St. Louis, Missouri
As a lifelong St. Louisan, Chris is proud of his place in the St. Louis arts scene. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1979 and with honors from Webster University in 1985. Using his background in film studies, mass media, and public-event coordination, he has implemented many important changes to the logistical and artistic directions of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and the growing number of annual film-related events produced by CSL, including the LGBT film event called QFest. In January of 2004, he was named one of the top North American “Festival Programmers and Directors to Know” by Film Festival Today magazine and has served on several prestigious festival juries throughout the country. The 21st annual SLIFF in 2012 marks the 13th consecutive year that he has programmed this nationally and internationally acclaimed event. This is a dream job for Chris and he plans to keep it indefinitely by living forever. So far, so good. He and his partner of eight years, Adrain, plus two dogs, Saki and Dahlia, live happily in Maplewood, MO.
Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 8:00 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room
FRED. Fresh Radical Educational Dialogue. With a “night cap.”
10 minute talks / presentations / performances in the TED.com* or PechaKucha** models. Fast paced, big ideas presented in a compelling way. Plus a challenge from the presenter to the audience to create change.
And still plenty of time for schmoozing and chatting. Cash bar is open.
Conference attendees are invited to come for a casual “night cap” in the Starlight Room. And to be challenged with big ideas for change. This is a great opportunity to test an idea, make a case for something a little wild, introduce an inquiry or just tell about a particularly interesting project.
Presenters have 10 minutes. A relaxed atmosphere. A laptop. A projector.
Chris Clark will MC to keep it flowing. FREDtalkers include:
Joan Lipkin: Why Bayard Rustin Just Might Be the Greatest Man You Never Heard Of
Mallory Nezam: StL Improv Anywhere
Jessica Ruhlin: The Type One Project
Michael Allen: Pruitt Igoe Now
Jack Storey & Rick Stockburger: Saving Cities & Mega-Region Coalition
Dan Reus: Openly Disruptive
Kathleen Richert: An Instaconomy
Kara Holland: Reclaimed Places: Picnics
Zoe Scharf & Matt Strom: Brain Drain: Light up and connect St. Louis
Lyndsey Scott: Recalibrating Presence
*TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site TED.com and the annual TED Prize.
**PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.