Live! The Future of Film Lunch Series at TFF 2012

Future of Film Lunch Series

April 23-26, join us at 92YTribeca for a free Lunch Series that brings the Future of Film blog to life. Speakers include Paranormal Activity producer Jason BlumTumblr founder David KarpCollege Humor founder Ricky Van VeenKickstarter’s Elisabeth Holm, and more.

Every year at Tribeca, we aim to add new events and series to the mix, expanding the conversation into new areas and topics. For TFF 2012, one of these additions is the Future of Film Lunch Series: daily talks and presentations related to platforms, technology, and trends that are changing the art and business of film.

Thought leaders spanning the worlds of film, media, technology and society will each speak for 30 minutes, followed by an audience Q&A. Every day, from April 23-26, there will be two presentations spanning the 12:00 to 1:30 time block, and the entire series is free and open to the public. Our hosts at 92YTribeca have a fabulous café, so grab your lunch and join us each day for these lively conversations. If you can’t make it downtown, watch daily video highlights on

Notable speakers include PARANORMAL ACTIVITY producer Jason BlumTumblr founder David KarpCollege Humor and Vimeo founder Ricky Van Veen, and more.

“Our Future of Film blog has been an important tool in nurturing a steady, year-round dialogue on the changes in our industry. As we continue to drive this conversation year round and grow the community of contributors, our Future of Film speaker series is a great platform to hear from industry pros who are experiencing the changes first hand,” said Matt Spangler, Tribeca Enterprises, EVP Marketing and Content. “The live event and video content created by this terrific lineup of speakers will offer unique perspectives for our audience on where film is headed.”

The full lineup of speakers follows.


April 23

♦ JIGAR MEHTA: Director, 18 Days in Egypt
♦ ANNIE CORREAL: Head of Community at Cowbird

Correal and Mehta will present projects that are helping redefine how people are using digital technology to tell stories and discuss what this means for the future of filmmaking.

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April 24 

♦ ELISABETH HOLM: Director of Film Program, Kickstarter
♦ DAVID KARP: Founder of Tumblr

From the definitive crowd-funding community to one of the fastest growing co-creation and publishing platforms, Kickstarter and Tumblr have made supporting the film community vital to their business. Holm and Karp will present the latest from these two market leaders and how their future will contribute to the future of film.

College Humor  Project+Imagin8ion

April 25

♦ RICKY VAN VEEN, Founder of College HumorVimeo and Notional, and producer of new College Humor-branded film Coffee Town
♦ JASON BLUM, President of Blumhouse Productions, producer of the blockbuster  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise and ABC series THE RIVER

As successful entrepreneurs and film and television producers, Van Veen and Blum will share their thoughts on the future of film, exploring the topics of production, distribution, their experience with new storytelling techniques, and beyond.

♦ Followed by: a presentation by a creative representative from Canon, who will discuss the future of filmmaking technology and the future of their film program. Following a brief talk, they will screen their latest film, IMAGIN8ION, produced with Ron Howard and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard.

April 26

♦ ANDREW WEISSMAN, Co-Founder of Betaworks and Partner at Union Square Ventures
♦ JASON HIRSCHHORN, Curator @MediaReDEF, former President of MySpace and Sling Media, and Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks

As successful entrepreneurs and media/internet executives, Weissman and Hirschhorn will speak openly about the future of film, exploring the topics of business models, new platforms, distribution, funding trends and our constantly changing media landscape.

♦ Followed by a one-on-one conversation with TED HOPE, famed independent producer of films such as THE ICE STORM21 GRAMS and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, and a special guest to discuss the current state of independent filmmaking, their moves into digital technology and the emerging markets of crowd-sourced theatrical screenings, data-driven distribution and new production techniques.