Santa Fe, NM – The Stagecoach Foundation, co-founded by best-selling fantasy author George R.R. Martin, is hosting an online fundraiser with events planned from Friday, March 26th through Sunday, March 28th. The fundraiser will help the Stagecoach Foundation offset losses from the COVID-19 pandemic and to support its ongoing efforts to expand access to careers in the film industry for New Mexicans. Watch Mr. Martin’s video invitation!
The weekend of fundraising programming will kick off with an online auction featuring collectors’ items from George R.R. Martin’s many properties, including Game of Thrones, Nightflyers, and the Wild Cards series, which was just picked up for development as a television show. Other film-related and New Mexico-themed items will be up for auction as well, like a private balloon ride with champagne. The auction opened on March 15th, and is hosted on BidPal through the end of the fundraiser events on March 28th. The Live Auction hosted by Bernie Bregman of NerdBot will be Saturday, March 27th at 3pm Pacific Time on Legion M Twitch channel.
The fundraising programming will also feature many other exciting online events, which will stream live on the Legion M twitch stream as part of this year’s [email protected] schedule. Highlights include a campaign of the tabletop Wild Cards Role Playing Game, set in the present time, featuring some of science fiction, fantasy, and horror’s most popular authors of the day, including Melinda Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Max Gladstone, Caroline Specter, and Carrie Vaughn. Williams, one of the original Wild Cards authors and the creator of Ace favorite, Golden Boy, will act as the game master for the short campaign. There will also be a live AMA with the authors and a Discord AMA, as well as special messages from George R.R. Martin himself over the course of the weekend. For a more detailed schedule, please visit the Legion M page on the Stagecoach Foundation event.
Throughout the weekend, viewers will hear testimonials from the Stagecoach Foundation staff and grantees. Overall, the weekend will be an exciting celebration of fan culture, and the collaborative nature of storytelling, storytellers and the worlds we craft.
About Stagecoach Foundation:
Stagecoach Foundation is a non-profit foundation focusing on film-related jobs and economic development opportunities for traditionally underrepresented communities throughout New Mexico. Made possible by filmmaker/scientist David Weininger, Stagecoach Foundation is proud to support New Mexico in film, education & technology (FET). The Foundation acts as a support center to local vendors/businesses and universities/schools to help reach the common goal that we all share: economic development, job training, job creation, and job stability within these fields.
About the Wild Cards Series:
In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. Wild Cards is the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among that one percent. This shared-universe science fiction series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestselling science fiction and fantasy author George R. R. Martin, now tells the story of a new generation of heroes, for long-time fans and new readers alike.
Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers (“The American Tolkien” ~Time Magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. As of March 2021, The Wild Cards series is set to be adapted for television by NBC’s streaming app, Peacock.
About Legion M:
Legion M partners with top Hollywood creators—from independent filmmakers to big Hollywood studios—to produce a slate of movies, TV, and digital content. Legion M is also the first media company in history designed to be owned by fans, which uses disruptive new equity crowdfunding laws that allow people to invest as little as $100 to own a piece of the company.
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