Lizzie Gillett - Improving Reality





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Lighthouse Presents
IMPROVING REALITY - 23 September 2011 - Pavilion Theatre, Brighton

A series of inspiring talks by thinkers from the technology, film, education and art worlds, exploring how technologies like augmented reality, 3D printing, and pervasive gaming are changing our understanding of the world.

Lizzie Gillett
Lizzie Gillett is the producer of hit documentary, The Age of Stupid. On the five-year production she managed a crew of 105 people in six countries, raised £1m through a pioneering crowd-funding model, and was instrumental in setting up the revolutionary Indie Screenings model. She also organised the Guinness World Record beating Global Premiere, the biggest live film event ever held, linked by satellite to over 700 cinemas in 63 countries and watched by an audience of more than one million.
Lizzie has spoken at many conferences, film festivals and leading film schools, and was named by Harpers Bazaar magazine as a "21st century heroine", one of twenty "exceptional women changing the world for the better through the work they do".

Talk Synopsis
Lizzie will present a case-study of The Age of Stupid. Released in 2009, it became one of the most talked about films of the year. Set in the devastated world of 2055, Pete Postlethwaite stars as a future archivist asking why we didn't stop climate change when we had the chance. Giving greater creative control to its makers, and empowering audiences, the production used an innovative finance model and established a new distribution system, allowing anyone anywhere to screen the film. Over 2000 local Indie Screenings have now been organised by concerned individuals around the world.


"Improving Reality" is part of the PARN project (Physical and Alternate Reality Narratives) which designs, develops, creates, exhibits and analyses contemporary forms for storytelling in a pan-European context. PARN as well as "Improving Reality" is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme (2007-2013) of the European Union.


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