Online ‘Video Summit’ featured at Geek Culture Gala

Columbia College hosts its all-day, 3rd annual Geek Cultural Gala, the student-run fandom convention, with panels, screenings, workshops, presentations and more on what’s tops in pop culture — Saturday, April 23 and open to all.

One of the six panels, calling itself the “Video Summit,” will delve into the continuing explosion of short form video for online and mobile — a subject being taught at Columbia by instructor Brent Kado, who organized and will moderate the Video Summit.

A writer / director, Kado splits his time between Chicago, producing online content via his Feelflow Films, and Columbia, and LA where he works with YouTube and Vine’s studio, Collab, on short form digital content and other television concepts.

Appearing on the 3 p.m. Video Summit panel are:

Writer / director / editor and Columbia College instructor Jake Jarvi, whose award-winning web series “The Platoon of Power Squadron” has garnered millions of views and his Pineapple Boy Productions’ channel is highly trafficked.

Comedian/producer Peter Coffin is one of the first comedians to succeed on the popular video platform. Many of his parodies and political commentary videos have achieved viral status.

Content creator Miranda Gardley,whose popular health, diet and fashion site Mirinda Marie effectively uses videos to build her online community and brand.

LA-based Patrick Zielinski is Collab’s talent manager and also distribution manger of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, founded and executive directed by Kado.

CG2 takes place on Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan, starting at 10 p.m., with keynote speaker writer-director Ytasha Womack. Tickets are $5 for the public; free to all Columbians.

Special guests include CSE Cooney, Carolos Herandez, Jody Lynn Nye; the CC creative writing department’s Jeff Jacobs, Tina Jens and Richard Chwedyk; Our Fair city and Lauren Fates.