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  • Harvardwood Presents: Independent Film Distribution

    Thursday, October 05, 2023 at 05:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
     

    Thursday, October 5th 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET (virtual)

    In this virtual session, hear Gene Pao HBS '97 describe the inner workings as to how independent films are windowed, released, and promoted, as well as how independent film distribution strategies varies considerably from blockbuster films.  Topics include film selection criteria, theatrical booking, digital transaction release strategies, and how these decisions affect later revenue streams including Pay 1 licensing deals and digital streaming.



    Gene Pao (HBS '97) is currently EVP, Strategy and Digital at Shout! Studios, an independent film and TV distributor, where he oversees overall company strategy, production, marketing, distribution, and digital operations.  Over the past several years, Shout has expanded its business to indie film distribution--having released a number new films this year including LINOLEUM (Jim Gaffigan), THE MAGIC FLUTE (F. Murray Abraham), WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? (Shazad Latif, Lily James, Emma Thompson), and hitting theaters on 9/29, THE KILL ROOM (Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Manganiello).  Prior to Shout, Gene spent 12 years at Disney, Fox, and NBCU in cable distribution, digital media, and live sports broadcasting/livestreaming.  In 2022, Gene was named one of the Top 40 Most Important People In Streaming by Media Play News.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.50 Members

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
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  • Perspectives on Performance welcomes Avery Trufelman, creator, host, and producer of Articles of Interest, for its first artist talk of the academic year!

    For any accessibility needs, please contact tdm[at]fas.harvard.edu.

    Avery Trufelman looks at the camera while leaning against a dressing room table with a mirror in the background.

    ABOUT AVERY TRUFELMAN
    Avery Trufelman is the creator, host, and producer of Articles of Interest, a show about fashion, named one of the best podcasts of 2022 by the New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Atlantic. Previously she hosted The Cut podcast and Nice Try! from Curbed, and was a longtime staff producer for the architecture podcast 99% Invisible. 

     

    More info HERE.

     

  • The RNPN, FEMA and Sundance Institute will cohost the eighth Annual Partnership Forum, Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire. The Forum will highlight how storytelling can build community resilience. The RNPN and the Sundance Institute will bring filmmakers, artists, and community leaders together to show how stories inspire behavioral change, boost empathy, and imagine different futures.

    Event Details:
    Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Building Climate Resilient Agriculture: Lessons from Island Communities

    Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Rising Tides, Rising Divides: Climate and Equity in the Built Environment  

    Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Extreme Heat: Reflecting on the Hottest Summer to Date  

    More info HERE.
  • Thursday, October 12th 6:30 pm PT (in-person!)
    1400 N. Cahuenga Blvd (Godfrey Hotel)

    Join us for the first Penntertainment x Harvardwood mixer since before times! Co-hosted by Harvardwood, Penntertainment, HCSC, HBSASC, PCLA and Wharton So Cal, this event is for all creatives and producers in the TV/Film/Music/Content/Tech worlds from both schools to find opportunities to meet and collaborate at a friendly, low key happy hour at the rooftop bar at the Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood. 

    The event is free to attend with a cash bar!

    Parking: $15 valet or street/garage parking nearby.


  • The RNPN, FEMA and Sundance Institute will cohost the eighth Annual Partnership Forum, Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire. The Forum will highlight how storytelling can build community resilience. The RNPN and the Sundance Institute will bring filmmakers, artists, and community leaders together to show how stories inspire behavioral change, boost empathy, and imagine different futures.

    Event Details:
    Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Rising Tides, Rising Divides: Climate and Equity in the Built Environment  

    Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Extreme Heat: Reflecting on the Hottest Summer to Date  

    More info HERE.
  • Harvardwood Suggests... & Juliet Producer's Picks

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 04:30 PM - PDT

    Created by Emmy-winning writer David West Read, and starring Tony Award nominee Lorna Courtney (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony Award nominee Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific), this hilarious new musical flips the script on the greatest love story ever told. & Juliet asks: what would happen next if Juliet didn’t end it all over Romeo? Get whisked away on a fabulous journey as she ditches her famous ending for a fresh beginning and a second chance at life and love—her way.

