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Sundance 2011 Appearances

Sunday January 23rd 3:00pm-3:30pm at the Tweet House in the Riverhorse Cafe

Film and the Future: Emerging Technologies and Business Models That Will Drive Success in 2011 and Beyond

The evidence is clear, technological change breeds big winners, and (regrettably) some losers too. The key to success is having the vision to anticipate what the world will be like in five years, and making the right moves to position yourself as a relevant participant. Considering that the sands are shifting faster than ever, people who make, market, and distribute films need to stay on top of the trends to survive.

In this session, we’re bringing together several of the people who are helping define the future of film to talk about what technologies and processes are inevitable and how they believe the next generation of moguls will use them to best effect.

Innovations in financing: Crowdsourcing, taxation and more * Distribution and marketing via mobile and the cloud * Digital capture and editing: The SLR revolution * Data capture and predictive analysis * Apple, NetFlix, Hulu and Google: How will the studios/networks adapt?


Bridging the Gap between Financiers and Filmmakers
March 10, 2011 – Hilton Los Angeles – Universal City, CA

11:30 – 12:30 pm

How to Make Crowd-Funding Work For Filmmakers
Crowd-Funding goes beyond sourcing for donations – there’s a strategy involved in building a community and a fan base around each project. This group of panelists will discuss what it takes to get a movie funded on these emerging sites, the benefits,and limitations.


Columbia College Chicago: Semester in LA Program

March 22, 2011 10:00am-11:00am

Guest Lecture – Film/Producing Track Program

Film Courage

April 3, 2011     1-3pm (pst)

Guest on LA Talk Radio’s Film Courage: w/ Karen Worden & David Branin.

Listen to the interview here.

Archive of 1-hour radio interview on Film Courage.

Barcamp LA-8

April 30 at 10:00am – May 1  5:00pm

Digital Hollywood

May 3, 2011

Ritz Carlton – Marina del Rey

Special Workshop II

10:45 AM – Noon

Investment, Funding Strategies and Deal Flow

A Primer for Content and Technology Companies

I. Understanding Funding and Strategy

Cine Gear Expo LA

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Studios at Paramount

I will be participating in the Master Class.

“Meet the Financier”

October 20, 2011

Loyola Marymount University – School of Film & Television

Mayer Theater

Noon – 2:00PM

Podcast Interview with Jeff Steele: “Creating Your Film Financing Plan”

Podcast available here; requires membership