This Memorial Day Weekend — May 24–27, 2013 — “The Wars of Other Men” will be screening in two separate cities on opposite ends of the country.
Here on the Home Front in Michigan, we get to help kick off a brand new Steampunk convention, Up in the Aether – The Convention.
Keycon is an annual Science Fiction & Fantasy convention where fans, artists, and writers gather in a welcoming and inclusive environment to celebrate all aspects of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, from books and games to television and movies. The convention has become famous for the inclusive and social atmosphere found in its themed “Hospitality” rooms. One fan favorite is the Masquerade Costume Contest where contestants flaunt costumes they’ve spent as much as a year preparing.
This year, Keycon celebrates its 30th anniversary with some additional special events added to the usual fare of gaming, panel discussions, art shows, and demonstrations. There will be a special “yearbook themed” program, a Geek Prom and Awards Dinner, and — special to us — a screening of “The Wars of Other Men”.
Waltham, MA — The Watch City Festival will be holding a special screening of “The Wars of Other Men” this Mother’s Day weekend, on Sunday May 12, 2013.
The Watch City Festival is an open-air Steampunk street fair that takes over a major part of downtown Waltham, an old industrial town about 25 minutes outside of Boston. Waltham is commonly referred to as “Watch City” because of its association with the watch industry. The festival is a fundraiser for the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.
Can you think of a more appropriate town for a Steampunk themed street festival?
Last weekend at the Steampunk Empire Symposium, I had the pleasure to meet and talk with John R. White, the author of “Tales of the Airship Neverland”, a popular Steampunk novel.
We had met a number of times in the past at similar conventions, where I have purchased his book. He complained that he has never been able to return the favor of supporting “The Wars of Other Men” because, as a vendor at these conventions, he’s always working when screenings are taking place. So, I arranged a special “Vendors Screening” for him and his wife, and a couple of other vendors at the convention.
When the lights came up after the screening, our guests were very grateful for the opportunity to finally see the film for themselves, after hearing so much about it. Having these four new fans and friends enjoy our film was one of the highlights of our weekend.
Yesterday, John posted an absolutely glowing review of “The Wars of Other Men” on his blog, “Fire and Water”. So bright was his review, in fact, that I had to hide my eyes. (Ok, actually, hide my blushing.) It is a beautiful, flattering, and humbling take on our film. We are pleased and touched that our film can have this effect on people. Looking at the number of shares and comments his post garnered on facebook, it would seem he is not alone in his reaction.
You should go and read the post on his blog, because he highlights his points with beautiful images, and some shots from the film. But, for convenience sake, I’m posting the text of his review (with his permission) below:
CINCINNATI, OH — This evening, Mike Zawacki & Scott Norman accepted the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Short Film on behalf of “The Wars of Other Men”. YAAAAAY!
This award means a lot to us because it’s voted on by the Steampunk community at large. We are flattered and humbled by this honor.
Here’s the transcript of Mike’s acceptance speech:
CINCINNATI, OH — “The Wars of Other Men” will be making a special appearance this weekend, April 26-28, 2013 at the Steampunk Empire Symposium.
The Symposium is where our Steampunk Con adventures began a year ago. This year, we won’t be screening as part of the official schedule, but we will be hosting a number of small room screenings for folks who haven’t seen the film yet. See posters around the Symposium for details.
We will also have a display table on the main floor where you can:
- See props and weaponry from the film;
- Buy official “The Wars of Other Men” t-shirts, patches, and movie posters;
- Get information and schedule for our film screenings and room parties; and
- Submit your name for our free DVD Raffle.
Yes, we’ll be raffling off two copies of the official “The Wars of Other Men” DVD which is on schedule to be available next month after our Kickstarter backers have received their advance copies. So, be sure to drop your name and email address off at our table, or into one of the raffle boxes around the Symposium floor.
Click here to register for the Steampunk Symposium. We hope to see you there!
The film nominees are halfway down the “Media” category. You can also just search the webpage (press the control and F keys simultaneously) for The Wars of Other Men.
To vote you can either create a use account with Steampunk Chronicle (it’s free and allows you to participate in a very cool online community) or just use your Facebook account to vote.
One of the many room screenings at World Steam Expo 2012
World Steam Expo 2012 was an awesome experience for the cast and crew of “The Wars of Other Men”! We got to meet and talk with fans of Steampunk cinema, catch up with people who’ve been following our Facebook posts, checked out the work of and shared our film with other Steampunk film makers, and showed our film to folks at a formal screening and at a running series of informal screenings in our room. It was really great to see people watching the film and then coming back later with their friends and family in tow to give them a chance to see the film. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of you at conventions soon!
For those of you at the World Steam Expo, “The Wars of Other Men” is setting up in room 375. Stop by tomorrow and get a sneak peak of the film, check out props, weapons, and costumes! Interested in supporting quality indie steampunk & dieselpunk film? Peruse the swag table and buy a poster, unit patch, or t-shirt – 100% of all sales go directly to promoting the film at conventions and film festivals!
We will also be screening the film from 10am-12:30pm at the Great Lakes Stage. The film will be shown along with other bonus material and Q&A from cast & crew. If you can prop your eyelids open after the previous night’s partying drop in for a showing!
The Wars of Other Men will be screening at 3 venues across the country this weekend and will be joining a travelling Steampunk Film Festival.
Nearest to the home base will be the World Steam Expo:
Our film will be screening from 10am – 12:30pm on Sunday the 27th. We’ll be showing the film, along with some behind the scenes material, and the trailer for a fine steampunk tale by our friends at Reel Freedom Films — “Pressure”. Additionally, there will be limited advanced screenings in TWOOM Central Command (aka, our pimped out room). Come hang out with the cast & crew, check out props, costumes, guns (fake, naturally), and even dress up as a soldier in a steampunk/dieselpunk world at war & get your photo taken for posterity! There will also be a chance to pick up cool new swag, including new shirts, unit patches, and posters! (more…)
We’d like to give a special nod to the screenings this month. One will be in Daytona Beach, Florida at the incomperable Florida Steampunk Exhibition East:
The Exhibition runs from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th – a full three day weekend full of Neo-Victorian retrofuterism We’ll be screening there at 4pm on Saturday the 14th.
Our second April screening is at the lush and storied Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati:
Noted Steampunk culture luminary, author, and blogger G.D. Falksen has given our film a very nice review over at Tor’s website.
For those new to the whole sci-fi thing, Tor is a well established publisher of the genre whose authors have included Philip K. Dick, Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card, and other pillars of science fiction. Lately they’ve emerged as a power house in Steampunk literature. We’re extremely pleased to have one of their folks sharing their thoughts on our film!
For those interested in learning more about all things Steampunk should check out Mr. Falksen’s blog over at http://www.gdfalksen.com/. He also penned a well known primer on Steampunk here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/10/steampunk-101.
G.D. Falksen’s book “Blood in the Skies” is also up for Tor’s Reader’s Choice Awards http://www.gdfalksen.com/post/16025788746 — go give the fellow some props!
Another review in — this time from the fine, bent minds over at Beyond Hollywood, your source for all things un-Hollywood!
(Sometimes you get praise as a complaint: ”It’s too damned short. The movie leaves you wanting more, which, I suppose, is a good thing.”)