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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

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Baltimore 3
 
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

11:00am EDT

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.

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
avatar for Erik Kristopher Myers

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 →

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 11:00am - 12:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Pop Culture, Film

1:00pm EDT

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.

Moderators
avatar for Steven Lyle Jordan

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 →

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 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4