NYFF50: Convergence

September 29 – 30

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Film Society's Convergence program arrives at the 50th New York Film Festival with two full days of transmedia programming! Presented throughout the brand new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, NYFF Convergence is designed to be an intimate gathering for creators, designers, thinkers and fans. Join us as we explore the future of storytelling with the makers, thinkers, and theorists driving the evolution of how we are informed and entertained!

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In This Series

Keynote Conversation: Tommy Pallotta

Keynote Conversation: Tommy Pallotta

Tommy Pallotta is a visionary storyteller who creatively blends technology into filmmaking, animation and interactivity.  Pallotta will open Convergence with a discussion of his personal views on the evolution of storytelling and the role of technology.

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Keynote Conversation: Jason Wishnow

Keynote Conversation: Jason Wishnow

| 60 mins

The past decade has seen an explosion in disruptive modes of storytelling in terms of genres, technologies, business models, and distribution methods. From short films on the web to interactive pieces for the iPad financed via crowdfunding created with the aid of flashmobs what will the future hold in store? Jason Wishnow will close out NYFF Convergence with this engaging exploration of where we’ve been and where we are going.

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Modding Minecraft: The Voxel Box and the Art of Immersion

Modding Minecraft: The Voxel Box and the Art of Immersion

| 60 mins

Minecraft veterans Ridgedog (Owner & Administrator) and KupoKupo (Administrator) from The Voxel Box will be joined on stage by Frank Rose, author of The Art of Immersion, to discuss the immersive potential of games and community.  Join us for an exploration on the power of games as storytelling tools and how, through the unique prism of The Voxel Box, player-creators are rewriting the rules of how we engage with entertainment.

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Adult Swim and the Power of Music Partnerships

Adult Swim and the Power of Music Partnerships

As the music industry changes, musicians and record labels must create new revenue streams and alternative avenues to potential fans. Transmedia storytelling can not only fulfill these needs, but also provide different forms of artistic expression outside of the traditional record release format.  Join blogger/writer Laura Sterritt and Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco for this conversation about the intersection of transmedia and music.

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Location, Location, Location: The Future of Film In a Geotagged World

Location, Location, Location: The Future of Film In a Geotagged World

The next revolution in storytelling will not happen in living rooms or theaters, but will take audiences to real world locations.  Join Steve Schultz of Moveable Feast Media in this exploration of how place is changing the way we tell stories.

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Transmedia on $8.00 a Day

Transmedia on $8.00 a Day

Whether you are a seasoned producer or a greenhorn looking to dip your tow into the water, this guide will show you how to affordably produce a compelling cross-platform project without compromising on quality.

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Multiple Producers, Multiple Platforms

Multiple Producers, Multiple Platforms

Today's producers are working on every platform including film, TV, social, games, mobile, events, comics, ARGs, and more. This panel features members from The Producers Guild (PGA) who will share the intimate details on the past, present, and future of producing for multi-platform distribution.

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McCarren Park Part I: Hipster Dinos, Transmedia, and Producing Something for Nothing

McCarren Park Part I: Hipster Dinos, Transmedia, and Producing Something for Nothing

Producer, director, writer Caitlin Burns will lead audiences through McCarren Park, an indie transmedia extravaganza, in this two part presentation  featuring the first public exhibition of the film and an interactive presentation about the challenges of producing an epic on a budget.

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Writing Transmedia

Writing Transmedia

Writing for open, interactive worlds is a wholly different enterprise than creating a typical screenplay.  This panel will feature writers from television, the web, and feature films and explore the creative process from the writer’s unique perspective.

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McCarren Park Part II: Hipster Dinos, Transmedia, and How to Get Noticed Without Paying For It

McCarren Park Part II: Hipster Dinos, Transmedia, and How to Get Noticed Without Paying For It

In part two of Caitlin Burns presentation on her experiences creating McCarren Park, we will touch on how to spread the word about your transmedia work without relaying on a massive studio infrastructure.  This will feature an exclusive glimpse of footage from the second half of the film McCarren Park.

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Bridging the Tech Divide

Bridging the Tech Divide

Immersive storytelling is fueled by the creative application of exciting new technologies.  But how do we bring these cutting edge tools to the broadest possible audience?

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TEDxPreview

TEDxPreview

CANCELLED

Story is everywhere and TEDxUWS will be an exploration of what story means in the 21st Century.  Join us for a preview of TED Talks and some of the most engaging discussions in recent memory!

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Novels in New Forms

Novels in New Forms

Authors and technologists discuss online publishing and the power of the tablet computer as a storytelling tool.  It’s a world of boundless possibilities, time for a deep dive!

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Work in Progress: NY_Hearts

Work in Progress: NY_Hearts

Creator James Carter will sit down to discuss his hit transmedia experience NY_Hearts, an immersive theater experience that explores New York one neighborhood at a time, and offer a tantalizing preview of the next chapter in the ongoing series.

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You’re Such a Character: New Roles for Audiences in Storytelling

You’re Such a Character: New Roles for Audiences in Storytelling

Transmedia changes the relationship between audiences and stories, morphing the passive audience into characters whose actions are absolutely pivotal in driving plot. We’ll discuss how to structure a story to give the audience a part to play.

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Best of Breed Transmedia Content Innovators

Best of Breed Transmedia Content Innovators

From web series, content applications, social media, and beyond, this panel of established creators will discuss the state-of-the art of transmedia, where it has been and where it is going in a lively debate-style presentation.

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Renga: The NYC Premiere!

Renga: The NYC Premiere!

Renga is about finding a way home. Attacked and left for dead, our hero must carefully marshal their resources to build a new ship, confront their nemesis and finally return home. Only this hero isn't visible on the screen - it's the entire audience, working collectively to control the action using laser pointers directed at the screen.

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Non Profit Design Summit

Non Profit Design Summit

CANCELLED

Immersive storytelling presents many new opportunities for traditional cultural institutions to engage new audiences.  After spending the day in intensive small group discussion, leaders from several New York institutions will engage in an open dialog about the collision of art, technology, and participatory culture.

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Whispers in the Dark

Whispers in the Dark

An immersive fiction in which a non-actor participant becomes the lead character in a 24 ghost story across New York that culminates in a dramatic live presentation at Lincoln Center.  A unique and Convergence-only event!

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XYEYE_storyFormula: Ingenuity & Vertical Immersion Meet

XYEYE_storyFormula: Ingenuity & Vertical Immersion Meet

The XYEYE team will present their nine-step story mapping process in a play-by-play demonstration with a Webseries "FreeTag" being implemented into a Transmedia strategy.

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Transmedia Test Kitchen

Transmedia Test Kitchen

This live demonstration pits two teams of creators against each other, charging them to create a pitch for a brand new transmedia property in just one hour offering audiences a fast paced (and hilarious) look behind the curtain of how immersive stories are created.

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