM; PUMPKINHEAD II; TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III) coming soon! Experience five horrorific tracks (Main, Maker, Literary/Arts/Comics, Media and Film Screenings) while perusing the monsterific vender tables. Catch some killer guests including  Luciana Paluzzi (THUNDERBALL; THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN); Jeff Burr; Rachel Talalay (FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE; TANK GIRL); Ken Sagoes (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3); creaturific artist Kool Kat Mark Maddox; Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte; glamour ghoul Kool Kat Madeline Brumby and so much more! Tonight you won’t want to miss the Monster Kids PJ Fiesta with a screening of Jules Bass’ MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967) at 7:30pm; the Professor Fear and Pinky Show; a concert by Valentine Wolfe (Victorian chamber metal); Cineprov riffing Don Dohler’s THE FIEND (1980) in 16mm at 10pm; and a screening of Howard Ziehm’s FLESH GORDON (1974) at midnight! So, come on down for the horror that is Monsterama and get your classic horror fix!

It’s Day 2 of the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on down and get your horror fix with a helluva lot of killer films, genre panels and more! Haunt on down to Netherworld Haunted House’s new deadly digs in Stone Mountain for their horrorific 22nd season, getting gory through Nov. 4! Get hellacious with Out of the Box Theatre’s production of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, killing it through Oct. 20! The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre presents Dracula: The Halloween Ballet with a Bite at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, through Oct. 7! The Plaza Theater kills it with screenings of David Hartman’s PHANTASM (1979), Stuart Gordon’s RE-ANIMATOR (1985), and Don Coscavelli’s BUBBA HO TEP (2002), through Oct. 7! Make your way to Oktoberfest in Piedmont Park at 6pm! The Atlanta Opera brings you CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD, a jazz opera about the life of Charlie Parker at Paris on Ponce at 7:30pm! ATL Collective relives The Police – SYNCHRONICITY at the Buckhead Theatre! The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gets bewitched with their Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets in Concert featuring a live performance of John Williams’ score with the film playing on a 40-foot screen, at Atlanta Symphony Hall, through Oct. 7! 7 Stages presents WAITING FOR GODOT, through Oct. 14! Spend the night with Eliot Bronson at Eddie’s Attic! Rock on down to The Highlander for their Rock ‘n’ Roll Extravaganza featuring We Want Blood, Genki Genki Panic and the HARAKIRIS! Amy Scott’s documentary covering the live of Hal Ashby, HAL (2018) opens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! Funk it up New Orleans-style with Dumpstaphunk and AJ Ghent at the Variety Playhouse! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Edwin McCain at City Winery! Venkman’s celebrates Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse! Geneva Red & The Original Delta Fireballs get down at Blind Willie’s! Get the old-school blues with Robert Lee Coleman at the Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, October 6

Day 2 of the Monsterama Convention kills it with Professor Morte’s Silver Scream Spook Show’s screening of Kinji Fukasaku’s THE GREEN SLIME (1968) on 16mm with special guest Luciana Paluzzi at 4pm. Monster Mash it up at the Monster Prom! Day 3 of the Women in Horror Film Festival brings you more killer panels, workshops and blocks of killer films! Rev on down to The Vista Room for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The PsychoDevilles! Get hellacious and hell-bent at the Masquerade with Slaughter Que 2018, featuring one helluva rockin’ line-up with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Order of the Owl, Gunpowder Gray and so much more! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a Hal Ashby matinee screening of HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) at 11am! Head on down to the Sweet Auburn Music Fest getting down through Oct. 7! Skank on down to City Winery for a night with Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley and the Southern Ska Syndicate! Spook on down to the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Tree Farm in Powder Springs for Stranger Things Tours & a Nighttime Corn Maze, through Nov. 3! Creep on down to the Center for Puppetry Arts for A Ghastly Gathering with the Ghastly Dreadfuls! Make your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for a Sting and Police Jam! The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre presents Dracula: The Halloween Ballet with a Bite at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, through Oct. 7! Get folksy with Maria Muldaur at the Red Light Café! Rock out with New Junk City at The Earl! Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers geeks it up and rocks out with the El Caminos, the Wussy Pillows and more at The Star Bar! Get some soul with Amel Larrieux (Groove Theory) at City Winery! The Turnpike Troubadours dish out a night of Americana at the Tabernacle! Boogie on down to The Basement for Heyday Pride – 80s Dance Party! Or make your way to Kavarna for a night of Yesterday Calling featuring ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s covers! Get experimental and rock out with Lydia Lunch Retrovirus at the Drunken Unicorn! Keisha & Kourtney Jackson dish out their Ladies of ‘60s Soul at Venkman’s! Get your second helping of Eliot Bronson at Eddie’s Attic! Cody Matlock gets down at the Northside Tavern! Geneva Red & The Original Delta Fireballs get down at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne and DJ Kwasi Mandisco transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, October 7

It’s your last chance to get terror-fied at the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on out and get your horror movie fix! And it’s day 3 and your last chance to get your classic horror fix at the Monsterama Convention! Geek it up at Atlanta Comic Con from 11am – 5pm! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a Hal Ashby matinee screening of BEING THERE (1979) at 11am! The Atlanta Opera brings you CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD, a jazz opera about the life of Charlie Parker at Paris on Ponce at 3pm! The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre presents Dracula: The Halloween Ballet with a Bite at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Get down with The Dirty Heads at the Tabernacle! Celebrate 50 years of Peter YatesBULLITT (1968) starring Steve McQueen at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford)]! Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with Blitzen Trapper! Get some soul with Amel Larrieux (Groove Theory) at City Winery! UB40 celebrate 40 years and rocks out at the Buckhead Theatre! Have a bloody fantastic time at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of John Carptenter’s classic HALLOWEEN (1978) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Get your Beckett fix as 7 Stages presents WAITING FOR GODOT, through Oct. 14!

Get hellacious with Out of the Box Theatre’s production of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, killing it through Oct. 20!

