WORLD PREMierE at san diego comic con: sat july 11, 2015


VINTAGE TOMORROWS examines the Steampunk movement's explosive growth, origins, and cultural significance. It explores the fundamental question: What can we learn about tomorrow from Steampunk's playful visions of yesteryear?

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PRODUCTION STILLS

IMAGES FROM  THE WORLD OF STEAMPUNK

FILM SYNOPSIS

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  • SYNOPSIS:

    “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. Today, Steampunk has grown into an aesthetic movement all its own, with influence in art, fashion, design and music.

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS examines the subculture via interviews with the writers and artists credited with galvanizing the movement, and the cultural historians and social scientists investigating the phenomenon. The documentary analyzes the spike in Steampunk cultural activity and poses the question: What can Steampunk tell us about history, humanity and our complicated relationship with technology?

  • INTERVIEWED IN THE FILM:

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS features interviews and appearances from across the spectrum of Steampunk artistic expression: storytellers, costumers, musicians, makers and more!

     

    STORYTELLERS include 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).

     

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS also features interviews with illustrator Claire Hummel, founder of Steampunk Magazine Margaret 'Magpie' Killjoy, photographer Libby Bulloff, Obtainium Works (the team behind the Neverwas Haul), numerous Steampunk bloggers (Jaymee Goh, Kevin Steil, Jordan Bodewell) and musical appearances by Abney Park and Unwoman.

  • SHOOTING LOCATIONS:

    While much of VINTAGE TOMORROWS was shot in the Pacific Northwest, the production has traveled all over the world, and visited numerous conventions and Steampunk gatherings.

     

    Attended conventions and events include Gear Con and the PDX Steampunk Film Festival in Portland, OR, Steamcon and the Seattle Steampunk Soirée in Seattle, WA, the Key West Literary Seminar in Key West, FL, Norwescon in SeaTac, WA, the Victoria Steam Expo in Victoria, B.C., Canada, the Altered Reality Event in Santa Clara, CA, Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, CA, and Dragoncon in Atlanta, GA.

     

    In addition to these events, the production has traveled to Vallejo, CA to visit the Obtainium Works workshop, to London, England to visit Cory Doctorow's office, and all the way to the Czech Republic to visit the Prague orloj astronomical clock.

     

     

PRODUCTION TEAM

ADDITIONAL CREW:

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - SHAWN SUNDBY

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHAEL PALMIERI & CHRIS PARKHURST

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY MATTHEW MERCER

CO-PRODUCER - EMMERY McNAMARA

VINTAGE TOMORROWS

THE BOOK

IT ALL STARTED WHEN A FUTURIST AND A CULTURAL HISTORIAN WALKED INTO A BAR...

Can you imagine what today’s technology would have looked like in the Victorian Era? That’s the world Steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st Century-inspired contraptions powered by stream and driven by gears. In this fascinating book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott offer insights into what Steampunk’s alternative history says about our own world and its technological future. Interviews with experts such as William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, James Gleick, and Margaret Atwood explore how this vision of stylish craftsmen making fantastic and beautiful hand-tooled gadgets has become a cultural movement—and perhaps an important countercultural moment.

 

Order the eBook version of Vintage Tomorrows from O’Reilly Media and receive a free eBook copy of Steampunking Our Future: An Embedded Historian’s Notebook!

 

This free eBook companion to Vintage Tomorrows is packed with exclusive interviews (including Greg Broadmore, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, and Margaret Killjoy), notes, images, and more gorgeous gadgets than you can shake a stick at. Steampunking Our Future offers you a spot in the time machine—hang on tight, our culture is changing,

 

SCREENINGS

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  • UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

    SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    San Diego, CA, Saturday, July 11 2015

    7:40pm - 9:00pm

    Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt

     

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS will make its debut at one of the largest comics conventions in the world! Join producer and director Byrd McDonald, editor and co-producer Alan Winston, and co-producer Sean Hutchinson, along with other special guests, as they present the final version of the film for the first time.

     

    Byrd and Alan will also be in attendance at the awards ceremony on Sunday, July 12 at 11:00am, also in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Ballroom D.

    Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International Film Festival website

LATEST NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RELEASE  INFORMATION

VINTAGE TOMORROWS WEBSITE NOW LIVE!

POSTED: 06/29/2015

It's been away for far too long, but it has now returned! The new and improved vintagetomorrows.com is live! Watch this space for all of the latest news and announcements as we near our first official screening of the finished film! Please contact us with questions, comments, or if any part of the site seems not to work. Thank you for your patience!

VT CREW WILL ATTEND SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!

POSTED: 06/19/2015

As part of the upcoming screening at the San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival, the VINTAGE TOMORROWS production crew will be hosting a panel discussion immediately after the movie. In attendance will be producer / director Byrd McDonald, editor / co-producer Alan Winston, and co-producer Sean Hutchinson, with more guests to potentially be added and announced here!.

VT SELECTED FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC CON FILM FESTIVAL!

POSTED: 06/19/2015

The official schedule for the San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival has been posted, and VINTAGE TOMORROWS has been selected to screen! It will play Saturday, July 11 at 7:40PM in Grand Ballroom D at the Manchester Grand Hyatt! Screening info has been added to our screenings section, visit there for more information.

 

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