PollyGrind, which was named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 2012 list as one of 25 Film Festivals worth the entry fee, kicks off its third annual international event in Las Vegas on October 5th at 6pm with the opening night of the month-long PollyGrind Art Show, the 2nd annual Red Carpet Zombie Walk, a cupcake eating contest and the start of a “live” short film competition. The festivities continue on October 6th with Zombiepalooza and several world and Nevada premieres including screenings of “Beyond the Grave,” “God Like Feeling,” “After the Dawn,” and “Tar Zombies Barbequed.” taking place at Theatre7 (1406 S. 3rd Street).
Often referred to as the film festival of a different breed, this year’s event will feature 30 world premieres with 13 of them being feature films from 7 different countries and genres from arthouse to grindhouse being represented. “There are so many different types of films to get excited about this year and I am very proud to say it’s become clear filmmakers are making this event a priority,” PollyGrind founder and director Chad Clinton Freeman said. “We had a record-breaking year of entries, a record-breaking year of official selections and we will have a record-breaking year for number of screenings. This is also more world premieres than the last two years combined.”
Theatre7 continues screenings on October 11, 12 and 13 before the event switches venues to Rave Motion Pictures on October 17 for the Main Event Red Carpet and North American Premiere of Albert Pyun’s “Road to Hell,” which just won for Best Picture at the International Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. The stars of the unofficial sequel of the cult classic “Streets of Fire” Michael Paré, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Clare Kramer and Roxy Gunn are expected to attend. This is one of three films that Pyun will be screening this year at PollyGrind. At the end of the evening early festival awards will be announced followed by an after party featuring a performance by The Roxy Gun Project. Rave continues to host more PollyGrind activities on October 18th including screening the trailer for “Territory 8”, the latest film from Las Vegas director Kelly Schwarze.
On October 19th beginning at 2pm more films will be shown throughout the day at Theatre7 until the final screening begins at 10pm. Among those scheduled include the Nevada Premiere of “Travis Porter: Red Rock,” directed by PollyGrind alumni Ryan Lightbourn. Sailor Jerry’s presents The PollyGrind Lounge in Spiced Rum-o-Vision at LJ’s Bar & Grill starting at 5:30pm on October 20th where the Music Video and Short Film Showcases will be featured. That same evening there will also be a special drive-in night in the parking lot behind Atomic (917 E. Fremont Street), Las Vegas’ oldest bar that has been used as a film location for “Casino,” “The Gauntlet,” “The Hangover,” “MoniKa” and many more. There’s a change of pace on October 21st with three panels covering Film Distribution; Marketing Your Film and Sex, Violence & Controversy being held starting at 3pm at the Indie Film Factory.
PollyGrind’s Closing Weekend takes place on October 25 and 26 at Theatre7 before moving once again to Rave on the 27th for the U.S. Premiere of its closing night film H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air” followed by an after party at the Shabu Grill where all of the awards will be announced.
The amount of respect the festival has earned from the movie industry is apparent considering more than 20 of the feature films screened during its first two years have landed distribution deals with such companies as Showtime, IFC Midnight, R Squared, Breaking Glass and Osiris Entertainment and this year PollyGrind has already received confirmation that Lions Gate, Autonomy Pictures, Wild Eye Releasing, MVD, and Wrekin Hill’s Underhill Films will have representatives in attendance.
All screenings are free and must be RSVP’d to via PollyGrind.com. Freeman is asking for canned good donations in exchange and is giving away 2,500 tickets to the event. The canned goods will go to Las Vegas’ Three Square Food Bank, which serves nearly 40,000 children under the age of 18 each month. Freeman hopes to raise at least 1,000 pounds of food for Three Square from September 21 to October 31. A very limited number of all-access reserved seating passes will also be available for $30.
Aside from presenting sponsors Atomic and Shabu Grill, confirmed sponsors for the upcoming festival are Glidecam, Wild Eye Releasing, Apprehensive Films, Troma Entertainment, Autonomy Films, Retro Bakery, PollyStaffle.com, Sony Creative, Sourpuss Clothing, Shoot to Kill Media, Altsie.com, Media Blasters, Alternative Cinema, Sony Creative, ByDavidRosen.com, MVD, EvilDeadLasVegas.com, Sailor Jerry, Muckleroy/Johnson Attorneys, and CultMovieMania.com. For a full schedule of films and details on any of the events, please visit www.pollygrind.com.