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Mary Chieffo from Star Trek Discovery at #FarpointCon2020!

Please join us in welcoming Mary Chieffo, the actor behind Star Trek Discovery‘s Klingon High Chancellor L’Rell, to our Farpoint family of legendary guests! Mary will be joining already announced guests Penny Johnson Jerald from The Orville and Anthony Montgomery from Star Trek Enterprise for all 3 days of the convention.

Mary received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Juilliard in 2015, winning the Elizabeth Smith Voice and Speech Prize and the Saint-Denis Prize for “Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Drama.” In her fourth year, she took on the title character in Erica Schmidt’s all-female Macbeth, reprising the role with Schmidt in 2016 for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s The Other Season. After portraying Iago in October 2015 for Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s all-female Othello, Mary participated in workshops of Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers—a one-woman show written by Grammy Award-winning Suzanne Vega and Tony- and Grammy Award-winning Duncan Sheik. She performed the piece at the Sherry Theatre in LA and at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX in March and August of 2016. Mary stars as Jane in the upcoming webseries Digital Detox—a futuristic rendering of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper—opposite her fellow Juilliard classmate Justin Lawrence Barnes, directed by Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Mary hopes to use her newfound Star Trek platform to bring about greater intersectional gender equality in front and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry and beyond. To that end, Mary is currently producing, writing, and starring in a feminist, gender, and color conscious Shakespeare adaptation alongside Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions. She is thrilled to reveal more details about the project soon!

Welcome Anthony Montgomery from Star Trek Enterprise!

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Anthony Montgomery received a B.S. in Performance Theatre and Drama from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Early in his career, he guest starred on such shows as J.A.G., Charmed, Frasier and the Showtime original series, Resurrection Blvd. Anthony got his “big break” with a recurring role as George Auston on the WB television series, Popular.

In 2001, Anthony landed a series-regular role on Star Trek: Enterprise as Ensign Travis Mayweather. For the next four years, Anthony piloted Enterprise’s NXO1 into many adventures and into the hearts of loyal Star Trek fans around the world. Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005.

After taking time away from entertainment to focus on family, Anthony returned to acting in 2007, landing the lead role of Jay Brooks in the critically acclaimed independent feature film, I’m Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks).  The Romantic Comedy received 10 awards on the film festival circuit, including seven Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature Film, before being acquired by Image Entertainment for national distribution.

Anthony pursued a different artistic interest and released his debut Hip Hop music album, A.T., in 2008. The album makes Anthony the first actor in the Star Trek franchise to release music in the Hip Hop genre. A.T. was distributed internationally through Universal Music Group, via Anthony’s German-based record label, AGR Television Records. Anthony continues to record and do live performances when his schedule permits.

In 2011, Anthony landed a role on the Daytime Television series, General Hospital, and was placed on contract with the show in 2015 as expert psychiatrist and government profiler Dr. Andre Maddox.

Anthony launched his own sci-fi franchise called Miles Away in April 2013, about a teenage boy who develops a superhuman ability, finds alien battle armor, partners with a shadowy organization to battle evil, allies with alien refugees and falls into an interstellar war as he explores his family’s dark past.

Learn more about Anthony Montgomery at his official site.

#FarpointCon2020 Dates Announced!

We are happy to announce that our contract for Farpoint Convention 27 has been signed with the Delta Hotel by Marriott Hunt Valley, MD and #FarpointCon2020 will be held February 21 – 23, 2020!

And for even more good news, our contract with the hotel allows us to offer sleeping room rates at the SAME price as 2018 and 2019 – $125/night before tax! The link to reserve your room will be posted shortly.

Pre-registration for #FarpointCon2020 will open in April 2019 after our budget is approved. We are already looking at potential guests for next year. If you have any thoughts, please send them to us at contact@farpointcon.com.

Make sure to bookmark this website, and follow us on Facebook (Farpoint Convention) and Twitter (@FarpointCon) to receive updates as they are published.

Farpoint Convention 2019 Celebrity Guests Announced!

If you were at ShoreLeave this year or on social media shortly thereafter you were among the first to get the word on our newly announced guests, who have been invited to Farpoint 2019 in response to members’ requests for guests and content from the fantastic worlds of animation.

