KELLY KOWALSKI - CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kelly is an Emmy award-winning interactive producer and documentary filmmaker who designs and executes media campaigns. Kelly shoots, edits, writes, directs, and produces. She leads, manages, integrates, experiments, collaborates and builds teams. Kelly learned the media trade living and working in Africa for 15 years and at PBS in New Mexico for 5 years. She has produced over 50 broadcast documentaries, education videos, and digital shorts for non-profits, government institutions and international organizations, including UNAIDS, The Ford Foundation, and the Peabody and Oscar winning STEPS International: Documentaries for Social Change. She received honors from Canada’s BANFF Television Festival, Special Jury Citation at IDFA, as well as six Emmy nominations for documentary and two Emmy wins for interactive media projects. She has a BA in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley. More about Kelly at Pajama Girl Productions.
ERIK LOYER - CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST Erik creates stories that are played like instruments. As creative director for the experimental academic journal Vectors, Loyer has designed over a dozen interactive essays in collaboration with leading humanities scholars, including the Webby-honored documentary Public Secrets. He founded Opertoon: Stories You Can Play to explore the storytelling potential of mobile devices, creating and publishing tactile narratives Ruben & Lullaby and Upgrade Soul, both IndieCade nominees, as well as Strange Rain, which reached the top of the Entertainment charts in the App Store. Loyer designs cultural software applications for institutional and academic clients, and serves as the creative director of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.
MUKWAE WABEI SIYOLWE - ARTISTIC PRODUCING DIRECTOR Wabei makes immersive performance art media as a vehicle for social change. She began her career as an actor staring in Leonard Bernstein's Mass and Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom. She has produced and directed various theatrical performances for the past decade and is owner of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Namibia, Africa. As a journalist she covers film festivals for international screen magazine Ecrans d’Afrique and is contributor to Paris art and design journal Afrikadaa. Wabei is currently producing, writing and directing Wade in the Water, an African Hybrid Oratorio with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. Born in Zambia, raised in Russia, Britain and the US, Wabei holds a BA, MA, and MFA in music, acting, performance, film + digital technology, and film + video production from NYU, American University and Chatham University.
OLELEKAN JEYIFOUS - ARTIST ∣ DESIGNER ∣ ILLUSTRATOR Lek is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer. In May of 2000 he received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Cornell University where his focus of study was primarily on investigating the relevant potential for a variety of computer software within the fields of art, design and architecture. After graduating he enjoyed a four year tenure as a senior designer at the inimitable dbox before continuing on to pursue his creative compulsions full-time. Since then he has been fortunate enough to exhibit his artwork in venues throughout the world as well as create beautiful visuals for a variety of amazing clients. More about Lek at vigilism.com.
EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS - WRITER ∣ ILLUSTRATOR Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator. His graphic novel series, The Changers, began his career working on collaborative multimedia projects, ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is the creator of the live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, a staple of the Stumptown Comics Festival, as well as Loaded Blanks Greetings, a fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards. Ezra collaborated with Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble on the narrative concert series, Black Violet, which Chicago Sun-Times called “a modern classic”. Ezra is currently working on Upgrade Soul, a pioneering immersive science fiction graphic novel that was nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award and featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival and Fumetto International Comics Festival. Ezra spends his days as art director and UX/UI lead at Branchfire, whose award-winning iAnnotate PDF remains one of the most successful and influential productivity apps on the App Store, boasting over 1 million users globally. More about Ezra at ezracdaniels.com.
BRENDA AVILA HANNA - PRODUCER ∣ DIRECTOR Brenda is a documentary filmmaker in Mexico and the US. Her films focus on education, immigration and women's rights. Brenda is a two-time finalist of the International Documentary Challenge presented in Hot Docs Toronto by Fusion Network. Brenda also is a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and teaches Visualizing Human Rights, exploring how visual artists take up the subject of human rights in response to urgent challenges facing Latino/a and Latin American communities. Brenda holds an MA in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz and currently is producing her first feature documentary about a Latina transgender immigrant.
GUY DELANCEY - DIRECTOR ∣ CINEMATOGRAPHER Guy is a director, producer, actor, editor and director of photography. Guy has over 25 years of experience in moving image and storytelling art forms - beginning in theater and moving into TV, film, documentaries and commercials. He has worked with the the citizen journalism organization, Salaam Garage, to FABRICA at the Benetton Arts and Communication Research Center under Godfrey Reggio, film director of Powaqaatsi and Koyannisqatsi. Guy has a BA Honors from Rhodes University, South Africa. More about Guy at guydelancey.com.