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Oscar Winner and Internationally Renowned Producer Harvey Weinstein CBE Announced as Keynote Speaker


07 February 2017

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER AND INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FILM PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN, CBE ANNOUNCED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE SYMPOSIUM

International symposium POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE, the day-long launch event on Thursday 9th February 2017 at The Royal Institution, London, is delighted to announce Academy Award® winning film producer Harvey Weinstein, CBE will be the keynote speaker at the first of its planned annual symposiums.

American film producer and studio executive Weinstein is famed as co-founder of Miramax, which produced many popular independent films including Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game, Clerks and the English Patient.

The event will be hosted by Mariella Frostrup, with an afternoon opening address by Melvyn Bragg, and a morning speech by Gurinder Chadha on race and religion in film, drawing on her own experiences and why it matters.

Other speakers include Germaine Greer on Fellini, Will Self on art films in the internet age, Fatima Bhutto on moving image and propaganda, Michael Gunton on the power of nature films to raise awareness on climate change, John Simpson on Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration, Elif Shafak on democracy and dissent, Beeban Kidron on the impact of digital on today’s youth, Stephen Bayley on the culture of cars in films, Christiane Amanpour in conversation on the media and news, Yalda Hakim on film and storytelling, Franc Roddam on emotional cinema.

Charles Finch, Elif Shafak, John Simpson, Melyvin Bragg and Will Self discussions will be streamed via Facebook LIVE at the following links:

· Introduction by Charles Finch, Founder of Finch & Partners and Vice Chairman of Dean & Deluca

· Elif Shafak discusses Film, Democracy and Dissent

· John Simpson discusses Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration

· Melvyn Bragg – Opening afternoon keynote

The symposium will also feature Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable, on creating new realities - films, games and technology; Hassan Akkad the refugee who filmed his journey to Europe on Go-Pro; Katrina Dodd on advertising and gender equality; Sophie Hackford on drones, satellites and artificial intelligence; Jude Pullen and Ross Atkin, from The Big Life Fix, on empathy, design and technology in reality television; Catherine Mccarthy on power of film to save lives and Oren Yakobovich on film and human rights.

POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE, brainchild of Charles Finch, CEO of Finch & Partners and Vice Chairman of Dean & DeLuca, is being developed with John Gordon (founder of Intelligence Squared, how to: Academy) as part of Dean & DeLuca’s global platform of supporting cultural incentives ranging from partnering with the Tribeca Film Festival and Design Miami which both launched last year.The incentive will become an annual symposium and is the first of a number of planned global events, bringing together leaders in the fields of politics, media, technology, journalism, film, television, art, social media and advertising.

Tickets are on general sale and can be bought for the whole event or for individual talks costing between £30- £79.

Keep up-to-date with POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE on Facebook, Twitter: @PowerOfFilm_ and Instagram: @poweroffilm_

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About Power of Moving Image
Designed as a global incentive to enact positive change, POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE will be an annual cultural happening and digital platform to see, expose and explore the ever-growing power and influence of film and moving image to define the modern world and the way we think. Through a series of thought provoking discussions the project will identify and examine historical and current moments captured on all forms of film and moving image - from 8mm cinema and broadcast television to digital, online and social media - and its significant cultural, social and political impact.

Post launch, POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE will build the platform through a number of international events throughout the year beyond the main annual symposium and aspire to engage an interactive global audience and build an invaluable resource on this relevant matter.

As part of the platform’s commitment to provoke this ongoing discussion, a program is being developed to produce a series of short documentaries inspiring social change. Details will be announced at a later date.

POWER OF FILM AND MOVING IMAGE is created by Finch & Partners and supported by Dean & DeLuca; in collaboration with BFI, Tribeca Film Festival, how to: Academy, 5x15 and the National Film and Television School. The launch is produced by John Gordon, Founder & Director of how to: Academy.

About FINCH & PARTNERS
Finch & Partners Corporate Creative is a global strategic brand consultancy and content creation agency which represents and advises some of the world’s most distinctive brands and institutions within the cultural, philanthropic, political, business, luxury and entertainment sectors. Offices are in London, New York, Paris and Hong Kong.

About DEAN & DELUCA
Dean & DeLuca is the world’s leading purveyor of fine food. For nearly 40 years it has been DEAN & DELUCA’s mission to provide customers with the world’s best epicurean product and has become internationally renowned as the authority on discovery and curation. Founded in New York City’s SoHo district in 1977, DEAN & DELUCA currently operates in New York, North Carolina, Kansas, California, Washington, D.C., Japan, Korea, Thailand, Dubai, Kuwait, Philippines and Singapore.

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