ILLUMINATE 2017 Lineup

Keynote by Louie Schwartzberg
Catalyzing Positive Change In Trying Times
Conscious Film Convergence

Director, time-lapse pioneer and TED Talk sensation Louie Schwartzberg creates art based on evoking "wonder, awe and gratitude." His recent works include the 3D IMAX film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, narrated by Forest Whitaker, the documentary Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep, and a series of shorts "Gratitude Revealed", launched on Drawing from personal experience, Louie offers timely insight into how filmmakers can respond to world events and use film to create the shift in consciousness needed to foster unity and connectedness.

Intuitive Filmmaking: Walking The Camino Case Study
Conscious Film Convergence

How can the intention of creating the greatest good deliver tangible results in film fundraising, directing, promotion and distribution? When making her award-winning, theatrical hit documentary, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, filmmaker Lydia B. Smith put into practice spiritual learnings that paved the way to a $1.6 million theatrical gross worldwide. Join us for her remarkable journey.

Storytelling For Conscious Impact
Conscious Film Convergence

How can filmmakers address conscious themes in a way that engages mainstream audiences? Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director of UCLA's Global Media Center for Social Impact joins Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder, The Time Traveler's Wife) and Jean Gressier, co-director and screenwriter of Hare Krishna! to discuss how to craft stories that communicate deeper messages to mainstream audiences and how to measure their influence.

Big Brands, Big Money, Conscious Content
Conscious Film Convergence

Brands like Intel, Samsung and Dove are aligning with media makers and creative agencies to engage audiences and use their influence for social good. Moderator Nancy Trent, President of Trent & Company, speaks about these exciting new trends in financing and marketing with Billie Goldman, Global Campaign Manager at Intel and Henry Arlander of the award-winning agency Pereira & O'Dell.

Distribution Evolution: Exploring Models For Success
Conscious Film Convergence

Digital distribution has thrown traditional release strategies out the window. Hear from distribution experts about the new models they are using to find success through DIY, hybrid, and all rights distribution. Joining us are Elizabeth Sheldon, COO, Bond/360; Mark Urman, CEO, Paladin; and Jim Browne, President, Argot Pictures.