Film screening and Q & A with film maker Eric Brammer followed by John Carpenter’s The Thing

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November 8, 7:00 p.m.
Century Center Recital Hall
Free admission
Popcorn & Beverages available for purchase

SBMA will be screening of a select portion of Eric Brammer’s in-progress documentary on Science Fiction/Fantasy fandom followed by Q&A. Immediately following, a screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Eric Brammer has been an artist/filmmaker living in NYC since 1994. His works include music videos, vignettes & installations as well as light boxes, assemblage, collage & photography. His work has been shown in various NYC galleries since the late ‘90’s.From before he can remember, he has attended World Science Fiction Conventions, Worldcons (beginning with Tricon in Cleveland in 1966). His father, Fred D. Brammer, was a proud member of First Fandom (documented sci fi fans from before the first Worldcon in NYC in 1939) & was well acquainted with many luminaries of the field (many of whom were in First Fandom).

Eric is pleased to show a very early work-in-progress cut of his documentary,  “The Last Dinosaurs” (First Fandom members jokingly referred to themselves as “dinosaurs” as they grew older & because they would eventually become extinct) in conjunction with The Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature here in South Bend. After more shooting in 2020, the film is expected to be finished in early 2021.
The film examines the humble beginnings of modern science fiction (when it was almost exclusively the stuff of pulp magazines) up to the present day with an emphasis on fan culture. The story begins with the first Worldcon, which took place in loose association with the famous “world of tomorrow” World’s Fair in NYC in 1939. It was attended by only about 200 people on July 4th weekend in midtown Manhattan (without knowing if there would even be a second). The themes of the film include, but are not limited to, the evolution of fan culture (the more it changes, the more it stays the same); science fiction that became science; sci fi from marginalia to pop culture phenomenon. It is hard to overstate the influence that this small, but earnest group had in spawning zines, cosplay & the proliferation of conventions the most prominent of which is Comic Con (annually in San Diego & NYC).

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