October 18, 2010
Digital Hollywood's Monetizing Original Media
On Thursday, October 21, 2010, there's a monetizing digital panel at Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles. The event will be held at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. In a session entitled: Monetizing Original Media: Broadband, Viral, Episodic Programming, Content & Advertising, Robin Rowe will moderate the following panelist line up.....
* Nathan Anderson, Managing Director, Envelop Entertainment (Australia)
* Joe Ferreira, SVP network and Studio Liaison, CBS Interactive
* Todd Green, digital media guru
* Burnes Hollyman, President and & CEO, the digital entertainment alliance
* Christopher Kubasik, Creator The Booth
* Jason Peterson, founder and president, GoDigital
A Recap of the 2010 Tudou Video Festival
Tudou.com (which means “couch potato” in Chinese) is China’s first, and now one of the country’s largest (aside from rival Youku.com), video sharing portals. Launched in 2005, Tudou follows a similar model to Google Inc.’s video Web site, YouTube.
Tudou also hosts videos that push the boundaries of sensitivity on the country’s censored Internet. It was the first portal, for example, to show the “War of Internet Addiction,” a 64-minute computer animation film on government Web controls, Tudou co-founder Gary Wang said. The film, produced by a network engineer who goes by the name “Sexy Corn,” won the top award at this year's festival.
Aspiring filmmakers, actresses and actors, animators and amateur videographers from around China (all mostly in their mid- to late-20s) showcased their work at the festival held at an art complex in Beijing, with aorund one thousand people in attendance.
Of the more than 5,000 entries, 94 made it to the final round of nominations.
“Two to three years ago, the works were really amateur,” Wang said. “Now people are taking it much more seriously.”
Now, traditional media along with advertisers are starting to take the content on Tudou much more seriously, too. Hung Huang, a blogge experiences working as a journalist in China won the “Golden Camera Award," and Hitch-hike Diary won the documentary category. The film, by a video blogger who goes by the name Tomato-Han Da Ka, is the story of a hiking trip on the border regions of Sichuan province and Tibet.
He is the producer of the “War of Internet Addiction,” an animated film shot entirely within the video game, World of Warcraft (it is a filming technique known as machinima, which involves making animated movies using real-time images recorded from video games). The movie won the top award at the Tudou festival.
The film centers on World of Warcraft gamers who are frustrated that a new version of the game was banned in China. However it also contains deeper themes about Internet freedom in the country. It has been viewed millions of times.
Video Link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/8w0z0Q_TAQI/
Cai Chen-Shu (Video Blogger Name: Love Vacation)
“It Seems to Rain” centers on a high school boy and his struggles to accept himself as a homosexual. “I have always wanted to make a movie about same sex relationships and how a teenager becomes comfortable with his own identity.
Cai said the film received a lot of criticism when it was first posted online in China because “the movie is from Taiwan and those kinds of things.” He now works for a film production company in Taipei. “I don’t consider myself a movie producer at all,” he said. “It was just an assignment.” However Cai says one day he does hope to become a famous director of a disaster film.
Video Link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/O_GQhEIvCsA/
Zhou ended up pursuing his filmmaking dream. He is now studying at the Beijing Film Academy. And his 22-minute film, “Lost in Paradise,” was nominated for best drama at the Tudou awards ceremony. The film is about a driver who loses 10 patients he is taking to a mental institution when he stops to see a prostitute along the way.
Zhou says his next film will center on love between parents and their son in honor of the support his family eventually gave him to pursue his dream. “Crying is not weak,” he said. “”Crying is because we are moved by each other.”
Read more: 2010 Tudou Video Festival awards: The best of China's online films | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/none/chinese-video-portal-tudoucom-holds-annual-awards-beijing-706382#ixzz12mBMxeHL
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October 09, 2010
Comedian Jason Pollock Talks About Life: Then, Now & The FutureComedian Jason Pollock hit the 140 Conference stage this past week in Los Angeles. Amusing and entertaining as always, he talks about what he's been working on and the future.
