For this year’s conference, Ami was brought in to capture the keynotes—a change from his general SX experience bouncing around the clubs. He covered keynotes from Film, Interactive and Music, featuring diversity of thought and a breadth of subject matter. Drawing digitally allowed for quick coverage as well as the creation of time-lapse videos as a way to tell the bigger story of the hour-long sessions.
Featured Session: Lead from the Outside: How to Make Real Change. Ami kicked things off with a sketch of the end of Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talk with Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour—interesting thoughts on image, the conversation around anti-Semitism and voter suppression.
Film Keynote. Olivia Wilde on her film Booksmart and becoming an actress, finally making it to the party only to find that the party sucks, and what she had to do and who she had to find to become a director .
Music Keynote. Two generations of Scottish front-women, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES spoke with Puja Patel, editor-in-chief of Pitchform and some frank talk was had about being a front woman, feminism and misogyny.
Convergence Keynote. Bozoma Saint John, CMO of William Morris Endeavor and previously of Uber and Apple Music, speaks with Ashley Graham about the way perception can overwrite results and the struggle of managing that perception while being the true self that brought you to where you are.
Music Keynote. A scathing critique by T-Bone Burnett of big technology and what the internet has become—specifically that the government and scientists have failed to look out for the interests of the people and it was up to the artistic community to take a stand. He emphasized the need to amend safe harbor provision of the DMCA and make providers of access and platforms responsible for content.
And then a respite from the conference to catch some music at Hotel Vegas….