DAMN DIRTY GEEKS SPECIAL EVENTS
The Damn Dirty Geeks are creating special fan events and meet ups we know will interest our fellow geeks!
The Damn Dirty Geeks are celebrating PLANET OF THE APES DAY 2018 by co-hosting a special live podcast at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES at Arena Cinelounge Hollywood! This special event is ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, April 7th beginning at 7:00pm.
Join us at ARENA CINELOUNGE as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the acclaimed, seminal science fiction classic, PLANET OF THE APES. This special celebration will feature a double feature screening of 1968’s PLANET OF THE APES following by its 1970 sequel, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. Joining us for an APES-centric discussion that evening including special guests:
GREG NICOTERO (make-up effects legend)
LOU WAGNER (“Lucius” in PLANET OF THE APES)
TOM BURMAN (original PLANET OF THE APES make-up artist)
FRANK DIETZ (Damn Dirty Geeks podcast)
We will also be welcoming PLANET OF THE APES cosplay groups for the evening.
Join us at WonderFest on June 3rd as the Damn Dirty Geeks record our second live podcast episode, this time from the highly popular annual hobby convention in Kentucky. Special celebrity guest from HBO’s WESTWORLD, actor Brian Howe, joins DDG host Frank Dietz at the mics as this dynamic duo reunite from their roles in THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and THE AUDIO ADVENTUREBOOK OF BIG DAN FRATER, VOLUME 1.
Frank and Brian will chat about their past comedy capers and their newest adventures recording episodes for BIG DAN FRATER, VOLUME 2. Special guests will also stop by during the live episode for some fun surprises, so join the DDG podcasting live in Theater A at 3:45pm on Saturday, June 3rd at WonderFest 2017!
After our podcast, stick around immediately afterward for the 15th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards ceremony held in the same theater, hosted by David Colton who was one of our special guests in the DDG’s first live podcast recorded at Monsterpalooza 2017.
Start off your Monsterpalooza 2017 weekend with a bang: the Damn Dirty Geeks will be hosting our first LIVE podcast show on Friday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30pm at the Pasadena Convention Center! The entire DDG ensemble will be attending: Frank, Jack, Frank, Trish and Scott, plus our trusty sound engineer Brice recording it all for syndication via our online podcast feed.
We’re working up some cool potential guests for the show along with some Monsterpalooza-style topics to discuss, so it will be a blast to listen to from the audience, whether you’re a longtime subscriber to our show or a first time listener.
Convention master Eliot Brodsky has assembled some fantastic guests and events in the Monsterpalooza 2017 lineup, including big name stars like Robert England, Cassandra Peterson, Heather Langenkamp, Basil Gogos, Robert Picardo, makeup artists Ve Niell and Tom Savini, our friends Lou Wagner (PLANET OF THE APES) and artist Mike Hill, plus many others.
We welcome you to launch your Monsterpalooza fun with the Damn Dirty Geeks, podcasting live from Theater 2 at the Pasadena Convention Center, then stay for the entire weekend — you’ll see us around for sure. RSVP to join our Live Podcast Event on the DDG Facebook page and share it on your page!
Purchase your passes to attend Monsterpalooza at the official website before they sell out, then join us for some podcasting hilarity and horror!
LONG LIVE THE KING, the new documentary directed by Damn Dirty Geeks’ own Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, producer Scott Weitz and featuring an interview with Frank H. Woodward, starts its film festival run this weekend as an Official Selection at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 6th.
“The project was started over three years ago, and it is exciting to finally see it finished and receiving such positive responses,” says Dietz. “I am thrilled that the film is making its festival debut at such a distinguished event.”
LONG LIVE THE KING features interviews with industry professionals and lifelong KONG fans including director Joe Dante (THE HOWLING, GREMLINS), actor Brian Howe (WESTWORLD), director/effects artist Greg Nicotero (THE WALKING DEAD), Dana Gould (STAN AGAINST EVIL, THE SIMPSONS), actor Doug Jones (HELLBOY), actress Alexis Iancono, director/effects artist Tom Woodruff Jr., archivist Bob Burns, effects artist Chris Walas, actor Douglas Tait, artists Mike Hill and William Stout, plus many more.
