Indie Memphis Announces Innovation Program



More pieces of the fast-approaching Indie Memphis Film Festival are falling into place. Today, the fest announced the lineup of its "Innovation" component — a series of seminars and discussions about creativity and technology.

Headlining the program is Mike McAvoy, president of Onion, Inc., the satire news organization that wins the Internet on a daily basis. Saturday will feature a discussion on digitizing Ernest Withers' extensive photographic archive, a forum on childhood obesity and media culture with experts from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and Michael Jordan vs. Charlie Sheen, presented by Rembert Browne of Grantland.

All Innovation programs are free and open to the public.

Now would also be an opportune time to take a look at the Indie Memphis schedule, which is filling out with some great classic film screenings, parties, and food events. There's also a nifty bike share program to provide wheels to festival attendees.

The full lineup from Indie Memphis is below:

Friday, November 1st 

Content Marketing with The Onion: Mike McAvoy, President of multimedia news organization Onion Inc., discusses The Onion’s varied and complimentary channels of satire, entertainment news via The AV Club, and branded content.

Michael Shiloh, Community Liaison at Arduino, a company that fuses open-source technology and art for the creation of interactive objects and environments. An engineer who has taught at numerous universities, Michael’s art includes robotic sculpture, the design of embedded hardware and software for high-speed image processing, and a lifetime of curious tinkering and creating experimental machine art.

Saturday, November 2nd 
Digitizing the Ernest Withers Archive: Filmmakers, historians and technologists will share their ideas about ways to make the over one million photos — covering 60 years of African-American, civil rights, music and Memphis history — accessible over the Web. 

Forum on new approaches to the childhood obesity epidemic with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital:  A discussion on storytelling and changing culture, along with experts on leveraging big data and gamification in the fight against childhood obesity. Participants include Dr. Jonathan McCullers, Dunavant Professor and Chair, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur; Dr. Joan Han, Director of Le Bonheur Healthy Lifestyles Program; and filmmaker Alison Bagnall.

Michael Jordan vs. Charlie Sheen: Rembert Browne of Grantland presents the vintage 80s rarity, War of the Stars, featuring Michael Jordan taking on Charlie and Martin Sheen in a ferocious hoops contest, and discussed its larger cultural implications.


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