Meet the Wedding Party: David Gildemeister, Groomsman

What They Say About The Wedding
Staring Carma and Christopher:

“Half a century in the making!”
~ David Gildemeister

Meet the Stars of The Wedding:
Groomsmen ….. David Gildemeister

David GildemeisterI’ve known Christopher my entire life; he’s my cousin and is five years older than me. We’ve always shared a love of fantasy, science-fiction and comics; so when our families got together when we were kids lots of memories were made – from sitting on the floor playing with “action figures,” to listening to Chris’ Firesign Theater albums together, to our annual family trips to the North Shore together, to busting on the Star Wars prequel movies together. But there is one memory that has a special glow…

It’s 1987. Chris and I are driving through south Minneapolis post-midnight, and my mind is spinning from the weirdest, trippiest, most awesome movie I’d seen in my short life.

At this point, Chris was in college but living at home with his dad; I was still in high school, and was a big fan of Asian kung-fu movies. Chris had me come up from Mankato and stay for the weekend; and on this night, took me to the Uptown Theater (well-known in Minneapolis for its…ECLECTIC selection of movies) to see an imported Asian film titled Zu Warriors of the Magic Mountain.

What was it about? Two flying monks who hate each other, and how they team up to battle color-coded armies. A quest for two magic swords – known as “the swords.” An ancient wizard who uses his prehensile eyebrows to battle a monster in a rain barrel. An entire movie in Cantonese – with English, Mandarin AND Japanese subtitles.

If you’ve seen John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, and thought that was strange …well, that film offers just the barest hint of the kind of glorious insanity that greeted me on seeing Zu Warriors.

This is pretty much an ideal memory for me…because Christopher introducing me to glorious insanity is pretty much an ideal metaphor for our entire relationship.

"The Kids" at the North Shore

The Cousins Left to Right: Kristine (Duerr), Becky (Karas), Melissa (Uzelac), Christopher (Gildemeister), David (Gildemeister), Jim (Shoemaker)


Top 3 Favorite Films

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  2. Joe vs. the Volcano (1990)
  3. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Fun Facts

I’ve run large-scale live-action role-playing games at various science-fiction and fantasy conventions, and also enjoy writing and performing filksongs.


Question: If a movie were made of your life, what actor (past or present) would you want to play you, and why?

Answer: Richard Dreyfus

Richard Dreyfus

Richard Dreyfus
Georges Biard
[CC BY-SA 3.0],
via Wikimedia Commons

David Gildemeister

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