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Explore the collaboration between inspiration and logic in creativity

Find the groove in your soundscapes

Develop your artistry through improvisation, risk, and collaboration

Reconnect with your playful inner self to achieve creative freedom

Kerry Michelle - Starting in the late 80s on 16mm, a stint making Video Disks for immersive interactive projects, early adopter of Quicktime tech, Lightworks expert, director of live music TV and selling her soul to commercials and gameshows. Finally Kerry became a product specialist at Adobe helping launch Creative Suite in Europe and then touring launching CS3 in major cities across the USA.

 

Working as a production and pipeline/workflow expert for major studios, including Disney and Sony, she decided to step back and build out her editorial chops as an AE on feature films and documentaries. Most recently Kerry has been the executive producer on the film "Lupe", .lu efilm.com edited in Premiere Pro, where she is seen on the festival circuit as she gives good "panel". Kerry Michelle has a long and checkered past in post over the last 35 years, obviously she started cutting when she was two.

22 Jan

10 EST

Weerada is an international entrepreneur, building new, democratic models for film distribution and education. Weerada is the CEO of FilmDoo, a platform using innovative technologies to bridge film content with edtech. Having lived in eleven countries across five continents, Weerada launched FilmDoo to bring together the three things she’s most passionate about: cinema, travelling and entrepreneurship. Today, FilmDoo is a global media company helping people to discover and watch great films, including hard to find award-winning shorts and documentaries. With a catalogue of over 2,700 films from over 80 countries, FilmDoo is a global leader in promoting diversity and helping under-represented stories around the world to get seen and heard. Most recently, FilmDoo launched an edutainment platform helping people to learn languages and explore cultures through films. Based on a personalized recommendation technology, crowd-sourced data and user-generated demand, FilmDoo empowers viewers to take control of what they want to see, while helping emerging filmmakers connect with a global audience. To achieve all this, FilmDoo makes use of sophisticated metadata tagging systems, machine learning recommendation engines and automated image recognition software. Drawing on over ten years of experience across digital strategy and innovation, Weerada’s mission at FilmDoo is to disrupt the traditional film distribution model and create new language learning technologies. Weerada currently oversees the company's strategy, content, product and technology.

22 Jan

15 EST

Andrea Sweeney Blanco is a bilingual and bi-costal working actor, singer, producer and coach. Originally from Monterrey Mexico, Andrea splits her time between the Latin and American markets in the world of Entertainment. Having gotten her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College, she worked as a radio host for a popular radio segment, Standing Room Only on 88.9FM for Broadway and Filmmusic. Since then, Andrea has appeared as an actor in 6 national commercial campaigns, gathered multiple international film credits and developed an Actor's Studio Theatre Program for a private high school in LA.

 

She directed a play at the Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood about domestic violence, all proceeds benefiting the Good Shepherd Shelter for Women and Children. She has now been Line Producer and 1st AD for various independent feature films and continues to coach actors. Andrea believes all creative endeavors require proactive collaboration, and creativity is just as much a discipline a sit is a form of divine inspiration. An arts-based career is truly a vocation, one unique to the carrier, and when treated with focus, care and resilience, magic happens.

23 Jan

12 and 16 EST

Vashi defected from Czechoslovakia as a child during the Cold War and grew up in Toronto & Detroit. Following his career as a professional hockey player, he has been a professional film editor in Los Angeles since 2000. Vashi has edited 11 feature films including “6 BELOW: Miracle on the Mountain,” the global phenomenon “Sharknado 2,” the comedy “An American Carol” for director David Zucker (Airplane!, Scary Movie) & PTSD documentary “That Which I Love Destroys Me” for director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen, Snitch).

