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You Gotta Be There: CFC Media Lab Hits the WSFF Symposium

POWER HOUR: CFC Media Lab

Join Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations and Special Projects Manager, CFC Media Lab; Joyce Wong, Technology and Production Manager, CFC Media Lab; and Andrea Mallozzi, Digital Operations and Social Media Coordinator for a discussion about the future of the CFC Media Lab.

The CFC Media Lab has a 15-year track record of success at building collaborative environments for creative transformation in interactive media. The next evolution of the CFC Media Lab is to focus on sustainability, innovation and the global footprint. Sit down with the CFC Media Lab for an amazing power hour that gives you an exclusive look at their new initiatives, launch dates and how you can be involved in their programs. You won’t want to miss this discussion as you get the inside scoop on the future of innovation in digital media in Canada.

Details…

Where: VICU 211 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6, 2012  10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

The Power of Pennies: Film Funding & Crowd Sourcing

Crowd Sourcing is proving that every penny counts when funding your film! With platforms like Indie GoGo and the newly launched Hot Docs Ignite, crowd sourcing is an innovative way to connect with collaborators and collect cash for your next big project. But is finding funding through the internet really that simple? A panel of industry experts and filmmakers weigh the pros and cons, sharing their tales of triumph and woe from this new frontier in film financing.

Moderator:
Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations Manager and Special Projects, CFC Media Lab

Panelists:
Adam Chapnick, Principle Business Development, Indie GoGo
Jonas Diamond, CEO, Smiley Guy Studios
Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs, Doc Ignite

Details…

Where: VICU 215 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6th, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

Coming up: 40e festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal

This October 12-23 don’t miss the Festival of New Cinema in Montréal!  James Milward, alumni of the CFC Media Lab, will be doing a conference talk on Transmedia Storytelling.

The Festival of New Cinema is dedicated to the dissemination and development of new trends in cinema and new media. It acts as a springboard raising awareness of original, unpublished works, encouraging the development of auteur cinema and digital creation.

For 40 years this festival has welcomed filmmakers each year in Quebec from abroad into a friendly atmosphere where interactions between the the public and professionals is encouraged. The strength of the Festival of New Cinema lies primarily in its diverse programming and openness to all, centered on excellence and the presentation of original works. The festival has a network of international contacts and infrastructure unmatched in Montreal. A major event of the film landscape in North America Since 1971, the Festival of New Cinema has brilliantly shown its ability to evolve and adapt to the audio-visual practices most advanced in integrating new programming technology creation and diffusion. For 11 days, film, video, performance, multimedia works, interactive installations and other hybrid forms from artistic practices engendered by digital technologies come together in a single event: the Festival du nouveau cinema!

Visit nouveaucinema.ca for individual tickets or passes to the festival!

Amon Tobin premieres ISAM at MUTEK

Greetings! I’m Aylwin Lo, CFC Media Lab’s newest staff addition. As a Tech Coordinator, I provide technical and design support to many of the Media Lab’s exciting activities. Last week I took a trip out of the lab to attend the 12th edition of MUTEK, Montreal’s prestigious and groundbreaking festival for electronic music and digital art.

As in previous years, this year’s MUTEK promised an array of acts ranging from seasoned acts premiering their latest audio-visual work to up-and-comers making a break for it. One of our own current residents, Laurel McDonald, has performed at MUTEK and was recently featured on their website for her performance project combining vocals and visuals, Videovoce.

It was my privilege to be able to interview four of the acts performing at this year’s festival. We’ll be posting roughly an interview a week until they’re all up. Be sure to visit Stabletalk once a week if you aren’t already subscribed to our RSS feed or email updates.

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Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for Submissions!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), the only festival of its kind in North America, is a public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals,” TUFF takes place September 9 – 18, 2011 on Onestop platform screens across the Toronto subway system.

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan, will guest judge the fifth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), selecting the top films of the festival.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to submit one-minute silent films an urban population. TUFF pays artist fees and awards thousands in cash and prizes.

Deadline for submissions to TUFF is July 15, 2011. TUFF is free to submit prior to June 1, 2011. After that date, there will be submission fees: $10 (June 1 – June 30) and $15 (July 1 – July 15). Films can be submitted through the TUFF Website.

