Video from the 2017 Krewe D’Etat and Morpheus parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The “Join the Parade” theme song was composed and performed by Manolo Boudet for John N. Collins, Mardi Gras Memories, and The Weird Review.
Last night in the Club Sinister at Boardners in Hollywood, California, Shriekfest kicked off Shriekfest’s sweet 16th film festival. The festival’s founder and director, Denise Gossett was on hand to welcome the guests and join them for pictures in front of the Shriekfest backdrop.
On hand were producers, directors, and actors from some of the indie films that will be playing over the weekend including Romain Lafargue from Paris, France. His short, “The Scared One” will run in the second shorts block on Saturday afternoon.
Neil Weakley, writer for the Comedy Film Nerds. joined Ms. Gossett on the red carpet. Neil will be representing the Comedy Film Nerds and presenting one of the award awards during the closing ceremonies on Sunday as well as reviewing some of the films for the website.
Shriekfest is one of the world’s top horror film festivals and is held in the beautiful and historic Charlie Chaplin Theater in the Raleigh Studios Hollywood campus. This years lineup of shorts and feature films is sure to fulfill your need for an early Halloween scare. While last night was the official kickoff for shriekfest, tonight is the first night of films.
The irst film of the evening is the LA premiere of the thriller “Parasites” followed two Science Fiction feature films “Occupants” an “Teleios.”
The films continue through Sunday night so if you are in the L.A. area be sure to check out the Sci fi, thrillers and horror at Shriekfests shriek 16!
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Michigan has a lot to offer residents and visitors to step outside of their normal routine and escape into some fantasy fun. This weekend you can step back in time and enter two realms of fantasy at The Olde World Village in Augusta, Michigan (13215 M-96, Augusta, MI, just north of I-94 between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek) and the Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival in Vassar, Michigan (west of I-75 at 7464 Frankenmuth Rd.)
The Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival started last weekend and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays through June 26, 2016 with music, fun food, and fairytail fun. This weekend’s theme is “Pillage the Village” with Vikings and Pirates. In addition to their regular crew of pirates, Vikings, and scalawags, special guests include The Crew of the Pirate Ship Crysta, the Dread Pirate Roberts, The World of Swimming Mermaid School and Andromina The Mermaid.
At the Olde World Village they are having their Steam Dream Expo, Michigan’s longest running Steampunk Convention, this weekend. For those who are unaware, Steampunk is the science fiction genre of the 1800’s, the era of steam engines, dirigibles, clockwork contraptions, with dapperly dressed, dashing gents and gorgeous gals in corsets and other Victorian era finery.
The Olde World Village is decked out for the steampunk crowd which includes an invasion from Lansing’s Capitol Steam, Performances by Eli August and the Abandoned buildings, Bell, Book and Canto, and many others. DJ Vourteque will slinging the steamy tunes when he isn’t doing his duties as MC. If you enjoy things a bit more on the steamy side, make sure you get the VIP pass and hit the more adult orient and after dark events that will go through 10 p.m. and beyond. For a few free samples, check out some past performances from the Olde World Village.
After this weekend the Olde World Village takes a couple weeks off to retool and then returns on July 9th for the BlackRock Medieval Fest and other events through the December so you may want save their event schedule.
Next weekend, in addition to week three of the Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival, an old favorite is being resurrected in Grand Rapids, Michigan as JAFAX 2.0 (Japanese Animation, Film, and Art Expo) at the Amway Grand and DeVos Place Conference Center. Anime and Cosplay fans will be hitting downtown Grand Rapids and enjoying the riverfront ambiance.
For those of a more historical bent, check out Michigan’s Civil War Musters where the Living History reenactors will don more traditional Civil War era wardrobe, roll in the canons, powder up the rifles, mount their steeds and maybe even cut loose later at the Emerald Pheasant. Hastings’ Charlton Park hosts their muster over the weekend of July 16-17. If you have never been to Charlton Park, you are in for a treat as they moved historic buildings to the park instead of tearing them down and it is a beautiful piece of history. Add the canons, costumes and live action history and you will be blown away! Down in Jackson the Jackson Civil War Muster happens on the weekend of August 20-21 and you can expect more guns, canons, horses and soldiers.