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Beyond Tradition: Innovations in Storytelling from Cross Platform and Transmedia Development

WHERE: East Room  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 9:45 AM
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Beyond Tradition: Innovations in Storytelling For Cross-Platform & Transmedia Development

With transmedia and cross-platform development rapidly becoming buzzwords and goals for producers of storytelling content, there is the need to better understand the unique characteristics and challenges of each platform and the ways in which those can affect story. This panel will look at the ways in which developing transmedia content is similar to and different from film, television, game, sequential panel and live theatre storytelling conventions.

Moderator: Joe Steiff

Exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia, Steiff’s films include the award-winning shorts Borders, Catching Fire, Eclipse and I Like My Boyfriend Drunk as well as the documentary, How Will I Tell? Surviving Sexual Assault. For MBC Television, he line produced More Beautiful Than A Flower, the first Korean feature-length film to deal openly with physical disabilities, and he has served as general crew on Michael Moore’s Roger & Me and Wendy Weinberg’s Academy Award nominated documentary, Beyond Imagining. His first feature film The Other One won 4 Indie Awards, and his books include Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?, Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder, Manga and Philosophy: Fullmetal Metaphysician and Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy: The Footsteps of a Gigantic Mind.

Carolina Posse

Carolina Posse is an award winning media producer and educator. She worked in the arts non-profit sector as Programming Manager and ultimately Interim Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She has served in juries for the Sundance Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Carolina has guest lectured for educational and governmental institutions and is the film curator for Mostra: Brazilian Film Series presented in cooperation with Partners of the Americas Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter. Her credits include Hot Chili (2004), The Quiet (2005), Path of Least Resistance (2006), Little Green Men (2009), The Francis Ellis Mysteries, The Scary Ham (2016), This is Cindy (2017). Carolina has a BA in Film and a Master’s in Arts Management and is Lecturer at Columbia College.

Michael NJ Wright, Writer, Director and Cinematographer

Wright graduated as a Cinematography Fellow from the American Film Institute. He is the head of Wright Bros. Photoplay where he’s produced numerous award-winning features and shorts, of which Wright also photographed. He has an extensive track record serving as Director of Photography for television networks like NBC, ESPN, MTV, Discovery, and more. He is an Emmy winner and multiple Telly recipient. He is a published writer who has lectured at AFI, University of Illinois in Urbana, Columbia College, Facets Multimedia, and the Illinois Institute of Art; he served as official juror member for the Chicago Children’s International Film Festival multiple years.

Tiffany Keane, Director & Artistic Director

When not hurling fireballs, Tiffany works with numerous theatres all over Chicago and is the Artistic Director of Other World Theatre, a science fiction and fantasy theatre company. Her directing credits include Otherworld Theatre's inaugrial production of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Of Dice and Men, The Aurora Project, Queen Amarantha, George Orwell's 1984, Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, House of the Holy Moment by Cary Pepper, and Medusa's Tale by Carol S. Lashof. Collaborations with other theatre companies include assistant directing The Misanthrope with Greasy Joan Theatre, Wuthering Heights at Lifeline Theatre, and A Klingon Christmas Carol with Commedia Beauregard Theatre Company

Tom Dowd, Game Designer

In 1989, Tom Dowd dreamt up Shadowrun, a tabletop roleplaying game that mingles cyberpunk dystopian settings with old-school magic. In intervening years, the Shadowrun universe has grown to include a trading card game, four video games, two magazines and more than 50 novels (with a handful written by Dowd). He also designed MechAssault for Xbox, and today, Dowd expands on more than 20 years in the gaming industry as an associate professor in the Interactive Arts & Media Department, where he specializes in high-level game production classes. He is one of the co-authors of Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers (Focal Press, 2013).

Michael Niederman, Filmmaker

An award-winning film and video maker and former chair of the Television Department of Columbia College Chicago, Michael has taught in all areas of the department but now focuses on writing, directing and Transmedia. Michael is a board member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a founding board member of the International Digital Media and Arts Association and current President. His award-winning projects include the dramatic film “The Paled Man” which was screened nationally, and the documentaries “Voices from Northern Ireland,” shown on the PBS network, and “7 Day Wonder,” “Presumed Guilty,” and “Shades of Grey” which have all aired on WTTW-TV in Chicago. He is one of the co-authors of Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers (Focal Press, 2013).

The Francis Ellis Mysteries
Carolina Posse & Michael NJ Wright, Creators

The photo-novella was a very popular form of entertainment throughout the world from the 1920’s, peaking in the 50’s but was still found into the 80’s. The stories were crime and or romance dramas or told through photographs and dialogue “bubbles.” This form is being re-invented, in Chicago, with a new project called THE FRANCIS ELLIS MYSTERIES. Francis Ellis is a Kinestasis photo-novella, shot in 120 mm black and white film. FEM plays homage to the American Cinema Genres of Gothic Horror and Crime Noir.

