Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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2016 Fusion Doc Challenge (#FUSIONDOCCHALLENGE2016)
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 9
El Portal Theater and Laemmie Theatre
5240 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 310-478-3836
International Documentary Challenge launched in 2005. This ongoing program sponsors a variety of themed competitions throughout the year in which filmmakers have a limited timeframe to make a short documentary (4-7 minutes) based on a designated topic. Over the years, a number of Doc Challenge films – which all receive prominent film festival exposure, in addition to other prizes – have received Emmy nominations and been eligible for Academy Award consideration. Doc Challenge festival premieres and sponsors have included Silverdocs, Hot Docs, Slamdance, DOCNYC, POV, Documentary Educational Resources and FUSION. The top 12 films plus an additional  eight films will receive distribution across all of FUSION network's channels. Jacques Thelemaque, president of Filmmakers Alliance; filmmaker and musician Paz Lenchantin of Pixes; Effie T. Brown of Dear White People; and award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner will all be honored for their pioneering work in film.  Following the premiere, there will be an online audience awards competition for the 12 finalist films leading up to The International Audience Awards Film Festival where the top 12 films will make their Los Angeles premiere at the Laemmle Theatre.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, April 1 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
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 performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, April 3, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
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: Caylody (soundcloud.com/caylody/tracks), Cosmos & Creature, The Songery (thesongery.com), Madi (madiwolfmusic.com). Admission is free.
 
Doc Talk: Screening of Paris is Burning and Q&A with Film Editor Jonathan Oppenheim
Monday, April 3, 13:00-17:50 
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-8903
New York-based film editor Jonathan Oppenheim, (The Oath, Arguing the World, Sister Helen, Children Underground) will be interviewed when Documentary Studies screens the 1990 feature documentary 'Paris is Burning.' Oppenheim will discuss the ways in which he worked as an editor with director Jennie Livingston to create a framework for the depiction of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 1980s. Oppenheim's credits presently encompass over 45 documentary features and numerous awards including a Peabody, two Oscar nominations and two Sundance Grand Jury prizes. The screening and Q&A will be Hosted by Deanna Kamiel, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies and Assistant Professor, Media Studies. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, April 3, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) have combined to present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Features local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as an indie music scene destination in the music mecca that Nashville is. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire sets get  audiences in the groove to discover newly developing talents. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, April 4, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Jalen N’Gonda, new soul singer from Maryland, USA, but now based in Liverpool; Thandii, new London singer with crisp, left field indie-pop; ColoredLight, new Oxford band about to play a show with The Moonlandingz; Lewis Bootle, new singer-songwriter currently touring London venues. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
Aspen Shortfest
Tuesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 9
Wheeler Opera House (other venues)
320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970-925-6882
Aspen Shortfest is an Oscar®-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today’s world. The opening reception of the 26th Annual Aspen Shortsfest will serve complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a signature drink. Following the reception, activities continue a short distance away at Paepcke Auditorium for Shortsfest Program One. Complimentary shuttle service or free parking available to those who would prefer to motor it. Filmmakers from around the globe attend Shortsfest each spring to share their work, speak with audiences, and attend panel discussions about the art of filmmaking. Following in the tradition of Shortsfest official selections going on to Oscar® success, Bear Story (Chile) won the Oscar® for Best animated Short Film in 2016, and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Russian Federation) and Shok (Republic of Kosovo/UK) were nominated. A special panel, “Who Shares Our Entertainment?” will be presented at the festival April 8. Also on the special programming agenda is Filmmaker to Filmmaker Conversations, Filmmakers Only: Breakout Sessions, Filmmakers Only: Master Classes.
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, April 5, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theater, 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 night of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Wednesday night.
 
French Quarter Festival (#FrenchQuarterFestival)
Thursday, April 6 - Sunday, April 9
Jackson Square Stage (and other venues)
700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone: 800-673-5725; 504-522-5730; 504-658-3200
The 34th Annual French Quarter Festival will highlight New Orleans signature music, art, food, and culture in the historic neighborhood. Festival-goers can expect over 60 New Orleans’ restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,’ music from over 1,700 world-class, local musicians, and over a dozen special events. French Quarter Festival’s Opening Night Gala will feature music by Ella and Louis Tribute Band, tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages. Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz will perform at the Patron Party, which is scheduled to happen right before the Gala begins. In 2017, the main Jack Daniel’s Stage, will experience an expansion as well as be moved from Bourbon Street to JAX Brewery. With entertainment on all four days of festival, audiences can take in the likes of artists that include: Otra, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, King James & The Special Men, Soul Rebels, and Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet. There are 23 stages throughout the French Quarter to celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) annually produces three festivals: French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style. FQFI is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans and contribute to the economic well-being of the community
 
