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F5 creativity festival returns to NYC

On 17-18 April, F5 will return to New York City, the epicenter of global creativity… convening in Terminal 5, one of the city’s premier venues. Uniting filmmakers, writers, digital artists, game designers, interactive artists, motionographers, graphic designers, visual effects experts, musicians, industry visionaries and many others (including yours truly), F5 2015 promises to foster artistic breakthroughs of the highest order.

Founded on the ideal that true insight and lasting inspiration come from unexpected places, F5 is the cutting-edge creativity festival exploring the intersection of design, art and technology. Created by Motionographer in 2009 as an essential meeting point for future-minded individuals, F5 has proven power in creating lasting change. Read more

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Reasons to Pause in 2015


Set to run 9-15 Feb. in Melbourne, Australia, Pause Fest is the premier annual digital event aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative and tech from Australia and all around the world. For the past several years, each Pause festival has told a story through a unique theme. For this year, the theme is Pure: Simple ideas that will change world.

From its humble beginnings in 2011, Pause has rapidly grown to become one of the most anticipated events on the bustling Australian festival calendar. Attracting a powerful mix of industry professionals, startups and early adopters from a broad range of digital disciplines, each year Pause offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for locals to connect, collaborate and launch projects alongside global leaders and visionary brands. In 2014, the festival lit up Federation Square, with more than 6,000 people flocking to Australia’s innovation capital. Read more

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MLK Day of Service 2015

The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy through service and volunteerism.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. To learn more, please visit http://nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015.

It’s also my pleasure to provide the following graphic illuminating the life and lasting legacy of Dr. King, courtesy of http://OnlineCollegeCourses.com. “People honor and celebrate the life of Dr. King for many reasons, but most importantly, for his role in working to achieve race equality in America. Dr. King had arguably the greatest impact of any single person during the fight for racial equality, and the fact that his life was cut short causes people to wonder what he may have gone on to achieve in his lifetime. Read more

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Join Robert Redford, George Lucas and friends at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is set to run Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, and last week, The Sundance Institute announced an especially exciting series of offscreen programming events.

Reportedly, Art of Film Weekend (Jan. 29-31) will highlight the unique roles of writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, art directors, costume designers, casting directors, sound designers, composers and the countless others who bring stories to life on screen. The series will kick off with Robert Redford and George Lucas discussing their careers and creative process with Leonard Maltin, and continue throughout the second half of the Festival with additional panels on topics including artistry in film music, virtual reality, visual design, editing and documentary.

“Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival,” said Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper. Read more

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Making history: CES 2015

Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2015 International CES is now underway in Las Vegas, where it will run on through Friday. Well established as the essential annual gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and their breakthroughs for more than 40 years. It’s truly a global stage, where the marketers behind next-generation innovations make great efforts to create splashes of epic proportions. With CEA standing as the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, the media blitz we all are witnessing provides amazing insights… proving that this largest hands-on event of its kind is extremely important in identifying and addressing this far-reaching industry’s key issues.

The Vergecast video I’m presenting here offers a solid introduction to some of the event’s most exciting stories, thanks to Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Plante of The Verge. For access to more CES 2015 insider intelligence, here are 10 fascinating feature stories I have hand-selected from my many friends in the high-tech editorial world. Read more

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Giving season: Love

In the video above, in his own words, Narayanan Krishnan says, “I thought, what is the purpose of my life? What am I going to do? …And I quit my job and I started feeding all these people from 2002.” And later: “There are thousand and thousands and lots and lots of people suffering. What is the ultimate purpose of life? It’s to give. Start giving. See the joy of giving.

I have done some research on homelessness over the years, and we all know that there are displaced people living on the city streets everywhere in America. The organizations and initiatives highlighted below represent just some of the many phenomenal community efforts supporting homeless people in the U.S. and elsewhere. I found many of them through http://JustGive.org, and I’m also proud to point you to this list JustGive publishes, entitled 35 Ways You Can Help the Homeless. They list as item 7, “give money,” and to that, I’ll add my plea to give whatever you have to spare (from loose change to your time), to those people you see in need.

Also, it’s the time of year when I invite you to join me in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.


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Giving season: Heroes 2014

Together with my family, I am sending my warmest thoughts to many friends and colleagues worldwide, and feeling a lot of gratitude. I truly appreciate your help in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.


I’m also especially thankful to Los Angeles-based imagemaker Tommy Ewasko and the individuals behind my client companies Cap Gun Collective, Cutters Studios, ENVOY, Leviathan, Sarofsky Corp., and Sid Lee USA for their leadership and help in supporting the following heroic organizations. Read more

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Famous images: Reuters 2014

From the world stage to the street corner, Reuters proudly presents a collection of extraordinary images taken by its global network of photographers over the past year. “Reuters tells the world’s stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis.” Read more

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Great to know: Anson Williams

My relatively short career as a professional working in episodic television production took a giant leap forward in 1995, when I was hired to assist the Florida-based producers for NBC, Universal Television and Amblin Entertainment’s SeaQuest 2032. The year before, I had worked on a different series for Fox, BBK Productions and Columbia Pictures TV, where the many producers, directors and talents I met became inspirations for me. Nonetheless, I was very surprised to meet – and have lots of opportunities to work with and get to know – director Anson Williams as one of the many all-stars involved with SeaQuest.

Best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as Potsie Weber on Happy Days – the single greatest TV series of my youth – Anson is also an award-winning television director, as well as being a writer, singer, producer and entrepreneur. By 2014, Anson has directed over 300 hours of television for scores of world-famous TV series, including Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, to name but a few. Read more

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Third Annual “What’s Trending” #Tubeathon

Last week, the daily, live, interactive YouTube show “What’s Trending” presented its Third Annual Tube-a-Thon. For the two-hour program, What’s Trending and the 2015 Ford Focus united the YouTube community and some of Hollywood’s most charitable stars for this next-generation digital social telethon aimed at raising money for Covenant House, a nationwide charity network dedicated to helping homeless kids.

The holiday themed Tube-A-Thon was live-streamed from YouTube Space LA on What’s Trending for two hours of fundraising filled with music, comedy, performances and surprises. For every tweet with the hashtag #Tubeathon or #FiestaMovement, What’s Trending and Ford donated $1 to Covenant House. Read more

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