Synopsis: The mystery behind the 1943 cataclysmic detonation at Port Chicago becomes the obsession of survivor Francis Vincent Ellis when six years hence he is enticed from seclusion and into an unimaginable world of deception, murder, corruption, Be-Bop and Meta-Humans in pursuit of evidence uncovering the sinister origin of the Atomic Age.

WHERE TO WATCH: East Room

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Stage 18: Surviving the Grind: Living the Lifestyle as an Entertainment Entrepreneur

WHERE: The Radler  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 9:45 AM
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Whether you’re in music, film, or the arts, living the lifestyle of an entrepreneur is never easy. Late nights, long hours, irregular schedules, and the constant search for a paycheck always keeps you on your toes. So, how do you do it? How do you balance life, work, family and your dreams? Most importantly, how do you afford to stay in the business long enough so that it pays off?

Join us for a discussion with some of the top entrepreneurs in Chicago’s film scene on life, happiness, time management, and what makes it all worth it.

Angie Gaffney, Entrepreneur Co-Founder of Stage 18

A graduate of Chicago’s own DePaul University, Angie Gaffney is an award-winning producer, speaker, and entrepreneur with experience in film, television, commercials, and theatre. During her time at DePaul, Angie formed Black Apple Media, a creative development studio and artist management company, which is still active today. Upon graduation, Angie acted as the Executive Producer at the renowned satirical newspaper, The Onion, where she was instrumental in the development of Onion Labs, The Onion’s branded content agency, overseeing production and execution of all video content, web series, commercial initiatives, and client relationships. Currently, Angie also serves as the Executive Director of Stage 18, a non-profit entertainment incubator and development lab located on the lot of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Stage 18 develops local narrative content and connects qualified filmmakers with capital networks. Angie teaches at Columbia College Chicago, and continues to work to foster young, ambitious, and talented filmmakers.

Ted Reilly, Entrepreneur, Founder of Chicago Media Angels

Ted Reilly is an avid entrepreneur and storyteller. As the founder of SRH Partners, Ted leverages his passion for creativity and extensive experience in finance to help creative talent organize and flourish. Ted also is the Executive Director of the Chicago Media Angels, whose mission is organizing, educating and accelerating content investors in Chicago. Ted is also a co-founder of Lifefinder Films, a Brooklyn based film production company that produces content in a variety of formats. Before launching his own company to focus on startups and media productions, Ted worked at Goldman Sachs from 2004-2011. Ted received his BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Outside of work, Ted enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.

Ericka L. Mauldin Entrepreneur, Owner of EDIT TALENT GROUP & Chicks Talent Pitch 

Ericka L. Mauldin is an Accomplished, American, Television Producer, who is the Owner of EDIT TALENT GROUP, a media production staffing agency, which provides professional opportunities for individuals to work in the television, film and video industries. She is also the Owner and Partner of Chicks That Pitch, which provides unique professional distribution services for television focusing in original content, media buying and talent servicing. Ericka received a BFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier Cincinnati. With over 20 years in service, Ericka has worked with a number of affluent companies to include Food Network, Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting, Oxygen, Bravo, 51 Minds, McDonalds and so much more. Building an empire, giving back and leaving a legacy for her family is what keeps this single mother of four motivated. Ericka has received many honors and recognitions for her work In her career, Ericka has served as a Producer in various capacities, Creative Director and a host of other positions that have supported her efforts in building a successful business in the television, film and corporate industries. Ericka’s industry collaboratives and business acumen are what assists Ericka in establishing opportunities for others. As a Mentor, Entrepreneur and Media Professional, Ericka’s mission is simple...to create opportunities for others while successfully contributing to an industry that she is very passionate about.

Lawrence Daufenbach Owner, Daufenbach Camera

Lawrence Daufenbach is the owner of Daufenbach Camera, a Chicago camera rental house that services the motion picture, television and commercial industry. Lawrence earned a cinematography degree while attending Columbia College Chicago. He shot a number award winning films and later a number of national commercials. After working freelance for a number of years in the camera department, he found a new passion for collaboration with DPs, Camera Assistants, Producers, and filmmakers. While formally trained on film, Lawrence also embraced new technology and developed Daufenbach Camera alongside the emerging digital cameras. The company is entering its seventh year of business and annually services a variety of independent films, national commercials, and television shows. Starting with one camera, a passion for cinematography and an entrepreneurial spirit, Lawrence developed one of largest locally owned rental houses in Chicago.

