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Transmedia Hollywood 3: Rethinking Creative Relations

  • By Meredith Levine
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  • April 11, 2012 1:03 PM
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Transmedia Hollywood is a conference, in its third year, which I used to work on. It is a joint venture between UCLA’s producer’s Program Chair Prof. Denise Mann and legendary scholar and now USC professor Henry Jenkins. It was intended as an offshoot of MIT’s Futures of Entertainment Conference with the added bonus of being in a city with access to some of the leading industry professionals. With the purpose of creating a dialogue between cutting edge storytellers and the scholars that study them, this conference puts professionals on panels with scholars to talk about the most pressing issues of labor, funding, style, platforms, and all things media/narrative in a convergent culture. In my first two years working on the conference I was a conference coordinator and curated a panel on the ARG as a storytelling mechanism and its role in branding/advertising and the following year (2011) a panel on theme park design and world-building, emphasizing the role of setting in narrative. Although I am no longer formally working on this conference, because I graduated with my M.A. from UCLA and am therefore no longer Prof. Mann’s research assistant, I still attend and write about it.

DIY Days in L.A.

  • November 2, 2011 4:43 AM
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Why Marshall McLuhan would Dig Transmedia and DIY Distribution

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 27, 2011 2:30 AM
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UCLA is hosting a DIY Day this Friday 9AM to 7:30 PM and The Film Collaborative's Orly Ravid and Jeffrey Winter will present their new must-read book "How to Sell Your Film Without Selling Your Soul" at 6:30. It will all take place at the Charles E. Young Research Library on the north side of the UCLA campus. Parking in Structure 3.

TIFF 2011 and into AFM

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 11, 2011 3:33 AM
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Another overdue blog, this time on the Toronto Film Festival: TIFF 2011 was also an indication of the upcoming AFM, now contemplating changes of its own - moving its venue from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. for example. As AFM seems to be defining itself more and more as an event to take care of the core business of film buying and selling rather than of discovery and new film adventures, although panel discussions continue as a sidebar, Toronto continues to roll out new features along with showcasing so many films it is impossible to take it all in. As for AFM this year, based on Toronto's activities, I predict fewer Europeans will come, more Asians will attend, continuing their own itinerary from Busan and TIFFCON, and Latin America will remain hovering in the background. For a growing territory, Latin America's profile remains nebulous. It will be interesting to see whether sales in that territory increase.

Rajendra Roy - Chief Curator of the Department of Film, MOMA

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 10, 2011 10:29 AM
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By Guest Blogger Peter Belsito

Grants to Grab

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 10, 2011 2:07 AM
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Deadline October 10: At Tribeca Film Institute grants are available to support exceptional storytellers from the U.S. and around the world.How? Through funding: over a million dollars annually in grants for both narrative and documentary films and new media projects. Through real-world connections: In an era of the easy "Like" we create opportunities for filmmakers to genuinely connect with industry professionals and with each other. Through support: We offer guidance and provide one-on-one assistance through the filmmaking process.Why? Because well-told stories bring communities together. They captivate us, and they have the potential to cross cultural, religious and socioeconomic divides like nothing else.

IFP and The Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce Collaboration for Independent Film Week 2011

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 21, 2011 2:00 AM
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Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the new collaboration that includes the relocation of IFP’s signature program, Independent Film Week, to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and to provide joint programming during the New York Film Festival. Both partners will present a daylong event in October that will showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers.

IFP’s Independent Film Week To Launch “Future of Film Today” Short Film Series

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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New York, NY – In partnership with Royal Bank of Canada and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, IFP announced the launch of the “The Future of Film Today” short film series, highlighting the work and personal stories of six talented New York-based independent filmmakers during Independent Film Week. Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the leading forum in the U.S. dedicated to discovering and showcasing new independent film projects and talent. It is the place where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene.

IFP Film Week “Sneak Preview” Public Screening Series at Central Park & The Highline

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 19, 2011 7:00 AM
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“Sneak Preview” Public Screening Series at Central Park & The Highline

IFP Announces Titles for Project Forum - The Centerpiece of Independent Film Week

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 18, 2011 6:30 AM
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