    Juliet’s new story bursts to life through a playlist of pop anthems as iconic as her name, including "Since U Been Gone"‚ "Roar", "Baby One More Time", "Larger Than Life"‚ "That’s The Way It Is" and "Can't Stop the Feeling"—all from Max Martin, the genius songwriter/producer behind more #1 hits than any other artist this century. Break free of the balcony scene and get into this romantic comedy that proves there’s life after Romeo. The only thing tragic would be missing it.

     

    More info HERE.

     

  • When: Wednesday, October 18th at 8pm PT

    Where: The Geffen Playhouse

    10886 Le Conte Avenue 

    Los Angeles, California 90024

     

     

    Join us for an evening at the theater. We'll be attending The Engagement Party, written by Harvard College alum Samuel Baum AB '98


    Samuel Baum is a playwright, screenwriter, and producer. He is thrilled to be collaborating with Geffen Playhouse on the West Coast premiere of his play, The Engagement Party, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. The play was originally produced at Hartford Stage, where it received four Critics Circle Awards, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. As a screenwriter, Baum was nominated for a WGA Award for the Emmy–nominated HBO Film The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert DeNiro. Previously, Baum created and executive produced the Fox television drama Lie to Me, which ran for three seasons. He also co-created and executive produced the ABC series The Evidence, as well as television pilots for Amazon, Netflix, Showtime, and CBS. He is currently an executive producer of the NBC series The Irrational, inspired by the work of behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely. Originally from New York, Baum is a graduate of Harvard College.


    The show will run 80 minutes with no intermission. Post show, The Geffen is hosting a talkback with the creative team of the show. After this full-audience talkback, Harvardwood members will join writer Sam Baum for an exclusive meet and greet.

     

    Play synopsis:

    The champagne is on ice, the hors d'oeuvres are perfectly arranged, and the table is exquisitely set. At a swank Park Avenue apartment, a young couple is celebrating their engagement with an intimate gathering of family and friends. When a glass of wine is spilled, the night takes an unexpected turn, unleashing a spiraling sequence of events and revelations that will irrevocably change their lives.

    Directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia), The Engagement Party’s original production at Hartford Stage in 2019 was heralded as a "masterful piece of playwriting” and a “theatrical experience worth its 85 minutes in gold."

     

     

    Tickets: 

    Member Price: $65

    Non-Member Price: $75


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $65 Members

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Suggests... VANAS Conference in Digital Entertainment 2023

    Friday, October 20, 2023 at 12:00 AM - PDT through October 21, 2023 · $100.00 USD
    Vancouver, Canada. in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey of learning and inspiration with the upcoming VANAS Conference! Our team is currently hard at work curating a lineup of world-class speakers who are at the forefront of Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Games.

    The VANAS Conference is a premier event for Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Games. With a lineup of world-class speakers, the conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn from industry experts, stay up-to-date on the latest trends, and network with other professionals.

    From inspiring keynotes to hands-on workshops, the VANAS Conference is the perfect platform for artists and industry veterans to elevate their skills and take their careers to the next level. Don't miss out on this immersive experience filled with learning, inspiration, and networking opportunities.

    Click on this link for full details: https://www.vanas.ca/global/vanas-conference-2023

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Global Film Funding & Distribution Conference

    Friday, October 20, 2023 at 08:00 AM - PDT through October 22, 2023

    Are you looking to learn how to fund or distribute your film?

    Then the Global Film Funding & Distribution Conference is the event for you! This 3 day online event will be packed with seminars, talks, panel discussions and networking. You can expect to leave the event with a huge amount of insight into how the industry works, what different paths you can take and which strategy might be best suited for your particular project.

    A full lineup of speakers will be announced soon. You can find a list of topics below:

    DEVELOPMENT & FUNDING:

    Pre-sales

    We'll explain how pre-sales work from a legal perspective and what to look out for. We'll also discuss some of the most effective strategies for approaching sales agents and locking in a pre-sale deal.

    Finding Private Investors

    Have you ever wondered how to find and approach private investors? And once you find one what are they actually looking for? What can you expect when you manage to book in a pitch session with an investor and how should you prepare? At what stage should you even start to look for one? We'll cover all of this in a hyper-focused session on finding and securing private investment for film.

    Government Funding & Grants

    We'll discuss the ins and outs of applying for government funds such as the BFI and outline what type of projects are more likely to gain funding and how to maximise your chances of success. We'll also talk about wow grants are different to other types of funding and how you can acquire and expand your connections to successfully apply and gain funding through grants.