5 Years and Still TUFF!

Windows Home & International Edition

"Neighbourhood Watch" by Sean Yelland, courtesy of Ingram Gallery

Out My Window won the 2011 Interactive Emmy for Digital Non-Fiction, the inaugural IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, and is available along with other HIGHRISE projects on the NFB’s site: http://highrise.nfb.ca/

For the past year I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the National Film Board of Canada on the marketing of a project called Out My Window. Directed by Filmmaker in Residence Katerina Cizek, the project is one of the first to launch under the umbrella of the HIGHRISE program at the NFB; a multiyear and multimedia exploration into vertical living in the global suburbs. Out My Window is comprised of several 360º virtual environments representing highrise apartments in 13 cities around the world, and explores how people living in similar architectural structures around the world have customized their space in response to physical, psychological, social, and political factors.

Led by veteran production and coordination teams at the NFB, and brought to life through the creative input of dozens of artists and technicians around the world, Out My Window is a flagship production for the Film Board (an institution internationally renowned for its documentary content) and for Canada. The project advocates Canadian values around storytelling, equity, and diversity while meaningfully engaging with global audiences.

What drew me to the project was how it represented an attempt, sometimes explicit and sometimes emergent, to experiment using multiple systems at the foundation of documentary cinema, all at once: production technique, distribution strategy, and audience engagement. During the creation of Out My Window, all of these “tools” that support documentary projects were rounded up and brought in for analysis, and in many cases, reinvention.


The central interface of Out My Window seems elegantly simple: 360º panoramas of apartments in highrise towers all over the world, within which viewers can interact with objects, people, or views of the cities outside. Most of the people who I’ve shown the piece to over the last several months have remarked at how simple to understand and engaging the panoramic interface is. Asking those same people to explain how they might actually go about filming that 360º panoramic action shot tends to result in a bit of head-scratching.

The wizardry behind Out My Window’s innovative interface came out of a collaboration with the Dutch 360º camera company yellowBird (they also happen to have the best domain name ever: http://www.yellowbirdsdonthavewingsbuttheyflytomakeyouexperiencea3dreality.com). While Stanley Kubrick utilized an f/0.7 lens (allegedly machined for use in U2 spy-planes) to film his epic Barry Lyndon using natural light; and James Cameron developed the Pace/Cameron Fusion Camera System to bring the virtual world of Pandora to life in Avatar; it’s unusual for a group of filmmakers to reinvent the technology with which they capture their scene for a one-off project. But experiments in technology is a part of what Highrise is all about. Some of the content at the heart of Out My Window has already been adapted into a physical installation called StorySpace (in collaboration with the CFC Media Lab, of all institutions… I swear that I’m not part of any recursive linking conspiracy). The living panoramic visuals are probably the aspect of the project that most directly illustrates how its execution was dependent on innovative uses of new tools.

But for all of its benefits, access to new production technology certainly isn’t something to be assumed or taken for granted. Aside from the NFB’s working relationship with yellowBird, creative collaboration with freelance photographers from 13 cities was central to the production of Out My Window. Musicians that appear on the project’s soundtrack were also as much participants in the film’s creation as subjects for its cameras and microphones. I came to the project as a fan of digital storytelling interested in thinking about big issues, and I was welcomed aboard the team to help define strategies for engaging audiences new kinds of media experiences.

In the human research field, there has been an effort in play for decades to recast subjects as participants – it’s at the core of the evolution of modern research ethics. But to see the same shift occurring in documentary production – of subjects and audiences into active co-creators – is exciting. Last week, Kat Cizek posted to the Highrise blog about the interplay between technology and citizen journalism in the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.

A flurry of online activity emerged last month when Paleofuture posted part of a 1987 OMNI Magazine interview about the future of cinema with Roger Ebert. Most of the ruckus was due to the accuracy that seemed to be attached to some of Mr. Ebert’s forecasts about then-emerging revolutions in entertainment. One of his forecasts is particularly interesting, I think because it’s the one we most easily forget to remember as a huge leap – the sheer diversity of cinematic content we have access to, through the Internet (or even Netflix, Canadian content agreements be-damned). What Ebert was most excited about in terms of the digital cinema revolution ahead was how films would no longer only open in a handful of cities around the world. They would open everywhere, in homes and on the go, to roars of applause from Non-Angelinos everywhere. Out My Window is a decidedly international story, and it’s (appropriately) available, online and free-of-charge, to audiences equally scattered across the globe.

