Creating Space for BIG Ideas to Grow #theCube – Prime Cut

I love it when an idea blossoms into a wild field of creative growth. #theCube began as a spark, a seed and a desire to create space for big ideas to grow. It was at SXSW that we had an opportunity to mix music, tech, big thinkers and daring ideas into a long form conversation that streams live around the nets. #theCube is the culmination of some pretty imaginative friends who were naive enough to go along for the ride. Now some 4.3 Million views later we can now see an emerging form of this concept called #theCube. I knew that heritage media wouldn’t serve up long form conversations with really smart nodes because they still trade in the commodity of air time and hard wires beaming towards an ever dimming light of a tv set top. We knew that the net would be the free for all wilderness we’d explore with all our might. Together with SiliconANGLE and Wikibon we set out to cover the biggest events in emerging technology and sit up close and intimate with fellow dreamers of light and just let the data flow.

Mega Thanks to NewTek and the ‘Wonder Box” Tricaster.

But enough of the rich text let’s let the images float through the line and give a glimpse inside our playground- #theCube.

Riding the Big Data Wave

As you know, I’ve been diving deep into the the subject of internet infrastructure over the past few years. As a documentary filmmaker, I am finalizing a large-scale project chronicling these important days, visiting with the great minds generating real innovation in this industry, and capturing the birth of pivotal ideas that will shape our future.

The current explosion of data flowing into the net is straining the capacity of the current infrastructure to handle it, and that flow will only increase daily over the next several years. As consumers, we crave smarter electronic devices and expect the ability to share more details of our world anywhere at anytime. The crush of all that information will get harder to handle if innovation isn’t applied at all levels, from mobile devices to social networks to ubiquitous connectivity to reliable data storage to secure encryption to predictive data modeling.

“Riding (Big) Data” is a film and tv series I’m excited to share documenting how our society is rethinking what all this swirling data can do for us.

A Serious Man and the State of Film Criticism

The days of Hollywood living and dying by the sharp edge of a critic’s pen are long gone. Now even Twitter is becoming a better predictor of box office success rather than the once powerful sway of a critical thumb. In a recent study by HP Labs [pdf], the chatter from Twitter is out performing market-based forecasts. The audience is putting more stock in their social graphs to help them select movies instead taking heed of the professional prognosticators. Peer recommendations are useful for impromptu decisions at the multi-plex but for real film buffs, nothing beats a deep dive into the work.

While some newspapers have shuttered critics in a desperate attempt to stay afloat, actual film criticism is doing just fine.

Serious and informed discussion of film and film theory is flourishing on sights like /Film The Auteurs and Filmspotting. Roger Ebert has found a new audience via Twitter for his standard bearing missives. Over 7 Million people read Ebert each month online. No longer restricted by space, he has found that what the audience desired is a longer engagement.

Film Criticism can serve to bring us inside the filmmaker’s vision by examining the clues between the frames. When done as a celebration of the art form, Film Criticism leads us deeper into the work, helps us understand the full picture.

A fantastic new trend in criticism is taking advantage of media to explore films. Dana Stevens [Twitter] of Slate has launched Dana’s Home Theater, a great example of going deeper with film. Dana examines one of my favorite movies by the Coen brothers – A Serious Man.

Thomas Doherty of The Chronicle of Higher Education has a different opinion – The Death of Film Criticism

What’s your take? Are you finding growth in film communities and online discussions? What are your favorite spots to talk about film?

Watch This – Before the Music Dies – Full Film

Important, well made and free to view – “Before the Music Dies”

Description: This documentary explores the reason why so few companies currently control the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores, and whether corporations really have the power to silence musical innovation.


Producer, Joel Rasmussen
Writer/ Director, Andrew Shapter
Distribution: b-side

special thanks to Hypebot‘s Bruce Houghton for sharing.