Marsha is from Ohio. If you don’t where that is, don’t worry, you are not alone. To make things even more interesting, her parents are both from Calabria. This combination has led to her zaniness. She came to Italy in 2000 to find herself and somehow is still searching. In the meantime, while she has been paying off her fashion debt as an English teacher, she stumbled into acting. She has worked the stage in Italian and for the past 6 years she has been a part of Gaby Ford’s English Theater of Rome. She finally got it together and brought her crazy life experiences to the stage. As a wise friend once told her (Matthew Reynolds), if you want to perform it, then create it! Thus, Rome’s Comedy Club was born!
The Kickstarter Economy: How to Use the Power of Crowdfunding and Social Media to Turn Your Creative Project Ideas Into a Reality
Speaker: Justin P. Moore
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM
AUR’s Arianna Auditorium
Based in Berlin since 2001, American artist, designer, world traveler, and food-lover Justin P. Moore will share his secrets of crowd-funding success via Kickstarter with the AUR community. In 2013 he successfully funded, published, and produced his highly-acclaimed vegan cookbook, “The Lotus and the Artichoke -Vegan Recipes from World Adventures.” His successful online campaign reached 220% of its initial fundraising goal, was a featured project on Kickstarter’s home page, and was represented in Time Magazine’s recent October 2012 article, “The Kickstarter Economy.” Visit his project page here.
Justin’s creation, “The Lotus and the Artichoke” features over 100 vegan recipes inspired by his travels and culinary adventures around the world. The cookbook focuses on the fusion of culinary styles from East and West and celebrates global traditions as well as new kitchen creativity beyond all borders. The lecture will delve into the topics of crowd-funding basics, which projects are good candidates for crowd-funding, how to create a successful campaign, using social media, finding a target audience, expectations and obligations, and more. Rumor also has it that vegan treats will be available for the audience to sample afterwards.
Christine Pawlata is an Austrian freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in Rome, she works mainly for Dutch media as well for the American press agency The Associated Press. She is currently working on a series of short documentaries about Roma camps in Italy for Amnesty International.
After five years at Tor Vergata University in Rome – Italy, where she majored in Marine Biology, Paola Richard became an expert in environmental communication and media relations, working as a journalist, information officer and campaign coordinator for national and international organizations, the Italian Ministry of Environment, NGOs and the Information and Communication Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP).
Mark Fonseca Rendeiro aka Bicyclemark; Portuguese-American, alternative journalist and independent podcast producer specializing in online journalism, social movements and global conflicts.
Cairo, Egypt – 2012
In the year 2000 I started writing news commentary and reviews under the internet name bicyclemark, a name I was given for my preferred transportation back in New Jersey. By 2001 I was working in Portugal when I founded the original incarnation of citizenreporter.org, then called bicyclemark’s communique. Later that year I moved to Amsterdam, where my interests turned to daily blogging with a focus on creative writing and news analysis. Continue reading
A third-time guest speaker here at AUR, Laura Weinstein is a television veteran adept at high-level documentary production, development, acquisitions, distribution and marketing.
Laura moved to Rome in September 2004 after having worked at National Geographic TV and Film in Production for nearly 7 years. Her last film with Nat Geo, for which she was Co-Producer, Dawn of the Maya, was nominated for 2 National Emmy awards. Other prestigious films to her credit include Egypt Eternal: Quest of the Lost Tombs, Inside Mecca, In Search of the Jaguar, and Surviving Everest, most of which were big budget Nat Geo/PBS specials.
Lucrezia Cippitelli, Phd, is a scholar, art historian and curator based in Brussels. Professor of Aesthetics at the Art Academy of L’Aquila (IT), Visiting Scholar at Cornell University (Ny, US), cocurator of the project TIME_FRAME, Art, Technology, Contemporary Culture in Latin America and Africa (at Nimk, Amsterdam, IT).
Eduardo Navas researches the crossover of art, culture, and media. His production includes art & media projects, critical texts, and curatorial projects. He has presented and lectured about his work and research in various places throughout the Americas and Europe.
Navas collaborates with artists and institutions in various countries to organize events and develop new forms of publication. He has been a juror for Turbulence.org (Boston) in 2004, Rhizome.org (NYC) in 2006-07, as well as Creative Capital (NYC) in 2008. He is founder and was contributing editor of Net Art Review (2003-05), and is co-founder of newmediaFIX (2005 to present). Navas was gallery Coordinator at CALIT2, UC San Diego in 2008.