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Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
Thu, July 22 | Fri, July 23 | Sat, July 24 | Sun, July 25

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) returns this year with a slate of 50 films. The event, in its fourth year as part of Comic-Con, saw unprecedented growth in 2004, with over 120 films submitted.

The CCI-IFF celebrates independent film, with the accent on genre-related entries. Featured genres include superheroes, science fiction and fantasy, pop culture-related humor, suspense, animation, and documentary. The film festival started in 2001 as a one-day event and grew to all 4 days in 2002, including one day devoted to Star Wars fan films. This year, Comic-Con International is once again proud to present, in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms.com, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards as a separate special event on Thursday night (click for details).

While not a juried competition (there are no prizes for films submitted), the film festival offers both the filmmaker and the convention attendee an interactive forum. Each film screening includes an introduction and a question and answer session with the filmmakers. This unique format gives the Comic-Con International attendee a look behind the scenes of each movie.

 
This year’s event also includes added panel discussions, including the first-ever Comic-Con Film School: 4 days of nuts-and-bolts information for the budding filmmaker, and panels devoted to distribution, and other indie film issues. The following are the official selections for the 2004 Comic-Con International: Independent Film Festival.

The 2004 CCI-IFF Schedule
All daytime film showings are in Room 4;
Nighttime showings are in rooms as indicated.


Thursday, July 22:

12:00-1:00 Comic-Con Film School 101: Pre-Production— For the first time ever, Comic-Con presents a 4-day, hands-on, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money, using available video technology and desktop post-production software.  Whether you're shooting your first Star Wars fan film, or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts vampires, this course will take you from script to DVD, so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. In this first class, we will be going over the specifics of pre-production on the cheap, including screenwriting, casting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, getting equipment for nothing, etc. Panelists for the class include the 3rd Floor Productions team: Bill Murphy, Matt Krupke, Bridgitte Krupke, Kyle DeVriendt, and Sean Rourke. 3rd Floor Productions is the creative force behind Amanda Hades.com, Ninja Justice, and the new feature film debuting at Comic-Con: 1st Person Shooter.

1:00-1:30 Meridiem— A run down detective (Drago Sumonja) finds himself caught in the middle of an age-old battle in the world of shadows that could tip the balance of power eternally. A single case, containing the key to daylight, has fallen into the wrong hands. There is little time to keep Boss Man (Johnny Ray Nelson & Hugo Armstrong) and his ruthless henchman, Chameleon (Kirk Douglas Kellier), from covering the world in darkness. His only hope is his intuition and his once lost love, Damsel (Madison Bauer).  Now the detective must recover the case before dawn or humanity will sleep forever. Directed by Sloboda Gajic.

1:30–2:00 Menace— Guy Batson had the American Dream, then he woke up. In 1950, a defense plant junior executive finds his wife is not only having an affair, but also spying on his documents. He enlists his plucky new secretary to help solve the mystery.  Is it communism, or something worse?  A 50s sci-fi pastiche.  Written, produced, directed and edited by Matt Bird.

2:00–2:40 Fall of A Saga— This award-winning film unravels the dark mystery behind the film known as The Phantom MenaceFall of a Saga is for every Star Wars fan that died when Greedo shot first. In attendance to discuss the film: Earl Newton, director; Andrew R. Powell, composer; Chris Powell, sound mixer and Chasen Grieshop, post-production designer.

2:40-3:00 There and Back Again— An 8-minute fan film by Nina Kempf and Ed Martinez is a black and white silent film that tells the story of a downtrodden little creature who encounters two familiar hobbits who are lost in an other “earth.” Featuring high-quality costumes and make-up effects, it was filmed on location in Hayward and San Jose, California. Cast members Kelly Bolton, Cordelia Willis, and Judy Grivich, along with director Nina Kempf, will be on hand to answer questions.

