JOIN US FOR
THE COOLEST BACK TO THE FIFTIES CELEBRATION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS EVER
After four years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, my film is
And Sunday November 14th, 2010 I get to share it with the world for
the very first time.
This is a time for celebration. And not just any kind of
celebration: A completely authentic 1950's celebration
that will make you think you just stepped out of a time machine and
into the fifties.
your best 50's getup and come live the fifties for an entire
afternoon in company of the stars and cars of the film.
(celebration starts at 11AM and ends at 8PM)
Event is expected to sell out fast - Only 600 tickets available to
the screening. Grab yours while you still can.
I couldn't think of a better place to celebrate the fifties and my
film than historical Downtown Fillmore. Johnny's very birthplace.
A town forgotten by time, rich in heritage. I filmed for many months
in and around the area and came to fall in love with it. Everything
is just as it used to be. Located amidst endless fields and
orchards, the quaint little town is but a mere 8 minutes West of
Magic Mountain. Simply take the 126 from the 5 interstate and it
will lead you straight to downtown Fillmore. (map)
On Sunday, November
14th, from 11AM to 8PM, we are rolling back the clocks and it will
be 1955 all over again in Fillmore. We will be closing parts of the
downtown area to traffic for the event. This is where everything is
located: The City Hall, Historical train station and vintage
theater. And this is where we are going to hold our World Premiere
and back to the Fifties Celebration.
We request all
guests to dress 50's or 40's that day. This is a theme Premiere so
have fun with it! It can be as simple as a blue jeans, converse
shoes and a white tee or as elaborate as your taste may be. Pony
tails or vintage hair style for the ladies and gentlemen,
Grease your hair!!
This is a hot rod film and many of the cars from the film will be
there that day, parked right in front of the theater. Many of our
fans also own beautiful cars and are bringing them to the Premiere,
so expect to see many beautiful pre - 1960 cars and hot rods up and
down central avenue - including the Deuce Of Spades 32 roadster (star
car of the film) JOHNNY CALLAWAY'S famous roadster!
Have a pre-1960 car?
Bring it and we will make sure you have guarantied parking on one of
the streets we are closing down to traffic that day. Want to
be parked in one of the better parking spots located closer to the
theater entrance or closer to the City Hall? Get the optional VIP reserved
prime parking for your car for an additional $15.
Have a cool car that is post 1959?
Bring it too! As I said there should be plenty of regular parking in
the immediate vicinity of the pre - 1960 car parking area.
It is my desire to
put owners in touch with each other so that they may join several hot rods and classic cars runs to the event.
Meeting points will be
1- BURBANK: Bob's Big Boy (for those coming
from the East or South) 9am departure.
2- PALMDALE: Starbucks on Rancho Vista (by Lowes) 9am
3- VENTURA: Jalopy Joe's (for those coming
from the North / West) 10am departure.
4- MOORPARK: Denny's (E. Los Angeles & Miller Parkway)
for those wanting to take Grimes Canyon - 10am departure.
More details will be emailed
when we get closer to the event. Currently I am keeping track of who
is interested in joining the hot rod run (make sure to indicate
whether you are
interested in a hot rod run when you buy your Premiere Ticket). If
enough cars sign up, we will proceed. So wait for further
drive, park and bring your cars to the Premiere at your own risk!
All VIP cars must
arrive no later than 11:30. We will start to park cars at 11AM.
late because 150 guests will be boarding the train at noon for the
meal. Seating on train is pre-assigned so if you miss your train you
will not have another chance to eat. Cars leave at the end of event
- when we reopen the street to traffic.
Meet the filmmaker,
FAITH GRANGER, as well as the stars from the film, including lead
man TIMOTHY LUKE (Johnny Callaway), JORDAN WARREN (Tommy Miller),
KYLE CLIFFORD (Art Delaney) ALEXANDRA HOLDER (Bettie Thompson) and
many many more.
We are hoping to also
be graced with special guests GENE WINFIELD and BILL HINES (both
featured in the film), if Gene is not racing at El Mirage that
The film DVDs will
be available for the first time ever at the event. Look for the
black DEUCE OF SPADES canopy and booth, which will be located near
the City Hall. We will also have film posters, tee shirts, key
chains as well as a collection of gorgeous 8.5 X 11 prints.
A signing will take
place at the DEUCE OF SPADES merchandizing booth (time to be
announced) so if you buy any merch that day make sure to have it
signed by the stars of the film! This is a one time opportunity not
to be missed.
When it came to
picking a theater for my Premiere, I decided to think outside the
box. After all, isn't it what making this film was all about,
thinking outside the box? So I decided to turn my back on the trendy
Hollywood theaters and open my heart to one little fifties theater
with a great history: The Towne Theater. Built in 1916 it is said to
be one of the oldest continuously running theater in the country!!!
performed vaudeville there back in the day. This is a very old
school theater, unpretentious and will be the first ever theater in
the world to show my film DEUCE OF SPADES. If all goes well I am
hoping to even have a ticket vintage girl and a candy girl there, to
really make it like it used to be back in the fifties.
