Media Makers, Distributors and Funders Explore the Connected Creative Economy

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Filmmakers Collaborative, a national media industry leader and fiscal sponsor, is hosting its acclaimed MAKING MEDIA NOW (MMN) conference on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Presented annually, MMN’s challenge-the-assumptions approach has made it a must-attend event for filmmakers, new media producers, funders, distributors, journalists and more. It is cited as a creative forum where “attendees tackle the big questions” (IndieWire) with panelists who are “knowledgeable, articulate and generous with their time” (2012 MMN attendee).

This year’s theme, Living the Connection Economy, explores how tapping both creative and professional connections presents new models for production, funding, distribution and engagement.
Expert panelists confirmed to date:

Natasha Deganello Giraudie, CEO and Founder, Micro-Documentaries (San Francisco CA)
Sarah Wolozin, Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab
Sheila Leddy, Executive Director, The Fledgling Fund
Pleun Bouricious, Director of grant programs, Mass Humanities Foundation
Nancy Porter, Producer, director and writer, Nancy Porter Productions
Nicole Gregg, Executive Director, New Hampshire Film Festival (Portsmouth NH)
Elise Simard, President, SpeechComm Communication Consultants
Nicholas Fortugno, Game designer, co-founder and CCO, Playmatics (New York NY)
Elaine McMillion, Interactive documentary storyteller and project director of “Hollow”
Liane Brandon, Filmmaker and founding member of New Day Films distribution collective
Richard Beyer, Director with successful Kickstarter campaign for “Ghost Army”
Bestor Cram, Director, producer, cinematographer, founder of Northern Light Productions
David Tames, Filmmaker, new media designer, blogger, educator
Anne Zeiser, Founder & CEO, Azure Media; Huffington Post blogger and “HuffPost Live” contributor

Panel topics include New Forms – New Opportunities: how trends like short and interactive docs are transforming the industry and connecting producers with their audiences; Media Communities: exploring the role of different kinds of communities in our professional lives; The Double Bottom Line: funders and distributors teach filmmakers how to think like a CEO, pursuing the twin objectives of making money while promoting social good; Working with Scholars: exploring best practices in integrating riveting storytelling with great scholarship; Art of the Pitch: producers pitch in front of industry experts who critique them and say what it takes to create a winning pitch; plus hands-on workshops on Kickstarter and Elevator Pitching.

There will also be an exhibition hall filled with industry businesses, one-on-one consultations, a networking lunch, open mic opportunities, and a cocktail reception to end the day.

“The independent filmmaking world is as decentralized as it is creative,” observes Filmmakers Collaborative’s executive director Kathryn Dietz. “Independents often work alone or with the same clusters of people again and again. With all the changing platforms and opportunities out there, we need more ways to connect with each other – for inspiration, new ideas and practical help. MMN’s goal is to be the forum for these connections.”


Filmmakers Collaborative was founded in 1986 to provide fiscal sponsorship to independent filmmakers, enabling them to stay independent. Its mission is to foster opportunities for learning and collaboration among a wide range of media makers, and to educate the public about media skills and literacy. Find us at and connect with us on LinkedIn,Facebook and Twitter!
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Contact:Tracy Swyst

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