A splendid program of new and classic Steampunk film artfully presented by Sci-Fi Miami Film Festival aboard a vintage rail car, and riveting panel discussions with the History of Diving Museum and Auspicious Fish.
1:30 PM – Auspicious Fish – Linda Fredrick of Auspicious Fish will lead a panel discussion and Q & A on the psychological and social benefits of Cosplay – 30 min.
2:00 PM – Early Showing of Short Films
Aurea – In an old dark long-forgotten world where people are starving, being evicted or simply disappearing without a trace, the next group of adventurer get the word that they are leaving tomorrow (Q&A with filmmaker Agatino Zurria). - 15 min.
Bill and Maggies Intergalactic Taxi Service - 500 years in the future, in a Neo-Victorian England, Queen Victoria the IV requests the help of Captain Bill Sprocket to transport her to a royal engagement on the sovereign world of Pluto. – 10 min.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – The History of Diving Museum presents highlights showing various diving segments from the 1916 silent film based on Jules Verne’s classic story – 20 min.
3:00 PM - History of Diving Museum panel discussion – HDM Executive Director and Programming Outreach staff will be discussing the underwater filming techniques used in the making of 1916 silent film version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In addition, they will be presenting on the Transatlantic Cable which Jules Verne references in his novel - 30 min.
4:30 PM – Sci-Fi Miami Steampunk Award Short Film Screening
Steamwrecked – After their lightning-catching zeppelin crashes, Rowe and her Captain August must protect their haul from lurking scavengers as they struggle to survive in the harsh desert (Q&A with filmmaker Christopher Matista) - 18 min.
5:15 PM - Tribute to the Evolution of Steampunk
The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Kraken – A tribute to Steampunk’s evolution with a look back 50 years to a 1968 episode of The Wild Wild West. A series that combines a western theme with James Bond style adventure and technology, this episode “The Night of the Kraken” has our heroes investigating a sea creature that has been terrorizing fishermen in 1870’s San Francisco – 50 min.