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Saturday, May 26 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Escape Velocity Keynote, Film Awards, and Fashion Show/Costume Competition Awards

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Join us as we celebrate Escape Velocity 2018! Greg Viggiano, Executive Director of the Museum of Science Fiction, will open the ceremony with a welcome and introduction of our featured speaker, Paul Fenwick. Following the keynote will be the presentation of the Escape Velocity 2018 Film Festival Awards. To wrap up the ceremony, the Fashion Show will highlight the entrants in the Costume Competition before the Competition Awards are revealed.


6:30pm – Welcome: Greg Viggiano

6:35pm – Keynote: The Future Is Awesome! - Paul Fenwick

7:00pm – Film Festival Awards: Paul Oehlers

7:30pm – Fashion Show and Costume Competition Awards: Jason and Barb McClain

As a celebration of the importance of fashion and costume design to creating rich worlds and expanding our imaginations, the Museum of Science Fiction is holding a costume competition and fashion show. This competition is open to all students, designers, costumers/cosplayers, and artists. Finalists from this competition will present their creations during this fashion show, then find out who won the awards, as judged by our esteemed panel.

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Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
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Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, futurist, software developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, machine ethics, space exploration, and mental health. His dynamic presentation... Read More →
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Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants

Adam Hennessy

Co-Chairman of Anime USA 2018, 17 year convention veteran, creator of Anime Parliament.
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Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →
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Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
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Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

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Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
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Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
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Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
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