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Friday, May 25
 

3:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
DC Stunt Coalition shows off with workshops and demos!

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

3:00pm

Future War: Other Worlds or Other Worldly?
Radical developments in technology will forever alter the future of war. The advent of such emerging technologies as robotics, AI, VR, and synthetic biology may make war on Earth nearly unrecognizable, something from a distant world. Perhaps developments in space exploration and travel may bring these new forms of combat to new worlds. This panel will assemble a super-awesome collection of experts to discuss bleeding edge technologies and how they will change warfare. The panel will draw examples from Sci-Fi, and a particular emphasis will be placed upon considering space war in the future.


Moderators
avatar for Jesse Kirkpatrick

Jesse Kirkpatrick

Asst. Professor, George Mason University
Jesse Kirkpatrick is a Research Assistant Professor, the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, and a Politico-Military Analyst, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an expert on the just... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan Moreno

Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Bioethics, neuroscience, genetics, national security and popular culture
avatar for Dr. Sara Usher

Dr. Sara Usher

Non-Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, George Mason University Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Conflict, cooperation, national security

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

5:00pm

Cheesy Line-Reading Contest
Acting can be difficult, especially when the dialogue is written by George Lucas post-1990 or Tommy Wiseau. We like to criticize the actors in our favorite sci-fi movies and TV shows, but is it really their fault? Come see if fellow Escape Velocity attendees can deliver a monologue about sand better than Hayden Christensen, or scream about bees with more sincerity than Nicolas Cage. May the cheesiest actor win!

It's an interactive, hilarious performance that involves audience participation, and celebrates science fiction in Pop Culture.


Moderators
avatar for Brandon Troy

Brandon Troy

Host/Co-Creator, Movers & Shakers Unlimited
Brandon started his career from a young age on Film/TV. However, in the decades since, he has expanded his interests to producing, editing, and directing. If you don't find I'm at your local Con or expo, you be sure to find him on the COX Cable Series, MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED... Read More →

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Annapolis 4

6:00pm

Dance Workshop- Hip Hop
A Dance workshop with Paranoia Boi and his crew to learn how to dance Hip Hop

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dortch

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 →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

10:00pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity with a special, nighttime adult version of Super Art Fight! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00pm

Late Night Karaoke
Join us for some Fun and Nerdy Karaoke!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00am
 Annapolis 4
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am

Creating Other Worlds for Science Fiction Films
Learn how you can use miniatures, sets, costumes, green screen, and computers to create imaginative worlds on a budget.

Moderators
avatar for Philip Cook

Philip Cook

Producer/Director, Eagle Films
Philip Cook has written, directed, edited and/or photographed hundreds commercials, films, program opens and on-air Ids from clients ranging from The Washington Opera to MTV. He holds a degree from the University of Maryland in film production.  His productions have won numerous... Read More →

Speakers
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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper has leveraged a lifelong passion for model-making and dimensional art, into a successful enterprise for fun and profit. He has a degree from the University of Maryland in geography, specializing in cartography and map design & production, and a split minor in theatre arts... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

11:00am

Blerdcon presents: Blerd is the Word
Learn about Blerd-con, and how it is changing the convention scene.

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

12:00pm

Dance Workshop- Fusion Dancing
Learn Fusion Dance with the Gerudo Vagrants

Speakers
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
avatar for Jessica Small

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 →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

12:00pm

SPAAACE! And Why It's Awesome!
Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham, the creators of the online graphic novel STAR POWER, love space! They want you to love space, too! Come share their enthusiasm for the cosmos in this very accessible, beginner-friendly chat about what makes outer space so wonderful. It's easier to get into stargazing and the wonders of space than you think!
This informal, fun chat about what makes space so fun, and how accessible it really is for beginners, is a perfect fit for both sci-fi enthusiasts and amateur stargazers.


Moderators
avatar for Garth Graham

Garth Graham

Artist, Star Power Comic
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn't, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged... Read More →
avatar for Michael Terracciano

Michael Terracciano

Author, Star Power Comic
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

1:00pm

Heroes, Villains, and Healing
This panel is designed to help individuals understand how comic books can help heal past traumas. Blending science with science fiction and pop culture. This panel uses scientific data and research to apply the use of comics to heal past traumas. Kenneth's Book, "Heroes, Villains, and Healing" addresses this research and its application.


Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

English Teacher, Montebello Elementary Middle School
Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

2:00pm

Law of Star Wars
This panel seeks to answer burning questions about the law in Star Wars: If Han shot first, is he a murderer, or was he in imminent fear for his life? What law, if any, binds those in rebellion against the Empire (or the Republic)? Are clones people? What are their rights (and the rights of robots)? Who owns R2D2 and C3PO? Can Darth Vader really just alter a deal? And much more . . .


Moderators
avatar for Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nari Ely

Nari Ely

Nari Ely is an Associate Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in D.C. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied political science and economics. Nari is among the top 1% of Paragon players, and hopes to achieve Master League... Read More →
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Mederson

Jessica Mederson

Jessica Mederson joined Hansen Reynolds LLC in 2011 and serves as the Managing Partner of Hansen Reynolds’ Madison office. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Mederson was an attorney with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Austin, TX. Ms. Mederson litigates business and IP matters in state and... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm

Creating a Sci-Fi Comic
Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham are the creators of the online graphic novel STAR POWER, a serialized sci-fi space adventure. They want to share the tips and tricks they've learned in creating a cosmic tale that blends both science fiction and science fantasy, space physics, and space magic. Want to know when you should do more of one than the other? Is it okay to do both? Garth and Michael will share what they've learned over their fifteen-year careers in online comics!

Moderators
avatar for Garth Graham

Garth Graham

Artist, Star Power Comic
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn't, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged... Read More →
avatar for Michael Terracciano

Michael Terracciano

Author, Star Power Comic
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm

The Circus Siren Pod Presents: Alien Mermaid Meet, Greet, and Swim!
Meet the Circus Siren Pod from the Shenandoah Valley during this Meet and Greet.

Speakers
avatar for Mermaid Charlotte (Stephanie Anderson)

Mermaid Charlotte (Stephanie Anderson)

The Water Dancer
Charlotte is a lake mermaid from New York state where she once guarded a castle until, with the rise of the modern age, she was no longer needed and ventured out, eventually finding the pod. She lives to free dive, spending minutes on end peacefully beneath the surface and boasts... Read More →
avatar for Merman Finneas (Sean Mancho)

Merman Finneas (Sean Mancho)

Gaudian of Atlantis
Merman Finneas is the fierce and loyal guardian of the underwater metropolis that is Atlantis. Mermen are rarely sighted on land but Finneas loves to visit his siren sisters and children of earth, proving to the doubters everywhere that mermen are real. 
avatar for My Alien Mermaids

My Alien Mermaids

Circus Siren Pod
The Circus Siren Pod is the water performance arm of Circus Siren Entertainment, which includes bubble artists, water-based acrobatics and our extremely popular team of professional mermaids. This group of multi-talented artists have years of experience entertaining both children... Read More →
avatar for Mermaid Seanna (Anni Mielke)

Mermaid Seanna (Anni Mielke)

The Shenandoah Mermaid
The Shenandoah mermaid is staple in Virginia. With a strong focus on marine education, Seanna has performed across the caribbean and has extensive experience performing in aquariums for children and adults alike.
avatar for Mermaid Izriella (Madison Nunes)

Mermaid Izriella (Madison Nunes)

The Abyssal Mermaid
You can catch a glimpse of Izriella on one of her frequent trips to the surface from the deep sea. She has a passion for the sea creatures she shares her home with travels the world spreading awarness about marine animals and conservation.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

4:00pm

A World Where Apes Evolved from Men?
A roundtable on the continuing appeal of the Planet of the Apes film franchise. The 1968 Planet of the Apes was an edgy genre film with a sophisticated avant-garde sound design and score and a charismatic cast of Hollywood stars. The social, cultural, and political issues that the films raise include tensions between science and religion, structural racism, militarism of civilian police forces, evolution, environmental degradation, social control of landscapes, medical ethics, animal rights, and nuclear war. Based on Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel, La Planète des Singes, the film spawned four sequels, one remake, three prequels, two television series, novelizations, and comic books.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Stone Gordon

Rebecca Stone Gordon

Biological Anthropologist
I'm a biological anthropologist who studies human remains, depictions of archaeology in popular culture, horror and scifi in film and literature, disability studies, and life in the Nuclear Age. Cornelius is my favorite pop culture archaeologist and if you get me started talking about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gordon

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 →
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →
avatar for Rob O’Malley

Rob O’Malley

Senior Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rob O’Malley, Ph.D. is a Senior Program Associate with oversight of the Engaging Scientists project.  A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he earned a B.A. in anthropology and zoology at Miami University of Ohio, a M.A. in anthropology at the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Baltimore 3

4:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
DC Stunt Coalition shows off with a workshop and demonstration!

Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

5:00pm

Geek Rock with Miss Nerdstiles
Come enjoy some sci fi music. We'll have Sci-fi and pop culture flavored music in a relaxing atmosphere. Some tunes are sing-along, while some are laugh-along.

Moderators
CS

Cat Smith

Cat Smith is the reigning Miss Nerdstiles, having inherited the crown from absolutely no one, because she made it up. She is an actor, a musician, a cosplayer, and a general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). She and her ukulele have charmed the collective socks off of LI Who and... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

10:30pm

Late Night Karaoke
Back for a second night due to popular demand--join us for some Fun and Nerdy Karaoke!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Bartleson

Lindsay Bartleson

Geek Diva Cosplay
Lindsay Bartleson started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship, performance, and Best In Show awards. She is now a master level costumer. She also has been a performance judge... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:30pm - 11:59pm
 Annapolis 3

10:30pm

Super Art Fight
The self-described Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe crash-lands into Escape Velocity! A unique mixture of pro-wrestling style storytelling, live art, and improv comedy, Super Art Fight is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Cheer on your favorite artists to victory, but look out for the random topics from the Wheel of Death! For more details, check out SuperArtFight.com.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:30pm - Sunday May 27, 2018 12:30am
 Annapolis 4
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am

Be Your Own Intelligence Analyst in the Era of Fake News
This is a non-partisan discussion focusing on how to find, review and evaluate contemporary reports on items of interest in international news.  Presented by Merle Robinson (former DoD analyst) and Robert Mosher (US foreign Service Retired).

Speakers
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

US Foreign Service (retired)
Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department) Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Annapolis 4

9:00am

Envisioning Sustainable Futures in Science Fiction Film
This presentation will explore elements of the challenge, obstacles, and efforts to envision sustainable future worlds and transitions in science fiction film. For decades, scientists have provided reports and warnings of growing global environmental and health threats – global warming, water crises, species extinctions, resource depletion and conflicts, overpopulation, and hunger. These concerns have in turn been the source of highly emotional international, national, and local policy debates as to the nature of the problems and solutions and how these might play out in the future. Cinema, especially science fiction, has drawn upon many of these same concerns in constructing future worlds and scenarios. Many of these films have thrilled audiences with frightening apocalyptic landscapes and oppressive dystopias. Another sub-genre, what might be described as “techno-fantasy,” builds stories around convenient future technological solutions allowing for interstellar flight and colonies, nanotechnical Aladdin’s lamps, and future sources of unlimited energy. While such films may be entertaining, they are not necessarily stories about how humanity might build upon current knowledge and action to effectively address our actual global threats. This presentation examines the challenge of science fiction film in constructing scientifically plausible scenarios and visions of humanity’s transition to ecologically sustainable futures. While such cinematic visions and narratives do not easily fit into the expected action vehicles identified with “science fiction”, there is nevertheless a deep and increasing need for hopeful and plausible visions of how positive futures might evolve.
The presentation explores how imagination and scientific knowledge in film can provide not simply entertainment and escape but hopeful visions and inspiration for humanity's creation of a sustainable future world.


Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Barber

Jeffrey Barber

President, Integrative Strategies Forum
I am currently researching how sustainability values, practices and systems are portrayed in popular culture, especially in science fiction and utopian novels, film and other media.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

10:00am

Artist Alley Stage Fright: Running Your First Table
Selling your art for the first time at a convention can be daunting, and there are many factors to consider, from the pricing to the type of items to sell. Artist Alley veterans from all levels of experience discuss their tips, tricks, and stories.

Moderators
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape VelocityAssistant Curator, Museum of Science FictionCurrently studying "Film and Fashion Makeup Design" at New Image College, Vancouver BC

Speakers
avatar for Dominique Vargo

Dominique Vargo

creator, Art by Dominique Vargo
I love to create moving surreal images with ebbs and flow, using pencils and also pen and ink.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Annapolis 4

11:00am

The Futurism of Walt Disney

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.



Speakers
avatar for Christian Moran

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
 Annapolis 4

11:00am

What the U.S. Navy Taught Me About Starfleet
Career naval analyst and SF-fan Christopher Weuve talks about the similarities and differences between the US Navy and Starfleet, including the structure and culture of the organizations, and the fundamental differences in the problems they are trying to solve. Starfleet and the US Navy share some important similarities but they actually are more different than you might think.  Come explore the ways that Starfleet and the US Navy are similar, and different.

