The Roswell Cosmic-Con and Sci-Fi Film Festival lifts off this week with a bundle of fun, otherworldly events.
While most of the activities are held Friday through Sunday, you can get things started tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. with the Cosmic WINED-up Party at Pecos Flavors Winery, 305 N. Main St. Also tonight, Darth Vader and Chewbacca will toss opening pitches at the Roswell Invaders baseball game at 7 p.m. at Joe Bauman Stadium, where the first 50 costumed attendees will be admitted for free.
On Friday, Spring River Park & Zoo will host the Famous Monsters Masquerade Ball from 4 to 9 p.m., followed by a showing of the movie Thor at sundown. A variety of sci-fi films will be shown throughout the day at Bassett Auditorium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Artesia, fans of the Robotech series can participate in a discussion with Kevin McKeever of the production company Harmony Gold at the Jahva House Café, 105 N. Fifth St., at 1 p.m.
The weekend is jam-packed with events held at multiple venues, and will kick off with a celebration ceremony Saturday outside the Civic Center, 912 N. Main St., at 9:30 a.m., with special guests like Phil Kim from Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Secretary of Higher Education Jose Garcia.
And, of course, the city won Event of the Year at the Tourism Association of New Mexico TIARA Awards for the Sci-Fi Film Fest in 2011, so you won’t want to miss this year’s Sci-Fi Film Festival and Shoot-out Gala and Awards Ceremony at Pearson Auditorium, Saturday. The five films, selected from the screenplay writing competition, were all shot in Roswell and will be screened starting at 8 p.m. Garcia will present the governor’s award for outstanding media arts at the gala. Tickets for this event are $35 if purchased separately from a Cosmic-Con day pass.
Sunday’s activities include dozens of films and panel discussions, including a panel on the late Vincent Price provided by his daughter Victoria.
A detailed schedule of all the events can be picked up from the Famous Monsters of Filmland information booth at the Civic Center.
City of Roswell Marketing Director Renee Roach said that with a variety of artists, films, celebrity guests and panel discussions, event-goers will have little trouble finding activities that suit their interests. “There will be something for everybody. Whether you’re into superheroes or you’re into classic sci-fi, you’re going to get something fun from this experience. And you’re going to be able to hobnob with people from the industry who do this day in and day out!”
Roach said the partnership with Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine opened up a treasure trove of opportunities. “They really have a pulse on the industry, not only for filmmaking but for science fiction and fantasy. Whether it’s in print form, digital form — whatever the medium that it’s presented in, they really have the connections to make it an exciting event. It’s because of their relationships that we’re able to bring in so many fun and exquisite guests that really target all audiences and demographics.”
Roach said one of the best parts of the event will be the networking possibilities available to fans and budding artists from many genres.
“There’s just so many facets of the industry, whether you’re interested in music, art, animation, graphic design or if you’re just interested in entertainment. From acting to costume-making to makeup, we’re offering a specialist — an expert that you can talk to, and learn something from, but also to share what your gifts and talents are.”
For more information, stop by the Civic Center or visit www.FilmRoswell.com.