Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. A Tennessee native, she came to Duke University as an undergraduate ready to major in chemistry, but one art history survey course with Professor Rona Goffen derailed her into the humanities and left her with a lifelong love of art history, which conveniently, continues to be pertinent to the study of contemporary photography.
Rick Prelinger (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) is an archivist, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation.
Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936. He grew up in Ohio and Connecticut, and studied music at Julius Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, and Westminster College Conservatory in Pennsylvania. He has either produced or otherwise recorded, written and narrated over 50 soundtracks for documentary films, videos and museum exhibitions.
Laida Lertxundi (Bilbao, 1981) is a filmmaker and artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her work, shot primarily on 16mm in and around Los Angeles, is made with people, landscapes and sounds, and employs a fragmentary approach to editing in which cinematic forms of storytelling are replaced by a focus on process and materiality. Lertxundi received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Bard College.
Marshall Curry is a two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, and director of Street Fight, Racing Dreams, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Point and Shoot, and executive producer of Mistaken for Strangers. Curry has been selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and was awarded the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes. Curry is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and co-chair of Cinema Eye Honors.