SCREENINGS: PDXFF wed SEP02@9:45PM & DRAGON CON: sun SEP06@2:30PM

 

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

AND FURTHER INFORMATION

  • 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:

    PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Portland, OR, Wednesday, September 2 2015

    9:45pm

    Living Room Theater

     

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS makes its hometown premiere on September 2nd as part of the third annual Portland Film Festival!

     

    Numerous members of the crew including Byrd, Alan and Sean, plus (most likely) additional interview subjects will be in attendance at the screening, which will take place at 9:45PM on Wednesday, September 2 at the Living Room Theater. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for further announcements!

     

    Buy tickets online

    Visit the Portland Film Festival website

     

     

    DRAGON CON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Atlanta, GA, Sunday, September 6 2015

    2:30pm

    Hyatt Regency Atlanta Learning Center

     

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS returns to Dragon Con, this time in its finished form, as part of the Independent Film Festival!  The film will be screening at 2:30PM on Sunday, September 6 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Learning Center.

     

    Visit the Dragon Con International Film Festival website

     

  • PREVIOUS SCREENINGS:

    SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    San Diego, CA, Saturday, July 11 2015

     

    VINTAGE TOMORROWS made its debut at one of the largest comics conventions in the world! Producer and director Byrd McDonald, editor and co-producer Alan Winston, and co-producer Sean Hutchinson were all in attendance to present the movie.

     

    After the screening, Byrd and Alan were joined on-stage by VINTAGE TOMORROWS book co-author Brian David Johnson, and movie interview subjects Claire Hummel, Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan as they conducted a quick Q&A (seen at left).

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