Five Questions with: Rachel Talalay!


Director/producer Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl, Doctor Who, Supergirl, Sherlock, and many more) will be joining us on Friday and Saturday of our event. But we caught her for a moment beforehand to chat about what she’s looking forward to later this month — and one big thing she’s looking forward to is talking with all of you!


InterventionCon: At Intervention, we take time to spotlight both fandom favourites and lesser-known creators. Is there a lesser-known creator you think our attendees should know about?

Rachel Talalay: I’ve been loving JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, but I’m not sure if really lesser known.
I am looking forward to making new discoveries.
Teach ME!

IC: Is there anything about your career now that you wish you’d known when you were just starting out?

RT: The great thing about my ignorance was that it meant I just fumbled forward and wasn’t thwarted.

I wish there had been female mentors available to me and I could have understood how important training and experience is. I didn’t even know what I didn’t know.
IC: If an attendee were to walk up to you at the event, what would you be most excited to chat with them about?

RT: I love talking about the actual work and fandoms and fans passion for other works, ideas, artistry. I like debating feminist issues. I’m happy to talk about my work, and love talking about Doctor Who, especially Heaven Sent. I am a bible of Nightmare on Elm Street — I once taught a 6 hour class on it. I like talking about Tank Girl. And I will happily talk about my movie “On The Farm” and the exploitation of women throughout the world.

On the other hand, I dislike generic questions “What’s a producer do?” “How did you get into the business? — which has a subtext of “can I follow your lead?”
Horrible questions are: “What it like working with…?” because the only answer to that is ‘great’, because I’m not about to drop some horror story, even if there is one. Do not ask me “What’s your favorite…? because trying to come up with one favorite paralyzes me — unless it’s something like ‘sports team’ or “chocolate chip cookie’ (Orioles/Tates)

I dislike being solicited for work or connections or things totally generic — ‘how do I become a director?’

I’m interested in the balance between fandom and the creator. I find this blurs in a way I don’t fully understand. I also like talking about moral complexity of the new political correctness. I like talking about allowing the world to have shades of gray, because ranters/haters are too black and white.

IC: Which of our other guests are you looking forward to seeing at Intervention?

RT: All of them, but I definitely want to go to the Thomas Dolby event.
I love Arthur Darvill — we worked together on Legends of Tomorrow.

IC: Is there anything else you’re looking forward to at the con?

RT: I love talking to the participants about what interests them.
I love hearing about people’s innovative ideas. I also like empowering diversity and change. Aand giving people the confidence to make their own choices.
Also, being a RockStar in my own mind is cool — well, sort of.


There will be lots more chances to hear from Rachel and our other guests — including Arthur Darvill, Thomas Dolby, René Auberjonois, and many more — at Intervention 7! Register now to join the party!


Thanks to our Enablers!


As the convention approaches, we’d like to thank our Enablers (listed here) for their extra generosity, as well as their faith in our event and what we do. Because of them, we have the resources to make this year’s event extra special.

Being an Enabler is its own reward, too! In addition to feeling awesome because you made Intervention extra-rocking, you get cool merch made by local artists! All Enablers are invited to our special Enabler Party, and those who go the extra mile get extra-cool perks like a special meet-and-greet with our guests, preferred seating at panels, and (at Level 7 and up) free basic admission to Intervention for life!

Register now and add an Enabler to be part of the fun!


Sept 1 at midnight = last chance to get con t-shirts

Sept 1 (tomorrow) at midnight is the LAST CHANCE to order your regular and VIP con T-Shirts for Intervention: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Future Media, designed by Oni Hartstein. Which is me. 3rd person me.

Not only are these the first things that I designed after the doctors restored my vision, but they are some of the best designs we’ve ever had and your purchase helps us make the con more awesome.

If you already registered (or are staff) you can upgrade by simply registering but only ordering a shirt. If you need help, just email contact@interventioncon.com



Thank you everyoen who has bought VIP levels and registered so far. We couldn’t do this without you and you mean so much to us. :)


For the Love of Spock — Coming to Greenbelt, MD!


Given the Star Trek 50th anniversary this year and our notably Trek-themed guest list, we’re really excited to tell our fans and attendees that For the Love of Spock is premiering in Maryland on Friday, September 9!

The Old Greenbelt Theater in Greenbelt, MD will be premiering this Leonard Nimoy biopic, directed by son Adam Nimoy, on the 9th, with showings (showtimes TBD) throughout the week. Raffles for movie posters will be held opening night, Saturday night, and during one of the Sunday matinees. A must for Trek fans!

Intervention fans can also win tickets to opening night! Just go to our Facebook page and share our post before Monday, September 5 at 11:59 PM to be entered. The winner will be announced the morning of Tuesday the 6th, and will receive two tickets to the September 9 premiere at the Old Greenbelt Theater!

LLAP, and good luck!

And if you want more Trek awesomeness, including the chance to meet René Auberjonois (Odo), Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Todd Haberkorn (Spock of Star Trek Continues), and many more, register now for Intervention 7!