Legendary voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen will be joining us at Farpoint 2019 this February! Maurice and Rob are known for their team up as “Pinky and The Brain” in the beloved series of the same name. Maurice is also known for his work as “Yosemite Sam” in the new LOONEY TUNES series, “Aiwei” in THE LEGEND OF KORRA, “Doctor Doom” in ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN and as “Calculon” and “Morbo” in FUTURAMA. He has provided multiple supporting voices for THE SIMPSONS, ADVENTURE TIME, RICK AND MORTY and many other classic animated series. Rob is known as “Yakko Warner” in the classic ANIMANIACS (coming in 2019 to Netflix!) and “Donatello” in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and has worked on series as diverse as SAMURAI JACK, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, and BEN 10 OMNIVERSE. Both Rob and Maurice have spent time as themselves in front of the camera, too. Rob is the creator and host of the popular TALKIN’ TOONS web series where he talks with the most popular actors working in the animation industry today and both he and Maurice were featured in the documentary film I KNOW THAT VOICE, which continued as a series early in 2018 on most streaming services.

Maurice and Rob will join the iconic actor Wallace Shawn (STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, TOY STORY, YOUNG SHELDON) in our 2019 celebrity guest lineup. All 3 have been invited to attend our Friday Cocktail Party/Opening Ceremony and will be meeting and signing for attendees on Saturday and Sunday. Convention members receive 1 complimentary signature from the celebrity guest of their choice on both Saturday and Sunday (weekend convention members thus receive 2 signatures total) on either the convention program book or an item the member brings from their personal collection to be signed.

Follow the links on our website Guests page to learn more about each of our celebrity guests. The guest lists for each program track are listed on the track’s page under Programming. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this February!

Just Announced! – Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn, “Vizzini” from Princess Bride

We are thrilled to announce our first celebrity guest for 2019 – Wallace Shawn! You know his face and his voice from his diverse movie and television roles. Wallace Shawn is known as “Vizzini” from The Princess Bride, “Rex” in Disney’s Toy Story series, “Zek” in Star Trek Deep Space Nine,  “Mr. Hall” in Clueless, and his unmistakable voice can be heard in “Teacher’s Pet”, “The Incredibles”, “Family Guy”, “Kung Fu Panda” and many more roles. Wallace will be appearing at Farpoint all 3 days, attending the Friday evening cocktail party and opening ceremonies and speaking and signing on Saturday and Sunday. The links to purchase your membership tickets and reserve hotel rooms can be found here on our website. Join us for a rare opportunity to meet this movie and television legend!

Thank You For a Great 25th Year!

Our Silver Anniversary Was Solid Sterling!

Thank you to everyone who attending #FarpointCon2018.  We have received wonderful feedback from our attendees and guests with appreciation for the fun they had at our 25th anniversary convention and great ideas for the future.

We’re proud to share with you all that Matt Frewer, Nana Visitor, Nora McLelland and Timothy Zahn all had a fantastic time at Farpoint and would love to come back and join us again. The appreciation of our guests and their desire to return stems just as much from our work as organizers as it does from you, our attendees! Farpoint has a solid reputation in the convention community as a place where guests can meet and spend quality time with interested (and interesting) fans and where attendees can talk with our guests in a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. Each of you helps make Farpoint the great weekend it is through your interest, generosity and participation and we couldn’t do it without you!

The Delta Hotel by Marriott was a wonderful home for us in 2018 and we will be returning there for our 26th Farpoint on February 8-10, 2019. Good news for us all – the 2018 room rate of $125.00 per night will stay in place for 2019! The room block will be available for reservations in the spring. Most of you are aware that the Delta Hotel by Marriott Hunt Valley went under auction this week. As far as we know it will continue to operate under the same branding with the same staff, although perhaps under different ownership. We will keep you informed as we learn anything new.

Please stay in touch with us here through our website (http://www.farpointcon.com/contact-us/), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FarpointCon/) and on Twitter (@FarpointCon). We are interested in your ideas for our programs and guests. Thank you again for a great #FarpointCon2018 – here’s to #FarpointCon2019.

A Year in #ConLife, Part 2

Sharon, your friendly neighborhood convention co-chair here, with the next part in our blog series talking about our year in #ConLife as we get ready for #FarpointCon2018!

Our last entry covered venue selection. Now that we have our venue, the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Hunt Valley, MD (formerly the Hunt Valley Inn) it is time for guest selection. Farpoint is very lucky to have a wonderful group of supportive industry professionals – science fiction and comic writers, scientists and performers – who attend as guests on a regular basis. It is important, however, that we never assume that any of these in demand pros are coming. They are among our first outgoing invitations for the next year, informing them of the dates and venue with our hope that they will be able to join us again.

