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Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

Over the past decade, the Internet has given rise to all sorts of new digital art forms and business models. This Industry Talk explores different ways pioneers have funded and created undefined non-fiction art. Now that the digital dust has settled, what should we take with us moving forward into the next decade? The ways of finding funding are as open and multifaceted as the forms of interactive art, but this doesn’t mean it’s easy. How can crowdfunding, traditional public funds, VOD platforms and money from venture capital be (re)defined and be used by other creators? A diverse panel shares its experiences on both financing and constructive business models for future work. With Gary Hustwit, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Margaux Missika, and moderated by Anna Higgs.
November 22, 15:00-16:30, Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal

Gary Hustwit
Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in New York. He is the CEO andDirector of Scenic, a virtual reality content studio focusing on non-fiction VR. He has produced 13 feature documentaries including the design trilogy Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. His films have beenon HBO, PBS, BBC and TV outlets in 20 countries, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Studioamelia.com) is an accomplished artist and creative technologist and is currently the director of New Rochelle, New York’s art and technology initiative SIM: Shifting Imaginative Media. Amelia was professor of time-based media art and film at Vanderbilt University for five years before returning to her roots in NYC creative technology, graduating from NYU’s Interactive Technology Program in 2015. She went on to found and direct the DBRS Innovation Labs, a FinTech research lab that specializes in developing creative uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Amelia is part of Facebook’s Oculus Launchpad, and co-founder of Stupid Hackathon, which now holds events around the world.

Margaux Missika
After a dual degree in economics and English, a master’s degree in business and a first experience in IT at Brainsonic, Margaux Missika developed fiction and magazine projects at the production company CALT. In 2010, she joined Upian as a developer of online audiovisual productions, producing projects like Happy World, Manipulations, Prison Valley, Alma, a Tale of Violence and Génération quoi?. Recently, Upian produced Do Not Track and the European version of Generation What, which was released in 16 countries. In October 2016, Upian released How to Make a Ken Loach Film in co-production with Arte and Sixteen Films.

Anna Higgs
Anna Higgs is an award-winning producer and creative executive who leads groundbreaking work at the intersection of film and digital storytelling. She has recently taken up the position of Creative Director at NOWNESS, a global video channel bringing together the best in culture, with both emerging and established filmmaking voices. A partnership between Dazed Media and the LVMH group, NOWNESS is a movement for creative excellence in storytelling celebrating the extraordinary of every day.

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  • When: 2016-11-22 at 15:00
  • Venue Name: De Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal
  • Venue address: Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam
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