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IFP MN Midwest Filmmaker Conference Explores Innovations In Content Creation and Audience Engagement
Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota presents the 14th annual Midwest Filmmaker Conference (formerly the Producers Conference) in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College on Saturday, May 4, 9am-5pm. The conference, this region's premier independent film industry gathering of the year, takes place in MCTC's Whitney Hall, 3rd Floor, Room L3000, at 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.
Previously announced keynote presenter Lance Weiler, an internationally recognized storyteller, entrepreneur, Sundance Screenwriters Lab alum, and pioneer in combining storytelling with technology kicks off the conference with a talk about the changing landscape of content creation, media consumption, and distribution.
Several other confirmed guests include: producer Marcus Hu, Co-President and Co-Founder of Strand Releasing; Joseph Beyer, Director of Digital Initiatives at Sundance Institute; Mynette Louie, a 2013 Piaget Producers/Independent Spirit Awards recipient whose numerous producing credits include Marshall Lewy's California Solo starring Robert Carlyle (Sundance 2012); Peter Phok, who produced films with Larry Fessenden's production company Glass Eye Pix, the latest being Beneath, directed by Fessenden for Chiller Films; and director/actress Shannah Laumeister, whose award-winning documentary Bert Stern: Original MadMan is being developed into a narrative feature.
Minneapolis artist Andrew Voegtline's Digital Cities, an interactive art experience combining music, film, dance, and smartphone technology, has received the inaugural $50,000 New Media Project Grant. The grant is administered by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN) with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation.
Digital Cities connects the physical and digital worlds of Minneapolis, presenting a curated digital art experience across the city. Using their smartphones' directional orientation and GPS data, viewers will be able to explore, observe, and interact with this digital art as they move about the physical space of the city. "It's kind of like an electronic gallery integrated into our physical landscape," says Voegtline.
IFP MN's Youth Program Director Deacon Warner was recently showed his short documentary honoring Keith Basinski, the UPS driver who was killed in the Accent Signage Shooting. The film sparked much community interest and Deacon was interviewed by 5 TV stations and 4 newspapers.
Congratulations to the finalists in the first-ever round of the New Media Project Grant! At the end of March, one project will be awarded the $50,000 grant.
The finalists and their projects:
BANDLAND, by Bil Sherman
Bandland is a comic book app and web presence about a Minneapolis rock band who strive to make it big in the local scene. Rock videos, and mini-games litter the storyline, and an interactive "zine" bridges online and real world content into Harry, Joey, Franky and Freddy's adventures.
February 19, 2013
IFP Minnesota has named Andrew Peterson as Executive Director after serving 6 months as Interim Executive Director. He will lead the nonprofit media arts organization as it continues to transform to meet the challenges of the evolution in the media arts field.