Of all the systematic “tools” that act as the foundations of documentary, the one presently under the most intense reinvention is actually the audience. Global audiences are great, but globally connected creative audiences are even better. Out My Window: PARTICIPATE, a side project to the original documentary, invites people from all over the world to contribute views and stories from out their windows to the experience; widening the net of contributors to the project, and ultimately resulting in a completely different viewer experience. Photos and stories submitted to the Flickr Participate pool are fed into an interface on the NFB’s site allowing visitors to interact with a tapestry of views on the world by window-framed image, keyword text, or landscape colour.

While Out My Window is highly innovative in terms of its experience and packaged form, its release also highlighted one of the key benefits of an adaptive online documentary: the option to respond to relevant “Black Swan Events” (an idea developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to reference high-impact events that are extremely difficult to predict with much accuracy) on the global stage. Participate has had a number of submissions inviting online viewers into the surging unrest in Alexandria earlier this year, as well as the resulting celebrations in Tahrir Square.

If you haven’t experienced Out My Window yet, I recommend you dim the lights, come to terms with your fear of heights, and get ready for a moving and deeply innovative interactive experience.

Thanks to Ingram Gallery for letting me show off some of Sean Yelland’s work (on display right now in a great show at 45 Avenue Road). Special thanks to Katerina Cizek, Gerry Flahive, and Sarah Arruda for entertaining my questions about cinema and/or the breadth of social media these past several months!

Trevor Haldenby is a producer and photographer living in Toronto. He has attended Wilfrid Laurier University, Rhode Island School of Design, CFC Media Lab, and is presently completing a Master’s of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University.

TUFF Masters the “Art of Cool”


Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) was just named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals” in the Fall 2010 edition. TUFF is the only Canadian festival that made the cut this year!

Published in NYC, MovieMaker is the the USA’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent movie magazine.

Check out who else is up to snuff: http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/article/20_coolest_film_festivals_2010_20101201

For more on TUFF: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

All I have to say is… ICE COLD! Way to go!

KENK Makes Quill & Quire’s Book Of the Year 2010 Non-Fiction List

HUGE congratulations to Alex Jansen (Pop Sandbox) and his fabulous team for making Quill & Quire‘s Book of the Year List 2010 with their graphic novel KENK: A Graphic Portrait. (Check out the other top dogs who made the list.)

KENK: A Graphic Portrait
is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, “the world’s most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Times and The Guardian). In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading right up to his arrest, KENK is a thought-provoking and surprisingly funny portrait of an outsize neighbourhood figure and a city in flux.

DIVE INTO KENK HERE.

UPDATE! KENK’s on a roll! Check out Quill & Quire’s Covers of the Year 2010 List: www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/25/books-of-the-year-2010-covers-of-the-year/5/

UK Children’s Network Picks Up Animated Series Created by CFC Media Lab Alumnus

Just announced!

UK Children’s network CBBC (Children’s BBC) has picked up animated series Smallfoot from Shark Teeth Films and Tricon for its online platform My Toons. Read the C21Media article here.

Do yourself a favour… check out the Smallfoot Trailer:

Shark Teeth Films is a cross media digital production company that creates original entertainment for TV, film and the internet. Find out more about Shark Teeth Films here.

…I challenge you NOT to love Smallfoot! I’m convinced it cannot be done.
Mad props to Adrian & Tom!

Tim Burton at TIFF Bell Lightbox

We had the incredible opportunity of taking our TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Residents to a Master Class by Tim Burton (Director/Producer/Writer/Artist) today at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Tim Burton is in Toronto to launch his major career retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and has been highly influential in multiple creative spheres. When we first heard of the show, we were convinced it was the perfect marriage of film and the visual arts and the perfect way to bring new audiences into our major exhibitions space.”

- Noah Cowan,
Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tim Burton will open on November 26, 2010 and run until April 17, 2011. Exhibition and film programmes tickets on sale now! Visit tiff.net or call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-888-599-8433 for more information. 

Participate in Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis!

