Monthly Archives: December 2008

Diving Into The Force Among Us

There aren’t many documentary fan films, but the handful that exist tend to be about fandom itself. For Star Wars buffs, Jason Wishnow’s classic Tatooine or Bust in 1997 paved the way, simply interviewing fervid fans across the U.S. as they waited to see the Special Edition re-releases. Witty and economical at 14 minutes, the [...]

Classic Star Wars Fan Films on DVD For Free!

A decade ago, internet video was a complete disaster;  you could spend days downloading a 5-minute video the size of a postage stamp, only to have it stutter along when you finally played the movie on your computer. Those days are thankfully gone, but the desire to watch a fan film in high-quality video on [...]

Fan Film Pioneer Forrest Ackerman Passes

Forrest J. Ackerman, one of Sci-Fi’s premiere fans passed away a few days ago at the age of 92. Friend and inspiration to thousands of fans throughout the decades, Ackerman was best known as the founder and editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, a “must” mag for Monster Kids in the 1950s and ’60s. His [...]

Superman is Old News in Tomorrow’s Memoir

There’s thousands of fan films out there, enough that it’s impossible to find time to watch all the “really good ones” that get raved about. Millions of people have watched the Chad Vader series, for instance, but I don’t know anyone who’s watched every episode. Nonetheless, good fan flicks tend to at least get attention, [...]

Geek Love Strikes in Mr. Right Fan Film

Here’s a fan film that mixes Star Wars, Superman, Ring of Honor  pro wrestling, Stephen King, X Files, Stargate, Lord of the Rings, Sliders, and romance. Yes, you read that right: romance. I can’t recall the last fan movie that featured that foreign substance, but it’s the driving force behind Mr. Right, a recent effort [...]

Upcoming Symposium on Fan Productions

Sometimes it seems as if fans live in their own quiet ecosystem here on the internet, with some taking on creative endeavors—making films, fiction or whathaveyou—and others simply enjoying the bounty of those efforts. Of course, nearly everything placed on the internet is visible to anyone who stumbles across it, and the realm of “fan [...]

Friday The 13th Meets Christmas

The Holiday Season is upon us once again, filled with Christmas cheer and good will toward men, as shoppers shop, carolers carol and Santas…um…sant. None the less, the Holidays can also make you wish ‘Good ill towards man’—say, when some jerk steals your parking spot at the mall, or your in-laws insist on making you [...]

Prep For Watchmen With The League

Everyone’s eagerly anticipating next Spring’s Watchmen movie, and with good reason—Hollywood’s been promising it for 20 years now. If you’re looking for a way to bide the time until then, there’s that incredible Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel book that my wife had to yank out of my hands when [...]

Homemade Hollywood FINALLY on Amazon!!!

It’s taken forever, but my book about fan films, Homemade Hollywood, is finally on Amazon for real!! There was a place-holder page on there forever–well, NO MORE. The book is FINALLY available on Amazon—and it’s $13 and change, not $85 as noted elsewhere. What a freakin’ relief. For those who aren’t familiar with it, here’s [...]

Star Wars Fan Film on a US Navy Missile Cruiser

In the realm of fan films, there’s been lightsaber battles on deserted planets, in machine shops and, of course, don’t forget that perennial favorite, the woods. However, this one, Star Wars, Episode 67: The Seeds of Betrayal, might just beat them all if only for the location: the USS Shiloh. Engineers on the USS Shiloh [...]

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