12 May 2010 4 pm eastern

The Big Web Show: Melissa Pierce

Melissa Pierce

Photo: Steve Garfield / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Update! Final audio and video are now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at 5by5.tv. This is a wonderful episode about filmmaking and using the internet to reinvent yourself. Don’t miss it.

Live tomorrow, Thursday May 13, at 1:00 PM Eastern, my co-host Dan Benjamin and I interview Melissa Pierce, producer of the documentary film, Life In Perpetual Beta in The Big Web Show Episode 3: “Re-invent Yourself.”

Melissa Pierce’s film asks the question, “is the planned life worth living?” and sketches an answer via interviews with the likes of Baratunde Thuston, Irina Slutsky, and Biz Stone. Watch us turn the tables on the interviewer (now our interviewee) to find out how a homemaker with no filmmaking experience became the darling of the Chicago Independent Film Festival. As always, your live phone-in questions are welcome.

And don’t miss these upcoming Big Web Show episodes:

Episode 4: “Content Strategy”

Thursday, May 20
1:00 PM Eastern

Featuring Kristina Halvorson, CEO, Brain Traffic and author, Content Strategy for the Web (New Riders, 2010); and Erin Kissane, content strategist, Happy Cog, and author, Incisive.nu.

Episode 5: “UX and Higher Ed”

Thursday, May 27
1:00 PM Eastern

Featuring Liz Danzico, chair, MFA in Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts and author, Bobulate.

Filed under: film, The Big Web Show

11 Responses to “The Big Web Show: Melissa Pierce”

  1. Charty said on

    Thank you very much for the reminder!

    Best regards :)

  2. Stewart McCoy said on

    Oh! This is brilliant. Very excited for Episodes 4 and 5! I went ahead and subscribed to the podcast. Thanks :)

    Also, I went ahead and registered for AEA Minneapolis. Looking forward to seeing you guys there!

  3. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Stewart! :)

  4. Timothy said on

    Ah, I’m glad I came across this this morning. Looking forward to the interview.

  5. Trace Meek said on

    How on earth can you keep doing this?! The best things in life truly are free (as in…). Thank you! I don’t think I’ll be able to stream this live from work, but I look forward to listening later.

  6. Henry said on

    Is there some specific reason for not having the video version in iTunes?

  7. ewallpaperstock said on

    I just wanna say this site is one of the best resource and news about web design that i found on the internet.
    Doing a great job.

  8. Dan Benjamin said on

    @Henry – Thanks for asking! They will be there soon. The specific reason is that it requires creating a special RSS feed, and that requires code, which requires time, which I’m spending on recording editing the shows! But it will be there very soon, and I’m glad you’re interested in watching.

  9. US Charts said on


    is there a video of the interview in any archive? I would be pleased to re-watch it.


  10. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Mel! Previous episodes are available for your listening and viewing pleasure at http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow

  11. Web Show Fan said on

    Thanks a lot for the link Jeffrey! That’s what I was looking for :) *thumbsup*

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