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Timely Industry News and Updates

Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Sunday, December 1 - Tuesday, December 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings, festivals and other events for December 2019. Currently, you can view screenings of Downtown Abbey, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, IT: Chapter Two, Fiddler – A Miracle of Miracles, Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. The Cafe is a member of the National Association of Theater Owners. There is generally a Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that happens for weekend Video Gaming Sessions, for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. For the season, the cafe is offering Monday Night Football with an open beer bar at a set price. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. Please check the website calendar for other ongoing feature film screenings and event activities that might not be included here. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists and communities that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings-signings, and the recently added weekend video gaming sessions.
Email: stuartcinemacafe@gmail.com
www.stuartcinema.com; www.facebook.com/stuartcinema/?ref=page_internal
BMI Acoustic Lounge (#BMIAcousticLoungeLA)
Monday, December 2, 18:45
Hotel Café
1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by Alex Nester (alexnester.com), Ari Zizzo (arizizzo.com), Caley Rose (caleyrose.com), Annika Grace (annikagracemusic.com). This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the former Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Featuring Mark Dery (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, December 3, 19:00-21:00
University Center, Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Cultural critic, essayist, and author Mark Dery speaks on the publication of Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey.. Dery examines themes woven through Gorey’s oeuvre: death, sexuality, the human condition, the meaning (or meaninglessness?) of life and the ghastliness of fruitcakes. He has taught journalism at NYU and “dark aesthetics” at the Yale School of Art, been a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He popularized the concept of “culture jamming” and, in his 1993 essay, “Black to the Future,” coined the term “Afrofuturism.” New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com. Presented by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Free to attend.
Asia TV Forum & Market @ Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Tuesday, December 3 - Friday, December 6
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Phone: (65) 6789 8800
ScreenSingapore will once again host the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and Ties That Bind: Asia/Europe Producers Workshop (TTB). They connect promising filmmakers and producers from Southeast Asia and Europe with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, commissioners, and financiers. ScreenSingapore is a part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF) and more information is available at www.asiatvforum.com. Since its launch in 2015, the SAFF Project Market has become another regional platform for established and upcoming content creators to come together and present their projects to the international marketplace. With approximately half of the projects coming through its ranks having been produced, in production, or acquiring financing, the SAFF Project Market has shown itself to be a destination in the region as a film financing platform for filmmakers working in Southeast Asia. PITCHES is an initiative aimed toward producers or anyone that works on content creation. It is a platform for participants to showcase their creative work through themed pitch groupings – ATF Animation Pitch, ATF Formats Pitch, ATF Chinese Pitch, Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Pitch. Gain valuable insights into current trends, meet influential personalities and exchange ideas with attending who’s who – all with prospects of turning pitch into a project.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Wednesday, December 4, 20:00
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1
196 Allen Street, New York, New York 10002
Phone: 212-477-4155
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring performances by Jessie Chambers (@jessiechambers) and Nafsica (@nafsica.nyc). Networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. BMI Acoustic Lounge NYC is an ongoing non genre-specific showcase featuring exciting up and coming songwriter/artists. Artists interested in playing at BMI showcases should submit music to Jake (jsimon@bmi.com) for consideration. Subject Line should include: BMI Acoustic Lounge NYC. Performances are open and free to the public for 21 and over.
California Copyright Conference – Holiday Party & Annual & Apollo Awards
Wednesday, December 4, 18:30
Catalina Bar and Grill
6725 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 818-379-3312
This year’s Apollo Award Recipients are copyright advocates singer/songwriter Michelle Lewis, SONA & ASCAP Board Member; Jeff Brabec, BMG Legal and Business Affairs; Todd Brabec, co-author of ‘Music, Money, and Success,’ and Adjunct Professor USC. In addition to the “Apollo Awards,” the program will feature the annual silent auction event to raise money for the CCC’s John Braheny Scholarship Fund (please consider donating an item or two). The event includes a cocktail hour before dinner with the presentation and it can be attended as a walk-up by paying at the door. A cocktail reception precedes the dinner followed by the panel discussion. Dinner reservations requested by December 3. The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. Today, the scope of the CCC has broadened to cover all matters pertaining to music industry issues. The organization has grown to over 300 members from all areas of the music and entertainment industry, including publishers, songwriters/composers, attorneys, music supervisors, representatives from trade publications, performing rights societies, music libraries, motion pictures, television, multimedia, Internet, and record companies. The CCC is a non-profit organization.
