Shared Table Sundance: The power of film to remake the world

Jan 28, 2016 · 5 min read

TThe Big Table series brings together a diverse group of people, who really should know each other, to share their perspective over a meal. The conversations dig into the big issues and opportunities of our times, such as the UN Global Goals and food equality, and we usually leave the table full with ideas on how to work together to move the world forward.

The premise of our Sundance Big Table was that the festival is not just a place for films to break through. It’s a compass for where storytelling can take us. So we convened filmmakers, film distributors, film innovators, filmanthropists, brands, and investors around breakfast to paint a picture of how film can shape the world. This is where the conversation took us.

Painting created live during the event by Yumi Sakugawa

Not just documentaries can inspire action

Make the audience your protagonist

“The End” is just the beginning

People are the ultimate empathy machine

You don’t have to do it all alone

What’s the responsibility of a filmmaker beyond telling the story? Filmmakers don’t have the skill set, resources and finances to do everything — but luckily, they don’t have to. There is someone on this planet, somewhere, whose dream is to learn about your film and find a way to act. So we need to connect the world of filmmakers with communities who are ready for action, and brands who want to use their scale to multiply the impact. In marketing, the shift has been from brands being heroes to brands enabling heroes. In film, the same shift is happening through inspiring and empowering community action, making people the heroes of re-making the world.

Post Script: #LetGoAndLove

Thank you for waking up early, for your thoughtful comments and your passion for filmmaking and change making. You’re invited for breakfast at enso any day:

Elliot Kotek / Beyond Cinema, The Nation of Artists, Founder (moderator)
Catherine Day / Jaunt, EP of Unscripted
Jyoti Sarda / Paramount, VP Marketing
Kendel Shore / Kickstarter, VP Communities
Kristin Whalley / CAA, Marketing Executive
Lauren Mauro / Dell, Influencer Relations & PR
Mark Nickolas / Nefertiti’s Daughter, Director
Nicole David / Starbucks, Brand Consultant
Nonny de la Pena / Emblematic Group, Experiential Filmmaker, Co-founder
Rachel Cohen-Gerrol / Nexus Global Youth Summit, Co-founder
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Starbucks, SVP Public Affairs
Shivani Rawat / ShivHans Pictures, Founder & CEO

Carla Fernandez / enso, General Manager
Davi Sing / enso, Executive Creative Director
Jimmy Greenway / enso, Executive Video Producer
Katelyn Faith / enso, Marketing & New Business
Sebastian Buck / enso,Co-founder and Strategy Lead
Niklas Lilja / enso, Innovation Lead

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