Documentarian Morgan Spurlock's love-letter to geek and fandom, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, opened in limited release this weekend and is also available on VOD. Spurlock worked in a collaboration with several of geekery's most influential players including Thomas Tull, Stan Lee, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles (pictured above with the director) to create the film which follows a committed fan couple and a few creative hopefuls on their journey through the wild, enthusiastic and delightfully bizarre ride that was Comic Con 2010.
The film works as a celebration of all the things that yearly regulars love about the event and a travel guide for those who have never been.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Spurlock, along with one of his more memorable and endearing subjects, Holly Conrad - a Mass Effect expert and talented costume designer - on her way to Comic Con's famous Masquerade Ball. We had a lovely chat about the rise of the geek culture, what Holly has gone on to do following the Con and her debut at the ball and their most memorable "squeal like an excited pig" fan moments.
Take a look at the synopsis for the film below:
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.
"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:
- Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
- Holly, costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
- Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
- Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year's event;
- James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.
One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the
Check out our Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope video interview with Spurlock and Holly, the costume designer that could, below:
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope is now playing in limited release today and on VOD.
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