Common StarFest Question

I just got an email question from Mendie about tickets for StarFest. Since her email address bounced back to me and she had a common question – I decided to answer it here.

She said she was trying to buy a three day pass for her son and didn’t know the difference between the 15.00 ticket and the 50.00 [I think she meant 55.00] one. She wanted to know if he needed both.

The short answer is NO. The correct ticket page for StarFest 3-Day tickets is at – those tickets are priced at $55 for adults and get you into all regular events at the convention.

The $15 ticket [I think] she was referring to was our ComicFest 3-Day ticket. That gets you into just the events at the Hilton Garden Inn (next to the Marriott). It does not include any of the events at the Marriott. The $15 ticket is NOT needed for anyone who purchases the above StarFest ticket as it includes admission to events at both the Marriott and the Hilton.

I would refer anyone that is still confused to our convention ticket page at: 
all ticket options are well described there. You can also call us at 303.777.6800, if that doesn’t clarify things.

Updated Filmmakers’ Panel Schedule

Our schedule has been updated! Unfortunately, the change was made after the print program was sent to the printers. It is correct on Guidebook and at the Starland website.

12:00 – 1:00 Processes: Creative and Otherwise with Robert David

How are films made? Award-winning filmmaker Robert David will explain the processes he uses to create his films. He will be using his latest film After Life and other projects as examples.

1:00 – 2:00 Editing Your Film

You have all the elements for your film. Now, you have to put it together. Professional editor Scott Unruh will go over what you need to do and the tools that are available to you.

2:00 – 3:00 Tricks and Tips for Better Sound

KU professor Matt Jacobson goes into the nuts and bolts of getting better production and post-production sound. Learn tricks to use in production and post-production, to give your film a professional soundtrack.

3:00 – 4:00 Fan Editing 101: Rip, Recut, and Remix Hollywood Cinema

Faneditor and University of Kansas PhD student Joshua Wille will introduce fanediting, show examples from popular fan-made recuts of Hollywood films, and demonstrate how he made some of the extensive changes in his own fanedit, Watchmen: Midnight. See excerpts from before and after Watchmen (2009) was recut, then see the entire fanedit later in the evening (6:30 PM Friday in Aspen Theater).

4:00 – 5:00 Low-Budget Visions: Telling Stories in the Digital Age

Since moving to the Midwest, University of Kansas professor Matt Jacobson has shot five feature films… and has taken two of them to Sundance! Hear him talk about being a filmmaker on a shoestring budget, as he screens clips from his movies, including the Sundance films CSA: Confederate States of America, and The Only Good Indian, new films Destination: Planet Negro! and Jayhawkers, and The Battle for Bunker Hill, a post-apocalyptic film screening this year at StarFest (3:30 PM Saturday in SF Video).

Upside Down opens March 15th

Upside Down
Opens in theaters on March 15th

Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions—he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above.

Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her. UPSIDE DOWN is a visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

This movie is rated PG-13.

For additional details, visit the movie’s website at:

The Model Show Resorts to Bribery

We’ve done everything we can think of to promote the the Model Show in the past. This year, we’re doing something a little different. For every model you bring in, you will get a chance to win a Polar Lights 1:350 USS Enterprise kit! For every modeling event you participate in, you get another chance! Bring in a flyer for yet another chance!

The Starfest Fan Film Festival Needs You!

Starfest Fan Film FestivalThe Starfest Fan Film Festival is looking for films for this year’s festival. We screen science fiction, science fact, fantasy, horror, and student films of all genres. We have screened “The Call of Cthulu”, “Triple Hit”, and episodes of “Starship Farragut” in the past. We’d love to see your work!

Attack The Block

Attack The BlockAttack The Block
Help Make The Invasion Begin On August 19th

From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, ATTACK THE BLOCK follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial war zone. 

ATTACK THE BLOCK opened in selected cities on Friday, July 29th: Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Toronto. On Friday, August 19th it will expand to 6 additional markets – Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, D.C., a sixth market (we hope Denver) will be chosen by the fans!