Rocco Cataldo, Director, Owner, Potenza Productions

Rocco is an award-winning filmmaker who has been creating visual content for 15 years, directing an array of films, music videos, commercials, and new media. His keen eye, visual aesthetic and commitment to excellence help propel him to the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers. His unique perspective and distinctive style was molded while hosting an online radio show where he interviewed hundreds of musicians both indie and major label. This lead directly to the creation his latest ventures, “On The Scene” (a web series Rocco is hosting) and “Static” (a feature film that Rocco is writing and directing). He is the co-founder of Potenza Productions, a Chicago based production company creating content for the advertising and film industries.

WHERE TO WATCH: The Radler

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Artist Development in the Digital Age

WHERE: East Room  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 10:50 AM
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Moderator: Greg Corner

Greg Corner is a Chicago based DJ, bass player, event producer, music programmer and artist consultant best known for his ability to throw successful events and spin eclectic music that people of all backgrounds love.In 2012 Greg joined JBTV Music Television as Music Director, Executive Producer, and Host. Under Greg’s watch, JBTV has elevated its tradition of New Music Now by booking world renowned and breaking artists like Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hozier, Cage the Elephant, The Orwells, Echosmith, Tove Lo and many more. Since 1984, JBTV has been credited for launching the careers of many seminal musicians by giving Radiohead, Dave Mathews Band, Green Day, Oasis, Jeff Buckley, 30 Seconds From Mars, Fall Out Boy, The Smashing Pumpkins, and No Doubt their first North American television debut.

He came to be known as The President’s DJ in August of 2011, when he was invited to DJ President Barack Obama’s 50th Birthday party at Aragon Ballroom, playing alongside such notable musical guests as Herbie Hancock, OK GO, and Jennifer Hudson. After that success he was invited to DJ more political events for the First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and for the entire Obama campaign staff on election night. In May of 2012, Greg founded Indie-Pendent Industries, an event and music consulting company based in Chicago, and has since personally performed at events sponsored by Google, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Diesel, All Saints, Vitamin Water and the Art Institute of Chicago.Greg was launched into the music business when he started throwing underground house parties all around Chicagoland in the early 90’s. When he joined the Chicago-based electronic-rock group Kill Hannah in 1997 was when his music career took off.Greg’s career as a DJ officially began in 2000, when he produced his first club night – Make Out Club – based around electronic and brit-rock music. Make Out Club was an immediate hit, and Greg soon found himself booking international DJs to fill out the roster, including electro-house pioneer Tommie Sunshine. Make Out Club had to be put aside in 2002 when Kill Hannah signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and the band began touring the U.S. extensively.In 2005, Greg started Dark Wave Disco with Chicago DJs Trancid and Mark Gertz. Dark Wave Disco was one of the first indie-electro events in the country and it became a huge success fast. The Dark Wave Disco DJs went on to host events showcasing big name acts such as: Justice, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Steve Aoki, Felix Da Housecat, A-Trak and Uffie just name a few. In turn, Greg and his partners were invited to DJ some of the hottest parties around the globe. In 2009, Dark Wave Disco had the honor of performing the first year of Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza.As Dark Wave Disco’s success grew, Greg continued to tour the world with his band Kill Hannah, all the while refining his taste for all genres of modern music. In 2010, Greg started two weekly DJ residencies in Chicago which in combination were a platform for Greg to showcase his eclectic taste, spinning pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, soul, disco and all forms of electronic music. At the same time, he began programming music for nightclubs and restaurants around the country, most notably Headquarters in Chicago/Nashville. http://greg-corner.com

Daren Searcy

Originally from Asheville, NC, Daren attended Berklee College of Music and Belmont University while interning at Lost Highway Records, V2 Records (NY) and Focus Features (NY). He began his management career in 2008 at Marathon Music Management where he handled digital marketing duties and tour management for a small roster of songwriters and mainstream rock artists. After leaving Marathon Music, Daren spent 3 years at Red Light Management's Nashville office, where he handled day to day duties and worked collaboratively with Red Light's management team on their diverse artist roster.

Daren joined the ReverbNation CONNECT artist development team early last year. As the Nashville representative, he oversees a roster of over 80 acts and is also part of the management team for New West artist Sammy Brue. ReverbNation CONNECT began in early 2015 and acts as an artist development incubator with over 350 artists spread out across the world. They have forged strong relationships with companies such as Hitcher, The Fader, Sentric, American Songwriter and many more to help further their artists careers.

Brian Rosenblatt

Brian has been a partner at national platform law firms where he has founded and chaired Entertainment, Media, and Privacy Practice Groups, and Intellectual Property Groups.