 

Vashi has cut over 50 national commercials for numerous brands including Nike, Volkswagen, Ford, NHL, EA Sports, Adobe, Medal of Honor, US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Reserve & the US Air Force. His company VashiVisuals has provided post-production workflow, consulting services and Premiere Pro training for numerous projects including: Deadpool, Gone Girl, The Good Doctor and House of Cards. Vashi has also trained fellow ACE film editors in transitioning to Adobe Premiere Pro including: Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall, Billy Fox, Don and Dean Zimmerman, Julian Clarke, Nicolas De Toth, Jon Corn, John Venzon, Joan Sobel, Bruce Green and many more. Vashi has collaborated on projects with: Jerry Bruckheimer, Michel Gondry, John Landis, Dennis Hopper, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. & Disney Studios.

22 Jan

15 EST

Ari Gold has won dozens of prizes for his films, including the Student Oscar, best film at SXSW twice, Best Director at the American Cinematheque / ARPA, and many more. His films have screened at Sundance, Karlovy-Vary, Rio, and hundreds of other festivals. His dramatic film "The Song of Sway Lake" features Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, and Elizabeth Peña, and played 52 international film festivals, winning Best Feature at over a dozen of these.

 

The air-drum cult comedy "Adventures of Power" ("One of the funniest films in recent years" - NY Magazine), is currently being re-released. His student-Oscar-winning short "Helicopter”, about his mother’s death in a helicopter crash that killed rock music promoter Bill Graham, is being expanded into a feature film, and also being excerpted in Alejandro Jodorowsky's film “Psychomagic, An Art that Heals.” Ari’s most unusual distinctions include winning High Times Magazine’s "Stoner of the Year" award, and being enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records for commanding the largest air-drum ensemble on earth.

23 Jan

14 EST

Josh Kohn is a former accountant in the steel industry turned game developer and he has been making games since 2013. Currently, he is an Associate Producer at Level Ex, a studio that makes video games for doctors. Josh holds a B.A. in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University and a M.Sc. from Drexel University where his thesis involved using physical motion in conjunction with virtual camera movement in order to improve locomotion techniques in virtual reality. He has worked on both mobile and AAA games and his credits include Family Guy: Quest for Stuff, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Fortnite, and client focused projects in Cardio Ex.

22 Jan

15 EST

Ilan Sheady is an international illustrator, designer and animator working on projects primarily in the horror genre. His studio, Uncle Frank Productions provides artwork and presentations for film proposals, packaging for blurays and posters for some of the worlds biggest film festivals.

24 Jan

10 EST

In 2003, Lorrisa became the youngest graduate from Columbia College Chicago at age 17, with an interdisciplinary major in Theatre and Screenwriting. Her plays have been purchased, published, and produced around the world. In 2013, she produced and starred in her original musical Zenobia, a romantic ancient world multimedia epic directed by C.J. Julianus. In 2015, she premiered her historical play, Made of Stars.  In 2008, Lorrisa was cast as a lead performance capture actor for Midway Games’ Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and she’s been a principal performance capture actor in every Mortal Kombat videogame title released for the last 12 years. She’s performed in numerous other Warner Brothers games, including Injustice and Injustice 2 (DC Comics). She also performed in The Lord of the Rings Online, and played all female performance capture roles in mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In addition to Lorrisa’s independent film, industrial, and commercial work, she has guest-starred on The Bold & the Beautiful and Chicago PD. As an on-camera host, interviewer, and performer, she has represented Purell, V-Tech, Motorola, Elkay, Project Runway, Nestle, and more.

C.J. has been highly regarded as an "actor's director" for the past 25 years, with dozens of theatrical productions, corporate videos, multimedia productions, trade shows, and short films on his resumé. He was President and Artistic Director at Theatre-on-the-Hill, in Bolingbrook, Illinois for ten years. His lauded theatrical work was a prime reason why Bolingbrook was selected as one of the best small towns in the U.S. by Money magazine.

24 Jan

12 EST

As founder of Headcinema Productions, a service provider for the horror genre, Mariam is well connected to the international horror industry. She has become a spokesperson for horror at festivals, such as Grimmfest, and on programs for BBC Radio and podcasts like The Overlook Hour amongst others. Recently she has been appointed to the department of Funding and Finance for the international, EU funded project Creative Shift. Other international clients have been the United Nations and YouTube.

