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MIPTV Picks 2014: Fanomenon

Suzie Beckner, a rural retail worker, has a thing for science fiction, and one TV sci-fi character in particular. When an opportunity arises to meet the actor at a major comic and science fiction convention, she undertakes a journey that introduces her to a community to call her own.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Directed by Lynne Carter, produced in association with Shaw Media and the Government of Canada; distributed by TVF International
Length: 1 x 48 minutes
Aired: October 2013 (Global, Canada)
Rights available: All TV rights worldwide excluding Canada
Suzie Beckner, a rural retail worker, has a thing for science fiction, and one sci-fi character in particular – lieutenant colonel John Sheppard from Stargate: Atlantis, portrayed by Joe Flanigan. Beckner’s fandom extends all the way to the creation of erotic fan fiction featuring the intrepid space traveler. When an opportunity arises to meet Sheppard/Flanigan at a major comic and science fiction convention, she undertakes a journey that reveals to her the size and scope of fandom, and in seeing and meeting other proud female sci-fi fans, she finds a community to call her own.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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