Filmmaker Forum – New Technologies

ReadingFilmFEST introduces a Filmmaker Forum, open discussion with all of our visiting and local filmmakers, and open to the public. The forum will focus on the new technologies that are impacting both production and distribution of films: including Hi Res small camera production, 3-D shooting, Drone photography, Virtual Reality, 4K projection, and online distribution of short and feature films.



Program Info

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:30 am
Venue: The GoggleWorks
Address: 201 Washington St, Reading


Tony Gerber is a two-time Emmy recipient and most recently directed (CNN Films’) We Will Rise (a 2017 Television Academy Honoree) chronicling former First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa to raise awareness of the importance of girl’s education, featuring Meryl Streep, Isha Sesay and Freida Pinto. Other recent work includes BATTLE FOR VIRUNGA, BLOOD ANTIQUITIES, and FIGHTING ISIS. He is the founder of Market Road Films with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, which recently brought the multi-media installation THIS IS READING to the Franklin Street Station.

Blake Ashman-Kipervaser is a film and video producer based in New York City. He has over twenty-years of experience working in the production industry, beginning in Miami, FL, and has been in NYC since 2004. He has filmed extensively throughout the U.S., and completed multiple shoots in Europe and Asia, overseeing a wide-range of short-form projects including commercials, music videos, and branded content.  His feature film credits include STARLET, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT, THE LOTTERY, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. He is the producer of THIS IS READING.

Kris Jackson is co-founder and creative director of Milkroom Entertainment, a multi-platform interactive company specializing in VR and AR.  Most recently, Milkroom released Knightfall AR for Apple’s ARKit. Kris has his worked in VR art creation for 2 years and has a studio at the GoggleWorks, where he also teaches VR painting and sculpting.

 Alex Hoskyns-Abrahall is Vice President and director of community and campus-wide screenings for Bullfrog Films, the nation’s leading publisher of films about the environment and related social-justice issues; and director of operations for Docuseek2, which streams essential independent, social-issue and environmental documentaries to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), the National Film Board of Canada,  Kartemquin Films,  MediaStorm,  KimStim,  Scorpion TV, and Terra Nova Films. He is also a board member of the National Media Market. 

Jason Morris is Chief VeeRology Officer at Veer Goggles. After earning a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Florida, Jason has spent the last 12 years in the advertising world, leading over 70 research and development projects in Virtual and Augmented Reality, robotics, AI, and more. He founded VeeR Goggles to continue pushing the possibilities of VR and AR and to create novel applications for companies, artists, and everyone in between.