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Thursday, July 5
 

12:00pm

Gokudo
It all starts when Gokudo steals a pouch from a fortune teller, thinking it contains a gem. Instead, in contains a genie that grants Gokudo three wishes, but he doesn't think very hard about them. He does get his wishes, but not exactly in the way he expected. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

1:30pm

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group
Three weeks after the incident that left an alien ship balancing on top of Graviton City, A-Ko and the gang go on summer vacation. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Daitokuji Financial Group arms the local military with new mecha to attack the ship and obtain its advanced technology. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:30pm

Persona 4: The Animation
Shortly after Yuu Narukami's arrival in a small town, mysterious killings begin to occur on foggy days. At the same time, rumors about a strange television channel spread like wildfire; when staring into their TV screen at midnight, a person may see their soul mate. Yuu and his friends attempt to stop the murders by exploring the diabolical secret world of the Midnight Channel. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #1
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

4:00pm

The Asterisk War
Ayato Amagiri just transferred into one of the most elite schools for Genestella in the world, where students learn to control their powers and duel in entertainment battles. Ayato, however, has no real interest in dueling - he has a secret motive for joining this prestigious school. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

5:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #2
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

5:30pm

Basilisk
The centuries-long war between the Iga and Kouga ninja clans is stopped by order of the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa. Years later, the heirs of the two clans have fallen in love. They aim to bring real peace through their marriage, but their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

7:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #3
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

7:30pm

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Lelouch Lamperouge, exiled prince of Britannia, finds himself caught in the crossfire when Japanese resistance forces attempt to regain independence. A mysterious girl gives him Geass, the "Power of Kings," which allows him to escape and seek revenge against Britannia. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:30pm

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
A representative of the Martian independence movement is targeted for assassination by Earth's military peacekeeping organization. The attack might turn out to be the catalyst that leads Mars' army of child soldiers to forge their own destiny. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Trailer Park
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:00pm

Horror Show Hotdog Horror Shorts Festival
The crew of the locally produced podcast Horror Show Hotdog has curated shorts to be shown at the Twin Cities Horror Festival. They’ve chosen their favorites from past festivals to be shown in Cinema Rex. Panelists: Matt Allex, Megan Slawson

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:30pm

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings
Two best friends encounter a creature that claims he can grant wishes if they agree to become magical girls and fight witches. Fighting is dangerous, but the appeal of a wish is too strong to ignore. Soon, they are confronted with the harsh truth behind their powers and the ultimate price of their wishes. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #4
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:00am

Penguindrum
For the Takakura family, destiny is an ever-spinning wheel. When their little sister is miraculously saved from death by a souvenir penguin hat, twins Kanba and Shouma are sent on a wild goose chase for the Penguin Drum by the entity residing in the hat. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 1:00am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #5
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Friday, July 6
 

7:00am

The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots
Pero, a sword-wielding musketeer cat, is guilty of the ultimate crime: rescuing mice from certain doom. On the run, he befriends a boy who is mistreated by his family. While seeking their fortune, they encounter a beautiful princess and must save her when she is kidnapped. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30am

A Journey Through Fairyland
Michael loves to garden, but it constantly makes him late for orchestra practice and he gets kicked out of music school. Asleep that night, he meets a fairy who takes him to fairyland, where both flowers and music come alive. His interests might not be mutually exclusive, after all. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00am

Azumanga Daioh
There certainly isn't a shortage of peculiar girls in Yukari-sensei's homeroom class. Their many adventures are filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #6
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Best of 2017 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Ouran High School Host Club
Looking for a quiet place to study, honor student Haruhi Fujioka stumbles upon the Host Club, where the school's handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies who also have too much time on their hands. By a comedy of errors, Haruhi is forced to join the club. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

1:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #7
with English subtitles Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

2:00pm

Full Metal Panic!
Sousuke Sagara must go undercover at a high school to protect Kaname Chidori, a girl with mysterious powers. He was raised on a battlefield and has no idea how to act like a normal student; luckily, he's much more useful in a gunfight. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #8 w/GoH Vin Truitner
Guest of Honor Vin Truitner will say a few words before the film and then stick around for a Q&A after to discuss his work on the movie. Panelists: Vincent Truitner

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

4:00pm

Log Horizon
After the latest update of the MMORPG Elder Tale prevents the players from logging out, socially awkward college student Shiroe sets out to discover the limits of his new reality. He must learn to work with players and NPCs alike to bring stability to the virtual city. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

5:30pm

King of Thorn
160 people are put into a cold sleep to escape a deadly virus. When they awaken, they find the facility deserted and covered with thorns, and are soon attacked by monsters. Seven survivors escape, trying to discover what has happened to the world. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #9
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

7:00pm

2018 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
This year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Convergence, we will be featuring a retrospective of the best sci-fi short films to screen at the festival over the past eight years. Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:30pm

Attack on Titan
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. The fragile calm is shattered when a colossal titan breaches the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30pm

Rex’s Super Happy Fun Time
It is Convergence’s 20th year and Rex wanted to celebrate by playing lots of his favorite fun short videos that he has stockpiled over the years, along with some new recent ones. So come for 5 minutes, come for 20 minutes, or come for the whole show. It is going to be a super happy fun time!!! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:30pm

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to a quiet little village. As the village prepares for its annual festival, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in recent years connected to the festival and the village's patron god. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #10
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:00pm