Hollywood Chamber December Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive at W Hollywood Hotel
Thursday, December 5, 17:30 - 19:30
W Hollywood Hotel
6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; 323-461-6999
The Hollywood Chamber December Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive will be hosted by the W Hollywood Hotel. In lieu of admission, please bring an unwrapped gift with a value of $10 or more. Meet other Chamber members and promote your business. Enjoy your first drink complimentary and hors-d'oeuvres throughout the event. Members must RSVP as reservations will be closed when at max capacity. Two guests are allowed from each company. Non-member who wish to attend, please contact info@hollywoodchamber.net for information. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.
Filmgate Interactive Art Basel Activations
Thursday, December 5 - Friday, December 6
777 International Mall
141 East Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: 305-916-6973
Explore two virtual reality projects and an interactive sound installation from Filmgate at the annual Art Basel. The Nucleo Concordia exhibit is an interactive sensorial spatial sound installation with original audio sequences, produced with analog synthesizers exclusively created for the piece. The project seeks to explore the auditory cortex of the human brain and its reaction, through geometrical harmony and guided rhythm. The work is inspired by the Mathematician and Astronomer Johannes Kepler and was first presented at the MOOG Festival. It is suitable for visually impaired audiences. Runnin,’ an interactive VR dance party, driven by Reggie Watts’s and John Tejada’s music track “Runnin’,” explores and enhances volumetric capture as dancers invite players to find a way to be a catalyst to the jamboree around them and bring the dance floor to life through movement. Runnin' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. With Oculus Medium as a production ready sculpting tool, Beach Body Bros forms into a four minute musical journey through a world of pure muscle and intense strength, from the beginnings of a feeble wimp – which is you. FilmGate Miami is a not-for-profit organization that empowers independent media and filmmakers to create in Florida. The organization believes everyone should be empowered to find their creative voice and become an integral part of our art and culture at large.
Art Basel Miami 2019
Thursday, December 5 - Sunday, December 8
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305-674-1292
At Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, the exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center is divided into sectors: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Meridians and Magazines. The sectors divide the fair into separate curatorial spaces. Galleries serve as the centerpiece of the show. Nova exhibits new, cutting-edge works from emerging artists and galleries. Meridians curated by Mexico City-based Magali Arriola presents works including large-scale sculptures, installations and performance art. Kabinett focuses on a body of work by a single artist or a themed group exhibition. Survey is dedicated to art history projects ranging from solo shows to thematic exhibitions. There are also a series of Conversations throughout the week ranging from panel discussions to lectures. Art Basel has initiatives that concentrate on the broader art world. They are three main initiatives: Art Basel Cities, BMW Art Journey, and Crowdfunding. Art Basel Cities is a project between Art Basel and cities worldwide to create cultural events and programming throughout the year. A Public sector is sited at Collins Park in collaboration with The Bass and features sculptures and site-specific installations. The Public sector is free and open to the public.
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, December 5, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist DJ on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Thursday night.


BMI Maui Songwriters Festival (#BMIMaui)
Thursday, December 5 - Saturday, December 7
Maui Arts and Cultural Center (other venues)
One Cameron Way, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
Phone: 808-242-7469
The 5th Annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival presented by BMI features intimate in-the-round acoustic concerts held at various island venues. Songwriters share their songs and the stories behind them. Featured artists on the program include Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lukas Nelson, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Kevin Griffin, Lucie Silvas, Lily Meola, Bob DiPiero, Tim Nichols, Luke Dick, Kassi Ashton, Alex Hall, Roman Alexander, Tavana, Storme Warren. The gathering benefits key organizations, including the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the Dorvin and Betty Leis Charities, Inc., and the BMI Foundation, which is dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.