Starting today, fans can vote on Attack the Block’s official Facebook page ( for their city to be the chosen 15th market in which the film will open in on August 19th.  The cities up for consideration are: Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.  Results will be posted on the movie’s Facebook page after voting has closed on Friday, August 5th at 12 pm PST.

Help Denver get the MOST VOTES NOW… to get the film Rolling Stone calls “Hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite!” to come to our city!

ATTACK THE BLOCK stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, and Nick Frost.  It was written and directed by Joe Cornish, and produced by Nira Park and James Wilson.  Executive producers were Matthew Justice, Tessa Ross, Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke, Olivier Courson and Edgar Wright. This film has been rated R by the MPAA for the following reasons: creature violence, drug content and pervasive language.


Win a DVD copy of the movie in stores today!

It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California. But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watch in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted out the Los Angeles skyline. From tankers to drones and hydra-like extraterrestrials, the aliens are inescapable and seemingly indestructible. From the masterful directors, The Brothers Strause Skyline will keep you guessing in this action-packed sci-fi adventure.

In this heart-pounding thrill ride starring Eric Balfour (“Haven,” “24”), Donald Faison ("Scrubs," Clueless), David Zayas (“Dexter”), Brittany Daniel (Little Man, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Scottie Thompson (“Trauma,” Star Trek), Skyline will take every survival instinct a group of friends has to elude capture.

Skyline debuts on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand on March 22, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Visit the official movie site for additional details.

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Luciana Carro | “Kat” of Battlestar Galactica added to StarFest

Luciana Carro

Luciana Carro
Louanne "Kat" Katraine of Battlestar Galactica

Because she was a rather shy girl, Luciana was encouraged by her parents to take acting classes. Her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell (father of actress Neve Campbell) was impressed by the young woman’s talent. Accordingly, he convinced her to pursue an acting career and take theater classes.

After moving to Vancouver to establish herself in the TV and film industry, she was able to book recurring roles on award-winning series like The Chris Isaak Show, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Smallville, and The L Word. Encouraged by these early successes, Luciana continued playing a diverse range of characters on different shows and in several movies.

She is best known to fans for her portrayal of the Viper pilot Louanne "Kat" Katraine on the critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series Battlestar Galactica. Originally, Luciana was hired as a day player for "Act of Contrition", an early episode of season one. However, based on her performance, she was brought back and her role expanded. Her character was developed and played a pivotal role in several storylines.

Luciana Carro Battlestar GalacticaWorking alongside Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, Luciana’s "Kat" came a long way. Eventually Kat was promoted to Galactica’s CAG (Commander, Air Group). The evolution of this multilayered and complex character provided Luciana with the chance to showcase her wide range of acting abilities.

During her time on Battlestar Galacticaand she continued to work on TV and film projects: Murder at the Presidio (starring Lou Diamond Phillips); Young Blades, Two for the Money, Smallville, Dr. Dolittle 3, Everwood (4 episodes), and Killer Instinct.

Subsiquent to Galactica, she has appeared in the movie Blades of Glory, Hidden Palms, Snowglobe, Phantom Racer, and Urgency. Here genre projects include recurring roles on Caprica and The Icarus II Project. This year, her most recent project Traveling at the Speed of Life – a 20 somthing Drama will be released.

Please extend a warm welcom to Luciana, this will be her first StarFest appearance. She is attending the Friday Night Meet & Greet and be available for autograph and photo sessions throughout the weekend. She is scheduled to appearance on the Main Events Stage for a Q&A session on Sunday.

Marc Alaimo Autograph Ticket Marc Alaimo Photo Session TicketFriday Night Meet & Greet

Mars Needs Moms

I Am Number FourMars Needs Moms | Starland Screening
Saturday, March 5 at 10:00am
Colorado Center Theater, I-25 & Colorado Blvd.

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli – who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young.

Produced by the team behind Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom – a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom – in more ways than one.

Berkeley Breathed, a Pulitzer-Prize winner for his comic strip Bloom County, is the author and illustrator of the book Mars Needs Moms. The story was inspired by a particular moment of disagreement that took place between his son Milo and his wife.

Mars Needs Moms opens March 11th and is rated PG. Visit the official website for additional information.

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