I’m thrilled to again be a panelist at SoonerCon! This weekend’s SoonerCon 28 will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, in Norman.
The show welcomes some amazing guests, including Nana Visitor of “Deep Space Nine,” “Star Wars” author Kevin J. Anderson, and Oklahoma native as well as “Trek” expert Larry Nemecek.
It’s a great con for me this year for a lot of reasons.
The convention has agreed to show three of the short films I’ve worked on.
First, Friday at 5 p.m. director Ricky Pope and I will talk about the two 48-hour films we worked on together, “Overdue” and “Semi-Social,” and show both films. That panel is in University C. “Overdue” is a comedy about a pregnant librarian seeking the perfect baby name; “Semi-Social” is about a tech-addicted teen trying to attract the girl of his dreams.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, start your day off with a bang with a screening of “The Grave” in University C. “The Grave” is a short film that I wrote based on my comic book adventurer.
The hard-hitting, comic book-inspired film is a pulp noir-style adventure set in the freewheeling Oklahoma City in the 1920s. In 1920s Oklahoma City, a few men are above the law. Fortunately, crusading reporter Walter Crim stands up to those who would oppress the innocent. When Crim can’t achieve his aims through the press alone, he becomes the dark avenger known as ‘The Grave’!
“The Grave” was directed by Kyle Roberts and stars Rett Terrell, Alissa Ford and Collin Place.
Later on Saturday, I get to celebrate one of my favorite heroes, Superman, in the 80th anniversary panel for the Man of Steel at 2 p.m. in Sooner B. I’ll be joined by a great bunch of panelists: Mark Alfred, Buck Berlin, Kent Clark, A. Lee Martinez and E.T. Wardwell.
The last day of the show, on Sunday, Rachel Price and I will discuss 48-hour films and some of the things we’ve learned making them in the 1 p.m. panel “Making a film in 48 Hours” in Oklahoma A2. This will be slanted toward the writing of a 48-hour film, though we will touch on all elements.
I’m very excited for what’s always a jam-packed weekend; hope to see many of you at the show!