Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Comic-Con: World Premiere of Steampunk Documentary "VINTAGE TOMORROWS"

VINTAGE TOMORROWS, the new definitive documentary about the influential subcultural movement Steampunk, will world premiere at the Comic-Con Int'l Independent Film Festival on Friday, July 11th.

Steampunk started as a sub-genre of science fiction typified by a fascination with steam-powered machinery and alternative histories, with stories frequently set in Victorian England.

VINTAGE TOMORROWS examines the Steampunk movement's explosive growth, origins, and cultural significance, from its sci-fi beginnings into an aesthetic and DIY movement that influences art, fashion, design and music gloabally.  Through in-depth interviews with the writers and artists credited with galvanizing the movement, and the cultural historians and social scientists investigating the phenomenon, VINTAGE TOMORROWS poses the fundamental question: What does Steampunk tell us about history, community and our complicated relationship with technology?
VINTAGE TOMORROWS features interviews and appearances from notes figures and experts across the spectrum of Steampunk artistic expression, including authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling (The Difference Engine), Cherie Priest (Boneshaker), China Miéville (Perdido Street Station), Cory Doctorow (Makers), Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series), Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel), Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Steampunk, The Steampunk Bible), Nisi Shawl (Everfair) and Phil and Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), and founder of Steampunk Magazine Margaret 'Magpie' Killjoy.

Byrd McDonald has written, lensed, directed and edited unique media stories for a range of clients.  A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts by way of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, McDonald worked for Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme from 1994 to 1999, working in development and shepherding features from script to screen. McDonald produced and directed the feature length documentary HAUNTERS, and in 2006, produced the award-winning feature FILM GEEK.  McDonald also produced and co-edited the 2008 feature THE AUTEUR, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and he directed the 2009 award winning short film LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY.

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