Countdown to VidCon 2016

Banners for YouTube Red’s original content dominate the convention plaza.                                          Photo: Siciliana Trevino


Anaheim, Ca – Gamers have E3. Cosplayers have Comicon. YouTubers have VidCon: the annual Shangri-La for the online video world, started in 2010 by the VlogBrothers, Hank and John Green. From June 23rd to the 25th the Anaheim Convention Center will turn into a social media summer camp of sorts filled with YouTube and Vine stars, their fans, video creators and media leaders sharing their predictions for the future of online video.

My first VidCon last year felt like landing into a near-future science fiction movie where every teenager has their own TV show, broadcast live across the globe via their cell phones attached to selfie sticks. I grew up looking into camera viewfinders to capture the world on the other side of the lens (and marveled when 1-hour photo was an option). Here at VidCon everyone points their camera (now a mobile computer) at themselves to Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Periscope, Vine and now Facebook live.

It’s no secret online video – led by YouTube – dominates the web and gets more views than cable TV. YouTube has over a billion users and on mobile alone, they reach more 18-34 and 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S.

Just today Facebook Live and Periscope saved the day for the House Democrats when their C-SPAN broadcast was turned off after they started a sit-in to bring a vote on gun control after the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history.

VidCon is at the center of the online video movement, bringing the community together in real life to celebrate and chart the rapidly evolving eco-system of content makers, distributors and technology. Today VidCon announced their expansion to Amsterdam and Australia in 2017.

Gaming and virtual reality are coming into their own here as well. Last year YouTube and Google in collaboration with EleVR treated Industry attendees to a sneak-peak of 360 cameras by Kodak, Ricoh Theta and the Google Jump camera featuring an array of 16 GoPros. Google cardboard was given out like candy. Oculus and HTC Vive VR headsets had yet to hit the market.

This morning Mashable reported that Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera will be available for sale in limited quantities at VidCon and HTC Vive is listed as a VidCon sponsor. As media companies announce partnerships and development deals over the next few days, perhaps the VR stars of tomorrow will begin glimmering at VidCon.

Stay tuned for more news from Quirkeley at #VidCon16. Follow us on Twitter @Quirkeley and @OffPlanetVR

Watch our videos from last year, Greetings from VidCon and VidCon Elevator Confessions. 




New Mo’ Cut at the Bay Area Book Festival Saturday June 4th


The 2nd Annual Bay Area Book Festival is upon us! Saturday, June 4th and Sunday the 5th from 10am to 6pm, Downtown Berkeley will see 300 authors, 230 Exhibitors, 150 panels and thousands of book lovers for the free festival celebrating the written word.

We’re thrilled that New Mo’ Cut will screen in the festival’s first film series at BAMPFA,  Auteur, Author: Film and Literature, curated by Tom Luddy, co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival. 

New Mo’ Cut will precede the documentary O Amor Natural by Heddy Honigmann (NETHERLANDS/BRAZIL, 1996. 76 mins, In Portuguese with English subtitles)

From the BABF website: “The ten-film series, running concurrent with the festival and screening in BAMPFA’s new theatre, celebrates how the language of cinema can reflect—or reinvent—the forms and substances of fiction and poetry.”

Join us Saturday June 4th at 7:30pm to see New Mo’ Cut on the big screen at BAMPFA. Director Siciliana Trevino and Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Peoples will be in attendance.

We’re honored to be a part of the festival’s inaugural film series and by thrilled the perfect timing! Just one year ago we successfully funded our Kickstarter to make New Mo’ Cut and now it’s screening in the heart of downtown Berkeley at the new University art museum designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.

Thanks again to our Kickstarter backers who made it all possible.

See you at the movies!!


 BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center St at Oxford

Click here to purchase tickets

  • General Admission $12.00
  •  BAMPFA Member $7.00
  •  Senior Patron (65 & older) $8.00
  •  Cal Student $7.00 / Non Cal Student $8.00
  •  Youth (18 & under) $8.00
  •  Cal Faculty/Staff $8.00
  •  Disabled Patron $8.00