The earth is starting to laugh here in San Francisco. Below is a colorful selection of things to watch, read, participate in and experience that I hope you’ll find as inspiring as I do.
It’s been a very exciting few months for our film studio getting Connected on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Cable On Demand and many other digital platforms. You can also watch it directly from our site from anywhere in the world here. We are experimenting with a new model on our site that we think can be the future for independent artists. More on that soon.
Monday is also the deadline for sending in video and artwork for our new short film The Science of Character. The film is coming to life, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Please send your videos and artwork asap if you haven’t already.
I’m honored to be asked to give the keynote at Tribeca Institute’s Interactive Day on April 20 in NYC for Tribeca Film Festival. I will be doing a “Live Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto” where we will premiere The Science of Character.
In this newsletter I’m happy to share events, films, books, apps, and more including: CompostModern, DJ Spooky, “Robot and Frank” screening, The Power of One, Gloria Awards, Headlands Art Auction, 826 Valencia Lunch, SF International Film Fesitval, Sundance Artist workshop, Acting Workshop with Anna Deavere Smith, a new support group in SF by Dr. Carole Lewis, #Wethedata, Meograph, Half the Sky Movement: The Game, Hi I Love You App, Leave Now App, DULKINYSDAVIS fashion, Cinesource Magazine and a great collection of films and new books by authors including Marina Gorbis, Douglas Rushkoff, Ping Fu, Melissa Silverstein and Sheryl Sandberg and many more.
To making things while also stopping and smelling many flowers, Tiffany
(Highlights of our dif. film’s screenings. full details below)
Hong Kong, China
New Orleans, LA
West Chester, PA
San Luis Obispo, CA
West Chester, PA
A Declaration of Interdependence:
West Chester, PA
San Francisco, CA
New York, NY
Mar. 22-23 – CompostModern – SF
This will be a great gathering. Dear friends Nathan Shedroff and Eve Blossom are cohosting this event. -t
from the website:“Explore design’s role in creating a more resilient world, with some of the world’s leading designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, architects and more. Fast-moving, reasonably priced, and loaded with actionable, inspiring insights, Compostmodern is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the cutting-edge of sustainability and design.”
Mar 22 & 23 DJ Spooky Concert & Screening of “Downloaded” – NYC
I remember when Napster’s Shawn Fanning first came onto the stage at the Webby Awards many moons back. Can’t wait to see this film “Downloaded” and DJ Spooky continuing to evolve this cool multimedia work. -t
Both events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 22 – 6 to 8pm Downloaded film screening and Q&A:“Alex Winter, director. In 1998 Shawn Fanning, a teenage hacker and programmer, created the code that would become the basis for all peer-to-peer file sharing. Shortly after, Fanning and his business partner, fellow teenager Sean Parker, launched Napster. What had begun as a largely unknown underground network erupted into a global revolution.
March 23 – 7pm Of Water and Ice Concert:
“Of Water and Ice is a composition of string quartet and video that evolved out of Paul D. Miller’s large-scale multimedia work Sinfonia Antarctica. Of Water and Ice is a music/video exploration of the composition of ice and water and our relationship to the vanishing environment of the arctic poles.
Mar. 23 – Will a Robot be your friend? Movie Screening & Talk – SF
Being married to someone who studies robots, it’s fascinating to see how much this film inspired him. It inspired me too. This is a Children’s Charity benefit and Ken will lead a discussion after the screening. -t
from the website: “2012′s ‘Robot and Frank’ charmed and challenged moviegoers with the story of a robot that befriends an aging cat burglar, played by Frank Langella. Wonderfest and Variety Children’s Charity are teaming-up to present a special screening of ‘Robot and Frank’ along with affectionate commentary by UC Berkeley EECS professor Ken Goldberg. The beautiful little ‘Variety Preview Theater’ will open its doors at 6:30pm, and the movie will begin at 7:30. Free popcorn will abound; drinks and candy will be available. Following the movie, Prof. Goldberg will describe the current state of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Will a robot — someday soon — be your friend? Come explore with us!”