Brian’s practice is centralized in three main areas: 1) Entertainment, Media, and Advertising; 2) Intellectual Property; and 3) Litigation. His practice focuses on entertainment transactions and litigation, media clearance and liability, including advertising injury, defamation, various 1st Amendment issues, and Intellectual Property transactions and litigation, in particular, copyright and trademark matters as well as unfair or deceptive trade practice litigation. To this end, Brian represents, and has represented, high-profile individuals and entities including a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and US Presidential Candidate, high-ranking officials and Clergy within the Arch-Diocese, NBA All-Stars, International Athletics Gear Manufacturers in Trademark Litigation, Grammy and Oscar Award winning song-writers, multi-platinum selling recording artists, national recording artists, producers, record labels, managers, national platform festivals, and concert promoters in contract negotiations, litigation, and class action litigation. He has worked on numerous film, television, and literary projects, both locally and nationally. He counsels start-ups, media, and internet companies, and serves as General Counsel for on-line magazines, record labels, and concert promoters, and tech companies.

Brian’s more “traditional” litigation applies his experience to commercial litigation, catastrophic losses, construction litigation, products liability, commercial trucking/transportation claims, employer liability, premises liability, false arrest/malicious prosecution, and personal injury litigation. Brian has served as lead counsel in nine jury trials and over eighty bench trials. He has conducted over three hundred arbitrations and mediations, and has prevailed on countless motions for summary judgment relating to intellectual property, commercial claims, construction cases, and personal injury matters, including trucking claims, premises liability, and automobile accidents. Brian also regularly serves as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County. While he is licensed to practice in Illinois state and federal courts, Brian handles both transactional and litigated matters across the country, and has been admitted, pro hac vice, to several jurisdictions nationwide.

In 2006, Brian was named one of the top 40 Under 40 attorneys to watch in Illinois by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He also was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers®* list for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015, a peer review designation published by Thomson Reuters. Brian has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his legal ability and ethics. Brian works with the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, handling pro bono entertainment related matters.

Brian has been an active member of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for twenty years. He is also on the governing committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and was recently appointed editor in chief of its Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.

Francis Garcia

Francis Garcia brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to a range of disciplines in music and sound for picture.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Garcia practiced audio engineering, studied film criticism, directed short films and scored independent features as a Department of Radio, Television and Film student. He spent the better part of the 90s skateboarding and spreading the punk rock gospel in Austin, where his former bands shared the stage with Fugazi, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World and The Get Up Kids. Garcia functioned as Head of Music Supervision & Licensing/Composer at Elias Arts prior to founding NYC-based music and sound boutique, Shout It Out Loud Music - a reaction to the conventional jingle house paradigm.

As a Brooklyn-based musician and DJ, Garcia remains actively involved in the indie community. Instinctively adept at discovering talent at a grassroots level, he's responsible for inking Anamanaguchi and The Antlers to their very first music licensing deals; booking shows and pursuing sync opportunities for Future Islands and Class Actress at the onset of their careers; and co-sponsoring high-profile events featuring Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian and Moby.

His body of work as Creative Director of Shout It Out Loud Music includes feature film soundtracks (namely Goliath and Plastic Utopia for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter filmmakers, The Zellner Brothers); placements in TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries and Broad City; and hundreds of commercials for name brands such as Lexus, Audi, Cadillac, Toyota, Ralph Lauren, CoverGirl, AMC Networks, Nickelodeon, ESPN, Pepsi, Jim Beam and McDonald's, among others.

Garcia's other accomplishments include co-directing the SXSW documentary short film selection "100 Bands In 100 Days", and more recently PURSUIT - an ongoing, emerging music showcase co-curated with ReverbNation CONNECT that aligns music fans, industry tastemakers and brands in a 'high-end house party' setting. shoutitoutloudmuisic.com

WHERE TO WATCH: East Room

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Composing Interactive Music For Video Games

WHERE: Emporium-Logan Square  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 10:50 AM
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Mathieu Lavoie

Mathieu Lavoie is a composer, sound designer and professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He holds a doctorates’ degree in composition, obtained at the University of Montreal in 2012. He has composed music for more than 50 films, commercials and videogames, as well as many concert pieces. He is regularly invited as a speaker, panelist, lecturer and producer for different events related to his expertise, in particular for Radio Canada, the Montreal International Film Festival (FFM) and the Regroupement pour la formation en audiovisual du Québec (RFAVQ).

FX Dupas

Composer and audio artist, FX Dupas is currently pursuing a doctorate in interactive music for videogames and multimedia at University of Montreal, where he also teaches harmony, composition and game audio. He has scored over 30 videogames and films. His music is edited and published by prestigious labels such as Editions Robert Martin and Sony Music France, and he has won international awards at the Indieprize (2014) and CIMFA.

WHERE TO WATCH: Emporium-Logan Square

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Constructive Feedback for Filmmakers (and other artists too!): How to ask for it and what to do with it. Hosted by IFP Chicago

WHERE: The Radler  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 10:50 AM
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Every Artist has to learn how to get feedback that actually helps their project, not just their ego. This interactive workshop teaches participants how to ask for and give constructive creative input at two critical stages of filmmaking: the script and the rough cut. Award­winning filmmaker and theater producer Keaton Wooden will discuss project feedback with filmmakers Erica Avery and Robert Carter, who participated in IFP Chicago’s intensive Screenwriter’s Workshop. Carter recently completed filming the script from the workshop and the group will put their newfound skills to the test during a live rough cut feedback session. While this panel focuses on film projects, artists of every discipline can apply this approach to their own work.

