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
...[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.
Labels: Columbia University, convoNYC, post-event, theconvo
JibJab Interview: Making & Monetizing Web Content
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"
Labels: Columbia University, New York, theconvo
There's been some talk in the last month about organizing more CONVERSATIONs this year.
One thought is a series of online events that would include video interviews with forward thinkers, along with the chance for you to ask them questions and float ideas of your own... live. The advantage here is that you'd be able to hear from one person in great detail, and we'd have plenty of time for questions.
Another is to do another "real world" event, possibly in New York, building upon last October's gathering in Berkeley. The upside to these live events is the chance to make new connections and get face time with speakers and other participants.
(And the two ideas aren't mutually exclusive.)
We're very open to hearing your ideas about speakers you'd like to hear from, topics you'd like to see covered, and anything else...
Labels: New York, theconvo, Webcasts
More photos from The Conversation 2008
SF360.org Pic from The Conversation
Anna-Mae Chin from the San Francisco Film Society was one of the people who helped us get the word out about The Conversation.... and she just posted this snapshot
of me, Lance Weiler, and Tiffany Shlain.
Labels: photos, theconvo
LECTURE: Redefining Digital Content Distribution
Notes from The Conversation on CinemaTech
I posted some not-very-copious notes
from the event on CinemaTech...mostly quotes, data points, and predictions that struck me as so good I couldn't not
write them down. But it's far from a comprehensive run-down of everything smart that got said...
Tiffany Shlain at The Conversation. Clip 1
Videocast from The Conversation
Pics from The Conversation
JD Lasica has posted a great set of photos
from the event, featuring the JibJab Brothers, Reed Hastings (that's him at right), Tiffany Shlain, Slava Rubin, Chris Thilk, and a number of other participants.
JD's blog, which focuses on social media, is here.
Labels: JD Lasica, photos, theconvo
What Independent Movies Need to Learn from Graphic Novels
Christopher Allen of Skotos
(an interactive storytelling/gaming studio) gave a great 10-minute talk yesterday in the "Open Ideas Forum" session... and he has posted the slides on SlideShare.
One interesting idea was that filmmakers should be making comic books and graphic novels related to their movies -- either to sell or for promotional/marketing purposes.
Labels: Christopher Allen, Skotos, theconvo
Woody Benson Video Interview
Chris Albrecht from NewTeeVee was at the event, and he posted
this video interview with Woody Benson, one of The Conversation's advisors (and a panelist on the 'New Rules of Finance and Funding' panel on Friday.)
Just click Woody's nose to play it...
Labels: Prism VentureWorks, theconvo, Woody Benson