The State of Storytelling Media is a panel series being launched at the festival this year. This panel series will look at storytelling from varying media areas and discuss the evolving landscape of these mediums with an eye towards how we build better versions of them.
State of the Storytelling Industry: Connecting with Audiences will focus on finding and connecting with your audience as well as defining who your audience is.
Darcy Heusel is NEON's Senior Vice President of Audience Engagement and Impact. NEON, launched in 2017, has quickly risen to success by defying industry expectations and pushing boundaries in the realm of independent cinema. With a commitment to championing cinema, NEON has made its mark across multiple genres, including foreign language films, comedies, documentaries, and animated titles. NEON's commitment to artistic excellence and its ability to push boundaries within the film industry has been recognized with a remarkable 25 Academy Award® nominations, including for critically acclaimed titles such as Parasite, Triangle of Sadness, Worst Person In the World, Flee, Spencer, I, Tonya, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Honeyland, The Quiet Girl and many more.
Over the past decade, Darcy has played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between film distribution and social impact for independent films. With a passion for promoting meaningful storytelling, Darcy has been instrumental in identifying and supporting films that address important social issues and resonate with audiences on a deeper level.
Arielle Nissenblatt is the founder of EarBuds Podcast Collective, a weekly podcast newsletter and podcast. She is the head of community and content at SquadCast.fm. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute of Audio Documentary Studies. Nissenblatt is a podcast marketing expert, having spoken on panels at conferences such as Radiodays Asia, Radiodays Europe, Sounds of New York, Podcast Movement, International Documentary Association’s Podcast Day at USC, Montana Media Lab, American University, and more. She is one of the founders of Podcast Taxonomy, an international effort to categorize roles and credits in the podcast industry. She is the cohost of the Sounds Profitable podcast, a show about the business of podcasting. She hosts a podcast about podcast trailers called "Trailer Park."