With Nimble Storage as the premier sponsor, the Festival has brought together an incredible  panel to talk about some of the latest innovations in technology that impact the film world. A big crowd is expected to join them in the Loews Atrium for breakfast and a lively discussion of these timely and increasingly important topics.

Tech Talk: Big Data to the Big Screen

With a single click, new media is transmitted across the globe in a rapid series of binary codes on multiple platforms. From broadcast to DCP, streaming to VOD, what are the challenges we now face in exhibiting an artist’s work to a large audience? How can producers and distributors  protect films while they are being screened, streamed, stored, shipped and shown? Join the conversation as we explore the burgeoning convergence of technology, film, and digital media and security. Hear new and innovative tech solutions for vertical integration of media content worldwide from research and development gurus, storage experts, and marketing and media content professionals. View a Sneak Preview of the trailer for the StartUp! Maryland Doc.

The Moderator is Deborah A. Tillett, a video game veteran, and executive director of the Emerging Technology Centers (ETC), the non-profit incubator and accelerator venture launched by the Baltimore Development Corporation in the late 1990s. She was previously president of BreakAway, Ltd. which, under her leadership, became the industry leader in Serious Game technology.

The Panelists are:
Elizabeth North, President and CEO, Curiosity Stream, the world’s first ad-free streaming service for documentary programming and companion businesses available in 196 countries.

Colby Reed Miller, Director of Revenue Strategy and Sales at AOL, the largest premium video network and fourth largest multi-platform digital media property.

Adam Herbert, Director, Storage Architect at Nimble Storage is an IT infrastructure expert with a background in providing solutions with open source and commercial technologies. His experience covers a broad range of technology from networking and security to storage and virtualization.

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Director Global Security Services at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, leads MSS product management at Verizon Business, a security industry leader and the world’s largest provider of managed security services.

The Annapolis Film Festival Tech Talk is done in association with the Chesapeake Regional Tech Center, StartUp! Maryland and LAUNCH! Annapolis. StartUp Maryland will screen a short film trailer from their doc on tech incubators in Maryland during the event.

Tickets to this event cost $20 in advance; $25 at the door. AFF All Access, Industry and Premium pass holders have free admittance but this event is not included in the regular Festival pass. To purchase tickets please visit  www.annapolisfilmfestival.net

The African-American Experience in Short
Asbury United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 2, 12:00 pm
sponsored by Kurt Schmoke 

ALX  directed by Collins J. Harris
On the campus of an HBCU’s business school, a young girl bumps heads with school administration over a new rule regarding her appearance.
Freak the Language
directed by Sam Hampton & Lee Quinby
Filmmakers Lee Quinby and Sam Hampton explore the passionately creative and carefully crafted impulses of New York City poet David Mills. Q&A to follow. Expected: Directors Sam Hampton and Lee Quinby.

This Little Light of Mine:
The Legacy of  
Fannie Lou Hamer

directed by  Robin Hamilton
A poor Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964. Q&A to follow.
Expected: Director Robin N. Hamilton.