Over a period of four days at the end of April, our very own Joshua Topolsky moderated the "Future of Film Live" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. The collection of panels with filmmakers, critics, video game developers, and other industry experts explored how big changes in technology and distribution are changing what we watch on the silver screen and in our homes. In case you weren’t able to make it to New York, the Tribeca Film Festival has put most of the conversations up in full on YouTube, and you can watch below.
The Death of Film?
In a wide-ranging conversation, The New Yorker’s David Denby and New York Times’ A.O. Scott talk about the big studio model’s grip on movies, a general feeling of doom and gloom in the industry, the emergence of critic-proof summer blockbusters, and the importance of critics and vibrant online discussion to the future of film.
Film & Content Distribution
Josh talks about the new realities of digital distribution with AT&T U-Verse’s Richard Wellerstein, Comcast’s Mike Imbesi, Boxee’s Avner Ronen, and Vuguru’s Kristin Jones. What are the biggest distribution problems facing both big and small companies, how can consumers easily navigate a world where there’s more content available than ever, and where is video-on-demand going next?
New Standards, New Aesthetics
Josh leads a discussion with film directors and industry experts on how filmmakers are adapting to new formats, how stories can be told with technologies like 4K, and how 3D can be tastefully used as a medium.
A Conversation with Todd Wagner
In a one-on-one conversation, Josh talks to Todd Wagner, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment (known for Good Night, and Good Luck and The Road) on how new distribution methods and startups are changing how, where, when, and what we’re watching.