ACSIL is the trade association for the global footage industry, and its members control the essential motion imagery of our time. Some of us are really big with high-end digital workflows and offices worldwide; some are specialists with expertly crafted motion experiences; some are units of the globe’s major news and media companies; some are governmental departments; some nonprofit; some hand-crafted collections of rare and esoteric cinematic experiences.
In short, we are the organizations who have set up offices to work directly with the creative community. We have invested in digital imagery and digital workflows, in film & video restoration and preservation, in descriptive metadata and algorithmic finding aids, in the artists and filmmakers who capture iconic events and landscapes.
And our members own rights to the most celebrated moving imagery ever produced on earth.
The ACSIL FOOTAGE EXPO 2016 was anchored by these major sources of footage: news archives, contemporary HD cinematographers, natural science & behavioral specialists, historical motion picture archives dating back to 1895, pop- and high-culture rights holders, animation and graphic artists, celebrity footage, dash-cam operators, time-lapse specialists, international shooters, etc. etc. etc. This is where we strut our stuff, engage our clients, and extend our reach.
This is was our second Expo, and it was held at a wonderful space in midtown Manhattan: historic Prince George Hotel, built in 1904. We hosted a variety of sessions on today’s footage dynamic in creative, commercial, and educational media. It will be an unforgettable day, and a memorial to the moment when footage started to drive all communications.
OUR VENUE: THE PRINCE GEORGE’S BALLROOM
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM COFFEE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM KEYNOTE
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EXHIBIT FLOOR
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SESSIONS - TRACK 1 & 2
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SESSIONS - TRACK 1 & 2
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EXHIBITION FLOOR
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SESSIONS - TRACK 1 & 2
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM HAPPY HOUR
KEYNOTE PANEL: PAINTING WITH ARCHIVES
While many producers consider archive-inspired programs to be difficult projects and who shy away from efforts involved in access and rights clearance, there are many more who are personally attracted to the idea of working with historical and existing materials. Those who are successful, such as the producers and filmmakers assembled for this panel, have mastered the art of archival storytelling. Once learned and mastered, it becomes a powerful medium for expression. This panel will reinforce the reasons that we pursued the archival career in the first place.
Moderator: Matt White, Executive Director, ACSIL
Panelists: Colleen Cavanaugh Anthony, Executive Producer, STALKR, Gil Pimentel, Emmy Award Winning (4 times!), Independent Producer, Catherine Murphy, Creative Director, Tres Musas Productions, Stephanie Jenkins, Co-Producer, Ken Burns’ Florentine Films
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Track 1 & 2
TRACK 1/TEA ROOM
RESEARCHERS IN DEMAND - 1pm - 2pm EST
Archival Producers Take Charge as Commissions for Archive-Inspired Programming Break Out
This panel will discuss the role of the Archival Producer on a production team and help the audience understand the growing appetite for such programming among OTT and VOD entities such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Curiosity Stream, Smithsonian Networks, the Sundance Documentary Channel, and other startups on Apple TV and Roku.
Moderator - Jessica Berman Bogdan, Global Image Works
Panelists - Rich Remsburg, Archival Producer, Atlas Films, Sue Ricketts, Independent Archival Producer and Justine Gabbard, Independent Archival Producer
FAIR USE IN ACTION - 2pm - 3pm EST
Producers Affirm Fair Use Rights in Court and Start Testing the Boundaries of Licensing
Now that the production community has won several contested battles regarding Fair Use of Copyright Material, a new test of Fair Use’s boundaries is now aggressive and increasingly ideological, as a call to end the “licensing culture” gets traction in academic circles. Will producers move beyond fair use to challenge other impediments to fee-free distribution, such as contract law? Does Fair Use undermine the business models of licensors to a point where they will be unable to continue to
run businesses that license footage? Will producers suffer for that? This panel brings the prominent and active litigators and scholars as well as licensors to argue it out: Where do they agree? Where are the boundaries? What is coming down the legal
pipeline that may affect us all?
Moderator - Matt White, Executive Director, ACSIL
Panelists - Nancy E. Wolff, Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Jack Lerner, Director of Intellectual Property Art and Technology Clinic, University of California, Irvine, David Peck, President, Reelin’ in the Years Productions and F. Robert Stein, Counsel, Pryor Cashman
ACSIL THINK TANK - 4pm - 5pm EST
Big Minds Think Big Thoughts About the Future of Footage Licensing
The best strategic minds in technology, entertainment, academia, finance, and media provide their take on the strategic landscape of the footage-licensing future.
Moderator - Matt White, Executive Director, ACSIL
Panelists - Chris Vizas, Partner, Sutton Hoo Studios, Denis Radeke, Content Development Manager, Adobe Systems, and Peter Hamilton, Founder/Publisher/Editor, DocumentaryTelevision.com
IS FOOTAGE GETTING CREATIVE ENOUGH? - 1pm - 2pm EST
Creatives are Turning Evermore to Footage for Their Most Important Campaigns
Creative and marketing professionals are inspired and increasingly searching within the deep visual reservoir of the footage industry. Is the experience of a creative encounter with footage sources what it should be? This session will cast a wide net over the challenges facing the creative industry in searching for and licensing footage content in today's environment.
Moderator - Helen Higbee, Director, Business Development, Stills and Footage, Bridgeman Images
Panelists - Andrew Delaney, Director, Creative Content, Getty Images, Colleen Cavanaugh Anthony, Executive Producer, STALKR, Jon Parker, Brand Director, Dissolve
FOOTAGE SEARCH OVERDRIVE - 2pm - 3pm EST
How Technology Brings New Joy and Clarity to Footage Discovery
Perhaps no area of search technology is as active today as footage search functionality. The Department of Commerce has devoted significant resources to develop search routines for visual materials that are comparable to our search for text. And semantic web platforms provide associations to resources that are not necessarily built into the database. Many of ACSIL’s members have introduced highly sophisticated search and discovery tools to assist those in need of footage. This panel will provide a bird’s eye view of best search practices and emerging technologies. We’ve gone far beyond “advanced search.” You’ll learn why in this session.
Moderator – Domenick Propati, Managing Partner, Footage.net
Panelists - Lawrence Lazare, Product Director/Search & Discovery, Shutterstock and David Rice, Archivist/Technologist, CUNY
THE HIDDEN GOLD IN FILMMAKER ARCHIVES - 4pm - 5pm EST
Independent Filmmakers Find a Hot Market for Their Stock & Archival Footage
Many filmmakers are generating significant revenue from their independent archives through footage licensing and sales. This panel provides testimonials from independent producers who are generating significant revenue from their personal and independent archives. Footage acquisitions and sales units will provide their take on footage in demand. And services for prepping filmmaker archives for sale will round out this opportunity for today’s creative community.
Moderatior - Derrick Rhodes, Director of Footage, Shutterstock
Panelists - Rob Crocker, Cinematopher/Founder, Uberstock and Mick Reed, Founder and CEO, Clippin