WebVisions: Explore the Future

Are you a creative, fun-loving, fan of the internet whose thirst for knowledge will never be quenched? There is an event just for you! May 25-27, join Oregon Film at WebVisions, Portland’s own ‘creative conference for the web’. Oregon Film is proudly co-presenting: “Portlandia: The Story Behind the Series. In this talk, Marie and Colin Moore of IFC and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video will discuss the “perfect storm”—driven via the web, social media and press—that elevated the show from a web series called “Thunder Ant” to the hipster chic hit cable series that will be entering its second season in January.

The list of speakers reads like a Who’s Who of the web’s creative professionals. Here is just a sampling:

Douglas Rushkoff Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He teaches media studies at NYU and the New School University, serves as technology columnist for The Daily Beast, and lectures around the world. Keynote Session: “Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age”.

Justin Garrity is the Director of User Experience at Webtrends. In his talk, “What Software Development Can Learn from Filmmaking,” he will walk through how a team could use the techniques of filmmaking to create great software.

Kate Ertmann A child actor for kids’ television programming and commercials, Kate Ertmann renounced her Hollywood hopes in favor of a telecommunications degree from Ohio University. In her presentation: “The Evolution of Digital Culture” she will discuss how the use of 3D in marketing gives representation to concepts and ideas that are otherwise difficult to explain with words or pictures alone.

Marie Moore As vice president of public relations for IFC, Marie Moore leads consumer communications for the network, translating the goals of IFC across all platforms into communications that drive brand awareness and increase ratings and web traffic. Panelist: “Portlandia:The Story Behind the Series”.

Phil Oppenheim is senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Turner Broadcasting’s TNT and TBS networks. Phil will be presenting models for mutually beneficial collaboration between linear television networks and digital media in “Not Dead Yet:Television and the Web.

Nathan Shedroff is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design. He speaks and teaches internationally, and is a serial entrepreneur. He will discuss how the depiction of technologies evolve over time, how fictional interfaces influence those in the real world, and what lessons interface designers can learn through this process in “Make It So: The Uncanny Relationship Between Science Fiction and Interface Design.

Andrew Singer Andrew is the Senior Vice President of the west coast office of Lorne Michael’s company, Broadway Video. Panelist:“Portlandia: The Story Behind the Series

Colin Moore is the director of digital media for IFC and oversees IFC.com and all digital content creation for the channel. He will also be on the panel for “Portlandia: The Story Behind the Series.

See you there!



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