Moderator:  Keaton Wooden

Keaton Wooden is a Chicago based producer, writer, and director. A Rhodes Scholar nominee, Wooden spent six months studying at the University of Oxford England, and has presented panels, research, and workshops at the University of Oxford England, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Wheatstone Academy, the Screen Actors Guild, and soon to be LakeFX and CIMM Fest.

In the past year Wooden won the AFM International Pitch Conference in Los Angeles for his scripted feature “Landers.” He has received Emmy nominations for his documentary work and his first produced feature, “NightLights,” sold to LifeTime.

Wooden is an avid writer, and has been workshopped pieces at the Minneapolis Playwright Center and the Department of Cultural Affairs in Chicago. Wooden is also a proud member of the Chicago Commercial Collective, which remounts Chicago's biggest plays, including “To Master the Art" at the Broadway Playhouse, and "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" after its successful Off­Broadway run. Outside of the Collective Wooden was a producer on Irvine Welsh and Tom Mullen's "Trainspotting USA," Welsh's world premiere theatrical adaptation, the world premiere of his adaptation of "In the Jungle of Cities" by Bertolt Brecht, as well as Andrew Kramer's "A Map of Our Country."

Robert Bruce Carter

Robert Bruce Carter is a writer, director, and occasional actor. Originally from Baltimore, he now lives in Chicago where he studied comedy and improvisation at The Second City and Annoyance theaters. His plays have been performed at The Artistic Home and The Annoyance Theatre, and he was the co­creator of The Radio Television Theater Hour, an offbeat live talk show at The Public House Theatre. He has written and directed several short films and his most recent project, the comedic web series Words Fail Me, was an official selection at the Brooklyn Web Fest and NYC Web Fest. His latest directing project is a short film called The Deadline, which was selected for the IFP/Chicago Screenwriters Workshop in December 2015 and filmed in Chicago in March 2016. You can learn more about his work at robertbrucecarter.org.

Erica Avery

Erica Avery is a resident of the South­East Side of Chicago where she learned about the hard knocks of community, political, and labor organizing. Her experiences, both profound and hilarious, inspired her to become a storyteller. Erica took the initiative and produced her first crowd­funding campaign called "Erica Goes to Film School" on Gofundme.com. She was able to raise close to $25,000 towards her tuition to Tribeca Flashpoint College where she studied film and broadcast. Erica's thesis project "Angie" went on to win Best Narrative Film from IFP Chicago. Soon after graduating, Erica interned with Kartemquin films where she was introduced to social impact films like "In the Game", "Hard Earned," and the "Interrupters". Erica was one of six finalists for IFP Chicago's Screenwriters Workshop where her short film "Mercy" was read by actors from the 2015 graduating class of the school at Steppenwolf theater company, and workshopped by the original screenwriter of "Meet the Parents", Mary Ruth Clark. Erica is currently an intern with IFP Chicago where she is working on programming that she hopes will fortify the relationship between  activists and filmmakers in Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. In her spare time, she watches Korean soap operas and eats copious amounts of peanut butter.www.keatonwooden.com

WHERE TO WATCH: The Radler

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Hidden Histories: Enacting Social Justice Through Creative Storytelling Platforms

WHERE: The Whistler  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 10:50 AM
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Hidden Histories is a panel dedicated to discussing how three very different and unique projects use creative media platforms to bring social justice issues to light. Each panelist employs multifaceted media strategies to raise awareness in a unique and accessible manner about a myriad of historical and contemporary issues such as urban histories, racism and Japanese incarceration in the United States during WWII. The panelists are committed to exploring engaging ways of bringing these issues to the forefront with the hopes of promoting knowledge and instigating change while preserving memory.

Moderator: Jenelle Davis

Jenelle Davis is the Associate Producer for Full Spectrum Features and a PhD student in Modern and Contemporary Art History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation focuses on international traumatic events, transnational memory and examines the social, political and visual tensions that become apparent in positioning government or corporate-funded memorials against personal or community-based commemorations. She has several years experience as a professor, curator, writer, researcher, and project manager and she holds both a BA from McGill University and an MA from the University of Toronto in Art History.