October 07, 2010
CandyMan Tells His Story at 140ConfStreet performer CandyMan addresses the 140 Conference crowd in Los Angeles this past week. He starts off with a poem he says he lives his life by, making 'love' his greatest weapon. Homeless not up until long ago, he talks about how he uses social media and engagement on and offline and when he performs 'on the streets.'
Engaging & Heart Warming Stories & People at 140Conf in LA
Jeff Pulver's 140 Conference was held for the second year in Los Angeles, last year at the prestigious Kodak Theatre and this year at the Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard.
In 2010 alone, there have been #140conf events in: Barcelona,SXSW (Austin), New York City, Washington D.C., Tel Aviv and San Francisco, a #140conf Road Trip and #140conf Boston. And, the content is only getting better.
The conversations, the on-stage storytelling and the panels are authentic and heart warming. And, the range unlike most conferences that center around the use of social media as a tool to accelerate change, grow your brand and engage with customers, is diverse.
Pulver brought together speakers that discussed more traditional topics like the evolution of influence in the real-time web. Also on the stage was @DRG who talked about social media in neurotech and a panel of educators who talked about transformation in and out of the classroom,including @ApsatParentella @teachingwthsoul, @martinez and @reportertanya. Below Jeff introduces LA times teacher Steve Franklin (@SEF4PRES).
Because of its location, there was not only a lot of panels on entertainment, but a lot of performers throughout the two days, starting with a VIP private 'show' from Street Performers United, including the very 'hot and sculpted' Candyman, the NSK Dance Group, Haspop, Sammie Jay, Josh Ricketts and Amy May.
Below Amy May (left) and to the right: Won G and Amy May
The NSK Dance Crew
CandyMan and Hashpop
Josh Ricketts on saxophone and Julie Spira (@JulieSpira) and I with CandyMan
NSK Dancer and singer songwriter Sammie Jay
Street Performers United performers
Other great sessions included former showbiz guy @BruceSallan who now writes a dad's column, One Day one Earth @onedayoneearth's brandon Litman and Kyle Ruddick, sneakerheads @franalations and @colagrand and @carloshernandez who helped to break down age discrimination in the job search for people over the age of 50.
There was also a news gathering session with @jonlan from O.C. Register, @philhulett with LA's Morning News on KFWB and @webjournalist. Music artist @michellebranch did a solo piece and we had an on-stage conversation with actor @mattbennett. @fireresident talked about life in Haiti in the area of the real-time web and @angelashelton shared a new way to share love on and offline.
There were also an abundance of women attendees unlike so many geek conferences in Silicon Valley. Below, @carolhink @writeononline @LoriMoreno @AdventureGirl @JulieSpira @magicsaucemedia @weblogtheworld
Actor and Comedian @kevinpollack was very entertaining
The Social Media for Social Good Panel, which included @ashong @OKKenna @iamkhayyam @sarah_ross @adventuregirl @tmoorepr and @verolaza.
And of course we had to have a discussion about food....let's get our priorities right. On the panel was @datatv @gastronomyblog, @tendergreens, garden to sustainable cuisine and @manilamachine, LA's first Filipino food truck.
Below, Renee Blodgett, Captain Crunch at opening reception
Musician @andygrammar performed, @itsrishi from Google talked about the real-time web and Indie filmmaking and two farming and cattle ranching dudes came in from northern California, who I managed to talk to after hours about their work on and offline.
@JeffFowle is Owner/Operator and President of KK Bar Ranch and AgChat Foundation and @RayLinDairy runs a dairy, who wonders whether people's lack of tolerance with dairy in the 2000s isn't because we simply have been drinking less of it.
Jeff Pulver, Keyonna King and Bethany Nelson from Real Sovage
The W Hotel Lobby in Hollywood on the last night of the conference.
Several videos of 140Conf LA to follow this and next week. The below three shots were taken by Peter Weissenstein.
September 28, 2010
Meet Blio: It Transforms e-Reading
Available immediately, Blio features a library of full-color, interactive media content and today’s bestsellers. Apps for iOS, Android and Silverlight platforms are apparently coming soon.
"By providing a full-color, flexible, and interactive experience, Blio redefines the boundaries of the e-book, opening up entirely new categories of multimedia content and, as a result, engaging new groups of readers of e-books," says founder and CEO Ray Kurzweil.