Join the collective participating in this storytelling experiment! Shape the story by tweeting the next line of Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis (“Exquisite Corpse”) by including the hashtag #BurtonStory. (Read the story so-far: tiff.net/timburton/twitter)

Talking “Out My Window” with Director, Katerina Cizek – TOMORROW!

Out My Window Teleconference call:

Bloggers, tweeters, mainstream journos and general public unite!

Don’t miss the chance to join tomorrow’s social media teleconference about CFC Media Lab and NFB‘s Out My Window.
This project, mentioned on stabletalk last week, is a 360 panoramic video examining how global culture is shaped by the high-rise environment.

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2010
2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (Toronto, Canada)

This teleconference will be a conversation with the director, Katerina Cizek, using collaborative web technology and the telephone (to hear the audio, you will need to call in via telephone technology, but you can use skype, gmail or any kind of VOIP). Get a tour of the Out My Window interactive film, and ask your own questions about the production or motivations behind one of the first 360º feature-length documentaries.

RSVP NOW!

Please RSVP to highrise@nfb.ca before 1 PM (EST) Thurs Nov 4, 2010 (…You will be send instructions via email on how to join in!)

The feature-length online documentary itself is available at:
http://www.facebook.com/l/345e3GI5rCTQ_TFMnQEhmRNLbZw;interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow

Coming up: 40e festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal

This October 12-23 don’t miss the Festival of New Cinema in Montréal!  James Milward, alumni of the CFC Media Lab, will be doing a conference talk on Transmedia Storytelling. The Festival of New Cinema is dedicated to the dissemination and development of new trends in cinema and new media. It acts as a springboard raising […]

Amon Tobin premieres ISAM at MUTEK

Greetings! I’m Aylwin Lo, CFC Media Lab’s newest staff addition. As a Tech Coordinator, I provide technical and design support to many of the Media Lab’s exciting activities. Last week I took a trip out of the lab to attend the 12th edition of MUTEK, Montreal’s prestigious and groundbreaking festival for electronic music and digital […]

Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for Submissions!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), the only festival of its kind in North America, is a public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals,” TUFF takes place September 9 – 18, 2011 on Onestop platform screens across the Toronto subway system. Award-winning Canadian […]

Windows Home & International Edition

For the past year I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the National Film Board of Canada on the marketing of a project called Out My Window. Directed by Filmmaker in Residence Katerina Cizek, the project is one of the first to launch under the umbrella of the HIGHRISE program at the NFB; a multiyear and multimedia exploration into vertical living in the global suburbs.

TUFF Masters the “Art of Cool”

Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) was just named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals” in the Fall 2010 edition. TUFF is the only Canadian festival that made the cut this year! Published in NYC, MovieMaker is the the USA’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely […]

KENK Makes Quill & Quire’s Book Of the Year 2010 Non-Fiction List

HUGE congratulations to Alex Jansen (Pop Sandbox) and his fabulous team for making Quill & Quire‘s Book of the Year List 2010 with their graphic novel KENK: A Graphic Portrait. (Check out the other top dogs who made the list.) KENK: A Graphic Portrait is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and […]

UK Children’s Network Picks Up Animated Series Created by CFC Media Lab Alumnus

Just announced! UK Children’s network CBBC (Children’s BBC) has picked up animated series Smallfoot from Shark Teeth Films and Tricon for its online platform My Toons. Read the C21Media article here. Do yourself a favour… check out the Smallfoot Trailer: www.sharkteethfilms.com/smallfoot-trailer Shark Teeth Films is a cross media digital production company that creates original entertainment […]

Tim Burton at TIFF Bell Lightbox

We had the incredible opportunity of taking our TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Residents to a Master Class by Tim Burton (Director/Producer/Writer/Artist) today at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Tim Burton is in Toronto to launch his major career retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox. “Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and […]

Talking “Out My Window” with Director, Katerina Cizek – TOMORROW!

Out My Window Teleconference call: Bloggers, tweeters, mainstream journos and general public unite! Don’t miss the chance to join tomorrow’s social media teleconference about CFC Media Lab and NFB‘s Out My Window. This project, mentioned on stabletalk last week, is a 360 panoramic video examining how global culture is shaped by the high-rise environment. WHEN: […]

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