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Monday, November 23

9:00am PST

Film Festival Technology
Festival technology for film festivals includes not only distribution and exhibition but methods for engaging new audiences. Our panel explores how to message in the digital world the "analogue” messaging that film festivals traditionally represent.​

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Benjamin Oberman

President & CEO, Mousetrap Films
Benjamin Oberman brings fifteen years experience in the Entertainment Industry as a Distribution Expert, Executive, Producer, Writer, Director, Technical Consultant and Performer. A recognized distribution expert, Mr. Oberman has spoken on and inspired numerous film festival panels... Read More →

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Luke Archer

Creative Director, Video Producer, Cool Hand Look
Cool Hand Luke is a video producer with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in multimedia design. Luke’s is a voracious producer of great video and film content. His bag of tricks includes Scripting & Storyboarding, Directing, Editing, & Motion Design. Companies including... Read More →
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Kimberley Browning

Filmmaker & Film Festival Programmer, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS, Comedy Film Nerds, TheoryFX
Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional in Los Angeles. She is the Founder and Festival of HOLLYWOOD SHORTS, a short film screening series and Emerging Filmmakers Program launched in 1998.  HOLLYWOOD SHORTS presents monthly short film screenings in Los Angeles... Read More →
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Ralph Echemendia

​The Ethical Hacker
Ralph Echemendia has been involved in the research and development of internationally recognized courseware and certifications as well as key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful e-commerce sites on the Internet. He often collaborates with other well-known... Read More →
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Laurie Gordon

Director, Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Industry Conference (Animaze)
Laurie Gordon is the director of the Montreal International Animation Film Festival and industry conference (Animaze). The festival has a focus on animation for film and technology. She is president of Musivision Films and has worked with Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin, the subject of... Read More →
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Joshua Reiman

Director of Strategic Partnerships, San Francisco Film Society
Joshua Reiman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Film Society, leading outreach and partnership design with corporate, government, and community groups. Joshua previously worked with Equal Access International, Institute of International Education, Confederation... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am PST
Sierra Madre Room

10:00am PST

Issues Facing Food and Wine Festivals
With so many food and wine festivals exploding on the scene, the stakes are higher. Ticket pricing, the cost of celebrity chefs, staffing, logistics, audience development & creating a unique experience are top of mind for organizers. We will converge those that have created high profile festivals to understand their view of the industry.

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Philip Dobard

Vice President & Director, SoFAB Institute
Philip Dobard is Vice President of SoFAB Institute and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of SoFAB’s Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, the organization’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He publishes... Read More →

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David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
Mr. Bernahl is co-founding partner of Coastal Luxury Management, a company that focuses on acquiring and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. The company’s first major project was Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a 4-day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts... Read More →
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Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America.A... Read More →
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Devonie Nicholas

Public Relations Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals
Devonie Nicholas serves as the Public Relations Director for the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach & New York City Wine & Food Festivals.  Born in Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Sierra Madre Room

11:00am PST

Issues Facing Film Festivals
Programming, sponsorship, staffing, audience and community awareness and festival logistics make the work of running a film festival an incredible, but rewarding challenge. Maintaining relevancy in a world where films are discovered in a multitude of ways and on many devices, as well as managing and planning for a long-term future in the ever changing landscape will be the focus of this panel.

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Gary Rubin

Executive Vice President, Cohen Media
Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business. Prior to his current position as Executive Vice President at the Cohen Media Group, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Rubin also served as Executive... Read More →

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Liana Bender

Director of Development, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana Bender is responsible for the financial sustainability of the contributed revenue for the organization, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. Liana... Read More →
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Noah Cowan

Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society since March 2014.  He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was... Read More →
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Jeff Ross

Founder and Director, San Francisco IndieFest
San Francisco IndieFest Founder and Director Jeff has produced events for over twenty years, ranging from nightclub shows, underground music events, art openings, live music, performing arts and film festivals. For four years (1997-2001) he was Operations Manager at the San Francisco... Read More →
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Ron Truppa

Founder and Executive Director, Catalina Film Festival
With a prodigious entrepreneurial background, in 2006 Ron started his production company, TRUPPA Entertainment, not only purchasing and creating original content, but also producing, writing, and directing events, documentaries, TV, Film, PSA's, Commercials, and Music Videos.In June... Read More →
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Michal Wiesbrock

Entertainment Executive

Monday November 23, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Sierra Madre Room

12:00pm PST

Issues Facing Music Festivals
With massive rollups, media attention on drug use, overpriced talent & recent high profile festival failures, the challenges for festival promoters has never been greater. However, the discovery of music and fan experiences make festivals the most coveted and memorable way for audiences to consume music. These experts have experienced the ups and downs of the industry and will share where we are headed.

The panel will also feature a suprise speaker. Come see for yourself!

