A visit to the Star Wars Celebration III convention, and the first night of the Indianapolis Film Festival!
Yes, I am cool. *L*!
Wow, what an odd experience, going to a Star Wars Con after the LOTR cons I've been to - only a few, mind you, but each of them very intense. Now here I was at a Con, looking in from the outside, so to speak. I don't know... I think LOTR costumers have a little more dignity, or something, going for them - perhaps because so many of the characters have so much dignity. Here it was a lot of Jedi, and Imperial StormTroopers, and it just felt a little more like boys dressing up as soldiers, you know?
And it seemed more about (and, yes, I DO appreciate the irony of ME saying this) the merchandise. I mean, they had an entire TRACK of talks on collecting. And that was one out of only about 2 or 3 talk tracks. There were also tracks on fan films, costuming, and mixed stuff, like Jedi fighting. But on top of the track on collecting, the next thing blew my mind. There was a Celebration III "store" in addition to the exhibit hall, where you could buy things that were either unique to this con, or perhaps available early here (I'm not sure). There was a line down the hall just to get in. And it wrapped around another hall. And another. And it wasn't moving. It was 5 pm and it had been open all day. Oh. my. god. Just to be able to buy stuff.
And, finally, I wasn't interested in the merchandise at all. Oh, okay, I did break down and buy two things: a Darth Tater (OF COURSE!) and a cute little ewok that looked like a little teddy bear. *G* In other words, I went for funny and cute. There WAS a bit of LOTR merchandise - *L*! - and I saw some folks with the blue glowing Sting... as well as the most popular toy, a great light sabre that you can clip to your belt.
So the good news is that I won't be tempted to spend all weekend there. *S* But I AM so psyched about seeing Charlie Ross doing the One Man Star Wars - whoooooooooooooooooooooooot! Cannot wait to see it and photograph it!
So then I moved on to see "Lonesome Jim" (described here http://www.ifsboston.org/2005/film_lonesomejim.html where it appeared at a Boston film festival). It was filmed in Goshen, IN by Steve Buscemi and stars Casey Affleck and (everything comes back to LOTR!) Liv Tyler. I enjoyed it. It was about a depressed young man who comes home to his dysfunctional family and faces his demons.
So, there it was, 8:34 pm, and I'd hit two cultural highlights already! I could have gone on to a concert, but decided to - exciting! - go grocery shopping instead.
Oh... your laugh for the day? This t-shirt I saw at the convention:
for a Klondike Bar?"