FROM FILM TO THE DIGITAL AGE

 

OUR THEME FOR THE DIGITAL

MEDIA FESTIVAL IN SILICON VALLEY

 

Walter Cronkite hosts SILICON VALLEY:

A ONE HUNDRED YEAR RENAISSANCE

At a time in movie history when a digital paradigm shift is seeing the "film" and "television" business go through some historic changes and evolution.  Digital income has now exceeded theatrical and the home video market added together.

 

 George Lucas said, "I believe I will never do another film... on film..."

 

On the Big Silver Screen we have just seen "Hugo" and "The Artist" movies that go back in time to the early days of film, and winning the top awards in

Film for 2011.  In that same spirit of looking back to the early days of film, we are going to take you on

a trip.

THE ARTIST...The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.  Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning the Award for Picture and several others.  The film was in black and white and a silent film, shot all in Los Angels by a French team.

 

HUGO...The story has a very interesting ending where we see some of the history of early film making, and are learning  the lesson of "follow your dreams"...while tracking the story of the young Hugo, the book also tells the story of the early days of filmmaking and the genius of real-life French filmmaker Georges Melies, who is played in the film by Ben Kingsley. 

 

Melies was a magician before he started making movies around 1900. Brian Selznick tells NPR's Melissa Block that his book was inspired in part by Melies' 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, in which a rocket zooms toward a moon with a human face on it.  The movie was "loosely based on two popular novels of the time: "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne and "The First Men in the Moon" by H.G. Wells

Melies was a illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.  He was famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.  Melies, a prolific innovator in the use of special effects.

It is well-known how much Scorsese loves the history and art of creating films, and how much he admires the movie pioneer Georges Méliès. Consider "Hugo" his valentine to the movies, and the making of movies, which amaze, entertain and, sometimes, uplift us.      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_M%C3%A9li%C3%A8s

 

        

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Cass Warner will attend screening

The Brothers Warner

Cass Warner, the granddaughter of Harry Warner, founding brother of Warner Brothers Film, wrote and directed this intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack

who rose from immigrant poverty through

personal tragedies persevering to create

a major studio with a social conscience.

The doc has Dennis Hopper, Sherry Lansing,

Debbie Reynolds, Norman Lear, George Segal, Angie Dickson, Samuel Goldwyn, Tab Hunter and many greats of the early years of the birth and creation of Warner Brothers Studio.

 

 The Crowd

directed by King Vidor 1928

with Gena Mertz King Vidor's

granddaughter April 2013

 

St. Louis Blues

 

directed by Dudley Murphy 1929

with Erin Murphey Dudley's daughter

 

 

Sioux Ghost Dance

1984 in Albert Edison's Black Maria Studio

 World of American Indian Dance

From NBC to Marketing on the Digital Frontier

 

Henry Juszkiewicz of Gibson Guitar, Les Paul

and Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronic Show giving Les an award for

the roll he played in the early days...

April 2013 Special

Tribute To

Les Paul

Les Paul himself was tinkering in his

garage blending electricity, music

and technology, where he invented

the hard body electric guitar, reverb,

echo and sound on sound recording.

Some special footage and talk with

Festival Producer Benford Standley,

who was good friends with Les.

Les Paul Chasing Sound

Les Paul made some critical connections with entertainment and electricity, and some of the

early inventions in the music biz.

 

 

Jerry Garcia...Grateful Dead, hippies technology and the Silicon Valley

 The parallels of the European and

Silicon Valley Renaissance...Pt. 1

The parallels of the European and

Silicon Valley Renaissance...Pt. 2

 

 

 

 

 

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Digital Media Tour

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Our DIGITAL MEDIA STAGE will focus on entertainment content, technology and media delivery, financing of content, and the new startup playing field for this next phase of the digital age...  This STAGE of the Festival will look at the exponential changes going on in the entertainment business, including music, print, television, Internet, movies, VOD, multi-platform, mobile, home entertainment, marketing, distribution and streaming.  The Future is NOW and we will look at AFTER THE FUTURE.

NETWORKING, SHARING, STARTING PARTNERSHIPS, LEARN, DISCUSS on the DIGITAL MEDIA STAGE with a series of PANEL DISCUSSIONS through out the festival. 

A number of sessions will target financing, venture capital investments, angel investors, startups from seed money, incubation to traditional VC, looking at traditional finance models, to knew and lucrative business models.