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Four Days at Dragon*Con Previous Broadcasts

KQED Plus: Sun, Jun 26, 2011 -- 11:00 PM

Every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands descend upon Atlanta for the largest convention of pop-culture fandom in the Southeast. From science fiction celebrities and their obsessive fans to colorfully costumed characters engaged in mock combat, this documentary explores the "Woodstock for nerds" known as Dragon*Con. What draws these 35, 000 people together? Dragon*Con's inclusive multi-genre, multi-platform approach - combining science fiction, fantasy literature, role-playing, science, history, video games and more - gives attendees the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. Others, especially the costume designers and creators, seem to gravitate most to the element of escapism.
Featuring interviews with fans, staff, performers, artists, and would-be superheroes, the doc examines the sense of community and acceptance that forms among this often ridiculed and marginalized subculture. It captures the heart and soul of this quirky and fascinating annual event with footage of the Dragon*Con parade and a stirring climax centered around an ambitious attempt to break the world record for dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 27, 2011 -- 5:00 AM
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