Vimeo Festival & Awards

Join our friends at Vimeo on January 11th, 2020 at Murmrr Theater for a full day of screenings, panels, networking, and a party!



Sat Jan 11 12:30 PM

Join our friends at Vimeo on January 11th, 2020 at Murmrr Theater for a full day of screenings, panels, networking, and a party!


A. Savage

A. Savage is best known as the frontman for Parquet Court, a duty split with fellow Texan Austin Brown, and their last record,  Human Performance, delved into the emotional wreckage of a broken heart, to critical acclaim. But with Thawing Dawn, his first solo album which will be released on Dull Tools, it’s clear that Savage has matured. The songs on Thawing Dawn form a guided tour through the romantic environs of A. Savage’s mirrored mind. While some were written recently, other tunes were penned over the past decade. For one reason or another, these compositions didn’t land with any of Savage’s other groups, and instead are presented now as a distinct collection. Reflecting back, Savage says, “Once I realized I had a small body of work that didn’t fit anywhere else, I started to examine the commonalities: What’s the common denominator of all this and how I can expand on it?”These ten songs were recorded between December 2016 and June 2017 by a cast of friends in Jarvis Taveniere’s Thump Studios in Brooklyn. Members of Woods, Ultimate Painting, PC Worship, EZTV, and Psychic TV all lend their talents. Savage’s voice, once shouted into mosh pits, now glides confidently above its backing band. While assembling the record, he fell in love. Now, for the first time, we hear songs about being on the inside of love. Rather than lamenting the end of a relationship, we hear a voice trying, in the moment, to make sense of love’s mysteries. “Part of this maturity,” he says, “is reflecting on something when it’s happening, not just when it’s gone.”Throughout, A. Savage delivers one-off lines of razor-sharp observation that will stick in your brain, only to surface when you’re least prepared to handle their insights. When you put your copy of Thawing Dawn on your turntable and drop the needle, you’ll learn what A. Savage has to say about romance in our modern world.

Jonathan Toubin

In just over a decade, Jonathan Toubin — rock and soul 45 DJ and proprietor of the New York Night Train brand party production enterprise — has charted a career that is culturally and commercially unparalleled - reigning as America's most popular and prolific soul party DJ and 45rpm vinyl DJ. With a visionary take on nightlife and an unusual perspective on rare 7-inch vinyl and how it is juxtaposed, Toubin sells out clubs and performs at major rock concerts and festivals around the world. Though known for the burning immediacy of his "maximum rock and soul" sets at the weekly Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down dance, his instructional Land of 1000 Dances spectacle, his elaborate multi-media "Happenings", and other trademark parties, Toubin's take on 1960s soul music, the Soul Clap and Dance-Off, has left the biggest footprint on contemporary urban nightlife and put Mr. T on the map as soul man.

Event Details

12:30 PM
Doors Open
  • 1:45 PM: Get your workflow flowing: Whether you’re shooting a short film or marketing promo, making a video has lots of moving parts. Join Derick Rhodes, Vimeo’s VP of Creator Programs, in conversation with Larry O'Connor, Founder & CEO of OWC, as they discuss the ins and outs of the creation process.
  • 2:45 PM: Brand Identity through Video: Now more than ever, brands are using video to connect directly with their audience. Join Alex Lowther, Patagonia’s creative director of film and video, and director Mohammad Gorjestani, a Branded Content nominee from Even/Odd for his work with Square, among others as they take us behind the scenes of their global campaigns, and share what they’ve learned along the way.
  • 4:00 PM: In Conversation with Noor Tagouri: Noor Tagouri is an award-winning journalist, producer and touring speaker focused on identity, representation, and breaking barriers through storytelling. Join her and acclaimed filmmaker, Minhal Baig, for an intimate conversation on artistic process, vulnerability and identity when creating something so personal, navigating representation in media, and more.
  • 5:15 PM: From Short to Feature: Some of our favorite creators have successfully transitioned from short films to careers in TV and features. Join a panel of breakthrough artists for a candid conversation on what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned in the trenches.

  • 1:00 PM: Branded Content with Live Commentary: There’s nothing more annoying than someone talking during a film…unless that person is the director. We’re screening the best branded films of 2019 with filmmakers and brands in person to provide live, unscripted commentary.
  • 3:00 PM: Now That's What I Call A Screening!: Vol. 1: A sizzling hot playlist of the year’s best Staff Picked videos. Each video is nominated for a Best of the Year Award, and will be accompanied by live director’s commentary.
  • 4:45 PM: Now That's What I Call A Screening!: Vol. 2: In 2019, the hits just kept coming. Each video in this cross-genre playlist is nominated for a Best of the Year Award, and will be accompanied by live director’s commentary.
  • 7:00 PM: VFA Winner’s Screening: Join us in the main theater as we announce the winners of Vimeo’s 2019 Best of the Year Award across all categories. A screening of the winning videos with Q&A to follow.

Happy Hour
  • 6:00 PM - 7: 00 PM: Take a break before the Winner's Screening and mingle with your fellow festival-goers. Reception with small bites.

After Party!
  • 9:30 PM: Celebrate! Deluxe Pass holders are invited to come drink, dance, and hang out with the winning filmmakers. Complimentary bites provided.


Murmrr Theatre

17 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238

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