Luciana Carro | “Kat” of Battlestar Galactica added to StarFest

Luciana Carro

Luciana Carro
Louanne "Kat" Katraine of Battlestar Galactica

Because she was a rather shy girl, Luciana was encouraged by her parents to take acting classes. Her high school drama teacher Gerry Campbell (father of actress Neve Campbell) was impressed by the young woman’s talent. Accordingly, he convinced her to pursue an acting career and take theater classes.

After moving to Vancouver to establish herself in the TV and film industry, she was able to book recurring roles on award-winning series like The Chris Isaak Show, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Smallville, and The L Word. Encouraged by these early successes, Luciana continued playing a diverse range of characters on different shows and in several movies.

She is best known to fans for her portrayal of the Viper pilot Louanne "Kat" Katraine on the critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series Battlestar Galactica. Originally, Luciana was hired as a day player for "Act of Contrition", an early episode of season one. However, based on her performance, she was brought back and her role expanded. Her character was developed and played a pivotal role in several storylines.

Luciana Carro Battlestar GalacticaWorking alongside Academy Award nominees Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, Luciana’s "Kat" came a long way. Eventually Kat was promoted to Galactica’s CAG (Commander, Air Group). The evolution of this multilayered and complex character provided Luciana with the chance to showcase her wide range of acting abilities.

During her time on Battlestar Galacticaand she continued to work on TV and film projects: Murder at the Presidio (starring Lou Diamond Phillips); Young Blades, Two for the Money, Smallville, Dr. Dolittle 3, Everwood (4 episodes), and Killer Instinct.

Subsiquent to Galactica, she has appeared in the movie Blades of Glory, Hidden Palms, Snowglobe, Phantom Racer, and Urgency. Here genre projects include recurring roles on Caprica and The Icarus II Project. This year, her most recent project Traveling at the Speed of Life – a 20 somthing Drama will be released.

Please extend a warm welcom to Luciana, this will be her first StarFest appearance. She is attending the Friday Night Meet & Greet and be available for autograph and photo sessions throughout the weekend. She is scheduled to appearance on the Main Events Stage for a Q&A session on Sunday.

Marc Alaimo Autograph Ticket Marc Alaimo Photo Session TicketFriday Night Meet & Greet

BATTLESTARFEST 2011?

StarFest HorrorFest and ComicFest HotelsAfter Action Report
April 16-18, 2010
Denver, CO

It was the best of cons, it was the best of cons.

It began as a series of BSG panels and ended as the largest and most ambitious series of events that the crew of the Stormbringer has ever produced. We started off by asking the StarLand Convention promoters if we could host an entire programming track for Battlestar Galactica instead of just running a convention table like most other clubs. As there was nothing in the way of BSG programming this year and no BSG guest on the line up, we were able to fill a needed gap and the convention organizers were elated to see what we had planned for the weekend. In fact, what I had submitted was approved across the board and both KathE and Susan were fantastic in providing us with an excellent convention room for our activities in what turned out to be the perfect location. Now all we needed were fans.

And fans we got… in abundance!

Over the course of the weekend our room was packed wall to wall with people having fun and enjoying all that STARFEST had to offer the public. Since this was the first time we had done an entire weekend of programming including an overnight drive in theater on both Friday and Saturday… some things went better than expected, while others left much to be desired. Gunnery Sergeant Peter Pound’s Marine Muster and Captain Ana "HATHOR" MacDonnell’s  Speed Dating panel were standing room only and enjoyed by everyone. Fresh and exciting things were attempted like on the spot photo ID badges done by our very own Captain Gretchen "MOXIE" Oswald so that members could have a nice memento of the convention to take home with them. I’d like to also thank Saggitaron Representative John "VAMPYR" Miller and Lieutenant Dwayne "SPOOKY" Thaden for being there for us to pick up the slack and remember things that we had forgotten due to the overwhelming number of people we were entertaining over the weekend.

