The Ed Wood Extravaganza and Unconvincing Drag Contest will celebrate the “almost 90th anniversary” of the birth of Cult-Film Maker, artist, and auteur on Saturday, October 5 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Cult Fiction Underground, 2915 Gallatin Pike, Nashville.
Edward Davis “Ed” Wood, Jr. (1924 -1978) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author and film editor. In the 1950s, Wood made a number of low-budget science fiction, horror and cowboy genre films, intercutting stock footage. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sexploitation movies and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels. In 1980, he was posthumously awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time, renewing public interest in his work and transforming his unsuccessful career and camp approach to cult status.
Following the publication of Rudolph Grey’s biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. in 1992, Wood’s life and work have undergone a public rehabilitation of sorts, leading up to director Tim Burton’s biopic of Wood’s life, Ed Wood (1994), a critically acclaimed film which earned two Academy Awards.
His cult films include Glen or Glenda, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster and The Sinister Urge.
In 1994, director Tim Burton released the biopic Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp in the title role and Martin Landau, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi. It also won an Academy Award for Best Makeup for Rick Baker. The film received mass critical acclaim, but did poorly at the box office.
This retrospective of his storied works and career will showcase UFOs, vampires, and angora sweaters. During the evening, an unconvincing drag contest will be held.
“So guys, get out your finest dresses, ladies find that construction helmet and your coveralls. And guys since this will be an unconvincing drag contest you won’t even have to shave those beards,” say the organizers. The winner will receive a canned meat product or a vegan friendly head of lettuce.
Costumes including Vampira, Bela Lugosi, and any assorted martian, monster, or freak are welcomed. And don’t be shy about it; wear your very best angora.