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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope -- A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Seth Rogen ... Himself

Kevin Smith ... Himself

Seth Green ... Himself

Stan Lee ... Himself

Eli Roth ... Himself

Paul Scheer ... Himself

Adrianne Curry ... Salve Leia

Paul Dini ... Himself
Jon Schnepp ... Himself

Holly Conrad ... Herself

Jessica Merizan
Scott Mantz ... Himself

Michael Bender ... Himself
James Darling
Eric Henson ... Himself

Mish'al Samman ... Himself
Maxim Stoyalov
Edgar Gallego ... Himself
Chuck Rozanski
S.K. Darling (as Se Young Kang)
Skip Harvey
Andrew Page ... Himself
Sean Walsh (as Tank Rigormortis)
Tayler Hudson
Stephenie Werner
Eric Cajiuat ... Jedi Elvis (uncredited)
Brian Fitzharris ... Himself / Hot Wheels Rep (uncredited)

Paula LaBaredas ... Princess Leia (uncredited)

Directed by
Morgan Spurlock 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeremy Chilnick 
Morgan Spurlock 
Joss Whedon 

Produced by
Chelsea Barnard .... field producer
Michelle Blumenschine .... line producer
Gill Champion .... executive producer
Jeremy Chilnick .... producer
Kief Davidson .... field producer
Matthew Galkin .... producer
Shannon Gibson .... associate producer
Lisa Hepner .... field producer
Dara Horenblas .... field producer
Ross Kauffman .... field producer
Harry Jay Knowles .... producer
Stan Lee .... producer
Brian Runnels .... associate producer
Jack Selby .... executive producer
Morgan Spurlock .... producer
Benjamin Statler .... executive producer
Thomas Tull .... producer
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... field producer
Joss Whedon .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
Bryan Donnell 
Nick Higgins 
Ross Kauffman 
Dane Lawing 
Daniel Marracino 
Jason Miller 
Guy Mossman 
 
Film Editing by
Tova Goodman (co-editor)
Tim K. Smith 
 
Casting by
Michael Sutton 
 
Art Direction by
Matt Haley 
 
Production Management
Senain Kheshgi .... production manager: California
Sebastian Weinberg .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Abe Dolinger .... sound mixer
Brian Fish .... sound mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Paul Graff .... sound mixer
Giles Khan .... sound mixer
Michael Legum .... sound supervisor
Cate Montana .... sound editor
Caleb Mose .... sound mixer
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Matthew Sutton .... sound mixer
Richard Walters .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tiffany Armour-Tejada .... digital imaging technician
Eric Kieweg .... key grip
Beau Lambert .... time-lapse cinematographer
Fortunato Procopio .... cinematographer
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... camera operator
Max Wheeler .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Lewis Kofsky .... animation producer
 
Casting Department
Maria Luisa Gambale .... casting producer
Mary A. Lively .... casting producer
Kristin Meyer .... casting producer
Sarah Scott-Farber .... casting associate
Melissa Wulfemeyer-Valenzuela .... casting (as Melissa Valenzuela)
 
Editorial Department
Brian Boyd .... colorist
Jeycob Carlson .... assistant editor
Thomas Favilla .... associate editor
Tova Goodman .... co-editor
David Pleiss .... assistant editor
Brian Reali .... digital intermediate producer
Lenka Somolova .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jingle Punks .... music by
 
Other crew
Erik Altstadt .... production assistant
Edward Patrick Alva .... production assistant
Andrew Baron-Vartian .... production assistant
Kimberly Bautista .... production assistant
Jeff Beachnau .... production assistant
Pat Clark .... production assistant
Elissa Cohn .... production assistant
Alex Comery .... production staff
Kaitlin Cunniff .... assistant to Jeremy Chilnick
Ben Ganz .... production assistant
Marjon Javadi .... field assistant to jeremy chilnick
Marjon Javadi .... production secretary
Sean Jennings .... additional production assistant
Jennifer Jones .... assistant to Morgan Spurlock
Senain Kheshgi .... production coordinator: West Coast
Valeria Kohakura .... production assistant
Simon D. Lorady .... production assistant
David Magdael .... interview manager
Nicki Maron .... assistant to joss whedon
Emmanuel Moran .... assistant to Morgan Spurlock
Emmanuel Moran .... production secretary
Nathan J. Morse .... production assistant
Justin Oberman .... production assistant
A.J. Pinkerton .... production assistant
Michael C. Poole .... production assistant
Matt Rigby .... production assistant
Aaron Robinson .... production assistant
Spencer Scranton .... production assistant
Edricdale Silla .... production assistant
Gordon Stewart III .... production assistant
Anne Stulz .... interview crew
Alex Tepper .... production assistant
Steven Wallace .... interview crew
Frank C. Wells .... location coordinator
James Winston .... field assistant to morgan spurlock
Melissa Wulfemeyer-Valenzuela .... production assistant (as Melissa Valenzuela)
Joshua D. Krohn .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stephen Christy .... special thanks
Misty Lee .... special thanks
Michael McMillian .... special thanks
Zachary Quinto .... special thanks
Gareb Shamus .... special thanks
Kevin Smith .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sex and drug references, language and brief horror images
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
More a love letter to the fans than it is a documentary, 31 October 2011
Author: DonFishies from Canada