The room was decorated to the hilt with BSG memorabilia. Captain Todd "SCOTSMUPPET" Brugmans created the brochures and the Conference Logo Banner in addition to the 8 foot long Battlestar Stormbringer that we hung on the balcony, Major Joe "SYKO" Linden donated the Banners of the Colonies and the Flags of the Galactica that adorned the room, while Captain Gretchen "MOXIE" Oswald went above and beyond creating and printing banners, Vipers, Raptors and the handouts like Pocket Programs and Drink Guides that we gave away to those who wanted them. Ensign Angie, aka, "ESCHER" built the C.I.C. prop door from scratch out of cardboard, ducttape and spray paint that we used as a backdrop for photos and many compliments were tossed her way for the amazing job that she did in a little under a week.

Captain Christopher "HOBBIT" Winchell gets the Stormbringer Stamina Award for working registration and member processing for a whopping 40 hours straight without sleep along with backup by "ESCHER" as both greeted those who poked their heads in the door asking "What the Frak is this all about?" and they are to be thanked immensely for their hard work and dedication. Captain Richard "MOONDOG" Wetmore stunned us all by escorting Christopher Judge to the party to hang out, drink, take photos with us, drink, talk about SG-1, drink, almost beat the snot out of a disrespectful nugget, drink, talk about kilts and sporrans, drink and even have a cigar with the rest of us Colonial Misfits. Way to go "MOONDOG"!

We had a large number of members come from far away to play BSG with us such as:

  • Gene, Renee and Stephen Haggerty and Admiral "PSICOP" Marr from Florida
  • John Paul Gonzoles and Ensign Michelle "HYPER" Schaber from Texas
  • our XO, Commander Boyd Harmon, from California
  • Honorary Member Admiral Lord Martin Lessem from Sweden (via Philadelphia)
  • Staff Sergeant Topaz McQueen from Seattle, Washington
  • Commander Don Hayunga from Canada
  • and last but not least our Guest of Honor, Fleet Admiral Nathan Gastineau, Commander of the Colonial Defense Forces from San Bernadino, California

All of them pitched in to help set up, break down, clean up and even step up to volunteer to help out running panels and events. Fleet Admiral Gastineau transferred his flag to BSG-69 and for the weekend we served honorable as the Flagship of the Colonial Fleet. It was an honor. I should add a word of thanks to Sergeant Gareth Schmale for providing personal security for the CinC and ghosting the Fleet Admiral throughout the con in full tactical gear. Ensign Danny Devore helped out with greeting the public and working the registration table and we thank him for his tireless assistance.

Good Neighbor Relations…
We spent Friday Night hosting STARFLEET Region Seventeen to their Ice Cream Social and Awards ceremony.  The Stormbringer has a STARFLEET contingent aboard and Region 17 needed a space to recognize their hard working members and we were honored to help. Vice Admiral Keira Strong, Region 17 Coordinator, took the podium and entertained the Trekkies in our midst, treating them to humorous anecdotes while handing out awards and recognition as the STARFLEETERS gorged themselves on ice cream and LactAid.

The FTL Jump Party…

We started something new this year by inventing a new form of entertainment called the "FTL Jump" Party, in which partygoers went from room to room which were "colonies" to drink a shot, wait 33 minutes (or less) and then "JUMP" to the next colony. Punch cards were made so that they got credit for the jump and prizes were handed out to those who participated. Many Stormbringer Command Staff received such positive feedback from the participants that we will be doing this as a signature event at each of our conventions from here on. I cannot tell you how many people told us that the FTL Jump Party was the most fun they have ever had at a con party and that it was great to see such a new and exciting event at STARFEST.

Launching a new chapter…

Fleet Admiral Nathan Gastineau presided over the launch ceremony of the Gunstar Phantom, assigned to BattleStar Group 69 and patrolling the Tampa/Clearwater Florida Sector. Commanded by newly minted Major Gene "Toaster" Haggerty, the Phantom will be hosting its’ first convention event schedule at the upcoming Vulcon in Tampa, Florida at the end of April. I will be flying out to assist the Gunstar in her operations at the convention and helping them recruit new nuggets local to thier patrol sector.

