icon01 Video Series Launches at Flashforward Conference

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[prMac.com] San Francisco, CA - Michael Kemper, Flashforward Conference Artistic Director, took a four-day road trip across the U.S. interviewing eight top creatives from inside and outside the Flash industry for a new video series, icon01, premiering at the Flashforward Conference and Film Festival August 19, 2008 in San Francisco.

In an effort to expand the format of Flashforward2008 and introduce an additional layer to the Flashforward experience, this series takes viewers inside the studios and minds of a diverse group of creatives. The eight videos give creative icons the opportunity to freely share their thoughts and ideas about passion, the creative spirit, and making great work. The first two interviews with Milton Glaser and Joshua Davis, from the icon01 video series, will be available online prior to the conference.

The icon01 series will be shown for the first time in its entirety during early registration in the Flashforward GALLERY, located in the California Room of the Masonic Center, from 7:00-9:00pm on August 19th.

"The whole experience was inspiring and I look forward to sharing it with Flashforward attendees. What was clear from the conversations I had with this group is that their work is not only driven by passion but the quality of the work is also shaped by it," said Michael Kemper, Flashforward Conference Artistic Director. "Passion isn't something you can teach others but it certainly is infectious!"

Kemper left San Francisco on a 4-day trek across the U.S. to film industry professionals. The subjects took a deep dive into this years Flashforward theme - Passion - adding ideas and thoughts of their own along the way. Icons interviewed from coast to coast in addition to Milton Glaser and Joshua Davis include: Tom Romer and Mathew Richmond, The Chopping Block; Michael Lebowitz, Big Spaceship; Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics; Stefan Sagmeister, Sagmeister, Inc.; Jakob Trollback, Trollback + Company; and Eric Jordan, 2Advanced Studios.

Along the way Kemper collected nuggets and thoughtful advice, from the interviewees, including these: "To create work without passion is a season in hell," said Milton Glaser, one of the eight icons interviewed for the icon01 series.

"Innovate rather than replicate," stated Joshua Davis, an icon01 creative during his interview. "There is content everywhere but to find it you have to open up your third eye and see things as if you're seeing them for the very first time."

Full footage of all the interviews will be shown to Flashforward Conference and Film Festival attendees beginning August 19 from 7:00- 9:00pm in the Flashforward GALLERY located in the California Room in the Masonic Center. The icon01 series will continue to play throughout the conference. More conference information on speakers, the Film Festival, or these videos can be found at the Flashforward Conference website.

Flashforward Sponsors:
Flashforward2008 San Francisco is supported by Adobe, Metaliq, 24 Seven, Academy of Art, Artisan Creative, Aquent, Electrotank, FlashEff, FILTER, lynda, Permission TV, Powerflasher Multimedia, Rackspace, R/GA, Walt Disney Internet Group, Xuinet, Yahoo! Developers Network, and YouTube. Media Partners include Actionscript, Flash & Flex Developers Magazine, IdN world, netdiver, productionHUB, Ribbit Films, and Stash magazine.

Flashforward is the longest-running and largest Adobe(R) Flash(TM) user conference in the world. Flashforward2008 San Francisco, entering its ninth year, is a three-day event filled with sessions led by the world's leading Flash professionals, offering education, best practices, and inspirational case studies in Flash, Flex, ActionScript, and AIR. Flashforward2008 San Francisco, developed and produced by Beau Ambur, in cooperation with the team at Metaliq, includes the international Flashforward Film Festival and Awards ceremony and a Flash-related industry Expo Hall and community center with opportunities for the entire Flash community to network and share knowledge. August 20-22, 2008 Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco. For more information visit their website.

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