Conference, Event Video, Featured, Uncategorized, XOXO Festival

Say Goodbye to Conferences, Say Hello to Love – XOXO Part I

I have been blessed to be thrust into the world of conferences these last few years as a planner, producer and videographer. Not the trade shows and expo floors that I’ve worked and attended in the past as a corporate technical marketing engineer, but special interest groups, birds of a feather type affairs that typically attract an audience of bright people to watch engaging speakers give their talks. For me it started small with something called a “Cyborg Camp” (how cool is that, right?) at a former SE Portland co-working office called Cube Space and then Bar Camps, Journalism Camps, WordPress Camps (a lot of camping in there) and on to larger Open Source community conferences. And Portland, Oregon has hatched several of these gatherings, large and small, with WebVisions being the largest homegrown gathering of web and mobile designers in its 12th year and growing annual events in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Barcelona to Open Source Bridge, the Portland conference for open source citizens in its 4th year and Word Camp (Portland Edition) in its 5th, for the community of bloggers and developers on the WordPress platform. What makes these conferences work is the people involved, from attendees, speakers, organizers and volunteers who put their hard work and love into the event each year. Sometimes these gatherings can find the right venue to fit the atmosphere of the event and sometimes, for several reasons finding the right place to hold an event is a challenge.

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Film, Media

Mike Vogel, Did You Kiss Anyone?

At the end of October last year, I attended my daughter’s piano class recital in the living room of a beautiful house nestled in a rather exclusive neighborhood on the outskirts of inner SE Portland. Naturally I brought a video camera. To be more specific for all you videography enthusiasts out there, I brought my Canon DSLR to shoot the video because I knew I could get a decent run-and-gun shoot of her recital using a relatively small kit. As the kids ate sweets and played after the program, adults socialized over beer and wine. One dad started a conversation in the kitchen, asking about my setup and we started to talk video tech. As the conversation wound down, we exchanged names and job titles. Wait? What’s your name again?

Mike Vogel.

You’re Mike Vogel?

Now I had a rare smile on my face, because I had been had. I was talking filmmaking tech with an accomplished local filmmaker.

I know you! I follow you on Twitter, you’re @FrontAve. It’s good to meet you! And now it was my turn to get this guy… because I’m not that well know on social media by my real name.

I’m @drnormal.

I think Mike broke out in a smile too, mentioned something about a podcast and as we packed up our kids to leave we agreed to follow-up and meet over beers sometime soon. Which we still must do, by the way…

But I don’t think he kissed anyone that night and he certainly didn’t kiss me, but he must of at least kissed a few people Tuesday night at the Bagdad Theater where he premeired his latest independent work, “Did You Kiss Anyone?” a comedy about marriage, sex, and shi**ing with the door open. When I saw his tweet about the screening and saw that my calendar was open, I had to go check it out. Luckily I didn’t end up going alone and was able to convince a friend of mine earlier in the day over lunch to come with me.

It was a very Portland night. The screen played submissions to the website of “anonymous anti-Valentine’s messages”. My friend clued me in on these and I was sad I hadn’t sent mine in… 🙂 Then Mike introduced 2 bloggers who spoke about their awkward romantic interludes. Heather of Mile73 and wife of Dave Knows Portland spoke about meeting Mr. Knows Portland online and IRL, which was a story arc of stalker bloggers, romantic bliss, marriage, moving from Portland to Astoria, unemployment and pregnant with twins. It was a very entertaining story, worthy of Back Fence PDX. Mike got back up onstage, thanked everyone for coming (it was great to see it well attended) and then it was on with the show!

We were first treated to a special promotional short, “Did You Cast Anyone?” a humorous piece where the actors take out their frustrations about the casting, followed up by the feature. Now I’m not a film reviewer and I won’t attempt it here for the fear of creating something that sounds like a school book report. I will say that I enjoyed “Did You Kiss Anyone” for it’s humor, performances, camera work and editing. Essentially, Mike takes us on a journey where a bad idea unfolds into a very, very bad idea- at least when you end up in Estacada in the middle of the night, you know something has terribly gone wrong. Based on the audience reaction, I think the night came off well.

