As anybody reading our pages over the last few issues can readily witness, the Great Lakes Bay area is fortunate to have developed a Bermuda’s Triangle of successful film festivals over the past decade for cinemaphiles and fans of independent and non-mainstream motion pictures to immerse themselves within, savor, and enjoy.
One of the more uniquely unusual ‘niche’ festivals is the 3rd Annual Bump in the Night Film Festival, which showcases a panoply of horror, suspense, and unusually kitsch classics from the ‘Golden Age of Horror’. This year’s dip into the bizarre will take place on Saturday, Shocktober 24th, with doors opening at 6:30 PM at Bay City’s spacious Westown Theatre, 611 East Midland St. on Bay City’s Midland Street Entertainment District. The show starts at 7:00 PM with a cash bar, popcorn, and pizza available. Tickets are only $5.00 and you must be 18 years of age or older to attend.
The TTGB Film Festival is the brainchild of Wade Lodewyk and his production company, Even Keel Productions. Initially the festival was organized to give local moviemakers an opportunity to show their projects on a big screen in a public venue. With the success of the first two festivals, Lodewyk says he was encouraged to do it again this year, with strong response building.
“We are getting much closer to our third festival and I am really liking the submissions we are getting,” states Lodewyck. “We are receiving work from filmmakers from Saginaw, Birmingham, Romulus and Bay City and a true smorgasbord of horror will be on display. Zombies, vampires, red neck cannibals, a coven of witches, a twisted guardian angel, and a haunted inn are all themes from the movies submitted thus far. Movies will be shown in Three Blocks from 7:00 – 7:35; 7:45 – 8:20; and the final block will be a screening of the Cult Classic horror film Spider Baby from 8:40 – 9:55.”
“Our goal is to provide a venue for local independent film makers to show their work on the Big Screen,” concludes Lodewyck. “It’s a great party with a cash bar, popcorn and pizza. I hope folks will come out and enjoy an evening of creepy movies and support local film maker.”
You can visit Bump in the Night Film Fest on facebook for more information.