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Sunday, May 27 • 11:00am - 11:50am
The Futurism of Walt Disney

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Walt Disney is well-known for animation, theme parks, and Mickey Mouse, but his real passion was using technology to help shape a prosperous, peaceful future for everyone. From Walt's creation of the first sync-sound animation in 1928 to his unrealized dream of EPCOT, an experimental city that passed on with him in 1966, documentary filmmaker Christian Moran tells the amazing story of how technology created by Walt and the Disney Studio entertained and changed the world.

Discover how Walt helped the Allies win WWII, served as the catalyst for the creation of NASA, and invented the first theatrical surround-sound system, while pioneering new paths in robotics, transportation, and urban planning. This discussion will shatter the lies and negative myths that have grown up about Disney since his death, and paint a picture of him as a progressive who believed humanity could build a better world for all peoples.

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Christian Moran

Writer, filmmaker, and futurist
Christian Moran is a writer, filmmaker, and futurist. His documentaries include "Ayahuasca Diary" and "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney." His written work includes "Walt Disney and Technology" and "True Life Adventures", both published by Theme Park Press... Read More →

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
 Annapolis 4