For more on “Did You Kiss Anyone” and Mike Vogel’s filmmaking and commentary on marketing nano-budget films, check out the links below:

journalism, PublicMediaCamp

Digital Journalism Camp 2011: Spending The Day With People Who Are Changing Journalism (UPDATE)

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking part in the second annual Digital Journalism Camp in Downtown Portland Oregon. Webtrends graciously agreed to donate the space and Justin Kistner his time, to support this conference founded in 2009 by someone I’d describe as a journalist iconoclast Abraham Hyatt. In the last two years the landscape has changed among newspapers and blogs- quite frankly from an early distain and mistrust- now finding ourselves in 2011 with examples of collaborative efforts underway between traditional news organizations supporting smaller and more nimble web and mobile media. As an example “Blogging” and “Traditional Print Media” aren’t dirty words anymore and the two groups can get into a room together and share insight into producing good journalism using their platforms of choice. Everyone is learning.

It’s that spirit that was alive on Saturday, described best by the conference itself:

Digital Journalism Camp is about spending the day with the people who are actively changing journalism. You’re going to learn from — and share with — the people who have found solutions to the challenges you face, whether you’re a beat reporter, a blogger or a publisher.

As a self-described journalism groupie I wanted to lend support to this event, so I brought a couple cameras. Special thanks to Jeff Bunch and Eitan Tsur who handled recording in each room. Because of them, we were able to capture all the conference presentations.

Business for Bloggers: Revenue and management strategies for niche sites

Web Today, Print Next Week: Best online practices from non-daily journalists

Goodbye day job: Lessons from three startup founders

Unheard Voices: Can digital tools give marginalized communities a voice?

Mark S. Luckie Keynote: How to out-innovate the innovators

Abraham Hyatt: Welcome

Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities

Audio Editing and Recording for Journalists

Video Storytelling

Backgrounding Sources

CrazyTalk, sxsw

SXSW 2011 Panel Picker – Live Streaming for Good: Producing “30 Hour Day” (UPDATE)

Doc Normal at Open Source Bridge - Photo by Aaron Hockley

Vote for this panel here!

Hey folks!

Long time, no hear, eh? That’s entirely my fault since several projects and personal commitments have been interfering with regular posts and new content. Ah well, it’s the summer anyway- you should be enjoying the nice weather while you still can go outside and not listening to me jibber-jabbering on a podcast- we’ll have plenty of time for that soon..! Yes, there will be a few announcements about new projects and partnerships coming up and I’m so excited about what’s next, but for now here’s something I want to tell you about:

This Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 10AM PDT/12PM CDT, the South By Southwest (SXSW) “Panel Picker” will be live where you can select your favorite out of some 2800 submitted talks. Why should you care? Well, yours truely has submitted a mondo talk that will cover live streaming event production!

Title:      Live Streaming for Good: Producing “30 Hour Day”

Abstract:      30 Hour Day was the first web-based live streaming telethon of its kind, designed to raise money for local charities in Portland Oregon and beyond. In this presentation I’ll share the behind-the-scenes production notes and the experience of what leading a community of technical and creative volunteers is like, all working toward the common goal of continuously live streaming 30 hours of video content to the web. I’ll also speak about the larger concepts behind this new model of charitable fundraising using the tools of social media and an open source attitude, to create a web media event in real-time that can drive action on a local level.

I’ll post and tweet the links when they go live on Wednesday. I’d sure appreciate it if you send me to SXSW to represent PDX by voting for my talk, even if you think you might not be attending!



Tonight: Live at 9PM it’s The Darklady!


I took the day off Sunday for the live show, but not to worry. I’m doing the live show tonight, Monday at 9PM, and what a show this is going to be. My guest is a long-time blogger, writer and event coordinator, The Darklady!  The one-and-only provocateur, erotic event producer and free expression activist. Yes, I said “erotic”, as in sex, as in put the kiddies to bed and NSFW, unless you work at your neighborhood adult book store (do those even still exist?). We’ll discuss sex positive online resources and how social networks have impacted peoples use of  these sites. We’ll also discuss her upcoming (no pun intended) Masterbate-A-Thon event, now in it’s tenth year.

From Her Bio:

Theresa “Darklady” Reed is a long-time regular contributing writer for AVN, a blogger for, and president of Darklady Productions, Inc., based in Portland, Oregon. She is a current FSC board member, as well as FSC liaison to the newly formed Free Speech Alliance board and to the adult entertainment industry for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.

When not hosting wildly innovative, pansexual fundraising events, Reed’s work appears in various erotica and sexuality anthologies, including Stanford Press’ “Prostitution and Pornography: Philosophical Debate about the Sex Industry.” She is also an accomplished screenwriter, public speaker, and sex educator who has run for public office twice.