Special Event

“The YouTube Effect” Screening & Panel Discussion

2023-09-14T14:00:00 - 2023-09-14T17:00:00
Thursday, September 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by the School of Information and the CITRIS Policy Lab

Join us for a screening of the new film The YouTube Effect, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Alex Winter, and a panel of Berkeley experts.

About the Film

The YouTube Effect, a documentary by Alex Winter, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Festival. The film takes viewers on a timely and gripping journey inside the cloistered world of YouTube and parent Google.

The film, presented by Olive Hill Media and produced by Valhalla Entertainment, Trouper Productions and Zipper Bros., investigates YouTube’s rise from humble beginnings in the attic of a pizzeria to its explosion onto the world stage, becoming the largest media platform in history and sparking a cultural revolution, while creating massive controversy in the age of disinformation.

Panel Discussion

Alex Winter
Director and writer, The YouTube Effect

Hany Farid
Professor, School of Information and EECS

Brandie Nonnecke
Director, CITRIS Policy Lab
Assoc. Research Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy

Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean, Berkeley School of Law


Discussion Panelists

Alex Winter

Alex Winter is a director, writer, and actor who has worked across film, television and theater. Entering show business as a child actor, with co-starring roles on Broadway in The King & I and Peter Pan, Winter came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros’ hit The Lost Boys and the wildly popular Bill & Ted franchise. As a filmmaker, Winter’s narrative features include the cult classic Freaked, for 20th Century Fox and Fever, for Lionsgate, an official selection in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Winter founded Trouper Productions in 2006 and has released several documentaries under that banner. Previous documentary work includes Deep Web, Downloaded, The Panama Papers and Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain. Winter’s doc, Showbiz Kids produced by frequent collaborator Glen Zipper and Bill Simmons' Ringer Films, premiered in July, 2020. The highly anticipated third installment in the Bill & Ted franchise, Bill & Ted Face The Music, opened in August 2020, and is currently available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms. Winter’s most recent doc feature Zappa, the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa debuted in November to critical acclaim and was chosen as a Critics Pick in the New York Times. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history. Winter’s current doc The YouTube Effect which was made in conjunction with Gale Anne Hurd & Glen Zipper. The film premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Drafthouse Films. The film is now available on digital platforms and streaming on Kanopy.

Hany Farid

Hany Farid is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information. His research focuses on digital forensics, forensic science, misinformation, image analysis, and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1999 where I remained until 2019. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke is founding director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley. She is an associate research professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) where she directs the tech policy initiative, a collaboration between CITRIS and GSPP to strengthen tech policy education, research, and impact. Brandie is the director of Our Better Web, a program that supports empirical research, policy analysis, training, and engagement to address the sharp rise of online harms. She is a co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at Berkeley Law. She also co-directs the UC Berkeley AI Policy Hub,  an interdisciplinary initiative training researchers to develop effective AI governance and policy frameworks.Her research has been featured in Science, Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, and BuzzFeed News, among others. Her research articles, op-eds, and presentations are available at nonnecke.com.

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Prior to that he was founding dean and Raymond Pryke Distinguished Professor of Law at University California, Irvine School of Law.  Before that he was a professor at Duke Law School, University of Southern California Law School, and DePaul College of Law.  He is the author of 17 books and over 200 law review articles.  He frequently argues appellate cases, including before the United States Supreme Court.  In 2022, he was the president of the Association of American Law Schools.

Last updated: September 7, 2023