Spend fantastical nights with the Alliance Theatre’s production of A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, through October 21!

Spook on down to the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Tree Farm in Powder Springs for Stranger Things Tours & a Nighttime Corn Maze, through Nov. 3!

Haunt on down to Netherworld Haunted House’s new deadly digs in Stone Mountain for their horrorific 22nd season, getting gory through Nov. 4!

ATL CRAFT presents a magical occult Movie Night every second Friday of every month!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every first Wednesday of the month!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday!

Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction! event, every Monday!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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This Week in ATLRetro, June 18-24, 2018

Posted on: Jun 17th, 2018 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Check out the Retro menu This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, June 18

Spend the night with Jeremy Enigk and Chris Staples in Hell at the Masquerade! Jazz it up with Adam & Kizzie and Nick Rosen at the Red Light Café! Rock out with Argentina’s Enanitos Verdes & Homres G at the Roxy! Catch a screening of Gil Junger’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) at SCADShow featuring a discussion with screenwriter Karen McCullah at 7pm!  Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Matt Pendrick fires it up at Blind Willies! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 19

Celebrate the life and legacy of one of Britain’s true acting icons at the one-time only screening of Joe A. Stephenson’s documentary MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (2018) at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 7pm! A night of hilarity ensues as RIFFTRAX LIVE presents David WintersSPACE MUTINY (1988) at theatres across Atlanta at 7:30pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Get epically rocked with The Yardbirds at City Winery! Garage rock it up with the Arctic Monkeys at the Roxy! Or get prog rocked with The Canines, Twin Beds, Aoshi and The Hearsay at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get your White Denim fix at Aisle 5! Spend the night with David Ryan Harris at Eddie’s Attic! Get old-timey with Ol’ GoForth at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with the BooHoo Ramblers! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Gray & The Bad Boys get down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 20

Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright dishes out a bloody fangtastic time with her Women in Horror Film Fest Fundraiser at Grindhouse Killer Burgers in Decatur, featuring live tunes by 2 Broke Kings, killer food, drinks and more, starting at 4pm! The Murder Junkies wreak havoc for the 25th anniversary of GG Allin’s death with TAPED FIST and Hembree & The Satan Sisters at The Star Bar! Or escape The Nothing at the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Wolfgang Peterson’s eighties classic, THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984) at 7:15pm! Get the roadhouse blues with Marcia Ball at City Winery! Folk it up with Andy McKee at Eddie’s Attic! Get your psyche, garage, surf rock fix with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at the Variety Playhouse! Rock out with YOB at The Earl! Horizon Theatre Company’s comedic adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY hits the stage at Piedmont Park, through June 23! Spend the night with Indy at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Steven Spielberg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Catch a double feature of Thom Eberhardt’s CAPTAIN RON (1992) and Steven Spielberg’s HOOK (1991) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! Get rocked with The Wild Hares at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down with Cody Matlock at Blind Willie’s! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up a night of acoustic blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, June 21

Videodrome and The Plaza Theater sci-fi it up on planet of Ygam with their Plazadrome Cult Film Series screening of Rene Leloux’s FANTASTIC PLANET (1973) at 9:30pm! Get the garage rockin’ Delta Blues with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Hotel Ten Eyes and A Drug Called Tradition at The Star Bar! Or rock out with Kool Kats The Joykills, BABY BABY, and Pretty Please at the Clermont Lounge! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jeff Plankenhorn! Folk rock it up with Von Grey, Tyler Hilton and Corey Balsamo at Eddie’s Attic! Get revived garage rock-style with Parker Gispert (The Whigs) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers at Terminal West! The BadAsh Allstar Team brings you their McCartney vs. Lennon Jam at the Red Light Café! Brit Floyd pays tribute to Pink Floyd at the Fox Theatre! Boogie down to The Vista Room for HOUSE PARTY dishing out a night of ‘80s pop and R&B tunes! Puppetry meets film noir with Yael Rasooly’s PAPER CUT at the Center for Puppetry Arts, running through June 24! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with Heather Luttrell! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, June 22

Garage rock it up with Tiger! Tiger!, The Hardwoods and Roadkill Debutante at The Earl! Spend the night with Simon Joyner, My First Rodeo and New Madrid at 529! Folk rock it up with Von Grey and Sons of Bill at Eddie’s Attic! Or experience a night of folk noir with Willow & Wood at Java Monkey! The Chameleon Queen celebrates 16 Burly Q years at the Red Light Café with her Bombshell Burlesque event! Get rocked at The Star Bar with Black P$ssy, Sash the Bash and The Pussywillows! Swing on by Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Manhattan Transfer! Get your hardcore ska fix with Evil Empire and 10,000 Days at Vinyl! Folk it up with Sawyer Fredericks at City Winery! The Randall Bramblett Band gets the blues at the Red Clay Theatre! Red Sugar Blues gets down and dirty at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get down with the Tyler Neal Band at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, June 23

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents Cinebash: Step into Saul Bass, celebrating the life and legacy of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass, featuring art installations and more at Atlanta Contemporary at 7pm! Apocalipstick brings you burlesque from the end of the world at the Red Light Café! Clashinista pays tribute to The Clash at MadLife Stage & Studios! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Darkwave Music Video Night featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Get swamp rocked at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with JJ Grey & Mofro! Spend the night with The Bacon Brothers at City Winery! Michelle Malone gets down at the Crimson Moon Café! Get some soul with Annika Chambers at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Psyche rock it up with Blac Rabbit at The Drunken Unicorn! Retro rock it up with Ellijah Jones & The Tenderness, JesusHoney and Swing Set at The Earl! Get countrified with Roxie Watson at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre for a night with Eddie Money and Starship! Get hellacious at The Highlander with Aden Paul, the Screaming Demons and The Sideburners! Funk it up with Myles Brown at Solis Two Porsche Drive! Americana on down to Terminal West for a night with The Roosevelts and Frances Cone! Jangle pop it up with The Connells at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Vinyl for a night with Kool Kats The Georgia Flood and the Quiet Hollers! New Sensation pays tribute to INXS at Venkman’s! Permanent Waves pays tribute to RUSH at Avondale Towne Cinema! Make your way to the Jolie Event Center for the Reggae Summer Jam! Rev on down to Big Tex for a night with Kitty Rose & The Ramblers! Catch Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Review at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down with Tribute and Larry Bowie at Northside Tavern! Spend the night with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne and DJ Kwasi Mandisco transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, June 24

