September JET LAMP Dates Firm; Working on October and November

Posted: September 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 2 Comments »

Some housecleaning regarding the tour dates.

The dates are now firm for the rest of September. What you see is what you get. We’re still working on exactly where in Denver I’m showing GET LAMP on the 27th, but otherwise, this is it.

I started to notice that promotion and getting the word out about my screenings was getting harder while simultaneously touring, and that filling in backorders while home for short stretches was really getting difficult, so I am going to leave the gaps in the schedule as they are.  Also not listed in the schedule is that I’m attending two weddings and had a number of events I was showing up for not related to the movie, so those are there too.

I’m still booking for the other months, October and November. I’m not averse to paying airfare; it’s just this All You Can Jet deal was really, really awesome – the first leg of travel already paid off what I paid for it. Do this again, Jet Blue!

So expect more dates – just not in September.


Remote Q&A at the Bergen ELC Seminar, September 20th

Posted: September 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | No Comments »

This is mostly for the great and grand record, but I am doing a Skyped-in Q&A for the Bergen Seminar on Electronic Literature Communities.

Nick Montfort, who made some great appearances in the film and who also has helped me for years behind the scenes, is doing a presentation about interactive fiction at the University of Bergen in Norway. The evening of the 20th, they’re showing GET LAMP and I will be skyped in for a quick Q&A, which I’ll likely be doing in the downtime between classes that I’m talking at in Pomona, CA. Jetsetting, that’s me.

I don’t think anyone is going to hie themselves off to Norway to see the movie, but there you go.

Here’s the awesome poster, which has me listed as one of the performers. That has to count for something!


Date Added: Machine Project, Los Angeles, September 20th (Lecture)

Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | No Comments »

Another date has been added.  This is not a screening, just a lecture and presentation, but I bet you’ll have a fun time anyway. I can get pretty out there sometimes.

The lecture’s at Machine Project, in Echo Park in Los Angeles, and here’s the info about the place.

Even more importantly, here’s the stage!

Now, who doesn’t want to be a part of that? I’ll have copies of the movie, of course, as well as copies of the BBS Documentary.

See you there!


JET LAMP at Noisebridge in San Francisco, Sept. 17

Posted: September 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | No Comments »

The next big stop in the JET LAMP tour (after I go back to my home to fill orders and get a bunch of packages into the mail) will be a showing in San Francisco on the 17th at the Noisebridge space. Noisebridge could be called a “Hacker Space” but it has a wide variety of events and happenings that transcend just technology. They’ve gone through a bunch of iterations in the years they’ve been active and I’ve been there at various points, and things have gone along swimmingly for them.

The showing will be at 8pm – if some forward-thinking company or group in the SF Bay area wants me for a noontime showing, I’m available for that, having arrived the previous night. However, Saturday and Sunday are out – attending a wedding of an old friend in a very distant town in California, accompanied by many other old friends.

And after that.. the Los Angeles area, that Monday!


Salt Lake City: Huge Success. Next: San Francisco

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 1 Comment »

Do I need to say more about Salt Lake City’s showing tonight than this?
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Well, yes, I have to thank Mike Rubin for putting together an amazing event and venue, and getting the word out to a great audience who showed up. And I only cursed during the Q&A once!

People were into the showing, and this marks the first time anything I’ve made has ended up on a movie marquee, or that I’ve had my film shown by itself as an event. A lot of firsts, this evening!

My next big date is in San Francisco, with what’s possibly two showings on Friday the 17th. Clear your calendar, Bay Area!


JET LAMP: Detroit and Washington DC showings, Skype Q&A, September 11

Posted: September 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | No Comments »

The Portland show was absolutely fantastic. I will write a more informative and complete entry about it shortly.  Here’s a salient photo, courtesy of Andrew Stern:

But now dates are compressing and coming up very fast, and final details are snapping into place very quickly, and one of the side effects is a few dates are happening very soon and I wanted you to be aware of them.

Tomorrow, September 11th, two hacker spaces in two different cities will be showing GET LAMP and then having me skype in with a Q&A afterwards.

One is in Detroit, Michigan, at a space called i3 Detroit. Here’s the page with information about it.

The other is Washington, DC, at a space called HacDC. Here’s the page with information about it.

For my own bit, I’ll be skyping in from Salt Lake City, where I have a showing on Sunday Night at 7:30, at Brewvies, a cinema pub.

As always, the good stuff is on the JET LAMP page.


JET LAMP Promotional Artwork Set

Posted: September 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | No Comments »

For the people who are working so hard to bring me to their places to show GET LAMP and talk for JET LAMP, so I’ve created a Flickr Set of GET LAMP/JET LAMP promotional artwork. Use freely as needed.

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Some Quick Updates

Posted: September 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 1 Comment »

In front of the cameras for once

Here’s some scattershot updates related to GET LAMP.

The photo, by the way, is me being interviewed for another technical documentary, Viva Amiga, that will be covering the history of Commodore’s amazing computer.  Obviously I know more about the Amiga than I do about the proper color socks to wear.

If you ordered a copy of GET LAMP before August 30th, you should really have it or are about to have it. Out of the many hundreds of orders, I’d say only 14 are in some sort of quantum state (the address didn’t check out, changes were made during the time period that I have to reconcile, etc.). If you do not have it or did not get it, bring it to my attention at jason@textfiles.com. I don’t mind being e-mailed about ensuring everyone who bought a copy gets a copy.

Adventurers’ Club copies are more than halfway done, as are free interviewee copies. I am trying to have all of them done before the JET LAMP tour really starts taking off.  A bunch of dates are about to be added; I really think I need to learn how to sleep on planes.

Orders are continually coming in. Thanks, everyone!


JET LAMP: Salt Lake City, September 12th

Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 1 Comment »

The JET LAMP tour stops by on September 12th at the Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City.

It’s a 160 seat theater that’s one of those cool independents I can never get enough of.  The showing will be at some point later in the day, keep tuned to the JET LAMP info page for the final time information and updates.


JET LAMP: Seattle and Portland

Posted: August 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 1 Comment »


The JET LAMP tour starts off at the undisputed king of computer gamer conventions, PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington from September 3rd-5th.  After the excellent premiere and experience of GET LAMP at PAX East in March, I knew I wanted to have some presence at the west coast, original PAX.  Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for submitting panels (I was too busy finishing the film) and so there’s no within-the-convention-center panel/screening at the event. But fear not! Besides walking around with copies and my lamp, I’ll be hanging out at the Interactive Fiction Suite.  Just like the PAX East version, this will be a suite in a nearby hotel (in this case, the Sheraton, where some PAX events are happening as well). The planned screening is at 8pm on Saturday, a cozy showing with Q&A.

In Portland, Oregon, I’ll be at the incredible Backspace Cafe on September 9th, as a special feature of the Portland Commodore User’s Group. They really went all out finding me a place – it’s beautiful.  And even more fun, the venue is right next to the world-famous Ground Kontrol classic arcade.  The venue holds a couple hundred people, so don’t hesitate to get the word out.

I’ll be bringing copies of GET LAMP to both events (and all the rest of the events, too).

The JET LAMP page will be filling up rather quickly in the next week or so. Watch for changes or announcements here.

Let’s get this tour started!