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Category: Keynotes

​Graef Allen’s Digital Cinema Mastering 101 for Indies​

When Graef Allen, manager of content services at Dolby Laboratories in Burbank California, took the floor at the first-ever #ArtistServices San Francisco Workshop last month, she addressed the room of attendees with a raw disclaimer.

Allen conceded that her presentation was not for the faint of heart, despite its euphemistical title, “Digital Cinema Mastering 101 for Indies.” Rather, this would be an arduous crash course in the teachings of digital cinema mastering and distribution, navigating the shallow ends of the technical terrain inherent in post-production.

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Kickstarter’s Elisabeth Holm Breaks Down “The Canyons”

Elisabeth Holm is a Brooklyn-based producer and Film Program Director at Kickstarter. She most recently produced Keith Miller’s 2012 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize-winning Welcome to Pine Hill, making its NY premiere at BAMcinemaFest next month, and is currently producing Gillian Robespierre’s feature comedy Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate.Three weeks ago independent producer Braxton Pope (Shrink, The Take) took one small step for film and one giant leap for independent filmmaking when he launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Canyons, a new narrative feature written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, Less Than Zero, .

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​David Larkin on Why He Founded GoWatchIt.com

David Larkin is a serial entrepreneur who, after realizing there was no good way to keep track of all the movies he wanted to see, launched Watch It in 2011. He has worked throughout the film industry, from location scout to production manager. He splits time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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Sundance and Social Media: What’s a Filmmaker To Do?

Devon Smith is director of social media for Threespot, a digital engagement agency in DC primarily serving nonprofit and governmental organizations. She holds an MBA from Yale School of Management, an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. She’s worked for nonprofit organizations across the country, primarily in the arts & culture sector, often having to do with digital strategy.

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​Stephanie Allen​ on the Problem with Independent Film Marketing

Stephanie Allen recently retired from her co-executive VP of marketing job at Fox Searchlight to focus on an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Allen spent 10 years at Searchlight conceptualizing and producing award-winning ad campaigns for films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Little Miss Sunshine, and Sideways. Her eclectic career path has included gigs at Rolling Stone, TriStar Pictures and Orion Pictures.

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Direct-to-Fan is NOT the Last Resort

Bob 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.

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Us vs. Them: Film Producer Reid Carolin on Getting Creative with Distribition

Reid Carolin is a producer, screenwriter, and co-founder of Constellation, a startup digital exhibition platform launching this summer. He produced and developed Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss (2008), and wrote and produced Earth Made of Glass (2011), a documentary on Rwandan president Paul Kagame. His upcoming films include Jamie Linden’s Ten Year and Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, written and produced by Carolin.

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Our Obligation To Share

Hope has produced more than 60 films, including three Sundance winners and the first features of Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, and Ang Lee. Among his recent films, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene won the Sundance Directing Award, and Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse is headed for fall festivals. He cofounded HammerToNail.

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Kickstarting Sundance

Yancey Strickler is the cofounder of Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in New York City and has personally backed more than 400 Kickstarter projects.

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Strand Releasing’s Marcus Hu on the Story of the ‘Uncle Boonmee’ Poster

Strand Releasing was formed in 1989, and its goal has been to fuse quality art films with commercial product. They have produced ten feature films including Gregg Araki’s The Living End, Grief, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Psycho Beach Party, and more. They have distributed the works of such renowned international artists, and they have a vibrant home media library with over 300 titles from their 22 years in business.

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