SCHEDULE CHANGE: Alex Kingston Spotlight moved to Saturday at 5 PM


Alex Kingston’s spotlight panel, which was originally scheduled for Saturday at 8 PM in Main Events, has been moved to Saturday at 5 PM (still in Main Events). It is switching places with Robert Axelrod’s spotlight panel.

This change has been reflected on the programming schedule on this site.


Intervention’s Hall Cosplay Contest!



Got a cool costume to show off at the con? Bring your best costumes to Intervention this year and you may just get a prize in our hall cosplay contest!

Over the course of the weekend, our head of press Angela Pritchett and our community manager Kara Dennison — award-winning cosplayers themselves — will be giving special pinback buttons to their favorite cosplayers! Each will be giving away one button a day, courtesy of the Button Down Pinback Party!

And if you’d like to buy high-quality photos of your cosplay, stop by the photo-op room between celebrity photos! You can get cool backdrops from all your favorite sci-fi shows to make your cosplay extra special! Check our programming schedule and go when there are no photo-ops on to get your own great pics!


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING: Robots vs. Monsters!

Our children’s programming track recently sent us a video of them testing out the robots our young attendees will be able to build this weekend. Check it out!

Come in Saturday morning at 10 AM to build your own mini-robot with your kids!

There are lots more cool things happening in this year’s Robots vs. Monsters-themed Children’s Programming track, including designing your own monsters, building escape pods, engaging in mini-battles, and getting voice-acting classes from special guests to help you perfect your monster or robot voice! Participants will also have the chance to design next year’s poster for the track.

Full details are available on our Children’s Programming page.


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!


PROGRAMMING SPOTLIGHT: Button Down Pinback Party


Tone E. Rome’s (Spritelings) contribution to The Button Down.

If there’s one thing geeks of all backgrounds have in common, it’s our love of pinback buttons. Go to any con and you’ll see them all over jackets and backpacks, declaring the wearer’s love for TV shows, video games, and Internet memes. Stephanie Byrd of Red Fish Rue Fish is taking the trend to the next level with The Button Down Pinback Party, a new social event launching at Intervention 7!

So what’s The Button Down, and what do we have to do to get our pinback on? We interviewed Stephanie to find out.

InterventionCon: So, first things first — tell us a little bit about yourself and your company, Red Fish Rue Fish.
Stephanie Byrd: I started Red Fish Rue Fish back in 2013. I am, in general, a ball of creative energy. But I didn’t simply want an outlet to sell my own creative output, I wanted to build a business that could also be helpful to others. In addition to selling my art and accessories, l also offer button making services for individuals, local small businesses, fundraisers and even parties.

IC: What inspired you to start the Button Down Pinback Party? What sorts of things are you hoping to do at your events?
SB: I’m a service oriented person, and that is how I run Red Fish Rue Fish. I really wanted a fun way to help connect people through creativity. I wanted to get people engaged creatively, and I wanted to help artists who were already very much engaged creatively to expand their reach. Buttons are a fun, non-intimidating medium. It’s a small space: you can write a word, you can make the whole thing a smiley face or you can draw something really intricate. So many people shrug and say things like “Oh, I’m not creative” or “Oh, I don’t have anything important to say” – and that’s just not true! At the same time, there are so many creators out there looking for opportunities to get their work in front of an audience. Button Down events get at both of those issues by providing a friendly space for people to create as well as collect. Conventions are such a great place for The Button Down because in addition to the love of buttons, there’s an existing friendly, open, creative environment to build upon.

The cross-pollination in the events is really exciting to me. Featured artists are able to engage by contributing to the limited edition collection for the year – sometimes as few as 24 buttons of a design are made. So there’s that collectability factor. I’ve been able to get non-print artists engaged, too. I didn’t want to do the live events in silence, and I thought what a great opportunity to get some new music out there. So I started reaching out to indie musicians and that’s how I was able to get Nate Maingard involved. Karan Ashley just crowdfunded a new movie called The Order, which launched right out the gate with this great logo, and she was happy to have logo buttons become one of the freebies. So here are all these independent creators who have never met and maybe have nothing to do with each other in terms of genre, helping each other to succeed while enabling their fans to be exposed to something they might not have been otherwise.

IC: Why do we as geeks love pinback buttons so much?
SB: Buttons are a really accessible way to our express ourselves! We geeks love seeing our favorite quotes and pop culture references on merch! We love getting into our fandoms and showing that we’re Team This or Team That. We’re also really serious about supporting the creators behind the things we love so being able to get our hands on even a small piece of that art is important and meaningful. Since they’re pretty affordable, there’s this fun, guilt free, instant gratification that goes along with snagging a few buttons at a con. There aren’t too many ways to show off your love for 18 different fandoms at the same time without going flat broke! Smaller buttons can also offer us a rare opportunity to add a geeky little something to our workwear. (You’re totally thinking about Office Space now, aren’t you? “Chotchkie’s” got a little carried away with their mandatory flair and enforcement!)

IC: So what can participants in The Button Down expect at Intervention 7? How can we prepare in advance to participate?
SB: At Intervention 7, participants will have the opportunity to swap buttons as well as make a button of their own to take home. If you’ve got pinback buttons tucked away in a drawer somewhere at home, dust ‘em off and bring ‘em out! If you’re an artist and you’ve got some buttons made up that you’d like to hand out, this is also a great opportunity for that. We’ll have some colored pencils available, but if you’ve got special markers or other supplies you’d like to use, bring those!

IC: Where can people go for more information?
SB: People can like and follow Button Down Pinback Party on Facebook. We also snagged www.buttondown.party as our Tumblr domain. Twitter updates happen through the @RedFishRueFish feed.

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