The amazing thing about this screening -- we've never been to Comic Con before, let alone screened there -- is that they contacted us. It seems the guy who programs their film screenings has been a fan of Dead Gentlemen since The Gamers first came out on VHS. So we're getting to show our movie a couple weeks before its DVD premiere at the largest convention in fandom (Comic Con had over 125,000 attendees in 2007). And we're getting probably the best screening time as well -- 7:00 pm on Friday night.
Here's some highlights from the press release. The full version is on the Dead Gentlemen website:
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising to be Screened at San Diego Comic-Con
July 22, 2008 (TACOMA, Wash.) - Dead Gentlemen Productions announced today that their film The Gamers: Dorkness Rising will be screened at Comic-Con in San Diego, and make its DVD premiere in three weeks at Gen Con in Indianapolis. The DVD will be sold exclusively by Paizo Publishing at Gen Con, and is provided by the film’s domestic distributor, Anthem Pictures.
“Comic-Con is the ultimate convention in the US to reach our larger target audience,” said Dead Gentlemen’s Executive Director, Don Early. “We wanted to participate in Comic-Con, but our release date put us past their window. I thought we’d missed our chance. But then I got a call from the head of the films department at Comic Con. I was shocked and amazed!”
“I have been a fan of Dead Gentlemen for years,” said Joshua Glaser from Comic-Con Films Department International. “When I read that their long-awaited film, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, was going to be released on DVD at Gen Con this year, I knew I had to try and get a screening at Comic Con.”
“The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is already one of the best selling products of all time on paizo.com and it’s not even released yet,” said Paizo’s Director of Marketing, Joshua J. Frost. “We have a full Dorkness Rising signing schedule planned for our booth at Gen Con, including appearances from many of the actors as well as members of the production team. Stop by our booth, buy yourself a copy, and get it signed!”
“Anthem has put together a fantastic DVD,” says Matt Vancil,
writer/director of The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. “The fans have been supremely patient — they’ve been waiting for this for five years. Plus, a screening at Comic Con? The over-caffeinated heart of the empire of fandom? Holy wow! All is well with the universe.”
“It’s rare to find a gem of title like Dorkness in today’s marketplace,” says Chuck Adelman, president of Anthem Pictures. “The RPG audience is massive and a major driving force behind independent films. Being a gamer myself, it’s a great feeling to distribute a title that we feel will really capture a new generation of gamers and appeal to the mature RPG-gamers across the board.”
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising will screen at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, July 25th, 7pm at the Marriott in Marina Ballroom D. DVD sales premiere exclusively at Paizo Publishing’s booth #2221 at Gen Con on August 14, 2008, and then hit retailers on August 19, 2008.
We don't have a booth or anything, so we'll be walking the exhibit hall floor, reconnecting with friends and annoying celebrities, until the screening hall opens at 6:00 pm. Here's our schedule:
The Marriott, Marina Ballroom D, Friday July 25
6:00 pm -- Q & A with the Dead Gentlemen
7:00 pm -- The Gamers: Dorkness Rising screening
2:50 am -- The Gamers screening (yes, we'll be up that late)
Lots of awesome is starting to stack up. In a week, the Hopjockey team will be pitching to two networks, and there's significant movement on ALIVE. Keep your fingers crossed.