3:00-3:30 Body Electric— A man escapes death. A woman sparks when she should be bleeding. A drunken spill uncovers a conspiracy. Flesh is too weak to last and people are now being upgraded to androids. Max Faber is the first to find out the truth. By design, he may be the last. Body Electric is a celebration of android stories told in a still image film making style inspired by La Jetee. Starring Andrew McMasters, Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5) and James White. Frank H. Woodward, writer/director; Andrew McMasters, actor; Shelby Craft, composer/sound designer; Stirling Greg Gardner, producer and William Janczewski, executive producer will be in attendance.

3:30-4:10 Broken Robot’s Diary— This amazing animated SF film brings us A few pages from the life of a robot in an identity crisis. A robot whose dreams and visions are almost as confusing as his giant chicken therapist. Who'd of thought that being a killer robot had a downside? Writer/director/animator Rob Shaw talks about his film.

4:10-4:40 Can of Paint— Based on the short story by A.E. van Vogt.  Space junkman Kilgour discovers an ancient, abandoned alien spaceship full of mysterious artifacts. One of these identifies itself telepathically as a can of paint. After accidentally getting some of the paint on himself, Kilgour finds to his horror that it grows.  Trapped, and with only an emotionless computer for company, Kilgour must stop the paint or face death by suffocation. Attending: Winston Engle, screenwriter/executive producer; Robi Michael, director; Tom Sammon, producer; Aaron Robson, actor (Kilgour) and Jean Franzblau, actor (voice of computer) will discuss the film.

4:40-5:30 The Cloth— On his 90th birthday in the spring of 1975, Matthew Anthony Baines, resident of the Green Meadow Nursing Home and Care Facility is visited by two lawyers, Mr. Grimm and Mr. Riley. They carry the last will and testament of the wealthy late Jansen Aaron Camerish. Matthew has been named sole heir. The lawyers are not alone. Dehalum, a mysterious, cloaked, tattooed man carrying a box wrapped in brown paper accompanies them. There is but one term one condition to the will, Matthew must agree to open the parcel in the presence of Dehalum only. Hesitant, Matthew agrees. Opening the box, he finds an instrument of long life, magic, and great power … The Cloth. After viewing the film stop by the Timeless Comics booth to get a premiere copy of The Cloth Ashule Reborn. In attendance to discuss the film will be: Julia K. Greenlea, producer/exec. producer; Bryan Ashford, producer/line producer; Diane Jessie, assoc. producer; Rob J. Greenlea, actor/writer/director; Rita Ashford, costume designer; John Shine, still photographer; Allison Greenlea, directors assistant and actors John Jessie, Sky Soleil and Ben Greenlea.

5:30-6:00 Just Like You Imagined— In the near future and with the help of cloning, people develop the ability to use more than 15% of their brain capacity, the more capacity they can use the more super physical powers they can attain. In the midst of it a small group of smugglers arise, they are called “Gender Shifters,” they manage to discover and acquire the ability to transport outlaws through their bodies. Special units were created to hunt down the new coyotes. This is a day in the life of a Gender Shifter. Starring Eric Mabius (Resident Evil, Crow Salvation), executive produced by Jeff Most (The Crow, The Specialist) and directed by Zeyad (Z) Alhusaini.

6:00–7:00 Spin Cycle— Returning for its fourth year at Comic-Con, Smorgasbord Productions presents an exciting panel of cutting edge short films, videos and animation from local filmmakers. We've got projects that will knock your socks off! The Q&A session in past years has always been fun and informative but this year we will make it even better! We've got on-camera interviews with some of the top pros in the film trade — from Lloyd Kaufman and Minnie Driver to Roy Disney and Robert Redford. Check out their advice and tips for making it the movies. It's all part of a new show called Film Trix and you'll see the highlights at our panel. For more information on projects visit www.SmorgasbordProductions.com

