Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/13/2018, 2:00PM
The Evolution of Platforms for Visual Storytelling and Distribution. In the late 1880s, various people began experimenting with photos, blending them together to give the illusion of a motion picture. During the same era, Thomas Edison patented the earliest version of the motion picture camera, while the Lumiere Brothers created the first motion picture. A few years later, in 1905, the first five-cents admission movie theater opened in a storefront in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ushering in the era of accessible movies for all. And the world has never been the same.
The movie making and the movie watching experience have developed and morphed many times over since those formative years, yet the essence of it all - visual storytelling - has stayed the same. Our panel of experts will take us down memory lane and juxtapose past trends with today's and tomorrow's ever-evolving technologies and formats.
Richard Abramowitz is an innovative leader, distributing and marketing independent films for over 35 years. His company, Abramorama, takes a personalized approach that bypasses traditional film studios and their methodology, providing valuable distribution alternatives. Among his many distribution projects are Ron Howard's Grammy-winning The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years; Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, Peabody Award-winner Listen to Me Marlon, Banksy's Spirit Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls.
Eric Sloss is an executive at Cinetic Media, where he runs the North American sales division for the company. He is responsible for working in tandem with the finance, management and sales arms to devise worldwide distribution strategies for feature narrative and documentary films.
Jake Hanly is the VP, Acquisitions at Gunpowder & Sky responsible for sourcing, evaluating and negotiating distribution agreements for Gunpowder's slate of theatrical releases, digital distribution and sales agency titles. Previous titles include Heart Beat Loud, The Little Hours, Summer of 84, Prospect and Tragedy Girls. He is also directly involved in the development of Gunpowder & Sky original productions and film financing initiatives. Prior to joining the acquisitions department, Jake ran the acquisitions department and worked in the sales group at FilmBuff.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an
annual program and year-round schedule of film, music,
and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film
Commission promotes sustainable economic development
by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.