Recruiting 101…
We went into this with 225 members whose names were posted on the wall banner rosters printed by "MOXIE". These turned out to be a bigger hit than we had planned on as members who we only see once a year were excited to see their names up on the board alongside the others. Due to the efforts of the crew led by "HOBBIT", "ESCHER", "MOXIE" and Will "GASMAN" Dodd… we recruited an additional 40 new nuggets into the CDF and Stormbringer bringing our official total to 265 members. The Stormbringer now accounts for about 33% of the entire Colonial Defense Forces. We expected 40-60 members to show up and we ended up having almost 100 turnout over the weekend not counting the general public that packed the room over the course of the weekend. I think the phrase, "HOLY FRAK" would apply here. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this group would ever become one of, if not the largest fandom organization in local Denver Fandom.

In Closing…

I would like to thank everyone who helped out. To list them all here would be futile because it would add two extra pages to this report. Rest assured that not only did the Stormbringer kick ass, we also took names. Names that will be submitted for awards for participation at the next Awards Ceremony. A special thanks to StarLand and KathE and Susan for allowing us to provide a programming track of fun events and panels themed on Battlestar Galactica. We hope that after all the success of this first time that they will allow us to have the room again next year as we are already hard at work on modifying the programming to eliminate what didnt work, fleshing out what did work and adding some new things that were suggested to us by many of you.

Next year will be the 5th Anniversary of the Battlestar Stormbringer and the 5th Annual International Colonial Conference. As has been suggested by many, we are going to ask KathE and STARLAND if we can call it "BATTLESTARFEST 2011" next year as it will be even BIGGER and BETTER than this year (if that is possible).

We are gathering photos and videos that we will submit to STARLAND to include in their section on STARFEST 2010 and all the fun that was had by everyone in attendance, which by the way seemed to be a LOT larger than previous years and truly a sign of all the hard work that the volunteers on the STARLAND STAFF put in for us fans. THANK YOU STARLAND!!!

It was truly, the best of cons. Thank you to STARLAND for allowing us a venue to have such a great time and to provide a programming track that hundreds of people had fun participating in.

SO SAY WE ALL!

Admiral Johnathan "GUMBY" Simmons,
4th Annual Colonial Conference and BATTLESTARFEST 2010 Chairperson,
gumbysan@gmail.com

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA | THE STORMBRINGER AT STARFEST

The Stormbringer Battlestar Galactica Colonial Conference at StarFest 2010International Colonial Conference

2010 will mark the 4th year of the International Colonial Conference for fans of Battlestar Galactica.

The Stormbringer is one of the larger organizations in local fandom with approximately 250 members, about 80 of which turn out for Starfest. Members will be flying in from California, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Missouri because the Stormbringer is a correspondence organization that has chosen STARFEST for its once a year face-to-face gathering.

This year is shaping up to be even larger as they are looking at members coming from the UK and Australia.

The Stormbringer will be hosting a Battlestar Galactica programming track at StarFest. Everyone should find time over the weekend to stop by and say hi. You’ll find the BSG room on the second floor looking over the Atrium, in the room where the Model Make n Take used to be.

The following schedule contains the preliminary plans for programming:

Friday

 
7:00pm  WELCOME TO THE 4TH ANNUAL COLONIAL CONFERENCE An overview and flyer handout with the weekend’s schedule of BSG programming. 
8:00pm CAPRICA PANEL Q&A on the SyFy Channel’s hottest new SciFi Drama Series… It’s like DALLAS, with Robots. 
9:00pm COLONIAL MEDICAL PANEL Explore the interesting medical procedures of the 12 Colonies of Kobol 
10:00pm-2:00am VIDEO: Battlestar Galactica MiniSeries On 50" Plasma HDTV… First Come, First Seated. Popcorn provided while supplies last. 
   