Friday Night Social
Friday, April 7, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWriters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
 
Fourth Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards (#LMGIawards)
Saturday, April 8, 18:00
Steven J. Ross Theater, Warner Bros. Studios
4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California 91522
Phone: 310-491-1401; 818-954-3000
The Location Managers Guild International presents the 4th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating the outstanding creative contributions of location professionals and film commissions from around the world. Hosted by Rico Gagliano (“The Dinner Party Download”), the LMGI Awards will honor winners in six categories in film, television, commercials and outstanding service by film commissions. The program opens with Red Carpet rollout and cocktails at 18:00, awards show at 19:30 and After Party at 21:00. Special honorees include director Danny Boyle (“T2 Trainspotting”), location professional Stuart Raven Barter and location scout Lori Balton. Presenters include director and 2016 honoree Brad Silberling and director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), others to be announced later. Cocktail attire dress requested. Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased at lmgiawards.com.
 
IndieFilm Financing with Steve Balderson
Sunday, April 9 - Monday, April 10, 18:00-20:00
Movement Art Space in Glassell Park
3326 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, California 90065
Phone: n/a
How to find investors and fund your movie – A Maverick Filmmaking Masterclass. The Single-Day Maverick Masterclass Intensive and Multi-Day Maverick Filmmaking Workshops are designed to explain the process of making a film from start to finish.  It covers a broad range of topics, including how to overcome obstacles, how to avoid writer’s block, finding the right cast and crew, finding investors and making a sensible and easily achievable budget,  planning and scheduling. 
 
Vocal Masterclass With Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek
Tuesday, April 11, 13:00-15:00
Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall
55 West 13 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 800-292-3040; 212-229-5150
Vocalist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek leads this special event giving music lovers an opportunity to witness the interaction between gifted vocal students and seasoned artists as they examine and explore the arts of performance while striving for excellence. Admission is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required, but seating is first-come-first-served. Master classes at Mannes School of Music are made possible, in part, by the Peter M. Gross Fund.
 
New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium: John Roman
Tuesday, April 11, 19:00-21:00
The Bark Room at Parsons, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667 x3187
Mapping Thoreau’s World: The Crossroads Where Cartooning, Architectural and Technical Art Meet, will introduce Cartographic Illustrator John Roman who will lead an exploration of his work sa a cartoonist and his work in the field of “imaginative” mapping. In particular, Roman will discuss the conceptual and aesthetic process behind one of his map assignments: an historically-accurate recreation of Henry David Thoreau’s world (circa 1845). John Roman is author of the recently-released book, The Art of Illustrated Maps (2015), as well as creator of three nationally-syndicated comic strips (King Features and United Feature Syndicate). A free weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com

 

 

Coachella Music Festival 2017 (#Coachella)
Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 23
Empire Polo CLUB
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California 92201
Phone: 818-882-3816
The anticipated music annual event set in the California desert (about 125 miles east of Los Angeles) is held over two consecutive three-day weekends in April and features many genres of music including alternative rock, indie, and electronic music, as well as large sculptural art and installations on display. Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Stage and the Sahara Tent. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the (camping) grounds, each playing live music continuously. The festival also features installation art and sculptures. Many of the art pieces are interactive, and are stimulative to interact with for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds. Getting booked for Coachella is handled by the festival management, Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. In addition to agent pitches and artists discovered online, the lineup is taken from acts booked by Goldenvoice for their other 1,800 shows each year. A very partial listing of some of the expected performers will include: Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer, Chicano Batman, Allah-Las, Martin Garrix, Hannah Wants, Warpaint, New Order, Mitski, the Belleville Three, Banks & Steelz, Kendrick Lamar, Diamante Electrica, SNBRN, Grace Mitchell, Galantis, DJ Snake, Bishop Briggs, Honey Dijon, Radiohead. A full listing of artists can be found at this webpage.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, April 15, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The festival’s screening program opens with the documentary “Desert Around Me: The ADHD Epidemic, a Challenge of Global Proportions.” The film follows a team as they prepare for an ultra marathon in the Sahara Desert, which serves to raise awareness to the ADHD community.  In the second film program of the night, NFMLA presents “InFocus: British Cinema,” which shines a spotlight on upcoming directors and producers from the United Kingdom. “Bobby Sands: 66 Days” is a documentary, which follows the story of activist Bobby Sands’ hunger strike and the resulting impact on British-Irish relations. Following that, is a short film block, which centers on portrayals of family and friendship, posing questions about identity and internal conflict. The final program of the night explores issues and tales relevant to the United States. These shorts feature a variety of film genres from dark comedies, to somber Westerns, to suspenseful thrillers, including  a story about two young girls struggling to survive in the world.  Throughout the night there are socializing and networking opportunities to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles. 
 
