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Published:September 14th, 2010 11:28 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Bill Dever, B-Movie Celebration

Judyth Piazza chats with Bill Dever, B-Movie Celebration

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

This year, the B-Movie Celebration, located in Franklin, Indiana, shines the spotlight on three B-movie mavericks from the Midwest:  William Girdler, K. Gordon Murray and Kroger Babb.  Several works from these pioneers will be shown and there will be tributes and other surprises.

William Girdler was the Kentucky-based director of 9 feature films including Three on a Meathook, " Grizzly, " Day of the Animals" and "The Manitou."  His brief career, cut short by his death in 1978, saw him working with name actors such as Tony Curtis, Susan Strassberg, Leslie Nielsen, Pam Grier, Christopher George and Lynda Day George.  Long considered a local legend, his films run the gamut from horror to blaxploitation to even political thrillers.

K. Gordon Murray was a film presenter, dubbing films from Mexico and presenting them to delighted audiences everywhere.  His biggest success was with a 1959 film from Mexico called Santa Claus. "  Murray re-released this film every holiday season for nearly 20 years, calling it a children`s classic.  He always made a bundle of money with it everytime.  Although he was primarily known for children`s films, Murray was also a producer of sleaze films like 1967`s "Shanty Tramp" and action films like 1972`s The Daredevil."

Kroger Babb always presented himself as America`s fearless showman, " taking exploitative B-pictures like Mom and Dad " and making with vast promotions.  His methods, including calling newspapers to protest the film before it appears, selling sex manuals and allowing only segregated showings, made him notorious among exhibitors, but always massively profitable.  His motto: You gotta tell "em to sell "em."
It`s the spirit of these showmen that we honor at this year`s B-Movie Celebration. 

The B-Movie Celebration is designed to magnify the achievements of past B-movie filmmakers while heralding the breed of independent, low-budget B-mavericks. In short, the past, present and future are all present and accounted for here.In addition, over 50 films will be shown.  Plus, there are special guests, seminars and the Golden Cob Awards. 

The Awards will be handed out during the The 4th Annual B Movie Celebration being held in Franklin Indiana. The B Movie Celebration is a yearly gathering of genre cinema fans and professional. This years Celebration will be held September 24th, 25th and 26th.

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