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Robert Wise’s WEST SIDE STORY (1961) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Get folksy with Brandi Carlile, Shovels & Rope at The Secret Sisters at Chastain Park! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get some soul with Grant Green, Jr. at Venkman’s! Get old school with the Ben Wade Band at the Red Light Café! Get funky with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Shimmy and shake on down to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Emile Ardolino’s DIRTY DANCING (1987) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Rock out with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Noni’s Bar & Deli hosts their Cinema Paradiso film event, screening two films beginning at 10pm, through June 28!

The Alliance Theater presents WINNIE-THE-POOH, a musical based on the stories of A.A. Milne, running through July 8!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every firsts Wednesday of the month!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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The 2017 Buried Alive Film Festival Gores it up with Five Days of the Best Global, US and Local Indie Horror Treasures!

Posted on: Nov 14th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

The Buried Alive Film Festival is back for its 12th chilling year, brought to you by the Buried Alive team of Kool Kat Blake Myers, Luke Godfrey, Mark Malek and Alyssa Myers, with five killer days (November 15-19) of film terror, including six features, 54 short new independent horror films from around the globe, and three extra special events.  Its sinister shenanigans return for a second year to 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points.

This year’s festival features five brand new movies, including our Kool Kat of the Week, Ashley Thorpe’s BORLEY RECTORY is a documentary feature (rotoscope/animation), described by Thorpe as “an ultrasound of a haunting” (see ATLRetro’s exclusive interview with Ashley here). The opening (Thursday) night feature is the latest from director Mickey Keating (POD; DARLING; CARNAGE PARK), a bloody tale of seven serial killers and their deadly agendas as they cross paths over one night, PSYCHOPATHS, which premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival earlier this year. Other feature films include AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: THE SONG OF SOLOMON, a story of satanic possession and the clergymen who confront it directed by Stephen Biro (AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK); WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER, the tale of a mentally unstable loner and his killing spree directed by Richie Moore (CRAZY MEDICINE); and the World Premiere of BB, a provocative psycho-sexual thriller outlining the dangers of technology and who just may be peeking on the other side directed by CJ Wallis (DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK[editor]).

This year BAFF features will go beyond the usual horror narratives and include documentaries. FOOLISH MORTALS: A HAUNTED MANSION DOCUMENTARY explores the fan culture surrounding Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride from director James H. Carter II featuring interviews with Disney legend Rolly Crump, artist Topher Adams, AMERICAN MARY’s Tristan Risk, Robert Kurtzman, SpookyDan Walker and more.

Buried Alive also continues to show its love for the local Georgia horror scene. This year’s festival includes six local shorts, with two  directed by our very own Kool Kats Dayna Noffke (UNDER THE BED about a girl and her favorite monster fiend) and Vanessa Ionta Wright (I BAKED HIM A CAKE). Other local shorts include AHEAD IN THE ROAD about three college girls learning the dangers of “the middle of nowhere” directed by Walt Guthrie and Matt McGahren, WEED WHACKER MASSACRE about a grumpy old man-turned-deadly machine vs. the HOA directed by Benjamin R. Dover, MONGO’S GOT A SPIDER GUN changing the world one arachnid at a time directed by Tim McGahren, and SKY TRIPPER featuring ancient artifacts and perilous actions directed by Philip Freeman.

Back by popular demand is the BAFF Sinema Challenge, which challenges local filmmakers with the opportunity to make a horror film in 13 days. Production starts on November 1 and the films will screen on the festival’s opening night, Wed. Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., judged by co-creator and exclusive programmer for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) weekly late-night cult movie showcase TCM Underground, Kool Kat Millie De Chirico and “Archer” animation director and Atlanta-based filmmaker, Marcus Rosentrater.

One of the real strengths, and our favorite part, of Buried Alive Film Fest is the shorts programs. This year brings five shorts sets (The Groundkeeper’s Faves; Cult of the Grave Worm; Weirdness from 6 Feet Under; If These Tombstones Could Make Movies!; and If this is all there is my friend? Then let’s keep digging.) presenting 54 new films that will enlighten, scare and disgust you to the fullest extent. A few highlights from the selections include Huseyin Hassan’s 2AM about a middle-aged man, a white rabbit and supernatural events, the American premiere of Finnish animator and Buried Alive awardwinner Tomi Malakias’ THE ZOO and Mathew E. Robinson’s RIGOR MORTIS about gory and guilt-ridden sibling rivalry. 

Finally, no respectable horror film festival would be complete without screening a few horror classics, and ATLRetro loves the two special events chosen this year. On Friday night at 10 p.m., BAFF will present a special screening of Robert Wiene’s silent horror classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1921) with a live soundtrack by Atlanta-based jazz group Samadha! And on Saturday night at 10 p.m., BAFF offers a special treat with a digitally remastered Tim Burton’s ED WOOD, the 1994 biopic starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landeau (as Bela Lugosi) and more. The screening will be hosted by Atlanta’s award-winning Blast Off Burlesque, who will stage one of their signature TabooLaLa events including a performance inspired by the film before the screening. With Plan 9 Graveyard photo-ops, auditions for ED, drag races for prizes and costume contests…let’s just say, things will get wonderfully bizarre.

The 7 Stages Theatre is located at 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Individual program block tickets are $12, and five-day festival passes are just $100.

For more information and the complete Buried Alive Film Festival schedule, visit the website here. And view the official BAFF bumper here.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Nov. 13-19, 2017

Posted on: Nov 12th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Have a hellacious good time in ATLRetro This Week! Come see all the shenanigans we’ve found for you!

