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Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm EDT

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.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Fenwick

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
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 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm EDT

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

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 →

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