Saturday

 
9:00am STATE OF THE COLONIAL FLEET Panel on the Colonial Defense Forces, the premiere chapter based BSG Organization. Who we are, what we do, how you can join. 
11:00am COLONIAL MARINE BOOT CAMP So, you want to be a marine… drop and give us 60 (minutes that is) and we will show you the ropes. 
Noon CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH: ROSLIN vs ZAREK Discussion Panel on the leadership styles and differences of various members of the Civilian Goverment of the 12 Colonies of Kobol 
1:00pm MEET THE FLEET Various members from multiple chapters gather in a social setting to answer questions about their chapters and how they differ from other fan organizations 
3:00pm VIDEO: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: The Plan Look at the destruction of humanity from the Cylons perspective on a 50" HDTV. Directed by Edward James Olmos. 
5:00pm TOASTER 101 Explore how the Cylons view existence through monotheism and rebellion against their human creators. Are they better or worse than humanity? You be the judge. 
6:00pm VIDEO: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR The unfolding of events from the perspective of the Battlestar Pegasus. Come watch as Admiral Cain kicks butt and takes names. 
8:00pm COLONIAL JEOPARDY Game show. Test your knowledge. Prizez awarded. 
10:00pm COLONIAL FRAK PARTY Join us as we chat about Life, the Colonies and Everything. We encourage you to check out the libations and food at the Atrium Bar and mingle back and forth with fans of BSG. Background Music will be the soundtracks by composer Bear McCreary of Battlestar Galactica. Meet new friends from around the 12 colonies… Oh, and remember to tip your waitress. 
1:00am-7:00am TAURON DRIVE IN THEATER Come watch 6 episodes of the Classic Battlestar Galactica such as The Living Legend, Gun on Ice Planet Zero and of course, Saga of a Star World SUNDAY
   

Sunday

 
8:00am GOOD MORNING CAPRICA Live filmed podcast with Admiral Gumby and Colonel Tafoya as they field questions from the crowd on the latest upcoming news on the New BSG Movie, CAPRICA episode arcs and just about everything else Galactica. 
10:00am COLONIAL COSTUMING 101 Come join award winning seamstress Frances Simmons as she displays costumes and gives tips on how to costume on the cheap. Plus find out where to get those hard to find items like buttons, rank pins, wings and props.
Noon VIEWER’S CHOICE MARATHON Your three favorite episodes voted by the fans will be shown on a 50" plasma HDTV. Popcorn provided while supplies last. 
4:00pm COLONIAL CLOSING CEREMONIES Well now it’s time to say goodbye to Number Six and all her kin They would like to thank you folks for kindly dropping in You’re all invited back next year to this locality To have a heaping helping of STARFEST hospitality Toasters, that’s what they call ’em now, Y’all come back now, ya hear? 

StarFest 2010 – Tales From Avistrum – Excelsior!!

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Have you ever wanted to jump into the pages of the books, or step onto the screen with Harry, Ron and Hermione? Avistrum Academy of Sorcery makes that a reality!

Mischief Managed Entertainment proudly presents “Tales from Avistrum,” an interactive theater/film experience for all ages. Starting back at Starcon in 2002 as a Harry Potter fan table, Avistrum has expanded into providing a full weekend experience, including classes to take, Quidditch tournaments to compete in, and the 2nd Annual Triwizard Tournament.

At Starfest 2010, Avistrum has these exciting events planned:

Herbology/Divination class — learn about the magical and medicinal qualities of different teas from around the world with Professor Deserand, and then how to read your tea leaves from Professor Bloodthorne.

Potions/Charms class — Professor Voertigern will instruct how to make a Polychrome Bombard potion, and Professor Kobiyashi will show you how to enchant a vessel to hold it.

4th Annual Starfest Quidditch Tournament — Due to the Muggle Secrecy Act, we cannot play properly on brooms outside, but luckily you can test your Quidditch skills on the PS2! Prizes for the tournament provided by the Cave of the Winds, Barnes & Noble Bookstores and Mischief Managed Entertainment.

Triwizard Tournament — complete all three tasks of the tournament, become Triwizard Champion, and win a weekend pass to NanDesuKan 2010, MileHiCon 42, and Starfest 2011! The first task will be revealed Friday night, but here’s a tip — it will involve your knowledge of Avistrum and it’s many residents. Visit www.avistrum.org to read history, character bios, and more! Register on Friday for your chance to become the Anime, Galactic or Literary Champion! Details about the tournament will be posted soon.

Craft area — create your own Triwizard badge to support your champion, or a Quidditch pennant for your favorite team!

Show poster for MHC 42 — come see the reveal of the official show poster for “Tales from Avistrum: Fall From Grace!”

About Face Painting — Charlotte Herring will be painting faces free of charge in the craft area!

