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Hansi Oppenheimer Talks About SqueeCon

It is a great pleasure to welcome back Hansi Oppenheimer to talk about her latest project, SqueeCon.

Hansi welcome back to EverydayFangirl.com and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and discuss SqueeCon with us!

When and where is this event?

The event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT, between 1-9pm. Tickets are just $15 online use code HH2018 https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
They will be $20 at the door and $10 after 6pm for those who just want to briefly check out the con and participate in Nerd Karaoke. Kids under 12 are free.
Getting to the Event:

By Driving-There is free parking in the park across the street from the venue.

By Train-It is 3 miles from the Metro North New Haven Union Station stop. There is an abundance of Lyft locally since it’s a University town.

What first prompted you to create SqueeCon?

My niece is the one who found the venue and pitched a Squee! screening which the venue loved. I figured that if I had access to this big beautiful venue I should share the opportunity with the community so it became SqueeCon.
I’m hoping to make this an ongoing venture and take the Con around the country to small venues in other communities and bring Fangirls together to create a huge supportive network. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?

How will this con be different from other cons?

The inaugural edition of SqueeCon is a celebration of films, art, music, cosplay and more by women and female identifying individuals. SqueeCon is the first ever one-day event celebrating the arts by a collective of Fangirls creators and will cover the entire gamut of fandom experience. It is a fan con so no big celebrities, just a fun con where you can go and talk with the creators and guests in a very intimate, casual setting. A perfect place to network, so bring your cards!

What guests are expected to attend?

SqueeCon is pleased to welcome film-makers, nerds, geeks, writers, Fangirls, cosplayers, vendors and more to join hands in support of the community. Several eminent cosplay guests have accepted the invitation to be there, including Christine Evans, Cate Broomhead, Rowena Cosplays, Ayla Ocasio, Jacob Daniel Womack, Jenn Wotchertonks. performers Tea Time For Mad Girls, and Cat Smith. Vendors include writer L. E. Hellman, baker Melissa Robles, artist Jimmy Gatti, and Carol Ann Swan.

What activities and events will be available for attendees?

There will be screenings of Alana King’s Wayward: The Documentary, a teaser of the docu-series about women Star Wars fans, Looking for Leia and a block of short films performances, panels, there’s a bar with beer, wine, cider and soft drinks and we’re having a mixer/meetup with Nerd Karaoke from 7-9 pm. I’m still working on finding a food truck but there is a restaurant across the street.

How do you decide what programming is available?

SqueeCon’s mission is to support and promote the creative and fandom works of women and LGBTQA individuals so I reached out to friends who perform, make films and I have a page on FilmFreeway for people to submit short films for consideration. We’ve got some great films from all over the world!

How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?

Everyone has been very supportive promoting the event. We’ve gotten shout outs on podcasts and twitter. I’ve used social media to create an audience for Squee! And this is just an extension of the project, a big one but basically the same message: I love Fangirls and want to give them the opportunity to network, broaden their audiences and party! If you know me, you know I’m usually at the bar at cons between panels having fascinating conversations with other fans, so this is just my bringing the con to the bar!

What have you learned from your fan community to help you with planning for the event?

That fangirls are the best! I’ve got a great enthusiastic team of volunteers. My attendees have been wonderful, offering to help in whatever way they could. You know, when fangrrls get together -we can do anything!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane while creating this event?

One day at a time. I just deal with what I need to get done and try not to get ahead of myself. There’s enough small practical details to keep me busy every day. I’ve been working in Events (Box Office or Film Festivals) since 2009 and attend a lot of cons, so I have a pretty good handle on what we need to do. The contracts and venue rental aspect is new but I was lucky to find such a fabulous venue with a very fandom supportive owner (she’s a Whovian!)

What kind of research did you have to do before you created this event?

I’ve had to go through dozens of film submission and figure out a screening block that makes sense. I’m still working on scheduling. I had to look for someone to handle Nerd Karaoke, but again I got lucky with my friend James Hinsey who offered to bring the gear and manage the tech aspects. I had to check the venue for a/v specs and figure out how to set up panels, screenings and performances as smoothly as possible. I’m lucky to have a niece with years of experience as a Stage Manager who walked me through the venue.

Is there anything else you would like to share about SqueeCon not already mentioned?

Please come and bring your friends! It’s going to be a blast.

How can readers of EverydayFangirl.com find out more about the event?

For more information, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon or one of the following links:

SqueeCon on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/troubledgirlfilms
SqueeCon Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2173533299602123
SqueeCon Twitter https://twitter.com/SqueeCon

Submit films https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon

Buy Tickets https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets

For vendors SqueeCon offers a great opportunity to deliver their content to their core audience. Applications are welcome for small tables ($25) and large tables ($50). Write to: squeefilm@gmail.com before November 25.

Advertisers can book space in the program themed around Riot Grrl fanzines of the 90s in the following sizes and price levels: Full page ($40) for 8.5 X 11, Half page ($20) for 5.5 x 8.5, and Quarter page ($15) for 5.5 x 4.25, in Color or B&W and PDF format.

