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About the Movie
Steampunk started as a subgenre of science fiction fascinated with steam-powered machinery and alternative histories frequently set in Victorian England. “Vintage Tomorrows” examines steampunk’s transformation from those sci-fi beginnings into a global cultural movement that influences art, fashion, design and music. Through in-depth interviews with the writers and artists who galvanized the movement, “Vintage Tomorrows” asks what steampunk can tell us about history, community and our complicated relationship with technology. The movie features interviews with steampunk’s pioneering voices, including writers William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, China Miéville, Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger; graphic novelists Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, musicians Abney Park and Erica “Unwoman” Mulkey, artist/maker Shannon O’Hare and the Neverwas Haul crew, and many more.
A Fascinating Look At The Genre
Vintage Tomorrows is a fascinating look at the steampunk movement from a veritable who’s-who of the field, spanning authors to artisans. The authors interviewed (and there is quiet the impressive list of names) bring such passion to the topic, it makes you want to rush out and buy their books. It should also be noted that the film addresses how nostalgia for the Victorian era can inadvertently imply pro-colonialism and how this affects people of color who enjoy steampunk. The creativity and ingenuity expressed in the clothing, props, and everything mechanical is jaw dropping in its impressiveness. Going into the film, I had a basic understanding of steampunk but Vintage Tomorrows would be an engaging introduction to those with no prior knowledge of the movement.
Your Ticket to a Time Machine
If you had a time machine, would you use it to visit the past or the future? If your answer is “yes,” steampunk will get you there in one trip.
Vintage Tomorrows’ brilliance transcends merely having a fun, fascinating subject matter. It’s an infectious invitation into a subculture, issued by the artists, authors, musicians and makers who love it best. Their distinct voices detail not just the mechanisms of steampunk, but the human value between its gears, both social and individual.
A living history of the future (or perhaps the future of our history), this extraordinary documentary is as smart and whimsical and enthusiastically sentimental as a ride in a steam-powered time machine.
Definitely worth your time
I actually thought I knew steampunk before I watched this film. I was familiar with the tropes, but this film goes beyond that and delves into the philosophies and ideas of the steampunk subculture and subcultures in general. Interviews from many different view points are extremely well edited to produce a lively and thought-provoking conversation that engages and entertains as it enlightens. And it is not just a conversation about what steampunk is, but also why it is. And why we need these subcultures and outlets. The time spent with this film and these people is time well spent.