Through its partnership with Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, Blio will not only offer today’s bestsellers but also interactive rich-media, video, slide-show, and audio enhanced content from more than 100 top publishers, including Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Group, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster.
Blio offers a library of more than 1 million paid and free titles, and is currently adding new publishers and thousands of new titles weekly. Currently, Blio supports English, French and Spanish, with Italian, German and Asian-language options to follow.
With its ability to reproduce the color, layout and original fonts as in the print version of a book, Blio brings to life a large selection of books that are not available with E Ink devices. Categories such as children’s books and lifestyle books, encompassing travel guides, cookbooks, and textbooks, finally have an e-reader that can deliver the experience to the reader that was intended by the author.
Blio has a host of functions that make it smart, fun and easy to use. Highlights include:
- Blio mimics a book’s printed format like no other e-reader, with files presented in XPS format, which allows digital books to stay true to their original print version. Blio also supports the more limited ePub-formatted books.
- Blio is powered by the most advanced text-to-speech technology, using the Nuance Vocalizer, which allows readers to download two lifelike voices (“Samantha” and “Tom”) for hands-free use. To facilitate reading and learning, Blio provides unique synchronized highlighting of the words being spoken.
- Blio’s full-media functionality allows users to insert notes into digital pages, highlight sections and even look up references on websites, without leaving their e-book.
- Downloaded Blio titles are stored in a personal virtual library, enabling flexible access to content. This library can be accessed easily from numerous devices, allowing users to begin reading their book on a home PC, then pick up where they left off on a netbook or laptop. Future Blio versions will also support tablets and mobile devices and iOS, Android and Silverlight platforms.
September 22, 2010
Waste Land: The Forgotten People (Catadores)
The film follows the journey of artist Vik Muniz to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro where he photographs the forgotten people or "catadores" -- self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.
Through his journey, you will discover beauty and hope amidst hardship, the dignity of the human spirit, along with fading boundaries through visionary art and sacrificial giving.
Lucy Walker (Devil's Playground, Blindsight) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
September 10, 2010
Camden International Film Festival Next Month
The Camden International Film Festival returns for its sixth season in October 2010. The festival will shine the spotlight on a number of great artistic works.
All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.
Each year, the event takes over multiple venues throughout three coastal towns in Maine.
Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the festival becomes a unique setting to experience the very best in international documentary film.
Accompanying the screening of nearly fifty features and shorts are Q&A’s with directors and producers, the Points North Documentary Film Forum, musical concerts, interactive and video art installations, parties, panels and an opportunity to connect with eager audiences and industry leaders in an extremely intimate setting.
The main venues they use are Camden’s Opera House and Bayview St. Cinema and Rockland’s Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum.
Some of the films you can view this year include:
A ROAD NOT TAKEN Directors Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller | USA | 2010
The story of the solar panels that former US President Jimmy Carter had installed on the roof of the White House. His successor, Ronald Reagan, had the panels removed – accompanied by a radical alienation from Carter’s energy program. Thirty years later two filmmakers tracked down the panels and traced the story of their journey back from Maine to Washington D.C. BUDRUS Director Julia Bacha | Occupied Palestinian Territorries, Israel, USA | 2009 | 82 min A Palestinian leader unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
CAPE WIND (Work in Progress) Directors Robbie Gemmel and Daniel Coffin | USA | 2010 | 90 min
Cape Wind Illuminates the divisive controversy of the Cape Wind Project, a proposal to build 130 massive wind towers five miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound. The film translates the furor which exploded on Cape Cod into a definitive battle which will be replicated hundreds of times over as industrial-scale renewable energy projects are proposed for America’s deserts, ridgelines and waterways.
CIRCO Director Aaron Schock | USA | 2010 | 75 min
New England Premiere Set within a century-old circus, CIRCO is an intimate portrait of a Mexican family struggling to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict that threatens this once-vibrant family tradition. This cinematic road movie opens the viewer to the luminous world of a traveling circus while examining the universal themes of family bonds, filial responsibility, and the weight of cultural inheritance.
