Morgan Spurlock‘s latest documentary Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope was one of Peter’s favorite movies at Toronto and one of my favorite movies of Fantastic Fest. It’s a totally different film for the Super Size Me director as he stays off camera and follows several unique people on their journey to the mecca of pop culture, San Diego Comic-Con. In doing so , Spurlock dissects not only why Comic Con is such an amazing event, but why we geeks love what we love. The film is beautiful, inspiring, funny and, up until today, had only played at festivals.
That’ll change next year because Wrekin Hill Entertainment and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association have acquired the film for theatrical distribution in Spring 2012. In addition, the film will tour larger venue and bring audiences outside of San Diego their own kind of mini-Comic-Con experience complete with Q&A’s, contests, presentations, collectibles and more. The full press release and some thoughts are after the jump.
A film like Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope was never going to be a massive, mainstream hit. It was made for and by fans of pop culture (For example, Harry Knowles is a producer and Stan Lee and Joss Whedon’s names are on it) so this release makes perfect sense. Not only is the film a love letter to Comic-Con, it’s a love letter to fandom and the idea that audiences nationwide will be able to see the film and then get a experience akin to Comic-Con following it is very exciting. It’s almost like what Kevin Smith did with Red State – show the film and give audiences something they wouldn’t just get if they were just going to the theater. As more details on this are released, I hope to find out there are exclusive toys, premiere footage, filmmakers not related to this movie taking about their upcoming projects. As much as possible to really give audience members a Hall H, Comic Con experience.
That’s not to say just seeing the movie on it’s own isn’t good too. It’s a movie that I can’t wait to own and share with people who ask me why I get so excited for Comic-Con every year. After watching this, it’ll be pretty obvious.