For ads and more information, please email: squeefilm@gmail.com

Media Contact: Hansi Oppenheimer

Company Name: Troubled Girl Productions

Past Adventure: Star Wars Celebration VI Cosplay

Today, at the closing ceremonies of Star Wars Celebration Europe II, they announced that the next Celebration will be April 2015 in Anaheim, CA. I will definitely be there to meet up with as many of my fellow Star Wars fans! In celebration of this announcement, I am highlighting some of the Star Wars cosplay from Star Wars Celebration VI!



Darth Vadar with female Imperial Officer and Jabba The Hutt with Boba Fett (note: this photo op happened because actor Warwick Davis, Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, wanted to get a pic of them together…


Speaking of Ewoks…


March of the bounty hunters…


A kid in awe at seeing General Grievous in person


Rebels including Han Solo lounging at the Rebel Legion Cantina Bar


A beautifully dressed Queen Padme Amidala


And last, but not least. A roadside pillar cosplaying as R2-D2!


Past Adventures: Highlights from Star Wars Celebration VI

Star Wars Celebration Europe II is going on in this weekend. I am not able to attend the event this time. However, in celebration, I decided to share some highlights from my adventure at Star Wars Celebration VI last year.


My Celebration VI 4 Day passes featured a party ready Yoda


Some experiences during Celebration VI

Saw the art of Ralph McQuarrie, run by Paul and Athena Bateman from Dreams and Vision Press, and bought some of the signed concept artwork and the book Remembering Ralph McQuarrie for my collection.


Saw the building of the Return to Tatooine Diorama over the course of the entire weekend by both adults and children!



Saw the comedy stage production that summarizes the Episodes I – VI films, Star Wars in 60 Minutes



Saw the live recording of Star Wars: Smuggler’s Gambit Radio Drama






Saw Director Kyle Newman and voice actor Stephen Stanton dressed as Captain Tarkin at the Inside The Forcecast Panel hosted by podcasters Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac, who are now running their Parsec Award Nominated podcast, Rebel Force Radio



Walked through the Rancho Obi Wan Experience to see some of the Star Wars related items that Steve Sansweet has acquired over the years.


Met Star Wars artist, Katie Cook, and many others at the Star Wars Art Show.


Saw interesting lighted models, including the Millennium Falcon, at the Japan Star Wars Modeling Alliance booth


Recorded an excerpt from the Star Wars audiobook The Heir to The Empire at the Random House Publishing booth.


Note: I wrote a blog post about this adventure back in March.

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 23

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 23:

Question 23) Favorite Fan Event attended

I have been to quite a few events including Motor City Comic Con, Youmacon, Wizard World Chicago, Jafax and even Star Wars Celebration VI. However, my favorite is…


My husband and I attended the very first Anime Vegas event back in September of 2004, when it was just in a few meeting rooms. We have watched this event grow every year since then and we are looking forward to attending this year as well.

Upcoming Adventure: Yets!

I recently attended Motor City Comic Con and met author and illustrator Mike Bocianowski in Artist’s Alley. When I visited his table, I saw some illustrations of some very cute looking creatures. I instantly wanted to learn more about them. As I was looking at the illustrations, the artist formally introduced me to them. These cute creatures are called YETS.

What are YETS?

YETS are creatures who have no name as of yet. They live in the giant Treeworld of Chlem. Humans couldn’t pronounce the real name of these creatures, so they renamed them Yets

It did not take much persuasion on the artist’s part to convince me to buy YETS! 1: The Adventure Begins, which is the first volume of the graphic novel series starring the YETS.


After only reading the first pages of this volume, I noticed that the artwork was very crisp, clean and easy to follow. In addition, the story was interesting and the dialog was fast paced. I could tell right away that this was going to be an interesting adventure. Therefore, I went back the next day to Mike Bocianowski’s table and bought the other two volumes of the series as well.

These volumes have now been added to my ever growing to be read (TBR) pile. Once I read the entire series, I will write a review and post it here.

Adventures in picture taking

I have been attending different conventions or events across the United States and even Canada for over the last 10 years. One of the geeky things I like to do during the conventions or events is to take and share pictures.

I take all kinds of pictures from these conventions or events including attendees posing and dressed up as their favorite characters (also known as cosplaying), to industry panels, to artist and dealer booths, to guest signing & anything else that I just spot during the event.

I have taken so many pictures that I am going to start a weekly blog post by category. These posts will contain a sampling of images taken at these conventions or events by category.

Below are just a few examples of the pictures I have taken at Star Wars related conventions and events, while I continue to sort through these pictures and determine how best to categorize and display my past and continuing adventures.

From Disney Star Wars Weekends 2011
Voice Actor James Arnold Taylor

From Star Wars Celebration VI
Director Dave Filoni and Voice Actor Ashley Eckstein

Hallmark Star Wars ornament 2011

My old adventure: Detroit News Geek Watch and Conventions

I have had the honor of contributing off and on to the Detroit News Geek Watch Blog. I usually submit reports from various anime cons that I have attended. A example of one of the cons that I provided a report for can be found here:


I do not provide a report for every convention that I attend, but I am grateful for the opportunity to do so when it arises.

I really enjoy attending cons and have been disappointed that so far I have not attended any this year. However, the con season is early and maybe I will have an opportunity to attend one soon.

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