ILLUMINATE 2015 Lineup

Conscious Film Convergence • Healing Village

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Spotlight Conversation with Barnet Bain
Conscious Film Convergence

Barnet Bain will tell you that if you want to make a conscious film, you must first become a conscious individual. And his prescription for this is to bring ALL of one's self into the light of awareness. Whether it's fear, frustration, shame, anxiety, pride, longing or any other aspect of our self that hides in the darkness, it's all meant to be embraced and—through the power of love and acceptance—transformed. In this Q&A with Barnet, attendees will discover how to connect with their true calling and unleash their full creative potential.

Conscious Film Financing: The Connected Universe
Conscious Film Convergence

Perhaps it's fitting that a film exploring the science behind the interconnection of all things has just become the highest-funded documentary in Indiegogo history. What's more is that, The Connected Universe has been selected as the first film to benefit from a newly announced distribution partnership that pegs Vimeo On Demand as the preferred distribution platform for films financed through Indiegogo. Join the film's director, Malcom Carter and Mile... Mile & A Half producer Kia Kiso for a scientific and very hands-on approach to crowd funding for conscious cinema.

Powered by Your Audience with Peter Broderick
Conscious Film Convergence

How can you increase your independence and build a sustainable career that goes far beyond one film? Distribution guru Peter Broderick (President, Paradigm Consulting) presents a comprehensive guide to help you develop and maximize your "own" audience and establish a strong foundation from which you can build a long-lasting filmmaking career. Using examples from across the United States and around the world, he will demonstrate how filmmakers are aggregating their audiences film by film and becoming empowered by followers who champion their work.

Million Dollar Movie—Case Study of Awake: The Life of Yogananda
Conscious Film Convergence

Since screening at the 2014 ILLUMINATE Film Festival, Awake: The Life of Yogananda has screened in 250 venues across North America, many of them sold-out shows, and booked over 30,000 tickets via the GATHR® theatrical-on-demand platform. The filmmakers and their distribution partners discuss how they combined strategic partnerships, grassroots marketing and a hybrid distribution model to gross over one million dollars at the US box office within the first three months of release. Have they created a model for other conscious film projects to replicate?

Champions of Conscious Cinema: Meet the Distributors
Conscious Film Convergence

Abundant Internet connectivity and social media tools beckon today's filmmaker to flirt with the very real possibility of self-distribution, while the lure of traditional distribution offers remains strong. Join the leaders of conscious film distribution as they explore the pros and cons of "all-rights" versus "hybrid" distribution, debate the logic of day-and-date releasing and consider direct engagement via theatrical-on-demand. Learn your best options for theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand and educational distribution as panelists share their outlook on the future of conscious cinema and the factors they consider before acquiring a film.