Dion Algeri is a senior producer responsible for production, acquisition, and business development at iCAST Movies and the co-founder of Shortbuzz, an independent cinema website. Algeri spent several years at print publications such as InStyle, Vogue, Saveur and Playboy. Algeri is a graduate of American University.

Carlos Cantu is a co-founder of Can-Do-Home Productions and earned undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and literature at MIT in June 2000.Cantu makes his directorial debut with Earthen Vessels.

Bart Cheever co-founded the D.FILM Digital Film Festival in 1997 and was a founder of the original Low Res Film Festival begun in San Francisco in 1994. Cheever started D.FILM with three of Low Res' four founders. Before Low Res, Cheever worked for traditional media companies ABC News and Paramount Pictures in New York, and software startups Digital Pictures, Rocket Science Games and Segasoft in San Francisco. Cheever recently completed editing the first-ever anthology of writings on digital filmmaking, which will be published by MIT Press in 2001.

Alex Chisholm is the communications and development officer for MIT's Comparative Media Studies program and co-founder of Can-Do-Home Productions, an independent transmedia storytelling company that will soon release Earthen Vessels, its first film. Chisholm earned his B.S. in general studies from Cornell University.

Nicholas Constant is currently completing Destroying America, a skateboarding film shot in 35mm and edited in a bedroom. He is also a producer of the D.Film Digital Film Festival and co-editor (with Bart Cheever) of a forthcoming MIT Press anthology on digital cinema. Constant developed the cdmedia.studio at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, a project that enables kids to produce their own digital films and websites. Constant has also worked as a videogame journalist and editor of Tips & Tricks a videogame tips magazine.

Cynthia Conti, a second-year graduate student in MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, has just finished co-authoring a book, Building a Home Movie Studio and Getting Your Films Online (Billboard Books, 2001). She is also director of photography and editor for the Immigrant Voices Documentary Project. She previously worked in film distribution and publicity at Fanlight Productions.

Marc Forster's first feature, Loungers, won the Slamdance Film Festival, opening the door for him to direct last year's Everything Put Together. Forster has directed and produced domestic and European television documentaries including Silent Windows, about teenage suicide. Forster, born in Switzerland, attended film school at New York University.

Vilma Gregoropoulos, a graduate of Emerson College, has worked as a director of photography, screenwriter, and producer. Gregoropoulos joined the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians in 1984 and worked to unionize the film community in Boston. Her feature film, Could Be Worse!, co-written with director Zach Stratis, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is slated for theatrical release. She also shot Dragonflies, The Baby Cries for director Jane Gillooli and has done work for American Playhouse.

Karen Ishizuka is the director of the Media Arts Center, a new state-of-the-art digital media production unit of the Japanese American National Museum, and was recently appointed to the National Film Preservation Board. A long-time advocate of the cultural and historical significance of amateur film, Ishizuka has produced and written three award-winning productions specifically featuring home movies. She was instrumental in getting one home movie, filmed at the World War II U.S. detention camp at Topaz, Utah, named to the National Film Registry.

Henry Jenkins is the director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies program and is the Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of Humanities. Starting in January, he will be writing a regular column in Technology Review focused on the intersection between culture and technology. He is the author or editor of seven books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, which documented grassroots cultural production.

Alexandra Juhasz, an associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College, has produced a three-part documentary on feminist film and video history called Women of Vision . She also produced the narrative film Watermelon Woman, which aired on the Sundance and BET television channels, and Bad Bosses Go to Hell, currently airing on the Atom Films Web site. She is currently completing two digital documentaries, In the Mix: Artists, Activists and Inmates in Collaboration and Dear Gabe.