Monday, November 13

Jazz it up with Kathleen Bertrand at City Winery! Or get psychedelic with Carl Broemel at Eddie’s Attic! Get dirty and doo wop it up surf-style with The Frights, Hockey Dad and Vundabar at the Masquerade! Nitty gritty it up at Smith’s Olde Bar with Mo Lowda & The Humble, It’s What’s For Breakfast and The Dirty Soul Revival! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! Get the blues with Matthew Pendrick at Blind Willie’s! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, November 14

Spend the night in The Zone and make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER (1979) at 7pm! Or get witchy and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for a night of Harry Potter Trivia! Have a festive adventure with a screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Swing on by City Winery for a night with Louis Prima, Jr. and Gwen Hughes! Get bizarre and rock out with Captured! By Robots at The Earl! Shake a tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Stripsgiving event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Bluegrass it up with the Kyle Tuttle Electric Band and the High River Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Andrew Black dishes out the old school blues at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 15

Kick off the wickedly weird and bone-chilling adventure that is the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival (BAFF), Atlanta’s premiere independent horror film festival presented by Kool Kats Blake Myers and Luke Godfrey and more, with screenings at 8pm of the 2017 Sinema Challenge, a thirteen day filmmaking competition, judged by Kool Kat Millie De Chirico and Marcus Rosentrater, at 7 Stages! Raise a ruckus with Shilpa Ray and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s The Compartmentalizationalists at The Drunken Unicorn! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Prog rock it up with Goblin and Morricone Youth at The Loft! Videodrome presents a matinee screening of Jonathan Demme’s SOMETHING WILD (1986) at 529 at 4pm, followed by a raucous time with Lydia Lunch Retrovirus! Have a festive adventure with an encore screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Or catch a screening of Bruce Beresford’s DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Folk it up with Shawn Colvin at City Winery! Get countrified with Colter Wall and Ian Noe at The Earl! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get the blues with Ike Stubblefield at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get down with Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, November 16

The 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival officially begins tonight, horrifying through Nov. 19, and begins at 7pm! New Wave it up and rock out with Modern English and Entertainment at the Variety Playhouse! Tear it up with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Hans Chew and Nikki & The Phantom Callers at The Star Bar! The Sledgehammers pay tribute to Peter Gabriel at Avondale Towne Cinema! Shawn Colvin dishes out a folksy encore at City Winery! Indie rock it up with David Bazan and Michael Nau at The Earl! Get some soul with The Blind Boys of Alabama at Emerson Concert Hall (Emory)! Stomp on down to Terminal West for a night with Mipso, The Brothers Comatose and The Lil Smokies! Jazz it up with Euge Groove at Suite Food Lounge! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, November 17

Get your terrified tail during day three of the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival for a helluva lot of monstrous goodness beginning at 6pm, including a special screening of Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1921) at 10pm, with a live soundtrack by Samadha! Spend the night with Randy Newman at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Sleaze it up and rock out with Royal Thunder, Sons of Tonatiuh and Gunpowder Gray at The Star Bar! Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out a voodoo beach party hillbilly hootenanny with Southern Culture on the Skids! Shake a freaky side-show tail feather on down to the Red Light Café as Atlanta Speakeasy Electroswing presents The Freakeasy, featuring Tippy Tappage, Bette Machete, Lydia Treats, guest DJ Vourteque and more! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at the Backwoods Bar & Grill in High Falls! Get indie with Je Suis France, Dot.s, Small Reactions, Beije and Thousand Arrows at 529! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Leftover Salmon! Get absurd and bluegrass it up with the Packway Handle Band and Antigone Rising at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with The Shins at The Roxy! The Grass Is Dead dishes out rockin’ bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead tunes with Jeff Mosier at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! The Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass it up at Variety Playhouse! New Wave it up with The Swimming Pool Q’s and Love Tractor at The Vista Room! Rock on down to The Drunken Unicorn for a night with The Antarcticats, Jenny’s Henchmen and more! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #4: A Day in Forsyth County, A Night at Mardi Gras at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center! Folk it up and spend the night with John Prine at the Fox Theatre! Get bewitched at the Potter Pub Crawl #3, beginning at Diesel Filling Station, followed by the Rocky Horror Potter Show at The Plaza Theater! Get Victorian at the inaugural Atlanta SteamPunk Exposition churning through Nov. 19, and don’t miss the musical stylings of The Extraordinary Contraptions, The Gin Rebellion and Valentine Wolfe (including a live accompaniment to F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film, NOSFERATU)! Throw the dice and make your way to Park Tavern for their 4th Annual Casino Night! Rev it up at the Red Clay Theatre with Good Rockin’ Tonight and Rockabilly Revue! Get funky with Groove Centric at Venkman’s! Blues it up with the the Art Holliday Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! And blues it up with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern!

Saturday, November 18

Day four of the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival kicks off at 2pm, with a screening of Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright’s short “I Baked Him A Cake” (2017) and a hellacious good time with Blast-Off Burlesque’s film series TABOOLALA, featuring a live pre-screening performance, paying homage to Tim Burton‘s ED WOOD, followed by a screening of the 1994 film! In addition to the show, there will be Plan 9 Graveyard photo ops, an Angora Drag costume contest and more! Sleaze it up at The Star Bar with The GTVs, the Woolly Bushmen, Kool Kat Sen. Artie and The Mondellos and The Wildtones! Or horror punk it up with The Spectremen, Kool Kats The Casket Creatures and ELZIG at The Highlander! Spend the night with Peter Bradley Adams at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Interstellar Echoes and the Lennon Jones Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with The Motet at the Variety Playhouse! Catch a screening of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) at Venkman’s, followed by ATL Collective reliving D’Angelo’s BROWN SUGAR! Stomp on down to Kavarna for a night with Blood on the Harp and Mayhayleys Grave! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles revs it up at the Dixie Tavern in Marietta! Kick off your vintage holiday shopping at Indie Craft Experience’s Holiday Shopping Spectacular at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot! The Badash Allstar Team presents Pink Floyd’s THE WALL in its entirety at Avondale Towne Cinema! Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Revue dishes out the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blind Willie’s gets down with Big Bill Morganfield! Get some soul with the Tyler Neal Band at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 19

