Today is the final day of Polaris which also coincides with the first anniversary of the final flight of Atlantis.
We have had an absolutely amazing weekend. Polaris was even cooler than I imagined it would be. We have had the privilege to talk to and interview dozens if convention goers who shared amazing stories of past shuttle launches, their amazing passion for science fiction, and celebrate the community they have formed. We also met Chancellor Gowron (Robert O’Reilly) and General Martok (J.G. Hertzler) with whom we got pictures while they were in costume, shared a drink with Stargate’s Tony Amendola (who was kind enough to also visit us at the Chasing Booth and check in) and do a private interview with actor and fan Will Wheaton.
I’ve been to cons before, but there is something very special about Polaris. It is rare to find such a gelled congregation. Piecing up to leave today will be difficult.
But before we leave, we have one last panel to give sharing previews from Chasing. Yesterday’s panel was amazing asking compelling questions and reflecting on their own fascination with the stars. Really looking forward to today, especially in-light of Atlantis’ anniversary.
To those of you who came to visit us at our booth, did an interview, danced Saturday night away with us, and shared your passion we offer our sincerest gratitude!
Chris and Paul at our booth during Polaris 26.
Some news has been brewing for a while that I am excited we are sharing with all of you. The Chasing Atlantis team will be participating in Polaris 26, Canada’s longest-running media event by fans for fans. This year, Polaris features guests of the science fiction world like Star Trek’s J.G. Hertzler, Wil Wheaton, and Robert O’Reilly, as well as Stargate’s Tony Amendola and Dollhouse’s Dichen Lachman.
BUT, among all the sci-fi fascination, comic book creativity and even Klingon Karaoke, Polaris will be hosting the Chasing Atlantis team in our first opportunity to share about our filmmaking adventure to see the Final Flight of the Space Shuttle one year ago to the day of the convention. Furthermore, Polaris itself is going to become part of Chasing Atlantis. We will be filming that day and talking with some of you about your love of things space and adding your stories to our film.
Personally, this is a chased dream in and of itself. I truly feel at home when I’m at cons. Shared interests, common values, a place where you can wear your passion completely on your sleeve (or on your face depending on what you’re dressed up as) and it’s totally cool. In fact, I often wonder how much our world would change if everybody treated one another as they do at a science fiction/fantasy convention. Cons have given me so much over the years, and I have wanted to make a tangible contribution in return. In the back of my mind, I had always hoped that Chasing would lead to an opportunity like this; our own booth, or display or presentation where I could share something unique and help truly celebrate the creative efforts that inspire all of us. Inspiration is, after all, why conventions exist.
We hope to see you at Polaris. If you come across us, please stop by to say hello and feel free to share your love of all things geek on camera. Or just hang out and chat. Connection is what Chasing Atlantis was all about.
In advance of Polaris, we are going to be populating chasingatlantis.com with more about our project with you. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for special clips, featurettes, and new photos about our adventures (and misadventures) while on the road.
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