CCI-IFF Extra in Room 6AB

9:30-11:30 All Babes Want to Kill Me— A Martial Artist with a rare disease that makes beautiful women want to kill him goes on a suicide mission to find true love anyway. The film stars Colin Miller, Gianni Lazuli, Alex Cain, John F. Schaffer, Sara Litz and Michael Yama.  Panelists include writer-director Colin Miller, producer Alex Cain (female collector of nearly 10,000 comic books) and ABW2KM stars. All fans will receive an All Babes Want to Kill Me collectible, created solely for Comic-Con. You can discover all there is to know about Mercritis, the real disease the film is based on at www.freewebs.com/mercritisonline/index.htm.  Who knows, you may even have it! Room 6AB

Friday, July 23: Amazing animation

10:30-11:30 Comic-Con Film School 102: Production—Day 2 of this 4-day course on micro-budget movie-making will focus on the specifics of production: from shooting techniques, to lighting on the cheap, to crew positions you need (and don't need), to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists for the class include the 3rd Floor Productions team: Matt Krupke, Bridgitte Krupke, Kyle DeVriendt, Sean Rourke and guest panelist Kristen Meinhold, production designer and star of the new feature film 1st Person Shooter.

11:30–11:50 He’s A Good Monkey— He's A Good Monkey is an animated short about the conflict between reason and impulse. Grey the robot, and Cha-Cha the ape struggle for control of Chris Harding's brain. Filmmaker Chris Harding will discuss his film.

11:50-12:10 Manimal!— Manimal! is a science fiction / hip-hop musical about a slumbering beast awakened by a world in peril. Forced to take on danger and evil, Manimal has no choice but to battle . . .  and rap! Director Jeremy Wabiszczewicz will talk about his film.

12:10-12:30 Reflection— Do you know the complete myth of Medusa?  Up until her persecution and decapitation, not many know about her nightmarish existence.  In the guise of a hideous monster lies a woman cursed and alone.  Reflection tells her personal tale--where there is no good or evil--just sorrow. Director and animator Patricia Satjawatcharaphong  and background artist Gritsada Satjawatcharaphong discuss the film.

12:30-12:50 The Lester Show— Lester, a skinny kid lives with his rat in an abandoned car underneath the freeway overpass. On this epic journey he makes friends with dead fish, chases Waldo around a Spaghetti O’s can, finds guidance in the gutter and meets our country-fried president. His hallucinations, dreams and fragmented half-truths go full circle when he returns home to his Starsky & Hutch styled 71 Ford Torino. Rebecca Bowen will introduce this wild animated short and answer questions after the screening.

12:50-1:20 Award Showdown— In this incredible stop-motion animation short film, “Steven Spielberg” and “George Lucas” summon their lifetime of creations in a clash of the movie making titans. This long awaited showdown will determine who will embrace the coveted award trophy for a Lifetime of Achievements. Director Joshua Meeter and executive producers Nick Meeter and Diane Meeter will talk about the film.

1:20-1:40 Captain Amazing Lad— Captain Amazing-Lad tells the hilarious misadventures of one man's quest to try and combine domestic bliss with the world of super heroics. Think Space Ghost meets Al Bundy and prepare for unmitigated chaos. Saturday morning cartoons never looked this good! Created, produced and written by Keith Carter.

1:40-2:00 A City of Flimjees and Far Away Eyes — Filmmaker Michael Fisher brings us 2 great animated films. In A City of Flimjees, Captain Strongly is an explorer, not a diplomat, yet he has been asked to make first-contact with an alien race that places a great deal of emphasis on exchanging gifts. How can the captain successfully complete his mission when he has no gift to give? And in Far Away Eyes, Nanoman has a job to do, and he does it well. But does he appreciate the beauty of the world around him? Perhaps Nanokid can help Nanoman appreciate his nanolife ...

2:00-2:20 Grime-Shoed Diaries and Shards of Death 5: Now Hiring— Grime Shoed Diaires, a 7-minute 2/D 3/D comedy, is a gritty noir detective story, sort of. Panama Taft is a down on his luck detective, flat broke and walking the streets of a faceless city. He desperately needs a paying case, but when the possibility of a job arrives, things get ... complicated. The second film, Shards of Death 5: Now Hiring is a 2-minute CG animated comedy. A job interview for a video game, conducted by a hideous yet sympathetic monster, starts out poorly and only gets worse. Mike Wellins, director, Dean Wellins, music composer for Grime-Shoed Diaries, and editor Rebecca Bowen will discuss the films.

