Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, May 1, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) present “BMI 8 off 8th” . each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will be “Country Night” and feature artists: Alex Williams, Ben Danaher, Dave Pahanish, Elizabeth Mossell, Faren Rachels, George Shingleton, Jason Nix, Ross Cooper. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Showcase
Monday, May 1, 16:00
The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
10 West 64th Street, New York, New York
Phone: 212 220-3177
The Drama League-, Drama Desk- and Tony®-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, in association with Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, present “The BMI Workshop Showcase: New Theatre Songs by Members of the Workshop” The event will feature new music from shows in development that are being written by several esteemed composers and lyricists, including Adam Mathias & Jonathan Monro (A History of Summer), Ben Wexler (The Washington Square Park Project), Benjamin Velez (Starblasters), Jamie Cowperthwait & Ok Kyun Kang (Addams Family Values), Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon (Pleasantville), Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel (Between the Lines), Katya Stanislavskaya (Resident Alien), Laura Kleinbaum & Willem Oosthuysen (#MARS), Laurel Haines & Steph Singer (Delicatessen), Lisa Mongillo & Joanna Burns (Love Letters), Mary Liz McNamara (Body and Soul), Oliver Houser (Fun with Dick and Jane), Timothy Huang (Costs of Living) and Tracy Sallows (A Head for Business). This is a free concert. Seats are first come, first served. RSVP in advance for seats.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, May 1, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Morgan Mallory ( Jules (, Scarlett (, Santiago Cruz ( Admission is free.
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, May 1, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) have combined to present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Features local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as an indie music scene destination in the music mecca that Nashville is. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire sets get  audiences in the groove to discover newly developing talents. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium: Anna O’Meara
Tuesday, May 2, 19:00-21:00
The Bark Room at Parsons, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
French to English translator and historian, Anna O’Meara, will discuss filmmaker Isidore Isou’s methods in breaking traditional art forms in order to create new aesthetic and ideological standards, with particular regard to ‘Treatise on Drool and Eternity,’ regarded as a precursor to both American and French avant-garde art and politics. This discussion will use texts by Isou, many of which are untranslated, that peer into the creation of new forms through the deconstruction and reconstruction – through the merging and breaking – of the relationship between text and image in film. Anna O’Meara has a  forthcoming publication with Annex Press of Isidore Isou’s Treatise on Drool and Eternity in partnership with translators Ian Thompson of Brisbane, Australia and Nadège LeJeune of Paris, France. A free weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, May 2, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Matt Woods, a huge online presence with over 10 million Spotify streams of his electro-pop tunes; new Irish artist Niall James Holohan, with a scuzzy fusion of indie pop party sounds; Australian act Starlight Theatre, serving indie-rock tunes that would appeal to fans of Biffy Clyro; Swedish artist Klara, that fans of Imogen Heap or Feist would love. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email:; @FRUKT
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, May 3, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theater, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured guests and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A night of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Wednesday night.
Friday Night Social
Friday, May 5, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWriters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Free to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails, and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, May 6 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
Festival of Media Global
Sunday, May 7 - Monday, May 9
Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
Via A. Cadlolo, 101, Rome, Italy 00136
Phone: +44 (0) 207 367 6990; +39 06 35091
Festival of Media Global annually assembles high level decision makers in the one trillion dollar international advertising industry. The two-day conference agenda will showcase the very latest in media thinking, with insights from the world’s most prominent brand CMOs, most powerful media executives and most pioneering innovators. All brand attendees at the Festival of Media Global will have their own content space. Spotlight on “emerge” – for media, tech, and innovation – provides a platform for the globe’s rising MadTech start-up companies to showcase their products and services to very senior and purchase inclined figures in the international advertising sector. The conference opening address will be delivered by Michelle Poler, Co-Founder and Fear Facer,, will be Harnessing Success Through the Power of Fear, where she will take the audience on a journey of how to expand comfort zones and take risks that lead to discovering that facing fears is contagious, A major feature of the Festival will be the FOMG Awards, to celebrate the best in industry achievement among spending brands, agencies, media owners and tech companies. The celebratory evening comprises an evening of dinner, drinks, live entertainment and the award presentations.
Barry Manilow honored at BMI Pop Awards
Tuesday, May 9
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90212
Phone: 310-659-9109; 310-275-5200
Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow, will be named the BMI Icon at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills. Mr. Manilow, a pop music legend, will receive this honor in recognition of his prodigious musical legacy and achievements in the worlds of Broadway, film, TV, and popular culture. The celebratory event will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane. The evening ceremony will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States, as well as naming the BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year. Barry Manilow is currently preparing for the release of his new record, ‘This Is My Town: Songs of New York,’ an homage to his hometown of New York City scheduled to hit shelves April 21, 2017.
Alan Silvestri Honored as BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards
Wednesday, May 10
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90212
Phone: 310-659-9109; 310-275-5200
BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards will honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series, and highest-ranking cable network programs. In particular, noted composer Alan Silvestri will receive the 2017 BMI Icon Award for his contributions in the area of film and television music. The annual event will be held with BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Film, TV and Visual Media Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross hosting the ceremony. Silvestri was first honored as an Icon by BMI in 1995 with The Kirk Award. In his career as a film composer, Silvestri has scored more than a hundred titles and earned two Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy Awards and three GRAMMY awards. He has engaged in an extensive collaboration with film director Robert Zemeckis. The evening ceremony will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable and streamed media programs.
The Nordic Media Festival (#mediedager)
Tuesday, May 10 - Thursday, May 12
Grieghallen (other venues)
Edvard Griegs plass 1, 5015 Bergen, Norway
Phone: +47 55 55 36 55; +47 98 86 60 61
Festival Sessions cover various media industry topics and trends. Nelly Gocheva addresses How The New York Times has Triumphed with Content Marketing, Horace Dediu is on Technological Revolution: What’s Next? Clare Malone is on How We Miscalculated Donald Trump’s Victory, Shailesh Prakash is on the Washington Post: When Journalism Meets Tech, Dana Brown is on Behind the Cover of Vanity Fair, and Sarah Hurwitz is on Inside Michelle Obama’s Head. A special workshop, VIZRT: From Story Creation to Social Media in Minutes, will show how Viz Story can be used to produce high quality, professional stories then quickly publish them to social media platforms. The conference has organized its presentations so that all sessions run parallel on six different stages, but entirely at the Grieghallen venue. The stages are Peer Gynt, Dovregubben, Klokkeklang, Troldtog, Ad Tech and Side track. On May 12 there will be a parallel track in Grieghallen that features Ad Tech and business models.  Most sessions are recorded and either streamed live or uploaded to a VOD available through 
Beyond The Craft
Saturday May 13, 10:00 - 14:00
Producers Club NYC
358 West 44 Street, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-315-4743
A workshop to help entertainment professionals reach goals and potential. The workshop is led by author/screenwriter/filmmaker, former ICM talent manager Jim Jermanok, who explains how to achieve and grow, drawing on his years of experience managing Oscar winners, negotiating with directors like Spielberg and Scorsese and producing successful projects. He passes on practical tools the "best in the business" use to create success while instilling what he instilled in his clients. Among other areas, topics covered will include, Learning How to Agent Yourself, 15 Rules of Successful Creative Entrepreneurs, Understanding and Succeeding with Agents and Managers, Effective Networking and an Easy Networking System, Pitching Yourself and Your Projects, and other topics. A networking party will follow at the conclusion of the workshop session at The Living Room / W Hotel Times Square. A west coast date in San Francisco follows on May 20.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, May 13, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
NFMLA celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a special installment of the InFocus series, InFocus: Asian Cinema. The first program in the evening line-up features 6 short films from emerging Asian filmmakers, both local and international. This Asian film spotlight aims to present programming that reflects comedic, tragic and nostalgic tales. The evening’s follow-up program celebrates the US Premier of the Japanese feature film “Where Florence Sleeps.” From the brother duo of Katsuto and Kenji Kobayashi, experience a dramatic tale of sabotage, kidnapping, and ransom. The evening film program closes with the LA Premier of “Looking for Jackalope,” Karl Shefelman’s feature-length directorial debut. Throughout the night there are socializing and networking opportunities to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles. 
Music Business Association Presents Music Biz 2017 (#musicbiz2017)
Monday, May 15 - Thursday, May 18
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 856-596-2221
The membership of the Music Business Association reflects the representation of the facilitators and enablers of bricks/mortar and online music retailers, streaming services, wholesalers, major and independent labels and distributors, internet radio services, artists, songwriters, publishers, management services and any other entity involved with creation and services. Each evening closes with a cocktail reception or happy hour. Scheduled for May 15, Music Biz gives the Entertainment and Technology Law Conference full day session, created to merge entertainment law issues with insight on the new technology and media issues. After Law Conference Opening Remarks by Nicole Hennessey, John Tehranian, Chris Harrison and Don Nottingham discuss, The DMCA, YouTube and You: Charting the Future of Music Online. The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is on May 16. The event will be headlined by a keynote from Barak Moffitt, Executive VP of Content Strategy and Operations at the Universal Music Group. On May 17, Music Biz has scheduled the returning Brand and Strategic Partnership Summit. The Summit will be headlined by “Telling a Story with Song and Fashion: The Story Behind Fair Child and Macy’s,” a panel featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and Kelly Russell Jarrell of Sandbox Entertainment and moderated by Alix Kram of Warner Music Artist Services. They will discuss the (branding) process that went into pairing Fairchild’s clothing line, Fair Child, with Macy’s Department Stores.  Each evening closes with a cocktail reception or happy hour.
Streaming Media East 2017 (#SMEast)
Tuesday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 17
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 800-300-9868; 609-654-6266
Visitors to Streaming Media East 2017 can hear from over 100 speakers in more than 40 sessions including in-depth workshops, how-to technical sessions, case studies, panel discussions, and other activities. The Welcoming and Opening Keynote to start the conference portion will be presented by Tian Lim, Chief Technology Officer, Hulu. Focus Areas offered for this 2017 expo include Encoding and Transcoding, Enterprise and Education, Monetizing Content, Content Management and Workflows, Devices and Platforms, OTT and TV Everywhere, Live Webcasting, Formats, Protocols and Standards, Media, Entertainment, and Broadcast. Streaming Media will present Streaming Media University Workshops for the technically inclined, before the start of the official expo and conference on May 15.  Streaming Media East is co-located with related industry events, Content Delivery Summit and Live Streaming Summit. The Content Delivery Summit is a one-day conference set for May 15, and The Live Streaming Summit makes its initial appearance at Streaming Media East in 2017 after being resident at Streaming Media West for two years. The Expo and Streaming Devices Pavilion comprise a segment of the show floor where attendees can get hands-on with more than 50 of today’s leading hardware devices and content platforms. The end of the first expo day concludes with a Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall.