It’s your last chance to gore it up at the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival, so come on out for some fangtastic films beginning at 2pm! Go straight to Hell and spend the night with The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Muckers, and Mateo & The Wayward Souls at the Masquerade! Swing on by City Winery for Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues dishes out their Friendsgiving with Radio Cult! Vinyl it up and make your way to The Atlanta Record & CD Show from 10am – 1pm! The Badash Allstar Team rocks out with their annual Steely Dan Jam at The Velvet Note! Kick off the Thanksgiving holiday with screenings of Jodie Foster’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995) and John HughesPLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987), at The Plaza Theater! Get your indie folk fix with Hiss Golden Messenger and Takenobu at Eddie’s Attic! Pink Talking Fish rock out with a Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish fusion at Terminal West! Make your way to Venkman’s for the Shakta Jazz Trio! Make your way to the Red Light Café as Sweet Lu Olutosin presents “Real Jazz Gives Back” benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank! Geek it up and make your way to My Parents’ Basement for Local Comic Shop Day! Get the blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

7 Stages presents the Home Brew Festival, through Nov. 18! (LAST CHANCE!)

Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Dayna Noffke, Local Independent Filmmaker and Retro-tastic Gal Joins the Killer Cast and Crew of the Inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on: Sep 18th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Photo by Andrew Shearer of Gonzoriffic

Dayna Noffke, lover of all things retro, Jill of all trades and local filmmaker (ThrillRide Pictures), joins the gore-tastic ranks of the inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (WIHFF) brought to you by Festival Directors Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (“Rainy Season”) and Samantha Kolesnik (“I Baked Him A Cake”). The festival invades Peachtree City promising a weekend filled to the bloody brim with kickass independent women filmmakers, creators and horror film enthusiasts. You won’t want to miss the horrorific lineup of shorts and feature-length films, panels, vendors and special guests including Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Amanda Wyss (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/BETTER OFF DEAD), Marianne Maddalena (SCREAM), Lynn Lowry (CAT PEOPLE/THE CRAZIES), Trina Parks (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) and more! Noffke has been given the excruciating task, yet a highly rewarding opportunity to get a sneak peek at the talent before it’s unleashed on the unsuspecting masses, as a WIHFF film judge. Competitor’s films for the film competition will screen throughout the festival weekend (Friday, September 22, 12:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.;  Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW – Peachtree City; Tickets $45 day pass ($55 at door) / $125 full fest pass ($140 at door); and $200 VIP Fest Pass (includes all speakers, workshops, films and special events including the Thursday night VIP party); Schedule for each screening block here; Tickets here)! Kick off this season of horror and make your way to the WIHFF, take a walk down the “Dead Carpet,” and experience a weekend full of killer cinema!

Noffke’s film career began in 2008 when she was cast as an extra in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II (2009). She’s been churning out what she calls “backyard no/low budget” short films ever since, while working part-time as a set dec-buyer/dresser (V/H/S VIRAL, THE VAULT) and working towards directing full-time, with no end in sight. Since 2009, Noffke’s made ten short films including “Safety First” (2009); “Mouse” (2012); “Picnic” (2012); “Recompense” (2014); “Under the Bed” (2015); with her latest being “Teaser,” which wrapped this past week. She’s also written three feature film scripts, which have done well in the screenplay contest circuit, prompting her to take the next step to produce a feature-length film in the near future. As a filmmaker who has had some pretty amazing life experiences (researched Mantled Howler monkeys in Nicaragua; took Gross Anatomy and dissected a human body, just to name a few), Noffke seems to be a perfect choice to judge some of the best independent horror films coming our way this year.

ATLRetro caught up with Dayna to chat about the Women in Horror Film Festival, what inspired her to dive head first into the film industry, her favorite horror movies as a kid, and rooting for kickass final girls. While you’re taking a stroll through our little Q&A, why not take a peek at a couple trailers for some of her short films here.

ATLRetro: How exciting to be a part of the inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL! Can you tell our readers how you got involved and a little about your role as film judge?

Dayna Noffke: It is exciting! We’re fortunate to have so many amazing film events in Atlanta and this is a wonderful addition. When I heard about the festival, I knew I wanted to be involved but I wasn’t certain that I would have a new film finished in time to submit for this year. I submitted to the organizers’ call for judges and before I knew it, I had a queue full of fantastic film work to review.

What’s it like to judge films of women who have dedicated their creativity and professional lives to the horror genre?

​It’s an honor to be entrusted with these films. I have been in the role of judge for a few different festivals now and I always take it very seriously. I know what it’s like to be on the other side — to have your work put out there for review, and I try to remember that and give each film my full attention and consideration. All of these filmmakers have my respect, because getting any film finished requires Herculean amounts of persistence and hard work. I greatly enjoyed judging, discovering new talents and seeing the evolution of those creators with whose work I am familiar.

We see that you’ve been involved in filmmaking since about 2008, when you were an extra in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II. What was it about that particular film production that made you want to make movies?

Photo by Andrew Shearer

​The experience of being an extra on that film gave me two things. First I was given the ability to see the filmmaking process and the roles on set, including watching a director who really enjoys his work. ​And secondly, I had a great freaking time on set. I felt very at home. It was a light bulb moment for me. All my life, I’d been struggling and bouncing through trying out different artistic disciplines with none of it ever “clicking.” Here it was. I got it. Prior to that experience, it wasn’t in my frame of reference to think of making films as something that I (and my friends) could do. Sure, I realized in an abstract sense that people were making them, but I hadn’t seen it up close and it was a separate world that I’d never experienced. Watching RZ direct that film changed my perspective, so yes – in a strange, roundabout way, Rob Zombie is responsible for my leap into the film world.

