“81 Reasons to Connect” to Premiere September 1, 2010

From the NewVa Corridor Technology Council:

At The NCTC Fall Membership Gala A Salute to Technology: The Future That Was and Will Be,  in addition to a great speaker and a nostalgic display of technology from days past, we'll also be premiering the "81 Reasons to Connect" video.

About the film

Documentary filmmaker Noah Hutton toured the Roanoke and New River valleys in July, 2010 to shoot a short film highlighting the region’s assets, opportunities and quality of life.
 
The project, a result of the Creative Connectors program sponsored last year by the City of Roanoke, Virginia aims to showcase the assets of the region and let young professionals know: This is a place you should consider living.
 
“When you think of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region, many things come to mind – a great place to live and work, lots of outdoor activities, numerous festivals and art and cultural offerings but also a place where smart, creative and innovative people can find a fulfilling career,” said Cory Donovan, executive director of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC). “And we brought Noah in to help tell that story in an authentic way.”
 
The yet-to-be-titled film will premiere at the NCTC fall gala Sept. 1 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

Hutton, a New York City-based filmmaker, is scheduled to be in the region through July 27. His production company, Couple 3, Inc., has produced numerous films, including “Crude Independence” about a North Dakota town where oil was discovered. The film won best documentary feature at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival.

About the filmmaker

Born in 1987 in Los Angeles to actors Timothy Hutton and Debra Winger, Emanuel Noah Hutton spent his childhood on and around film sets and developed a passion for filmmaking of his own at an early age. After attending the Fieldston School in the Bronx, N.Y., Hutton entered Wesleyan University as a freshman in 2005. In the summer of 2007, he traveled to Uganda with the Jacob Burns Film Center’s World Crew program and co-directed a documentary film entitled Shooting for Peace that tracked three pressing issues in that country: child soldiers, water treatment, and HIV/AIDS orphans. Before directing Crude Independence, Noah directed the narrative 16 mm short Knives produced by the Wesleyan Film Cooperative.

At age 21, Crude Independence marked Noah Hutton’s directorial debut. Hutton first learned of the oil boom in North Dakota from a New York Times article published in January of 2008. He boarded a flight two days later for North Dakota and spent a week shooting location footage and talking to locals. After putting together a proposal and raising funds all spring, he set off along with his producer and stepbrother, Sam Howard, and co-producer, Sara Kendall, to spend the summer filming Crude Independence. The film was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival.

Hutton has since directed several music videos and filmed year one of his 10-year documentary film that will follow The Blue Brain Project, an attempt led by neuroscientist Henry Markram to simulate an entire human brain, cell by cell, on IBM supercomputers.  Hutton is a 2009 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied art history and neuroscience.

Noah Hutton was featured in A starring role for the Star City's promotion in The Roanoke Times.

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The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge

The premiere of "81 Reasons to Connect" at the NCTC Fall Membership Gala will be held in conjunction with the multi-day VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010. 

You're invited to attend "Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century," a workshop led by Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks during the day of September 1 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, the NCTC Fall Gala on the evening of September 1, lodge that night at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, then attend and observe student teams from around the world compete for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge beginning the morning of September 2, 2010.

Here's more about The Challenge and the schedule of events, here's where to register as an attendee of The Challenge, Workshop, and as an advertiser, and here's where to register for the NCTC Fall Gala.

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