2017 Kraków Film Music Festival (#filmmusic)
Wednesday, May 17 - Tuesday, May 23
InfoKraków ICE Kraków (other venues)
ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17 (Malopolska region) Kraków Poland
Phone: +48 12 354 27 38; +48 12 421 77 87; +48 12 417 58 10
The Film Music Festival in Krakow (FMF), organized by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a showcase of musical interpretations of the moving image, making it one of the few organized international festivals of film music. Performed by musicians and orchestras in Europe and throughout the world, the festival provides a special concert experience by setting it to live screenings of some of the most beloved films. The May 17 opening screening and performance of the festival is The Music of Abel Korzeniowski. The festival is particularly well established for its so-called simultaneous productions, Live in Concert, which features large-scale film productions set to music performed live by designated orchestras, as well as its exclusive Film Music Gala that draws personalities from the world of the big screen. Moreover, the festival is regarded as a broad cultural event to many from the world of music, culture, and film, as well as lovers of cinema and film art.
70th Festival De Cannes (#Cannes2017)
Wednesday, May 17 - Sunday, May 28
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33(0)1 53 596100; +33 4 92 998400; Fax: +33(0)1 53 596110
Cannes is the annual, invitation-only film festival which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. The Festival’s Opening Film from the In Competition category is, ‘Les Fantomes D’Ismael,’ Director Arnaud Desplechin. The Festival Opening Film from the Un Certain Regard category is, ‘Barbara,’ Director Mathieu Amalric. To mark its 70th anniversary, the Festival has published "Ces années-là," the story of the Festival in the words of international film critics, telling the story of Cannes 1939 origins. The Cannes 2017 Official Selection ( is comprised of the following categories: In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings, Special Screenings, Virtual Reality (Installation/Exhibition), 70th Anniversary Events. Italian actress Monica Bellucci is Mistress of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 70th Festival de Cannes. Spanish cinema director and screenwriter, Pedro Almdovar, will be the 2017 President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes. The Cannes Ceremonies will be produced and broadcast live, exclusively on Canal+. Anyone can find Festival de Cannes TV from opening day on the Festival's YouTube and Dailymotion channels as well as on the Festival’s website and mobile app. Festival de Cannes TV, is co-produced by CANAL +, Orange and the Festival de Cannes. 
The Hangout Music Festival (#hangoutfest)
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21
Hangout Box Office
AL-59 and West Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
Phone: 855-725-1823
Held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, the main stages are the Hangout Stage and the Chevrolet Stage located on opposite ends of the beach from each other. The kickoff party for Hangout is the day before its official open on May 18 featuring Migos, Cherub, Tchami, Jazzy Jeff, Nawas and special guests. Hangout Music Festival is produced by Huka Entertainment in conjunction with Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Hangout programs a range of music listening (dancing) music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music. For 2017, a partial listing of bands and performers will include, New Respects, The Strumbellas, Warpaint, Tkay Maidza, Snakehips, Pvris, Jimmy Lumpkin and The Revival, Cheat Codes, Missio and others. A full listing is on the website. Other activities for guests to get involved with include the Ferris Wheel, Big Tap and Barcade, Puppy Kissing Booth, Sour Punch Dodge and Jump, food concessions, a wedding chapel, art, the Malibu Beach House, Camp Hangout, and of course, Beach Volleyball.
ART BALL: Art Gallery of Western Australia (#riseofsneakerculture / #agwa)
Saturday, May 20
Art Gallery of Western Australia 
Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia 6000
Phone: +61 8 9492 6622; 08 9492 6771; +61 8 9492 6600
ART BALL 2017 fuses the worlds of art, fashion, and music into one. The program of performances and exhibitions will have an accompanying gallery exhibition and activities to stretch into September. The evening’s musical line-up includes 80’s inspired pop standout CLIENT LIAISON, with 2016 ARIA award-winning ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ MONTAIGNE, Papua New Guinea-born soul singer NGAIIRE and local hip-hop artist MATHAS. Visual and interactive installations include a virtual reality display, nude life drawing and live tattoo artistry that happen throughout the State Art Collection. More entertainment is provided by WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus, a break dance showdown, an aerial performance by Thom Worrell from boylesque group BRIEFS. ART BALL's program of entertainment and festivities is linked to AGWA’s international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture - showcasing the sneaker’s complex and fascinating history. Although the ART BALL gala is for one day, The Rise of Sneaker Culture runs from May 13 through September 2017. International fashion lifestyle glossy, VOGUE Australia, is once again co-presenting ART BALL in support of the AGWA Foundation. 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, May 25, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development/production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, May 28
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, recognize best camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, May 31, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Chicago Underground Film Festival (#CUFF)
Wednesday, May 31 - Sunday, June 4
The Logan Theatre (other venues)
2646 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Phone: 773-998-1082
The Chicago Underground Film Festival, as an “underground” film festival, provides a showcase for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video to gain recognition and thrive. CUFF opens the last day in May with the Chicago premiere of Laura Stewart's 'Drifting Towards the Crescent,' which documents present day life in Keokuk, Iowa, a town, in America's heartland and along the Mississippi River. CUFF will field 25 programs comprised of narrative, documentary and experimental features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 20 countries, that make up the main body of the festival, along with nightly parties and live music, discussions and other networking and community building events. An important aspect of Chicago Underground Film Festival legacy is that it was founded in 1993 to cater to a more forward thinking and avant-garde audience of film lovers and filmmakers. box. An online entry form can also be filled out on their website.