Eugene Sun Park

Eugene Sun Park is a writer, director, and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. His films have screened at festivals, micro-cinemas, and on broadcast television, including Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Athens Digital Arts Festival (Greece), Antimatter (Canada), Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico), Anthology Film Archives, Portland Art Museum, and on Time Warner Cable. Eugene is the founder of Full Spectrum Features, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to diversity in film and media. Current projects include Chicagoland Shorts, an annual touring program and anthology of short films that showcases the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers; Signature Move, a feature film produced with Newcity's Chicago Film Project and the support of a 2016 All Access Fellowship from the Tribeca Film Institute; and The Orange Story, a cinematic digital history project funded in part by a $160,000 grant from the National Park Service. PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Mazza / Brave Lux

Erika Street

Erika Street is a writer, producer, and video director whose films have been broadcast nationally and internationally. She began her career at the Emmy Award-winning studio, Log In Productions, where she gained experience working on documentaries that address a need for social change. At Finger Lakes Productions International, she served as Project Manager and writer for the nationally-distributed radio series The EnvironMinute and Animal Instincts, as well as The Everglades Radio Network, a 24-hour stream of programming produced for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and heard along Alligator Alley in Florida. Erika holds a BA in Biology from Cornell University and the MFA in Film Production from Boston University. She enjoys gardening, kayaking, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. http://www.chavobart.com/

Anijo Mathew

Anijo Punnen Mathew is the founder and CEO of Proboscis, the company behind Vamonde, a new Chicago startup for hyperlocal storytelling. He has over 15 years of experience as an architect, designer, and educator, which led to the conception and development of Vamonde. Anijo holds a tenured Associate Professor position at IIT Institute of Design, where his research looks at evaluating new semantic appropriations of place as enabled by technology and media convergence. Anijo has a PhD in Computing from the Open University in the U.K.; Master of Design Studies (MDesS) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; and a professional Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (India). http://www.vamonde.com/#/browse

Lonnie Edwards

Growing up in Chicago, Lonnie Edwards always had an active imagination. Though it was not until 2012, with the help of his closest friend & confidant, that he figured out his true calling as a filmmaker. In late 2013, self-taught with no formal training, Lonnie Edwards would go on to direct his debut short film titled, "Parietal Guidance". Which had a tremendously successful film festival run throughout 2014-15. Winning 14 awards, most notably Chicago International Film Festival & New York No Limits Film Series. He followed that up with his current critically-acclaimed Sophomore project "A Ferguson Story". With numerous projects in the works including a the much anticipated film, "My Bitter Pill To Swallow" as adaptation of the popular novel by Tiffany Gholar, due for production in 2016, be on the lookout for this ascending star.

Jackie Nelson

As Senior Entertainment Officer at Oxfam American, Jackie Nelson mobilizes the talents and generosity of celebrities and entertainment partners to affect global humanitarian change. With each partner, Jackie creates a unique partnership that aligns with celebrities’ unique talents and personal aspirations to alleviate suffering, leveraging their creative gifts, powerful advocacy voices, and commitment to “pay forward” their own good fortune. Prior to joining Oxfam, Jackie oversaw celebrity and entertainment engagement for the American Red Cross, where she was recognized with the Marketing Humanitarian of the Year award, among others. There, she is credited with managing a multi-million dollar donor portfolio and mobilizing hundreds of millions of celebrity fans to take part in the global Red Cross movement to save lives and alleviate suffering. In a volunteer capacity, Jackie regularly deployed to major disasters within hours of when they struck as a national media spokesperson and communications volunteer. Each day, Jackie is able to employ her deep passion for the creative arts, Marketing Communications, and global humanitarian work to affect change in the world. She has her BA in English and The History of Social Change from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Her personal career aspiration is “never allow a surge of inspiration or power to be wasted.” oxfamamerica.org

WHERE TO WATCH: The Whistler

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MUSIC LICENSING NOW – The new way to break artists or the only way? Hosted by Minty Fresh

WHERE: The Chicago Distilling Company  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 10:50 AM
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Is licensing for film the only way to break a band now? Traditional means are slow or dead or dying, and panelists discuss what’s becoming a great commercial upheaval where corporations, music, and tv producers hold more power over the music industry than ever.

Moderator: Anthony Musiala

Bonnie Dolan

As Managing Director/Executive Producer of Comma, Bonny Dolan is that key figure between the advertising agencies and the music makers. At Comma, Dolan—working closely with six in-house composers—produces original music for ad campaigns. An expert at sourcing, securing and properly licensing music, she is also responsible for Comma’s expansion into music supervision. Since joining Comma in 2007, Dolan has transformed and energized the music licensing business with her personalized, streamlined approach.

Because of her insight, knowledge and pioneering spirit, Dolan has been quoted in numerous publications, including Billboard, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, she is an in-demand speaker at advertising and music conferences around the world. Dolan also sits on the Recording Academy’s Midwest Board of Governors.

Eric Sheinkop

After spending years supporting Fortune 100 companies in finding the right music for advertising campaigns, at age 25, Sheinkop co-created Music Dealers - a global music licensing company that has opened up a new route for emerging artists to gain the exposure, funding and distribution necessary to take their careers to the next level, while helping some of the world’s leading brands drive value through smart use of music in their marketing.

