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Expert Game Designer Lorne Lanning and Director Spencer Halpin Join New Media Film Festival
The Best in New Media … Honoring Stories Worth Telling.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Saturday, May 21, 2011
Video game creator Lorne Lanning (Oddworld Series including Oddworld: ABE’S ODDYSEE), and director/filmmaker Spencer Halpin of the controversial violence in videogaming documentary Spencer Halpin's Moral Kombat, will be joining founder/director Susan Johnston for the 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival, to be held May 20-21, 2011. Showcasing the best in new media and featuring award-nominated and winning filmmakers from all over the world, the New Media Film Festival is dedicated to the creation, development, and distribution of new media content in all forms and across all platforms, honoring stories worth telling.
With a decision forthcoming from The Supreme Court of the United States (Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association), SPENCER HALPIN’S MORAL KOMBAT is a timely and polarizing look at video games, containing interviews with experts on both sides of the matter:
Joseph Lieberman - Connecticut Senator and former Vice Presidential Candidate
Dean Takahashi - author and lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat
Dr. Henry Jenkins – Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, a joint professorship at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and USC School of Cinematic Arts, formerly of MIT Media Lab
Lorne Lanning - OddMobb; Former Co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants
Douglas Lowenstein - co-founder, former President of the Entertainment Software Association (previously IDSA)
Vince Broady - founder, Gamespot
Dr. David Walsh - President and founder of the National Institute on Media & the Family
Jack Thompson - activist and former Florida attorney
Marie Sylla - Vice President of Federal Government Relations at Verizon
Richard Oh - NPD Group

Some believe that violent games should be banned. Others support their protection under the First Amendment. With the help of Ramy Katrib of Digital Film Tree LLC, Spencer Halpin shot the film entirely in high-definition video, making extensive use of green screen technology to blend the subject matter being discussed (games, characters, archival news footage) in the background, while keeping the interviewee actively in the shot. Game and content creator Lorne Lanning had served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He was the co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants, which has sold over 6 million games and won more than 100 industry awards, and, most recently, he co-founded new company OddMobb, Inc. based in Emeryville, CA. Both Spencer Halpin and Lorne Lanning will be attending a May 21 Q&A to discuss their work, as well as its relation to violence in video games, which has become especially pertinent due to the Supreme Court's pending decision.
The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival, sponsored in part by Go Digital, Final Draft, Blue Angel Vodka, and Showbiz Software will be taking place at Los Angeles Film School May 20th – 21st , 2011 (6363 Sunset Boulevard, CA 90028).
Tickets are on sale now and submissions are being accepted until May 10th.
For Registration information, complete agenda, and additional details are available at NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Contact:
Jay Randy Gordon, New Media Film Festival 2011 - Brand Manager
randy@jayrandygordon.com
650-346-8127

International 3D Society & PGA New Media join New Media Film Festival for 3D Opening Night Screenings
LOS ANGELES, CA, Friday, May 20, 2011 –
The Best In New Media … Honoring Stories Worth Telling.
The Producer’s Guild of America New Media (PGA New Media), which is compromised of qualified experts in every aspect of new media production and the International 3D Society, which has been founded to advance the art and technologies of stereoscopic 3D content and its professional innovators, together with producers Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center of the Earth), Alison Savitch (Bangkok Dangerous), and Jeanette DePatie are joining founder/director Susan Johnston for 3D Screenings and Q&A’s with the filmmakers for the 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival opening night, to be held May 20, 2011.
Showcasing the best in 3D technology and featuring award nominated and winning filmmakers, the New Media Film Festival is dedicated to the creation, development, and distribution of new media content in all forms and across all platforms.
“Sundance for the Facebook Crowd”-Culture Rehab
The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival, sponsored in part by Final Draft, GoDigital, Blue Angel Vodka & Showbiz Software will be taking place at Los Angeles Film School May 20-21st 2011 (6363 Sunset Boulevard, CA 90028), tickets are on sale now and submissions are being accepted until May 10th.

For Registration information, complete agenda and additional details are available at NewMediaFilmFestival.com

"The future of new media for storytelling is limitless and we're just barely skimming the surface right now. Any content creator needs to hear what's being said at New MediaFilm Festival. It will open your mind to multiple possibilities."
- Frank Colin, Script Magazine
Contact:
Jay Randy Gordon, New Media Film Festival 2011 - Brand Manager
randy@jayrandygordon.com
650-346-8127

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