Weird Weekend event approaches

Weird Weekend event approachesOne of Ridge Writers’ signature events, Weird Weekend will “celebrate the stranger side of the desert” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22.

All three of its components — the Indie Short Film Celebration, Weird Storytelling Competition and Daniel Stallings’ interactive murder mystery, “What Happens at Sundown,” will take place in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The Indie Short Film Celebration on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. seeks “short films – weird, quirky, highly creative, up to PG-13 rating, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, Death Valley, Twilight-Zone-ish, your grandkid dressed like Bigfoot – in good taste, no longer than 15 minutes.”

To submit your short film, send you name, contact info, length of film and brief synopsis to with an unlisted YouTube link to the film for consideration. The deadline is Sept. 15 at midnight.

For the Weird Storytelling Competition Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., entries must involve the stranger side of the desert (lost gold mines, haunted hideouts, aliens, ghosts, Bigfoot sightings, and the like), run 5-7 minutes, be original and be in good taste. Truth is optional.

The mood shifts both evenings at 7:30 p.m. with the interactive murder mystery “What Happens at Sundown,” written and directed by Daniel Stallings and set in 1960s Hollywood.

For both the film and storytelling contests, sign up in advance at Red Rock Books. Last-minute entries may sign up at the door on rthe day of the event on a space-available basis. Participants do not have to be local. Everyone is welcome to attend, watch and enjoy refreshments. With paid admission, anyone may also compete, provided that the rules are observed.

Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for both contests and the first-place winner in each will get one ticket to “What Happens at Sundown” and will walk the red carpet at the performance.

Admission is $5 per contest. Tickets are $20 each for “What Happens at Sundown.”

Ridge Writers ( is the East Sierra Branch of the 109-year-old California Writers Club (

Story First Published: 2018-08-03