I heard about The Conversation this summer and immediately bought a ticket:
[P]ioneers at the forefront of change in cinema, video, games, media and technology are coming together to share ideas, insights, and innovations. Our focus is on new tools, new distribution channels, and new rules.... The format of the gathering will be experimental: rather than a traditional conference, short talks and demos, "fireside chats," and roundtables will spark a dynamic series of overlapping conversations.
Their guest list is enough to make any independent filmmaker salivate—Peter Broderick, for instance. His recent article in Indiewire about the New World of Distribution for indie filmmakers is germane to how (I think) digital entertainment will be distributed. Hunter Weeks is another gem on the list—he's one of the co-creators of 10 MPH, a documentary about two guys crossing the United States on a segway. Week's movie home page is an exquisite example of how to use the internet to market your own movies. Other notable invitees hail from Netflix, Createspace, Filmbaby, JibJab, Lucasfilm, ILM, The Webby Awards, and YouTube. See the complete list of speakers at the bottom.
One really appealing part of The Conversation—you can throw out your own ideas. I thought about it for awhile and this forum seems ideal to mention some of my own predictions on the future of digital entertainment. Frankly, in one form or another, I've been observing, discussing, and molling over the movie industry for three years and have a pretty well-informed opinion about it. So I decided to make a presentation of my own about license-based entertainment which will be a riff on a recent article I wrote about iTunes' Death Knell. My ardent hope is that my presentation isn't eclipsed by someone else's brilliant 90 minute lecture. I do hate redundancy.
The Conversation takes place all day this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are still on sale, but a little steep now at $150. But if you have nothing to do, come be my own peanut gallery!
COMPLETE LIST OF SPEAKERS
- Alex Afterman, Founder, Heretic Films
- Alex Lindsay, Founder, Pixel Corps
- Arin Crumley, Director, As the Dust Settles and Four Eyed Monsters
- Barbara Robertson, Journalist, CGSociety, Computer Graphics World, Digital Production
- Chris Thilk, Director of Marketing, Spout LLC
- Cliff Plumer, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Domain
- Dan Gregoire, Founder, Halon Entertainment
- Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, Co-founder, CreateSpace (formerly CustomFlix)
- Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder, IndieGoGo
- Dean Valentine, CEO, Comedy.com and Founder, Symbolic Action; former CEO of UPN and President of Walt Disney Television
- Diana Barrett, Founder, The Fledgling Fund
- Evan Spiridellis, Head Art Guy, JibJab Media
- George Strompolos, Content Partnerships Manager, YouTube
- Graham Leggat, Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society (Moderator)
- Gregg Spiridellis, CEO Guy, JibJab Media
- Hunter Weeks, Director, 10 Yards and 10 MPH
- James LeBrecht, Berkeley Sound Artists
- Jason Harris, President, Mekanism
- Jeremiah Birnbaum, CEO, SF School of Digital Filmmaking
- Jesse Keane, Chief Technology Officer, CinemaNow
- Jim Sommers, Senior Vice President, ITVS
- John Batter, Co-President of Production, DreamWorks Animation SKG; former Group Studio General Manager, Electronic Arts
- John Gaeta, Visual Effects Designer, Speed Racer and the Matrix trilogy
- John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic
- Jonathan Marlow, Executive Director, San Francisco Cinematheque; formerly at Vudu and GreenCine
- Josh Wiggins, Senior Director of Global Strategic Sales, Ascent Media
- KC Blake, Anywhere/Anytime Content Lab, Entertainment Technology Center@USC
- Ken Eklund, Writer & Creative Director, "World Without Oil"
- Ken Goldberg, Director, Berkeley Center for New Media
- Lance Weiler, Filmmaker & Editor, The Workbook Project
- Michael Ferris Gibson, Director, 24 Hours on Craigslist & Producer, Truth in Numbers: The Wikipedia Story
- Michealene Cristini Risley, Independent filmmaker, Tapestries of Hope
- Mike Curtis, HD for Indies
- Mike Shiley, Director, Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories & Dark Water Rising
- Nick Braccia, Creative Director, Deep Focus
- Peggy Weil, Artist & Game Developer, "Gone Gitmo" and "The Redistricting Game"
- Pete Ludé, SVP, Sony Electronics
- Peter Broderick, President, Paradigm Consulting
- Phil Tippett, Founder, Tippett Studio
- Reed Hastings, CEO & Founder, Netflix
- Rich Bradway, Associate Dir. of E-Commerce & New Media, Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Richard Kerris, Chief Technology Officer, Lucasfilm Ltd.
- Scilla Andreen, CEO, IndieFlix
- Scott Kirsner, Editor, CinemaTech
- Ted Hope, Co-Founder, This is That
- Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Founder, The Webby Awards
- Tim Napoleon, Chief Strategist for Digital Media, Akamai
- Wendy Levy, Director of Creative Programming, Bay Area Video Coalition
- Woody Benson, Managing Partner, Prism VentureWorks