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Ken Deans

Owner, KD Production Services
Bringing years experience from the entertainment world, Kens award winning talent has helped ABC Television Networks, AT&T, Alaska Airlines, FastChannel Network, Infiniti, Jones Radio Network, Level 3 networks, Lion Brand Yarn, Mazda, Neilson, Netflix, Nissan, The Penske Corp., Radio... Read More →

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“Disco Donnie” Estopinal

Founder & CEO, Disco Donnie Presents/SFX
James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans... Read More →
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Maureen Ford

President, Local Alliances at Live Nation
Ms. Ford is a 20 year music marketing veteran, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Live Nation Alliances. Previously, as Vice President of National Music Sales, Ford led the music group's regional and national sales efforts including the renaming of five... Read More →
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Elliott Lefko

President, Goldenvoice/AEG
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David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer & Production Supervisor, Summerfest
David is known as a talent buyer for Summerfest ("The World's Largest Music Festival") and fulfills entertainment relations and production supervisor duties in addition to producing the Emerging Artists Series for the festival. He is also an A&R Consultant for Banshee Music, an Entertainment... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Sierra Madre Room

1:00pm PST

Cinema Centerpiece

Don’t miss award-winning producer, director and writer Jennifer Senko discuss and preview scenes from her highly anticipated and thought provoking soon- to- be-released film "The Brainwashing of My Dad” about the birth of the sound bite and the impact of media. This session will definitely have you talking!

The film is produced by acclaimed actor Matthew Modine and Adam Rackoff and features animation by Bill Plympton.http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com

Interviewd by Michael Aisner.

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Michael Aisner

Co-owner and Producer, frameXframe films
Michael Aisner grew up in Glencoe, Illinois and had to swim naked in high school gym class with 100 other freshman. Surviving, he went on to work in high school, college, and then Denver commercial radio, attending the University of Colorado School of Journalism. At 20 went to the... Read More →

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Jen Senko

Documentary Filmmaker
Jen Senko is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her first documentary, “Road Map Warrior Women”, won recognition with several festival awards. Her most recent film, “The Vanishing City”, exposes the policies and economic philosophy that has made... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm PST
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm PST

Marketing to Millennials

The conventional wisdom is that the holy grail is millennials, with buying power and influence for the next few decades. They are looking for authentic relationships with properties and brands. The panel will discuss the intersection of content, digital marketing, and social media in creating holistic, multi-channel ticket marketing and sales.

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Lizzy Paulson

Events Director, Time Warner Cable
As Events Director, Corporate Brand and Reputation, at Time Warner Cable, Lizzy Paulson oversees the execution and management of local and national events for the company’s philanthropic outreach, including the signature Connect A Million Minds.  Lizzy oversees a team that creates... Read More →

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Robert Fowler

Senior Vice President, CatalystCreativ
"Creating experiences has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Gainesville, GA I was always ready to help my mom entertain, host a family get together, or decorate the house for whatever the next holiday was. That continues today. No matter where I find myself... Read More →
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Graham Kahr

VP, Digital, Wendoh Media/Life is Beautiful Festival
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Jesse Lawrence

Founder & CEO, TiqIQ
"I'm the CEO of TiqIQ.com, which is the leading ticket search engine online. I started my professional career as a writer covering New York technology in 1996. I've been fascinated by the ticket market from a young age and remember trying to understand what drove the market in front... Read More →
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Jacob Tell

CEO, Creative Lead, Oniracom
Jacob innovates premiere brand positioning throughout the entertainment industry. With an educational background in film and politics, Jacob seeks world changing solutions for positive and creative humans. He embraces technology-driven solutions aims to make them accessible for all... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Sierra Madre Room

2:50pm PST

Activating Sponsorships at a Festival

When negotiating a sponsorship, all brands recognize the value of activation across many platforms. Festivals need to remain authentic while brands want to be heard. A marriage of convenience must exist for the success of the relationship. What steps must the festival take to ensure success? Our experts will provide some key takeaways.

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David Hazan

Founder, DLH Marketing

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Sam Elkin

Sponsorship Account Manager, C3 Presents
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Elana Leaf

Director, Special Projects, Insomniac
Elana Leaf has worked in Special Events, Entertainment Marketing and Public Relations for over a decade. Elana started her career internationally, working both locally in Los Angeles, and abroad in London. Her roster of experience includes a wide variety of brand activations and strategy... Read More →
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Robert Richards

Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival
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Rob Tonkin

Founder, Marketing Factory

Monday November 23, 2015 2:50pm - 3:40pm PST
Sierra Madre Room

3:45pm PST

Maintaining Your Food & Wine Festival’s Identity
With the rise of VIP ticket prices, celebrity chefs and the epicurean experience, food and wine festivals are feeling the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive space. That said, these leaders understand their market and work hard to provide the experience that keeps their loyal fans coming back while they build a new group of attendees to sustain their festivals.

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Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast
Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent and a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews more than 150 wines per month. He co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music festival and conference now in its seventh year, regularly moderates... Read More →

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Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America.A... Read More →
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Kate Mider Pajo

Festival Director, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Music City Food + Wine Festival, Chicago Food + Wine Festival
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Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
Rebecca has 24 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force. A former Sales Operations... Read More →
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Denise Yamaguchi

Executive Director, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director... Read More →
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Gillian Zettler

Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Erika began her career in New York City producing a number of award winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of mediums including advertising, events, sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. She has been instrumental in producing multi-platform campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm PST
Sierra Madre Room

4:45pm PST

Poetry Readings
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Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations... Read More →
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Lisa Starr

Lisa Silverberg Starr, founder of the Block Island Poetry Project, divides her time among a variety of interests, her family, and her passion for poetry. The Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 2008-2013, a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island fellowship for poetry, a former college... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm PST
Sierra Madre Room