Ghostbusters Resurrected?

Cisco Davis, Jr., director and writer behind Power Ranger fan-films Teenagers with Attitude and Zordon of Eltar, is at it again.

During my first podcast, Davis Jr. hinted at his plans for a third (yes this man works that hard) fan film as his submission to Baltimore’s annual 29 Days Later Film Project with one simple line: “Who are you gonna call?”

If you hadn’t figured it out, that one line is the rallying cry, slug line, and so on for one the greatest franchises ever created: Ghostbusters. Yes, that’s right. A Ghostbusters fan film. Well, the film is more of a tribute to the franchise and the late Harold Ramis. Regardless, I have been incredibly excited since he hinted at the film.

Luckily, Davis, Jr. whet my appetite by sending me the occasional teaser photos; which you can see here:

Much to my chagrin, he would not divulge much about the film’s plot other than that the person pictured is the film’s protagonist, Quincy. And that the film would be set in Baltimore.

Then, much to my surprise, he allowed me to view a full edit. It did not disappoint at all.

Without spoiling the plot, I can say that the events in Charm City’s Finest (the final title for the film) occur 30 years after the events of the original Ghostbusters feature film and does focus on Quincy, the above-pictured character. Since their battle with the Gatekeeper, Zuul, Gozer the Gozerian, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow man, the Ghostbuster have become a much larger business with local offices spread throughout the United States. Quincy is a member of the Baltimore team.

The primary thrust of the story is Quincy reporting for the monthly psychiatric evaluation required for all Ghostbusters. Scenes of her and the Baltimore team in action are framed by this evaluation as she discusses them with the psychiatrist, and also the mysterious disappearance of her mother.

Like most of Davis, Jr.’s films, Charm City’s Finest is filled with charm and wit. Even more impressive is his ability to make more out of less. Davis, Jr.  is a director who believes that money is not what makes a movie great. Instead a great film comes out of deliberate choices with the camera, intelligent writing, and careful casting. And then of course a dash of VFX to taste. CCF–even his upcoming fan films I mentioned previously–is a testament to that approach to film.

CCF does not rely on VFX, except for a few scenes because, well, it is a Ghostbusters tribute. Would it really be one without a few floating specters and a smoking trap?

Much like a proton beam latching onto a ghost, Quincy’s snark–snark that seems very familiar to fans of the series– and complete apathy toward her behavior in the field grabs ahold of the viewer. Soon, like the ghost, you are helplessly trapped. Fortunately, in this case it’s by entertainment. Davis, Jr. fits in plenty of easter eggs including a particular sliming reminiscent of the original film. Admittedly I even squee-d at the original sound effect when Quincy powered up her proton blaster. We even get an explanation for a certain debacle during a recent Super Bowl.

I must stop. I could go on and on and then I would accidentally spoil it for all of you. Just watch it once it is released on September 5th. If you’re in the Baltimore area, please attend the films live screening during the 29 Days Later Film Project. If you can’t make it, pay attention to his YouTube Channel or his Facebook page  for its release later that night.

In the meantime, enjoy the Charm City’s Finest trailer:

 

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Dragon*Con: A Preview

Man, it’s been far too long since I last published something here. To my loyal readers, I apologize. As you already know my mother had surgery and I was home in Illinois helping her and the rest of my family through the circumstances. In addition to attending to that, I have been involved in and working on a big project. #NerdArmy friends know a little about that. The teasers have been fun. Muahahaha.

Never fear though, I have returned and the timing could not be more perfect. Dragon*Con is nearly upon us. This Dragon*Con virgin, for one, is incredibly excited.

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Okay. Woosah! Let me quell the excitement and briefly explain Dragon*Con for those who have no clue what I’m talking about.

Surely most people know about San Diego Comic Con–which is actually one of many Comic Cons but the granddaddy of them all nonetheless–as it has permeated pop culture (re: Discovery Channel’s Toy HunterThe Big Bang Theory, etc.). Now imagine the San Diego Comic Con (perhaps a little less grandiose) in Atlanta and you’ve got Dragon*Con. Since its inception in 1987, Dragon*Con has become one of the largest conventions in the Southeast bringing in a myriad of beloved actors and personalities.

Although I have lived in Atlanta for five years, I’ve only experienced the excitement from the periphery. Now I finally have the opportunity to bask in all of the nerd and cosplay glory firsthand.

I will do what I can to cover as much of Dragon*con. Pictures of cosplay. Attend as many panels as possible. And of course give you my thoughts on the whole experience. The one thing I do regret is that I am unable to purchase photo ops with celebrities that I love. Oh well.

If you visit the con’s website and see any guests you want me to try and meet, comment below. If you have any specific cosplay you would like me to find, please comment below. Also, if you are attending Dragon*Con and use the app, let me know and I will send you a friend code.