Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Stay tuned! We will be announcing more guest speakers over the next few weeks.

Marc Schiller

Title: CEO/Founder
Company: BOND Strategy and Influence

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Marc Schiller, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive with decades of industry and entrepreneurial knowledge, in the areas of digital marketing, brand strategy, corporate consulting, cultural curation and public relations. BOND helps clients understand, tap into, and leverage the rapidly evolving technologies that consumers use to communicate in the digital era. To that end, Marc and BOND create innovative influencer strategy campaigns that deliver success for a diverse client base, from independent films and media companies to hospitality giants and Fortune 500 corporations. Recent agency clients include: American Express, General Electric, Starwood Hotels, The Economist, HBO, MTV, A&E Networks, BabyBjörn, Seamless, Tribeca Film Festival, Microsoft, Netflix, and a host of consumer product, hospitality, media and entertainment companies. Marc currently consults on marketing strategy for a variety of film projects that include Banksy’s Academy Award-nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop and Asif Kapadia’s SENNA, Imposters, and Particle Fever. In 2013, Marc was honored by Indiewire as of their “2013 Indiewire Influencers” and sits on the board of directors of the IFP and Eyebeam.

Twitter: @MarcDSchiller

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Dylan Marchetti

Title: EVP, Theatrical Distribution and Marketing,
Company: Amplify Releasing

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Dylan Marchetti is a firm believer in the glory of independent film since sneaking into a screening of Pulp Fiction twenty years ago and having his head explode. After stints at THINKFilm, ImaginAsian Entertainment, and AMC Theatres, Dylan founded Variance Films in 2008, partnering with filmmakers ranging from Spike Lee to John Sayles to Dave Grohl and releasing everything from $20,000 experimental jazz musicals to $36,000,000 kung-fu epics across the US and Canada. Variance releases have been shortlisted multiple times by the Academy documentary branch, nominated for (and won) Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, and Cinema Eye Honors. Dylan has also served as the creative director for all Variance campaigns, winning multiple Golden Trailer Awards. In 2014, Dylan merged Variance with Logan Mulvey’s GoDigital to create Amplify, a new all-rights distributor, where he is the head of theatrical distribution and marketing. Upcoming Amplify releases include Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl, A.J. Edwards' Terrence Malick-produced The Better Angels, and The Zellner Bros’ Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

Twitter: @variancefilms

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Emily founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature, Like the Water, with a remarkable group of women who inspired her to create Seed&Spark. Emily was named one of the “2013 Indiewire Influencers” and is touring film and tech festivals around the world to educate filmmakers on how to leverage crowdfunding to build lasting independence and learn their best practices in connecting with their audiences to build a sustainable career.

Twitter: @emilybest

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From his first job as an usher at a cinema on a Canadian base in Germany, J has spent two decades working professionally in media. During his undergraduate at Queen's University he started a recording group that toured with acts such as The Tragically Hip, Wilco, and Primus. After graduation, he directed award-winning short films and gained experience at every level of production on film and television in Toronto. Relocating to Vancouver he founded dimeRocker (OverInteractive Media) an award-winning digital agency focused on branded gamification and social TV strategies for clients such as the CBC, Disney/ABC, Weinstein Company, Telus and PwC. He has participated in industry panels including: Banff WMF, Merging + Media, nextMedia, X-Summit, Digital Dialogues, Petchakucha, Prime Time and SXSW. J. sits on the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival, and as a National Advisor for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Merging + Media & X-Summit. In May 2012 he founded CineCoup. The CineCoup Film Accelerator is a disruptive model for indie filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films. The pilot cycle of the CineCoup Film Accelerator saw ten projects become optioned for development and the winning project, WolfCop, went into production with $1 million in financing and a release in Cineplex theatres. This fall, CBC, Just For Laughs Television and CineCoup Media launched CBC ComedyCoup, an innovative, digital comedy accelerator.

Twitter: @j_dot_joly

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James Emanuel Shapiro

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: Drafthouse Films

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James Emanuel Shapiro is Drafthouse Films' Chief Operating Officer. The film distribution arm of the Alamo, Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world that works under the simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible.” Under James’ leadership, Drafthouse released Four Lions which was listed as one of ‘Time Magazine’s Top Ten Films of the Year” in 2010, The Act of Killing, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, and SXSW’s Midnight Audience Award Winner Cheap Thrills.

Twitter: @JamesatDHF

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Jamie Wilkinson is co-founder and CEO of VHX, a digital distribution platform for film, TV and other premium video content. He is the co-creator of Know Your Meme, taught the Internet Famous Class, won a Primetime Emmy for his work on Star Wars Uncut, and regularly speaks on the subjects of Internet culture and creative production. His work has been featured on NBC, TIME, CNN, NPR, the New York Times and the front-page of YouTube.

Twitter: @jamiew

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A veteran of the film industry for fifteen years, Marc Hofstatter leads the film and digital program for global crowd funding platform, Indiegogo. Originally from New York, he began his career at Bingham Ray’s indie film label, October Films and worked as an independent producer collaborating with such filmmakers as: Chris Weitz, Tom Ford, Peter Sollett, J. Michael Straczynski, and Sam Raimi. Hofstatter later transitioned to Los Angeles, moving to the William Morris Agency. Following his time at the historic agency he went on to serve as a production executive on both the Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox lots. During that time he helped oversee production on such projects as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, A Single Man and The Golden Compass.

Twitter: @TheOriginalHoff

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After leaving her title as Exhibitor Relations Manager at Magnolia Pictures, Sara Kiener began her grassroots outreach tenure with Frederick Wiseman's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and Nicole Opper's Off and Running before joining forces with Merrill Sterritt to create Film Presence. Since then, Film Presence has implemented grassroots outreach and social media campaigns for over 50 films – including 20 Feet from Stardom and 5 Broken Cameras - as they prepare for their theatrical, DVD, broadcast and festival premieres, with an emphasis on organizational partnerships and community building. Film Presence has also overseen the outreach and social media for multiple crowdfunding campaigns, including An Honest Liar, Miles Ahead and the 2012 Oscar Shortlisted The Waiting Room. Sara is a member of the IFP Advisory Board.

Twitter: @SaraKiener

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Straith Schreder

Title: Director of Brand Marketing
Company: BitTorrent

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Straith Schreder joined BitTorrent in 2012 to develop the organization’s publishing platform by working with artists, filmmakers, and fans to design a new storytelling format built for the Internet. BitTorrent Bundle, launched in 2013, is an immersive experience that emphasizes the connection between viewers and creators, a toolkit that allows for sustainable direct-to-fan engagement and distribution, and a social object that increases in value each time it’s shared. Recent Bundle projects include Moby’s community songbook, downloaded over 8 million times, the world’s first 3D printed music video, created by Cut/Copy, digital download as global testimony, in partnership with the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of The Act of Killing, and the crowdfunded original content series, Children of the Machine.

Twitter: @BitTorrent

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