Films showing at Intervention 7: Kosmos, Trekoff, T.R.A.C.E., and more!

Intervention has long supported indie filmmakers, both with programming tracks for directors and with showings of their films. Here’s a sneak peek at three of the films we’ll be showing in our video rooms: Kosmos, Trekoff, and T.R.A.C.E.!

Jeff Dahlgren, Virginia Hey, and Terry Molloy in Kosmos.

Jeff Dahlgren, Virginia Hey, and Terry Molloy in Kosmos.

Kosmos (2016) — Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-1 pm
Written and directed by Si Horrocks

Human genetics expert Philip Huyt battles to persuade doctors and family not to give up on his wife, Amy, who is in a coma and showing no signs of brain activity. Then a maverick health insurance rep Louis Lewis discovers something very strange – nobody seems to know why she’s in a coma. So Philip agrees to let Amy be a guinea pig for a new technology which can detect “psi-complexes” (dreams and memories) and must enter her mind to experience them himself, hoping to solve the mystery behind her condition before those who wish her dead are successful.
Originally aired as a multi-part webseries with episodes “unlocked” after the previous episode achieved a certain number of views, the complete version of Kosmos will be premiering in its entirety at Intervention 7! Made for sci-fi fans who like stories with a puzzle to unlock, like Lost or Twin Peaks, Kosmos has achieved a devoted fan following since its premiere last year.
“I’m so thrilled that Kosmos will be getting it’s first public screening at intervention Con this year. We had so much fun making the show, with a great cast which includes convention favourites Terry Molloy (Dr Who) , Virginia Hey (Farscape) and Jon Campling (Harry Potter). Everyone involved entered into the “do the best with what we have” nature of the production. Some moments in the production were a little anxiety causing – after raising £30,000 on Kickstarter.com, we found ourselves one week away from shooting, without a single location confirmed to shoot in. As we quickly discovered shooting in actual hospitals was prohibitively expensive, we had to be inventive. The hospital room in which Philip’s wife lies in the coma was created within a friend’s small artist studio – at the same time as we were shooting scenes in the office of a film school, in another part of town. The paint was still drying on the walls when we turned up to shoot! I hope you have as much fun watching as we did making it, and I also hope to bring you more Kosmos SciFi mystery in the future.” — Si Horrocks, writer/director

Trekoff: The Motion Picture (2016) — Friday and Saturday, 10 pm-midnight
Directed by Justin Timpane
TREKOFF: The Motion Picture, which will be screening in its entirety at INTERVENTION, is a feature length documentary-comedy which follows Justin and Alexia as they meet other Trek artists, visit a replica of the Enterprise, watch a Trek burlesque show, and perform live at Trek and geek-centered cons (including Intervention!) The independent Critic said: it had “so much heart and humor and NSFW set-ups that you simply can’t help but get caught up in its spirit.”
In addition to the showing of the film, there will also be a live Trekoff panel at the event Saturday at 9 PM, just before the second showing.
“First, come to that OTHER Trek movie event of 2016, and watch TREKOFF: The Motion Picture with us! This totally hilarious, sexy, NSFW voyage through Trek fandom will entertain, (possibly offend) and ultimately inspire you with its love of all things TREK! Then, stick around for our fan-favorite LIVE show, where we play TREK games, talk TREK news, and get sexy as HE double hockey sticks. The most fun you will have all weekend is here at TREKOFF!” — Justin Timpane

T.R.A.C.E.: A Doctor Who fan film (Episode 9) — Friday 4-5 pm, Saturday 10-11 am, Sunday 1-2 pm
Written and directed by Johnny K. Wu

Johnny K. Wu, a veteran award winning filmmaker with an MBA specializing in branding, is a known hall of fame inductees martial artists, has been producing events, making branding/marketing visual into reality for businesses from small to fortune 500 businesses since 1998. He is well known and respected within the Asian Pacific American community in Ohio, co-founded the Cleveland Asian Festival, as well as recognized by ethnic cultural groups as the Producer for Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ One World Day and many others.

Wu also one of the pioneers to help engage the Cleveland’s independent filmmakers’ industry by giving back and helping local talents and creating the Cleveland IndieClub monthly get-together that started in October 2003.

He is the owner of his media branding production company called Media Design Imaging with several award winning films with worldwide distribution including: WILL, Die from a Broken Heard, S: A Superman Fan Film, OCA Image TV. The Rapture, just finished with Wu Xia A Martial Arts Tango short film and currently working on a webseries  fan film called T.R.A.C.E. A Doctor Who Fan Film Webisode with over 45,000 views each episode.


In addition to these, there will be more films showing in the video room over the weekend — including episodes of Star Trek Continues, Of Dice and Men, and more! Check our programming schedule for the complete listing.

Justin Timpane and Johnny K. Wu will also be appearing on panels to help you learn about filmmaking and starting your own projects.

If you’re an indie filmmaker, considering becoming one, or just really love fan films, register for Intervention now for the full experience!

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