The Fifth Anniversary Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute, July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH. is about action, but once a day, participants get to interact with brilliant thinkers whose work crackles with creativity, commitment and expertise. We’ve featured historians, astronomers, mathematicians, education reformers, MIT professors, early childhood experts and artists over the past four years, in addition to the best faculty in the world.
Our first guest speaker for CMK 2012 is extraordinary!
Casey Neistat is today’s premiere digital storyteller. He is an award-winning film producer, activist, artist and star of the HBO series, The Neistat Brothers, a show in which he and his brother shared “homemade” films about their lives. Watch an interview about their work here.
Casey Neistat was born and raised in Ledyard Connecticut, a farming town turned Foxwoods casino town. His mother bought a VHS camera from Sears on credit in 1989 and was generous in letting the kids use it. Casey moved to NYC in 2001 to make movies with his brother Van. The two worked together exclusively from 2001 through the production their self-titled HBO series ‘The Neistat Brothers‘ in 2008. In 2011 Casey won an Independent Spirit Award for his work as producer on the film ‘Daddy Long Legs’. He currently lives and works in New York City
Casey uses consumer quality cameras, along with clever, remarkably simple and whimsical animation techniques to tell stories that are moving, funny or provoke action. He is a prolific moviemaker who can turn what others might perceive of as mundane everyday moments into great stories shared by tens of thousands, even millions, of viewers. That is why I invited him to be a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge!
The Neistat Brothers first gained notoriety when they produced iPod’s Dirty Secret, a 2003 viral video that shamed Apple into offering replacement batteries for the iPod. (read the press coverage) Casey’s recent video activisim turned his $50 ticket for riding his bike outside of the bike lane into a hilarious video in which he crashes into all sorts of obstacles found in lanes designated for cyclists. This short video not only warns users about Facebook’s questionable privacy practices, but teaches you how to protect yourself in an entertaining and informative six minute film.
Casey is prolific in his film production and Web publication with several films produced each week. Recent films include this video for the NY Times comparing his human assistant to the iPhone 4S’ virtual assistant; this poignant tribute to Steve Jobs; this profile of a local fisherman and this tribute to his 92 year-old tap-dancing grandmother.
HBO promotional video for The Neistat Brothers
Casey Neistat of HBO’s Neistat Brothers talks technology and filmmaking.