Wine and Chocolate Tasting [MORE...]
A Celebration of the Short Story [MORE...]
Wednesday, January 15
Rehearsal Hall. Welcome Fireside Reception and Dinner.
Robert Redford welcome at 7:30pm. Presentation of Chuck Workman's theatrical short Precious Images, made for the Directors Guild of America. Keynote speaker after dinner: Pierce Brosnan, actor who has just completed production of Evelyn, (a story of a father's love that changed a nation). Evelyn is being released by MGM for Academy Award consideration.
Owl Bar Late Night Entertainment: The music of two talented young performers, Troy Horne and Clay, accompanied by Craig Poole, in performance at the Owl Bar.
Thursday, January 16
Rehearsal Hall. Continental Breakfast and "A Conversation with Walter Cronkite," a pioneer in bringing social themes to the media.
Mr. Cronkite will be interviewed by John Norris, MTV News Correspondent, with an introduction by Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of PBS.
Opening remarks. Carol Atwood, CEO Spartacus Media Enterprises.
Investors' Circle overview. Woody Tasch, Chairman, Investors' Circle.
Break in the Screening Room lobby. Visit sponsor tables.
Rehearsal Hall. Taped Welcome by Norman Lear.
Rehearsal Hall. Panel discussions moderated by Bob Dowling, editor, Hollywood Reporter. "Defining the Different Faces of
Social Mission Entertainment Today." What is social mission entertainment? What forms can it take? What are the obstacles to more entertainment of this type being made?
10:10 -10:55 Panel 1: Television/IMAX
Carl D. Folta, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations for Viacom Inc.; Robert Greenwald, Director & Producer; Sheryl Leach, Founder/Creator of Barney and co-founder Shei'rah Foundation; Alec Lorimore, Academy Award Nominated IMAX Producer
10:55-11:40 Panel 2: Feature Film
Bill Gerber, Producer; Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Chief Executive Officer; Jim Kearns, Screenwriter for John Q,; Paula Silver, Former President of Columbia Pictures Marketing, marketing for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Break in the Screening Room lobby. Visit sponsor tables.
Rehearsal Hall. Lunch, with guest speaker Carla Shamberg, Executive Producer, Erin Brokovitch: "The Power of Entertainment in Shaping Society."
Break in the Screening Room lobby.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS IN THE SCREENING ROOM ARE FOR FULL REGISTRANTS ONLY
Panel discussion: "Building and Serving the Audience
for Alternative Voices." Moderated by Marcy Murninghan, social mission scholar.
The role that non-commercial media plays in society:
Larry Aidem, President Sundance Channel; Ken Brecher, Executive Director, Sundance Film Festival; Paola Freccero, Senior Vice President, Programming Sundance Channel; Pat Mitchell, President and CEO Public Broadcasting Service
Film clips of environmental themes in entertainment. Introduced by Debbie Levin, Executive Director EMA and Ed Begley, actor and environmentalist. An overview of EMA's work to serve as an example of how one group has had success addressing one particular social issue.
Break, Screening Room lobby. Visit sponsor tables.
Panel discussion: "Strategies to Increase Financing of
Social Mission Entertainment." Moderated by Marcy Murninghan, social mission scholar. How can investors and funders reap financial and social benefits through issue oriented entertainment?
Panel 1: Philanthropy.
Bob Estrin, President, John M. Lloyd Foundation; Mark Finser, President, Rudolf Steiner Foundation, Vicky Rideout, Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation; Margery Tabankin, Executive Director Stephen Spielberg's Righteous Person's Foundation.
Panel 2: Commercial.
Howard Behar, Partner Proskauer Rose LLP; Ben Cohen, Private social mission media investor; Pat Dandonoli, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sundance Institute, Stephen Friedman, Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs, MTV; William Osborn, Investment Manager, Social Mission Fund Commons Capital Management LLC
Closing Remarks. Carol Atwood, CEO Spartacus Media Enterprises.
