7 Eclectic Festivals & Events This Fall on America’s East & West Coast

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Below are five eclectic and fascinating events from America’s east to west coast and from film and green to women and the arts.

Mill Valley Film Festival“Each year, MVFF hosts more than 200 filmmakers from around the world. In the last five years, MVFF presented the Bay Area premieres of four Academy Award Best Picture winners: Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist and Argo. What’s in store for this year? Full schedule of films and events started posting on September 7, 2013.”

When: October 3-13, 2013

Where: Mill Valley, CA

Napa Valley Film Festival“The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases the best in new independent filmmaking and world cinema. The vision of Napa Valley Film Festival is to build community around the art of visual story-telling, with the viewing of films and discussions with filmmakers fueling lively conversation amongst old and new friends … and those conversations being enriched with the world-class food and wine of legendary Napa Valley.”

When: November 13-17, 2013

Where: Napa Valley, CA

Global Green’s Gorgeous & Green Gala“One of the Bay Area’s premier sustainability showcases, Gorgeous & Green brings together eco-conscious luminaries, public officials, technology leaders and others. The event features an organic gourmet dining experience by renowned chefs such as Michael Mina, live musical performances, celebrity guests, the top eco-couture fashion show on the West Coast, and a thrilling live auction, all presented in a festive dinner theater atmosphere.”

When: October 11, 2013

Where: Bentley Reserve located at 301 Battery Street. San Francisco, CA

Imagine Science Film Festival: “Imagine Science Films is committed to promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists and filmmakers, encouraging a greater collaboration between scientists who dedicate their lives to studying the world we live in and filmmakers who have the power to interpret and expose this knowledge, ultimately making science accessible and stimulating to a broader audience.”

When: October 11 – 18, 2013

Where: New York, NY

BendFilm Festival“BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education. They believe that art is best channeled through creative genius; not commercial interests. BendFilm is in a relaxed atmosphere where the next venue is a block from the last and the words ‘velvet rope’ apply to fashion choices; not exclusive access ordeals.”

When: October 10-13, 2013

Where: Bend, Oregon

Litquake“Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature for people of all ages, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals. Now grown to the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake continues its mission as a nine-day literary spectacle for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings.”

When: October 11-19, 2013

Where: San Francisco, CA

TEDWomen 2013“In San Francisco for the first time, TEDWomen 2013 will channel the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley to celebrate invention in all its forms. Not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. More than 150 TEDx events around the world will take part, sharing the livestream and presenting local speakers around the theme “Invented Here.” The result: A truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders. TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here. Be there.”

When: Nov 13-17, 2013

Where: Napa Valley, CA

Renee Blodgett
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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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