[News] Director Joel Schumacher is Cinepocalypse 2019 Jury President!

The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce THE LOST BOYS director Joel Schumacher as President of the 2019 Cinepocalypse Feature Film Jury, and that the festival will host special screenings of the director’s FALLING DOWN in 35mm and FLATLINERS in glorious 70mm! The Chicago-based genre film festival, which will take place June 13 – 20 at the historic Music Box Theatre, celebrates its wild third year with more films, guests, and events than ever before.

Writer/director Schumacher, whose incredible career includes everything from D.C. CAB and ST. ELMO’S FIRE to 8MM and BATMAN FOREVER, says, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be heading back to Chicago, where I shot FLATLINERS and did a play for David Mamet at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre. I am also very flattered to be asked to be head of the jury, which I have no qualifications for whatsoever.”

Cinepocalypse founder Josh Goldbloom adds, “We’ve wanted to honor Joel’s iconic filmography for some time and, as it turns out, he’ll be the one honoring us. To have a filmmaker of his influence presiding over our jury is at once humbling, mind-numbingly rad, and mostly just completely insane. I hope I don’t scare him away by quoting too many lines from FALLING DOWN.”
Also crash-landing at Cinepocalypse are BälSäc the Jaws ‘o Death and Sleazy P. Martini – members of the galaxy’s most iconic band, GWAR. Hailing from the frozen wastes of Antarctica, GWAR has been a driving force behind the shaping of all life on planet Earth for the past several millennia and an integral part of American heavy metal since 1984. Honoring GWAR’s decades of music history on this planet, Cinepocalypse will screen a number of their most memorable, boundary-pushing, and just plain vulgar videos and short films; enslave BälSäc and Sleazy P. long enough to participate in a career-spanning moderated conversation and Q&A; and welcome them both on-stage to live-riff and utterly destroy John Fasano’s 1987 cult classic ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, starring fellow rock god Thor!
Since 2017, Cinepocalypse has terrorized audiences with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival has recently played host to the likes of Lana Wachowski, Scott Derrickson, Joe Carnahan, Ernest Dickerson, Larry Cohen, Barbara Crampton, Stephen Hopkins, Eric Roberts, and many more talented filmmakers from around the globe.
Cinepocalypse 2019 will reveal its full list of films – alongside its amazing juries and guests – in May.
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