Redline
Held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame at Redline, the most deadly racing tournament in the universe. All the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Can a high speed romance survive a race of mass destruction? Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #11
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:00am

Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing is an organization dedicated to destroying the supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. Their ultimate weapon is the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #12
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Saturday, July 7
 

7:00am

Kaiba
In a world where memories exist in memory chips separate from the body, death of the body no longer means death of the soul. A man named Kaiba wakes up in an empty room with no memories, a mysterious hole in his chest, and a locket holding the picture of a woman. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Fighting Foodons
An 11-year old boy bands together with his younger sister and a young boy who has a large appetite to battle an evil empire by using their Foodons - strange monsters that are created from various foods. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #13
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:00am

Love Letters to the Ancestors from Chicago
Guest of Honor Ytasha Womack screens the short film she directed. Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

Rose of Versailles
In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. In France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards and raised as a man. Marie Antoinette and Oscar meet as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:30am

Cinema Rex Movie #14 w/live riff
In honor of Convergence’s 20 year anniversary we are celebrating by riffing a film as old as the convention itself! Come prepared to laugh and cringe. Panelists: Bill Stiteler, Jeremy Stomberg, Duck Washington

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:00pm

Assassination Classroom
When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

1:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #15
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

Nisekoi
Raku Ichijou is a first year in high school and the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. To improve relations with a rival family, he must pretend to date the rival chief's daughter. Unfortunately, they fall in hate at first sight. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

3:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #16
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

4:30pm

Space Lounge: Transdimensional Courier Kickstarter Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of DISCREPANCY, a short film by John Heimbuch, based on his highly acclaimed stageplay THE TRANSDIMENSIONAL COURIERS UNION — including a staged reading, demo videos, and a discussion of how to create sci-fi for both stage and screen. Panelists: John Heimbuch

Saturday July 7, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

5:00pm

your name
One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living her dream life in Tokyo - but in another body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha's life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #17 w/GoH Lindsay Ellis
Guest of Honor Lindsay Ellis will be on hand before the film to compare and contrast this film and its sequel. This showing is captioned Panelists: Lindsay Ellis

Saturday July 7, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

6:45pm

Barefoot Gen
In the summer of 1945, Gen is a young boy living a difficult yet satisfying life in the city of Hiroshima. He spends most of his time helping his family to survive. Little do they know, on the 6th of August, their lives are about to change dramatically. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 6:45pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #18
with English subtitles Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

8:00pm

Empire of Corpses
By the 19th century, reanimated corpses are programmed by humans to act as laborers. Medical student John Watson is on a hunt to obtain Doctor Victor Frankenstein's notes, which he believes hold the key to the secrets of the soul currently missing from reanimation technology. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Afro Samurai
The only way to claim the godly powers of the Number One headband is to win the Number Two headband and challenge the current owner to a duel. Years ago, Afro's father was killed for the Number One headband. Now, Afro must fight through a myriad of foes to gain his revenge. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #19
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:30pm

Evangelion Redeath
It doesn't bother Shinji that his father (who might be a pimp) thinks giant robots are babe magnets. It doesn't bother him that he shares an apartment with a strangely masculine German girl. It doesn't even bother him that the world may be coming to an end thanks to a Prince song. The only thing on Shinji's mind is the nookie, whatever that is. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:30pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #20
Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:30am

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
The daughter of an affluent family has been mysteriously kidnapped, and several hunters are after the reward. Amidst the chase lurks a sinister evil which has been manipulating their every move and has set a chilling trap that none will expect and few will survive. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 12:30am - 2:15am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #21
Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Sunday, July 8
 

7:00am

Swan Lake
When Prince Siegfried spots a beautiful swan with a crown on its head, he feels compelled to follow it. The swan is a princess named Odette, who is under an evil wizard's curse, and the only thing that can break the spell is a man who truly loves her. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30am

Space Battleship Yamato
By 2199, the inhabitants of earth have been forced underground to escape the irradiated surface. An emergency transmission from a neighboring galaxy offers a glimmer of hope to save the doomed planet. To make the perilous journey, the World War II era battleship Yamato is reborn as Space Battleship Yamato. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #22 w/GoH Vincent Truitner
See this with special introduction and post-film Q&A by CVG guest Vincent Truitner discussing his involvement with the film. This showing is captioned Panelists: Vincent Truitner

Sunday July 8, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:30am

Magic Users Club
One sunny day invaders came from space and defeated the UN forces in seconds. After that, the invaders roamed around and peacefully observed human society. A high school magic club decides to defeat them and free the world. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00pm

Wolf's Rain
In a dying world, there exists an ancient legend: when the world ends, the gateway to paradise will be opened, but only wolves can find their way to this mythical realm. Though long thought to be extinct, wolves still exist and live among humans, disguising themselves through elaborate illusions. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #23
Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:30pm

Record of Lodoss War
An ancient witch aims to preserve the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance and preventing any one kingdom from gaining control. Only six young champions stand between this new threat and Lodoss' descent back into the darkness of war and destruction. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #24
with English subtitles Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:30pm

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
In a time of darkness and barbarism, a religious order is seeking to bring stability to a world corrupted by sinister magic. The Templar warriors ruthlessly restrain the Mages and their magical cabals. But when the Templars fail, the elite order of the Seekers takes charge. Panelists:

Sunday July 8, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #25 w/GoH Mary Jo Pehl
Guest of Honor Mary Jo Pehl will do a Q&A session about her work before we roll this film! Panelists: Mary Jo Pehl

Sunday July 8, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4