For more information check out the official Avistrum website at http://www.avistrum.org. Updates to the weekend activities will also be posted on the Message Board.

Don’t just sit there – grab your wand and be apart of the action!

STARFEST 2010 – Meet & Greet Dessert Party & CRO Concert

GREAT PEOPLE
GREAT SOUNDS
GREAT DESSERTS

& A GREAT CENTERPIECE CONTEST

The MEET & GREET DESSERT PARTY starts at 7:30pm on Friday evening. Enjoy a casual reception featuring brownies, cookies, and other yummy desserts with many of our StarFest guests in attendance.

We’ve added something new this year: A Design A Centerpiece competition. This is your opportunity to create a centerpiece that reflects the love you have for your favorite series. A special prize will be awarded the winner. Bring your finished centerpiece to the Convention Information table on Friday evening between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. They will then be placed on the tables before the actual party begins. The centerpieces will also be on display at the Convention Information table following the party so everyone can enjoy your masterpiece. Be clever, creative, and boldly go where no centerpiece has gone before.

After you’ve had a chance to become acquainted with guests and other attendees over desserts and refreshments, you will be treated to a great show.

The Castle Rock Orchestra will be performing in the Main Events Room after the MEET & GREET DESSERT PARTY at 9:00pm. The Castle Rock Orchestra has performed at Castle Rock Elementary, The Grange in the Meadows, The Castle Rock Ducky Derby, The Highlands Ranch Music and Arts Festival, The Philip S Miller Branch of the Douglas County Library and the First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock.The Orchestra will be entertaining us with selected theme music from some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy shows.  Hear the themes from Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, Pirates of the Caribean and more being played by an orchestra of over 40 talented musicians. There just isn’t a better way to start off the convention!

Tickets for the MEET & GREET PARTY and CONCERT are available for $24.95 per person. You are strongly urged to purchase your tickets online or by phone prior to the convention. Seating is limited.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN | Starland DVD Quiz/Contest

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN | Starland DVD Quiz/Contest
Win a DVD copy of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN
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Set just after the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan follows multiple versions of the Cylon models One and Six who have infiltrated the remaining humans, both on the planets, and those who have escaped into space. From there, the events of the series are shown from a Cylon perspective, and their underlying plan is revealed.

This highly-anticipated film was directed by Edward James Olmos and stars Olmos, Dean Stockwell, Michael Trucco, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Callum Keith Rennie, Kate Vernon, Rick Worthy, Lymari Nadal, Matthew Bennett, Rekha Sharma, Tricia Helfer, Alisen Down, and Tiffany Lyndall-Knight. It is available today on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.

If you would like to win a DVD copy of this new chapter in the BG saga, play our quiz/contest.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA BLU-RAY DVD GIVEAWAY

Battlestar Galactica Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway

You could win a copy of the Complete Series!

The Series Collection and Season 4.5 arrive in stores on July 28th

We are giving away several copies of the Season 4.5 Blu-Ray DVD and one copy of The Complete Series Collection on Blu-Ray DVD. All you have to do is correctly answer our quiz and you will be entered to win!

The Battlestar Galactica saga began on one devastating day, when the human population of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol was annihilated in a series of surprise attacks by their own creation – the Cylons, a race of sentient robotic clones. The few survivors huddled together on space ships, facing almost certain death at the hands of their ruthless enemies.

Battlestar Galactica Blu-Ray DVD GiveawayIn Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5, Commander William Adama (Emmy Award®-winner Edward James Olmos), the hawkish military leader of the last surviving battleship, searches for a habitable planet as the murderous Cylons follow relentlessly. As mysterious premonitions help Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) the President of the Twelve Colonies, guide the ship to the fabled Thirteenth Colony, Earth, treacherous double agents, Cylon spies and internal dissent plague the Galactica. The ship’s crew and passengers battle for their lives—and the survival of the human race—armed with only cunning and determination against the military might of the Cylon Empire.

And if just one season isn’t enough, fans can also relive all the drama, intensity and action with Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series. The ambitious 20-disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def set and a 25-disc standard DVD set contains every episode of television’s most original, thought-provoking series, together with extensive bonus materials delving deep into the richly imagined world of the hit SCI FI Channel original show.

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