2:20-2:35 Last Full Measure— Last Full Measure is an illustrated film based on the World War II legendary event D-Day. The film follows an individual soldier of the 1st Infantry Division. The entire film is comprised of 47 illustrated paintings by the filmmaker.  The paintings were completed using traditional media, scanned into the computer and then edited in After Affects. Cliff Cramp, director/ illustrator; Christian Hill, editor and Ron Pagenkopp, character reference model, will be on hand to talk about the movie.

2:35-2:50 Musica Magica/Ostbahn Kurtl — Two CG animated films by filmmaker Christoph Schinko. Musica Magica is the story of an unhappy puppet, whose life takes a turn because of a dream. This short was produced in only 10 weeks using Softimage XSI. Ostbahn Kurtl, is an adaptation of an old comic strip about the younger years of the Austrian rock and roll star, Ostbahn Kurtl. This film was produced in only 5 weeks, also using Softimage XSI.

2:50-3:05 Sister Mary Dracula— A little Catholic schoolboy with a vivid imagination is convinced that his teacher is a vampire. He doesn't understand why no one else can see it. Even his best friends think he's a little obsessive. But ... is he? Appearing to discuss the film are Gerry Mooney, scripter and animator, and Vicki Mooney, script editor and the voice of Sister Mary Dracula.

3:05-3:20 Leatherwing Bat— Leatherwing Bat is a gouache-on-paper animation of the traditional Appalachian folk ballad. The bats and birds complain and rejoice over their love lives, night and day, day and night. Written, directed and animated by E.J. Barnes, with music “Leatherwing Bat” (traditional) performed by E.J. Barnes (vocals) and Jeff Bottiger (guitar).

3:20-4:00 Avatar: Origins/Avatar: Child — Avatar: Origins is a computer animated fantasy. The Avatar has the power of an angel with the soul of a man. He must learn the true nature of hisnewfound abilites before he is consumed by the forces of chaos. The very first adventure of the Avatar of Hope, a modern hero in the Silver Age style. Avatar: Child of Peace is a continues the ongoing adventures of the Avatar of Hope.  The shrouded and more cosmic Avatar has become champion of the innocent.  The faithful may find that in their darkest hour, they are not alone. There is always hope. Both films are directed by Mike Kane, with an original score for Origins by Derek Devore.

4:00-4:20 Dandelion— In this hand-drawn animated nightmare blending All Quiet On The Western Front with the spirit of Moebius and Miyazaki, a soldier escapes the wasteland only to discover the horrors of war following him to the farthest ends of the world. Hal Forsstrom, animator/director; Sarah Brown, editor and Andreas Bjork, composer, will be present to discuss the film.

4:20-4:40 The Ends of the Alphabet— Jackson Abbott is a hard-boiled detective in 1953 Los Angeles. When the daughter of a Las Vegas Millionaire comes to him for help, Abbott finds himself caught up in a web of murder and deceit. This archetypical film noir story is presented in "HAND-O-RAMA," and features a cast of unique puppets. Attending cast and crew include Eric Jon Kurland, writer/producer/ director/editor/composer/voice actor/puppeteer; Jodi Kurland, puppeteer/production assistant; Victoria E. Lee, voice actor; Sherene Strausberg, composer and James Bentley, picture car owner/driver.

4:40-5:00 Boys Night Out— In this delightful retro styled short, stepdad Chet takes Linberg out for a night on the town. What follows is an evening not to be forgotten. Boys Night Out was nominated for an Annie Award in 2003. Teddy Newton, director; Bert Klein, director and Jennifer Klein, co-producer, will be present to speak about the film.