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, April 18, 12:30-16:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants MUST check in by 12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month's topic is The Business of Songwriting w/Special Guest and Song Critiques. Free but registration is conducted online at https://goo.gl/Ah9WRj. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
 
Tribeca Film Festival (#Tribeca2017)
Wednesday, April 19 - Sunday, April 30
Cinepolis Chelsea (other venues)
260 West 23 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-941-4000/2400; 212-691-5519
The annual Tribeca Film Festival is a wide-ranging event that brings the international film community and the general public together to experience independent, socially-minded cinema. Among the various parts to this year’s festival, there is Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase, the Gala, Tribeca Talks, Virtual Arcade, Storyscapes, Spotlight Documentary, Tribeca Talks: Master Class, Spotlight Narrative, and many more activity areas that can be checked via their website. Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night Gala screening, ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,’ a documentary profile of the legendary music man from first-time filmmaker Chris Perkel, opens the festival. ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II,’ the closing Gala, will be celebrated with a 45th-anniversary conversation with Director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro. TFF’s Rush tickets function as a stand-by line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Beyond the Festival, Tribeca Film Institute prepares fledgling media makers through hands-on training, exposure, funding, and resources to undertake socially relevant films. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, April 20, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, choose optimum camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
NAB Show 2017
Saturday, April 22 - Thursday, April 27
Las Vegas Convention Center (other venues)
3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 888-740-4622;  702-892-0711; +1-301-682-7962 (outside U.S.)
The 2017 NAB Show will embrace the new digital ecosystem of media, entertainment and technology, where behavior and business have merged to redefine content, workflow and revenue streams. Although wide ranging in breadth, the convention will have focus areas of: film, mobile, advertising, gaming, television, radio, live events, sound, social media, VR/AR, video. There are featured attractions and pavilions: Aerial Robotics and Drone, Connected Media IP, Virtual and Augmented Reality. And there are exhibitor categories: Connected Media, Distribution/Delivery, Online Video. New this year at NAB is The M.E.T. Effect, Connected Car Hackathon, Facebook Live Video Solutions Pavilion, NextGen TV Hub, Global TV Tech Day, Google Talks, Sports Media and Entertainment, and more. Co-located events at this year’s NAB Show will include, 4K 4Charity Fun Run, Ad Innovation Lab, Avid Connect 2017, BEA Festival of Media Arts, Career Day at NAB, #GALSNGEAR, IABM Industry Breakfast, Innovation Series Breakfast focusing on television, and New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards.
 
Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards (#BBLatin)
Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27
Ritz Carlton South Beach
One Lincoln Road, South Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: +1-786-276-4000
The Billboard Latin Music Conference unites today’s top artists, agents, promoters, record label executives, publicists, brand marketing executives, managers, media, digital music executives and much more to do business, discuss hot button topics and celebrate Latin music. There will be an Opening NIght Reception with performances by Top Stop and also featuring recording artists Genesis, Aymee Nuviola, Samuel Perez and X2. Medellín, Columbia-born Reggaetonero artist, Maluma, will have center stage at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference on a new panel, “Socializing Maluma.” With more than 24 million followers on Facebook, 20 million on Instagram and 3.5 million on Twitter, the chart-topping artist will give the audience an inside look on how he works his social media. At 23-years-old he's had five No. 1's so far on the Latin Airplay chart, including "Borró cassette" and "El Perdedor." The conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, honoring the chart-topping artists on today’s Latin Billboard charts.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, April 26, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Radio Asia Conference and ABU Song Festival (#RadioAsia2017)
Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28
Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok
204 Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320 Thailand
Phone: 02-694-2222 ext. 1204; 099-363-9924
RadioAsia2017 will explore the major aspects of this year's selected theme, ‘Creating Radio with Passion: Looking into the World of Radio.’ Conference speakers will address how these aspects will add to the efficacy of the radio industry in the years to come. Additionally, the Radio Asia Conference will run concurrently with the ABU Song Festival. This fifth ABU Radio Song Festival is a musical showcase that recognizes the musical diversity of nations within the region (Asia, Australia, and the Pacific) and uncovering the best original and unsigned musicians. Showcased entrants are determined by an international selection committee and the selected artists perform at the Gala Event in conjunction with the RadioAsia 2016 Conference. The Industry Keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Joan Warner, CEO, Commercial Radio Australia, and Vice- Chair World DMB Forum titled: "Radio Scenario in Thailand – Near Term Developments." Radio Asia Conference gets underway with two Masterclasses, Putting Passion in Production Facilitator: Beyond Broadcasting, exploring the emotional connection with your audience, and Write Well... Make Money: Secrets of success in Radio Sales and Copywriting Facilitators, that will be shaped as a guide to discovering what the client really wants from their radio advertising and how to deliver it by writing great ad copy. 
 
