Our diverse creative speakers have focused their lives on their creative journey. Our hope is that attendees will expand their horizons - if you’re a dancer, learn about literature, if you’re a painter, learn about acting. By diversifying our perception of creativity, we increase the breadth of our work. Look out for new speakers being announced over the coming weeks!
Mark Mann is a celebrity and advertising photographer. He was born in Glasgow, and went to study photography at Manchester Polytechnic. Before long, he was assisting innovative fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge. Soon after he relocated to New York City. Mark’s editorial work has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health, Vibe, Spin, Fortune, Billboard and Parade and among others. He has shot countless celebrities, including Robert Redford, Michael Douglas, Iggy Pop, Jack Black, the Black Eyed Peas, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Simon Baker, Stevie Wonder, Bradley Cooper and others. His clients run the gamut: Reebok, Adidas, Hennessy, Bombay Sapphire, Pepsi, Gillette, Vitamin Water, NHL, Zumba and Ford, to name a few. One of the highlights of mark's career was a yearlong project for Esquire Magazine, “The Life of Man”. He shot 80 American men ages 1 through 80, to celebrate 80 years of Esquire Magazine. This project took Mark to the White House where he was honored to shoot the sitting president, as well as former President Clinton. Currently Mark is working on his photo book telling the story of his 25 years in NYC through portraiture.
ANDREA SWEENEY BLANCO
Actor, Producer, and Coach
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.
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 quickly 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 Disney Channel 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 byThe Gotham Group, and is the co-founder of production company https://hazfilm.com.
Film Director / Producer
Creative Drone Pilot
Luisa is an Adobe Master Instructor. She teaches most of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Having won many technical and artistic awards, Luisa is well-known in the video community. She is a frequent speaker at NAB, Government Video Expo, NYC Drone Film Festival, Interdrone, and many others. She is an international celebrity in the video production and post-production world, and some of her training can be seen in Lynda.com and LinkedIn training.
Patrick Cannell is a composer and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent projects include the scores to Academy Award-nominated writer/director José Rivera’s The Fall of a Sparrow, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director Zaza Urushadze’s Anton, and director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Premature which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Beyond film, projects include an upcoming Netflix original series from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Rio, Ferdinand), Clio and Cannes Gold Lion award-winning TV, Internet and Super Bowl commercials, the score for an innovative Broadway musical dramedy, and orchestral scores for permanent exhibits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
Composer and Producer
Musician and Sound Designer
Alberto Moreno is an artist of the world, a creator, musician, performer, producer, editor, sound guru and post-production instructor. His work covers a wide array of creative fields and has received numerous awards including 7 Regional Emmys. He has also composed music scores for television and film. With a passion for music at an early age and growing up in Hollywood, he soon found himself playing in rock bands and recording in all the major studios in L.A. Creatively that wasn’t enough so he added more tools to play within his repertoire and went into creating television content for all the major networks.
Ellen Zaks is a widely exhibited, London born artist and performance poet. Her paintings explore the dynamism of the human body in time and space. She is fascinated by mythology and the strange world of quantum physics. Each of her practices informs the other… “My paintings are thought-forms knit together upon the horizon of intent…my poems are photons streaming...” She has shown her paintings and performed her poetry in the UK and Spain. She also choreographed and performed in multi-media shows based on her poetry in Brighton festivals. Her art is currently on show at The Shard, London, UK.
Artist and Performance Poet
Dan is an acclaimed and award-winning English singer/songwriter who’s just released a double album 'Dreamland Tomorrow' on Reveal Records, critically acclaimed by RnR Magazine and Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music. Dan has toured and collaborated with label mates Joan as Police Woman, Kris Drever, Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader. He is published by Reveal Music Publishing via Westbury Music. He delivers songwriting workshops and mentors aspiring emerging artist's, including community music projects. The son of a Wolverhampton community radio pioneer, Dan was inspired by his father's record collection, gaining a "deep respect for song-writing technique". After stints performing with Naomi (1998–2000) and fronting rock band Sonara, who performed at Reading Festival, Dan went solo in 2007.
Amy Peck is the founder & CEO of EndeavorVR, a leading global VR/AR (XR) strategy & consulting firm. Amy is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR. She has deep connections within the industry and works with Fortune 500 companies, digital media/production companies and tech startups on XR strategy, content, development, product and GTM.
Stefan Dowsing is an artist who has exhibited substantially in the UK and abroad. He has staged multi-media art events at The Tate Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers' Gallery London. He works with painting, digital art and photography. His most recent exhibition was at the Shard, London.
Despite a diverse industry field, (spanning government, consulting, publishing and now technology), James has always had a focus on education and how learning + empowerment can be used to ensure that regardless of circumstance, everyone has a way to share their experience and define their own way in the world. Recently, at Adobe, James has been at the forefront of revamping the on-boarding process for Creative Cloud and helped to lead a team that launched an intent-based overhaul for Photoshop learning in less than 60 days.
Advisor, Creative Director, Enterpreneur
Chris Bobotis, former Director of Immersive at Adobe and a co-founder of Mettle & MettleLabs He is the software architect for the SkyBox suite of 360˚ video and cinematic VR tools, which Adobe acquired from Chris’ company Mettle.
Chris started his career as a Creative Director in advertising. 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. In 2015, this series of products created by Mettle for Immersive media transformed the nascent 360˚ VR video industry. Namely, their SkyBox software plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. As part of the acquisition, Chris joined Adobe as Director of Immersive. 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 etc. He is currently advising several companies and leading the efforts on “3DNA” at MettleLabs.”3DNA” is Mettles' proprietary Spatial Computing Framework.
Elzabeth 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 entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters”, putting focus on 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 through her company, where allocated donations of smaller amounts are used to film 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.
Film Director & Producer
Film Editor, Producer, Cinematographer
Vashi Nedomansky, ACE has been a professional film editor in Los Angeles since 2000. He has edited 11 Hollywood feature films including “6 Below” for director Scott Waugh (Need for Speed, Act of Valor), global phenomenon “Sharknado 2,” 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.
Eric Philpott is on the Adobe video team and is passionate about the art and craft of storytelling. He has worked in PR and marketing and started his career as an educator, and has taught in Germany, Canada, and the US and trained Waldorf teachers.
Product Marketing Manager