Well, I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore, or L.A. either. No, where I found myself the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 was the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo aka C2E2. Although the opportunity to spend some quality nerdy time with some friends is what originally drew me to the 3-day long convention, what truly excited me was the variety of things going on at the same time.
The FirstGlance Film festival was originally started in 1996 by a small group of people with the intention of it becoming a low-key indie fest in a basement of a theater in Philadelphia. After a few viewings were shown with a rented projector and a couple of televsions, FirstGlance Films gained popularity from the excitement passed down by its attendees. Soon enough, it became a major event that made its way into Hollywood, and expanded to 100,000 attendees.
Being a HUGE Madonna fan, I was thrilled when I heard that her Material Girl Collection at Macy’s would be hosting a Pop-Up Exhibit featuring iconic costumes that the singer has worn throughout her career. Die-hard fans stood in a line wrapped around the corner at Century City Mall waiting to see the exhibit, and celebrities couldn't wait to walk the pink carpet to attend this event.
I recently took a trip from Los Angeles to Tennessee to explore the allure and charisma of the film scene at the Nashville Film Festival. While Nashville is known for its unparalleled raw musical talent from some of the most authentic singers and songwriters, not too many people know it for its film and television equal counterparts in this stellar entertainment and cultural city.
Usually when I attend festivals or screenings I find myself in an audience with a bunch of people don’t seem to want to be there, in attendance due to some professional or financial obligation to watch something they could care less about. Then there is the positive energy and celebratory vibe teeming from the Turner Classic Movies film festival in Hollywood, held this past weekend April 25th-29th.