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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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Seth Rogen ... Himself

Thomas Jane ... Himself

Kevin Smith ... Himself

Guillermo del Toro ... Himself

Kenneth Branagh ... Himself

Seth Green ... Himself

Eli Roth ... Himself

Joss Whedon ... Himself

Stan Lee ... Himself

Corey Feldman ... Himself

Edgar Wright ... Himself

Matt Groening ... Himself

Paul Scheer ... Himself

Frank Miller ... Himself

Adrianne Curry ... Salve Leia

Paul Dini ... Himself

Todd McFarlane ... Himself

Jon Schnepp ... Himself

Alicia Arden ... Princess Leia

Gerard Way ... Himself

Harry Jay Knowles ... Himself

Scott Mantz ... Himself

Grant Morrison ... Himself

Holly Conrad ... Herself

Joe Quesada ... Himself

Jessica Merizan

Michael Bender ... Himself

Mish'al Samman ... Himself
Maxim Stoyalov

Matt Fraction ... Himself
Timothy Bradstreet ... Himself
Jamin Fite ... Himself
James Darling
Edgar Gallego ... Himself
S.K. Darling (as Se Young Kang)
Skip Harvey
Eric Henson ... Himself
Stephenie Werner
Tayler Hudson
Sean Walsh (as Tank Rigormortis)
Andrew O. Page ... Himself (as Andrew Page)

Darrin Forsythe ... Featured Darth Vader
Chuck Rozanski
Eric Cajiuat ... Jedi Elvis (uncredited)
Tobias Canto Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Brian Fitzharris ... Himself / Hot Wheels Rep (uncredited)

Jen King ... Mothra (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
Gina Levy .... field 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
Original Music by
Jeff Peters 
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 .... 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
Location Management
Frank C. Wells .... location coordinator
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
Jonathan Knapp .... production assistant
Valeria Kohakura .... production assistant
Simon D. Lorady .... production assistant
David Magdael .... interview manager
Nicki Maron .... assistant to joss whedon
Ross Miller .... insurance broker
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 W. Wallace .... interview crew (as Steven Wallace)
Skylar A. Wilman .... insurance broker
James Winston .... field assistant to morgan spurlock
Melissa Wulfemeyer-Valenzuela .... production assistant (as Melissa Valenzuela)
Joshua D. Krohn .... production assistant (uncredited)
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
88 min
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A documentary that celebrates instead of challenges, 18 July 2012
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

The transformation of San Diego's Comic-Con International is fascinating. What was once a small comic-book convention intended to connect comic creators with their fans has evolved into an annual celebration of geek culture that validates and rewards those who have dived deeper into the pop-culture pool than most.

What Morgan Spurlock has done with "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" is essentially to re-validate Comic-Con, only with the big picture in mind. He and the film's many producers have crafted a love letter to this convention, one clearly born from their inner-geek's own longing to capture what the Con has become.

As such, it's hard to say how much an "outsider" to geek culture would even care about what happens at Comic-Con and consequently this film. It does take a certain predisposition to care about the subjects of the movie, namely to accept their obsessions with comics/gaming/movies and in some cases their dreams and aspirations to make the leap from fandom to professionalism. Anyone who can relate even the slightest bit to that notion, however, will enjoy the film.

The best choice Spurlock and co-writers Jeremy Chilnick and Joss Whedon (yes, that Joss Whedon) make for this documentary is to come at the Con from every possible angle. They have found a diverse group of subjects that as a whole manage to embody every type or person or personality who passionately seeks out Comic-Con each year.

The chosen subjects consist of two aspiring comic book artists hoping to get valuable feedback and perhaps even a job offer from the major names in the business; a young woman hoping her costumes featuring Mass Effect video game characters will grab some attention; a long-time comic book collector and vendor contending with the shriveling devotion to comics at the convention created specifically for them; a young man who hopes to propose to his girlfriend whom he met at Comic-Con the year before.

Some of these subjects aren't even likable people, but there's something that even someone who's only part geek will connect with in each of them. They are dreamers, and they all embrace the kid inside without any trepidation, and anyone who does that or yearns to do that more often will be caught up in these stories.

Peppered into these narratives are testimonials from various celebrities or annual Comic-Con personalities. While they lend an authoritative voice to the documentary, their words and thoughts feel remarkably more hollow in comparison to the people whose stories are being told. Even if they are genuine, they feel like a forced means of guiding the documentary from chapter to chapter.

And then there's the fact that it's not exactly poignant. The end note is that Comic-Con is a place where everyone can let their geek flag fly, a point that becomes evident minutes into the movie. The only challenging question that the documentary raises is whether Comic-Con has "sold out," yet that's not the emphasis of the film.

Documentaries are supposed to push boundaries and ask tough questions, but "Comic-Con: Episode IV" was created similar to how a middle school student chooses a research topic — because the subject is something he loves, not because he has some provocative thesis he's dying to test.

Setting aside those pre-teen motivations for making the film in the first place, "Comic-Con: Episode IV" is exceptionally well made for what it is — a celebration of geek culture and the dreamer's mentality.

~Steven C

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