Las Vegas’s very own grindhouse film festival, PolyGrind, is gearing up for it’s third year and it looks like this year will be the biggest year yet. Check out the news on the fest and the first film featured.
PollyGrind will kick off on October 17th as Albert Pyun’s Road to Hell has been announced as the fests opening film.. For more details on Road to Hell and PollyGrind, check out the press release below.
From the Press Release:
Known as the film festival of a different breed, PollyGrind of Las Vegas has announced it’s set to ride the Road to Hell with legendary cult filmmaker Albert Pyun.
Festival founder and programmer Chad Clinton Freeman, dubbed the “new champion of unabashed B-movie sleaze” by ArrowintheHead.com, is remaining tight-lipped about the bulk of his third annual lineup, but said he is too excited to keep quiet about Pyun’s rock opera thriller Road to Hell opening the main event of his fest on October 17.
“I’m a big fan of Albert,” Freeman said about the director of The Sword and the Sorcerer, Cyborg, Captain America, Dollman, Nemesis and many more. “He’s one of those modern day masters of the straight-to-video cult world like Charles Band, Lloyd Kaufman and Andy Sidaris. I am very pleased he is apart of PollyGrind this year.”
Written by Cynthia Curnan, Road to Hell is a non official sequel to Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire that has drawn comparisons to Sin City due to its highly stylized look and violence. It stars Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers) and Deborah Van Valkenburgh (The Warriors), both of Streets of Fire; Clare Kramer (The Gravedancers, Glory on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Courtney Peldon (Mortuary). The film also gives many their introduction to Roxy Gunn, the vocalist of the Las Vegas pop-rock sensation the Roxy Gunn Project that carries the film with her acting and nearly nonstop singing.
Plans are for the Roxy Gunn Project to perform at the opening night after party; this will be the band’s second appearance at the festival.
Until now, Freeman had only announced one other film that will screen at his event, Richard Griffin’s retrosploitation film The Disco Exorcist which will get a Special Wild Eye Releasing Showcase on October 19. Other selections and screenings will be released some time in early September.
The festival will kick off October 5 with PollyGrind’s annual red carpet zombie walk, a zombie cupcake eating contest and an art show in Las Vegas’ downtown arts district. The festival’s Zombiepalooza screenings happen the next day at theatre7. Additional warm up screenings of official selections will take place the following weekend before the main event October 17-21. The festival will conclude the following weekend. There will also be a drive-in night at Atomic Liquors, a day of panels and film discussions at the Indie Film Factory and some after parties.
Best of all, most of the events will be free. Starting in late September, Freeman will be giving away 2,500 tickets in exchange for donated can goods to his Films That Feed program. His hope is to raise at least 1,000 pounds of food for Las Vegas’ Three Square Food Bank, which benefits over 650 partners in Southern Nevada, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, senior citizens and more. All the tickets will be first come, first served, but there will also be a limited number of reserve seating passes that will be available for $30.
There will also be a “live” film competition that will start Oct. 5 and end Oct. 22 with the screening of the films on Oct. 26. The competition is free and open to anyone. There will be prizes and official festival awards for the winners. All entries will also have a chance of having footage featured in the official PollyGrind music video “Hustle! Fight! Grind!” by MC Randumb and Jewish Dave.
Freeman says he wants one to three minute shorts, longer if anyone is ambitious, that captures the essence of PollyGrind. The theme is “Feed Your Creativity.”
Confirmed sponsors for the upcoming festival are Glidecam, Wild Eye Releasing, Apprehensive Films, Troma Entertainment, Autonomy Films, Retro Bakery, PollyStaffle.com, theatre7, Atomic Liquors, Sony Creative, Sourpuss Clothing, Shoot to Kill Media, Altsie.com, Media Blasters, and Alternative Cinema.
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