Along with our beloved “regulars” we begin looking at potential celebrity guests. Selecting a celebrity guest is quite complicated. It starts with looking at the budget. The appearance fee for a celebrity guest is paid in one of two ways: the convention pays the entire fee upfront allowing the guest to provide signatures and photo ops at no charge or the convention guarantees the guest will make an agreed upon amount from attendees paying for the guest’s signature and/or photo op. In the latter case, the convention agrees to pay the guest the difference if the sales do not reach the guaranteed amount. As such, it is important for the convention to understand their level of attendance and the potential for each guest to make their minimum sales guarantee and then ensure the convention has sufficient funds to cover any guarantee shortfalls in a worst case scenario. The convention will also be paying for the celebrity’s airfare, hotel and meals during the weekend, and possibly the same for an assistant sent along by the booking agent. Another potential expense is the cost of the photos the guest will be signing. Who pays for the photos is an item to be settled when negotiating the guest’s appearance agreement. Travel costs are part of the upfront expenses a convention needs to cover, along with supplies, equipment rentals, printing of programs, schedules and signs, and deposits to the venue. A convention must make sure that they have sufficient funds to pay for all of these costs.

Once we determine the amount of money we have available to pay the expenses for celebrity guests, we look at the input we have received from our attendees on who they would like to see and consider which TV shows, movies, comics and books people are interested in. This gives us a list of names for potential guests. We contact agents we know work with the potentials on our list to find out the appearance requirements for each. Our agent friends also provide suggestions on potential guests with their requirements.

The fee requirements data allows us to focus on potential guests who match the best with Farpoint. We then select guests to make offers to and submit the offers through the agent. Our normal process is to submit to one guest at a time as we do not want to over commit our available funds. Whether the guest accepts our offer is completely out of our control. That decision comes down to the guest’s anticipated availability for a convention appearance in February and their personal desire to do an appearance. Some celebrities also do not wish to book an appearance more than 3-4 months out to limit the possibility of their having to cancel because of a change in their work schedule. When all of the factors come together, we are able to sign an agreement and announce the guest’s appearance. We will be announcing our first #FarpointCon2018 guests at Balticon 51, being held on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29, 2017) at the Renaissance Hotel Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

Our table at Balticon 51 is the latest in our series of publicity displays at conventions throughout the year. Normally, Farpoint will do a table trade with other conventions where they provide us a table to set up our display at to meet people and we provide them the same at the next Farpoint. In a few instances, we will purchase a table in the convention’s dealer area as the organization does not offer table trades yet their event is in a geographic area and/or date range we wish to hit. We use our appearances at other conventions to hand out our latest Farpoint flier and introduce attendees to another opportunity for them to gather with fellow fans.

Between Part 1 of our #ConLife series and Part 2 (this entry), Farpoint has attended CreatorCon in Silver Spring, MD, FurTheMore in Tysons Corner, VA, and the Anne Arundel Public Library Comic Con in Odenton, MD. We highly recommend all 3 of these events as places fans can meet and have fun together. CreatorCon (http://www.creatorconfestival.com/) focuses on original art and technology to encourage fans to create on their own and to network with other creators. FurTheMore (http://www.furthemore.org/) initially began as an event focusing exclusively on the Furry community but over the years has expanded to cover costuming, cosplay, and pop culture, and welcomes furries and non-furries alike for a weekend of workshops, discussions and fun. The Anne Arundel Public Library Comic Con (http://www.aacpl.net/comic-con) is a free event spotlighting comics, literature and superheroes. Many public library systems are offering these fun one day community events and we encourage everyone to attend their local library event as it occurs.

Coming up on our publicity tour is:

AwesomeCon  June 16-18, 2017 in Washington DC,
ShoreLeave July 7-9, 2017 in Hunt Valley MD
StarQuest  in Frederick MD.
If you are attending any of these events, please stop by the Farpoint Convention display to say hello.

Our next #ConLife blog will continue to talk about more experiences from our publicity tour and follow our programming team as they begin to build the schedule for #FarpointCon2018. Thank you for supporting Farpoint Convention and please share our online presence with your friends.

