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Great to know: Filmmaker Jonathan Lim

I recently had the chance to meet filmmaker Jonathan Lim, whose dramatic feature film “Pali Road” is opening in theaters in 20 U.S. cities across America later this week. Jonathan wrote and directed the film, which was entirely shot on-location in Hawaii and is the first Hawaii-China co-production in history. While Jonathan describes it as a mystery and a romantic thriller, here’s how it’s introduced by the programmers of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, who have chosen the film to close the festival’s 32nd edition, this Thursday night, 28 April:

“…As stylish as it is mysterious, ‘Pali Road’ by Jonathan Lim echoes the most daring and challenging of classic Hollywood mysteries. If you look closely, you’ll find a hint of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 romantic mystery “Rebecca” starring Joan Fontaine; and maybe even espy a nod to George Cukor’s legendary “Gaslight” (1944) starring the great Ingrid Bergman…” Read more

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FITC is set to inspire in Toronto, NYC and Chicago

For 2016, FITC is ready to expand its highly successful history bringing leading design and technology professionals and students together in cities like Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo and Toronto. Here are the overview details for three upcoming inspirational FITC conferences that will unite designers, developers, digital artists and everyone innovating in the digital space in Toronto, New York and Chicago.

FITC Toronto, April 17-19, 2016, Hilton Toronto

Better and stronger than ever, the original three-day professional celebration of the world’s best design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies soon returns to Toronto. Engineered year after year to unite and transform the creative industry, the 2016 organizers have assembled dynamic leaders and stars from all across North America and the world. Once again, FITC Toronto will unveil the future of everything innovative, technical and creative, to leave attendees informed, challenged and inspired.

Thanks to Dexigner.com, you can use discount code “dexigner” to save $100 off any ticket for this event. Read more

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Durham ready for 19th annual documentary film festival

Preparing for its April 7-10 return to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently released its full schedule, all of which is dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Showcasing nearly 100 films from established and emerging filmmakers, as well as numerous discussions and panels, this intimate Southern setting will once again immerse attendees in essential conversations and interactions between filmmakers, the film and television industries and film-loving members of the public.

Presented by Duke University, Full Frame is a key program of the Center for Documentary Studies non-profit organization. Serving the documentary form and its community, this festival enhances public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its significance each and every year, making non-fiction films more accessible to a wider audience. Read more

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Something SXSW special just for you


Thirty years ago, the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival began in Austin, Texas. Having grown to essentially become all things to all people, the event’s concurrent film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences attract 85,000 attendees, which includes the lion’s share of the entertainment and advertising industries, as well as the brand marketers wanting to engage with them. This year’s SXSW will launch on 11 March and run on through the 20th. Perhaps slightly less well known is the fact that SXSW, Inc., also runs the SXSWedu conference on educational innovation (running 7-10 March this year in Austin), the SXSW Eco environmental conference (set for 10-12 Oct. in Austin), and SXSW V2V focused on innovative startups (future dates and locations TBD).

I’ve just taken a fresh look at all the relevant news feeds to point you to the pure gospel. Enlightenment awaits: Read more

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The FvF mixtape series enters 2016

When I last wrote about Freunde von Freunden (FvF) – the international interview magazine that illuminates people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments – the subject was their latest mixtape. That one was number 60… created by Australia’s underground radio presenter Ennio Styles. Each FvF mixtape offers an amazing contemporary soundtrack for life, and that is especially true for the latest release. It is number #101, and it features the artist known as Kyson.

Their piece begins, “Jian Kellet Liew’s music is like the soundtrack to a dream. Working under the alias Kyson, his ethereal productions mix delicate beats with swelling synths and reverberating vocals.” Read more

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It’s time to catch-up with Sam Jones, “Off Camera”

This has been a spectacular day for me. I began preparing for it a couple of years ago, when I was able to reconnect with one of the most phenomenal people I’ve met in my career – the acclaimed photographer and director Sam Jones, who is the force behind Off Camera. Sam launched his original on-camera interview series back in 2013 as a website, magazine, TV show and podcast, and when I wrote about it, he sent me a warm response. Knowing that the show is now beginning its fourth season, today I made a plan to look-in on it again. After spending the whole day binge-watching clips from the show’s YouTube channel, here is my takeaway: Sam Jones is profoundly influential to me, and I am certain that everyone else watching his show must feel the same way. Here’s why. Read more

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Reasons to Pause in 2016


Set to run 8-14 Feb. in Melbourne, Australia, Pause Fest is the premier annual digital event aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative, tech and business from Australia and all around the world. In the past two weeks, more than 30 new speakers have been added to this year’s agenda, which is chock-full of groundbreaking events. Be sure to visit the site to get up-to-speed with all the excitement underway. Officially, 10 Feb. is Creative Day, 11 Feb. is Tech Day and 12 Feb. is Business Day, but each day offers a dazzling array of curated offerings to inspire and feed every facet of your interests. For example, look for events Read more

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