"Live fast, fight well, and have a beautiful ending." St. Exmin
"Can we have another 24 hours?" I jokingly asked a film festival friend, as Zero-Day kicked into high gear with our special guest and inaugural Defender of the Universe recipient Sybil Danning. With the gala screening of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, support for the Austin School of Film's free screenwriting workshop with writer Matt Lohr, an extra full day of programming, and SIX parties this year, the Other Worlds Austin team has fully launched into the maelstrom of bringing fabulous content and memorable experiences to our audience.
Watching BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS on the big screen was an incredible multisensory experience due to the technical expertise of our festival director Bears Fonte and the high-def digital projection and sound technology at our host venue, Flix Brewhouse. Prior to the screening, Bears awarded our VIP guest Sybil Danning with the inaugural Defender of the Universe Award.
The award was a collaboration between two artists -- our poster artist David Poe of Moon Tattoo, who created the initial illustration of an astronaut seen at right, and Casey Janowski of TechShop Austin-Round Rock and Fartsy Arts.
To create this multidimensional award, Casey used laser etched and cut mixed media of wood and acrylic with painted elements with custom made walnut frame.
Sybil was visibly moved by the handcrafted award, stating that this was her Oscar during her wonderful acceptance speech -- check back for video of the award ceremony.
After a lively Q&A, attendees ventured over to TechShop Austin-Round Rock for the Gala Reception. The reception featured a Classic Candy and Popcorn Buffet -- Milky Ways, Starburst, Pixie Stix, and Classic Buttered and Movie Mix Popcorn from Cornucopia are a few of the treats selected for this event. Nuclear Salad curated and sponsored the bar selection with wine from Texas Hills Vineyards and Sunce Winery, and (512) Brewing provided personal favorites of Pecan Porter and IPA.
Classic 80's songs with SciFi or Horror themes were curated by yours truly for our party playlist, which you can listen to via Spotify here. Our guest Sybil Danning took a quick break from signing autographs and meeting with fans to dance to Peter Schilling's "Major Tom."
The TechShop Austin-Round Rock staff and members were welcoming and engaging, with many taking tours of the facilities as well as making their own buttons. Buttons featuring 50s retro robots, Zombie Life, and Closer Than We Think illustrations from futuristic illustrator Arthur Radebaugh, whose life and art will be featured in Brett Bonewicz's documentary, Closer Than We Think. as well as handmade artwork abounded.
Starting out my 2016 Other Worlds Austin experience by supporting Sybil Danning during her visit was an incredible experience. She is consummately personable and professional, graciously and continuously exuding beauty and intelligence. As she told Bears on her way out of the Gala Reception in the wee hours of the night "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Indeed it is.
Want to attend Other Worlds Austin but don't have a badge? Check in at the Registration table in the Flix Brewhouse lobby for admittance. Individual ticket sales are made available approximately 10 minutes prior to screening, but queue up early for standby.