*** Only 49 seats are available. Don’t be disappointed: purchase tickets early. ***
when: SaturdayMarch 23, 2013, 7:30pm
where:The Variety Preview Room Theater, The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor, 582 Market Street at 2nd & Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94107
This event continues to shine the light on leaders in sustainable food.- t
from their website: “NRDC is pleased to announce the fifth annual Growing Green Awards on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at CityView at Metreon in San Francisco. We will gather together to celebrate our award winners and enjoy impeccably-prepared local and organic foods in a nighttime farmers-market themed setting. The GGAs honor farmers, businesses, food justice advocates, and youth leaders who are implementing new models of ecologically-integrated farming practices, climate and water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility. This year, we will also honor Susan Clark, Executive Director of the Columbia Foundation, with a Forces for Nature Award.”
I feel like my family grew up at the Exploratorium. We cannot wait for their beautiful new home to open. -t
from their website: “To celebrate Opening Day at Pier 15, the Exploratorium will offer free, outdoor programming from morning to night. On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, artists, special guests, volunteers, and Explainers will offer a variety of surprises and hands-on activities for people waiting in line. The doors officially open at 10:00 a.m. after a distinctly Exploratorium ribbon-cutting ceremony.
After sundown, live performances, festivities, and awesome moments will continue until 10:00 p.m.”
Love Tribeca. I’m psyched to be participating in Tribeca’s Interactive Day and seeing many films. -t
Tribeca Film Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1300 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002.
TFI Interactive (#TFii) is in its second year and assembles the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology and society to explore storytelling in the digital age through an all-day forum.
Tribeca Film Festival: April 17-28, 2013
Tribeca Film Interactive Day:Saturday April 20 from 9:50am-5:00pm My keynote will start the day at 10am.
April 22 – Land Art for the Next 10,000 Years – Berkeley, CA
We are all so caught up in the now, I love how this project puts everything into perspective. -t
from their website: ”How do you build an monument scale sculptural machine that will last as long as civilization? For the last fifteen years The Long Now Foundation and Alexander Rose have been working on building this icon of long-term thinking. Rose is currently managing the 10,000 Year Clock project underway in West Texas where they have already excavated over 500 vertical feet through solid rock to house the Clock. Alexander will discuss the research and design process that has taken him as far as the arctic Seed Vault in Svalbard, to the ultra-secret Mormon geneological vaults in Salt Lake City. He will show the building process now underway for the 10,000 Year Clock that includes specialized excavation robots and the fabrication of the Clock itself.”
*ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.
when: 7:30-9:00pm April 22, 2013
where: Saturdja Dai Hall Auditorium, UC Berkeley, CA
Good friend and brilliant film producer Ted Hope is now at the helm. Very excited for his first festival. He has Steven Soderbergh doing the State of Cinema address and they just announced their slate of films. Check it all out at the link below. -t
from their website: ”The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25–May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards and $70,000 in cash prizes, upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests and diverse and engaged audiences with more than 70,000 in attendance.”
Opening night film: What Maisie Knew @ Castro Theater April 25th
Closing night film: Before Midnight @ Castro Theater May 9th
It will be great to be among all the women of the Tribe here at this event. I will be giving a talk and showing films. All Jewesses in the Bay Area, come! -t
from their website: ”A celebration of Jewish women who inspire us to make a difference in the world. This Year Power of One Has Been Re-imagined! Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of a San Francisco historic site. Socialize at a reception with a contemporary dinner buffet. Connect with innovative female leaders who are raising the bar on social change.”
when: 5:30-9:00pm – May 1, 2013
where:Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Mercantile Exchange in downtown San Francisco
Gloria Steinem, the goddess. Wish I could be there for this event and know it will raise the roof. -t
from their website: ”It’s that time of year again! On the evening of May 13, 2013, we will host our annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision gala, which will also celebrate the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 40th anniversary, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. President and CEO Anika Rahman and co-founding mother Gloria Steinem will co-host this momentous evening. We are proud to announce that the pre-gala cocktail reception will be co-hosted by film actresses Olympia Dukakis, Ashley Judd and actress, author and Ms. Foundation co-founder Marlo Thomas. This reception is the kick-off to the celebration in which we award grantee honorees. With special live musical performances by Imani Winds and Five Play, this event will be a memorable celebration of the profound works of women across the nation.”
when: 6pm – May 13, 2013
where:Cipriani – 110 East 42nd Street – New York City
San Francisco contemporary and modern art fair. What more do I need to say? -t
from their website: ”artMRKT San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art fair, will feature 70 highly reputable galleries from around the globe, bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists and galleries to San Francisco. In showcasing historically important work alongside relevant contemporary pieces and projects, artMRKT will create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art.
