PollyGrind scares up last-minute venues

With entries such as “Lust of the Vampire Girls” and “She-Devils PGH,” many of the movies Chad Clinton Freeman watches sound like titles in Satan’s Netflix queue.

“I see tons of bloody or just-trying-to-be-shocking-or-whatever films,” he says of others he screens as the founder and director of the PollyGrind Film Festival.

But if you want to scare him, truly horrify him, take away his venue seven days before the start of his annual celebration of underground cinema.

This year’s edition, set for Thursday through Saturday, was a struggle almost from the beginning. Theatre7, the festival’s downtown home, closed. Freeman couldn’t reach a deal with downtown’s Inspire Theater. He was in talks with the now-shuttered Wolf Theater at the Clarion. Every movie theater chain in town either rejected him or wanted too much money, he says, until he found a home at the Century Theatres at South Point.

Then, on Oct. 9, Freeman says, someone in the chain’s corporate offices in Plano, Texas, demanded to see screeners of all the PollyGrind entries, some of which were unfinished at the time.

“By noon, I had the filmmakers sending over stuff,” he says. “And then by 3 o’clock, I was told to call, and they said they were canceling.” (A spokesman for Cinemark, which owns the Century brand, was unavailable for comment.)

“When that happened, it just really knocked everything out of me. … It was so hard just to get that venue,” Freeman says. “I just kind of shut down that day.”

Then celebrated local B-movie filmmaker Albert Pyun stepped in, contacted Galaxy Theatres, and Freeman soon had a theater, the Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+, 4500 E. Sunset Road, for Thursday’s opening night.

For Friday night, Freeman turned to Hell Town Studios and Back Lot, 6425 W. Richmar Ave., which will host screenings in its theater and under the stars on its cemetery set. PollyGrind will wrap up Saturday at the zombie-themed pizza bar The End, 4821 Spring Mountain Road.

Among the festival’s highlights are the Australian dark comedy “Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla,” which Freeman calls his favorite out of “a little over 800” submissions; “Memory Lane,” a feature-length thriller made for less than $300; and a free 10 p.m. Thursday panel that includes local grindhouse legend Ted V. Mikels showing off the teaser for his next movie, “Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages from the Dead.” (For a complete schedule and ticket information, see PollyGrind.com.)

“PollyGrind I think scares some people because they don’t understand. They think it’s just craziness,” Freeman says of its wild reputation. But he calls this year’s edition of the festival — “I love to say (it’s) where arthouse meets grindhouse” — the most mainstream yet.

Mostly, though, he’s just glad there is a festival this year after all the last-minute scrambling.

“The way the festival has actually turned out with the three totally different days … I’m happier the way it is now. I just didn’t want to deal with what I had to deal with” to get there.

■ Get outta town: Speaking of film festivals, the third annual Laughlin International Film Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday at the Phoenix Stadium 9 inside the Laughlin Outlet Center. For more information, see www.laughlinfilmfestival.com.

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567.

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
TLC by the Numbers
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison honored at memorial service
A memorial service was conducted for Richard "Old Man" Harrison at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
5 must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
Five must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table.
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Get a sneak peek at Palace Station's newest renovations
Station Casinos spokesperson Lori Nelson gives a first look at what Palace Station's $192 million renovation will bring. Some areas will begin opening to the public next week according to Nelson. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Paul McCartney is worth over $1 billion
Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most celebrated and accomplished musicians in history. He just turned 76 on June 18. McCartney grew to international fame with the Beatles and went on to become a wildly successful solo musician. Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2017, McCartney landed the No. 13 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid musicians, earning $54 million for the year. On Thursday, June 20, McCartney will release a double A-side single featuring two new songs, "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me." McCartney has yet to announce a title of his new album or when it will be released. Th album is expected to be released before he headlines the Austin City Limits Music fest in October.
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
New Marilyn Musical Brings Screen Icons Life To Strip
Paris Las Vegas hosts musical bio featuring new, old tunes. (Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like