Besides being a not so subtle nod to Star Wars, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope is a documentary told through the viewpoints of eight individuals as they descend into the madness that is the San Diego Comic Con. All of them have a purpose to be there, and all have a goal in mind, whether it is to sell a rare comic, win a masquerade or get signed on as an artist for a comic book company.

Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary was one of the late entries on my list of films to see at this year's past Toronto International Film Festival, and one I have continued wrestling with over how I felt about it. Packed with dozens of hilarious interview clips with real and internet celebrities, along with actual footage from the floor, Spurlock valiantly tries to capture what it is like entering and navigating through the four day convention that becomes bigger with each passing year. He gets access to some behind the scenes material, and offers a fan's eye view of some of the panels and events that had occurred at the 2010 event.

But what holds the film back from being anything but a fun and amusing diversion for the geek and convention crowd, is the fact that it is a film lovingly made almost explicitly just for them. While the interviews are entertaining and downright hilarious, they do not provide any real insight or explanation for what fan culture is or why so many people go to Comic-Con year after year. Even the stories contained within the film do not answer why these people do what they do, simply that they go to obscene lengths to make sure they can pull off their goals. I assume Spurlock's main goal was to tell multiple stories (more on that in a moment), but I cannot help but feel it hinders the film. It seems content at simply existing, as a memento for everyone who experiences this kind of subculture.

Then that brings up another point – what is the ultimate goal here? I go to at least one major fan convention per year, so I have experienced the rush of seeing and meeting geek idols, witnessing the detail of some of the costumes, and talking shop with people just like the ones profiled here. But what about people venturing in with no real grasp on geek culture? What are they supposed to take from this? Are they even supposed to venture into this film? It seems a bit elitist in that respect, because there is nothing really to grasp if you do not already have some preconceived knowledge on the topic. In his previous films, Spurlock has tackled tough topics and asked some tough questions. While some segments and films work better than others (the less said about the borderline ridiculous Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, the better), he still made a real attempt at getting the answers. Here, he just seems content without asking the bigger questions, and as a result, the film feels like a much weaker effort.

While I do fault Spurlock's lack of analysis here, I must praise the fact that outside of name credits, he does not appear in the film at all. He offers no narration whatsoever and does not appear on-screen at any time. He lets the people being profiled tell their stories, and lets the interviews help guide the film through its less-than-90-minute run time. It is a bit flabbergasting at first, considering how prolific and personal he has made his other documentary films, but I think it helps reflect his maturity both as a documentarian and filmmaker, and as a storyteller. It allows the film to become a more intimate film, and helps reinforce the notion that it is a film made as a kind of memento for the geeks. It is made up of their stories and quips, and Spurlock never interferes or redirects the film to follow him and his thoughts. It makes the film that much more different in that respect, and I think is the key reason why it works at all.

Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope was an interesting idea on paper, but I think in practice it comes off as more flawed than it should. While it is entertaining to watch the ups and downs of the people profiled within the film, I cannot help but feel underwhelmed by the general lack of analysis on Spurlock's part. There have been documentaries before on specific fan cultures, but no real works centred around the mother of all conventions. There was plenty of material he could have mined and a wealth of individuals who could have given keen insight on the idea of fan and convention subculture. But in the end, it feels like a whole lot of ideas, and not a lot of actual follow through. As a love letter to the people that come out to San Diego once a year, it succeeds. But as a documentary on fan culture, it fails.

6.5/10.

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