Call it what you will, I call them AWESOME!!!
With Phil putting the house up for sale it seems only fitting that we pay homage to the Awesomeness that is the DBMC Festival and the Deep Lake Pictures Theater.
Phil created the Dying Breed Movie Club or DBMC(sounds real bad a#$ huh!?!) and ran it with Dana every month for years.
It was based on the earlier VideoFest’s that were held at the Schmidts. In the VideoFest days not everyone had a VCR, my family didn’t yet. The VideoFest would usually include 3 or 4 rented movies. We would watch them all day. In those days you paid a premium for new movies and some new movies were only allowed to be kept for a single day without big late fees. So the VideoFest was born which spawned the DBMC Festival.
DBMC Festival Items
Friends, Remember your friends have friends.
Party Supplies Including but not limited too Beverages, Snacky Cakey Foody Thingys, Tobacco like a cigar or cigarette or maybe even a cigarillo(kids don’t smoke but make sure you have a great outdoor space for your smokers).
Viewing Methods – We had a TV in every room including the bathroom not to mention they were at the pool and barn. The main room had a projector and a special sound system that was set up theater style. Lots of Comfy Chairs and Couches too.
For your Viewing Pleasure you have many things to choose from
including but not limited too Animated Shorts or Cartoons, Serial Shorts, Short Subjects, TV Shorts, and of course Features and 3 of them works best.
Don’t forget you need a THEME!!!
Some Everyday DBMC Festival Themes
An Actor – Robert Downey Jr.
Director – Steven Spielberg
Year – 1940
Category or Type – Horror
Books Turned Movies – Harry Potter
Movie as Theme – Star Wars
TV as Theme – SNL Based Movies
Anything you can think of can be a Theme, try to keep it understandable, if you can.
You can even have a Theme inside a Theme inside a Theme. So your ‘Birthday Theme’ could be based on a ‘Mystery Theme’ based on the ‘Writings of someone that were turned into Movies Theme’.
HOLY THEMEOLY BATMAN!!!
You will need an Intermission
Phil would create an amazing intermission.
You always need an intermission to get up and stretch your legs. During the intermission the Theme is used for any special features. If it is a Star Trek Theme you might have the Saturday Night Live with William Shatner yelling at the Trekies. Also During the intermission you also have previews for the next months Festival. Sometimes you may include a discussion of a film or a Theme in general like Film Noir.
DBMC All Day Long
Oh did I mention DBMC Festivals started around 4PM (First feature around 6PM) and ran until after Midnight. YES ALL DAY. Come when you want, stay as long as you like.
Part of the Fun is to Become a Critic
Our Critic’s Rating system don’t have No Stinking ‘Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down’. You need to give us your SOUL or at least a Letter Grade, #hehehe
For every movie you watch you give it from an A+ to an F- yes that is an F-. Some movies deserve that. The number system is from 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, it allows for a wide range of movies to fit in everywhere.
DBMC CRITIC SCALE
A+ = 9.7 – 10
A = 9.3 – 9.6
A- = 8.9 – 9.2
B+ = 8.5 – 8.8
B = 8.1 – 8.4
B- = 7.7 – 8.0
C+ = 7.3 – 7.6
C = 6.9 – 7.2
C- = 6.5 – 6.8
D+ = 6.1 – 6.4
D = 5.7 – 6.0
D- = 5.3 – 5.6
F+ = 5.0 – 5.2
F = 2.6 – 4.9
F- = 0 – 2.5
Most Important Enjoy the Party!
DBMC Birthday Festivals
If you attended 10 Festivals you are eligible for 1 Birthday Festival and if you attend 25 you get another.
My Birthday Festival was in April, December is a busy month with lots of movies to watch so I was pushed a month, or two, or three, wait I mean 4 months, #heheh.
For my Festival I got to choose almost everything as there was a serial that was playing month to month.
DBMC Continuity from Month to Month
A Theme ties the day together and the Eposidic Serial TV or Film Short ties the festivals from one to the next, like stitches through time. Typically you choose something that was a cliffhanger to grab the audience and keep them coming back month to month.
My DBMC Birthday Festival
My Birthday Festival Theme was a combination of Firsts and Man V.S. Things. Firsts are important to me as they lay the foundation for the seconds and thirds of things. In general the Movies I like the most have a central Theme of Man V.S. ‘Things’ and ‘Things’ can be many different things. I am sure this comes from the ZOMBIES.
Program Below – Slightly Updated from the Original that Phil sent out – MOVIE DETAILS ARE FROM THE INTERWEB AND I JUST LIFTED IT FROM THE PROGRAM PHIL CREATED Bad Rich Bad!
Rich Shumaker DBMC Birthday Festival at Deep Lake Pictures Theater
Doors Open: 3:45pm Show Starts: 4:00pm First Feature Begins: 6:20pm Bonus Short, Intermission & Discussion: 8:25pm Second Feature Begins: 9:30pm Third Feature Begins: 10:55pm Show Ends: Approx. 12:30am Discussion Highlights: Rollerball (1975)
Intermission Highlights: (Music Videos, Vintage Commercials, Previews, a couple of surprises)
TV Short Animated: Amazing Stories: Episode #40: Family Dog (Original Air-Date February 16th, 1987) 22 minutes Directed By: Brad Bird Voices By: Stan Freberg, Annie Potts, Brad Bird and Ray Walston Viewed on DVD, Standard Format Color Animated, Comedy In this animated episode of three interrelated stories, a middle-class, suburban family is seen through the eyes of their put-upon dog. Special Note – Brad Bird Directorial Debut
Funny enough my puppy looks like the ‘Family Dog’
Brad Bird’s Most Recent Film – Tomorrowland – In Theatres NOW. GO SEE IT. I give it an A.
