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Are you a story writer? A videographer? A software designer? A web designer? Are you an entrepreneur? If so, the Digital Storytelling Forum is your opportunity to learn about the future of this industry, how to do it and why. You’ll learn from local entrepreneurs doing really cool work in Kansas City and beyond. Meet other creatives looking to make their passion for digital storytelling into a business or solid career opportunity.

Author and futurist Frank Rose will be in attendance and deliver the keynote. Rose is a recognized authority on the future of media. In his new book, The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, he argues that we are seeing the emergence of a new form of narrative that’s native to the Internet in the same way the novel is native to print. Told through many media at once in a nonlinear fashion, these new narratives encourage us not merely to watch but to participate. Often they engage us in the same way games do. They’re not just entertaining but immersive, taking us deeper than an hour-long TV drama or a two-hour movie or a 30-second spot will permit.

Agenda

  • 8:00–8:50 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:50–9:00 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Maria Meyers, KCSourcelink; Ron Green, Hallmark Cards; Charles Davis, University of Missouri
  • 9:00–10:00 a.m.: Keynote Presentation – The Future of Digital Storytelling – Frank Rose, Wired Magazine
  • 10:00 a.m.: The Parts & Pieces: Components of Digital Storytelling
    Moderator: Michelle Davidson; Panel Members: Doug Hudson, Kansas City Art Institute; Jeff Byers, Johnson County Community College; Diana Stuart, Hallmark; Terre Nichols; Eric Gunneson, University of Wisconsin
  • 11:00–11:15 a.m.: Break
  • 11:15–Noon: Becoming a Digital Storyteller
    Jaime Sanchez, Hallmark; Bruce Branit, BranitFX
  • Noon–1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m.: Digital Storytelling: Kansas City and Beyond
    Moderators: Ron Green and Maria Meyers
    Panel Members: Jay Luna, Luna Moving Images; Chris O’Connor, Liquid 9; Sahil Lavingia, Gumroad & Pinterest; Aaron Evanson, VML
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Cool Stories
    Peter Martin, “It’s a wonderful Sweater!”; Patrick Rea, “Nailbiter”; Kamau Bilal “You Can’t Fake the Love”, Teddy Dibble
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m.: Break
  • 3:15–4:00 p.m.: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Moderator: Martin Mini, KCADC; Panel Members: Steve Goldblatt, Bazillon Pictures; Butch Rigby, Screenland Theaters; Cello Vergara, Propaganda3; Teri Rogers, T2 & Back Alley Films

Register NOW at Digital Storytelling Registration. Click on the the registration button at the bottom of the page. The registration fee for this event is $25.00. The event will be at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO.

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