Entertainment Industry Related Events October 2013

Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013



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Tommy Guns Garage
2114 South Wabash, Chicago, Illinois




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SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark

Spider-ManSpider-Man: Turn Off The Dark


SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features creative consultation by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), original direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe, Frida), music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, and a book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics, “Big Love”).
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Through October 6th 2013 – The UK’s largest independent film festival will be running its 19th edition. The festival focuses on first time filmmakers and independent films and is closely watched by acquisitions representatives due to the discovery, bold and alternative nature of its programming. United Kingdom Raindance Film Festival



Through October 15 – In almost 50 years NYFF has built itself as a significant publicity generating festival. Its program is predominantly festival circuit films, with an absurdly large number of Cannes selections but the most interesting appeal lies in its Avant Garde strand, almost unmatched anywhere else in the world. New York Film Festival



October 2nd – 6th – The unknown town of Dinard in Normandie has gained some following over the last 22 years for hosting one of the few British Focused film festivals. It’s a good playground for some of the smaller independents to get noticed, but otherwise remains focused on many films which will have already achieved distribution. Festival du Film-Dinard



October 3rd – 13th – Reaching its 40th year in 2011, the Sitges Film Festival is the world’s best-known horror and fantasy film festival. Sitges is a major hub for film buyers looking to purchase the most saleable genres in cinema, and regroups both major theatrical and low budget horror. Sitges Film Festival



3rd – 12th October – Since 1996 Busan International Film Festival has become Asia’s flagship festival. one of the world’s few major film markets, and changing the face of the industrial port town of Pusan (Busan) as a hub for the arts. Pusan Film Festival



October 4-13 – The Angel City Jazz Festival presents every type of jazz you can think of, at five venues stretching over two weekends. Innovative jazz musicians from the West Coast and around the world will perform. Angel City Jazz



October 4-6 – LA’s second annual podcast fest will include live broadcasts, meet-and-greets with local hosts, forums and stand-up comedy. Broadcast nerds have never looked so cool. LA Pod Fest



October 6 – LA’s beloved eco-friendly free-for-all is returning to its roots in the city streets where CicLAvia’s first five events took place. Show up on bike, foot, stroller, skateboard—anything sans motor—to get some exercise while exploring Downtown like never before in the blocked-off Heart of Los Angeles route. Ciclavia



October 7th – 10th – Outside of the Cannes Film Festival, MIPWorld organizes a series of conferences of which MIPCom is the most popular. Despite its online focus, it gathers a high number of television and film focused organizations who can take advantage of its informality, and relatively more focused attendance than other festivals like Cannes. MIP world



October 10-12 – Filter Magazine’s cosmopolitan music festival brings together big names and buzzworthy bands from around the world. Discover your next favorite artist while venue-hopping around Echo Park for four days after a separately ticketed kick-off party with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr. The weekend’s lineup features the Raveonettes (Denmark), Miami Horror (Australia), King Khan & the Shrines (Canada, Germany) and many more.
Sasquatch Music Festival



October 10th – 24th – America’s oldest competitive festival has been presided over by Michael Kutza since 1964. Presenting a fair range of both indie art-house and Cannes/festival circuit films, the festival is an important publicity generating festival primarily for the Illinois region and gains a strong following of North American despite its timing over the busiest festival weeks in the calendar. Chicago Film Festival



October 10-17 – As a 24-year veteran on the regional film festival circuit, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has firmly established itself as one of the most reputable in the country. New Orleans Film Society



AKA Doc Pomus

AKA Doc Pomus


October 11th – 17th – Los Angeles Premier of AKA Doc Pomus
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California



October 13th – 17th – Based about 2hours outside NYC, Hamptons International Film Festival is generally seen as a prestigious festival, focusing on the better known indies you’d normally expect to find circling the critics’ awards or Academies the following Spring. Its in-house labs are one of the biggest pulls for filmmakers in attendance, and the festival boasts an impressive lineup of (maybe not so indie) guests. Hamptons Film Fest



October 19th – Ascend Women’s Conference
Power of Fearless Joy. Los Angeles, California