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Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →

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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Baltimore 3

11:00am

Butterfly Kisses Screening and Q&A
" Found footage and urban legend come together in chilling fashion to spin this unsettling film, shot on location in Elicott City, Maryland. A videographer sorting through used tapes uncovers hours of footage of a young woman obsessed with an apocryphal figure known as “Peeping Tom.” Determined to uncover the mystery behind her fascination, he in turn loses himself in the vanished woman’s tale."

Join MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED Host, Brandon Troy, as he speaks to director, Erik Kristopher Myers, following the film.

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Brandon Troy

Host/Co-Creator, Movers & Shakers Unlimited
Brandon started his career from a young age on Film/TV. However, in the decades since, he has expanded his interests to producing, editing, and directing. If you don't find I'm at your local Con or expo, you be sure to find him on the COX Cable Series, MOVERS & SHAKERS UNLIMITED... Read More →

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Erik Kristopher Myers

Writer/Director
Erik Kristopher Myers is a filmmaker based out of Baltimore, Maryland, and an accomplished writer and film theorist.   His first feature film, Roulette, is an award-winning thriller that has taken home ten festival trophies, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film... 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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson A

12:00pm

Electromagnetic Rail Guns, Fact and Fiction, History and Potential
While the theory is sound and electromagnetic rail guns have worked well in the lab on a small scale for decades, operationalizing one into a practical weapon has been an engineering challenge. That hasn’t stopped science fiction authors and screenplay writers from employing them for everything from infantry rifles to starship battles.

As a weapon, a rail gun will launch an extremely high velocity projectile efficiently with a high rate of fire. Modern precision guidance techniques promise to make such systems revolutionize several warfare areas. And the engineering challenges appear to be getting nearer to solution, so soon these will no longer be entirely science fiction.

This lecture will discuss current developments in rail gun weapons, delve into the physics of these systems, attempt to separate fact and potential from fiction and fancy, and project their near-term use across a variety of warfare areas. Presented by Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., a submarine officer with 12 years’ experience at the Naval War College and with BS and MS degrees in physics.

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Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames. Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →

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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Baltimore 3

1:00pm

Desperately Seeking 21st Century Sci-Fi
Examination and encouragemnent of sci-fi media (primarily TV and movies) with an eye towards a 21st century mindset and SF's ability to examine and project possible solutions to modern and future scientific and cultural problems.

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Steven Lyle Jordan

Steven Lyle Jordan’s formative years were filled with NASA’s manned space program accomplishments, the science fiction TV and movies, and the environmental movements of the 1960s and 70s.  He thus developed a keen interest for science, the environment and the future, as well... 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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm

Changing The World Through (Fan-)Fiction
Fiction exists to entertain its audience, but it is also fundamental to shaping the evolution of society itself. Much fiction is based around the concept of new ideas; movies like The Matrix had us consider whether our world was a simulation, and the contemporary Westworld has sparked many a discussion about consciousness and personhood.

Yet fiction gives us something even more compelling, and more powerful, than merely exploring new ideas; it gives us stories about how to live our lives. Popular fiction provides society with scripts on what to expect, how to act, what's important in life, how to form relationships, what to aspire to, and commentary and scaffolding on almost every other part of our lives.

Intertwined with this has been the long, long tradition of writing fan-fiction; using an existing story or world to expand, explore, or re-invent. Disney solidly highlighted the power of fan-fiction by creating animated films that re-interpret fairy tales that were already familiar to audiences. Modern fan-fiction—while sometimes occupying a niche role—has taken this even further; and is now a powerful vehicle for the exploration of new concepts and ways of living our lives.

The creation of fan content also provides an important entry-point for many people—especially young women—into technical skills including programming, front-end development, media editing, and content management. We'll examine how current attitudes towards fan-content can be improved to increase diversity in the tech industry, and society as a whole.

A reading list and further resources will be provided for those wishing to learn 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 →

Staff
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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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm

DC Stunt Coalition
Watch Dc Stunt Coalition Demonstrate their action packed knowlege on the stage!

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Speakers
Staff
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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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

2:00pm

Starship Troopers: What’s All the Fuss?
A professional military analyst and life-long SF fan talks about why Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers was a controversial book (and a horrible movie).



Speakers
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Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →

Staff
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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Baltimore 3