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SMT on the Road: Silver Scream Festival and More

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SMT Heads, FAMOUS MONSTERS Silver Scream Festival will be our first whistle stop in 2018! If you’re in town to check out the hottest up and coming talent in indie horror filmmaking, come by and say hi! And if you can’t make it there, look for SMT Live at these events:











Famous MonstersSILVER SCREAM FEST: FEB 16-18th, Santa Rosa CA



SAN DIEGO COMIC CON: July 20-21st San Diego CA



Join us for live interviews, panels or just stop and say hi!



Fifty years on, the dead still won’t stay down, and they’re crawling to the Roxy 14 for the third annual iteration of the Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s landmark NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and the Silver Scream Fest will be showing the brand new Criterion Collection edition for the very first time in a movie theater, accompanied by appearances by its
producer, Russell Streiner, and many more members of the cast and crew. Other announced guests for 2018 include the heroines of horror triumvirate of Dee Wallace (CUJO, THE HOWLING), Barbara Crampton (REANIMATOR, CHOPPING MALL), and Kelli Maroney (CHOPPING MALL, NIGHT OF THE COMET).

As a partnership between Famous Monsters and Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, Silvewas established in 2016 as a way to celebrate and discover new genre talent in film, writing, and comic books. The festival’s debut year at Santa Rosa’s Roxy 14 theater, saw celebrations of Wes Craven’s career and the 35th anniversary of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, while in 2017, running alongside the Famous Monsters Convention in Dallas, celebrated with guests from STAR TREK and SHIN GODZILLA. But the call to return to California was strong, especially after the disaster of the October 2017 wildfires that swept Sonoma County and left many without homes or jobs. Silver Scream felt it was important to honor the community of Santa Rosa and donate portions of its proceeds to wildfire charities.

Famous Monsters“Santa Rosa Entertainment Group and the CULT Film Series are extremely proud to bring The Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival back home,” said co-producer Neil Pearlmutter. “We have a great mix of independent films, genre favorites, and renowned classics in the lineup, but it is equally important that we acknowledge the devastation experienced by our community this past October. We are healing and look forward to showcasing the resilience of our people and beauty of our region.”

In addition to special screenings and guests, Silver Scream will show independent features and shorts throughout the festival. Selection is currently underway on and the festival is accepting feature films, short films, animation, screenplays, graphic novels, and graphic novel scripts. Winning screenplays will receive a free listing at, while graphic novel winners in each category will be published by American Gothic Press.

About the Author

Jason Stewart
Jason Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. When he's not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie. add blog


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