Lance Weiler is a storyteller, emerging media artist, entrepreneur, and thought leader working in film, theatre, games, and code. An alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Lance is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. For over 20 years he’s been innovating at the forefront of entertainment – leading the industry into the digital age.

In 1998, WIRED magazine named him “One of 25 people helping to re-invent entertainment” when he disrupted the industry with the first all-digital release of a motion picture to theaters via satellite. The distribution methods that Weiler introduced in the late 90’s have since become the standard for digital cinema distribution today.

A journeyman by trade, Lance spent over 10,000 hours on film sets working his way through the ranks, developing projects that mix film, TV, and emergent technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Virtual Reality with some of the top talent in the industry, including icons such as David Cronenberg, Gore Verbinski, Marshall Herskovitz, and Ed Zwick.

A Founding Member and Director of the Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, Lance is also a world-renowned speaker on subjects such as the future of storytelling, emerging technology’s impact on entertainment, those formerly known as the audience, purposeful storytelling, humanizing data, and social impact. He has given keynotes at UN and World Economic Forum events, Harvard, MIT, Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca, and TED. He has shared stages with luminaries such as Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, David Cronenberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Marshall Herskovitz, Paula Wagner, Ted Sarandos, Douglas Rushkoff, and Cory Doctorow.



Where There’s Smoke
Where There’s Smoke
Jun 17—Oct 1, 2023
  • Exhibition
Where There’s Smoke