PantheaCon Day Two

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  February 20, 2011 — 8 Comments

My second day at PantheaCon in San Jose was a blur of activity. I’ve got a lot to write about and share with you, and some of it will have to wait until I’ve conducted some follow-up interviews, but I did wanted to briefly share with you some brief impressions of my Saturday. First off, the Pagan Newswire Collective meet-and-greet was a splendid success, and I think Erynn Laurie’s impressions closely mirror my own. I think our young organization made some good first impressions at this event, and I’m hopeful that we can continue to build a robust Pagan journalism for our collective future.

The Pagans in the media/21st century leadership panel led by journalist and podcaster Devin Hunter, had a packed room, and resulted in some excellent questions and responses. Devin recorded the entire event on video, and once he’s posted them to Youtube, I’ll share them here with you. The final event I was directly involved with on Saturday, the special screening of “American Mystic”, was also well received, with a responsive and appreciative audience. DVD copies of the film sold fast, and I think the buzz about this documentary will continue to increase.

Amidst the event that I was directly involved with, I also had the pleasure of attending an excellent panel on Hindu-Pagan dialog featuring Thorn Coyle, Selena Fox, and members of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF). Our commonalities were explored, and joint political and social agendas were touched on for the future. That entire panel was recorded, and will soon be featured on Thorn’s podcast, so stay tuned for that! I’m very excited on the progress on dialog and cooperation between Hindus and Pagans that have been made this year, and looks to be something that may bear fruit for years to come.

Finally, tired, but determined, I attended the concert by the always-excellent Pagan band Pandemonaeon, who, as always, had the audience in the palm of their hand. If you haven’t already, do check out their latest album “Dangerous Beauty”.

That’s all I have time for at the moment, now I’m off to prepare for my introduction to the Pagan Newswire Collective talk, and my Pagans in the New Media Panel later this afternoon (which will be recorded). I hope all of you have a great day, I’ll have more for all of you soon.

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  • Terence Patrick Ward

    Are you behind the Pagan Newswire Collective? I just heard about it today, and there's nothing on the web page to suggest how to make contact or become involved. I'd love to know more!

    • Jason Pitzl-Waters

      I am one of the co-founders, and contact info for the new site is coming very soon!

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    May the Pantheacon exposure be a quantum jump in the evolution of PNC!

  • http://witchdoctorjoe.blogspot.com/ WitchDoctorJoe

    Hay Jason, I saw you yesterday, but you were talk with Don and didn't want to interrupt, and sadly never got another chance to say hi. Also never got a change to buy a copy of the DVD, is it or will it be available to order online?

  • http://culture.pagannewswirecollective.com/ Scott Schulz

    According to the American Mystic facebook page the dvd will not receive a wider distribution until this summer. She mentions, "We're going through Pagan-friendly/New Age outlets until the June release.", and so I'm there will be more details to follow.

  • http://culture.pagannewswirecollective.com/ Scott Schulz

    The American Mystic page on facebook is reporting that you can now order the dvd: "Thanks to all who came out for the film at PantheaCon! Before the DVD's wide release in June, you can email MJacobs@KinoLorber.com to order it for yourself or your independent store…"

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Happydog-Potatohead/780639610 Happydog Potatohead

    American Mystic showing was excellent. Jason, I was pressed for time and didn't get a chance to meet you, but I am hoping to next time.

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    Definitely! My one regret of attending PantheaCon is that there never seems to be enough time to meet and talk with everyone you'd like.