Serial Short: Jungle Girl: Chapter 11: Dangerous Secret (1941) 20 minutes Directed By: John English & William Witney Starring: Frances Gifford, Tom Neal, Trevor Bardette, Gerald Mohr, Eddie Acuff, and Jay Silverheels Viewed on DVD, Standard Format Black & White Action, Adventure, Jungle Dr. John Meredith has been driven from civilization by the criminal activities of his twin brother Bradley Meredith. With his infant daughter, he settles in the African jungle, where his ability to cure the native ills has resulted in his virtual control of the Masamba tribes, who possess vast diamond mines coveted by a gang of crooks. They use Shamba, a witch doctor jealous of Dr. Meredith’s influence over the tribe, to further their schemes. The natives believe that a sacred amulet is the secret of Dr. Meredith’s power, and Shamba attempts to kill Nyoka, Meredith’s now-grown-up daughter, to obtain the amulet (which actually contains the secret to the entrance of the Caves of Nakros).
TV Mini-Series Movie Special: Battlestar Galactica: Movie Two (2003) 98 minutes
Directed By: Michael Rymer Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Format Color Science Fiction A re-imagining of the original series in which a “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth.
Man Creates Machine
BSG is Currently my Favorite TV Show of All Time. This Mini-Series was the start of that TV Show I liked so much. Without this Mini-Series there is no show. This was a reboot and not the first BSG. I think the reboot kicked A#$. God’s be Damned and Frak Them All. So Say We All!!!
Short Subject: The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance: Part I (2003) 9 minutes Directed By: Mahiro Maeda Voices By: Dwight Schultz, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry, and Julia Fletcher Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Format Color Animated, Science Fiction A tour is taken into the Zion archives, where the history of the real world and the rise of the machines is shown to viewers.
Man Uses Machine – Rise of the Machines, Wait that is another movie #heheh.
Feature: Rollerball (1975) Poster for Rollerball 129 minutes Directed By: Norman Jewison Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Version Color Action, Science Fiction, Futuristic In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E., rises to the top, and fights for his personal freedom and threatens the corporate control.
Man V.S. Corporate Machine – Only One Man Can Live in the Rollerball Arena – “Jon-a-than!”
Bonus Short Subject: The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance: Part II (2003) 10 minutes Directed By: Mahiro Maeda Voices By: Dwight Schultz, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry and Julia Fletcher Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Format Color Animated, Science Fiction, With the robot city isolated and it’s ambassadors ejected form the United Nations, a trade war begins to protect the human economy from superior products. When the trade war escalates into war the machines begin a seemingly unstoppable march across the globe.
Machine Uses Man – Start of the Matrix
Feature: Evil Dead (1981) 85 minutes Directed By: Sam Raimi Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Version, Color Horror, Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.
Man V.S. Undead – Special Note – Sam Raimi Directorial Debut
Side Note – Bruce Campbell Rocks!!!!
Feature: Clerks (1994) 92 minutes Directed By: Kevin Smith Starring: Brian O’Halloran Jeff Anderson Marilyn Ghigliotti Jason Mewes Lisa Spoonauer Viewed on DVD, Widescreen Version Color Comedy, Drama, A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Clerks V.S. The World #heheh – Special Note – Kevin Smith Directorial Debut. Kevin Smith’s first film was the first time I heard of someone following their dreams. I loved this first film and without it you don’t get Mallbrats (seriously that’s the title), which could be shooting in my old stomping grounds the Granite Run Mall.
So that was my Birthday Festival and it was AWESOME!!!
One Last DBMC Festival Note
An interesting thing is that Phil would keep notes during the Festival. You could tell him things as they came up and he would write them down. At the end he would ask you if you had anything you wanted made note of.
An example of the DBMC Festival notes
The Movie Festival #17 – Kill Bill
Notes: Phil D.(Not Phil from the Blog Post so think Different Phil when you read Phil D.) said he was too confused, especially during the Kill Bill movies and was unable to give any grades. Rich said that his first cigar sucked a#$.
That’s a Wrap
With today’s watch on demand, on the go, in a car, or on a boat. It would be nice to get back to the simpler times. Seriously VCR’s required you to REWIND them. NO pausing for hours, unless you wanted to break the tape. There was no pausing in one room, and resuming in another. Luckily the DBMC Festival plays everywhere so you don’t need a pause button, #heheh. Get out to a Film Festival or have one yourself. They are an AMAZING way to connect to each other and the world of the Moving Picture.
And Now for the SHOES
Heelless Heels – SAY WHAT?!?
Noritaka Tatehana is the Japanese Shoe Artists who created these shoes.
They were made famous by Lady GaGa
Image from MTV
Noritaka Tatehana shoes are inspirational to me as he took an idea and turned it on it’s head. KJ fell in love with these shoes so when we saw a ‘knock off’ pair at the store she tried them on. KJ said they were easy to walk in and now we own them. I hope to someday be able to afford a real pair of Noritaka Tatehana shoes maybe something like his most recent creation.
So I ask you my reader
Ever been to a Movie Festival?
What would be Your Festival Theme?
What Movies would be in your Film Festival?
Bonus Question – What are your favorite 3 films and do they have a theme?
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