Cinequest has revolutionized the very concept of a film festival focusing not only on celebrating creativity, but providing empowerment, discovery and the much sought-after distribution.
Cinequest continues to lead the way by exposing filmmakers and film fans to the people and technologies that aid the creation and delivery of Maverick, independent and international cinema. As Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide has stated: This festival is one that sets the trends and is actually ahead of the trends. Other festivals are copying Cinequest; I see it all the time You find the future of film at Cinequest. At CQFF17, Cinequest, in conjunction with exclusive partners, will present a series of forums, structured as thematic days. Empower yourself via exposure to cutting-edge technologies as well as insight and how-to knowledge from leading film professionals.
Note: $15 Ticket price for each Day of forum includes entrance into all of that days presentations / parts. Single presentation / part tickets may be purchased for $10. Cinequest is able to bring film makers, students and lovers of film these groundbreaking forums at such affordable prices due to the generosity of its forum sponsors: Intel, Panasonic, Canon, Azureus, Jaman and Palm.
Day of Sight & Sound Saturday, March 3rd - $15
Presented by Panasonic
PART I : The Art of Solid State Filmmaking
10:30 - Noon San Jose Repertory Theatre
One of the best things about Cinequest is the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the people who are changing the film world via new technologies that empower creativity and artistry. For years, Panasonic has wowed Cinequest audiences with their demonstrations of the best in cutting-edge equipment and technological advances that give more filmmakers an opportunity to realize their visions. The time is now to learn about P2, a new type of digital memory system that is transforming broadcasting and digital video production with its ultra-fast speed, reliability and flexibility. P2 eliminates the limitations and time-consuming problems of tape or disc. Dont miss this exciting opportunity to understand the spectrum of the options and best-fits for different types of film productions heres your chance to understand how to tell your story in a revolutionary way.
PART II: The Long Road to Digital Cinema Lessons Learned and Directions Charted
Presented by Canon
12:30 - 2:30pm San Jose Repertory Theatre
Digital Cinema only emerged as a viable reality in the last decade. A confluence of technologies and a quickening industry interest has produced both standards and products necessary to support the long-term future of digital cinema. However, decades of
pioneering projects preceded the striking advances of recent years. Many lessons were learned along the way in terms of imaging criteria for digital cinematography and for digital image display on large cinema screens. Today, digital cinematography has splintered into tiers of cost and performance that emulate the creative flexibilities offered by various motion picture film formats for almost a century.
This presentation will review the history of digital cinema through the early analog video projects, the arrival of digital video technologies, the significant role of high definition digital video, the Hollywood-based Digital Cinema Initiative, and the current status of related products and systems.
Presenter: Laurence J. Thorpe, National Marketing Executive, Broadcast and Communications, Canon U.S.A. Mr. Thorpe is a visionary who helped pioneer HD and digital production in the broadcast and motion picture industry. He recently retired from his post as senior vice president of content creation systems for the broadcast and production systems division at Sony Electronics Inc. where his vision led the world to a digital revolution.
3:00 - 4:30pm San Jose Repertory Theatre
Renowned digital filmmaker Carl Miller (visual effects cinematographer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest, Star Wars: Episode 3, and Terminator 3; director Retaliation) brings you a stunning behind-the-scenes look at his visual magic. Combining verbal lecture with clips from a stunning career, Miller will demonstrate how digital technologies empower his and others artistry. Capping the event will be a sneak-preview exhibition of Millers directorial debut, Retaliation, starring Michael Otis.
Retaliation synopsis: Awaiting beheading, a terrorist-captured news reporter learns of the true reason behind the Coalition Forces infiltration into Iraq. Can he survive long enough to tell the story?
PART IV: Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
Stewart Copeland Maverick Spirit Event
5:00 - 7:00pm California Theatre
Its very difficult to talk about a philosophy of music because its so much instinct. The more that you think about it, the less valid it becomes some how. Music is best when it comes from the heart rather than the brain. Stewart Copeland
2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Producer, Composer, Director, Editor, Narrator, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
Golden Globe Nominee for Best Score: Rumble Fish
Five-time GRAMMY® Award Winner
Cinequest is proud to celebrate the inaugural edition of the Day of Sight & Sound by honoring music and film industry legend Stewart Copeland. After screening Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Copeland will be interviewed on stage, discussing the role sound has in the world of film.
As a young drummer in the late 1970s, Copeland found himself in London, the epicenter of the punk revolution. He had an epiphany You go to see these groups and the audience is going nuts. I looked at the bands, and Im thinking, I can do that.
He founded The Police whose final line-up included guitarist Andy Summers and singer-bass player Sting. Copelands avant-garde approach to the drums was a defining element of the bands sound. Copeland seamlessly blended the spontaneity of jazz, the intensity of punk, the sensibility of pop, with clever reggae-based polyrhythm. His fresh, irresistible grooves brought the world to its feet. Of Copelands place in history, Modern Drummer Magazine stated, His influence would be difficult to overestimate.
In 1984 Copeland moved on to film scoring with Francis Ford Coppolas cult classic Rumble Fish. The strikingly original soundtrack earned Copeland a Golden Globe nomination. Thereafter, he enjoyed successful collaborations with dozens of Hollywoods most talented directors in film and television including Oliver Stone. His score for Showtimes Dead Like Me earned him a 2005 Emmy nomination. Copeland composed King Lear for the San Francisco Ballet, Holy Blood and Crescent Moon for the Cleveland Opera, and Noahs Ark Solcheeka for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Copelands career came full circle when he recently turned the Super 8 movies he shot during his odyssey with The Police into a compelling feature length documentary. Copeland noted that because it is shot in the first-person, the action doesnt roll past the camera; it rushes right into the lens. When you watch the film, you are a member of The Police and your name is Stewart.
Moderator: Robert G. Phelps. Santa Clara County deputy public defender, and screenwriter. He has written for ScreenTalk magazine.