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MIFFF Debuts In Seattle

The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF) Debuts

Seattle Genre Film Festival To Open This September

MIFFF, a three day international showcase of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema, is pleased to announce its inaugural launch September 18-20th, 2009 at the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington USA.

As a genre film festival in Seattle, MIFFF is a unique entity. The Seattle Metropolitan Area is home to one of the largest film attending populations in the country. MIFFF is a venue that gives a voice to genre film fans through a wide spectrum of films and related programming.

Festival Co-Founder and current President Gabe de los Angeles sees a great opportunity for MIFFF: “We are thrilled to give Seattle and the Pacific Northwest audience something special in the film festival community, a showcase of international genre cinema. It’s incredible that we’re going to be able to host on this event on the historic grounds of Seattle Center”.

The first annual MIFFF plans to screen a variety of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction films over three days. The festival will include feature length films, short films, and genre specific documentaries. In addition to the film screenings, MIFFF plans to have panel discussions, Q & A’s with filmmakers, and after parties.
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Starwars Fan Fun Day: Burnley Football Club

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Starwars Fan Fun Day: Burnley Football Club

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Bank Holiday Monday, May The Fourth (Be With You) 2009
Burnley Football Club
10.30AM - 4.00PM

The event is a non profit making Star Wars fan event and will attract both fans and families.
Darth Vader Image
The Show Will Feature:

Confirmed Guests:
Kenny Baker (R2D2)
Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter)
Richard Le Parmentier (Admiral Motti)
Richard Bonehill (Nien Numb, Rebel Officer, Snowtrooper etc)
Derek Lyons (Rebel Honour Guard)

Also Featuring:
Dealers stalls selling Star Wars and other sci-fi memorabilia
Costumed characters (bring your cameras)
Fancy dress competition
Laser Maze
Star Wars gaming
Charity raffle and auction
and much more!

If you’re into Star Wars and in the Burnley area, why not check it out? Sounds like a fun day for all.

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Jane Webb: Illumination Illumini Cyborg Artwork

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Jane Webb: Illumination Illumini Cyborg Artwork

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Illumination Extravaganza: Illumini

15 artists come together to create an extraordinary exhibition of light in an underground crypt.

Curated by Jane Webb

The Crypt, St Pancras Church
Euston Rd / Duke’s Rd, London, NW1 2BA (nearest tube Euston Station)

4th September – 17th September
Open daily 11am- 7pm Free Admission

Opening Night Thursday 4th September, 6pm – 9pm.
Free Admission.
All welcome.

ARTISTS : Mercedes Altuna, Madi Boyd, David Chalkley, Vincenzo Di Maria, Lewis Hayward, Caroline Lambard, Jayne Lloyd, Liz murfitt, Adrian Navarro, Silviu Pascalin, Suzan Swale, Matthew Swift, Andrea Tyrimos, Jane Webb and Deon Winter.

Illumini is supported by Mathmos, who will be displaying a range of their latest products also supported by Surelight Glowsafe and the Glass bar

An electrifying new exhibition with a difference, starting with a opening night on the 4th Sept, which is complimented with a full evening of free entertainment. Light shows, circus acts and performance artists, working with illumination taking place through out the crypt. This is no PV night, this is an evening where everybody is welcome, Illumini will not just showcase art it will entertain, introducing all communities that may not normally visit the arts to a different approach.
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Landspeeder Antigravity Vehicle Prototype

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Landspeeder Antigravity Vehicle Prototype

Ever fancied trying out the closest vehicle to a Landspeeder we have in the 21st Century? Suspended a few inches above ground, putting the pedal to the metal and experiencing the thrill over all kinds of terrain?

Well, now you can, courtesy of Hovpod Surrey. They specialise in the luxury personal leisure hovercraft.

The Hovpod is an experience you won’t ever forget. You can use it to raise your profile and attendance at a promotional or corporate event (which we all know can be boring). It’s a fun, safe and exhilirating ride which uses a mechanism of a cushion of air (AVC - Air Cushion Vehicle) which enables it to navigate almost all surfaces.

For example, it can easily rocket over grass, gravel, tarmac, ice, water, snow, sand and mud. Land/Water transition is seamlessly smooth because, of course, the Hovpod is actually always sitting on a cushion of fresh air, floating 9 inches above whatever surface is below.

Today it is often in environmentally sensitive areas that the hovercraft shines the most. It won’t damage the ground. There’s no wheels to churn up the ground and no propellors to injure any marine creatures. A good example on their site is of the Hovpod being driven over eggs; they are untouched.

Imagine the look on student’s faces when the college or school hires one for educational purposes. They certainly never had anything like that when I went!

The hovpod will not damage the ground

And the reason is simple: If you look underneath the hovercraft skirt there’s nothing but fresh air. There are no wheels to churn up the ground, and no propellors to injure any marine creatures.

Darren, the coordinator, told us, “We were invited to a black tie dinner at a local rugby club. We gave experience rides from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. We tried to leave, but kept getting getting asked to stay. The organisers even turned on the floodlights for us to fly over their rugby pitches. And what was very impressive was women in their ballgowns wanting to experience the thrill in their twos!”

The Hovpod is a fantastic addition to any event, very safe, and certainly raises the profile. Hovpod Surrey also supplies owner support and hovpod maintenance.

It isn’t a Landspeeder exactly, but it’s probably the closest you’d get to with our current technology.

Landspeed digital 3D image used with kind permission of PerspectX - see more of these 3D images, which are available as 3D environment packages.

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HIEX Highlands International Comic Expo Weekend: Eden Court: Inverness

The Highland Arts folk and HI-EX Comics are running a comic weekend event in Inverness on February 2nd and 3rd 2008.

It’s going to be at the newly refurbished Eden Court. It’s a great space and will be an excellent venue. There’s plenty of on and near site parking, a bar and restaurant on site.

Always useful for an event like this is local accomodation (within walking distance), and HI-EX are trying to organise event discount rates at nearby hotels.

So far the guest list is growing, with positive replies from the likes of Alan Grant, Cam Kennedy, John Smith, Andy Diggle, Yishan Li, D’Israeli, Colin MacNeil and a load more. (Subject to their workload).

As well as guest signings and sketching, there will be an art exhibition, kids workshops, talks, panel discussions, traders, small press, publishers, fancy dress, charity fundraisers, generally all the usual comic convention activities but they are working to give the event a wider family appeal with outreach sessions in local schools the week before and a lot of local promotion.

Inverness has boomed in recent years and ‘Highland 2007′ has been a year long cultural celebration across the Highlands with hundreds of diverse arts events. It’s a perfect time to get comics represented up here too.

Upto date details can be found on the HI-EX Comics site.

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