Official Press Release
“EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN”
Has World Premiere at AFI Silver Theatre
Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 8:20 p.m.
Silver Spring, Maryland, May 19, 2009—The Spooky Movie Film Festival is proud to announce the world premiere screening of C.W. Prather’s new documentary, EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN, Saturday, June 27, at 8:20 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.
This comedic documentary chronicles the career and legacy of Dick Dyszel, whose television alter-egos, “Count Gore De Vol,” “Captain 20” and “Bozo the Clown” helped raise generations of Washingtonians in the 1970s and 1980s (almost a half-million “Channel 20 Club Cards” were distributed during this time). But it was in the 1990s that Dick helped revolutionized the concept of entertainment-on-demand when he launched the first-ever streaming horror host show, “Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program,”—predating Hulu, YouTube, and the iPod by years—which opened him up to the world.
“A nostalgic ode that makes you wish you had
your own Gore De Vol on your own TV!”
Featuring rare one-of-a-kind footage, and interviews with Dick Dyszel, critic Arch Campbell, writer Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), filmmaker Jeff Krulik (HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT), “scream-queens” Eleanor Herman and Leanna Chamish, as well as a new generation of television “horror hosts” including John Dimes (“Dr. Sarcofiguy”) and Jerry Moore II (“Karlos Borloff”), this doc’s universal appeal goes beyond the beltway to show how art can sometimes come back to re-influence itself, and how the best days will always be ahead.
Mr. Prather is a Telly Award winning director and producer, who previously directed the documentaries, PUBLIC WITNESS, SHARLENE’S HOUSE and the 1995 feature THE WAVE, which premiered at the AFI Video Festival in Los Angeles and screened at the AFI National Film Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He is the director and founder of Spooky Movie: The Washington, D.C. International Horror Film Festival.
This evening is a joint presentation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase (MARS), and the Spooky Movie’s Midsummer Night’s Scream programs. As part of the premiere event, there will be a preview of Spooky Movie 2009 festival, which will have its opening night Wednesday, October 21 at the AFI Silver Theatre, and will feature a Q&A following the screening, led by documentary filmmaker Jeff Krulik (HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT) with panelists Mr. Prather and Mr. Dyszel. The trailer is available online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbkErFJ4v2M
About the American Film Institute
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is the flagship exhibition space of the American Film Institute and is one of the Washington area’s proudest cultural landmarks. Located in Silver Spring, MD, the AFI Silver offers a year-round program of the best in American and international cinema, featuring a dynamic mix of first-run movies, festivals, premieres, retrospectives, special events, tributes, on-stage guest appearances and education and community programs. Anchored by the stunning interior of the 1938 Silver Theatre, the 49,000 square-foot one-of-a-kind AFI Silver combines the latest in broadcast technology and state-of-the-art film and video exhibition in its three theatres, office and meeting spaces, production and broadcast facilities, and reception and exhibition areas. On the Web at www.AFI.com/Silver
About Spooky Movie
Spooky Movie is Washington, D.C.’s International Horror Film Festival, founded in 2006 to showcase the best independent genre filmmaking from around the world. The 4th annual festival will be held October 21-25 at theatres around Washington, D.C., including the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Additional information about Spooky Movie is available at www.thespookymovie.com.