Now in its third year, artMRKT San Francisco will be relocating to the Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center.”
when: May 16-19, 2013
where: Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center – San Francisco, CA
John Battelle is so very good at making these events brim with insights. If in NYC and in tech, you must go. -t
from their website: ”The Conversational Marketing Summit is the must-attend, rapid-fire content experience for senior brand marketers, agencies, tech and media executives. The executive conference in it’s seventh year is hand-curated and produced by John Battelle, (entrepreneur, journalist, professor, author and Founder & Executive Chairman of Federated Media Publishing). Rooted in the firmament of digital marketing, we’ll explore the human implications of data, algorithms, mobility, and technological progress. This year’s theme is Parting the Clouds: Bridging Data and Humanity.
Speakers include senior executives from AdAge, Advertising.com Group, Aereo, Appnexus, Bluefin Labs, BlueKai, Buzzfeed, DataLogix, Federated Media Publishing, Gnip, GoDaddy.com, Google, Krux, LiveRamp, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, OpenX, Rebel Mouse, Salesforce.com, Sony, Turn Inc., Yahoo! And more.”
when: May 21-22, 2013
where: The Altman Building 135 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011
826 does such important work in communities all around the US. I have loved watching good friends Dave & Vendela and so many of my friends who teach there grow this organization and help so many young writers. Always happy to serve on the host committee of this great Bay Area event. Join us. -t
from their website: ”On May 29, Dave Eggers and 826 Valencia will host the luncheon of the year at the St. Regis Hotel. This is 826′s biggest fundraiser and ticket costs significantly support its free literacy programming for under-served students in the Bay Area. With special celebrity guests, an entertaining program created by the students themselves, and 400 of 826′s closest friends, this event is always a blast. Tickets are $200 each for lunch at noon, or $1,000 each to include lunch and an 11:30 VIP reception where you can meet our special guests in person.”
June 5 – Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction – SF
Ken and I have both done artist-in-residencies at The Headland Center for the Arts. They give artists space to explore new ideas. Come and check out the auction. -t
from their website: ”Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work. Our impact is evident in the lives and careers of the artists who have participated in our programs and the experiences of our visitors. About twice a month we host public events such as open houses, exhibitions, conversations, community meals, walks, and workshops. Regardless of the format, events are designed to connect visitors to art in real time.
Join us for our biggest event and fundraiser of the year:
-Live and silent auctions
-Cocktails, food, and entertainment
-Artwork by leading contemporary artists
-Unique experiences from artists, chefs, designers, and more
-Pop up shop with limited edition objects inspired by Headlands”
when: 6:30pm – June 5, 2013
where: Herbst International Exhibition Hall in Presidio
This is my momma Dr. Carole Lewis. She is an awesome psychologist who runs wonderful support groups in SF. Those who need some extra support (don’t we all), this is a great place to grow. -t
description: Join with a Certified Group Therapist with over 20 years of experience. For men and women dealing with relationship issues, past & present, this will be an opportunity to look at how your past issues maybe follow you into your current relationships. The goal is not to change who you are, but to be a better version of yourself. Weekly Evening meetings will be in San Francisco, and require a 6 month commitment. If you are interested call for an interview.”
for more details: Call Dr. Carole Lewis at 415-752-1700
Sundance Institute Events
Love Sundance. This is a fantastic workshop. Went to it at Sundance and will be participating this year. All filmmakers in SF, run don’t walk. -t
Artists Services Workshop: Join the conversation with industry experts as they discuss the latest technology and trends in Creative Financing, Digital Distribution, Guerrilla Marketing and Independent Theatrical Distribution. Get one-on-one advice in the intimate setting of The Presidio’s San Francisco Film Centre.
This is such a great initiative Sundance is doing… Check it out and help if you can. -t
Women Filmmakers Initiative: “We are committed to inclusivity in this work and believe the project of creating gender equity is inextricable from issues of race, ethnicity and class in independent filmmaking. The Women Filmmakers Initiative will be most effective if it is part of a larger vision of diversity and if its goals are achieved through the efforts of men and women alike.If you are interested in supporting the Women Filmmakers Initiative, please contact Jennifer Arceneaux, Sundance Institute Director of External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gayle Nachlis, Executive Director of Women in Film/LA, at email@example.com“
Anna is such a trailblazer. This is such an amazing opportunity for actors in SF. -t
Acting Workshop:Anna Deavere Smith is putting together an acting class June 10 – June 17 in San Francisco. She will be joined by three other master teachers. Discussions with local sages on subjects of empathy and compassion – acting being a potential doorway to both.
from their website: “#WETHEDATA is a community committed to making our personal data work for us and not against us: we can do better than using personal data for surveillance or targeted ads, we can catalyze a new personal data economy – for the people, by the people.”
