Thomas Mai, nominated as a Brave New Thinker!
The great film producer Ted Hope has nominated Thomas Mai as a Brave New Thinker of 2010.
Ted Hope nominates nineteen people “who have done more on a worldwide basisto start to build it better together, to take what remains of a crumbling and inapplicable film culture & infrastructure, and to try to bring it into the present.
They all share a tremendous generosity and open spirit, embracing participation and collaboration.”
“This is no longer a world of scarcity and control. These nineteen have begun the hard work of designing a new world of film based on surplus and access — and the resulting community that grows from that –, and their actions and attitude give me hope for what is to come.”
Here is what he writes about Thomas Mai;
“I have had the first hand pleasure of sitting in the audience as Thomas pitches filmmakers on the power of social media and the new era of truly free film ahead of us. I have seen the skeptical grow empowered from his presentations. Thomas, a former sales agent, has taken his rant on the road, sharing his insights with audiences worldwide. From a base in Brazil, Thomas has used a shaky internet connect to distribute his lectures across the global. And he has given quite a few public speaking tips along the way, not to mention writing well-shared posts for HopeForFilm. You can check out one of his lectures on his site www.thomasmai.net.”
Ted Hope continues; “Last year I asked and stated: “What is it to be “brave”? To me, bravery requires risk, going against the status quo, being willing to do or say what few others have done. Bravery is not a one time act but a consistent practice. Most importantly, bravery is not about self interest; bravery involves the individual acting for the community. It is both the step forward and the hand that is extended.”
This year, he recognizes even more fully that bravery is a generosity of spirit, as well as a generative sort of mind. “It is extending the energy inside ourselves to the rest of the world.”
Check out the full article; trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com