Break until dinner.
Rehearsal Hall. Wine and Chocolate Tasting, open to all gathering participants. Featuring Dr. Paul Ray, author "Cultural Creatives-How 50 Million People Changed the World". A gala reception during which you can sample premiere dark chocolates from around the world and a variety of organic wines.
Rehearsal Hall. Fireside Reception and Dinner.
Rehearsal Hall. After Dinner Entertainment, "Symphony Space" A Celebration of the Short Story, including selected short readings with social mission themes, presented by actors. Each year, "Selected Shorts" is recorded during live performances and then post-produced for broadcast year-round by 134 National Public Ratio member stations throughout the country. This program brought to you tonight will be recorded for broadcast.
Friday, January 17
Rehearsal Hall. Continental Breakfast.
Louis Schwartzberg, film maker, "Non-Fiction Films, Compelling Stories for Social Change".
Open discussion for all attendees led by Marcy Murninghan, Social mission scholar. Join with us while we reflect on the panelists' and speakers' thoughts from the prior day and turn our attention to harnessing the opportunities and overcoming the obstacles to making social mission media.
Choice of Working Sessions and Deal Flow Room:
FINANCE. "Should there be a fund for social mission media?"
What are the benefits of a pooled vehicle? Should it incorporate for profit, debt and philanthropic funds? What type of media would it encompass?
Led by Woody Tasch, Chairman Investors' Circle.
The "40's" Room
RELAXATION SESSION. Join this fun, casual session where you will discover your own elemental nature. Learn to get yourself through the difficulties of everyday life, with breathing exercises and aroma-induced neck massages.
Informal Meeting Space for registrants. Refreshments.
Come and meet old friends, make new ones or just take some quiet time for yourself in this break room.
FOUNDATIONS. "Where Do We Go From Here? A discussion of PRI funds, collaborations, and other strategies for making Media That Matters." Led by Brian Bryd, assistant director communication for social change The Rockefeller Foundation and Liz Ondaatje, of RAND and author of "From Celluloide to Cyberspace: The Media Arts and the Changing Arts World." Hear Liz Ondaatje's synopsis of her above mentioned report then join in a discussion on how philanthropists and foundations can support media artists.
Rehearsal Hall center section "B"
DISTRIBUTION: How to overcome obstacles. Led by Bill Gerber, Producer and Peter Broderick, President Paradigm, consultant on digital movie-making and new distribution models.
Rehearsal Hall section "A"
DEAL FLOW ROOM where investors/funders and potential
portfolio companies can meet. Co-Chairs Dominic Kulik, Investors' Circle Board Member and Jim Pitofsky, Partner Social Enterprise Alliance.
The DEAL FLOW ROOM
is an interactive forum set up which encompasses fourteen organizations chosen by the selection committee from from nearly 100 applicants:
• Seven (7) for-profit companies representing stand-alone TV and film projects, established production companies, and several other innovative businesses, including novel models for syndicating local news and privately/publicly financing emerging projects.
• Seven (7) non-profit organizations representing an independent production company, a script development program, a media training organization, a TV series, a media literacy program, a community-based documentary organization, and a fund for independent films.
Please come to the Deal Flow Room and share your feedback and referrals with these excellent companies. You may discover an effort that you want to support in some way. See the Deal Flow participants tab for a brief description of each of these companies and organizations.
Friday Afternoon/Evening: Screenings/Skiing/Parties/Recreation/Spa.
A SPECIAL INVITATION: For those of you who RSVP'd to join us, Susan and Jim Swartz have graciously offered to host a party Friday evening, January 17th, at their lovely home in Deer Valley, to salute our accomplishments at the conference and to acknowledge one entity — WITNESS — that has successfully leveraged social mission media for positive social change. Shuttle leaves at 5:30pm for the Swartz party (for those whom RSVP'ed). Check with conference Concierge for meeting location.
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