Kelly McCorkendale

Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occasional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except Game of Thrones because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled--such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.

Women Facing Challenges in the Film Industry

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Filmmaking does not favor the female. Few movies feature a female antagonist, and even fewer have women at the helm as director, producer, or writer. “Behind the Scene: Women Working in Today’s Film Industry,” Saturday at 5:30PM in Fairlie (Hy), offered perspectives from four women currently working in the industry on how to overcome the obstacles and stay positive to make a mark in the traditionally male field. The diverse panel featured Atlanta based Lane Skye, Brantly Jackson Watts, and
 
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Palling Around with the Men of Middle-earth

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A rapt audience filled the Marriott Atrium Ballroom on Saturday to enjoy the company of some very accomplished gentlemen. “Five Amazing Middle-earth Celebrity Guests” featured a wizard, a Steward of Gondor, and several dwarves from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy to talk about the process of making such monumental films and bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Middle-earth to the big screen. The group—Stephen Hunter, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Noble, and Dean O’Gorman—enjoyed some good-natured
 
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“The Donner Question” Day Two: Lord Varys versus Littlefinger

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Today’s version of this highly unscientific and morbidly gross poll was a tie! People would eat Littlefinger and Lord Varys in equal measure (don’t worry I also continued the Jon Snow/Tyrion Lannister pairing, and Jon is making a late-game surge in the race for survival). Lee from Alabama would eat Lord Varys because he believes “if you have Littlefinger on your side, you’ll win.” This pretty much sums up the dilemma with the coupling: which wily strategist would be more
 
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Game of Thrones: Three Characters Still Alive

Game of Thrones: Three Characters Still Alive

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Editor’s Note: This show airs on HBO and contains copious amounts of nudity, mature content, and adult language. This article may contain the same. Well, maybe not the visual nudity. The Marriot Atrium Ballroom was packed to the brim on Friday at 11:30AM as eager fans waited to hear from Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle), Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor). “Game of Thrones: From Highgarden to Winterfell” was not a panel to be missed. Fans of
 
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Celebrating Jim Henson and the Art of Puppetry

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Puppetry is alive and well and loved at Dragon Con. Cheryl Henson, the second daughter of the late—and beloved—Jim Henson, joined Dragon Con for the first time on Friday to talk about her family’s most recent contributions to her father’s legacy and walk through some of his greatest contributions to pop culture via puppetry. She brought along a slide show complete with family photos. Jim Henson, who died suddenly in 1990, created the Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. He
 
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“The Donner Question” Day One: Jon Snow versus Tyrion Lannister

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I spent a good portion of my day asking Dragon Con attendees and guests a question near and dear to my heart. “Imagine you are a member of the Donner Party—the group of pioneers in the 1800s that became snowbound in the Rocky Mountains and resorted to cannibalism to survive: who would you kill and eat first, Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister (from HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones)?” Nine out of 10 people would eat Jon Snow. It doesn’t seem
 
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Game of Thrones Castmembers Reflect on Complexity

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Watching James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch) and Natalia Tena (Osha, the Wilding) radiate warmth, humility, and humor on stage, it’s hard to believe Game of Thrones’ Westeros faces a harsh winter. During the “GoT: Winter is Coming” panel in the Atrium Ballroom (M), Sun 11:30AM, they described how, despite GoT’s often bloody, gut wrenching scenes, off screen the actors enjoy one another and prefer to keep levity on the GoT set.

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