A NOTE FROM THE GHOUL CREW
In 2011 a group of friends were just crazy enough to think that they could put together a horror convention in Flint, MI on a shoestring budget. To think that with very little seed money we could dare to create something that should cost several thousand dollars to create showed how naïve we were but it also was that sort of mindset that allowed us to do this thing for five years. If you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t. If you start focusing on how you’ll get nowhere. Sometimes you just have to do it and convince yourself that you’ll make it to where you’re heading.
That was our first of many lessons.
Over the course of six years and five conventions we have learned more than we can tell you about ourselves, about the support of our friends, and about our shared passion. We have met some of the most amazing people over these years and have been blessed by fans we never would have imagined existed to support a show like ours.
From the beginning we were dead set on a few things.
We had to be low cost for fans.
We had to be low cost for vendors.
We had to be fun.
We had to be family friendly.
We had to have movies.
And we had to be one day.
The should had to be in Downtown Flint.
None of those things came easy because the nature of putting a convention together is that it is always on roller skates and ever-evolving but we stuck to our principles. This was a show about the fans and the vendors, not about us, which is why we tended to keep to the shadows when putting things together. We love what we do but too many people make their convention or show about themselves, about their brand and personality and ego and that’s not what we’re about. We all have other things going on and this just something we all work together on doing. When the focus is on you and not the show it says something about the people running things and where their interests lay. It’s that simple.
When we took a year off in 2015 there was a lot of talk about what came next. We were low on funds, we had taken a huge morale hit after a rough 2014 and we weren’t sure that the support was there for the show. We had a meeting and talked it over and decided that we wanted to keep going. We would create a smaller show, a Monster Marketplace that would stick to the same ideals of the Flint Horror Con but with a lower budget. It meant a lot of sacrifices but we believe in this idea and the people who support us and wanted to give it another try. We had a blast this year, despite the usual venue stress that seemed to plague us since the beginning, and are happy that we chose to do another convention. It has always been a pleasure to see the people who have supported and believed in us and we can never thank all of you that have been a part of this enough.
In 2011 there was a dream, $800, and a group of friends with some connections and a lot of guts.
Today we are a bigger group with new faces and a network of connections that we can call friends and co-conspirators and who have been there every step of the way.
After taking a long and hard look at things we have realized that it’s time to move away from conventions. We love doing them and wish we could have really put what we all had in our heads together for all of you but the simple fact is that it’s time to move on.
We have always had trouble with funding and we just don’t make the sort of money as a convention to push forward and it’s irresponsible as individuals to keep putting our money into this. A sad truth has also become clear to us that this area doesn’t have the interest in what we’ve been doing that we had hoped and we’re unwilling to sacrifice our principles to become a different show.
None of us wants to admit it but it’s time to just face that our convention days are over.
We had a wonderful run, we made friends, we helped promote indie filmmakers, we brought celebrities into town that would never have come here otherwise, we helped artists and creators find new fans and meet new contacts, we promoted this area and it’s creatives, and we had a hell of a time during all of it. The time has come to move on though.
BUT…while there will be no more conventions this is not the end of the FHC Ghoul Crew.
We still are doing our Ghoul Cast podcast every two weeks – we just put out episode 48!
We are still looking to do free and low cost horror events.
We are still looking to make an impact and make a difference.
We have no idea what the future looks like for us or what it holds but we can promise you that it’ll be weird and it’ll be fun. We have always been about more than just the convention – we are art shows, music showcases, movies in the park, movies in a bar, workshops, author discussions, and more, and we’ll remain all of that. While the convention was always the big focus, it was not our only focus. We got to where we are through the hard work of people who are no longer with the group, with the friendships and partnerships we cultivated over these years, and finally by the sponsorship of a few folks that stuck with us through it all.
We can never thank any of you enough for your support, your belief, and your championing of what we do and of our little convention. The world needs more small conventions, not less. The scene has been overrun by large, faceless shows with lots of stars but no personality and no community connection. It’s our small hope that we brought a little chaos to the scene and we hope that one of you may someday take the embers of what we created and create something of your own that will raise a little hell.
This is not the end but a hard re-boot and we’ll most definitely see you on the other side.
We are, The Flint Horror Collective Ghoul Crew -
(FORMER MEMBERS of the Ghoul Crew)
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2016! WE HAD A BLAST.
THAT'S A WRAP!
New guests added. New vendors added. More details to add, add, add.
Stay tuned for all the details!
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IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK!
JUNE 25, 2016
Kearsley Park, Flint, MI
Dusk - 11PM
Join us for a FREE celebration of the American Drive-In as we show a film under the stars. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, bring the family for a ghoulishly good evening of watching movies on the grass in the park.
We will be showing Christopher R. Mihm's ATTACK OF THE MOON ZOMBIES!
For more info head to the link below!
Saturday, September 24, 2016 we will return with THE MONSTER MARKETPLACE.
Join us for one day of inexpensive family fun that will put you in the mood for Halloween. Guests, vendors, music, movies, contests and more, and all in Downtown Flint.
We will have vendors, guests, short films, costume contests, two sentence horror story contest, music, and more.
The Marketplace will run from Noon - 9PM with a free after party (21 and over only) just two blocks down the street at Churchill's.
Stay tuned for more announcements!
Scare you soon.
THE GHOUL CAST
One of our new endeavors will be a podcast we will do periodically. We don't have any intention on being the same thing that others are, we're too weird for that, but we have some fun plans. We just put our first episode up, check it out. Check our links to the Ghoul Cast page on the site to download episodes.
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