Harnessing the power of film
What is life but the angle of vision?Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is life but the angle of vision?Ralph Waldo Emerson
Artists in various fields are always the first to discover how to enable one medium or to release the power of another.Marshall McLuhan
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.Katharine Hepburn
The one who tells the stories rules the world.American Indian Proverb, Hopi Tribe
The esteemed members of our advisory board offer invaluable guidance from their combined decades of strategic innovation in the creative arts.
Michelle Byrd is a veteran of running media-based non-profit organizations, including Games for Change for three years and IFP for 12. She is currently the principal of Run It By Byrd, a media consulting firm. She is a recipient of the “Made in New York” Career Achievement Award and sits on the board of The Adrienne Shelly Foundation and the Advisory Board for Women at NBCUniversal.
Joe Cantwell is an entrepreneur, investor and independent film & TV producer based in Washington, D.C. He was a senior executive at Authentic Entertainment, Starz Entertainment, AOL and Bravo Networks, where he was one of the founding executives of the Independent Film Channel (IFC). His consumer media services have earned Emmy nominations and numerous industry awards. He is an advisory board member of Gran Fondo National Championship Series, LLC and the DocuWest Film Festival.
Jeff DeJoseph is a pioneer and recognized leader in the fields of brand planning, agency management and entertainment marketing. His perspective on marketing and culture is based on a uniquely faceted set of experiences working on seminal brands with some of the most important and influential forces of modern marketing. As chairman and chief executive officer of ConstellationNY, LLC he runs a leading Business-to-Business marketing services company providing growth strategies that use branding, communications and content solutions for diversified industrials, financial services, pharmaceutical and media clients.
Scott Macaulay is a New York-based producer and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmmaker Magazine, the leading American magazine devoted to independent film. As a producer, with his partner, Robin O’Hara and his production company, Forensic Films, Macaulay has produced or executive produced many award-winning features.
Jack Myers is an Academy and Emmy Award- nominated and Peabody Award-winning producer, author of four books, and founder of multiple mentoring organizations. He is a media ecologist whose media industry economic reports are read by more than 20,000 executives each week.
Douglas is an advertising and content development executive with over 15 years of experience in global brand building. He spent 10 years in account management and strategy for advertising agencies including Grey Advertising and FCB before moving into entertainment production and distribution. He has been responsible for delivering domestic and international film, TV, print, outdoor, online, event sponsorship, mobile, social media and experiential campaigns for clients including GE, Pfizer, P&G, Dodge, Kohler and IKEA.
Nelly Petit specializes in film marketing, digital content distribution, and social media for business. With more than 10 years of experience she has held key positions at pioneering grass roots marketing agency DSL Global Event Marketing, and international film and technology start ups Babelgum and ConditionOne. In 2010, Nelly was the primary sponsorship liaison for Morgan Spurlock’s feature film “Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold”.
Damon Smith is a New York–based curator (FOCUS FORWARD, Project: New Cinephilia) and film producer with ten years’ experience in multimedia projects and new-media ventures, including at Babel Networks US, where he was Head of Programming for Film & Animation. He is also a widely published writer and cultural critic (Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Reverse Shot) and contributing editor of Filmmaker Magazine.
Karol is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, broadcast, print, and Internet backgrounds. Karol co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine, indieWIRE.com, Cinelan and conditionone.com. He has produced multiple music television programs and films, and most recently collaborated on "Big Easy Express", "Sing Your Song", "Citizen Hearst", and "In God We Trust", and is an executive producer on "Homme Less","Nasty Gal", "Love Hotel", This Is Congo", "Journey to Jah", "Smash & Grab", "2012 Academy Award Nominee "Hell and Back Again".
Morgan Spurlock is a New York- based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors and went on to win the Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award and receive an Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary. Since then he has directed, produced and distributed film and TV projects, including the WGA Award-winning and Emmy nominated The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!, Freakonomics and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. 2013’s One Direction: This Is Us , opened number 1 at the box office and grossed $67 million worldwide, Morgan recently completed the second season of Inside Man for CNN.
David Laks is a successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years of marketing, finance, and operations experience. After founding and leading six successful businesses including pioneering grass roots marketing agency DSL Global Event Marketing and early technology start up LoJack of New Jersey, David has been focused on the film and online content industry since launching Cinelan in 2007.
Susan is an entertainment industry marketing/communications expert, event producer, project manager, and writer, experienced working on projects in Haiti, Africa, Europe, and the US. She has produced multimedia live events with several thousand in attendance and intimate galas; created and executed campaigns for entertainment companies, non-profit organizations, musicians, actors, directors; orchestrated Grammy and Oscar campaigns; secured millions of media impressions; and was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 26 indie film “Power Players.” A consultant since 2005, she has focused on socially responsible, cause-driven projects. Susan is a published writer with a Round House Press book deal.
Ted Lambert is a writer, producer, and director who has worked as an arts journalist, Web and magazine editor, and corporate liaison for various film and television projects. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Men's Fitness, and Blender magazine, among others. Before joining Cinelan, he was Editor-in-Chief at the international Web TV hub Babelgum.
Alex has worked in various capacities in the entertainment business over the past seven years, including talent management, concert production, live event promotion and PR strategy. She has helped produce events throughout the US and UK. Alex was a key player in the launch of Rufus Wainwright’s Blackout Sabbath project in 2008, and served as associate producer of the hit improvised musical comedy Baby Wants Candy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.
Lucy Walker (Waste Land)
Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan las Antipodas!)
Fredrik Gertten (Big Boys Gone Bananas!*)
Lixin Fan (Last Train Home)
Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders)
Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens)
Nelson George (Brooklyn Boheme)
Leslie Iwerks (The Pixar Story)
Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side)
Jessica Yu (Last Call at the Oasis)
Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels)
Steve James (Hoop Dreams)
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.Vince Lombardi
WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss
Everyone is talking about the economy, but who can explain it?
Award-winning directors and leading economic experts team up for a surprising and thought-provoking short film series that tackles 20 essential questions about the U.S. economy through comedy, animation, music/dance, documentary, and scripted films. Watch all the films at wetheeconomy.com/films.
On October 21, WE THE ECONOMY launched a dynamic website and custom iPhone and Android apps, to enhance the viewer experience and reach audiences at every level. Distribution partners include Amazon Instant Video, AOL On, CNNMoney, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, SnagFilms, Vimeo, YouTube among 50 other platforms. See all partners here.
As part of its educational program, WE THE ECONOMY released free educational companion materials that include a robust discussion guide around the series and individual lesson plans for specific economic questions addressed in each film. Read more at wetheeconomy.com/resources.
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