7 P.M. Wednesday, 29 OCT 2014, $20
I’m thrilled to announce the second Sci-fi Interfaces Movie Night, again in the New Parkway Cinema in Oakland. This time it’s the amazing meta sci-fi and horror fest from the minds of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods. (Kristen Connolly! Chris Hemsworth! Anna Hutchison! Fran Kranz! Jesse Williams! Richard Jenkins! Bradley Whitford!) Enjoy this amazing film the way it was meant to be enjoyed: With a bunch of other sci-fi nerds, on the big silver screen, with a pre-show, tables, couches, food, and a bar.
This one is going to be bigger, gorier, and better than the last, with sci-fi and a heaping helping of metahorror to get you amped up for Halloween later in the week.
Based on the feedback from the first one, there are some changes to the plans for this event.
- Some folks said things felt rushed. Fair enough. They were! So this time I’m actually renting the cinema so we can open the doors at 7:30, start the pre-show at 8:00, and start the movie at 9:00. This will give a little more time for setup and it will let me control the start time of the movie a little better.
- I’m thrilled to announce that the actual designers of the interfaces seen in the movie, Chris Kieffer and Coplin LeBleu, have agreed to try come and engage in a Q&A as part of the pre-show if we can sell enough tickets to get them up here and they aren’t on location for a shoot. Ever wanted to ask a sci-fi interface designer something? Now’s your chance. (If they can’t make it in person, we will try a remote digital Q&A.)
- The trivia will not be as difficult, and hopefully if I can figure out the tech, everyone will be able to participate in at least part of it.
These two changes partly explain the increase of the ticket. It costs money to bring these guys up from L.A. The other thing is that The Cabin in the Woods is a much more recent film, and so rights become more expensive.
The major change not happening: A few folks had asked if we could move into the smaller cinema at The New Parkway. We could, but there are two problems with it. First, it would have raised the ticket price even more since there’s less seating. Second, that cinema can not connect to a computer for any pre-show visuals. So, we’re sticking with the large cinema.
As before, I’ll make a short presentation deconstructing and analyzing one of the interfaces in the movie, as well as running a trivia contest with at least The Cabin in the Woods sci-fi interface t-shirts as prizes. I’m working on a way to let everyone in the audience participate this time, via their smart phones or something.
If you attended the last one, and you have other ideas about how it can have its awesome quotient increased, contact me or leave a comment here.
How many is enough people? >120
As mentioned above, this more expensive, so we’ll need more tickets sold to pull the trigger. But hey, we sold out last time and even had to turn away some folks at the door, so a) this shouldn’t be a problem and b) consider this an object lesson in purchasing tickets early. At $20 tickets, we need at least 95 to have the show. (And at that point I’ll charge pre-sales.) After that, we’ll need at least 120 sold to to get Kieffer and LeBleu in for a Q&A.
So please tell friends and fans (and maybe make an offering to an Old God or two) to make this happen.
What is the cutoff date? 19 SEP
We need the 95 sold as soon as possible so we can secure the cinema and the rights, etc. Also I want to give Kieffer and LeBleu as much warning as we can so they can set their schedule. So I’ve set the deadline as end of day, Friday, 19 September. But of course, everything goes smoother the sooner I know.
To be clear, if I can’t get at least 95 people, the show won’t happen and you won’t be charged. But once those 95 are sold, the thing’s happening, and we make a concentrated push to get to our stretch goal of the Q&A. You ready? Head over to https://www.trycelery.com/shop/cabin to back the event. Then share this page, tweet it, social media share it (FB, G+). Do what you gotta do.