SCI-FEST LA: HISTORY
Co-founded by veteran Los Angeles theatre producers, Michael Blaha and Lee Costello and actor, David Dean Bottrell, SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted to a sold-out house at the famous ACME Theatre in Los Angeles on May 6, 2014 and has since become a critically acclaimed and highly anticipated annual event.
This first-of-its-kind festival offers audiences two rotating evenings of new, professionally produced, visually compelling, 15-minute sci-fi plays - all performed live on stage. Since its inception, the festival has produced scripts by many up-and-coming sci-fi writers as well as world premiere stage adaptations based on the work of literary legends like Neil Gaiman (“The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds”), Ursula Le Guin (“The Wife’s Story”) Clive Barker (“The Departed”) and Ray Bradbury (“Kaleidoscope”). In addition, the festival sponsors two short story writing contests: The Tomorrow Prize (for local high school students) and The Roswell Award (for adult writers of science fiction).
All of the one-act plays produced by the festival are directed and designed by an “A-Team” of Los Angeles-based theatre professionals and feature many well-known actors from iconic sci-fi franchises such as “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “Supernatural,” “Lost,” “Grimm,” “Heroes,” “Fringe,” “The Hunger Games,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “True Blood.”
RESPONSE FROM FANS
Sci-Fest LA continues to receive tremendous support from the Southern California sci-fi community as well as from hardcore, out-of-state fans who travel from places as far away as Florida, Los Vegas, New York, Seattle and Melbourne, Australia to attend. Local businesses like Amalfi Ristorante have reported a marked increase in their business during the 4-week duration of the festival. Sci-Fest LA generates major social media buzz not just for the quality of the shows, but also because unlike the usual fan conventions, Sci-Fest LA is committed to creating NEW SCIENCE FICTION CONTENT.
PRESS & REVIEWS
The Hollywood Reporter christened the inaugural festival, “An inspired notion,” and concluded that “After seeing the First Annual Sci-Fest, rest assured you’ll be hoping for a Second Annual Sci-Fest, and more after that,” while The Huffington Post described the one-acts as “Unfolding like exquisite, lost ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes.” Sci-Fest LA has received many enthusiastic reviews and in-depth coverage from such diverse media outlets as American Theatre Magazine, LA Weekly, KCRW Public Radio, KPCC Public Radio, KTLA Television and the BBC.
Sci-Fest LA is fueled by the creativity and dedication of a large community of Los Angeles-based artists, patrons and volunteers. Each year new ideas are introduced that expand the definition and content of the festival. At present, plans are underway to develop a classic sci-fi film component as well as creating more community based, interactive programs for young people. We are excited by what the future might hold.
In 2015, Sci-Fest LA became a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. This means that contributions for the charitable purposes of Sci-Fest LA can be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Contributing is easy! To donate, just CLICK HERE.
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Thank you for your support and we hope to see you when Sci-Fest LA returns with an all new slate of mind-blowing shows in May 2016.
Live long and prosper,
David Dean Bottrell
Producers, Sci-Fest LA