HotDocs – Canadian International Documentary Festival (#HotDocs17)
Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, May 7
Crave TV Hot Docs Box Office (other venues)
605 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Phone: 416-203-2155; 416-637-3123; Fax: 416-203-0446
HotDocs festival and conference will feature the following activity areas: Conference Sessions, Close Up With…, Doc Summit, Hot Docs Workshops, Kickstart, Micro-Meetings. Of particular interest to emerging and mid-career doc-makers, the Kickstart program will be a half-day series on May 3 covering topics, “My First Doc,” “Don’t Make Your Doc Alone,” and “The Big Short.” And the Micro-Meetings sessions will attempt to offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the leading edge of industry applicable technology. The slated Hot Docs Workshops will include areas of interest, financing and distribution contracts, a Festival Strategy Lab, Strategic Partnerships in International Co-Productions session, strategies mitigating the risks of photojournalists and documentary filmmakers becoming  targeted by sophisticated threat actors, Visual Research 101 and the world of rights and permissions, licensing terms, public domain and the art of negotiating a reduced cost for the materials essential to bringing your documentary to the screen. The Hot Docs Forum will facilitate pitching to a market of over 200 decision makers during the festival. Hot Docs and BravoACT will give 6 Canadian filmmaking teams the chance to pitch a short documentary project. Hot Docs Deal Maker connects one-on-one seekers with distributors, buyers and funders at those meetings. Distribution Rendezvous will be networking oriented to help make connections and build relationships to get projects sold.The Doc Shop will allow a film project to be seen by hundreds of industry buyers, distributors and programmers at the festival and online all year.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, April 27, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.

 

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What The Site Offers

 

In 2002, The Actor's Checklist launched as a website dispensing time tested common knowledge and conventional wisdom for those looking to launch a show business career as a performer. A staple element of site activity is the Global News and Networking Events covering the media and show business industry, produced in newsletter format every new month. One of the goals of the media industry report - and the site generally - has been to tie the evolving and proliferating technologies of a burgeoning media ecosystem to the varied opportunities that performers, media-makers, storytellers can have to project their images and content onto new kinds of virtual stages.

Part of the site’s programming, from 2002 (but suspended lately due to the site overhaul planning), a monthly video news summary was produced every month in a 10 minute format previewing recently released indie film trailers, indie music video, animated works and the occasional documentary. Planning for a new focus for the monthly video news summary that presents and gives exposure to artistic endeavors of film/video and musical artists is still in the planning stages.

The title, "The Actor's Checklist," is a suitable naming convention for this website. But in all practicality, nearly all media production and performing arts endeavors, and their requisites, have similar requirements even if there are different methods for achieving them. Don't be misled by the title. The term "actor" has an expanded connotation in today's world where digital technology has provided a megaphone to thousands of storytellers interacting in various media.

Reality TV, Internet radio, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook video have fragmented a once unassailable monopoly stronghold that primetime television networks, network radio and major motion pictures studios had on the attention span of viewers. iTunes and Amazon make it possible to self-author one’s print and musical creations. Entertainment marketers now tackle a “second screen” in the living room phenomena where customary television viewers will multitask by indulging in social media and/or supplemental television program apps all at the same time.

If you are an actor you are taking part in the retelling of a story. But the same can certainly be said of a song/singer, comedy skit, mime, graphic artwork that forms scenic backdrop and so on. Perhaps a good way to gather all these crafts under one category is to refer to them as media making. Presently on the horizon, transmedia storytelling - digitally created content that engages an audience using techniques to develop stories across multiple forms of media - is gradually taking shape as a narrative influence.

In certain regards, the Internet has surged past television as a delivery platform and offers little clue as to when it might ease its adoption rate. Currently, the number of broadband customers exceeds the number of cable subscribers, according to data from the Leichtman Research Group analyzing numbers from the nation’s nine largest cable companies. As of the second quarter of 2014, the numbers of broadband subscribers clocked in at 49,915,000 customers, compared to 49,910,000 cable TV customers.

The Actor’s Checklist serves to monitor, report on and hopefully facilitate dialogue and personal connection among its forum chat participants about these innovative developments on the media landscape, any new opportunities they present for new ways of expression, and the evolving identity of what it means to be a performing/media arts practitioner.

 

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