Check out this new way of 4-dimensional story telling. -t
from their website: “Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories. With no training you can quickly tell and watch stories about the news, history, travels, life events, and more by easily combining video, audio, pictures, text, maps, timelines, and links into a narrative. Meograph is being used by major media organizations, in hundreds of schools, and by companies around the world.”
from their website: “Looking for creative juice? Wild River Review connects people, places and ideas through a marriage of the old and the new: a digital forum of art, storytelling and conversation. In the age of information overload, we celebrate thoughtful forums through series like WRR’s Slow Web Movement and WRR Airmail, with writers and readers from all over the world. A hub for artists of all kinds, we seek to spread stories and images that raise awareness, compassion and creative spark. Wild River Books, WRR’s publishing imprint, promotes powerful stories and literary works that speak to the interconnectedness of people and societies.”
from their website: “A live script competition that will give seven screenwriters a chance to get a green light in front of a world-wide audience. Three producers, including Sundance veteran Effie T. Brown (HBO’s Real Women Have Curves, Google/YouTube Channel Wigs), will sit at the judging table. Unlike, say, the ill-fated, short-lived On the Lot—where Bret Ratner helped pick the most egregiously-commercial, artless projects possible—the Equal Writes panel is looking for intelligent, courageous genre films forged at the intersection of race, religion, and gender, with the hopes that these new voices will help shape a renewed discussion on diversity.”
from their website: ”Half the Sky Movement: The Game is the new Facebook game that takes you on a global adventure to create virtual and real-world change in five countries. As you play, the main character Radhika completes a series of quests that create opportunities for the many women she encounters in her travels. Each quest directly relates to real-world challenges women and girls face around the globe, and corresponds with the work of seven nonprofit organizations. Sponsors have donated $500,000 that is waiting for you to unlock by completing specific quests in the game.”
Telling people you love that you love them always makes things better. -t
from their website: ”HiLU is a messaging app in which every message begins with the words Hi, I Love You. Make them your own with images and more words. The goal of HiLU is to celebrate and foster love and lovingness, to notice the love all around us and keep it going. Use it with your partner, your friends, your family. Feel how the simple act of expressing love can change your life. “
I have a horrible sense of direction but a great sense of time. Ken, the opposite. I just got this app for him. -t
from the website: “We’re all busy, but Leave Now helps you be “Good Busy” — on time and on point — especially when plans change last-minute. Get dynamic mobile alerts adjusted for location and traffic, see events from all of your calendars in one place, even add a time buffer to get the kids out the door :-) You already have a full life, so you don’t need another cluttered calendar. You need space to connect to the people, places and projects that matter. Let Leave Now take away the hassle, you enjoy the time.”
These clothes are so beautiful, elegant and fresh. -t
from their website: “Spring represents change, a time that pushes boundaries or a natural flow. More importantly, it’s a time for DULKINYSDAVIS to celebrate women and inspire a wardrobe refresh.
Starting with a local San Francisco community, whose styles and figures are varied, our collection continues to evolve from the feedback of our local clientele. Combining fine Napa leathers and knit blends, our collection caters to our customers.
Our brand is highly collaborative. This is not a static collection.
From Hotpant and Bombshell jacket to a staple Cuff-T and Trouser, we allow women to feel sexy, yet comfortable and stylish.
With the 2013 Spring Launch, DULKINYSDAVIS is available online.”
Great new magazine on culture. You can get it at all Whole Foods. Check it out. -t
from the website: ”We are the Platform for Conscious Culture: Art, Conscious Lifestyle, Humanitarianism, Sustainability and Yoga. We give national figures, artists, and leaders a blank canvas, a space to express, write, and create. Their ideas. Their voices. Not filtered through our eyes or limited to a few quotes. You get them straight up. Direct access. They’re raw, real, and personal. Fascinating people shifting the planet with powerful ideas featured in every issue.”
All Bay Area Filmmakers should subscribe to this magazine. Its deep journalism and coverage are so very good. -t
from their website: “CineSource is dedicated to covering all 20 sectors of Northern California’s film/video community — from production to theory, from indie to Hollywood North — but to do so: We Need Your Help!
