What are the IWCC’s goals?
Ultimately the goals of the IWCC will be defined by the members themselves. We did the grunt work of setting it all up but in early 2014 there will be a general members meeting and our first elections and from there the path taken will be determined by everyone. In the interim, we’ve been establishing benefits for members ( discounts from equipment & service providers and so on) and starting to organize events that serve to promote the works of the community, making linkages with other similar groups and festivals around the world, establishing ourselves as a voice at policy discussions with the CRTC, Department of Heritage, the various funding agencies & financing groups, and working with the guilds and unions to help them provide better access for their members to participate in an entrepreneurial manner as they engage with the significant industry changes afforded to them and find themselves able to make their own works and connect directly with their audiences.
What is your role as acting president, and what do you hope to accomplish?
At the moment my role as interim President is just to help keep things on track. My main goal is to keep everyone energized and focused – it’s not like this is some kind of car and I’m the guy behind the wheel – it’s more like we’re on a road trip and I’m the jerk who keeps playing with the radio knobs and asking “Are we there yet?”. As to what I hope to accomplish with my participation in all of this is to have in place an organization that can truly serve the wide and disparate needs of the extraordinarily creative and diverse tribes of writers, actors, directors, technicians – artists all – who are invading the cultural space of the world wide web with their visions and stories that deserve to be shared with an audience that is equally eager to experience them. And I want a decoder ring. I’m serious about that last one.
Are you working on any personal projects you’d like to share?
I have waaaaay too many projects on the go right now. We had a show on broadcast when I was at Radical called Ruffus The Dog – when I left Radical I took a bunch of projects with me, including the rights to Ruffus. We have since then put all the original broadcast episodes online and are currently working on a larger venture with those characters that overall is called The Ruffus Project.
If you could scream 1 thing out to the masses, what would it be?