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#37: Westercon 74

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Westercon is a regional convention that moves around the western third of North America. I've presented Roadshow sets at Westercons 68 in San Diego, 70 in Tempe and 71 in Denver. In 2019, Westercon 72 (spikecon.org) was in Layton, UT, branded as SpikeCon. It was a major event, not only the Westercon but also the NASFiC (North American Science Fiction Convention) in 2019, a national event that's held whenever the Worldcon is outside of North America. It was also the 1632 Minicon for Eric Flint fans and Manticon 2019 for fans of David Weber and his Honorverse, so this was four conventions in one.

I'm actually not entirely sure what I screened, because I didn't have time to put my usual flyer together, because I can't find the folder I actually screened from and because technical problems with sound meant that I was unable to screen all the sets as I had curated them anyway.

What I'm sure of is that I put two sixty minute sets together, a steampunk set and a science fiction set, with almost all the titles previous selection at the Roadshow, albeit not for previous Westercons. The only intended new titles were N, a British film that screened at ALIFFF, and Rueful Warrior, which had been submitted to me for use in the Roadshow, both of which I screened for the first time at Westercon 72. I also remember adding The Gunfighter when problems with larger files manifested. I included Steam Speed and Monty and the Runaway Furnace because of the train theme of the convention.

In addition, I introduced a screening of the documentary Closer Than We Think, about futurist Arthur Radebaugh, though this wasn't technically part of the Roadshow, just a film that I brought to programming.


Steampunk Set

# Title Year Length Director Company Country Review IMDb Online?
1 Steam Speed 2014 4:44 Andrew Ledenev Digital Light Studio Belarus YouTube
2 Daisy Belle 2018 11:14 William Wall Halo Cinematic USA IMDb
3 Widdershins 2018 11:16 Simon Biggs Once Were Farmers
Studio Temba
UK IMDb
3 Monty and the Runaway Furnace 2016 33m Joe Taranto Loyola Marymount University USA IMDb


Science Fiction Set

# Title Year Length Director Company Country Review IMDb Online?
1 Rueful Warrior 2019 14:51 Mark Owen Belloq Productions UK IMDb
2 Logan Must Make Star Wars 2014 5m Nathan Blackwell Squishy Studios USA AL IMDb Vimeo
3 Bar Talk 2013 9m Lowell Northrop Munka Tunka Films USA IMDb Vimeo
4 Time Trap 2013 8m Michael Shanks LateNite Films Australia IMDb Vimeo
5 N 2018 13:41 Iacopo di Girolamo Iacopo di Girolamo UK IMDb
6 The Gunfighter 2014 8:49 Eric Kissack Six Shooter Films USA IMDb Vimeo




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