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MidWest WeirdFest Announces Indiegogo Campaign to Support the Festival’s Fifth Edition

Fans of cinematic delves into the paranormal, UFOs, cryptids, and the like should absolutely love what Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest has to offer. Each year, the fest features top-notch narrative and documentary features and shorts from around the world, and this year, the fest has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help continue its tradition of bringing the fine fare for which it is known and to support its home base, Eau Claire’s Micon Downtown Cinema. Full details, including perks available to contributors, follow in the official press announcement.

For examples of the quality films offered by MidWest WeirdFest, check out these Gruesome Magazine reviews from last year’s edition — Return to Wildcat Mountain: Wisconsin’s Black Panther Nexus, Best Horror Short winner Prefigured, and horror comedy short Welcome to Helltown.

MidWest WeirdFest, the cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird, is now in its 5th year. And today, it is asking for your help to make this year’s event another success, by checking out the festival’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Festival director Dean Bertram (center) with Cindy Martin (L) and Lonnie Martin (R,) indie filmmakers of THE LAST OF THE MANSON GIRLS

The 2021 festival takes place March 5–7, 2021, at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is consistently reviewed by filmmakers as being in the world’s top 100 film festivals (out of over 9,000 festivals) on the industry’s leading festival submission website, FilmFreeway.

“I’m asking for your help to deliver the plethora of cinematic weirdness that MidWest WeirdFest’s audience and visiting filmmakers have come to expect,” says festival founder and director Dean Bertram. “Because, like many small businesses and arts organizations, MidWest WeirdFest and our fantastic venue the Micon Downtown Cinema have both been impacted by Covid-19. So, if you can afford to help, even a little, please check out our online Indiegogo campaign. We would really appreciate it.”

Filmmaker guest Bryna Smith at MidWest WeirdFest

In return for their support, people who back the festival can select from a wide range of fantastic perks. The exclusive merchandise ranges from stickers and magnets, to T-shirts, tote bags, and face masks, to a collectable dog tag that also works as a season pass to the 2021 fest. The festival’s Indiegogo campaign also offers discounted bundles of tickets combined with other perks, as well as sponsorship packages for businesses.

Half of the proceeds raised go directly to the Micon Downtown Cinema, the other half will assist in the operating costs of the 2021 festival.

More details can be found at MidWest WeirdFest’s Indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/midwest-weirdfest-2021

The festival’s official website can be visited at: www.midwestweirdfest.com.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5. He is a contributing writer for "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" print magazine and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, Ghastly Grinning, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" and "Uphill Both Ways" podcasts. Joseph has also written for “Scream” magazine, "Filmfax" magazine, “SQ Horror” magazine, and the websites That's Not Current an HorrorNews.net. He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5. He is a contributing writer for "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" print magazine and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, Ghastly Grinning, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" and "Uphill Both Ways" podcasts. Joseph has also written for “Scream” magazine, "Filmfax" magazine, “SQ Horror” magazine, and the websites That's Not Current an HorrorNews.net. He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.