Short form content creators are taking us out of the cinema and to computers and tablets as they utilize digital platforms to engage with their audiences beyond their story and release work on their own terms. But how do you know what the right route for a short film or web series is and how do you seek out an audience in the online vortex of possibilities? Panelists include ESPN Films Director of Development Dan Silver, and High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld, and filmmaker Judd Ehrlich. Moderated by Brian Koppelman, filmmaker and host of the podcast The Moment.
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Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair
Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are a writing/directing team based out of Brooklyn, NY whose first collaboration, High Maintenance, has become widely recognized as one of the best new series on the web by The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Indiewire and numerous others. Katja, an Emmy-winning casting director (30 Rock), and Ben, an actor and editor – and star of High Maintenance – also produce the series. In 2015, they won the Writer’s Guild of America award for Best Original Short-Form New Media for their work on the High Maintenance episode, “Rachel,” starring actor Dan Stevens and featuring the fashion designs of Rachel Comey.
Judd Ehrlich was born in New York City. He is a director and producer of films including the Emmy-nominated 2006 public television documentary Mayor of the West Side, and the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary Run for Your Life. He has also directed and produced the films Magic Camp, and most recently We Could Be King.
Dan Silver is the Emmy Award winning producer and Senior Director of Development for ESPN Films. He developed, launched, and continues to produce the Award Winning series 30 for 30 Shorts, FiveThirtyEight.com’s two original short form documentary series, Signals and The Collectors, and the recently released it's not crazy, it's sports series from director Errol Morris. He is also currently overseeing the production of ESPN Film’s multi-platform series Spike Lee's Lil' Joints, Versus (Executive Produced by Eva Longoria) and Marvel Entertainment and ESPN Films' 1 of 1 – Genesis and 1 of 1 – Origins. Silver graduated from Syracuse University, is a contributor for Grantland.com, and lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Brian Koppelman has co-written, directed or produced 10 feature films, including “Rounders”, “Solitary Man”, “Ocean's Thirteen” and “The Illusionist”. He is co-creator and executive producer of the upcoming Showtime series “Billions”, and is also active in new media. His podcast, “The Moment”, is regularly in the top ten TV/Film podcasts in the iTunes store and his six-second screenwriting lessons on Vine have generated over 40 million views and have been featured in The New Yorker. An in-demand essayist, Koppelman's work has appeared in Grantland, Sports Illustrated, Lucky Peach. He lives in New York with his wife, the novelist/screenwriter Amy Koppelman, and their two children.