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What The Site Offers


In 2002, The Actor's Checklist launched as a website dispensing time tested common knowledge and conventional wisdom for those looking to launch a show business career as a performer. A staple element of site activity is the Global News and Networking Events covering the media and show business industry, produced in newsletter format every new month. One of the goals of the media industry report - and the site generally - has been to tie the evolving and proliferating technologies of a burgeoning media ecosystem to the varied opportunities that performers, media-makers, storytellers can have to project their images and content onto new kinds of virtual stages.

Part of the site’s programming, from 2002 (but suspended lately due to the site overhaul planning), a monthly video news summary was produced every month in a 10 minute format previewing recently released indie film trailers, indie music video, animated works and the occasional documentary. Planning for a new focus for the monthly video news summary that presents and gives exposure to artistic endeavors of film/video and musical artists is still in the planning stages.

The title, "The Actor's Checklist," is a suitable naming convention for this website. But in all practicality, nearly all media production and performing arts endeavors, and their requisites, have similar requirements even if there are different methods for achieving them. Don't be misled by the title. The term "actor" has an expanded connotation in today's world where digital technology has provided a megaphone to thousands of storytellers interacting in various media.

Reality TV, Internet radio, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook video have fragmented a once unassailable monopoly stronghold that primetime television networks, network radio and major motion pictures studios had on the attention span of viewers. iTunes and Amazon make it possible to self-author one’s print and musical creations. Entertainment marketers now tackle a “second screen” in the living room phenomena where customary television viewers will multitask by indulging in social media and/or supplemental television program apps all at the same time.

If you are an actor you are taking part in the retelling of a story. But the same can certainly be said of a song/singer, comedy skit, mime, graphic artwork that forms scenic backdrop and so on. Perhaps a good way to gather all these crafts under one category is to refer to them as media making. Presently on the horizon, transmedia storytelling - digitally created content that engages an audience using techniques to develop stories across multiple forms of media - is gradually taking shape as a narrative influence.

In certain regards, the Internet has surged past television as a delivery platform and offers little clue as to when it might ease its adoption rate. Currently, the number of broadband customers exceeds the number of cable subscribers, according to data from the Leichtman Research Group analyzing numbers from the nation’s nine largest cable companies. As of the second quarter of 2014, the numbers of broadband subscribers clocked in at 49,915,000 customers, compared to 49,910,000 cable TV customers.

The Actor’s Checklist serves to monitor, report on and hopefully facilitate dialogue and personal connection among its forum chat participants about these innovative developments on the media landscape, any new opportunities they present for new ways of expression, and the evolving identity of what it means to be a performing/media arts practitioner.


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