    Large-scale Crowdfunding

    We'll speak to producers who have successfully raised money through large scale crowdfunding campaigns. We'll explain why most filmmakers can't raise more than 5k and how you can make sure that your campaign is successful.

    Tax Credits

    Do you want a 20% discount on your film's budget? Then the UK tax credit us the way to go! In this section we'll discuss how tax incentives work in the UK, how to apply for them and what the requirements are. We'll also discuss international tax credits and how they work.

    MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION

    What makes a marketable film?

    In this section we’ll discuss what you and your film should have to maximise your chance of acquiring any funding or distribution. We'll discuss what makes a film more or else marketable in 2023 along with discussing the importance of pitch decks, budgets, sales projections and and more.

    Online self-distribution

    In this talk we'll discuss all the tools to successfully releasing your film online yourself with out a distributor. We'll outline how self-distribution works and how you can market and promote your film to make a profit.

    Film PR & Marketing

    PR & Marketing are key for any film release and we'll discuss how PR companies create a buzz around a new release and how you can do so too!

    Acquiring distributors

    Distributors can be absolutely crucial for a successful film campaign and here we'll outline how to find them, approach them and lock in a deal while making sure that you don't fall into one of the many traps along the way.

    Guerilla marketing for film

    If you're on a tight budget then you need creative and efficient ways to generate awareness about your film and there is no better way than through innovative Guerilla marketing campaigns. We'll discuss campaigns that have worked in the past to inspire you to create your own.

    Film Festival Strategy

    We all know about film festivals and how to apply but how can you create a strategy to help your film get nominated for more awards? We'll discuss all the tips and tricks that you can use!

    NETWORKING

    Finally this online event will be a great networking opportunity.

    There will be a dedicated online area for all attendees to network, exchange information and to create collaborations for the future so come along to meet and network with like-minded filmmakers, actors, film financiers and indie-film marketing specialists from all around the world! Whether you’re on the hunt for cast and crew, new projects, or are looking to explore your financing and marketing options, this is the perfect time and place to discuss all your current and future projects.

    At the end of this content-packed 3 day event you can expect to walk out with a good understanding of all the different strategies you can use to fund and distribute your next film.

    Find out more about Cine Circle HERE.

     

    More info HERE.

     

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Making Clay Ocarinas

    Friday, October 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    Instructor: Kathi Tighe
    Meets three Fridays, 2 pm – 5 pm
    October 20, October 27, and November 3, 2023
    Location: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

    Registration will open on September 5 for everyone 18+

    Ocarinas (closed-vessel ceramic flutes) have a history that dates back 12,000 years. Ocarinas were popular in pre-Colombian and ancient Chinese cultures, became a European ensemble instrument in the 19th century, and appeared in the Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in the 1990s. In this 3-session workshop, you will learn how to craft and tune your own clay ocarinas. On the second and third session, you'll glaze your ocarinas for raku and low fire electric firings.

    Session 1: October 20

    With help from your instructor, you will make and tune your first ocarina from clay slabs. These will be bisque-fired in preparation for the second class.

    Session 2: October 27

    Glaze your first ocarina in preparation for a raku firing in the third session. Then, continue honing your skills in making and fine-tuning new ocarinas.

    Session 3: November 3

    In this final meeting, your class will take part in a raku firing to finish the ocarinas from the first session. While the kiln is heating up, you'll glaze your second batch of ocarinas for a later firing in an electric kiln. You will take home your raku-fired ocarinas at the end of class, and we'll send you an email when the ocarinas glazed in the final session are fired and ready to pick up (1-2 weeks later).

    Cost: $150 for Adult Community and Harvard Graduate students, $25 for Harvard College Undergraduate Students plus firing costs. Firing costs will be calculated at 4 cents per cubic inch; for those enrolled in a Fall 2023 course, cubic inches will be counted toward your allotment. Those not enrolled in a course will receive a bill for their firing costs at the end of the workshop. Note: This workshop does not include open studio access for those not enrolled in a Fall 2023 course.

    A limited number of scholarships are available. We invite BIPOC, LGBTQIA and self-identified, marginalized people (disability, class, etc.) to apply. Scholarship applications will be reviewed up to one week prior to the workshop date. Apply for a scholarship using this form.

     

    More info HERE.

     

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