Music Dealers’ proprietary technology platform has grown to become the largest global marketplace of emerging talent for TV networks, brands, ad agencies and video game studios.

Sheinkop's impact on the industry was recognized when he was included on Billboard magazine's "30 Under 30" rising young executives who are driving the music industry forward, followed by being named "Music Man of the 21st Century” and included in “Crain's Tech 50” list alongside Chicago's tech leaders by Crain's Business in 2012.

He is the co-author of the book Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World's Smartest Brands. Sheinkop also authored the forthcoming book, Return of the Hustle: The Art of Marketing With Music, to be published by Macmillan in March 2016, which explores the use of music in the television, film, video games, and advertising industries.

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WHERE TO WATCH: The Chicago Distilling Company

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MIDWAY: HIP HOP ROOTS IN CHICAGO

WHERE: The Radler  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 11:55 AM
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A small group of Chicago hip­hop legends sit down with moderator Teefa and Ryan Brockmeier, director of the upcoming documentary film and archival project Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip­Hop for a conversation on the past, present and future of hip­hop culture in the City of Chicago.

Moderator: Teefa

Teefa is one of the hottest Hip Hop female emcees and radio personalities on Chicago's airwaves today. During her career as a major recording artist, Teefa has worked and toured with the biggest artists in Hip Hop and R&B including Kanye West, Common, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Syleena Johnson and more. Teefa is a natural talent behind the mic, and regularly wins the minds and hearts of the people she engages with. 

Teefa is a staple in the community. Aside from her work on­air, she can be found mentoring, teaching, speaking, and hosting major events. She is a mother of two and believes "lessons learned in pursuit of success is greater than the accomplishment, because the fight is what makes you stronger and that’s what everyone will remember.”

Ryan Brockmeier

Ryan Brockmeier co­founded the creative collective 800LB Gorillas with DJ Risky Bizness in 2002 and provided artwork, photography, videography and even artist management to a number of local and national artists including EC Illa, Public Enemy, Jurassic 5 and Mic One. A creative professional for more than 15 years, including a creative director position with a large Chicago­based marketing companyRyan decided to leave the corporate world in 2014 to pursue his passion ­ filmmaking. And in less than two years, he’s been able to completely transform his career.

In addition to filming and editing projects for PBS, co­directing and producing the videos for ‘Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music’ exhibit for the Chicago Cultural Center and various other short video projects, he has been putting in all of his time into his first feature-length documentary film ­ Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip­Hop. Documentaries have always been of high interest to Ryan and, despite its size and complexity, he decided to combine his love of journalism, storytelling, music and film into this massive project. This has opened the door to multiple new opportunities to the up­and­coming filmmaker, including speaking engagements at several colleges and traveling the world as part of the production team for a nationally­televised travel show.

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DA Smart

In 1997, the legendary Chi­Town anthem “Walk With Me” hit the streets. Now making a comeback, DA Smart is choosing to walk with his foot in a new direction. Growing up in the Robert Taylor Homes and Altgeld Gardens on the Southside of Chicago, he endeavored at a young age to make a name for himself in Chicago hip­hop as a break dancer. Although known to rap, he did not release his now famous anthem until 1997. For those wondering what happened to the Black Terror, DA Smart is not only still rapping, recording and performing, but he started Terror Records in 2006 and started it with the intent to bring back his true love – hip-hop. But Terror Records was also intended to be more than that. TR is intended to be a light in the darkness ­ to shed light on what is going on in the industry and to be a light of freedom for artists who are tired of being taken advantage of and want to remain true to their art.

Terror Records is also here to promote positive change in the community. Through neighborhood outreach, working with local business owners and neighborhood activists, reaching out to and working with the youth by helping them explore their own creative ideas and show them that there is a healthy way to express themselves ­ our goal is to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and violence that plagues our community. 

Slang

A self­taught artist, Tyrue “Slang” Jones has been cultivating and innovating ideas reflected though his artwork for over 25 years. His wide array of styles, ranging from graffiti to fine art, has gained attention around the globe. His signature style of “Figurative Graffiti,” recognized both nationally and internationally, combines flowing shapes and abstracted letterforms with traditional figure painting. Roger Gastman, author of “The History Of American Graffiti” says, “SLANG single handedly defines the Chicago graffiti movement. For 30 years he has been a nonstop force pushing the limits of his art and teaching the history of the culture that he helped to create.”

He has worked as an established graffiti artist, fine artist, graphic designer, and professional television animator. His clients have included: Warner Bros. Animation Studios, Startoons Animation Studios, Walt Disney Interactive, General Mills, Universal Music, Def Jam, Interscope, Allstate, Leo Burnett and Viacom (MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon).

The fusing of different genres of art has given his work an unmistakable originality and flair that is constantly evolving. He is currently being the sole proprietor of the Gala Gallery, located in the West Town area of Chicago, IL.