This loving salute to KONG has also been nominated as Best Documentary Film at Fantasy Anime Sci-Fi Horror Film Festival (get tickets) screening November 19th at the Laemmle Santa Monica Film Center, and is also an Official Selection of the Super Geek Film Festival July 27-30, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale. More festival announcements and screenings are coming soon, so stay tuned here one the DDG website, the DDG Facebook page and the LONG LIVE THE KING Facebook page for the latest news.
We’re very proud to announce that the new documentary by DDG’s own Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, LONG LIVE THE KING, makes its World Premiere at the Bay Area Film Events festival on Saturday, October 1st!
Damn Dirty Geeks’ Frank Dietz (director/producer), Trish Geiger (director/producer), Scott Weitz (producer) will be attending, along with special guests Frank Woodward (MEN IN SUITS), Brian Howe (HBO’s WESTWORLD) and Dana Gould (STAN AGAINST EVIL, THE SIMPSONS), and executive producer Brian Kelly Jones are attending the premier event, hosted at the historic Bal Theater.
LONG LIVE THE KING collects film clips and special guest interviews with KONG fans, performers and creature makers including: Greg Nicotero, Dana Gould, Doug Jones, Chris Walas, Tom Woodruff Jr., Bob Burns, William Stout, Douglas Tait, Frank Ippolito, Mike Hill, Alexis Iacono, Donald F. Glut and many more.
These celebrity interviews reflect decades of passion and fandom of the original 1933 classic film, revealing how many entertainment creators’ lives were influenced by childhood first viewings of KING KONG, and how this timeless adventure fantasy influenced future careers of filmmakers, writers, actors and artists for generations since its release. These amusing personal stories weave together common threads of admiration, wonder and inspiration that all KONG fans share in their lives and work.
Get tickets to attend this World Premiere documentary tribute to KING KONG here while supplies last as we gather to celebrate the legacy of the Eighth Wonder of the World — KONG!
ONE WEEK UNTIL YOU CAN GO APE WITH THE DAMN DIRTY GEEKS!
Hot on the heels of the very successful fan meet up to celebrate our 2nd annual Planet of the Apes Day, the Damn Dirty Geeks are planning another APES fan gathering built around the TCM screening of the 1968 original PLANET OF THE APES on Sunday July 24th at 2pm in Burbank, CA!
UPDATE: our after-movie meet up venue will be the Story Tavern in Burbank, about a block away from the AMC Burbank 16 theater which hosts the POTA screening. If you plan to join us at or after the movie, please RSVP to this event so we can get an accurate headcount. We are only reserving restaurant space for people who RSVP to join us before Sunday.
To join in the fun:
- Purchase your movie tickets for the July 24th 2:00pm screening of PLANET OF THE APES at the AMC Burbank 16 theaters via the TCM and Fathom Events webpage.
- RSVP on our DDG Facebook event page that you’re attending our post-movie meet up gathering. Please indicate if you’re actually attending in-person so we can get an accurate headcount.
If you plan to join us, we urge you to purchase your movie tickets soon to avoid a sell-out of this 2pm screening.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT CONDITIONS FOR ATTENDING THIS SCREENING EVENT:
- Since this TCM/Fathom Events screening of PLANET OF THE APES is open to the general public, the Damn Dirty Geeks have no control over or involvement with ticket purchases: if this 2pm screening sells out before you purchase your own ticket, you will miss seeing the movie at this particular theater.
- Movie ticket purchases to watch PLANET OF THE APES are the sole responsibility of attending guests, and seating is general admission, so first-come-first-served. Plan to arrive early at the theater for your best choice of seating, in case there is a line up before entering.
- Please call the AMC Burbank 16 theater directly at (818) 953-2932 about their costume policy before arrival, if you plan to wear any costumes, masks or prop weaponry. Attending guests are solely responsible for pre-approval from the theater on any costuming prior to admission for this screening.
- Attending the PLANET OF THE APES screening is not a requirement for joining our after-movie meet up, however. Fans are still welcome to join us for dinner after the movie at our location if you choose to skip the film.
That business out of the way, we look forward to seeing our friends and fellow fans at the movie and meet up afterward, and hope to meet more new friends attending for the first time! Set your ANSA navigation computers to arrive at Burbank, California in our future timeline… July 24th, that is!