It was once thought that horror films were made by and generally made for a male audience. Of course we adamantly disagree, as horror is definitely right down our alley, especially pre-21st century horror. Can you tell our readers what drew you to the genre and why it keeps drawing you in deeper and deeper, as your own filmmaking career continues to grow?

The million dollar question. Why? Why are we so drawn to this darkness? I am actually a pretty light-hearted person. I consider myself lucky to have a great life that’s full of adventure and joy – which makes it perhaps even more of a puzzle. For me, I guess it is twofold. First of all, there’s the thrill. There is nothing like that feeling of being at the top of the clicking roller coaster hill or just before the corner in the haunted house – the anticipation, wanting to scream and laugh and run all at the same time. Monsters are fun, they’re fantasy, but most importantly, they’re an escape. Second, I am fascinated with human beings and that translates into a desire to understand them. While I certainly don’t empathize with people who are able to do horrible things to other people, I want to ‘get it.’ I want to know what makes them tick. Why do these things happen? I want to find sense and make something out of the chaos. I love writing about the survivors. I’m in awe of kickass final girls.

You’ve been employed in several roles in the film industry, including set decorator-buyer, writer, director, producer, etc. Is there any particular role you prefer over the others and why?

One of my favorite things about film is the collaborative nature of the art form. Working in different departments has given me an appreciation for the importance of the different aspects of filmmaking and a better view of the process holistically. I’ve been working professionally, for the past four-something years, as a set decoration buyer. I enjoy the work and it’s helped to develop my design eye, which has translated into better visuals in my own filmmaking. But ultimately, I want to write and direct. I want to be out there telling stories. I’m currently working on making that jump from set dec to being full time on my own projects. As for producing, I have done a lot of that on my projects out of necessity and while it’s a good learning experience, it’s not where my talents lie. I had a great producer, Chris Ethridge, on my most recent short, “Teaser,” and he was a lifesaver. I’m glad to hand that part over to people who are better-suited to the task.

Who are your favorite female horror directors and why are they your favorite? Were there any female role models in the horror genre that particularly inspired you growing up?

“Teaser” Cast & Crew, Photo by Ed Selby

I wasn’t really a monster kid. I was a kid who loved just about everything having to do with stories and pretending – from dolls to Grease to Star Wars – and also happened to be into all kinds of movies. I did always love the final girls who made it to the end of the horror movies — Nancy and Alice and Laurie, particularly. My list of favorite female directors is a long one! Not only are there the big ones, like Mary Harron – whose AMERICAN PSYCHO is a vision of absolute, all-out abandon – but there’s a huge list of indie filmmakers who are making waves in both short and feature length formats. Jen and Sylvia Soska, Karen Kusama, Izzie Lee, Jill Sixx, Lynne Hansen, Tonjia Atomic — the list goes on and on. What they all have in common is guts. They’re all out there taking chances and getting their stories told however they can. Their art is gorgeous and brave. I’m also a huge fan of the actors who make directing such a great job. I have been honored to work with Madeline Brumby (FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, SPRING BREAK ZOMBIE MASSACRE), Katherine English and burlesque star Lola LeSoleil among others.

What would you say was your gateway drug/film that enticed you into the land of horror films?

The first real horror film I remember seeing is SILENT SCREAM. I recall that shortly after, my brother and I went on a FRIDAY THE 13TH and JAWS watching spree. I’d set the alarm to get up and watch films on Cinemax in the middle of the night. MY BLOODY VALENTINE also figures prominently into my childhood. ​

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be watching, reading or listening to right now— past or present, well-known or obscure?

Just five? I love reading, music and films, so I’m always on a tear. There are two books that I cannot recommend highly enough. DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollack is a jaw-droopingly dark and poetic trip into the Southern Gothic. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I’m also reading THE WITCHES: SUSPICION, BETRAYAL AND HYSTERIA IN 1692 SALEM by Stacy Schiff. It’s full of great information but not particularly academic, a more human approach to the Salem Witch trials story. As for films, Karen Kusama‘s feature film, THE INVITATION, is incredible. I’ve re-watched it a few times. It’s got a very tight, effective story and a killer cast. I will also add to the list of people singing the endless praises of Jordan Peele‘s GET OUT. It’s just that good! Since it’s September, I’m in heavy rotation on monster bop/classic Halloween music. I’m enjoying my new birthday present – Waxwork‘s limited edition MY BLOODY VALENTINE LP with score and music from the film.

What was your favorite horror film growing up?

As a child, JAWS all the way. My brother and I had a best friend who had a pool. We’d get the VHS and make a ‘movie theater’ with tickets, watch the film and then scare ourselves into a frenzy thinking that Jaws lived in the pool. I’ll also have to admit that we chased my brother around an awful lot as Jaws so… apologies on that front.  As a teenager, I really loved cheesy horror – things like MICROWAVE MASSACRE, TOOLBOX MURDERS and the like. ​I got hooked on RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, EVIL DEAD and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE then, too, and that has definitely stuck. TCM is my favorite to this day.

As an independent female filmmaker working in the horror genre, what challenges have you personally faced that seem to be a common theme amongst women in the industry?

While I hesitate to speak for every woman in the industry, I’ve certainly heard enough stories and had enough experiences to see that there are definitely barriers to being heard as female filmmakers. I have been put in incredibly uncomfortable positions at cons and film festivals, where I wanted to be involved in the film conversation but was compelled to speak up and/or leave because of the incredibly casual misogynistic and ugly talk about other women. All I could think was, “If they are saying this while I am standing right here, what are they saying about us when I’m NOT here?” I’ve been followed to my hotel room at night by creepy guys and on and on. These types of harassment are barriers to all women – not just filmmakers – feeling comfortable attending and enjoying film events and that sucks. I’m heartened to see a lot of men starting to speak out about this and standing up beside us to put an end to this kind of behavior. There are other problems, of course. Sadly, it’s a long list.

Any advice for women filmmakers out there trying to get their foot in the door?

