2018 FUTURE OF FILM & MEDIA CONFERENCE

Urban Transformation is a Creative Act

Friday, Nov 30 & Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

Bowie State University
                  Fine and Performing Arts Center (Building #23)

Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715


WE THANK OUR PRESENTING PARTNERS: Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council (PGAHC); Prince George's Film Office, Maryland Film Office; UMD Libraries and Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA), Bowie State University (BSU).

Day One: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Theme: Creative Work & Urban Transformation - The Big Picture
We bring together creatives, place-makers and policy-makers for a keynote, community conversation and networking. The goal is to exchange ideas, develop strategies and initiate partnerships that embrace Film & Digital Media Education, Production & Entertainment as a key driver of economic growth in the creative economy of Prince George’s County and the DMV.

8:00am REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:00am OPENING REMARKS, Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council

9:15am MORNING BRIEFING, Pierre Walcott, Founder/ CEO of Creative Edge Collaborative

9:30am KEYNOTE: RE-THINKING FILM DISTRIBUTION with DeShuna Spencer, Founder/CEO of kweliTV

Digital Media Entrepreneur, DeShuna Spencer launched kweliTV, a video streaming network that curates undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series and children’s programming of the global black community. kweliTV is a video streaming network that curates undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series and children’s programming of the global black community. “Unfortunately, black filmmakers do not get the same distribution deals as other groups. kweliTV is creating a space in which award-winning filmmakers of color can make money off of their work.”

DeShuna Spencer will share her journey to launching kweliTV as “Netflix for African diaspora content”.

10:30am BREAK

10:45am FILMMAKER SHOP TALK: NEW MD STATE FILM INCENTIVES FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS, PROJECT FINANCING & INDUSTRY MARKETING
Panel discussion with Jack Gerbes, Director of  Maryland Film Office; Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC); Jim Coleman, President of Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation (PGEDC) (INVITED); Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs-in-Progress and Representative of FOF Producers Circle.

NOON LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:30pm  CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE: CREATIVE WORK-SPACES, EVENT VENUES, FILM LOCATIONS & ARTIST HOUSING

Panel discussion with local Place-makers, Government leaders and Creative Entrepreneurs about options available for filmmakers and other creative entrepreneurs seeking access to space for co-working, events, exhibitions, performance, film productions and artist housing. Donna Foster, Coordinator of Prince George’s Film Office; Phil Davis, Countywide Arts Coordinator, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Michelle Lee Darden, Program Manager of Gateway Media Arts Lab and Chris Vigilante, CEO of Vigilante Coffee.

3:00pm BREAK

3:15pm IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING WITH MIXED MEDIA/AUGMENTED REALITY/ VIRTUAL REALITY

Lucien Parsons, Director of the NEW Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC) based at UMD will lead a panel discussion centered around this recent initiative designed to help make the Mid-Atlantic region the center of gravity around Augmented Reality (AV) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Panelists: Elizabeth Lucas, Creative Director, Free Range Humans and Joey Cathey, CEO Capitol Interactive.

4:30pm NETWORKING LOUNGE

 

Day 2: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

Theme: Creative Practice, Media Entertainment & the Future of Work
We present Master Classes & Workshops that promote professional development, industry connections and access to the latest industry technology.

8:00am REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:00am OPENING REMARKS, Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council

9:15am MORNING BRIEFING, Talaya Grimes, Chairperson of Creative Edge Collaborative

9:30am OTT RISING: INDEPENDENTS IN THE NEW OVER-THE-TOP UNIVERSE

The digital revolution is nothing new. Yet the ascension of Over-The-Top (OTT) viewership vs watching TV through traditional cable and satellite services is still underway, and is still shaking up how independents produce and distribute their work. In this session, we will look at the possibilities for artistry, impact and income that lie ahead. We will spend time with the creator of Kindred Presents, a promising music/talk/variety series on Facebook Watch that taps into neo-soul nostalgia. We will also get advice about going it alone, using social and transactional VOD platforms, and even getting "picked up by" or "placed on" subscription VOD services.

Moderated by Malkia K. Lydia (Producer/Director, Kuyamba Media). Featuring Elise Perry (Producer/Director, BeauxArt Media). Additional participants to be announced soon.

10:30am BREAK

10:45am BRAND POWER FOR CREATIVES

Professional Development workshop presented by Rhett Butler, CEO of Rhett Butler & Associates, a creative agency based in the Gateway Arts Districy.

NOON    LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

1:30pm THE FUTURE OF THE FUNK: AFROFUTURISM, SCIENCE FICTION AND FILM

Filmmaker and professor Teo Melchishua Williams (Visual Jazz, Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts, Bowie State University) leads a panel discussion with special guests and the audience about NEW developments in Afrofuturism, speculative fiction, sci-fi and technology in narrative film, television and visual culture.

Panelists:  Huriyyah Muhammad, Filmmaker, Producer, Black TV & Film Collective, Keloid TV and Chad Eric Smith, Filmmaker, Producer, Actor.

2:30pm   BREAK

3:00pm ENTERTAINMENT LAW 101 FOR CREATIVES

Attorney and producer Brian A. Frankel of WALA will provide an overview of key legal concepts for creative entrepreneurs, including copyright, trademark, work for hire agreements, funding, business organizations and more. There will be time for some brief Q&A. This event kicks off a partnered 6 week series of workshops on Creative Entrepreneurship presented by WALA, Creative Edge Collaborative and Gateway Media Arts Lab.

4:30pm NETWORKING LOUNGE

 

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