Countdown to Walker Stalker Denver

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 08: Actor Michael Cudlitz speaks onstage at The Walking Dead: Screening and Conversation at the 92nd St Y on February 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)

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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 08: Actor Michael Cudlitz speaks onstage at The Walking Dead: Screening and Conversation at the 92nd St Y on February 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)

By Heather Maloney

April showers might bring May flowers, however Denver is in store for so much more this April. With less than a week to go, “Walking Dead” fans in Denver are polishing their boots and counting down the minutes to the very first Walker Stalker Con to be held in the Mile High City.   Taking place April 2-3, 2016, at the National Western Complex, this is set to be a weekend of fun for any fan of the show and the horror genre in general. Between an astonishingly impressive roster of guests, panels and one of a kind experiences, Walker Stalker Denver is looking to be a must attend convention for 2016.

 

The main cornerstone of a fan focused convention is the guests in attendance and Walker Stalker Denver does not disappoint. The guest line up is so amazing, it is hard to know which autographs are a must have since they truly all are. Appearing from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are Lennie James (Morgan), John Carroll Lynch (Eastman), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Michael Rooker (Merle), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Ross Marquand (Aaron), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Jordan Woods-Robinson (Eric), Alexandria Breckenridge (Jessie), Tyler James Williams (Noah), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Major Dodson (Sam), Corey Brill (Pete), Dahlia Legault (Francine), Kenric Green (Scott), Madison Lintz (Sophia), Michael Traynor (Nicolas), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel), Austin Nichols (Spencer), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob) and Lew Temple (Axel). Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine) from “Telltale’s The Walking Dead” and author Jay Bonansinga round up the jaw dropping guest list from “The Walking Dead”.

 

In addition to guests from “The Walking Dead” there are guests from “Fear the Walking Dead”, “Z Nation”, “Breaking Bad”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street, and many more. Robert Englund who has filled many childhoods with nightmares as Freddy Kruger will be in attendance along with Michael Zapcic and Ming Chen from AMC’s “Comic Book Men”. Two days may not be enough to see all of the guests that you would like to, however be prepared and purchase photo ops ahead of time on the official website.

 

There are three additional unique events that will be happening at Walker Stalker Denver that fans can participate in for an additional fee:

 

The Walking Dead Experience –Chapter 1 is an adrenaline pumping 30 minute attraction that immerses you into the world of “The Walking Dead”. Your experience is with a small 7 person group on the edge of a small town the night that the outbreak hits and zombies begin their rampage.

 

Zombie Apocalypse Experience is a total immersion experience where you utilize Tactical Laser M4’s to progress through a zombie filled nightmare. This fun attraction is presented by Apocalypse Global.

 

Tate Steinsiek’s ‘Bringing the Dead to Life’ is a demonstration where Steinsiek spends 120 minutes showcasing special effects and cosplay techniques in regards to creating a realistic zombie look. A once in a lifetime presentation where you may attend the event as well as purchase a special package to have your makeup done by Tate Steinsiek at the convention.

 

All three of these events have a limited number of spots available and may sell out. Please see the website for details and to pre purchase tickets.

 

Don’t miss out on an amazing event where you can join other fans, meet actors from the show and have an incredible experience. For additional information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit the official website at http://walkerstalkercon.com/denver/.  Also, stay connected during the event by following The Geek Port as Heather and Kerri will be posting videos throughout the weekend.

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Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema welcomed Oliver Stone

Photo: Heather Maloney

Littleton, Colorado: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – March 6, 2016: Oliver Stone attends film event Photo: Heather Maloney

By, Heather Maloney

In an epic multi film event, The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado hosted two events that can truly be considered every film enthusiast’s dream on Sunday, March 6, 2016.  Filmmaker Oliver Stone joined fans with screenings of both his new film “U-Turn” and fan favorite “Natural Born Killers”.  In addition to the film screenings, the audiences of both films were treated to a question and answer session with the filmmaker himself along with award winning author and rogerebert.com editor in chief Matt Zoller Seitz.

 

While “Natural Born Killers” was met with controversy and lawsuits when it was originally released in 1994, many consider the film to be not only groundbreaking in regard to its style and composition, but also its innovative message of sensationalizing violence in the media even prior to the rise of online social media.  As the story follows two lovers on a murderous rampage, it also delves into the corrupt justice system as well as how their story becomes romanticized by the main stream media.  What many critics and viewers have a difficult time rationalizing the story’s themes all the while processing the events of the film, most find it troubling to realize that while Mickey and Mallory Knox murder others because they feel like it, they actually turn out to be the moral compass of the story.  This film was decades before its time and cleared the path for many other films to become acceptable in mainstream Hollywood.

 

During the question and answer session, Oliver Stone spoke in depth about the extensive editing process that was required while making the film.  Not only did the style of the project require many edits on its own, the confusing feedback from the ratings board added even additional edits.  When trying to obtain an ‘R’ rating, the board sent broad feedback critiquing the style of the film as the problem not any one item in particular, therefore sections needed to bet cut down dramatically such as the prison riot sequence.  Stone also discussed that he had to face lawsuits stating that the film caused people to commit violent acts and really explained why it would be catastrophic for this type of lawsuit to be successful.  He explained that if someone was to blame art in influencing violent behavior it would censor all art and there would be no limit to where it would end.  Could Beethoven cause someone to go mad?

 

During the screening, the audience was treated to another culinary delight from the Alamo Drafthouse Denver’s Head Chef Seth Rexroad.  The Mean Man Burger is a pork patty topped with bacon, mushrooms, New Mexican green chilies and ghost pepper cheese.  The meal was served with fries and paired with Java Stout, Pale Ale and Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company and was magic.  While it sounds like a burger that would cause a 3 alarm fire, the flavors offset each other and the spice is not overwhelming.  It gives the ensemble just enough kick to make this a truly exciting dining experience.

 

Having an Alamo Drafthouse in the community is a cultural treasure.  For movie buffs or film fanatics, the Drafthouse hosts amazing events and opportunities to meet filmmakers and stars in a setting that inspires the love of film.  Stay tuned and check the website for additional upcoming events.