Friday, March 8, ToyLanta 2019 kicks off. This is the annual huge, gigantic, epic toy show that is also a fundraiser for The Cody Lane Toy & Diorama Museum. This will be your PopCulteer’s seventh trip to the big show, and all week long we’re going to offer you special previews of what you can expect at the show. ToyLanta will run March 8 through 10 at The Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, and attendees who purchase the Commander and Cadet packages get in to all sorts of cool pre-show and after-hours events.
Today we’re going to tell you about one of the after-hours events, scheduled for Saturday evening, it’s the ToyLanta Film Festival. Curated by Tim Weedn, this annual showcase of short films is anchored by the Studio Joe films by Tim and Lisa Weedn, and includes short toy-centric videos from around the world. The photo at right is me and Tim, captured in what may well be the worst picture of both of us.
Due to an unavoidable last-minute conflict, Tim and Lisa will not be at this year’s ToyLanta in person, but the film festival will go on. Tim has put together another bumper crop of great short films starring and about toys, and it will be pesented in its usual spot. If you still have time to schedule a trip, you can still get in on the fun. Even though Tim’s not going to be there this year, he’s already begun work on a special documentary about the GI Joe Adventure Team for next year, just in time for The Adventure Team’s fiftieth anniversary.
To give you an idea of what kind of cool films will be in this year’s ToyLanta Film Festival, let’s take a look at Tim and Lisa’s film from last year…
Remember, this weekend, March 8-10, it’s ToyLanta!