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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Conversation 2010 Wrap-Up: Links, Tweets, Pics, and More

Thanks to everyone who was part of The Conversation @ Columbia on Saturday — what a high-energy group of pioneers!

We'll try to collect as much media as possible related to the event here. Feel free to post other links as a comment below. (We hope to post some video of the main panels soon...)

- Host & advisor Ira Deutchman's kick-off speech.

    "We need to come to terms with the contradictions of a marketplace that simultaneously gets more accessible by the day, and more difficult by the day."

- The Twitter stream from the event.

- "Thoughts on 'Free' from The Conversation," from Smitri Mundrha at Truly Free Film

- From The Film Panel Notetaker: Film Links Worth Clicking from The Conversation.

    "I most appreciated the positive, playful and experimental spirit that dominated the day’s events..."

- From Eugene Hernandez of IndieWire:

    "Throughout the day filmmakers seemed at odds over a number of issues. Case in point, some resist the idea that they need to spend more time marketing and distributing their own movies. Others reject advice that they should to consider their ultimate audience for a movie, and sometimes distribution plans, even before they start shooting their films. Still others in attendance groused that journalists are spending more time focusing on the business and process of making and releasing movies, rather than the films themselves."

- Brian Newman's pre-event notes about audience engagement, and a post-event essay titled "Selling Your Film: When Is The Best Time? From that second piece:

    "My argument here is really with the notion that a premiere at a major festival is your point of maximal awareness. It’s not, never has been and never will be, unless such festivals do a lot of re-visioning of what they are and how they operate."

- Notes from David Tamés at Kino-Eye:

    ...[C]ollaboration among independent filmmakers is crucial if we’re going to develop an alternative way to build and connect with audiences and develop a healthy distribution ecosystem...

- Scott Kirsner's iPhone pics of the event, on Flickr.

- "The Conversation in a Nutshell," from filmmaker Adam Reid.

    "We are forced to be pioneers of this industry, prioritizing what we want to get back from our work and planning accordingly."

- Chris Thilk from Voce Communications, a sponsor of The Conversation.

- Slides from the "Cultivating Your Twitter Following" session with Joselin Mane and Angela Aviles- Clinton.

- Blog post from Leah Hurley of Web Direct.

- Speaker/moderator Aina Abiodun: video and related material from her session on product placement and marketing partnerships.

- Event notes from Latinos in Entertainment.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

JibJab Interview: Making & Monetizing Web Content

NewTeeVee just posted this video interview I shot with JibJab co-founders Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, who were at The Conversation in 2008. We shot it in their nifty green screen studio, in Venice, Calif.

It's a nice warm-up to some of the topics we'll be discussing at The Conversation 2010, which happens next Saturday at Columbia University...

We've just added a number of great lunch discussions and workshops to the agenda, so check it out. We're expecting the event will sell out sometime this weekend.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Finally: A Date, Place, and Some Early Speakers for The Conversation 2010, in New York

I'm excited that we're finally announcing the date, location, and a few of the early speakers for the next edition of The Conversation, a gathering we first held in the Bay Area back in 2008. (If you were at the inaugural Conversation, you may have already gotten an e-mail about this next one.)

It'll be held Saturday, March 27th at Columbia University (thanks to the support of faculty member Ira Deutchman and event manager Daisy Nam there.) Those of us on The Conversation's advisory board are working to recruit some amazing speakers and sponsors, and ensure that this East Coast event will be inspiring, invigorating, and most of all -- useful.

We'd love your help spreading the word. If you happen to tweet about it, you can use the hash tag #convoNYC.

Registration is now open and there is a steep discount if you sign up before February 14th, when the price goes up $25.

We are also soliciting your ideas for speakers, topics, and workshops you might want to run at the event, on the conference's wiki.

Confirmed speakers, moderators, and workshop leaders include:

    - Bob Alexander, CEO, Indiepix

    - Brian Chirls, Filmmaker and Technologist, Chirls.com

    - Arin Crumley, Filmmaker, "Four Eyed Monsters"; founder, OpenIndie

    - Matt Dentler, Cinetic Rights Management/FilmBuff

    - Ira Deutchman, Managing Partner, Emerging Pictures; Professor of Professional Practice, Graduate Film Division, Columbia University School of the Arts

    - Sandi DuBowski, Founder, Films That Change the World; Outreach Director, The Good Pitch

    - Sean Fitzroy, Founder, Cineshift

    - Jim Flynn, CEO, EZTakes

    - Scott Kirsner, Editor, CinemaTech; Author, "Fans, Friends & Followers"

    - Ari Kuschnir and Scott Thrift, m ss n g p eces

    - Richard Lorber, CEO, Kino Lorber

    - Cory McAbee, Director, "Stingray Sam" and "The American Astronaut"

    - Brian Newman, Founder, SpringBoardMedia

    - Laure Parsons, Founder, x + x films

    - Steve Savage, CEO, New Video

    - Fred Seibert, CEO, Next New Networks

    - Ian Schafer, CEO, Deep Focus

    - Tiffany Shlain, Director, "Connected" and "The Tribe"; founder, The Webby Awards

    - Chris Thilk, Publisher, Movie Marketing Madness

    - Hunter Weeks, Director, "Ride the Divide" and "10 Yards"

    - Lance Weiler, Director, "Head Trauma" and Publisher, The Workbook Project

    - Thomas Woodrow, Producer, "Bass Ackwards"

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