by Nathan Marchand
We’re just one week away from G-Fest XXV! The show will be held July 13-15 (with some preliminary events July 12) at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.
Brian and I will be part of several panels throughout the weekend, including a live episode we’ll be recording in the Kennedy Room Friday at 3pm (CST) titled, “Godzilla and the Japanese National Spirit.” Besides that, here’s the rest of our panel schedule:
Brian: “Zilla’s 20th Birthday” – Friday 12pm (CST) Ballroom 1
Nate: “Godzilla Stories” – Saturday 10am (CST) Kennedy Room
“The Art of Kaiju Writing” – Saturday 1pm (CST) Kennedy Room
“Pacific Rim 2” – Saturday 2pm (CST) Ballroom 1
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If by some chance you don’t know what this is, here’s a brief description from the event’s website:
G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees, but has seen a gradual increase in attendance over the past few years. G-FEST 2014 was the most successful convention to date, bringing in about 3000 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
The guests for this year include Megumi Odaka, who famously played psychic Miki Saegusa in the Heisei Godzilla films; suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, who’s best-known for playing Godzilla himself in all seven Heisei films; actor/wrestler/mixed martial artist Don Frye, who played Capt. Gordon in Godzilla: Final Wars; and suit and model maker Keizo Murase.
Sadly, due to surgery, the great Akira Takarada, the “godfather of G-Fest,” will not be able to attend. We here at Kaijuvision Radio wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will return to the convention soon.
The nearby Pickwick Theatre will be screening kaiju films starting Thursday with The Valley of Gwangi and Dinosaurus! in the afternoon and then Mighty Peking Man and Pacific Rim: Uprising that evening. There will be a screening of Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, Friday night and a special screening of Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Saturday night with an introduction by Megumi Odaka (and, I assume, Satsuma-san).
We can’t wait to spend an exciting weekend with our fellow G-fans and kaiju lovers!