Beyond belief lies the heart of science fiction and this fall, fans of the genre will assemble at the inaugural DYSTOPIA SCI-FI CON, a new interactive event featuring a cinematic lineup of sci-fi, cyberpunk, virtual reality, and future noir alongside special guests, panels, exhibitors, and more. The gathering will also host the first half of The 8th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, a thriving platform for independent film in honor of acclaimed novelist Philip K. Dick. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the event will run from November 8-10, 2019.
“Dystopia refers to a world out of balance where the human spirit is crushed under the weight of monopolistic corporations,” said organizer Daniel Abella. “Our event is a fascinating way of watching how our lives will be affected by what is to come.”
Dystopia Sci-Fi Con will feature a slate of activities highlighting feature and short films, cosplay, and guests from across the genre’s spectrum. It will also introduce Deep Interactive Cinematic Experience, otherwise known as “Deep ICE,” where film and theater blend together and communicate insights into the nature of reality. Featured prominently throughout the convention will be a showcase of creative brands heavily influenced by science fiction.
As the West Coast home for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, screenings will be held as part of its eighth annual outing that continues in New York City in March 2020. The festival will present a lineup of independent films and a series of panels that explore revolutionary views and Philip K. Dick’s influence on science fiction. The timing of the gathering also honors a key work in the PKD universe with a noteworthy tribute planned.
Early Official Selections:
The Gunrunner Billy Kane (2019) — WORLD PREMIERE
Director: M.D. Selig
Run Time/Country: 57 min, USA
Synopsis: A rogue professor runs guns to fund dangerous brain experiments that could possibly save his dying daughter. Starring M.D. Selig (Zero Dark Thirty), Mark Arnold (Blade Runner 2049), John Kassir (Jack The Giant Slayer), Imelda Corcoran (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Julianna Robinson (Nun).
Wild Boar (2019) — L.A. PREMIERE
Director: Barney Burman
Run Time/Country: 97 min, USA
Synopsis: In a world where man is suddenly no longer at the top of the food chain, a group search in the desert for a bounty left by an eccentric billionaire but instead end up being hunted by a mutant boar with an axe to grind. Starring Augie Duke (Burning Kentucky), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive), Jessica Sonneborn (The Basement), Douglas Tait (Hellboy), Jim Nieb (I’m Dying Up Here), and Michael Reed (Brides of Satan).
A number of celebrated actors, filmmakers, and speakers will also appear as featured guest panelists, including David Brin, Barney Burman, Elizabeth Karr, Julianna Robinson, Tim Russ, Saku Sakamoto, M.D. Selig, and John Alan Simon.
Event Dates and Location:
Dystopia Sci-Fi Con will take place November 8-10, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015).
For more information, visit their official WEBSITE or https://www.lacclink.com/events/detail/dystopia-sci-fi-con.
Passes are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dystopia-sci-fi-con-tickets-63888970631.