Have been a fan of Yael’s work for a long time and was so proud to wach her get this academy award for her film Inocente!. Check it out on iTunes. -t
from the website:
“On February 24th, Inocente won the Oscar for best Documentary Short! The subject of the film, Inocente Izucar, a teenager who had been homeless just a year before, whose colorful paintings kept her hopeful in the midst of a bleak upbringing, walked the red carpet and then on stage with the directors to accept the Academy Award. The recognition amplifies the filmmakers’ hopes for the film – using it first to inspire and then to advocate around issues of teen homelessness, immigration and arts education. Now available on iTunes. Watch it, talk about it, make some art with your friends or family after you see it. It will brighten your day! Inocente was directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine and produced by Yael Melamede of SALTY Features and Albie Hecht of Shine Global.”
A film by my filmmaking comrades Emmanual Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan. -t
from the website: “Excited to share Elemental, a new feature documentary that will be released in theaters & online May 2013. The film follows three individuals—in Canada, India, and Australia—united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Check out the trailer here, and connect via Facebook and Twitter to get updates on screenings and the wide release.
‘An interesting view of eco-warriors at work…their efforts are duly inspiring and the related issues imposing.’ VARIETY
‘Truly moving and engaging…one of the better environmental documentaries out there.’ LOST IN REVIEWS”
Also another filmmaking friend who I was kvelling seeing his song nominated for an Academy Award. A great film. -t
from the website: “Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.”
The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World – Marina Gorbis
The Nature of the Future reminds me of one of my favorite Einstein quotes. “You can’t solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” This book outlines the new ways to rethink the social structures of the world. Every participant in this global reality needs to read this book. -t
from the website: “As Silicon Valley thought-leader Marina Gorbis, head of the Institute for the Future, portrays, a thriving new relationship-driven or socialstructed economy is emerging in which individuals are harnessing the powers of new technologies to join together and provide an array of products and services. These engaged and innovative pioneers are filling gaps and doing the seemingly impossible by reinventing business, education, medicine, banking, government, and even scientific research. Based on extensive research into current trends, she travels to a socialstructed future and depicts an exciting vision of tomorrow. Available April 9, 2013.”
Rushkoff is absolutely one of my favorite thinkers. The book just received an awesome review in the times. can’t wait to read. -t
from the website: “This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, explains award-winning media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, but we don’t seem to have any time in which to live it. Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit. And our failure to do so has had wide-ranging effects on every aspect of our lives.”
“…Rushkoff creates a narrative of the way we now live.” – Walter Isaacson
Lincoln’s work is so cool. Ken and I participated in one of his installations. Looking forward to getting this book. -t
from the website: “The Network is an innovative and uniquely American project that presents a composite portrait of power in Washington, D.C. through generative digital art, photographs, and installation. Using three video cameras, Schatz recorded his interviews with 89 policy makers and cultural operatives to create a digital conversation recently acquired by The National Portrait Gallery. Sitters include Steve Case, Vernon Jordon, Rocco Landesman, Sandra Day O’Connor, Nancy Pelosi, John Podesta, and Eric Cantor. Schatz’s software accesses meta-tagged topics in all 89 interviews and presents them in a constantly changing sequence of sitters and contemporary ideas.
The accompanying video portraits are currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in Washington DC.”
Ping’s story is so powerful. She is an amazing woman. -t
from the website: “Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be oppressed. To be beaten and raped for being born into a well-educated family. To leave China and start life over alone in the U.S. She also knows what it’s like to be an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To build cool new products. To give speeches that inspire. To meet and advise the President of the United States.
Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes world of U.S. technology start-ups. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.”
Her tagline “Women Directors Talk Directing,” is a subject not often enough explored and so enjoyed reading it all in one book.
from the website: “In Her Voice: Women Talk Directing by Melissa Silverstein, is the first book that takes the words and experiences of a diverse group of celebrated women film directors and puts their voices front and center. This unique volume of interviews presents more than 40 feature and documentary directors from around the world including Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Callie Khouri (Mad Money), Sally Potter (Rage), Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday).”
**Enter IHV-DISC in the coupon code when you check out and get the book for $5.00
I thought I had read enough “about” the book – that maybe I didn’t need to read it. All I can say is that I am reading it now and am absolutely captivated. Her insights on being a woman leader are so compelling and the dialogue she is bringing to the public incredibly important. -t
from the website: “Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.”