THE AS­CENT OF FAN

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Spencer F Lee ex­plores the rise of fan­dom in doc­u­men­tary From The Bridge

With Marvel, Star Wars, Game Of Thrones and the rest dom­i­nat­ing both the movie box of­fice and TV rat­ings, it’s long been clear that the geeks have in­her­ited the Earth. In new doc­u­men­tary From The Bridge, di­rec­tor Spencer F Lee sets out to ex­plain how sci-fi and fan­tasy be­came the dom­i­nant gen­res on the planet. It all started af­ter he met Star­log and Fan­go­ria founder Kerry O’Quinn…

“Those mag­a­zines were what ba­si­cally held the fan com­mu­nity to­gether be­fore the in­ter­net,” says Lee. “And when Kerry and I be­came friends, he was telling me sto­ries of Arthur C Clarke, Gene Rod­den­berry and other friends of his, how con­ven­tions grew big­ger and big­ger, and how geek cul­ture went from be­ing niche and made fun of to ba­si­cally the big­gest form of en­ter­tain­ment in the world.”

In­spired, Lee de­cided to make a movie about the “evo­lu­tion of fan­dom”, with O’Quinn the first sci-fi leg­end to come on board a project that would later add Nichelle Ni­chols, Stan Lee, Kiss’s Gene Sim­mons and X-Men pro­ducer Tom DeSanto to its ros­ter of con­trib­u­tors – all linked to­gether by a voiceover from Ge­orge Takei.

“Some­thing in the back of my mind was that I know any­one can go at any time – which in­cludes me,” ex­plains Lee. “There’s a lot of iconic cre­ators that I wanted to doc­u­ment their story while there is still time left to do it. In the course of mak­ing this movie, we’ve lost lots of in­cred­i­ble artists. Steve Ditko, Car­rie Fisher, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, Leonard Ni­moy... I think ev­ery day that goes by is a day of lost op­por­tu­ni­ties to tell their sto­ries and doc­u­ment them be­ing them­selves. So that’s why I took the ini­tia­tive, to make this film. It’s re­ally all about love.” RE

From The Bridge is re­leased this au­tumn. www.fromthe­bridge­movie.com

Di­rec­tor Spencer F Lee with friend.

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