Autographs and Photos FAQ

Autographs and Photos – A Frequently Asked Question
Fans discovering Farpoint Convention for the first time often ask about our way of providing autographs and photos with celebrity guests, because many of them discover us through our appearances at local comic cons where autographs and photos are handled differently.
Our convention attendees do not need additional tickets for autographs/photos at Farpoint. Our roots are in the original Star Trek fandom and we honor these roots by staying “old school” with fans’ interactions with our guests. All of our celebrity guests are available at their signing stations throughout Saturday and Sunday at the convention for you to meet and get autographs and photos. Each attendee receives one signature Saturday and one Sunday from the celebrity of their choice on an item from their personal collection or the program book at no additional charge. Our guests will, of course, have additional items available for sale at their station. You can choose the time when you want to stop by to meet Sam around your enjoyment of the 200+ hours of panel discussions, activities and games we plan throughout the weekend.
We do not offer professional photo opportunities. As a small convention of between 800 and 1000 attendees we do not offer professional photographers the volume of “throughput” they desire at a convention. Our guests will normally take photos with the fan’s camera at their table. It is up to the guest whether they will charge a fee for the at the table photo. Most guests will charge $0 to $20 at the most.
We provide our guests with escorts and assistants as needed throughout the weekend from our team to assist them and our attendees. This level of trust from our guests is a reflection on both our wonderful community of friendly fans and our 24 years of experience running Farpoint Convention. We are very proud of Farpoint Convention’s reputation as a place where fans and guests can interact in a relaxed, safe and fun atmosphere.
One of the other advantages of being a smaller convention is that our celebrity guests are able and willing to do additional activities with us. For example, both Sam Witwer and Enver Gjokai will be attending our Opening Ceremonies on Friday night (unless there are travel issues). They may also be participating in our traditional radio play performance by Prometheus Radio Theatre, which will be a one-time opportunity for you to see them in action live. Sam and Enver are planning to judge our Masquerade competition on Saturday evening. It is also not surprising for attendees to run into our guests at the bar or karaoke party during the weekend. All of our guests tend to mix and mingle with us throughout the weekend, allowing everyone to visit and chat at their leisure.
Additional autograph opportunities are available with our author and scientist guests. If you like to get all your books signed and pick up copies of your favorite author’s new book at one time, make plans to attend our Book Fair on Friday evening after the Opening Ceremonies. Our author and scientist guests are available at other times throughout the weekend for meeting fans and signing your copies of their books or your program book. They will sign your personal copy at no charge and are always glad to share information on their latest projects.
Convention attendees can purchase tickets now at http://www.farpointcon.com/register/ and book their hotel room at http://www.farpointcon.com/hotel-information/.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this February!

Farpoint 24

Farpoint 24 will be held on February 17-19, 2017 (President’s Day weekend)! Our convention is returning to the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore in Timonium, MD. The Radisson has extended the $121 per night before taxes room rate, which they lowered for us in 2016, for our 2017 convention too!

This loyalty to us and our attendees is one of the reasons we decided to return to the Radisson for 2017. As promised, we received proposals from multiple hotels after our 2016 Radisson contract was completed. The Hunt Valley Inn and Hilton BWI Airport Hotel sent us 2017 proposals along with the Radisson. The Hilton pricing would have caused us to pass on a large ticket price increase to our fans, which was not acceptable. The Hunt Valley Inn bid was also higher, though closer in price to the Radisson, but they could not give us our preferred President’s Day weekend dates.

The Radisson did not raise room rate prices from the 2016 rate. The increase to us for meeting space is small enough that we do not have to raise convention ticket prices or table prices for the FIFTH year in a row, which is coupled with lower service charges than both the Hunt Valley Inn and the Hilton. Everyone attending the Open Committee Meeting at the end of the convention last month agreed that the hotel’s services were markedly improved over 2015. Many of the remaining issues we have with the Radisson will be addressed by the conference floor remodel that is commencing in April 2016. All of this, coupled with the Radisson being able to give us our preferred President’s Day weekend dates, led us to the conclusion that the Radisson will again offer us the best option in hotel size and pricing for 2017.

We look forward to your joining us again at Farpoint 24!

 

Museum of Science Fiction’s Escape Velocity!

Farpoint Convention is proud to announce our teaming with the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC as a participant in the inaugural Escape Velocity, scheduled for July 1-3, 2016 at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor in Maryland.

Escape Velocity is a micro world’s fair to promote science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. It’s mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in STEAM by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine.

Farpoint will be participating in programming at Escape Velocity and has been invited to exhibit in the vendor’s hall for the weekend. As a special bonus to Farpoint 2016 attendees, a special “Farpoint at Escape Velocity” level has been set up as a Escape Velocity Kickstarter reward at the $60 level. For donating at this level, you will receive 1 standard 3 day ticket to Escape Velocity, a commemorative pin, a special edition MoSF/Star Trek 50th tee and an Escape Velocity Launch Crew wristband that gets you early access to some areas of the event, first option to purchase VIP add-ons, a 10% discount on Escape Velocity merchandise and other perks. AND the wristband privileges are good for future years too!

The Escape Velocity Kickstarter can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1372925676/escape-velocity

Scroll down the rewards list until you see “Farpoint at Escape Velocity” at the $60 level.

We hope we’ll see you there!