5:00-5:20 Meanwhile … — A 2-D animated short film making its film festival debut at Comic-Con International. See what happens when a fish becomes marooned on a tropical beach and is discovered by a curious monkey! Present to speak about the film will be it's creator Colby Bluth.

5:20-6:00 Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher— It is the height of World War II, and the United States is at war with the Nazis. The U.S. government has just been informed that Eval Schnitzler has occupied a remote location near the mysterious source of the Amazon River. Convinced that his motives are more than leisurely, the United States sends Rex Steele, Nazi smasher extraordinaire, to find and foil Eval’s evil plans. Rex flies in to the Amazon with his sidekick, Miss Penny Thimble, and the two embark on a journey full of action, adventure, and of course, a whole lot of Nazi smashing!!! In attendance: Alex Woo, director and Bill Presing, co-creator.

6:00-7:00 My Big Fat Independent Movie: Exposed! Film Threat’s first feature comedy is coming soon! My Big Fat Independent Movie contains spoofs of indie films like Memento, Swingers, Pulp Fiction, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Amelie, Run Lola Run, Pi, and features Paget Brewster, Clint Howard, Jason Mewes, Bob Odenkirk, Julie Strain, and more. Join writer/producer Chris Gore along with members of the cast and crew for an inside look at this upcoming movie including exclusive clips and an inside look at the digital effects. Joining Chris may well be Philip Zlotorynski, director; Paget Brewster, actress, Andy Richter Controls the Universe; Eric Hoffman, actor, Mr. Show; David Manos Morris, digital effects; David Glanzer, casting director and Evan Mather, animator.

Saturday, July 24: Superheroes and satire

10:30-11:30 Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew—­ Day 3 of this 4-day course on micro budget movie-making will focus on how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making any money. Panelists for the class include the 3rd Floor Productions team: Bridgitte Krupke, Kyle DeVriendt, Sean Rourke, and  guest panelists Susan Smythe and Jack Conway, stars of the new feature film 1st Person Shooter. debuting at Comic-Con, immediately following this class.

11:30-1:00 1st Person Shooter— Shot in the "Mockumentary" style, 1PS follows a group of struggling video game designers as they try desperately to finish their game before its impending release date. The Video Game itself pits 5 gorgeous girls against the manifold minions of evil. Vampires, zombies, demons and werewolves wait around every turn, preventing our heroines from saving the world form ever-lasting darkness. Obsessive play-testers, prima-donna artists, clueless executives, and overly-harsh critics oppose the designers at every turn, and even if they finish the game, will it even be any good? Several of the film’s actors will be on hand to answer questions, including: Susan Smythe, Jack Conway, Kristen Meinhold and Bill Burns. Also in attendance will be writer/director Sean Rourke, producers Bill Murphy, Matt  & Bridgitte Krupke, and director of photography Kyle DeVriendt.

1:00-1:20 Agua— See the underground cult hit that made a huge splash in Mexico!  Watch the most confident superhero of all time, known simply as Agua, use his amazing water-squirting powers to get the villains and the girls all wet, while still fighting for truth, justice, and the Mexican way!  Don‚t miss the newest masked vigilante in his first screening north of the border!  And have no fear gringos, Agua speaks the international language of love — English! Appearing to discuss the film will be co-creators Knate Gwaltney and Jill Elphick.

1:20-1:40 The Brick and Jordan Mooney, Skateboard of Justice— The stoic Brick and his underappreciated sidekick, The Skateboard of Justice, are ambushed by their arch nemesis, the Mason, and the ever-seductive Trowelina. Will they survive his carefully planned deathtrap? Will the City lose its finest hero... and that other guy he hangs out with? Filmed as part of the 48-Hour Film Project, this short was proclaimed one of the Best of Austin 2003 and was the Audience Choice runner-up. Talking about the film will be Tyler Buttrill,  director;  Laura Lou Mitten,  producer and Christian Hugo Bazan,  director.