Director of Photography Creative Conference
Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8
AbelCine Brooklyn
88 35 Street, Brooklyn, New York, New York 11232
Phone: 877-362-8724
Produced by AbelCine and Future Media Concepts training, both specializing in production and post-production training, the DP Creative Conference is a 3-day workshop and networking event for content creators who want to expand their creativity and career as a DP!. All attendees will have access to interactive workshops offering practical knowledge in camera operation and best practices. Instructors will lead sessions going through topics that span technical, creative, business, and career considerations. Technical subjects include camera movement, lenses, lighting techniques, and HDR. The overall agenda willl also cover networking and marketing skills to be successful in a creative business. Skill-building topics attendees can expect to get information on are Lighting Masterclass, The Art and Science of Optics, Creating Mood with Lighting, Shaping Light for Faces, Camera Movement as a Storytelling Tool, Technical and Creative Applications of HDR, The Business of Being a Cinematographer. The conference information, pricing, registration, and speakers are all available on the event website. 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, December 7, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana Lounge
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for the performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
BMI's “8 off 8th” Hip Hop Fresh Fruit Showcase
Monday, December 9, 20:00
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and TuneSpeak  present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: TBA. 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences looking for the next big thing. Hosted by 2 L’s On A Cloud. Mercy Lounge helps artists find new fans in the music-loving community through existing technology and new innovations. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area. Anyone interested in rental or showcase opportunities, please email booking@mercylounge.com. Free and open to the public.
Dubai International Content Market
Monday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 10
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 520 8888; +971 52 308 2428
This event brings together content from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North and East Africa, and is set to welcome over 350 buyers representing TV stations, OTT platforms, mobile operators and in-flight entertainment. DICM is organised annually by Index Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of Index Holding. Through its program, Dubai International Content Market targets professionals involved in the TV, film, animation, kids programs, internet content, mobile content, social media, creative art, interactive entertainment, comics, apps, and digital media content industry with a suitable platform to conduct business. In 2019, Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) and Dubai International Content Market (DICM) have announced a strategic media partnership to support the content industry in the UAE and the Middle East region. Dubai International Content Market offers global and regional brands in the field of media and entertainment the opportunity to extend their businesses, launch new products and services, meet with key end-users and buyers, develop partnerships, increase visibility and sales within the region. Visitors can discover the latest trends, news and updates in the Content World, view and interact with content made available from over 150 exhibiting companies, attend panel discussions, conference sessions and exclusive screenings, meet and network with over 1,500 top-level media executives from over 55 countries that will also serve as an audience of media enthusiasts, producers, influencers to promote a company’s activity and intentions concerning imminent media projects. 
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Featuring Lawrence Hubbard (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, December 10, 19:00-21:00
University Center, Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Los Angeles-based cartoonist Lawrence Hubbard gives a talk on his life and work. The comic stories that are the subject of the discussion like Real Deal magazine and The Caper comic strip, were inspired by magazines like Mad and traditional superhero comics, and were self-published, independent comic books created in the 1990s by Lawrence Hubbard (a.k.a “RawDog”) and co-writer H.P. McElwee (a.k.a. “R.D. Bone”). Peopled with a cast out of a blaxploitation movie – convicts, hustlers, drug addicts,crack whores, car thieves,and murderers – these cult-classic comics straddle the line between satirizing and showing the harsh realities of urban life. Lawrence “Rawdog” Hubbard is a Los Angeles native. He is an artist and the publisher of Real Deal Comix, which garnered a cult following during its run. Co-comic strip creative partner, H.P. McElwee (a.k.a. “R.D. Bone”), passed away in 1998. New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com. Presented by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Free to attend.