DAVID WANTS TO FLY Director David Sieveking | Germany | 2010 | 97 min
US Premiere In search of enlightenment, young filmmaker David Sieveking follows his idol David Lynch and uncovers the billion-dollar industry behind Transcendental Meditation.
DO IT AGAIN Directors Geoff Edgers and Robert Patton-Spruill | USA | 2010 | 85 min
It is a quest. Geoff Edgers, a newspaper reporter dreading the approach of his 40th birthday, decides to take a most improbable leap. He sets out to find the still-surviving members of the long dormant British rock band, the Kinks (“You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and “Come Dancing”), to convince them to reunite.
DREAMLAND Director Andri Snær Magnason | Iceland | 2009 | 89 min
US Premiere A film about a nation standing at crossroads. Leading up to the Iceland’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest project in the country’s history: to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide the Alcoa company cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.
THE DISAPPERANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN Director Henry Corra | USA | 2010 | 77 min
New England Premiere Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured, some say he was a traitor, some even say he was an American operative. The U.S. Army officially claims he was radicalized and “went native,” joined the Viet Cong and was later murdered by the Khmer Rouge. The film follows the Nolan family from the cotton belt of Texas, to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, to the killing fields of Cambodia and unfolds as a mysterious fever dream filled with doubt, longing and the will to believe.
FAMILY AFFAIR Director Chico Colvard | USA | 2010 | 80 min
At 10 years old, Chico Colvard accidentally shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium.
GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 Director Robert Persons | USA | 2009 | 72 min
Northeast Premiere One last trip down the rabbit hole before it’s paved over. An experimental documentary that contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South as potent metaphors of personal and collective destiny.
GOODNIGHT NOBODY Director Jacqueline Zünd | Switzerland/Germany | 2010 | 77 min
US Premiere A journey through night, space and time. Four protagonists from four different continents share the same affliction: they can't sleep. With varying tactics, they resign themselves to the fact that they must live around the clock without interruption. A hypnotic journey through the most beautiful of all film settings: the night.
GREETINGS FROM THE WOODS Director Mikel Cee Karlsson | Sweden | 2009 | 75 min
New England Premiere Life follows its peaceful course in a remote little town in the Swedish forest. The unforgettable characters introduced enliven the sometimes absurd little scenes in this immersive exploration of everyday life in a particular place in Sweden.
HEAVEN AND EARTH AND JOE DAVIS (Work In Progress) Director Peter Sasowski | USA | 2010
Thirty years ago, a peg-legged motorcycle mechanic named Joe Davis walked into the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. They had not returned his calls. The police were summoned. Forty-five minutes later he walked out with an academic appointment. This film documents the life of an artist who is driven to pursue questions that can only be answered in the space where the boundaries between science and art blur.
LA BELLE VISITE (JOURNEY’S END) Director Jean-Francois Caissy | Canada | 2010 | 80 min
Northeast Premiere In the far reaches of the Quebec countryside, between a road and a headland that plunges into the sea, an abandoned motel has been converted into a retirement home. In this former travelers’ retreat, time seems to have ground to a halt. This film is an elegiac exploration of old age, set in a place at once physical and allegorical.
MARWENCOL Director Jeff Malmberg | USA | 2010 | 82 min
After a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in Marwencol, a 1/6th –scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
MY PERESTROIKA Director Robin Hessman | USA, Russia | 2010 | 88 min
This film follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered childhoods, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia.
ON COAL RIVER Directors Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood | USA | 2010 | 81 min
New England Premiere Coal River Valley, West Virginia is a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. The film follows four longtime residents as they confront a notorious coal company, their local school board, and state government to protect their families and community from the effects of an increasingly mechanized and destructive coal industry.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE Directors Stefanie Brockhaus/Andy Wolff | Germany | 2009 | 88 min
To survive in a Cape Town township, brothers Lucky and Bongani learned their lessons early. They move through ever-shifting worlds, cultures, and traditions in a film that transcends a social environment study to become a far-ranging essay about the future of an Africa ground to pieces between tradition and modernity.
PRODIGAL SONS Kimberly Reed | USA | 2008 | 86 min
Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including his blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries, and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them both to face challenges no one could imagine.
