Lakeside : A Year with Jay Lake

Lakeside started as a film about how Jay Lake had beaten cancer. He had been in remission for several months and everyone was pleased at how healthy he was looking.

The film-makers decided to follow Jay for one year, from birthday to birthday (or “JayCon” as he now calls his public birthday parties). They began filming at Paradise Lost II, a writers workshop in San Antonio, Texas. Jay was a guest instructor with fellow author Steven Brust. He was happy and in great spirits. They followed Jay back to Portland to cover JayCon 2012. He was among friends and family and was excited about the documentary. They started interviewing Jay and his family about his life ... then, as they were filming, life happened. It started with a call that Jay’s mom, Sarah, needed to be rushed to the emergency room. She was suffering symptoms that mirrored Jay’s initial presentation of colon cancer. The entire production changed tone as the team was reminded that these are real people and that life doesn’t always follow the script.

Then, in August 2012, the devastating news came. Jay’s cancer had returned and three aggressive tumors were devouring his liver. And this became a film about whether Jay could win this game of "kill the cancer, save the patient?"

LoneStarCon 3 is honored to be the site of the premiere showing of Lakeside. The film’s director Donnie Reynolds and Jay Lake will both be at the convention to introduce us to the film on Friday, August 30, between 9 and 11 a.m., with a repeat showing on Monday, September 2, between 1 and 3 p.m.

More of the background to Lakeside can be found on Kickstarter where over $24,000 was raised to fund the film, and on the official website of Waterloo Productions who produced it.

Special Exhibit - the Genome of Jay Lake

Alongside the premiere of Lakeside, LoneStarCon 3 will be presenting a special exhibit on Jay Lake's genome, which was sequenced by Illumina as part of Jay's search for possible therapies and to provide information that may help future cancer sufferers. The exhibit will be presented in the main Exhibit Hall, in Exhibit A in the convention center.