Posts Tagged ‘ConCarolinas’

As we reported on back in June of 2016, former ‘Carolina Ghostbusters’ cosplay fan group leader Michael ‘Doc’ Robert Geressy has been convicted of child solicitation.

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Geressy and his ECTO-1 replica car (fair use/public domain)

Geressy, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to solicitation of a child by a computer Monday at the Lincoln County (NC) Courthouse. He will serve 75 days in prison followed by four months of electric monitoring. Geressy will then be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

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The Devil’s Lettuce is a 12-minute black and white mockaganda (mock+propaganda) in the vein of 50s and 60s anti-drug films. This short stars Blair Hoyle as an innocent “teen” Jeffrey Hawthrone who succumbs to peer-pressure and takes the new drug called JX375 (“the Devil’s Lettuce”) which makes him go insane, join up with a rabbit-worshipping, communist cult lead by Jaysen Buterin, and almost gets sacrificed to the cult’s leporine deity before cops save his life. Yes, it is a comedy if you were worried, although Mike Mignola probably could’ve written a killer Hellboy story with that plot. It was directed by Adam York and written by Nerd Nation’s very own leporine deity, Dave Harlequin.

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Now, before you get worried that because Dave Harlequin is my boss, I won’t give a fair review of this movie, just know he is NOT paying me for this article. My loyalty only goes so far for free. No one is safe from critics here at Nerd Nation… NO ONE.

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Back in 1843, the legendary Edgar Allan Poe first published his iconic short story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Some 173 years later, filmmaker Christine Parker remigines the classic horror story in her latest short film in The Tell-Tale Heart: Sisters.

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(image courtesy of Sick Chick Flicks)

This adaptation tells the story of two sisters, Margaret and Caroline (played by Cathy Mattson and Carrie Jones, respectively), exploring their tumultuous and strained relationship, drawing very heavily from 1962’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? given that Caroline, who was once a beautiful starlet, is now an aging, seemingly broken-spirited recluse who is being cared for by her bitter, vengeful sister. Caroline lost her eye, giving the must-have nod to Poe‘s “vulture eye” of the original story, which of course plays an important role in its iconography, as any literary fan will tell you. Margaret plots to murder her sister in an act of resentment and revenge, and is of course tormented by the constant sound of a beating heart. I don’t really think spoilers apply when they’re of a story written over a century ago; but just to be a good sport here, I’ll say no more of the plot and move right along to the impressive technical aspects.

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ConCarolinas.. SciFi Carolina Style

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(2015 badge artwork, image courtesy of ConCarolinas)

That little slogan rang entirely true this weekend. As one who has attended conventions for 15+ years, this little convention nestled just due north of Charlotte, NC delivered on that moniker. This was Nerd Nation Magazine‘s first time officially attending this particular convention (though Dave Harlequin had been swearing by it for years) and I found it to be well laid out, housed in the convention center of an Embassy Suites hotel, all on one floor, the room labels and locations were easy to read and find to the point where if you did not have a schedule, it was not a total loss. The bane of tons of conventions was also a non-issue, there was lots of walking space! I found the vendors room small-ish, yet filled with genuine diversity of the fandom world, the diversity of the film fest also impressed me. Special Guests Joel Hodgson (of MST3K fame), Michael Hogan (of Battlestar Galactica), and Doug Jones (of the Hellboy franchise, Silver Surfer, Pan’s Labyrinth, etc.) were all fantastic, personable, and really resonated with fans throughout the weekend. The ConCarolinas Film Festival was also a very bright spot in the weekend, showing several great films across every genre, and often featuring Q&A’s with the filmmakers themselves (including the world premiere of the fan film: Doctor Who: Lucky 13, that our own Dave Harlequin served as producer and co-writer on). The other thing that I was impressed with, is something that EVERY convention should have, but sadly falls into clique-like behavior; it was SOCIAL. People were having fun talking to total strangers and making new friends,
discussions of any and everything could be heard during the night-time hours, which are eventful themselves. If you are looking for a small convention with a fun and open atmosphere, then you should try ConCarolinas.

For a bit of visual aid, check out these selected photos below:

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