Fans of the Star Wars galaxy are in for a treat at Infinicon, meeting Derek Arnold. Mr. Arnold is a puppeteer and actor who worked as a creature and droid performer in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
He portrayed the Luggabeast (along with Tom Wilton), Vober Dand, and Lanever Villecham in The Force Awakens. In Rogue One he saw action as the commando Pao fighting on the beach during the Battle of Scarif.
Mr. Arnold's work can also be seen in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them along with the the 2017 sci-fi thriller, Life.
Off screen, he was part of the team that puppeteered Lord Voldemort in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and a puppeteer for Joey the horse in the production of War Horse in the London West End.
Karan Ashley's big break came when she went to an open call audition and beat out over 10 thousand hopefuls and landed the role of Aisha the Yellow Power Ranger on the #1 kids show in America, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. She was able to do over 80 episodes and star in the hit movie Power Rangers the Movie that was released by 20th Century Fox.
Not stopping there she has beat the pavement for years and has been on many different TV shows and films such as, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The Steve Harvey Show, One on One, The Parkers, Kenan & Kel, Chat Room, The Opposite Sex, Taylor's Wall, Wicked Weekend, Jazz Scene, The Encounter and many other projects. She has worked with many successful companies such as MTV, BET, ABC, Nickelodeon, Disney, The WB, 20th Century Fox, Asiatic Productions and formed the production company GAG Order films.
Although acting is her passion, while with GAG Order Films, she ventured into producing, writing and has starred in two feature films, Unto Thee and Devon's Ghost. In both films she served as lead actress, writer and producer. Both films did well in film festivals and sold in over 17 countries in DVD sales. She worked as a producer for BET and did exclusive work with their BET on Jazz channel.
Felix Silla is an actor and stuntman. Hailing from a small village outside Rome, Italy, the 3'11'' tall Silla began his career in show business as a circus performer and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus following his arrival in the United States in 1955. In the early 1960s, he broke into acting and stuntwork.
Felix appeared as a Talosian in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot ''The Cage'', filmed in 1964.
One of Silla's best-known roles in that of the short, hair-covered, gibberish-speaking Cousin Itt on the classic 1960s television series The Addams Family. Another of Silla's famous roles is Litvak in the 1975 film The Black Bird. He is also known for playing the robot Twiki in the science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. In both of these cases, Silla wore his character's costume, while another actor provided the character's voice. In addition to these roles, Silla was a regular performer on H.R. Pufnstuf, appeared as Lucifer on the original Battlestar Galactica, and played an Ewok in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Besides Star Trek, Silla made guest appearances on such television programs as Petticoat Junction, The Monkees, Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Married... with Children. He has also acted in a number of films, including Point Blank (1967), the original Planet of the Apes (1968), Black Samurai (1977), Demon Seed (1977), The Manitou (1978), The Brood (1979), Meatballs Part II (1984), House (1986), and as a Dink in Mel Brooks' popular 1987 sci-fi spoof Spaceballs.
Silla's stunt work consists primarily of feature films, including Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Hindenburg (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poltergeist (1982), and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He was more recently a stunt actor on 1992's Batman Returns in which he played an emperor penguin, one of the Penguin's ''henchbirds''.
CHRISTOPHER R. MIHM
Christopher R. Mihm is the writer, director, and producer of the films of the "Mihmiverse," a series of award-winning, loosely interlinked feature-length films which pay homage to 1950s-era "drive-in cinema."
Mr. Mihm's filmmaking career began in 2006 with the release of his first retro-styled film, "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Made on a nearly non-existent budget, the film went on to garner much critical acclaim, appear in numerous film festivals, win multiple awards and, to this day, continues to screen across the world.
Since his first film, Mr. Mihm has released one new as-authentic-as-possible 1950s-style feature a year, many of which have received numerous accolades, nominations, and awards. "Attack of the Moon Zombies" raked in the most 2011 Dead Letter Awards at mailorderzombie.com. "House of Ghosts" beat out several big budget films to win the coveted Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Independent Feature in 2012. Mr. Mihm's ode to the "big bug" films of the 1950s, "The Giant Spider," won the Forrest J. Ackerman Film Award at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival and the Best Action/Horror Feature award at the Highway 61 Film Festival.
Christopher R. Mihm has been featured in many publications, both online and off, including SCI-FI Magazine, Screem, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine. Mr. Mihm was the recipient of the first-ever Roger & Julie Corman Intrepid Filmmaker award at the ninth annual Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, won the Best Director award from mailorderzombie.com and received the key to the city of Forest Lake, MN, where July 30th was officially declared "Christopher R. Mihm Day."
On Saturday August 12, there will be marathon of Mihmiverse films shown at Infinicon hosted by Mr. Mihm. Souvenir access badges and copies of each film will be available in between films or at Mr. Mihm's booth where he will be meeting fans and signing DVDs.
Russ Adams is an award-winning special effects artist familiar to worldwide audiences for his work on Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, the highly-rated SyFy Channel reality series. Russ quickly became a fan favorite on the show thanks to his quick wit and willingness to help his fellow contestants.
Russ' filmography includes #SCREAMERS, Punk 2; Punk's Dead, Monolith, and Juarez 2045.
Russ is also the author of THIS IS NOT THAT SHOW, A book chronicling his life before, during, and after the Creature Shop Challenge. He is also the author of a special effects how-to series called, A WORKSHOP WITH RUSS ADAMS.
Erica Muse was 8 years old when she fell in love with costuming. Her dad enjoyed creating his own character costumes for Halloween. Halloween was Erica's favorite holiday and an important one for her family. Her parent's anniversary was on that day. Her brother's birthday was just 4 days before.
She has been making her own costumes since 2006 after she joined an anime club and took a High School sewing class. Erica can be found at nearly all of the 'nerdy awesome conventions' in DFW and works with Charisma+2 among other agencies and booths.
As a happy owner of over 200 costumes, Erica continues to expand her growing arsenal-of-incredible. More than 40 are established, specific characters. Followers of Erica Muse are familiar with her added talents: singing, dancing, and acting with the hope that some day she may be able to focus exclusively on the things that inspire.
Erica's personal goal is to encourage everyone she meets with her genuine outgoing personality and greet all costumers and fans personally at her convention appearances. Everything else will come naturally.