appearing at westercon / gear con 2016

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?

AVAILABLE ON VOD AND DIGITAL JULY 19! PRE-ORDER NOW ON ITUNES!

 

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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

COME SEE THE MOVIE IN PERSON

  • UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

    WESTERCON 69 / GEAR CON 2016

    Portland, OR, Friday July 1, 4:00PM

    Producer/Editor Alan Winston and Producer Sean Hutchinson will present 'Behind the Scenes of Vintage Tomorrows', a panel discussion featuring stories from the making of the movie and never-before-seen footage!

    Also in attendance: Paul Guinan, Anina Bennett, Samuel Coniglio, Katherine Becvar

     

    Tickets on sale via the Westercon website

     

     

     

     

     

  • PREVIOUS SCREENINGS:

    SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Seattle, WA, Friday June 3 201

    [Additional screenings in Renton, WA, May 29 and Kirkland, WA, June 5]

    In attendance: Byrd McDonald, Alan Winston, Matthew Mercer, Brian David Johnson, James Carrott, Claire Hummel, Jordan Bodewell, Kevin Steil, Anthony Hicks, Diana Vick, Marshal Hunter, R. Martin Armstrong and more!

     

    Visit the SIFF website

     

     

    CLOCKWORK ALCHEMY

    San Jose, CA, Sunday May 29 2016

    In attendance: Byrd McDonald, Alan Winston,

    Samuel Coniglio, Katherine Becvar and Unwoman

     

    Visit the Clockwork Alchemy website

     

     

    STEAMPUNK WORLD'S FAIR

    Piscataway, NJ, Friday May 13 2016

     

    Visit the Steampunk World's Fair website

     

     

    SCI-FI-LONDON

    London, UK, Thursday April 28 2016

     

    Visit the Sci-Fi-London website

     

     

    MINICON 51

    Minneapolis, MN, Saturday, March 26 2016

     

    Visit the MiniCon 51 website

     

     

    ROSE CITY STEAMPUNK FILM FESTIVAL

    Portland, OR, Saturday, March 12 2016

    [Additional screening at The Brass Screw Confederacy]

    In attendance: Byrd McDonald, Alan Winston, and Mac McGowan

     

    Visit the RCSFF website

     

     

    GEEKFEST TORONTO

    Toronto, ON, Sunday, February 14 2016

    In attendance [via phone]: Byrd McDonald and Alan Winston

    WINNER - BEST OF FEST

     

    Visit the GeekFest Toronto website

     

     

    BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL

    Boston, MA, Tuesday, February 9 2016

     

    Visit the Boston SciFi website

     

     

    OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN

    Austin, TX, Saturday, December 5 2015

    In attendance: Byrd McDonald

     

    Visit the Other Worlds Austin website

     

     

    RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON FILM FESTIVAL

    Providence, RI, Sunday, November 8 2015

    WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY

    Visit the Rhode Island Comic Con website

     

     

    DRAGON CON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Atlanta, GA, Sunday, September 6 2015

    Visit the Dragon Con International Film Festival website

     

     

    PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Portland, OR, Wednesday, September 2 2015

    In attendance: Byrd McDonald, Alan Winston, Sean Hutchinson,

    Matthew Mercer, Michael Palmieri and Chris Parkhurst

     

    Visit the Portland Film Festival website

     

     

    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 producer Alan Winston, and 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 top left).

    Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International Film Festival website

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