I hope you’ll join me this year on Friday, May 3rd at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Making Media Now 2013, the annual must-attend conference for documentary media makers presented by Filmmakers Collaborative. I’m very excited about this year’s theme, Living the Connection Economy (exploring how creative and business connections offer media makers new models for storytelling, production, distribution and engagement) and I’m sure you will be too!
This year I organized and will be moderating the opening plenary session, New Forms – New Opportunities, examining short and interactive documentaries, two key trends that are transforming the industry and connecting subjects, filmmakers, and audiences in new ways. I will orchestrate the conversation with two thought leaders: Natasha Deganello Giraudie, CEO and founder of Micro-Documentaries in San Francisco, and Sarah Wolozin, Director of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. We can never predict what’s going to happen next, but by facing the future with fascination rather than fear, we become receptive to opportunities and find the positive side of change.
The other sessions scheduled for the day include:
- The Double Bottom Line discussing how designing a measurable social impact campaign can help you engage audiences and secure project funding;
- Working with Scholars on how to work effectively with scholars which is key to securing funding from funders like the National Endowment for the Humanities and other federal granting programs;
- The ever popular Art of the Pitch during which five filmmakers will do live pitches in front of industry experts; and
- Media Communities exploring how filmmakers connect and collaborate with each other in virtual and physical environments, in distribution and online game communities, and when telling interactive stories.
- In addition to these sessions there will be an opportunity to schedule one-on-one consultations with industry professionals and participate in a delightful end-of-conference networking reception.
For more details on the complete conference agenda and to register, visit the Making Media Now 2013 page on the Filmmakers Collaborative web site.
I’m convinced this will be the best Making Media Now ever. I know everyone in the media making field is very busy this time of year, however, I can personally assure you this will be a day well spent, offering fresh insights and valuable networking opportunities, so register now before the event sells out! Imagine Magazine published an article about the conference, available in their print edition (April 2013) available at selected New England locations (including Rule/Boston Camera, Filmmakers Collaborative, etc.) or as a PDF download.
I hope to see you there!