Monday, October 31, 2011

Transmedia for Social Documentaries: TFI at The New School

 Check out our latest free panel at the New School in Manhattan, co-sponsored by the Department of Media Studies and Film.

Tribeca Film Institute at The New School: Transmedia for Social Documentaries
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:00 p.m.

What does the word transmedia actually mean? What do documentaries need to be to ensure that they are seen in this complex media world? Documentary filmmakers, funders, and technology experts join in conversation to explore gaming, films for mobile phones, new animation techniques, and storytelling platforms for the iPad and other tablets. This panel is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the future of media-driven communication.

The panel will be moderated by TFI's own Opeyemi Olukemi. The speakers:
Vladan Nikolic is a filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at The New School. His most recent work includes producing the feature Here and There (winner of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Best NY Narrative Award), and writing, directing and producing the feature film Zenith, which is accompanied by an elaborate transmedia campaign.

Caitlin Burns is a transmedia producer with Starlight Runner Entertainment who has worked on a number of blockbusters including Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron Legacy and Avatar, as well Halo for Microsoft and Transformers for Hasbro. In addition she runs Starlight Runner’s Documentary and Social Issue campaigns focusing on using entertainment for social change.

Megan Cunningham is the Founder and CEO of Magnet Media, an award-winning digital production studio and marketing services firm that produces web video and social media campaigns for many of the largest brands in media, entertainment and technology, including Apple, Google, ABC, Showtime, the Associated Press, Dreamworks Animation and more.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Media Studies and Film.

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reading List

 Be Sure to check out this ebook,  it contains pearls of wisdom from many interesting people... and me as well. 

Alexandre Brachet (Upian) ; Alexander Knetig (ARTE); Alexis Sarini & Louis Villers ( ; Andrew Devigal (The New-York Times); Anne Vierhout (ex-IDFA) ; Arik Bernstein (Alma-Films) ; Brian Storm (Mediastorm) ; Caitlin Burns (Starlight Runner) ; Danae Ringelmann (IndieGoGo); Elizabeth Radshaw (Hotdocs) ; Femke Wolting (Submarine) ; Heather Croall (Sheffield Doc Fest); Hugues Sweeney (ONF/NFB) ; James McQuivey (Forrester Research) ; Jon Reiss (Think Outside the Box Office); Katerina Cizek (NFB) ; Laurence Bagot (narrative) ; Marc Meurisse (Belle); Mark Atkin (Doc-Campus/Crossover) ; Mathieu D├ętaint & Nicolas Sauret (Inflammable); Nicolas Saint-Cyr (Nikosanto) ; Paul Pauwels (ETMA) ; Peter Wintonick (DocAgora/Eyesteelfilm) ; Rob Ford (FWA); Sheri Candler (Social media consultant) ; Stefano Strocchi (Move production) ; Tamara Krinsky (IDA) ; Tom Koch (PBS). 

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Lovelace Day has begun!

Do you remember which women have influenced you over the years?

Perhaps your maths teacher, one of your university lecturers, or a colleague?
This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Recipients of Our First-Ever TFI New Media Fund

"We're thrilled to announce the six projects selected for the inaugural year of the TFI New Media Fund, a diverse collection of nonfiction transmedia works exploring everything from the Egyptian Revolution to global health to the "friendly fire" death in Afghanistan of American serviceman Pat Tillman. These grantees will receive $50,000 and $100,000 apiece, with funding effective immediately."
I'm really honored to be a Jury Member for the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund, check out all the recipients here.