Joe Bob Briggs has already announced the Third Annual World Drive-In Movie Festival and Jamboree is coming up in October. The Jamboree will be in full swing from October 6th through October 8th at the West Wind Las Vegas Drive-In, and Joe Bob and Darcy, plus other special guests will be in attendance.
We also know that Felissa Rose and other cast members from Sleepaway Camp will be in attendance due to the 40th anniversary of that iconic film.
One of the guests joining Joe Bob at the Jamboree will be the “King of Cult,” legendary director/producer/distributor Roger Corman! The very influential Corman is responsible for giving us such films as Death Race 2000, Humanoids From the Deep, The Little Shop of Horrors, Piranha and The Dunwich Horror (plus too many more to mention). In fact, the theme of the entire event will be “Roger Corman’s First Seventy Years.”
On Saturday, October 7, both Corman and his wife, producer Julie Corman (Sharktopus) will make an onstage appearance during the double feature. But wait…there’s more! The events on that Saturday evening will also be a The Last Drive-In special. So, yay! More Joe Bob specials are on the horizon!
Says Joe Bob, “I don’t know of any other filmmaker who has worked 70 years straight in Hollywood. A few actors have done it because they started as children, but Roger wrote Highway Dragnet in 1953, when he was 27 years old, and then proceeded to produce, direct and distribute more movies than most people even watch, much less make, in one lifetime. Roger has contributed so much to cinema history that we’re not even sure of the precise number, but it’s probably 700 films at this point. Forty years ago, at the Gemini Drive-In in Dallas, I gave Roger a Lifetime Achievement Award engraved on a Chevy hubcap, but he was only 57 at the time and now he’s lived a second lifetime, so I’m not sure what we’re gonna give him this time.”
Diana Prince (AKA Darcy the Mail Girl), who is the Executive Director of the Jamboree described the event as “the drive-in faithful paying back the man who premiered more movies at drive-ins than any other filmmaker.”
Previously, Corman was recognized by The American Film Institute, the Motion Picture Academy, The British Film Institute, Cinatheque Francaise and the Museum of Modern Art. But, states Prince, this is a new type of recognition for him, as he will finally be honored “the drive-in way.”
Julie Corman is also being honored that night in recognition of producing drive-in classics such as The Nest, Crazy Mama, Chopping Mall and Brain Dead.
Joe Bob said he would love to show ten films by the Cormans, but since time is limited, it will most likely be a quintuple feature.
For more info on the Movie Festival (Friday, October 6) and the Sleepaway Camp marathon and 40-year reunion (Sunday, October 8), or to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
Keep your eyes on 1428 Elm for more guest announcements coming up soon!