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Blockchain and the Future of Arts & Entertainment w/ the screening of NEO NOW: A New Art Period

  • Chemistry Creative 305 Ten Eyck Street Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States of America (map)

Blockchain is a tech buzzword that is popping up everywhere. The blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize every industry - including film, arts & entertainment. Hear from blockchain specialists, filmmakers and artists who are using blockchain technology for their art and are paving the way for future artists and filmmakers.

Film Screening: NEO NOW: A New Art Period

A short film about Rah Crawford’s new creative period and the emerging future.


Visual artist and creative pioneer Rah Crawford has teamed up with award winning videographers Jordan Hollender (from HollenderX2) and Jason Tanaka Blaney to capture the conceptual essence of his new art period called NEO NOW as an art-documentary short. Rah’s new art period will focus on the immediacy of the emerging world—hyper-emotional states, blockchain technology, celebrity-ism and branded popular culture.

Panel: Blockchain and The Future of Arts & Entertainment

Immediately following the screening, please join us for a conversation with blockchain specialists, curators and visual artist’s currently using blockchain technology to create and collaborate.


Rah Crawford, Visual Artist + Creative Pioneer

Rah Crawford is a self-taught visual artist and founder of an art approach called “NPIC-Art” (Neoteric Pop-Iconic Clairvoyance), this approach uses the definition of words to add a new contextual layer to images—like an analog link, users can research the meaning of the words within the image to uncover a deeper layer of information beneath the surface. includes Rah Crawford on a short list of 17 Neo-Pop artists whose work defines the genre, alongside Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons. The New York Times describes Rah's work as "Buoyant" "Exuberant" and "Optimistic".

Matthew Nacier (Moderator) Portfolio Director at Iconiq Lab

Before helping open the Iconiq Lab US office in New York, Matthew Nacier was working on leveraged buyouts at private equity firms FinIndustrial, Investindusrial, and Lincolnshire Management. A graduate of Boston College, Matt has also served as an advisor for the aXpire token sale and has worked closely with early-stage companies.

Manuela Seve  CEO and Co-Founder at Alpha'a inc

Manuela Seve initiated her career in finance (Fundamental Equity analysis at Gavea Investments) and has always been involved in the Latin American art scene through her family, the Seve family is one of the most traditional players in Brazilian modern art. Her experiences in the startup space include the founding of Alpha'a, a B2B marketplace connecting companies to visual art where she is the current CEO & Co-founder. Alongside other enterprises such as the think tank Quinto (an organization created to Brainstorm and execute projects in the M&A and VC universe).

Kana Hatakeyama Actress, Writer, Filmmaker

Kana Hatakeyama serves as the Japan Content Manager at SingularDTV, working on various aspects of the business as it relates to Japan, including acquisitions of exciting indie Japanese content. Hatakeyama is a Japanese-American filmmaker and actor based in NYC. Her short film "okaasan (mom)," for which she wrote, directed, produced and acted, is currently on the festival circuit, with upcoming screenings at Bushwick Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and more. As an actor, she has performed in plays in NYC and around the country, as well as in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Orange is the New Black," the latter in the recurring role of inmate Charlene Teng in its recently released sixth season. Film credits include "Split" and "Tape" (upcoming) directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Deborah Kampmeier.

G. Thomas Esmay Director at SingularDTV

G. Thomas Esmay serves as the Director of Business Development at SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment studio. Esmay is a New York-based filmmaker & educator. He has worked on a variety of documentaries, live broadcasts, and short films, including the Susan Sarandon-produced BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY; BBC Politics’ live coverage of the 2015 UK general election, and a sci-fi short shot entirely in an abandoned nuclear power plant. Prior to his career in entertainment, Esmay taught mathematics. Esmay most recently worked at a large talent agency, but left to join the blockchain revolution and bring the transparency and logic of mathematics to the entertainment industry.

Earlier Event: October 13
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Later Event: October 13
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