“Next Things Now” Buffalo Innovation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views After Debuting At 43north Finals | Business
Since its founding more than two centuries ago, Buffalo, N.Y. has been home to innovators and entrepreneurs—and that legacy continues today. 43North—The World’s Largest ($5 million) Business Idea Competition—has teamed up with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films to tell the story of a forward-looking city with a proud past in an inspiring new video.
Titled “Next Things Now” and clocking in at just under five minutes in length, the video highlights dozens of bright moments in Buffalo’s history, ranging from the opening of the Erie Canal to the first successful skin graft to today’s groundbreaking genomic research.
This fast-paced, emotional video is narrated by 25 members of the next generation of Buffalo leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (see credits below).
“Next Things Now” premiered during 43North’s Finals Awards Ceremony on October 30th, 2014, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. It was posted to YouTube later that same evening, where it surpassed 10,000 views as of November 5th, 2014.
The video can be found at www.43north.org.
“Next Things Now” Video Credits:
Historical images courtesy of Buffalo History Museum, used by permission
Produced by Jenna Kavanaugh and Peter Burakowski
Script & Art Direction by Pete Reiling
Directed, Shot & Edited by John Paget
Production Coordinators – Alyssa Crick, Megan Savage, Brian Straka, Seamus Gallivan
Motion Graphics – John Paget, James Waugh, Zach Cain
Musical Score – Daryl Bennett
Sound Design – Daryl Bennett and Noah Bonds
Title Art / Graphics – White Bicycle
Gaffer – Joe Bunce
Asst. Director – Cory Martin
Motion Picture Research – Edward Singer
Newspapers Research – Natalia Salansky
Photo & Archival Research – Shane Stephenson, Cynthia Van Ness, Chuck Banas
Interviewees – Justin Azzarella, Peter Burakowski, Peter Cimino, Courtney Creenan-Chorley, Jamil Crews, Jax Deluca, Clark Dever, Ali Eagen, Patrick Finan, Kevin Gardner, Dan Gigante, Anthony Greco, Brian Grunert, Erin Habes, Chee Kim, MD, FACC, Dana Marciniak, Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Oscar Pedroso, Bernice Radle, Eric Reich, Sarah Schneider, Jason Schwinger, Shandra Spicer, Ashok Subramanian, Jason Wilson.
Special Thanks – Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo & Erie County Library, Kittinger Furniture, Ellicott Square Building, Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Hotel Lafayette, The Darwin Martin House, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Rich Products, Delaware North, Moog, Inc., Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Z80 Labs.
A total of 6,932 business ideas were initially submitted for the 43North competition’s first round, which took place February 5 through May 31. From a pool of 2,603 qualified submissions, 113 semifinalists were selected to advance to the second round through a formal, month-long review period conducted by more than 269 judges from an array of professional sectors. Eleven finalists then advanced to the third and final round of the competition, where they vied for a series of cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards. ASi, LLC of Tonawanda, New York, was the inaugural top-prize recipient of the competition. All winners are now required to locate their companies to Buffalo, New York, for one-year under the terms of the competition.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative is the primary funding source for 43North, with support from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Launch NY. Additional support comes from National Grid, Orange Capital, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Office Interiors, Perfect Sense, Larkin Square, Superior Group, Rich Products Corporation, M&T Bank, Delaware North Companies, SoftBank Capital, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Bright Buffalo Niagara, Phillips Lytle LLP and others. See a complete list of sponsors here.
To learn more, please visit www.43north.org.
About Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, a private, non-profit, marketing, business and economic development organization, is the point of contact for business attraction and investment in the eight counties of the Buffalo Niagara region. Working with local economic development groups, real estate & development professionals, governmental agencies, utilities and private sector business leaders, BNE assists businesses seeking to re-locate or expand in our region with access to the various incentives, financing, site selection and other services relevant to their project. For information on doing business in Buffalo Niagara, visit www.buffaloniagara.org.
About Paget Films
Paget Films is a Buffalo-based video production company founded by documentary filmmaker John Paget. For more information on Paget Films, visit www.pagetfilms.com.