Screening events online
To celebrate the launch of a pioneering distribution model for independent film, Indie Screenings, the RSA recently hosted a screening of drama-documentary-animation, Age of Stupid.
The film, in which actor Pete Postlethwaite looks back from a world devastated by climate change in 2055, was followed by a live webcast discussion with the film’s director Franny Armstrong and writer and climate campaigner George Monbiot. Lord Stern, economist and climate change expert, joined the debate via live web-link from the Hay Festival and Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the Met Office, linked in from Exeter. The event was broadcast to 70 simultaneous screenings of the film across the country, representing the RSA’s first step towards video-streaming its entire public events programme. Indie Screenings, which allows anyone, anywhere to screen independent films and to keep the profits for their action campaign, offers a grassroots model for collaboration that harnesses the latest internet technology. ‘What excited us about this event is that it models the kind of interactivity we hope to use with our public events programme in the future,’ said Mairi Ryan, joint head of events at the RSA.
‘By introducing live video-streaming of events through the RSA website, along with the ability to accept questions via Twitter, we’re aiming to provide Fellows across the country with the opportunity to engage in the events we hold here in London,’ continued Ryan. ‘We hope the live webcasts will become a resource around which Fellows can build their own events.’
RSA trustee Sean Blair commented: ‘This was without doubt the most powerful RSA event I’ve been to.’