Stanley Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” Fellow, is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians; and co-founder of the for-profit documentary production company, Firelight Films. Nelson’s film, Jonestown, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage. Nelson holds a B.F.A. in film from the City College of New York.
Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores, which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and composition.
Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity. She expresses herself in a variety of media including digital prints, videos, interactive 3d virtual worlds and augmented reality.
As Permanent Collection Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Dana Miller has concentrated primarily on the museum’s collection and organized the major loan exhibition Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, co-curated with Michael Hays, which was awarded first prize for Architecture and Design exhibitions by the International Association of Art Critics in 2008.
Doug Block is an American independent director, cameraman and producer whose credits include:The Kids Grow Up (2010) and 51 Birch Street (2005). Doug Block is also the founder and a co-host of The D-Word, an online community for documentary filmmakers from around the world. The D-Word has more than 2000 professional members in 80 countries.