Fright Night Film Festival is the 3rd largest genre film festival in the Mid America Region and the 3rd Largest Horror Film Festival in America. They are just barely behind the LA and New York shows. It is going to be in Louisville, KY the weekend of July 30th through August 1st.
I am excited about the event and thought that a possible interview with Ken Daniels the Founder and Producer of Fright Night Film Festival. Here is the interview:
Q. Who created this event? How did the idea come about?
A: I started it in 2005 after working other film festivals around the country. I am a life long film buff and aspiring filmmaker and decided to start Fright Night Film Fest after moving back to his hometown.
Q:What is the cost of the event and is there any special tickets that allows you access to different areas?
A.The cost before the show is $20 a day. $35 for the weekend and $90 VIP pass which of course allows you access to everything. We have 5 bands playing on Saturday which only costs $5 if that’s all you want to do.
Q. What events are available with each tickets?
A. For $20 you can do all the events on one day. $35 dollars gets you the weekend pass to most everything. The VIP gets you into everything all weekend
Q. Since I am also the vampire examiner, do you have any special vampire events, guests, films, etc.
A.Yes, we have a special Masquerade Ball on Friday Night. We have the great vampire movie “Fright Night” from 1985 and a full cast Reunion for the 25th Anniversary. It includes Chris Sarandon from “The Princess Bride”. We have several good vampire films including a great trailer for “Midnight Sun” the vampire film that I am producing..
Q.Who are some special guests that you expect to have this year?
A.Internationally known Oscar Winner Roger Corman. The man who started Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron and many more. We have a full Fright Night Reunion which will appeal to all the Vampire lovers. Night of the Creeps Reunion with the stars. Rob Zombies Michael Meyers. The first Michael Meyers from John Carpenter’s Original Halloween, the very first Jason from Friday the 13th and many more.
Q. Are there vendor booths and if so how much are booths and who are invited to reserve one? How would one go about that?
A.There are over 200 vendor tables this year along with our Tattoo Fest which is a cool Ink and Fettish area. They can go to www.frightnightfilmfest.com and hit the vendor button at the top of the page.
Q.Are there vendor rooms? Who are some that have reserved already?
A.We have way too many to mention. That information is on our Activities page. You will see a whole list of people.
Q.What is usually. your biggest hit each year?
A.The Drive-In Show, Awards Ceremony, The Vendor Hall, Celebs, Movies and the Masquerade Ball.
Q.What is the largest crowd that you have had?
A.Last year in a down year we had over 5200 for our weekend.
Q. Any interesting stories or events that you would like to share?
A. Last year we had to evacuate the hotel because one of our bands fog machine set off the overly sensitive fire alarm.
Q. Are there any local groups like film companies, colleges, students who are active in helping with the film festival? What do they do?
A.We have a large helping of regional filmmakers around.
Q.Is there anything that people can to if they are interested in volunteering to help?
A. We have are volunteer roster filled up. Tell them to go to www.frightnightfilmfest.com for constant updates.
Well, thank you Ken for the interview and horror fans, remember that Fright night Film Festival is convenient to many locations in the area. It’s about 1.5 hours from Lexington or Cincinnati and about 3 from Nashville.
How many of you are planning on attending? I know I will be there twittering away. Please follow me @tenavarney for the latest information while there