Ascend Conference



October 24-31 – Austin Film Festival – Austin Film Festival & Conference will again showcase the very best that the city has to offer – convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s fine bars and restaurants, and community partnerships – while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. Austin Film Festival



TBC October 2013 – Easily one of the world’s most glamorous festivals, the London Film Festival gathers the year’s best of festivals films. Over the years the festival has consulted heavily on its industry reach which led to the creation of the London Production Market in parallel with the festival. LFF is one of Europe’s most important publicity generating festivals. BFI



Halloween Events in Downtown Los Angeles


Hollywood Boulevard Street Closure for Halloween [DISCONTINUED] – The LAPD no longer closes Hollywood Boulevard on Halloween night. During past years the street closure attracted up to 100,000 people, mostly just walking around showing off their costumes. However the street is no longer closed to vehicular traffic and the LAPD will enforce pedestrian laws, and maintain order on the street. (2013)


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – Various dates throughout the month. Returning for the fifth year, this is an immensely popular month-long haunted attraction that’s held on the old grounds of the Los Angeles Zoo. The extended trail returns for the 2013 event, with new maze, reworked from top to bottom. So even if you attended last year, you won’t be prepared for this 25 minutes of terror!  Los Angeles Haunted Hayride


The Hollywood Museum is setting the stage for a Hollywood Horror Extravaganza with exhibits from Hollywood’s scariest movies and TV shows of all time! Visit the new Elvira, Mistress of the Dark exhibit and take a spine-tingling walk along Hannibal Lechter’s original jail cell from Silence of the Lambs! Navigate through the Dungeon of Doom and take a spooky trip down memory lane and see how the first haunted/horror films came together right in the heart of Hollywood! (Ongoing, 2013) Hollywood Museum


Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours – offered by the Art Deco Society, a 2-hour+ walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visits graves of celebrities and some pioneers and early builders of the Hollywood movie industry. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10AM to 12PM. 2013 TBD. Art Deco Society



Blackout Elements – after signing a waiver, all audience members must walk through the experience completely alone. Immersing themselves in the elaborately designed set pieces, audience members are forced to interact with the characters in a series of twisted and petrifying scenarios. Across the street from L.A. Live (located in the same building as The Purge: Fear the Night). Open on various nights from October 4 through November 10, 2013. Shock Till You Drop



The Purge: Fear the Night – Enter a terrifying and chaotic world where all crime is legal one night a year. It’s an “immersive horror theater experience” that has been expanded for 2013 and now features an elaborate theme and storyline. It’s across the street from L.A. Live, so it would be convenient to visit before or after your event at Staples Center, Club Nokia or the Convention Center (located in the same building as Blackout Elements). Open on various nights from September 27 through November 2, 2013. Purge Live



Delusion: Masque of Mortality – Interactive horror theatre where lines between space, performer and audience shift. The action happens within the world you explore. You must participate to fully realize your journey into darkness. You will be asked to perform certain (safe) actions to move the twisted tale forward. In Silverlake (between Hollywood and downtown LA), Sep 26 – November 23, 2013. Horror Night Nightmares



Dia de Los Muertos Celebration – This is a 9-day Hispanic celebration at El Pueblo in downtown Los Angeles (near Union Station), culminating with a 2-day festival. The event includes Aztec dancers, street performers, mariachi bands, childrens’ activities and more. El Pueblo is adjacent to Olvera Street where you can shop and eat lunch or dinner. There is a procession and blessings each night starting October 25. The festival is November 1-2, 2013. LA Day of the Dead



L.A. Philharmonic – Halloween Organ and Film: The Phantom of the Opera – One of the most famous of all early horror classics is projected with live organ accompaniment. Performance is at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. October 31, 2013 at 8PM. LA Phil – Halloween Organ and Film



Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids – (Great for kids) – Trick-or-treat doors, bounce house, video game truck, hot dogs and water, cotton candy and popcorn machines, face painting and crafts, balloon animals and jugglers, Scott Land Marionettes. $5 Adults/Kids in downtown L.A. on October 31, 2013, 5-8PM Halloween Party for Kids



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