The theater seats 300
and we should have two screenings (1PM and 4PM) to accommodate up to
600 lucky guests. I will personally give a small introduction before
each screening and there will be a short Q&A afterwards.
RED CARPET will be
at the 4PM screening - which is reserved for the cast, crew, close
friends and media. If seating is still available for the 4PM
showing, the seats will be assigned on a first come first serve
basis, to whomever bought tickets first. Remaining guests will
attend the 1PM showing, which will also feature the filmmaker and a
Q&A session afterward.
Make sure to be
near the Theater's entrance a tad before 4PM to cheer the cast and
stars as they walk in on the red carpet!!
Film runtime is 128
minutes - No children under 13 allowed in the theater unless they
are part of the cast.
Note: You need a
ticket to enter the theater.
All aboard!! In my film and teaser you have seen Johnny Callaway
running through a train station. Remember the gorgeous 50's train in
that scene? I am very excited to announce that the Fillmore &
Western Railway Company will be welcoming us on board that amazing
authentic 1950's train (docked at the historical train station a
mere 500 yards from the theater) to serve our guests a lovely meal.
I had the meal catered by my favorite restaurant of all times and
the meal will comprise of a Cesar salad, garlic bread sticks,
chicken and a side of pasta, as well as your choice of soft drink,
lemonade or water. It wouldn't be a meal without coffee and desert,
so I got that covered too :). There will be four separate seating,
depending on what wrist ban color you get at check in. Train can
seat up to 150 people, so while some are watching the film, the
others will eat, and visa versa. Make sure to get the event schedule
and map when you check in, everything will be explained in detail on
that map. Make sure to not be late to board your train. We have
allocated 75 minutes for guests to eat and then all guests must exit
the train promptly so the next 150 guests can board and also eat.
Thank you for your consideration.
beverages will be available on board the train at an additional cost
- Please ask your waiter for more details. No alcoholic beverages
may leave the train though, so drink up before you go!
Note: You need a
ticket to board the train. Now offering Premiere tickets that do not
include the meal on the train, for a reduced price of $15 per prs.
If you are not busy
watching the film, admiring the cars or eating on board the vintage
train you may wonder what else there will be for you to do that
day... Wonder no more! Right at the footstep of the magnificent City
Hall, (located right next to the train) in the town's main square,
you will have the opportunity to listen to amazing live bands,
bringing back the era with their doo-wop and 50's rock authentic
songs. I am very proud to present, for the first time ever in the
US, top Finnish bands MYSTERY TRAIN and KING DRAPES, both featured
on the film's soundtrack. They will be flying all the way from
Europe to be at the Premiere with us and share their great tunes
with you guys. Hailing from our dear Southern California is no other
than "LIL' MO AND THE DYNAFLOS" by far one of the best doo-wop bands
around today and amazing harp player FLAT TOP TOM and his band, who
landed his very cool tune for our famous
teaser. Final line up and schedule has not yet been finalized
at the time of this writing but the event map the day of the show
will have all the info you need. Band line up subject to change at
Note: You do not need a ticket to enjoy the live bands -
this area is open to the public.
Wait. It gets even BETTER. What is music without dancing? And what
is 50's music without some awesome Lindy Hop? Since my film features
the best dancers in the world, it is fair to assume that a few of
them will show up and show off their cool moves in front of the City
Hall. I have invited the Atomic Cherry Bombs to come perform a
couple of their retro 20's, 30's and 40's numbers and hopefully they
will also show us what Lindy Hop is all about. (To be confirmed). So
come jive with us!
Note: You do not
need a ticket to enjoy the dancing - this area is open
to the public. Dancing is at your own risks. The filmmaker assumes
no responsibility for any injuries you may sustain while dancing at
Last, but certainly
not least, I am delighted to say that my good friend, world renowned
artist TOM FRITZ will be sharing some of his exquisite oil canvases,
including the two famous DEUCE OF SPADES paintings (as seen on the
online store). The exhibit will take place at the GIESSINGER WINERY,
located right behind the City Hall, next to the trains. A mere 20
seconds walk from the live band area. So not only will you get to
see Tom's beautiful art (depicting 50's hot rods in action) but you
will also, if you so desire, get to do some wine tasting. This is a
lovely establishment and they are very excited to welcome us that
day. Please support the winery. They are very reasonably priced and
I was told the wine tasting that day may include some goat cheese
and bread, etc.
Note: You do not
need a ticket to enjoy the exhibit and wine tasting.
Additional fees for the wine apply - see the winery's price list.
Exhibit is free.
I very much look forward to seeing you all at the event and sharing
my film with you.
if the event is a success, the City of Fillmore might be willing to
a yearly summer DEUCE OF SPADES festival to celebrate the fifties.
Please help me make this bash a success by not bringing alcohol to
Keep the city clean and treat it like it was your own home.
NO ALCOHOL, BURN OUTS, FLAMES OR LOUD REVVING OF ENGINES PLEASE.
Drive very slow once you enter the city limits.
Thank you and God bless!