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“One Film, Five Charities and No Sleep” is another great title for this panel discussing Browncoats: Redemption, the independent film based in the world of Firefly/Serenity created by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible).
The mission of the project is two-fold: create a new film making model and raise over $500,000 for five charities supported by the cast and creator of the original TV and movie.
There is a desire for many to make films and for others to do charitable works. The creative team of the film project Browncoats: Redemption have found a way to leverage a passionate and dedicated community to call for volunteers, build a community, promote a film, and raise tons of money for charity.
Over the last two years 160+ volunteers, many with no film industry experience, have filled 200+ roles in different phases of the project. The thing that ties them all together is that they are fans of Firefly. They are Browncoats.
The film’s creators will discuss the project along with how they leveraged online media distribution models and social media tools to build the community, recruit volunteers from all over the country to be a part of the production, and most important, grow the audience and momentum in preparation for the film’s release.
SUPER-size the U.S. premiere of this highly-anticipated new film with an explosive conversation featuring director James Gunn (Slither), Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ellen Page (Inception). Learn about how a short-order cook can take justice into his own hands with little more than a wrench and a sign from above. Don't steal, don't deal drugs, and don't miss your chance to hear all the inside stories of how this singular dark-comedy made it to the big screen.
Growing up in Boston as an adopted child I knew almost nothing about my past. Then one day when I was 16 we received a phone call out of the blue that my family in Central America had been searching for me. We learned of an incredible story about how I had been “disappeared” from my family during El Salvador’s civil war. Now, 30 years later, I’m working on an interactive documentary film as I try to find my place in the world and honor those who sacrificed during the war.
by Erik Proulx
Thanks to Kickstarter, projects that would never have seen the green light of day are getting funded. Everything from tiny indy films to original pieces of art to giant statues of Robocop are being underwritten because of this revolutionary funding portal. But (you knew there was going to be a "but") there are many reasons you might consider creating your own microfunding portal instead of going through Kickstarter. The first is obvious....if you don't raise 100% of your goal, you get nothing. (It's like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Aim too high, and you might not get there. Set the bar low, and you'll always wonder how much more you could have raised.) The second -- and bigger -- reason is that unless you meet your Kickstarter fundraising goal, you lose out on the opportunity to build a community and meaningful dialogue with your contributors. Join this discussion and hear about how I'm funding my next film, "Lemonade: Detroit" frame by frame, and find out why and how to become an independent microfinancer yourself.
The StarWarsUncut.com team will talk about how the project rose to success and what the future holds for interactive media. Recreating an entire classic film in just nine months, they will share their inspiration, technology, crowdsourcing techniques and cultural impact of the first site for a broadband-only production to win an Emmy.
For decades, prohibitive cost prevented creative independents in both the gaming and movie industries from getting their visions on screens of any size. Now that indie games and movies are known quantities on their own, we explore how they can collaborate and mutually benefit from the similarities and differences in their respective processes. This panel will serve as a case study of a specific project to be announced.
by Randall Poster and Richard Linklater
Filmmaker Richard Linklater sits down with prolific Music Supervisor Randall Poster, to talk about the importance of music in film. Poster has worked with the greats, including Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Jason Reitman.
As the SXSW Interactive Festival continues to grow, it often becomes harder to discover /network with the specific type of people you want to network with. Hence a full slate of daytime Meet Ups are scheduled for the 2011 event. These Meet Ups are definitely not a panel session -- nor do they offer any kind of formal presentation or AV setup. On the contrary, these sessions are a room where many different conversations and (and will) go on at once. This timeslot is for technology geeks working in the music industry to network with other SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum network with other technology geeks in this industry. Cash bar onsite.
11th–15th March 2011