Show up. Help other filmmakers with their projects and support them in their successes and challenges. Make movies whenever you can – it’s the only way to learn. Community makes the indie filmmaking world go round. Be relentless. The first time funding fell through for my feature, I was crushed. But I quickly realized that it’s probably going to happen a few dozen more times before that film gets made. Keep moving forward. We want to hear what you have to say.

As a filmmaker, and a film judge for the WIHFF, how does the competition look? Anything spectacularly horrorific and exciting you can tell us without giving too much away before the festival? Any particular film we should definitely check out?

​Hmmm. I’m not sure what I’m allowed to give away so I’m going to plead the fifth on this one. But trust me, the competition is FIERCE. You’re really going to enjoy this festival – it’s got everything from fun over-the-top gore to horror comedy and creature films to beautifully realized horror poetry.

What are you looking forward to most about the festival?

I’m really looking forward to meeting the filmmakers! I love catching up with the ones who I know and seeing what’s up next for them but I’m also excited to meet the creators of the films that I judged. There is so much talent out there. ​

And last but not least, what are you up to next? You’ve indicated that in 2018 you’ll be working on a feature-length project based on a screenplay you wrote. Can you tell us a little about that, and any other projects you’re currently working on or will be in the near future?

“Teaser” still with Jim Stacy and Lola LeSoleil

I have several projects in the works right now. I’m forever writing screenplays – who knows where they will take you? I finally finished up my short film, “Under the Bed” last month. It’s a fun little creature film that stars my daughter and one of my best friends – so we had a great time making it. I’m busy entering it into festivals right now. We wrapped on my latest short, “Teaser” last weekend. It’s a very lush and poetic burlesque-themed short and my biggest production so far. We have a hard deadline for getting it through post, so you can expect to see it at festivals soon!​ I am slated to shoot another short film, “Shark: A Love Story” for a local production company sometime at the beginning of the year. That one has a lot of special FX — blood everywhere! It’s going to be crazy!

I also have three feature film scripts that have been bouncing around for a while but nothing solid on production yet. It’s my goal to shoot my psychological thriller, EIDOLON, in 2018. It’s a very sparse psychological/paranormal thriller — a re-imagining of the classic Victorian short horror story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” My feature script, GET CHINO! is a comedy/grind-house hybrid about five fan girls who kidnap their favorite action star in a bid to get him to star in their film. The screenplay has been chosen as an official selection at Oaxaca Film Festival this year and I’m looking forward to hearing some feedback on that one as well and maybe roll on it in the next few years.

All photos courtesy of Dayna Noffke and used with permission.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Sept. 18-24, 2017

Posted on: Sep 17th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Rock out in ATLRetro This Week! Come see what we’ve found for you!

Monday, September 18

Catch a screening of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/6pm [AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12 (Alpharetta)] through Sept. 21! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Get your roots and soul fix with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, September 19

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Terrence MalickTHE THIN RED LINE (1998) at 7pm! Rock out with The Golden Pelicans, Nag, Skin Jobs, and Harmacy at 529! Get old-timey with The Cactus Blossoms at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for a screening of Mike Judge’s OFFICE SPACE (1999) ‘during their  Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Funk it up with Voodoo Visionary at City Winery! Get your old-timey Americana fix with Isaac Smith, Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise and Kool Kat Caleb & The Gents at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Star Bar with Lydia Loveless and Devon Gilfillian! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Deer Tick! Get down with the Poverty Level Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s a night of foot stompin’ Americana with the Boo Hoo Ramblers at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, September 20

It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Star Bar with Lydia Loveless and Nikki & The Phantom Callers! Spend the night with David Ryan Harris at Eddie’s Attic! Phone home and get intergalactic as TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 35th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) at theatres across Atlanta, 2pm/7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Make your way to the Buckhead Theatre for a night with Hanson. Get funky and groove on down to City Winery for a taste of Bumpin the Mango! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) at 7:30pm! Make your way to 529 for a night with Pony League and The High Divers! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for an encore screening of Mike Judge’s OFFICE SPACE (1999) ‘during their  Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Art Holliday, Inc. boogies down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Spend the night with The Prestage Brothers at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, September 21

Take a walk down the “Dead Carpet” for the inaugural Women in Horror Film Festival brought to you by Festival Directors Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Samantha Kolesnik, killing it through Sept. 24 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW in Peachtree City, featuring a horrorific lineup of shorts and feature-length films (keep your eyes peeled for our Kool Kat interview with film judge and local filmmaker, Dayna Noffke), panels, vendors and special guests including Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Amanda Wyss (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/BETTER OFF DEAD), Marianne Maddalena (SCREAM), Lynn Lowry (CAT PEOPLE/THE CRAZIES), Trina Parks (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) and more! The Melvins rock out at the Masquerade! Or rock out with Gunpowder Gray, The Blood Royale, Moth Face, and Timmy James & The Blue Flames at The Star Bar! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Blood on the Harp, Justin Hylton and Jason Waller! Funk it up with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Tabernacle! Get down and dirty at The Clermont Lounge with Forsaken Profits, We Want Blood, The Break and Resident One! Live long and prosper and celebrate 35 years of Nicholas Meyer’s STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (1982) at theatres across Atlanta, 2pm/7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Spend the night with Jake Clemons at City Winery! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get your old-time country fix with Jimmy Webb at Eddie’s Attic! Gutter folk it up with Zale, Gas Hound, Greco, and Bellbreakers at The Earl! Lilly Hiatt at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty cocktails! Get down and dirty with The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, September 22