1:40-2:00 Death of Hero-Man— A simple story about the final exploits and ultimate demise of a hero.  While attempting to steal the Vandavere Diamond Collection, the evil Dr. Nefarious kidnapped the beautiful Jamie Jane. Now, it is up to Hero-Man to rescue Jamie Jane, stop Dr. Nefarious and once again save the day.  Produced at the University of Southern California, The Death of Hero-Man is a short film in the same vein of the Max and Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons. To discuss the film, Matthew Alson Thornbury, writer/director; Justin Porter, producer; Chad Seiter, music composer and Michael C. Vaccaro, actor will attend. Believe it or Not, a music video from the film's DVD, will be screened as well.

2:00-2:20 Dark Agent— A young boy is told that he is part of a great secret by his grandfather and he must keep that secret all to himself. Through his dreams and visions he becomes convinced that he is a super hero. He senses danger in the light of day and when he falls asleep he becomes a super hero fighting crime at night. Writer/director Michael Kehoe will talk about his film.

2:20-2:50 Captain Chuck— Harry (Ivan Bachman) is a man on a mission to get the toy he’s always wanted since he was a boy, a Captain Chuck figure! His father always denied him the action figure and now 20 years later he’s saved up enough money to buy the original, but there’s only one left and it’s sold to the local museum. Follow Harry on his quest to get it back and finally attain the one true toy he’s always wanted. Filmmaker Fernando Rojas will talk about his film.

2:50-3:20 Sockbaby— Sockbaby is a sequence of sci-fi-kung-fu-comedy shorts. Behold Kung-fu super-stud Ronnie Cordova as he protects a sock-shaped Christ figure from another dimension. This will be the world premiere of the Sockbaby saga’s conclusion! Panelists include: Doug TenNapel, writer/director; John Soares, choreographer/director; Justin Spurlock, director of photography and Uriel Padilla, actor.

3:20-3:40 Roommate from Hell— Dave's a slob. Eric's a neat-freak. Tod is a demon from the Eighth Circle of Hell. One of these roommates will have to go. Featuring a creature by effects wizard Gabe Bartalos (Cremaster, Leprechaun), and staring Kurt Carley, whose many monster roles have included a werewolf in Underworld, and the title role in Godzilla. Carley will be present, along with writer/director Allan Piper, writer Chris Pearson, and producer Suzanne Grace Piper.

3:40-3:55 Below— Franklin (Charon Prabhakar), a peculiar college student, and his roommate, Ben (Ben Gourley), try to figure out what to do  with the monster in their basement.  Writer/director Todd Hamilton, assistant producer Kohl Glass, and make-up artist Tara Hamilton will be in attendance to talk about the film.

3:55-4:15 Chasing Jason— Pam (Laura Robbins) is a girl who doesn't judge every book by its cover. So when she's set up on a blind date with notorious serial killer Jason Voorhees (Himself) she gives it a go. After all, he is the strong silent type, a great listener, and they both love walking through the woods. Attending to discuss the film are Chopper Denton, writer/director; Laura Robbins, actress; Fred Andrews, production designer and Rebecca Morse, stylist.

4:15-4:45 Chasing Kevin— Scott Kramer's drive to become the next Kevin Smith takes him over the edge and put him on a collision course with Kevin, Jason "Jay" Mewes, documentarian Ed Lippman and the citizens of Red Bank, NJ. What price will a young man pay to make his dreams come true?

4:45-5:10 Flip— Flip, an eight-year-old boy living in the late 1960s, knows just what to do with his crisp, new birthday dollar. It's his perfect opportunity to finally get one of those wonderful-sounding novelties that he's seen advertised in the back of his favorite comic book. But with so many choices (x-ray specs, rubber masks, the "U-control" monster), he'll have to summon his own wild imagination to fully explore all the possibilities. In attendance to talk about the film are Todd C. Knowlton, executive/producer/production designer; Kirk Demarais, director/screenplay; Jamey Clayberg, cinematographer; Scott Alan Kinney, executive producer and  Jason Rovenstine,  actor.

