Vintage Tomorrows is an hour long documentary on the steampunk movement, and I must say, it is quite impressive. I admit, I was half expecting it to be a poorly filmed work of amateur film making, painfully narrow in its coverage, or some obvious attempt to capitalize on the steampunk movement. To my very pleasant surprise, Vintage Tomorrows is nothing of the sort. The documentary itself is indisputably professional, the subject matter is quite broad, and the individuals they interviewed were exactly the people they needed to interview. Allow me to name off just a few people featured in the documentary: William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Cherie Priest, China Miéville, Phil and Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Cory Doctorow, Kevin Steil, and musical appearances by Abney Park and Unwoman. Sold already? I thought so!
Vintage Tomorrows covers not only the costuming and literary aspects of steampunk, but also the strong maker community as well. The documentary further explores many of the social and philosophical aspects of the steampunk movement, combined with several refreshing discussions on the subject of retro-futurism.
Anyway, the documentary is certainly worth watching. It is currently available on Netflix streaming (that’s where I saw it), and it appears to be available on Amazon, iTunes, and other places as well. You can find out more at vintagetomorrows.com, and be sure to watch the trailer below!