The NEXT Waves of Creative Distribution - FREE Panel from #ArtistServices
Our #ArtistServices project has helped both newcomers and pros ride the waves of an ever-changing independent film landscape. Producers and Directors now conceive, strategize and deploy creative control of their work in the modern micro-cinema age. Raising over $5 million-dollars on Kickstarter and empowering the self-release of 80 independent films since launching in 2010, Sundance Institute staffers Chris Horton and Joseph Beyer will moderate this FREE EVENT and enforce a Truth-Only Chautauqua of where this movement is going. Get wicked-smart on the latest tech and trends in Creative Financing, Digi Distro, Guerilla Marketing and Indie Theatrical Releases (all in the unique spirit and setting of #NEXTweekend). You can "Save the Date" and set yourself a reminder on Facebook.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST | Sundance Cinemas Sunset | No Ticket Required – Seating is First-Come, First-Served | Doors Open at 10:30 AM | Coffee and Concessions Available | 95 Seat Capacity | Arrive Early
Ondi Timoner | "A Total Disruption" and "WE LIVE IN PUBLIC" and "DIG!" is an American film director, producer, and cinematographer. She was born in Miami, Florida, USA. In 1994, she graduated from Yale University, where she majored in American Studies and Theater Studies. She subsequently founded her company, Interloper Films in the same year. She is perhaps best known for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, which chronicles seven years of the lives of two neo-psychedelic bands, The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Ondi's currently directing and producing a web-based video portal for innovators called, "A Total Disruption" (which moves faster than she can keep up with it), about the invisible superheroes who are transforming our lives with technology. She is a two-time Grand Jury Award Prize Winner at Sundance Film Festival.
Lucy Walker | "THE CRASH REEL" is director and producer Lucy Walker’s fifth film at the Sundance Film Festival. DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND screened in 2002, WASTE LAND won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award in 2010 and was nominated for an Academy Award, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO also screened in 2010, and her short THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM earned a Jury Prize last year and was nominated for an Academy Award. BLINDSIGHT (2006) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Walker grew up in London, England, and graduated from Oxford before winning a Fulbright to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Madeleine Olnek is a prolific writer and director who honed her skills in downtown New York City venues with over 20 produced plays--all comedies--which frequently enjoyed sell-out runs. She is one of the authors of A Practical Handbook for the Actor (with a foreword by Mamet), a widely-used acting textbook, which articulates a truthful approach to performance. She studied filmmaking at Columbia University, where she was awarded the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship and the Adrienne Shelly Award/Grant for Best Female Director. Her first film, the award-winning short comedy HOLD UP, was presented at Sundance in 2006. She returned in 2009 with another award-winning comedy short, COUNTERTRANSFERENCE. Olnek’s debut feature comedy, CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and has been all over the world in many languages. Her latest film THE FOXY MERKINS is world-premiering at #NEXTweekend in Los Angeles the night before this special panel slash event, and will screen again the day after.
David Larkin is the Founder and CEO of GoWatchit, a search engine and universal queue for movies. He has worked in many roles in the film industry from production assistant to producer. Memorable films include late night cable staple Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, better known as CHUD and SXSW Award Winner, MADE IN CHINA. He is Executive Chairman of Nanotronics Imaging, an innovative platform for high resolution digital imaging and analysis, and sits on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up, which helps the world’s poorest people start businesses thorough micro grants and business training and he is also a director of the Montauk Observatory, a public astronomical observatory for the education and enjoyment of students, astronomy buffs and families on the East End of Long Island.
Paul Snow is a manager on YouTube's content partnerships team. In that role, Paul represents video content at Google, focusing on entertainment partners across each of the company's business lines, including ad support content, funded channels and transactional opportunities. Based in Beverly Hills, he works with studios, networks and new content creators in the western United States. Before joining YouTube, Paul worked in management consulting with Booz & Company. In addition, he holds a MBA from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and lives along with his wife and four children in Los Angeles.
Bob Moczydlowsky has dedicated his career to removing obstacles between artists and fans. He’s managed bands and events and created artist web sites. In 1996, he created one of the web’s first licensed streaming music sites. Prior to Topspin, Bob worked at Yahoo! Music, founded the media agency Closed System, and worked closely with the Sundance Institute and the N.E.A. to help musicians, filmmakers and educators. Bob holds degrees from The University of Kansas and Carnegie Mellon Universtity, and teaches in CMU’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management program. He is the head of product development and marketing at Topspin Media.
Chris Horton joined Sundance Institute in 2011 to launch #ArtistServices, an initiative that further extends the organization's mission of connecting artists with audiences. Through a series of innovative deals and partnerships, #ArtistServices provides Institute alumni with tools and resources that enhance creative funding and self-distribution opportunities. Recent projects include two films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: DETROPIA, winner of the U.S. Documentary Editing Award, and INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, winner of the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award. Horton was previously the head of acquisitions for FilmBuff, a pioneering New York digital distribution company and sister company to Cinetic Media. Under Horton's leadership, FilmBuff acquired sales rights to hundreds of feature-length movies, including Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop and Chris Smith's Collapse.
Joseph Beyer currently works as Director of Digital Initiatives for Sundance Institute, where he managed the development team and launch of the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative under the direction of Executive Director Keri Putnam and the Board of Trustees. #ArtistServices provides exclusive creative funding, distribution, marketing and theatrical support to 6,000+ Sundance Institute alumni artists. Filmmakers are eligible for innovative universal and pre-negotiated deals to self-distribute their work to top digital retailers - all while retaining and controlling their creative rights and release plans. Beyer led the team that developed the first-ever collaboration with innovator Kickstarter.com to provide Institute alumni exclusive training and promotional support in creative funding. 150+ projects totaling over $5 million dollars have been successfully raised through the partnership since launching in January 2011.