5:10-5:30 Agent 15— Brand new episodes of this perennial Comic-Con favorite! "Unleashed on the World" and "Rook Four,” star D. Elliot Woods, Jimmy Dore, Paul F. Tompkins, Ann Magnuson and Paget Brewster as Agent 15. Director Augusta will discuss the making of these films.

5:30-7:00 KWOON/How to Get Your Indie Film Distributed PanelEvery drain your wallet to make a movie only to have it sit on your shelve laughing at you while you're forced to eat nothing but Cup-O-Soup? Todd Roy has, but he's here to say times are changing!  Todd, the creator of KWOON a martial arts comedy series that he essentially wrote, shot, editing and directed from his garage managed to get his kung fu flicks a nation wide DVD release into major retailers like Borders, Tower Records and Fry's to name a few.  How'd he do that, you wonder?  Well wonder no more! Todd, along with Edy Ong and Jeff Centuri, the owners of independent film distributors A55 Films, Eric St Anthony from Image Entertainment, one of the largest DVD distributors in the U.S. will gather together in one room to tell how you too can get your content in stores everywhere. Plus see the hilarious second episode of KWOON!

Sunday, July 25: A day of documentaries

10:30-11:30 Comic-Con Film School 104: Post-Production— The 4th and final day of this comprehensive course on micro-budget movie-making will revolve around what to do after your movie is shot. We will go over the basics of editing on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, visualFX, and finally, how to burn your finished product to DVD. Panelists for the final class in the series include the 3rd Floor Productions team once again: Bill Murphy, Matt Krupke, Bridgitte Krupke, Kyle DeVriendt, and Sean Rourke.

11:30-12:50 InkSwell— InkSwell probes some of the creative minds responsible for indie comic books' subversive edge. It features interviews with Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese, Dork), Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot, Mystery Men) and James Kochalka (Monkey vs. Robot), and captures the conception, creation, publication and promotion of an issue of Gabagool, by its writer and artist, Chris Radtke and Mike Dawson. It's the fourth documentary from Jeff Cioletti, producer/director of Millennium's End: The Fandom Menace, Chronotrip and UnWound, as well as the Silent But Deadly trilogy.Visit www.fadproductions.com for more information.

12:50-2:15 Otaku Unite!— Otaku Unite! is the definitive documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United States, from the early pioneers who organized fandom in the late 70s to the crazy cross-dressing anime kids that are walking by you right now. The documentary includes the first anime convention wedding, the first anime con friar's roast, the 20+ member cosplay troupe Sailor Jamboree, and a behind the scenes look at Kaiju Big Battel. Charles Smith and Kelli Cain, co-cinematographers, will be in attendance to discuss the documentary.

2:15-2:45 No Need for Cosplay— No Need for Cosplay documents the Cosplay phenomenon in America and features some of today's hottest up and coming cosplayers including Adella, G-Chan, Hi-Chan, Ziggy, Lord Masamune and filmmaker Peggy Wang.  Not to mention the hundreds of Ani-Magic convention attendees!  This piece also has an original music score by Sketchbook Café. On hand to discuss the documentary will be Rhianne Paz Bergado, director; Ragan Butler, producer; Maria Yanez, music; Kyle Johnson, photographer and cast members Sarah Adella Quillan, Oscar Chang and Kimi Pasamonte.

2:45-4:30 Finding the Future— For over a century, science fiction writers and readers have speculated about where humanity is heading. Now we're living in a world taken straight from the pages of their futuristic fantasies: a world of wearable computers, cell phones, and the Internet. Shot against the backdrop of major science fiction conventions, Finding the Future examines the phenomenon of science fiction through the thoughtful commentary of prominent authors, such as David Brin, Catherine Asaro, Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, and many others. It explores the culture of science fiction and the passion of its fans, and considers the effect of science fiction on society, as these sci-fi aficionados muse upon what might lie ahead for our rapidly changing world. Director Casey Moore and producer Joseph Formichella will talk about the documentary.


 

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