November 9, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm (PDT)
COLLECTIVE JOURNEY – WHO TELLS THE STORY MATTERS
After too long an absence, Native Americans are poised to make a comeback in popular culture, but there are still challenges to be faced. Classic Hollywood storytelling often relies on the rightness of a narrow set of values, and the perspectives of people of privilege. It’s not simply a matter of the inclusion of red faces, but of the role indigenous people play in the healing of a deeply flawed system. In this panel, we will talk about new and far more inclusive storytelling models and approaches that move audiences away from polarized conflict and violence. We will examine how Native American myth and culture in contemporary film and television has the potential to offer pathways to enlightenment, reconciliation, and the forging of alliances with a spectrum of human diversity.
Renowned story expert Jeff Gomez
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner, is one of the world’s leading experts in story and narrative design. He works with executives, visionaries, and global leaders to maximize the effectiveness of brand narratives, develop vast fictional story worlds, and design highly successful transmedia franchises. Jeff has teamed with top creators on such properties as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Halo, and Spider-Man. He has also written and co-produced hit comic books (Magic: The Gathering), video games (Turok, N64) and animated series (Hot Wheels, Mattel), global ad campaigns (Coca-Cola Happiness Factory), and immersive experiences (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney). Jeff has also applied his participative Collective Journey story model to ethnographic and geopolitical issues, addressing crises in Mexico, Colombia, Australia, and Canada.