Geekfest the talk

American Officer Francesco Barbacci (far right) with some of the patrons who won prizes at the US Embassy’s Geekfest film screening.
American Officer Francesco Barbacci (far right) with some of the patrons who won prizes at the US Embassy’s Geekfest film screening.

It was a fully packed audience that took in the first night of the weekly Geekfest film screenings, currently being produced for the public by the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Barbadian fans flocked to the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and some even dressed as characters from the film to enhance their experience.

Geekfest is a weekly film series being held in August in association with AnimeKon, Barbados’ pop culture convention. Free to the public, Geekfest promotes and explores the relationship between American film and sequential art as well as exploring American “geek culture”.

This aligns with the embassy’s support of youth development programmes in the Eastern Caribbean as well as support for projects such as AnimeKon that offer multiple platforms for economic empowerment for young Barbadians.

This year, through grant funding from the United States Embassy, American writer Brandon Easton and comic artist Yale Stewart will be attending the final night of Geekfest and are two of the featured guests at Animekon.

An enthusiastic crowd also watched the award winning film American Splendor last week. Attendees also got the opportunity to win many American graphic novels and other prizes to promote cross-media literacy and explore comic books content through the lens of film.

The final Geekfest screening of the documentary Comic-Con: A Fan’s Last Hope will be held on August 22 at 7 p.m. at the Olympus Expo.

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