Special Work-in-Progress Screening: Untitled Film About Light Pollution & Disappearing Dark USA
When a filmmaker and amateur astronomer moves into his apartment in New York, he climbs atop his Brooklyn rooftop to survey the night sky. But bathed in its glow of orange streetlights, the City that Never Sleeps only has a dozen stars to see. One disappointing autumn evening becomes a journey to answer a simple question: do we need the dark?
SUMMER PASTURE Directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker | USA | 2010 | 85 min
A film about a young couple living with their infant daughter in the nomadic pastures of eastern Tibet. With rare access to an area seldom visited by outsiders, the film opens a unique window into a highly insular community and offers a sensitive portrait of a family at a time of great transition.
SUN COME UP Director Jennifer Redfearn | USA | 2010 | 38 mins
New England Premiere This film follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.
TANKOGRAD Director Boris B. Bertram | Denmark | 2010 | 58 min
US Premiere Chelyabinsk, in Western Siberia, is infamous for its extreme pollution and its vibrant dance community. This film is a lyrical documentary about a world-class modern dance company that examines the hopes and struggles of a group of young Russians trying to find meaning and expression in the dreary and frightening reality of New Russia through the art of dance.
WAR DON DON Director Rebecca Richman Cohen | USA | 2010 | 83 min
In Krio, war don don means “the war is over,” and although today Sierra Leone is at peace, the specter of war remains ever-present. Can the trial of one man uncover the truth of a traumatic past? With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and – from behind bars – the accused himself, War Don Don puts international justice on trial for the world to see.
WASTELAND Director Lucy Walker | Brazil | 2010 | 89 min
We follow renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" – or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with the “catadores” to recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair.
August 24, 2010
More Than an MP3......
A bit of horn-tooting for one of Omobono's (former) own, Andy, who has used his digital mastery for an exciting new project of his own, called 3DiCD.
It is a digital experience for online music, providing interactive packaging along with the music files. As they have said: “With a 3DiCD, listeners get the whole packaging experience; engagement and immersion all within the online environment.
Last week, Andy and the 3DiCD team launched with a digital version of Imogen Heap’s Grammy award winning album, Ellipse. You can check it out here.
We wish Andy and the team the best of luck.
August 09, 2010
Ubergizmo's Digital Summer: August 25: #DS2010I'm a fan of Ubergizmo's content and their annual Digital Summer event, now in its second year. Last year, they drew hundreds of people to their August event in San Francisco, where movers-and-shakers in the area of technology, fashion, design and media converged.
Digital Summer's mission is to bring together technology exhibitors and art exhibitors (photographers, artists, fashion designers, designers, music artists) in a unique setting and it works, a refreshing blend in a city largely known for tech only -- all the time.
In fact, both worlds rarely mix and each has a lot to gain by doing so. Promoting promising artists, designers, photographers and emerging technologies is the underlying motivation of producing Digital Summer. Additionally, Digital Summer aims to promote women and their access to technology, both as users and as professionals. Rock on and kudos to producer Eliane Fiolet and her team.
This year, the event will be held on August 25th, 2010. Among the unique features of this one-of-a-kind event is a live runway fashion show showcasing designers Colleen Quen Couture, Jan Warnock, Harputs OWN and Sofie Olgaard. Manika Jewelry will provide the jewelry and attendees will also have a chance to enjoy a professional photo-shoot.
Attendees can register here and for the social media addicts among us, the Twitter hash is #DS2010, so tweet up a storm - it's an event worth tweeting about.
The program will include sponsors like Intel, who will showcase the future of fashion display and Verizon Wireless where you'll get an opportunity to try out their latest 3G smartphones. You can get a hands-on demo of the Droid X by Motorola and the Verizon Wireless MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.
Other cool things and a call-to-action, or should I say, "eco-action" -- attendees are encouraged to bring their old phones for recycling through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program, where the contributed phones will be refurbished or recycled in an environmentally friendly way. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless supports non-profit organizations providing vital services to domestic violence survivors.
We Blog the World is a proud media sponsor of this exciting event that promises to surprise and entertain.