Sci-Fi geek conventions aren't what they used to be. They used to be small and intimate; now most of them are big media-saturated events that everyone, even non-geeks, want to be a part of. It's become a mainstream business. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy the hell out of going to these events! I think they're incredibly fun and exciting, but I would have loved to experience the early days of these conventions when no one but the true geeks really cared.
Here's the trailer to a fun looking documentary called Back to Space-Con that takes us back into to these early vintage fanboy and fangirl events. The doc takes you on a journey to some of the earliest conventions such as The Red Hour Festival, which is an early Star Trek con.
Here's the Synopsis:
This feature-length documentary film tells the story of the 1970′s Bay Area Sci-Fi conventions called Space-Con. Told by the original organizers and fans. Includes celebrity interviews, costume contests and over 40 minutes of rare convention footage. See the Federation Trading Post in Berkeley and very first Star Trek convention in San Francisco. A real treat for any Star Trek or Star Wars fan. Film stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, and many more.
The doc is currently available on DVD, and you can buy it at November Fire. Check out the trailer below, and let us know if you've ever been to one of these early conventions. What are your general thoughts on conventions now?