The B Movie Celebration is back in the state after heading to a Chicago suburb last year. And it's showing up at Nashville's Brown County Playhouse Aug. 8-10 with a bunch of films from 1984, "a golden time period" for B Movies, according to founder Bill Dever. This is the first time the festival, which was founded in Franklin, will be held in Nashville. Critic and longtime TV host Joe Bob Briggs will emcee.
"We want our audience to enjoy themselves, have fun, wear big hair and just enjoy a time period when movies were just plain fun," Dever says. "The B Movie Celebration is not just the screenings of films. It has in the past acted as an incubator to attract production dollars into the Midwest. To date, we have brought in seven feature films, and really it is our hope to attract more production. We know that there is little chance Midwest filmmakers can attract funding to make the next Avengers Movie, but maybe, just maybe, people will see the sense of making B Movies in order to establish a foundation from which to build an industry."
Here's more from a brisk Q&A with Dever, followed by the complete lineup. Weekend passes run $68.50 for all the movies and an opening night party, or $48.50 for just the movies. Tickets for individual screenings are available.
NUVO: Why Nashville?
Bill Dever: Our home is Southern Indiana. Nashville provides a cozy environment and has a kind of a wacky and different approach to the arts.
NUVO: Why 1984?
Dever: It was the height of B Movie viewing. Theaters accepted B Movies, VHS was quickly on the horizon. It was a golden time period.
NUVO: How'd you get Joe Bob Briggs involved?
Dever: We have known Joe Bob for years and he has been with us before. He's an icon.
NUVO: What are, say, five things people might look for in the movies that you're screening?
Dever: Political and social subtext. Over-the top acting. Innovation of storyline. Classic themes. The ain't it cool factor.
NUVO: What filmmakers do you have lined up for the live commentaries?
Dever: We have critics doing the films this year — and, of course, Joe Bob.
NUVO: What kind of work did you have to do to make the Playhouse into a cinema? Are prints in 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray?
Dever: All prints are the highest quality digital we can lay our grubby hands on.
Friday, Aug. 8
Revenge of the Nerds, 7 p.m.
Night of the Comet, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9
The Last Starfighter, 2 p.m.
The Toxic Avenger, 4 p.m.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 7 p.m.
Repo Man, 9 p.m.
Silent Night, Deadly Night, midnight
Sunday, Aug. 10
Ice Pirates, noon
C.H.U.D., 2 p.m.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, 4 p.m.