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Sci-Fi Convention Documentary Premiering Tonight in San Francisco

Tom Wyrsch, a Bay Area filmmaker, will be premiering his documentary Back to Space-Con: The Story of the 1970s Sci-Fi Conventions at 7pm tonight at the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco.

The 74 minute documentary features rare footage from early Bay Area Star Trek and science fiction conventions, interviews by Bob Wilkins, and more.

Wyrsch is set to do a Q&A session following the film.

Advance tickets are available for $10 at Brown Paper Bag Tickets.

From Balboa Theatre’s website:

This documentary film tells the story of the 1970’s Bay Area Sci-Fi conventions called Space-Con. Told by the original organizers and fans, it includes celebrity interviews by Bob Wilkins, 1970s costume contests and over 40 minutes of rare convention footage. See the Federation Trading Post in Berkeley and very first Star Trek convention in San Francisco. A real treat for any Star Trek or Star Wars fan. Film stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius,and many more. From the makers of last year’s hit film “Remembering Playland at the Beach”.

More information is available at Balboa Theatre and Garfield Lane Productions.

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  1. Caleb

    April 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wish I was closer to SF. This sounds fun.

  2. DeanH

    April 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    It definitely sounds interesting. When I go to conventions, even today, I love to just people watch. It’s fun to see what a diverse crowd Star Trek brings together. Folks from all areas of the globe, with different beliefs, lifestyles and backgrounds.

  3. NCC2409

    April 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Speaking of Trek conventions and fans has anyone heard anything about a new Trekkies movie?

  4. Captain Carl

    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I’m in Santa Rosa. I may try to make my way down down this.

  5. Andrea Wood

    April 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I need to see this!

  6. Brian

    April 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

    For those interested, the documentary is available is on Wyrsch’s website for $15 at:

    We’ll have a full review of the film in the near future, here on TrekNews.

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