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PressPausePlay – a documentary on creativity in the digital age

Finally being able to take some time off for the holidays has given me the time to catch up on a whole list of things including watching a list of documentaries that have been taunting me from my Nexflix streaming Queue. The Queen of Versailles is jaw dropping and one to watch if you want to feel better about yourself and see how money divorces you from reality as you watch the family that tried to build the larger home in America. Bones Brigade: An Autobiography is a great documentary about the rise of skateboarding, Tony Hawk and the Bones Brigade skate crew.

But the real sleeper that I didn’t know much about and really fascinated me was PressPausePlay. The film explores the connection between fear, hope and digital culture as technology allows anyone with a creative spark to become an artist. It deals that issues that I wrestle with as a creative director and designer where the digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? These are the question addressed by the film and does it through interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era. The film is available on Netflix streaming and is also available for free on YouTube.

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Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

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