Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

HellaCon

When: Sat., June 13, 11:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m. and Sun., June 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2015

The Bay Area has it’s own brand of online pop culture media: It’s at the intersection of its DIY ethos and innovative tech mentality. HellaCon, which takes place on June 13 and 14, aims to be the first festival to highlight that fact. The event will take place at the New Parkway Theater (474 24th St.,) and will include two days of talks, screenings, and performances from local content creators. Sarah Mirk, the online editor at Bitch Media and host of its “Propaganda” podcast, will present the keynote speech, titled “Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media.” The fest will also include the TALKIES Comedy Show, a multimedia “kitchen sink” hour of humor featuring George Chen and other local comedians. Workshops will offer instructions on how to create a successful YouTube channel and how to make an independent animated short. Musical guests are interspersed throughout the schedule, including Baby Teeth, El Metate, and Conspiracy of Venus. The weekend will end with a “HellaShort Film Festival,” featuring a panel of guest judges. Take this opportunity to see your favorite local new media creators IRL — that’s internet speak for “in real life.”

Sarah Burke

Price: $25-$50

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