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Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

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CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano are tasked with the mission of destroying a computer virus called "Soviet Union". They enter the system using VR but the mission turns into a trap.

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Special Advanced Screening

Director Alexandre O. Philippe tells the untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious.

Industry Panel Guests

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Chris LeDoux

Founder / Senior VFX Supervisor of Crafy Apes
Alaskan born and bred, Chris earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and sociology, but his fascination with cinema and filmmaking instead led him to the world of visual effects. Now a veteran of the film industry, Chris’s impressive résumé includes compositing and VFX supervision on numerous films and TV shows, including 12 Years A Slave, Doctor Strange, The Greatest Showman, and Better Call Saul, among others.
A gifted storyteller, Chris has also directed many music videos and led visual effects teams for U2, Chris Cornell, New Kids on the Block, and Paramore, just to name a few.

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Jon Gossier

Founder / CEO - Southbox Entertainment
Executive Producer who invests or co-finances film and TV projects.

Prior to his work in film, Jon spent ten years in venture capital and tech.  Southbox Entertainment is an independent motion picture and television production company specializing in finance, co-finance, and development. With offices in both Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA, Southbox was originally founded in 2017 in Philadelphia, PA when Founder and CEO Jon Gosier exited 10 years in tech and venture capital.

Alum of Savannah College of Art and Design and the THNK School of Creative Leadership and Innovation. Guest lecturer and presenter at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Lund University in Sweden, NYU, Rollins College, Wharton, Temple, Drexel, U Penn and more.

Writers Scope

Women in Sci-fi

Celebrating Octavia E. Butlers reissue of her most popular works: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents. Q & A discussion on the importance of these books and how they relate to our current climate.

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Emily Dean

Director of an upcoming episode of Netflix's Love, Death + Robots. Emily Dean is a creator, filmmaker, and artist from Australia living in LA. An Asian-Australian American Dean started drawing at age 3, making films at age 12, and working professionally as a storyboard artist for TV commercials at age 15. Her credits as a story artist include THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, sci fi thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS, and the Academy Award winning animated short HAIR LOVE. Emily currently has a number of feature and streaming projects currently in development and is also working on an original graphic novel. For more info visit emilydean.net

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Amanda Weiss

Also joining the Women in Sci-fi panel is, AMANDA WEISS. She will discuss how new works by female Asian and Asian American authors articulate new visions of a transnational Asian future.

Amanda Weiss is Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology and a graduate of Clarion Workshop.  Her current research project is on collective memory in Chinese and Japanese media productions.

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Sebastian Alvarado

Sebastian Alvarado, author of The Science of Marvel and faculty member at Queens College City University of New York and CEO of Thwacke Consulting, a science consulting firm for the entertainment sector.And by the way, Alvarado can Shrink ANTS!!With a decade of consulting for various intellectual properties, he will share approaches to communicate science in various forms of media ranging from television, film, and video games. He will share strategies that creatives can use in carrying out their research and how to get the most out an"expert" in the field. More specifically, he will discuss designing plausibility in "hard" sci-fi by crafting fiction within the gaps of scientific zeitgeist.

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George Weinstein

Other guest speakers include, The Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) former president and author, George Weinstein.He will discuss how AWC helps authors learn the craft & business of writing and details on the upcoming conference October 25-26, 2019