VRX 2019 in San Francisco
Thursday, December 12 - Friday, December 13
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California 94010
Phone: +44 (0)207 375 7567; +1-650-347-1234
VRX Conference and Expo are presenting this convention for debate between some of the world’s largest brands and investors to discuss strategies for getting XR successfully integrated into the workplace, the public domain and into people’s homes. The convention hopes to guide speakers and attendees to join forces to realize the best applications of VR and AR/MR that are a fit for their customers. Discover the types of content proving most popular and relevant in the consumer and enterprise markets and where XR can provide the biggest value. Companies slated to set up exhibit boots to showcase their cutting edge achievements in VR/AR/MR will include, 3lb Games, AMP Creative, Filament Games, Firefly Dimension, Holo-Light, HP, ImmersiveWorlds LLC, IO Industries Inc., Look On Media, SpringboardVR, Tipping Point Media, and others. Invited enterprise- and consumer-focussed XR practitioners are brought in to share content, data, marketing and integration strategies to offer a blueprint to an immersive tech transformation. VRX 2019 is organized by VR Intelligence. The VRX events are the globe’s most influential VR & immersive tech business conferences. Since 2015, the VRX event series has brought together VR’s most influential business figures and thought leaders in major cities like San Francisco, London and Amsterdam.
One-On-One with Writer and Producer Sonja Warfield
Saturday, December 14, 13:00-15:00
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 888-796-9673
Organized by Scriptwriters Network, the event will feature a Writer and Producer who will discuss a variety of topics, including writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader, script development, among other topics. Workshop leader, Sonja Warfield is a television comedy writer known for her work on the Emmy Award-winning NBC sitcom Will & Grace and the BET comedy The Game. She recently wrote a family comedy pilot for Netflix and co-wrote a dramedy pilot in development with Universal TV and Malcolm D. Lee.  Sonja was co-producer on the BET comedy Zoe Ever After starring Brandy Norwood. She has also written for the hit Disney Channel series Liv & Maddie. Sonja Warfield is also a stand-up comedian with performances at Comedy Store, Ice House and other comedy venues in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Warfield has studied and performed improvisation at Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, The University of Southern California and the Cleveland School of the Arts.
ARRI Certified Training: for Camera Motion
Wednesday, December 18 - Friday, December 20
ARRI Inc. - Creative Space
3700 Vanowen Street, Burbank, California 91505
Phone: 818-388-2306
This three-day training course is designed to give participants an in-depth overview and hands-on experience in a professional shooting environment with the ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems (CSS); artemis, and TRINITY. Experienced professionals will detail the many possibilities the ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems have to offer, with expert advice, real production scenarios and hands-on training. Suited to Camera operators, Cinematographers, Videographers, camera assistants, dolly grips, film students and film technicians with an interest in learning to use the ARRI CSS products. Camera operators and gimbal operators of any experience level.  Participants should have a good basic fitness level however people of all physical statures and experience levels are able and welcome.
Mood Indigo 2019 Mumbai
Thursday, December 26 - Sunday, December 29
India Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400 076, Maharashtra, India
Phone: +91 (22) 2572 2545; +91-7021760392
Mood Indigo is more than just performing artistry – although it does book several top bands and DJs into its program. Mood Indigo has many performance categories that have been added to its program since it got its start in 1973. At the 48th celebration of Mood Indigo in 2019, event categories have been categorized as Pronites, Proshows, Pre-Mi, Workshops and Exhibitions, and Informals. Pronites is a showcase of  the beats and grooves of the top EDM artists from across the globe with past from acts like Bassjackers, DJ Vinai, DJ Ummet Ozcan, Sander Van Doorn, Porcupine, Simple Plan, Clinton Cerejo, Karsh Kale, Rajhu Dixit, Sonu Nigam, Salim Sulaiman, Vishal Shekhar, and others. Pronites is further sub-categorized into EDM Nite, International Nite, Fusion Nite, Popular Nite. Pre-Mi will be workshops and activity in Scuba Diving, a trip to Snow Kingdom indoor snow theme park, SMAAASH youth arcade adventure outing, and trampoline sessions. Structured Workshops and Exhibitions will include Makeup Workshop, Dance Workshop, Tango Workshop, Film Making Workshop, Dramatics Workshop, Mandala Art Workshop, Acting Workshop, T-shirt Painting Workshop, Capoeira Workshop, Pepakura Art Workshop, Skateboarding Workshop, Mural Art Workshop. Informals at MI are mostly unusual activity events through the Adventure Zone and can include Zorbing, Paintball, Quad Biking, Hot air ballooning, Water Games, Laser Tag, Sumo Suit Wrestling etc. Other events organised include Baraat Dance, Street Races and Treasure Hunt.