24 Jan

11 EST

Dave is an award-winning filmmaker whose experience in the industry is long and varied. Dave was a producer on the romantic feature, Old Fashioned, which opened theatrically Valentine’s Day 2015 and won multiple awards. In 2012, DeBorde directed the indie romantic comedy, Marriage Material, starring SNL alum Victoria Jackson. Always expanding the borders of his professional experience, Dave completed a full season as Showrunner for the reality TV show, Soccer Moms of Tampa Bay. As a seasoned screenwriter and script doctor, Dave was recently hired to write a multinational Romantic Comedy currently titled, Matryoshka, set to film in both America and in Russia. Dave is a popular lecturer and moderator in the Film/TV industry and regularly speaks at the biggest festivals in the world: Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, and Sunscreen FF.

22 Jan

15 EST

Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web.

 

Luisa is a certified Private Pilot and a Commercial UAV Pilot. She’s been involved with video production and cinematography for over 30 years. Having spent years flying, Luisa’s priority is safety. It is this safety mentality that make Luisa’s missions successful: from preparation and planning, FAA Authorization and client expectation to flying and finally, post-production. At the beginning of 2019, Luisa joined forces with Mike Sobola to form Mid-Atlantic Drones, LLC, a drone service provider specializing in aerial mapping and cinematography and missions in flight-restricted zones.

22 Jan

12 EST

Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull is known for his breakout sci-fi indie feature film - THE BEYOND, which was released by Gravitas Ventures, and premiered at #2 on the iTunes charts before trending on Netflix and fully recouping its budget and becoming a profitable feature film. His second feature film 2036: ORIGIN UNKNOWN, which starred Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Another Life) earned a limited theatrical release in the US before landing on Netflix. He was later hired to direct the pilot for Disney’s action comedy mini series - FAST LAYNE, and was also credited as creative consultant on the entire series and directed three additional episodes when he wowed Disney channel executives with his vision for the 8 part series. This lead to DisneyChannel Original Movies hiring him to direct the bridge special short film for the Descendants franchise which was rated as the highest viewed short form content on the channel. Both projects are now on Disney+. He is currently in various stages of production on genre TV, Feature and animation projects. HaZ is repped in Hollywood by The Gotham Group, and is the co-founder of production company http://hazfilm.com/

22 Jan

10 EST

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of the Mother & Daughter Entertainment company, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters,” each project starting a conversation amongst viewers. Wanting to give back to the forgotten freelancers of the film industry, Elizabeth has created the MD Foundation Initiative, where allocated donations of smaller amounts are used to produce short films, TV pilots, and even low-budget feature films over a quick weekend or week span, employing new filmmakers through an on-set mentorship experience where all positions are paid equally, with Elizabeth not taking a salary. An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN is currently being used in multiple educational systems for trafficking awareness seminars, as her film addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.

22 Jan

10 EST

Chris Bobotis is the former Director of Immersive at Adobe, where he led the company’s Immersive Media efforts. He is an Advisor, Mentor, Keynote Speaker and co-founder of Mettle & MettleLabs, as well as being the software architect for the SkyBox suite of 360˚ video and cinematic VR tools. Chris started his career as a Creative Director in Advertising. He co-founded Mettle in 1992 as a Creative boutique to top tier Advertising Agencies & Film Production Companies across North America. In 1996, Chris led the efforts on a software division to facilitate content creation in Media & Entertainment. The first product was licensed by Adobe in 2008 for inclusion in Adobe Creative Cloud products. 

Encouraged by this success, Mettle created software for Immersive media. In 2015, this series of products transformed the nascent 360˚ VR video industry. Their SkyBox software plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, providing a dedicated toolset for Immersive content creation. While at Adobe Chris oversaw tech transfers, formed engineering teams and worked closely with Adobe Design & Research to help bring tools like Content Aware Video to Immersive Content Creation and helped bring Immersive tool support to products like Photoshop. Chris is currently advising several companies and leading the efforts on “3DNA” at MettleLabs.”3DNA” is Mettles' proprietary Spatial Computing Framework.

22 Jan

11 EST

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