It’s Day 2 of the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on down and get your horror fix with a helluva lot of killer films, genre panels and more! Get funky with The New Orleans Suspects at City Winery! Hogarth it up and catch a screening of Brian Bird’s THE IRON GIANT (1999) at SCADShow at 7pm! Hop across the pond to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night of Beatles ’67 with Kenny Howes & Friends! Celebrate 60 years of Stax Records with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at The Vista Room! Get in the chamber and rock out with 2CELLOS and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles revs it up with The Rocketz at The Star Bar! Kool Kat Talloolah Love, DJ Doctor Q and company get to swingin’ with their Speakeasy ElectroSwing Atlanta at the Red Light Café! Funk it up with The Charles Walker Band and Cadillac Jones at Venkman’s! The Temptations and The Four Tops dish out a night of classic soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Cobb Energy Center! Get to the root of it all with the Donna Hopkins Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the old-school blues with the Juke Joint Dukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Mulligan Brothers folk it up at the Red Clay Theatre! Funk it up with Dumpstaphunk and Naughty Professor at Terminal West! The Shadows bring down the house at Blind Willie’s! Get down with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, September 23

Day 3 of the Women in Horror Film Festival brings you SFX make-up panels and workshops, a meet and greet with Trina Parks, and blocks of killer films! Get hell-bent and rock on down to the Masquerade for Slaughter Que 2017, featuring a full carnival midway, sinfully delicious food and rockin’ live tunes! Or slink on down to EAV for the 2017 EAV Strut, featuring local food, an artist’s market and retro-tastic tunes with Big Brutus, The Cherry Bomb, Chickens and Pigs, Dusty Roads, DOT.S, Front Porch Session Players, Highriders, Low Valley Hearts, Mark and Lady Outlaw, Paralyzer, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband and more! Rock out during the EAV Strut’s After Party at The Earl with Red Sea, Adron and Kenneth Kenito Murray! Or get old-timey at the Atlanta History Center for the Fall Folklife Festival! Blues it up at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre with An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival featuring Anthony Hamilton and Tank! Spend the night with Adam Ant at the Variety Playhouse! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Rock out retro-style with The Western Sizzlers and the Chris Massey Band at Avondale Towne Cinema! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with El Scorcho, Nameless Nameless and Hyperspace! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Sugarcane Jane dishes out a night of Americana at Serenbe’s Oak Room! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Eliot Bronson, Caroline Aiken, Michelle Malone and Dede Vogt! Get down with The Scissormen at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the blues with Ron Cooley & The Hard Times at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jazz it up with Francine Reed at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, September 24

It’s your last chance to get terror-fied at the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on out and get your horror movie fix! Rock out with 1916, The Muckers and Battlefield Collective at The Earl! Get your vinyl fix during The Atlanta Record & CD Show at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 10am – 4pm! Rock out with TESLA at Atlanta Symphony Hall! GKids presents a Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at theatres across Atlanta at 12:55pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Studio Movie Grill’s (Duluth); and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)]! Or make your way to Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville) and help celebrate 30 years of Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET (1987) at 2pm/7pm! Mandi Strachota dishes out the blues at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions featuring Ron Gallo, Kool Kats Gringo Star and Shantih Shantih! Get down with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm!

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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This Week in ATLRetro, June 26-July 2, 2017

Posted on: Jun 25th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is hot, hot, hot This Week! Come see all the shakin’ summer shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, June 26

Get prehistoric and catch a free screening of John Milius’ eighties classic, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company at 8:30pm! Catch a screening of Robert Mulligan’s SUMMER OF ’42 (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Station Breaks! Rock out with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move”! Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 27

Get horrorific with our Kool Kat of the Week, Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Kool Kat Debbie Hess (HORROR HOTEL) and more local horror aficionados during the Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest, promising to terrify at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! Or hop across the pond and catch Scott Freiman’s documentary, DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (2017) tonight and Thurs. June 29! Or why not celebrate the album’s 50th Anniversary with a screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Get some soul with Sam Lewis at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up with Jon Cleary and Bobby Messano at City Winery! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) and Trae Vedder!  Get down with John Mellencamp at Chastain Park! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willie’s! Get jazzy with Deb Bowman at The Regent Cocktail Club! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 28

Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Catch an encore screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room during Bluegrass and Beyond with The Vista String Band! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get your Chicago/West Coast blues fix with The Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, June 29

Skank it up at The Star Bar for a rockin’ ruckus with The Toasters and Lloyd’s Rocksteady Revue! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Bill Brovold, the Frank Pahl Duo, and Duet for Theremin and Steel at Avondale Towne Cinema! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! The Red Light Café dishes out a night of murder, mayhem and mockery with the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret’s Wanted! A Criminal Night of Burlesque and Drag! Rock out with Spiral Stairs, The Preakness and Floral Print at The Earl! Get countrified with The Steel Woods and George Shingleton at Eddie’s Attic! Get rootsy with The Black Lillies at City Winery! Get rocked at Lakewood Amphitheatre with the Van’s Warped Tour! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) at dusk! Or catch a free screening of David Anspaugh’s RUDY (1993) at Town Brookhaven’s Movies on the Town event at dusk! Get down with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, June 30

Get trapped at Videodrome (JavaDrome) for a screening of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) at 8:30pm! Boogie down in The Basement with Nonsense ATL’s Commotion: A Tribute to Women in Music! Honkytonk it up with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Lonnie Holley, Bitter and Reconciler at The Earl! Get to rockin’ with ZOSO Rising, Cannibal Joe and Lars Nagel (El Caminos) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Swing on by American Legion Post 201 (Alpharetta) for a night of Swingin’ the Blues! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Heather Luttrell and Skye Paige! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Groove Rocket at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your old-school blues fix with Albert White at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 1

Glam it up at The Earl as Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth recreates Ziggy Stardust’s farewell concert! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with The Dwarves, Richie Ramone, the Vaginas and We Want Blood! Jazz it up with Marcus Johnson at City Winery! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at The Vista Room! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night two of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Guston’s Grille (Kennesaw)! Or boogie down to The Basement for their Heyday 80’s Dance Party! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Kick the Robot! Robert Lee Coleman dishes out the blues at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 2

Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention July 2017, from 11am – 5pm! Get some soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics during Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! Back in the Saddle delivers a night of old-school western with Little Country Giants at Eddie’s Attic! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night three of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum through Sept. 3!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm!

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

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