Ian Carruthers

MisCon 27 Attending Professional

Howdy, all! My name is Ian Carruthers, and I was a geek long before I knew the word.

I grew up in Virginia and Maryland. My father was a college professor, and taught sci-fi as literature. When I was 11, he gave me a copy of Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” and said something like, “Here, kid. This’ll blow your mind.” Oh, YEAH. My mother read “The Hobbit” to my brother and I as a bedtime story. Watching re-runs of the original “Star Trek” was a ritual for the male humans in the house. During the opening credits, every time the Enterprise went by, we’d all shout “WHAM!” at the top of our lungs. Fond memories, for sure. (Other young faves: LeGuin’s “The Dispossessed,” and Herbert’s “Dune,” to name just two.)

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember; in second grade, I took 3rd place in a school-wide contest with my short story, “The Invasion from Pluto.” Not particularly original, but I did all the illustrations too. Stick figure soldiers and aliens never looked so good! ;)

I’ve been making movies since junior high. Our first production was a 1.5 minute fantasy adventure called, “Billy Bob Strikes Again,” and shot on Super 8 film. Yep, we made the sequel first. (And a few years later, another sequel - “Billy Bob Strikes Again and Again.” We never made the original.) Our magnum opus was a 45-minute vampire flick entitled, “who dreams of eden.” It wasn’t pretentious at all. Really.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for nearly 20 years now. I met my wife, Jo, here, and our two kitties, Dennis and Missie came from a local shelter. About 4 years ago, I got laid off for the 4th time in row, and decided, “F*ck that noise,” and started a film biz. After Jo joined me about a year later, we’re still goin’. “Loaded Paradise” was produced about a year ago, and we have a feature length documentary, “The Hornman,” in production currently (www.thehornman.com). The subject is an 84 year-old, still-gigging musician, who spent 25 years in the public schools. It’s about the amazing impact one man can have on thousands of lives, and how important - and imperiled - arts programs in the schools are.

I’m excited to be here. If you see me, c’mon up and say, "HI!"

Web site: http://loadedparadise.com

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:


  • Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Loaded Paradise: 50 Minutes with Ian Carruthers, Hotel Lobby of Doom
  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun 2:00
  • Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Making Independent & Low Budget Films, Great Hall (Upstairs)

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