2018 FUTURE OF FILM & MEDIA CONFERENCE

Urban Transformation is a Creative Act

// Produced by THE CREATIVE EDGE COLLABORATIVE

(New Dates) Friday, Nov 30 & Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

(New Venue) BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
                  Fine and Performing Arts Center (Building #23)

Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715


WE THANK OUR SPONSORS: 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). 

NOTE: PROGRAM AGENDA SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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 and community conversation; networking lunch and afternoon break-out sessions. The goal is to exchange ideas, develop strategies and initiate partnerships that embrace Film & Digital Media Education, Production & Entertainment industries as key drivers of economic growth in the creative economy of Prince George’s County and the DMV.


8:00am REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

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

9:10am MORNING BRIEFING, Mimi Machado-Luces, Creative Edge Collaborative Board Member

9:15am WELCOME, Tewodross Melchishua, Bowie State University VCDMA Program 

9:30am KEYNOTE: RE-THINKING DISTRIBUTION of MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT with DeShuna Spencer, Founder/CEO of kweliTV. To be followed by a Fireside Chat / Q&A led by Kevin Sampson, Creator of DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF), CEO of Picture Lock PR and Director of Rosebud Film Festival. 

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); John Mason, Director of Business Development, Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation (PGEDC) and Talaya Grimes, CEO TMuse Media, Chairperson of Creative Edge Collaborative & Representative of FOF Producers Circle.

Moderator: Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs-in-Progress

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. 

Panelists: 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 Darden Lee, Program  Manager of Gateway Media Arts Lab.

Moderator: Rhett Butler, CEO of Rhett Butler & Associates 

3:00pm BREAK

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

A practice-heavy journey through the integration of advanced and emerging technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR and VR) into the realms of theater and film.  We will explore what's happening now, what's possible, and what's to come as the lines between live and computer generated content continue to blur.  

Panelists: Elizabeth Lucas, Creative Director and Producer, Free Range Humans and Joey Cathey, Filmmaker and CEO Capitol Interactive and Jax Deluca, Media Arts Director of Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts.

Moderator: Lucien Parsons, Director of the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center at University of Marmy land (MAVRIC)

4:30pm NETWORKING LOUNGE

 

Day 2: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

Theme: CREATIVE PRACTICE, MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT & FUTURE OF WORK

We present Master Classes & Workshops that promote professional development, industry connections and access to the latest industry technology.

8:00am REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & 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 and Matt White, CEO/ Producer Sutton Hoo Studios

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 District of Prince George’s County, MD.

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 (VCDMA), Bowie State University) leads a panel discussion with a special guest and the audience about NEW developments in Afrofuturism, speculative fiction, sci-fi and technology in narrative film, television and visual culture.

Panelist: Chad Eric Smith, Filmmaker, Producer, Actor, MisterDuke Productions, LLC.

2:30pm BREAK

3:00pm ENTERTAINMENT LAW 101 FOR CREATIVES

Attorney and producer Brian A. Frankel of Washington Lawyers for the Arts (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.

4:15pm MASTER CLASS: PR for the INDIE FILMMAKER

Filmmaker, film critic, film festival Director, and film publicist, Kevin Sampson, CEO of PICTURE LOCK PR will present a session that goes in-depth into how to setup PR and Marketing for your film from pre-production to post-production.

5:30pm NETWORKING LOUNGE

 

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