Yesterday I was on a panel at the Independent Feature Project (IFP)’s event in New York City. Here’s my self depricating video (“Independent Film Panel”) of me playing a self absorbed loser who can’t understand why I’m not getting red-carpet treatment at the event. I’m having trouble uploading on Revver so this video’s on YouTube where I make fame but no money. Be sure to select the orange “subscribe” icon while you’re there — if you have a YouTube account.
Those of you who have had even one psychology class will recognize that the video is a true manifestation of insecurity (aka InSuckurity). I was humbled to be among people that are serious storytellers and put their passion and time into a more significant art form than viral videos. I met a former NYC policeman who made a film after he retired post when the Twin Towers killed his partner and almost him on 9-11. I’ll soon post a guide for how independent film makers can embrace the world of viral videos, because the event gave me a lot of ideas.
I was joined on the panel by Steven Starr (CEO of Revver), Steve Rosenbaum (CEO of Magnify Media), and a guy from Virgin Records whose name I’m forgetting. Despite my spoof on the video he was a nice guy, and even indicated receptivity to allowing amateur video folks to use (with permission) songs from Virgin. I’m hoping he sorts that out with the online sites (like YouTube/Warner did) so we don’t have to do it ourselves.
Jeff Howe moderated the event, and he’s the father of the term “Crowdsourcing.” His blog is an interesting read. He tore from the event the moment the panel ended, and I thought he was ironically an agoraphobic until he explained that he’s got a young child.