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Ang13

Angela "Ang13 (13)" Zone is a veteran in Hip­Hop. From the age of 13, when it all started for her, she has gone from break­dancer, to graffiti writer, to emcee / producer. 13 also knows her way around a pair of technique turntables so there is no aspect of Hip­Hop that she does not know. Music is her forte and where she reigns supreme. Over the years, she has received her training in the culture through practice and execution. 13 still keeps her hand in every aspect ofHip­Hop, but music is the area in which she is most creative.

She's received accolades in magazines such as "The Source" being named one of the undergrounds "best kept secretes" and countless write­ups in The Chicago Tribune, ("Reigning Women in Hip­ Hop", M. McCormick) "Midwest Rap Gap" Upski Wimsap, "Hip Hop for Hunger", D. Jakubiak), The Chicago Sun­Times, Caught in the Middle Magazine, Humble Quest, Route 2000, The Chicago Defender, The Reader, and Chi­Rock Magazine. She is one of the most respected icons in Mid West Hip Hop, dubbed a legend. Her music has graced such project as, The 2000 Census, Nike Mix CD, Sprite Mix Tape, Chicago Rocks, The 50 Man Cipher(Rec Center), Chicago vs. New York along with her own solo EP "Phat as Yo' Mama" which sold 7,000 in one month. Currently, 13's music is featured on the Jurassic 5 "Power in Numbers" DVD (Interscope), and her single "Oh No" is featured on Chali2na's (J5) "Fish Market Mix CD" (2004).She is 2007 Columbia College, Women and Gender fellowship recipient for the Wonda Woman Project Zero Tolerance Tour which took on the challenge to reconstruct the negative image of all women in the hip hop culture. In 2010, she was sent by the United States Government to Cote D'ivoire, Africa with the Chicago Hip Hop Initiative to teach how the hip­hop culture is used for peace and tolerance as part of the Cultural Envoy Program. 13 takes the direct approach in her lyrical subject matter. Growing up in the streets of Chicago, she has been able to speak the language of the streets with the intelligence of a scholar. Some of her early influences were MC's such as KRS one, Nas, Master Ace, Latifah, Rakim, and Lauren Hill. Studying these masterminds has given 13 the ability to speak to the masses. She has an East­Coast tough, innovative style though the West­Coast and over seas consumed majority of her solo EP. She nothing like the "average female mc" reciting rhymes about money. Her lyrical content is more intelligent and up lifting without being preachy, with an edge. 13's play on words is so clever that she is able to reach consumers from the streets to Wall Street. She is considered to be one of the illest elements in the game.

WHERE TO WATCH: The Radler

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New Music App Sessions

WHERE: Emporium-Logan Square  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 16 @ 11:55 AM
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Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins is a technologist working at the intersection of art,science and technology. Stephen pursued live performance as aDJ and musician and tinkered with radio broadcast technologies with likeminded colleagues in one of the most established live performance venuesin Chicago, theLAB (www.the-lab.com).

Stephen has a deep understanding of digital content delivery for web,mobile and TV working for companies such as Rollingstone.com, JAMtv, AOL,Apple (iTunes), V Squared Labs, BitTorrent, Samsung, and now EverSportMedia where he serves as head of operations for the international sports streaming platform.

Adam Farish, 8stem

I'm attracted to revolutionary concepts at the fringe of culture - that's where the action is most potent and the opportunity is grand. My greatest joy is an elegant solution to a complex problem, and my favorite problems to solve are situated between creativity and technology. I'm a fast thinker with a drive for success. If there's excitement on the table I'm all ears.

Ben Hewitt, Nusiki

Ryan Shand, Jammber

Matt Adell, MetaPop

Matthew Adell has dedicated his career to connecting people with the music they love, beginning as a teenager working at a record store in suburban Chicago, to holding key positions at several influential music companies. Prior to founding his newest venture MetaPop, Matthew was CEO of Beatport, where he oversaw the rapid growth of the company, and VP of Music Services at Napster, where he was charged with creative oversight of the company’s music programming and product initiatives. Other previous positions include VP of Music Services at MusicNow.com, as well as senior positions at Amazon and Motorola’s Radiowave.com. He also was VP of Wax Trax! Records, where he signed the KLF, KMFDM and others, and later founded Organico, his own house music label and the original home to Derrick Carter and Dubtribe Sound System.

Paul Bradley, Eventric

Mr. Paul Bradley is a Co-Founder of Eventric LLC and serves as its CEO and President. Mr. Bradley was active promoting the use of technology in the music industry ever since he applied an animated .gif to his band's website in 1997. He was the tour manager of the national music act The Drovers and then became the principal percussionist after the incumbent spontaneously exploded, leaving a small, green globule. He received a BS from Drake University.

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