Swing returns to the silver screen February 12th with the release of the movie BLAST FROM THE PAST, starring Brendan Frasier (Encino Man, George of the Jungle) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless). There seems to be a dearth of information regarding the movie's actual plot -- only that it is highlighted with an East Coast Swing scene and the brand new Cherry Poppin' Daddies song "So Long Toots".
In promotion of the new movie New Line Cinema is holding dance contests in local swing venues to give away everything from CDs, and private movie screenings to $500 and a flight to New York to attend the premiere of the movie.
The winners from these contests then going to a regional contest and then finally to National dance off. The top 5 couples will be taken to New York for the premiere of the film with the "stars" and give a swing dance demonstration (probably a swing jam) at the premier party.
Official Contest Rules
No Purchase Necessary to enter New Line Cinema's "Blast From The Past Atomic Swing Thing" dance contest.
How to Participate: Consumers will be offered the opportunity to participate in the "Blast From The Past" Swing Dance contest at participating malls and nightclubs throughout the U.S. between 1/6/98 and 1/27/98 (as indicated on the attached local competition schedule). Individuals must sign up and register to participate. Participants must register with another person as a "couple." Sign up will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and the number of couples able to register will vary by location. Sponsor does not guarantee a performance spot at any location. Songs will be at the discretion of the Sponsor. Only one performance per couple will be allowed in each round. Participants may only perform at one (1) 1st round location.
Competition / Prizes:
All performers will be judged by a panel of three (3) qualified professionals chosen by New Line Cinema ("Sponsor") based on the following criteria:
1.) Talent/Skill: 1 - 200 points
2.) Enthusiasm & Effort: 1 - 200 points
3.) Presentation & Dress: 1 - 200 points
In the event of a tie at any of the competitions, finalists will be re-judged based on talent: 1 - 200 points.
The contest will be executed on two levels in most markets (See attached list for exceptions): 1.) 1st Round / Open Call Competition, 2.) 2nd Round/ Semi-Finalist Competition. The decision of Sponsor shall be final.
1st Round/ Open Call Competition -
In each of the participating 1st Round markets listed on the attached schedule (markets subject to change at sponsor's sole discretion), three (3) finalists will be selected (the top three scores). Finalists will be notified by phone and/or mail. All three "1st Round" finalists will earn the opportunity to compete in the Semi-Final Competition.
Additional Prizes for 1st Round Finalists shall be as follows:
Prizes will range in value from $10 to $75 and may include such things as consist of such things as baseball hats, t-shirts, cd soundtrack or cash. Prized are at sole discretion of Sponsors and may vary.
Semi-Final Competitions -
Semi-Final couples must be the same as in the 1st round. Semi-Final Competitions will take place in approximately (50) major cities among all the 1st Round Competition finalists in that region (as indicated on the attached Semi-Final competition schedule). The three finalists from each of the various 1st Round competitions will join other 1st Round finalists from that region. The scores of all 1st Round finalists will be equal going into the semi-final competition.
A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner will be chosen at each Semi-Final Competition. Prizes awarded these finalists are as follows:
2nd Round prizes will consist of money, crew jackets, concert tickets, a private screening for 50 people, or other with an approximate retail value of $120 - $700 per couple.
1st place --- prizes will range in value from $100 to $700 and may include such things as cash, concert tickets, and a private screening for 50 people .
2nd place --- prizes will range in value from $75 to $500 and may include such things as cash, gift certificates and film crew jackets.
3rd place --- prizes will range in value from $50 to $75 and may include such things as cash, free meals and dance lessons.
The score of the 1st prize winner at each Semi-Final Competition will be compared to the scores of all other 1st prize winners from the Semi-Final Competitions nationwide based upon identical criteria. The top-five scoring couples will be awarded the Grand Prize trip to New York to perform at the World Premiere of "Blast From The Past."
Grand Prize: The grand prize winners will be notified by phone and/or by mail on or about 1/25/99. Each chosen couple will receive transportation to and from the World Premiere of "Blast From The Past" in New York City on Wednesday, January 27th. The five couples will be showcased at the premiere for a swing dance demonstration. (Winners will not receive any compensation or payment for their performance.) Trip will consist of round trip ground or coach air transportation to and from New York City, 3 days / 2 nights (one room, standard double occupancy) hotel accommodations at a hotel selected by Sponsor and two tickets to the premiere. (ARV of each Grand Prize: $2,000, Total ARV of all Grand Prizes: $10,000). Method of travel (air, car, bus, etc.) is at sole discretion of sponsor. Expenses and costs not specifically stated are the sole responsibility of winner. Travel and accommodation restrictions may apply.
All entrants will be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and where lawful, a publicity release prior to their performance at the 1st Round Competition. Non-compliance may result in disqualification. All participants at must enter as a couple. Entrants agree that Sponsor a.) shall have the absolute right and permission to edit, publish, record, reproduce and use the entrant's performance in any way, including but not limited to, for trade, advertising and promotional purposes without further consideration; b.) shall have the right and permission (where lawful), to use 1st Round, 2nd Round and Grand Prize winner's names and /or likenesses and/or voice, respectively, in any media for trade, advertising, promotional and / or any other purpose without further consideration. Sponsor is not responsible for printing error statements on rules and regulations or other contest related documents. Notwithstanding the above, Sponsors shall not be required to use any entrants or winner's performances, name, likeness or voice in any way. All entrants agree that Sponsor and all its respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, and advertising and promotions agencies shall have no liability for any claims, damage, liabilities, losses or injury resulting from entrant's participation in this contest, Sponsor's or its agent's use of their entry, or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize which entrant may win.
In the event a 1st Round finalist cannot take trip/attend Semi-Final competition on designated date(s) or Sponsor is unable to contact a 1st Round Finalist within 12 hours of first attempted notification, he or she will forfeit the prize and the couple with the next highest score may be named a 1st Round finalist. In the event a couple selected as a Grand Prize Winner cannot attend the "Blast From The Past" Premiere or Sponsor is unable to contact Grand Prize Winner within 12 hours of first attempted notification, the couple with the next highest Semi-Final score will be chosen as an alternate winner.. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and to the decisions of the judges which will be binding and final in all respects. All prizes will be awarded in the names of the applicable winning couple (i.e., only one prize will be awarded to a winning couple). All cash prizes will be awarded in check form. Neither sponsors, nor any one acting on its behalf, will enter into any communications with any entrant regarding this contest. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of winner. No transfer, cash redemption, or substitution of prizes except by sponsor due to prize availability.
Eligibility: No purchase necessary to enter New Line Cinema's "Blast From The Past Atomic Swing Thing" dance contest. Contest open to legal U.S. Residents, 18 years of age or older, except employees (and their immediate families (mother, father, sister, brother) and those living in their same households) of New Line Cinema, and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Winners List: For the name of the winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for receipt by 3/16/99 to: "Blast From The Past Swing Dance" Winners, c/o New Line Cinema, 116 North Robertson Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Sponsored and Promoted by: New Line Cinema, 888 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10106
For the schedule of date/time/locations of the preliminaries go their web-site and click on "Events" on the banner at top of the screen: