“What happens around a creative project is just as important as the project itself.”
~ From BridgeThink’s mission statement
BridgeThink.org is a new media, film and arts initiative that I co-founded with colleagues in the education, creative and communications fields. BridgeThink connects creative communities and sponsors events that encourage cross-pollination between fields. Here are a few projects the team has developed through BridgeThink.org:
“Building Bridges to the Homeland” Film and Arts Festival
This evening of short films, art and dialogue involved the greater New Bedford, MA creative community and local business owners. It drew 600 attendees plus guests from Los Angeles and New York, showcased 19 SouthCoast, MA arts and cultural partners, 16 local business sponsors and shined a light on the creative economy that is generating a renaissance in the city.
“SoCo to SoCal” Bi-Coastal Film Screening and Dialogue
This web-televised event was held between indie filmmakers working in the SouthCoast of Massachusetts and those working in Southern California. Using Skype, Ustream, and multiple live cameras, an international online audience interacted with the filmmakers and each other as they screened films and discussed the benefits and challenges of creating “regionally” versus “resource access” – near an industry hub. Online Portal.
Filmmobile visit to ArtWorks! during AHA! New Bedford
BridgeThink sponsored and organized a visit and workshop from LA’s Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile to ArtWorks!, New Bedford, MA for a summertime AHA! Night experience. Check out Lisa and Paolo’s blog entry about their visit.
Edited a monthly newsletter showcasing interdisciplinary art, culture, science and creative business projects on three continents. Selected stories include MultiRio’s award winning animation work with children in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Gateway Cities Creative Economy Roundtable in New Bedford, MA (USA), RETHINK – Contemporary Art and Climate Change at the UN’s COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (Denmark). Newsletter Archive.
Hosted an educational podcast series with artists and scientists working on interdisciplinary art and science projects, including 3-D virtual reality research scientist, Jürgen Schulze at Calit2 in San Diego and Filmteknarna director-animator, Lucas Zanotto in Berlin, Germany.
The Buzzards Bay Film Festival is a celebration of this 233-square mile Bay in Southeastern Massachusetts and the 360,000 people who live in its surrounding towns and cities. As Festival Artistic Director for three years, I worked with Festival Director / Founder Tom Gidwitz on a number of Buzzards Bay Film Festival projects. Here are a few:
“Shoot the Summer” Cell Phone Cinema Contest
Each year we start out with a summer-long weekly cellphone contest aimed at inspiring anyone and everyone to pick up their phone and shoot a one-minute video. Topics can be about anything and are often as surprising as they are fun. The best of the summer cellphone videos are then included in the main festival program alongside longer, more in-depth films. Popular vote and juried prizes are presented during a special program.
Cell Phone Cinema Workshop
This workshop is geared to give first time filmmakers pointers on acquiring shots he or she needs to tell a one-minute story. Narrative concepts are discussed along with composition and technical basics.
Festival Organizing, Promotion and Outreach
Organized a three day, three venue festival in 2012, drawing capacity audiences (1000 attendees Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA, 110+ attendees Gallery X, New Bedford, MA.) In 2013, 110+ attendees Gallery X. Both years foster community and filmmaker engagement. Develop on-the-street and online marketing strategy. Create and advise on design of festival graphics. Webpage design. Set up dialogues with potential partners and sponsors. Help director achieve the festival’s goal of increased awareness and engagement with the watershed.