Five Easy Questions: B MOVIE NATION LEADER/FILMMAKER BILL DEVER

b-movie-nation-ariseBILL DEVER is the B Movie Mogul of the 21st Century. His various enterprises include this very web site, the annual B Movie Celebration, Monogram Releasing and various other ventures promoting, perpetuating and preserving B Movie Culture. He is a Man with a Mission.

Will the Thrill: What is the inspiration, and the ultimate goal, for the B Movie Celebration, which returns for the third time this September in Franklin and Shelbyville, Indiana?

BD:
The inspiration are the films and filmmakers whose films I loved growing up, from Charles Lamont and his Ma and Pa Kettle films, to Jacques Tourneur to Tom Holland and Fright Night. I think the goal is a simple one, to make film fans and filmmakers aware that there exists a tradition of filmmaking which is often ignored  by the main stream film industry. As Hollywood exists today in their mind anyways there really are only two types of films: The Big Budget Blockbuster and The Independent Film (which in their mind is the same as “art films.”)  What we are trying to do is celebrate the tradition of B Film and its current practitioners like Lloyd Kaufman, Jim Wynorski, Fred Olen Ray, David DeCoteau, bring everyone together for a weekend and discuss the past and future of B filmmaking.
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Thrill: What is your vision of a “B Movie Nation“?

BD: If I have a vision, its that we can make people aware that their is a cultural sub-current in our society of people who genuinely admire the vision, freedom and expression that is resident in B films. We are trying to transcend the cynical brush of MST3000 and see these films as a valuable reflection of the society in which we live.

Thrill: Your Monogram Releasing company is a startling startup specializing in the best of brand new B Movies. What is the Monogram Manifesto?

BD: I think it has a commercial manifesto, which is to create a distribution venue for newly produced B films and get them where they so rightly belong, on the theatre screen.

Thrill: In addition to promoting both new and classic cult movies, you make your own. Can you give us some background on that aspect of your career?

BD: I love movies, I enjoy the process of making films, I don’t think I have a lot of the skill sets which directors like Jim Wynorski possesses, but I enjoy the process very much. I would not call my forays in the making of films career more like a diversion.

Thrill: Tell us a bit about your latest film venture, The Sandbox.

sandboxsmwebBD: Bob Starr came to me and said have this script which takes place during the Iraq conflict. As he described the project, it became apparent that Bob was exceedingly passionate about his vision. He asked if I could help, I told him that I did not have deep pockets and that usually war films entailed big budgets (or more than I was used to working with). Then he slipped out that The Sandbox was to be shot from the perspective of a webcam, I was intrigued and appalled at the same time. I saw audiences rioting in the aisles. But Bob convinced me with his passion and storytelling integrity.  We shot for four days in a basement in Southern Indiana, the same basement in which they shot Three Kings and the rest as they say is cinematic history.

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THE SANDOX opens Friday, May 22 in select theaters courtesy of – you got it – Monogram Releasing!

Nova at Sabal Palms
2539 South Federal Highway
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

Nova Georgia
340 Tanger Drive
Commerce, Georgia 30529

Studio 10 Cinemas
1624 E. State Highway 44
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176
Movieline: 398-FLIX(3549)

Georgetown 14 Cinemas
3898 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46254
phone: (317) 291-3456

Nova 10
4353 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Theatres of Georgetown
401 Outlet Center Drive
Georgetown, Kentucky 40324

Branson Meadows Theatres
4740 Gretna Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
Branson Meadows Outlet Mall
Phone: 417-332-0464
Movie Hotline: 417-332-2884

The Amp Oxford Mississippi
206 Commonwealth Boulevard
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Movie Hotline: 662-236-4080

Portsmouth Cinemas
1623 Chillicothe Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Movieline: 355-FILM(3456)

Lake Geneva 4
244 Broad Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

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