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Media – Film, TV and Beyond

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Title: brighter sides and way better halves: the evil twin in post modern television
Description: Do you have a goatee? you may already be your own evil twin. Panelists discuss the allure of the evil twin trope in modern media, and where it has been used or abused.

Title: Disability Representation in Pop Media
Description: With Furiosa taking the spotlight in the most recent Mad Max film, let’s take a look at exactly how those of us with disabilities, or care for those with disabilities, are portrayed. Do assistive devices help us be strong and capable, or are they little more than a prop?
Participants: Tina Beychok, Cathy Udovch, Joseph Greene

Title: How Game of Thrones Will End: The Influences Driving the Show and All the Paths It May Take
Description: Game of Thrones takes its story from many influences: the War of the Roses, King Arthur, Norse and Celtic myth as well as modern classics. Will the story end like Lord of the Rings or completely invert it? How about Ragnarok with its three-year Winter of the Winds and Winter of the Wolf? Pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel examines the sources and predicts the likeliest Game of Thrones ending. By tracing the prophecies of the early books, which correspond directly to the steps of the heroine’s journey, Daenerys’s surprising path becomes clear as she will “wake the dragon” and harness a surprising magic. Is Jon Snow destined to be her lover, her nemesis, her sacrifice, or all three? And what of Bran? Or Tyrion? What does Varys really want? In the end, the key to salvation lies in the forgotten lore hidden at Oldtown and Dragonstone, in the words of the Faceless Men and the Red Priests. For the endless winter is dark and full of terrors…and it’s coming. No show spoilers, but lots of speculation.
Participants: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Title: NOBILITY Producer’s Cut Screening
Description: Come see the Remastered Producer’s Cut of this epic love note to Sci-Fi featuring the Heroes you’re NOT looking for – but the ones Humanity needs. This star-studded action/adventure story is the perfect mash-up of Action, Drama, and Comedy! In the tenor of Farscape & Doctor Who, Nobility stars Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Darren Jacobs (Royal Shakespeare Company), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Ellen Dubin (Lexx), and James Kyson (Heroes).
Participants: E.J. De la Pena

Title: Roddenberry’s Forgotten Dreams
Description: From the TOS episode “Assignment: Earth” until Star Trek: The Motion Picture Gene Roddenberry attempted to launch a number of SF television programs that never progressed beyond an aired pilot. Join us as our panel discusses the shows that might have been.
Participants: Robert Mitchell Evans, Daryl G Frazetti

Title: Sound Effects in SF&F Film and TV
Description: Hear how the sound effects were created on many classic SF&F films & TV shows from experts in the field
Participants: Steve Lee, Richard Anderson, Mark Mangini

Title: Space Command
Description: Preview screening of first the episode with cast.
Participants: Doug Jones, Mira Furlan, Marc Zicree, Ron Thornton, David Raiklen.

Title: The Book Doesn’t Matter!
Description: Oh, the movie was good, but it skipped so many things in the book”! So goes the cry of the source-material evangelists. Well, who cares? In this exercise of painting a target on himself, YouTuber Victor Frost will tell you why movie adaptations need not be faithful to the source and, in fact, are probably better if they aren’t.
Participants: Victor Frost

Title: The Sci-Fi YOU Want To See!
Are the big studios delivering what you, the fans, truly want? Are big budgets and effects filling the space that stories deserve? Is honoring tradition more important than fresh takes on old character arcs? Join creators and actors of your favorite projects to discuss the current state of Sci-Fi, and how independent projects are filling the void to deliver stories that fans crave.
Participants: E.J. De la Pena

Title: Video Games and Twitter: Storytelling in the Modern Age
Description: The world is changed and the way we tell stories is changing with it. We live the life of Captain Martin Walker, of Dovahkiin, and of Commander Shepard. We see stories unfolding in real time through our phones. Let’s explore these mediums that compel us to dig into the story.
Participants: Victor Frost

Title: Youtube ate my media!
Description: How the internet has revolutionized content distribution, making it cheaper than ever to get your content out, but also changing the model of monetization. How do new models of moetization affect the type, theme, and character of content produced? What media is created now that could never have made it in the monolithic network media model?