The Damn Dirty Geeks thank all of our podcast listeners, friends and fellow APES fans for making our 2nd annual Planet of the Apes Day event a huge success! Over 60 people attended our meet up at the Idle Hour bar in North Hollywood to celebrate the legacy of the PLANET OF THE APES films and share their fandom with friends old and new. Lucky guests received some cool APES raffle gifts including a Go Ape t-shirt, comic book collections and DDG magnets, while everyone received a limited edition souvenir DDG newspaper commemorating our party.
One of the highlights of the night was the arrival of our special surprise guest, actor Lou Wagner, who played Lucius in the original PLANET OF THE APES film, co-starring with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Charlton Heston and Maurice Evans. APES fans will also recognize Lou as the chimp busboy who has a flambé problem in CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.
Lou was most generous in chatting with fans about his work in films and television roles, signing a few autographs and posing for photos with his fans — which numbered all of us, of course! Lou is such a kind gentleman and a delight to meet in person, and we thank him for joining us.
Below is a photo gallery of highlights from our Planet of the Apes Day festivities that will give those who couldn’t attend in person a feel for the hours of fun, sharing of stories and making new friends.
We’ve received many compliments and positive reviews of our event from those attending, and we thank you for the kind words. We couldn’t put this meet up together without you all joining in the spirit of the event, so congratulate yourselves on making the 2nd annual Planet of the Apes Day a big hit. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Idle Hour for letting us host POTA Day at their cool, fun venue!
Be sure to follow the Damn Dirty Geeks’ Facebook page for future notifications of the 3rd annual Planet of the Apes Day coming in 2017!
Meanwhile, we welcome you to RSVP and join us for the Damn Dirty Geeks’ next fan event: our PLANET OF THE APES Screening Fan Event on July 24, 2016 in Burbank, CA, hosted in conjunction with TCM and Fathom Events’ screening of the original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES film. To learn more details including movie ticket purchase (sold separately), please RSVP at our Facebook event page linked above.
Tonight’s the night that the Damn Dirty Geeks and fans around the world will meet up in-person or online to celebrate the 2nd annual PLANET OF THE APES DAY!
Humans from around the world will be meeting up in-person and virtually online at the Idle Hour Bar in North Hollywood beginning at 5pm PT. We’ve got door prizes, a free limited edition giveaway souvenir, and of course there’s a bar! You never know who will show up at this APES event, so come hang out with your fellow humans to celebrate all things ape. RSVP and get details on our Planet of the Apes Day event page on Facebook.
Use the hashtags #PlanetOfTheApesDay and #DamnDirtyGeeks when you post and share tonights festivities!
VOTE IN OUR POLL: WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE APES FILM OR TV SERIES?
IT’S PLANET OF THE APES DAY 2016! In conjunction with the Damn Dirty Geeks’ fan meet up tonight at the Idle Hour Bar in North Hollywood, CA, we want to hear from fans all around the globe: which is your favorite APES adventure, from the original 1968 film and its four sequels, to the live-action and animated TV series, and up to the new reboot films?
GO APE THIS WEEKEND WITH THE DAMN DIRTY GEEKS IN LOS ANGELES!
The Damn Dirty Geeks’ second annual gathering to celebrate the classic 1968 film PLANET OF THE APES and all its franchise follow-ups is taking over this Saturday, April 2, 2016.
We are hosting this fan meet up event at the Idle Hour Cafe in North Hollywood, CA (map below) beginning at 5:00pm this Saturday, and we invite all POTA fans locally and around our planet to attend!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area and plan to attend our POTA Day event, please RSVP on our Facebook event page and note that you plan to be here in person so we can get a headcount, as our event space is limited.
For those who can’t attend in person, we encourage fans in other cities to join us via Skype and Facebook, of course. You’re welcome to RSVP to our Facebook event page, but please note that you’ll be joining online only — where there’s unlimited room for you APES fans to join us!
We have some special fun planned for those attending, and plenty of our DDG friends will be dropping in to join the fan celebration. Be sure to share your PLANET OF THE APES DAY photos and comments on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PlanetOfTheApesDay and #DamnDirtyGeeks, whether you’re joining us in person or following along online.
Please RSVP now before the event fills up, mark April 2nd in your calendars, and prepare to GO APE with the Damn Dirty Geeks on PLANET OF THE APES DAY 2016! Feel free to download and share our event and flyer with your fellow APES fans and friends. We’ll see you there, humans!
MAP LOCATION OF IDLE HOUR VENUE FOR PLANET OF THE APES DAY 2016