Conference History

2011 Conference

Friday, September 9- September 10, 2011

Events included:

Session 1: Panel - Technology/Literature
“New Technology and The Twilight Zone” by Ari Kissiloff
“Spoken Word Multimedia Presentation” By Matteo Wyllyamz

Session 2: Production Style
“Earth Creature in his Native Habitat: Suburban Alienation in The Twilight Zone” by Andrew James Myers

Session 3: Music
“No Time Like the Past: Hearing Nostalgia in The Twilight Zone” by Reba Wissner

Session 4: Gender/Diversity
“A Dimension of Sight, Sound, Mind…and Gender?: The Twilight Zone” by Katrina A. Fraley

Session 5: Panel - Fear of Technology/Alienation
“That Does Not Compute: Reflecting Technophobia in The Twilight Zone” by Jeffrey J. Bianchine
“America’s Twilight Zone of 1946-1964: The Art of Alien-Nation” by Christopher Cappelluti

Session 6: Panel - Human Rights/Inequality
“Paranoia, Intercultural Conflict and Social Inequality: An Analysis of ‘The Shelter’ and ‘The Big Tall Wish’ by Michael A. Moodian
“Social Justice from The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling as Human Rights Activist” by Hugh A.D. Spencer

Session 7: The Twilight Zone Convergence
“How to Get to The Twilight Zone: Convergence, Crossing Over, and the Transformation of the Viewer” by Richard Rees

Session 8: Panel - Religion
“Montage, Metaphor and Homage to The Twilight Zone: The Christian Performance of Belief in New Media Politics” by Rachel Wagner
“God, Conformity and The State in The Twilight Zone” by Amy Boyle Johnston

Session 9: Panel - Rod Serling's The Night Gallery
“Where Else Would You See a Story Like This: H.P. Lovecraft Adapted for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery" by Don Pizarro
Rod Serling's The Night Gallery’s Titanic ‘Lone Survivor’ Episode: An Underwater Archaeologist’s Perspective of a Rod Serling Maritime Story” by Joseph W. Zarzynski

Session 10: Panel - The Twilight Zone
“Toyland Terror in The Twilight Zone: The Philosophical Connections of ‘Five Characters in Search of an Exit’” by Tim Madigan
“Character Actors in The Twilight Zone” by Otto Bruno
"The Therapeutic Uses of The Twilight Zone" by Glenn Odden

Session 11: Politics/Presidency
“Turning the White House Black: Thirty-Six Years Before Barak Obama, Rod Serling’s The Man Brought the First African-American President to Power” by Tony Albarella and Gordon Webb

Session 12: Serling Scriptwriting Contest
Discussion of winning scripts, themes and comments from winners. Coordinated by Nick Sagan. To read the winning scripts, click here.

The Twilight Zone Marathon
Featuring classic TZ episodes “on the big screen,” along with Serling outtakes, bloopers, commercials and
other features.


 

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