Lancaster, a lecturer in the Literature Section at MIT, is
the author of Warlocks and Warpdrive: Contemporary Fantasy Entertainments
with Interactive and Virtual Environments (McFarland, 1999) and
Interacting in Babylon 5: Fan Performances in a Media Universe
(University of Texas, 2001). He is the co-author with Cynthia Conti
of Building a Home Movie Studio and Getting Your Films Online
(Billboard Books, 2001) and co-editor of Performing the Force:
Essays and Immersion into Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Environments
(McFarland, 2001). Lancaster earned his Ph.D. in performance studies
from New York University.
Manovich, an associate professor in the Visual Arts Department
at the University of California at San Diego, is the author of The
Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2000), the editor of Tekstura:
Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press,
1993), and a regional editor for www.rhizome.org.
Born in Moscow where he studied fine arts, architecture and computer
science, Manovich earned an M.A. in cognitive science from New York
University and a Ph.D. in visual and cultural studies from the University
of Rochester. His projects include Little
Movies, an important early prototype for web-based distribution
of digital cinema.
Mather uses a
Power Mac and off-the-shelf software to write, produce, animate
and direct original short films, which he distributes through his
website Evanmather.com. His
films, Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars, Buena Vista Fight Club,
Les Pantless Menace, and The Qui-Gon Show, have been
featured in RES, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and
Wired as well as on NPR, CNN, E! and the Sci-Fi Channel.
Mather is a landscape architect who practices in the Seattle area.
Angela Northington is director
of acquisitions and production for Urban
Entertainment . The company recently sold the film rights to
its Undercover Brother Web series to Imagine Entertainment
and Universal Studios. Prior to joining Urban Media, Northington
held development positions at Cineville, Sony Pictures and Disney.
She has produced three award-winning independent features, commercials
for such houses as GME, House Films and E.U.E. Screen Gems, and
music videos for Qwest Records and Warner Bros. Northington is a
graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.
Root is the business
development manager at Microsoft's Digital
Media Division where he is responsible for managing the Microsoft
Windows Media relationship with the film industry. In 1992, Root
began working on commercials, music videos and feature films while
independently writing screenplays and producing and directing short
films. In 1995, he joined the web development team at Twentieth
Century Fox and helped to produce some of Fox's first generation
Web sites including those for The X Files and Fox Sports.
Root was the director of production and later creative director
for Hollywood.com. He earned
a B.A. in fine art and humanities from the University of Colorado.
Rosenberg is the
director of business development for Atom
Films. His responsibilities include developing relationships
with broadband partners, gaining exposure for Atom Films in the
wireless world, and pursuing syndication opportunities in both the
online and offline environments. Previously, he worked at Barnes
& Noble.com where he helped develop their Business-to-Business program.
He also developed and launched their B&N.com electronic greeting
card site. Rosenberg spent four years at the Hearst Book Group managing
their Special Markets Department.
Richard Rowley is co-founder of Big
Noise Films, a media collective devoted to political documentary.
His first film, Zapatista, documents the Mayan peasant uprising
in Chiapas, Mexico. Black & Gold is the story of the Latin
King and Queen Nation, the largest street gang in New York, and
its members‚ attempts to transform themselves into a Black Panther-style
street political organization. His latest film, This Is What
Democracy Looks Like, is an account from the WTO protests in
Seattle. Rowley and the Big Noise collective have been instrumental
in the new Independent Media
Center movement, producing segments of the Showdown in Seattle
and Breaking the Bank satellite broadcasts.
Rubio.wrote, directed and produced the Star Wars parody
his partner Shant Jordan. Rubio currently is a writer-producer with
the Walt Disney Company, and has several projects in development
with MTV, SONY On line and Showtime. From 1984 to1988, Rubio apprenticed
in the fields of lighting, set design and directing under George
Costa, director of the San Jose Civic Light Opera House. Rubio is
a native Californian who was raised in Gilroy, the garlic capital
of the world, and who attended Long Beach State University.
Sean Schur is creative head of 3D at
The Moving Picture Company in London. He was previously at Industrial
Light & Magic where he worked on special effects for such films
as Twister, Mars Attacks, Speed 2, Mercury Rising, Small Soldiers,
Star Wars: Episode I, Sleepy Hollow and Mission To Mars.
Prior to that, Schur worked at Cinesite where his film credits include
Outbreak, LawnmowerMan II, Free Willy II and Waterworld.
Schur attended the USC School of Cinema-Television and CalARTS,
where he earned his degree.
Anthony Soohoo is vice president of
business development and strategy at ALWAYSi.com.
He previously worked at Inktomi Corp., where he was responsible
for their e-commerce business, and as a product line manager at
NEC Computer Systems responsible for marketing. Soohoo holds a B.A.
from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the
Harvard Business School.
Christa Starr, a co-founder of Can-Do-Home
Productions, is a second-year Masters candidate in MIT's Comparative
Media Studies program. Before returning to graduate school, she
worked for George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, where she
created special effects for such films as Saving Private Ryan,
Starship Troopers, and Star Wars: Episode I. She has
also produced a website for the 50th anniversary of humanities at
MIT and a thirty-minute video documentary on the history of computer
games. Starr has a joint degree in computer science and film and
media studies from MIT.
Hans Uhlig is a technical director at
Industrial Light & Magic where his credits include Star Wars
Trilogy Special Edition, Star Wars: Episode I and The Perfect
Storm. As part of ILM's Independent Projects program, Uhlig
wrote and directed a short called Synchronicity, featured
in the Electronic Theater and animation festival at SIGGRAPH 2000.
He began his career in animation design while working as a racing
engineer for Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany, and went on to
found Design & Motion, a Munich company focusing on 3D animation
design. Uhlig attended Mercedes Benz‚ Wilhelm Maybach School for
Engineering in Stuttgart, his hometown, where he earned a degree
in mechanical engineering.
Wishnow is the director of Tatooine or Bust, a documentary
shot on mini-DV about fans camping out for the re-release of Star
Wars. In 1996, he founded NewVenue.com,
an online showcase for movies made specifically for the Internet.
Wishnow has directed documentaries for British television, worked
for Woody Allen's production office, and designed music Web sites
for Polygram, Universal and BMG records. Wishnow received his B.A.
and M.A. from Stanford University.
Patricia Zimmermann, a professor
in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College, is
the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film
(Indiana, 1995) and States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars,
Democracies (Minnesota, 2000) as well as the co-editor (with
Erik Barnouw) of The Flaherty: Four Decades in the Cause of Independent
Cinema (Wide Angle, 1996). Her forthcoming book, co-edited with
Karen Ishizuka, is Mining the Home Movie: Excavations Into Histories
and Memories (University of California). She serves on the editorial
boards of Wide Angle and The Moving Image: The Journal
of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and serves on
the board of Women Make Movies
, a non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production,
promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films by
and about women. With Erik Barnouw, Ruth Bradley and Scott McDonald,
Zimmermann edits the Wide Angle Books series for Temple University
Press, a series dedicated to tracing the history of the international
non-profit media arts sector.