Phoenix Rising; May 17-21, 2007; New Orleans, LA

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Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising took place May 17-21, 2007. Please feel free to view this archival version of our website, and to visit the Narrate Conferences, Inc. website for information about future events.

Keynote Presentations

During the course of Phoenix Rising, attendees will have the opportunity to hear Phoenix Rising's Guests of Honor at a series of Keynote Presentations. These specially arranged events will address transformation in writing and the arts with presentations by experts in topics from film to game design to children's literature.

Except for Vicky Dann's lectures, these Keynote Presentations require an additional cost ticket, which attendees can buy through our registration system.

Transformation: From Text to Technology | Transformation: From Influence to Inspiration | Transformation: From Boxes to Bookshelves and Beyond | Transformation: From Fan to Fandom | Transformation: From Screenplay to Film Score | Transformation: From Story to Screenplay


Transformation: From Text to Technology
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Grand Ballroom
Time: 12:00 noon — 2:00 p.m.; Friday, May 18, 2007
Cost: $40
Total Tickets: 200
Danny Bilson will present on the development and production of the Harry Potter video games by Electronic Arts, including his work with J. K. Rowling on their creation. He is Vice President of Intellectual Property Development for Electronic Arts; a Hollywood writer, director, and producer; and an instructor for the Interactive Media program in the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Lunch will be served.

Menu: Seasonal field greens garnished with Roma tomatoes, English cucumber, black olives and shredded carrot, with lemon herb dressing; bread; marinated and seared beef tenderloin tips tossed with shaved onions and fresh bell peppers, served on a bed of saffron rice (meat) OR grilled vegetables over rice (vegetarian); white chocolate bread pudding with a mocha chocolate crème anglaise; and coffee and iced tea.


Transformation: From Influence to Inspiration
Location: Musée Conti Wax Museum
Time: 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.; Friday, May 18, 2007
Cost: $20
Total Tickets: 150
Anne Hiebert Alton, professor of English at Central Michigan University and expert in children's, fantasy, and Victorian literature, will present on the various genres that have influenced the Harry Potter series, from folk tales to pulp fiction. Before the lecture, attendees will have private access to New Orleans' Musée Conti Wax Museum, which features historical exhibits and a "haunted dungeon." Cash bars will be available.


Transformation: From Boxes to Bookshelves and Beyond
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Grand Ballroom
Time: 12:00 noon — 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 2007
Cost: $40
Total Tickets: 200
Susan Aikens, Independent Reader Buyer at Borders, Inc., will speak on the myriad changes that the Harry Potter books have had on the publishing and bookselling industries, including the trends in what publishers accept and stores stock in fantasy and science fiction, the cross-over phenomenon between the adult and children's/young adult audience, and how new promotions, such as midnight release parties, became key pieces for promoting sales and connecting fans. Lunch will be served.

Menu: Classic Caesar salad; bread; woodland-style breast of chicken grilled and topped with applewood smoked bacon, wild mushroom ragout, and chef’s appropriate starch (meat) OR pasta primavera (vegetarian); southern pecan pie with cinnamon chantilly cream; and coffee and iced tea.


Transformation: From Fan to Fandom
Location: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Time: 6:00 — 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 2007
Cost: $55
Total Tickets: 300
World-renowned fandom and media studies academic Henry Jenkins will partner with founders of the Harry Potter fandom on this panel, including Melissa Anelli of The Leaky Cauldron; Simon Branford, formerly of FictionAlley; Jennie Levine of The Sugar Quill; and moderator Catherine Tosenberger. The panel will discuss, from both an academic and a practical standpoint, how an individual fan experience is turned into a collective fandom experience through the growth of online fan communities. This presentation includes admission to the Aquarium of the Americas, and dinner will be served in a unique "walking dinner" as attendees tour the Aquarium's exhibits.

Menu: Louisiana crab cake with remoulade sauce or roasted red pepper coulis; cajun crawfish pie; sun-dried tomato and chevre tartlette; mini asparagus crepe filled with herb cream cheese; Crèole smoked sausage in puff pastry with Crèole mustard sauce; pasta jambalaya with shrimp, cajun sausage and roast chicken; three-cheese tortellini in an arugula basil pesto sauce; pepper-coated roasted round of beef; roast garlic pork loin; eggplant ratatouille; praline sweet potatoes; bananas foster; coffee service. Please note that the tomato-and-chevre tartlette, the mini asparagus crepe, the three-cheese tortellini, the eggplant ratatouille, the praline sweet potatoes, and of course, the bananas foster are vegetarian. Cash bars will be available.


Transformation: From Screenplay to Film Score
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Grand Ballroom
Time: 9:00 — 11:00 a.m.; Sunday, May 20, 2007
Cost: $40
Total Tickets: 200
As part of a twist on the New Orleans jazz brunch, attendees can hear from Jon Burlingame, film scoring professor at the University of Southern California; writer for Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and Premiere, among other publications; and curator of the world's first museum exhibit on film scoring. Mr. Burlingame will speak about the Harry Potter film scores and how they impact the entirety of the films. Brunch will be served.

Menu: Pineapple cocktail; batter-dipped French toast with candied pecans and warm maple syrup; breakfast potatoes; chilled orange juice; coffee and tea.


Transformation: From Story to Screenplay
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Grand Ballroom
Time: 12:00 midnight to 1:00 a.m. nightly
Cost: Free to attendees, though squashy purple sleeping bags, for those who are interested, are $25 each and may be purchased through the registration system. We have sold out our supply of purple squashy sleeping bags, but still have plenty of seating available for Transformation: From Story to Screenplay — no ticket required!
Vicky Dann, of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Film and Television, will present a series of lectures before late-night screenings of the Harry Potter films. Attendees are encouraged to — as in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — view the films from the vantage point of a squashy purple sleeping bag, which may be purchased as part of the registration process for Phoenix Rising.


 
 
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