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alan roderick jones, art director

Academy Award Winner Alan Roderick Jones is a production designer and artist whose work spans five decades across multiple industries. He is the recipient of numerous awards in production design, including 6 Cleo Awards, the Silver Lion at Cannes, and the New York Advertising Award for Excellence in art direction. Alan began his career in 1962 as a draftsman in the art department of the British Film Industry, receiving mentor-ship from the leading art directors of the day. He quickly worked his way from draftsman to art director, and eventually production designer. His early work includes 26 features - two of which, "Star Wars" and "Nicolas & Alexandra," garnered Academy Awards for art direction. In production design, Alan is best known for placing a high premium on achieving cinematic quality production values, regardless of budgetary constraints. From modest undertakings to big budget, effects-driven pieces, Alan has worked with renowned directors and cinematographers to conceptualize everything from the visual look of a production to designing sets and environments that allow optimum nuance for lighting. This is best seen in his commercial work as a director and Designer for every major corporate client across every industry (seriously - too many to list) and recently completing designs in august of 2012, for four Boeing commercials. Alan enjoys exploring new mediums and availing himself to unique challenges. He recently completed designing the interactive game environments of "The Lord Of The Rings", "Van Helsing", "Dirty Harry", and "Hulk 2" for Universal Vivendi Interactive Division; and "Land of Legends" for Warner Interactive. Alan has written screenplays and is preparing to direct a dramatic drama feature based on "The Evolution Of Consciousness". As an artist, Alan is known in the architectural community for design of exclusive private residences and hotel interiors across the globe - most notably, the Mandarin in Hong Kong and the Sheratons in Cairo and Bangkok. His works of fine art and photography reside in the prestigious collections of international collectors and continue to be exhibited in galleries across the country.


DONNA J. COX, Scientific Visualization Design

Donna J. Cox is Director of Visualization & Experimental Technologies at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Cox is a recognized pioneer in computer art and scientific visualization, serving as an Art Director for the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the IMAX film, Cosmic Voyage. Cox helped visualize galaxies for the IMAX film Hubble, and collaborated with the producer on the galaxy-shots in the Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life. Cox is Director of the Advanced Scientific Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as Director of eDream, the Illinois Emerging Digital Research-and-Education-in-Arts Media Institute.  An American artist and scientist, Cox is honored at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry as one of 40 selected modern-day Leonardo da Vinci’s.



Robert Patterson handles film direction and camera choreography at the NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab, where he and his colleagues have been constructing super high-quality, high-resolution, data-driven 3-D visualizations since 1985. AVL specializes in large-format productions that are the bread and butter of museum dome cinemas. AVL played an instrumental role in creating some of the stunning data visualizations for the recent IMAX feature “Hubble 3D.”  Tapping the supercomputing power at its disposal at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (the mythical birthplace of HAL 9000), the AVL can make sense of massive data sets that others cannot, making it among the best in the world at turning complex data into science-driven cinematic art.

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Linda Batwin, principal / creative director at batwin + robin productions

A founder and principal of batwin + robin productions, Linda has done extensive award-winning work in media design and production. Linda has used her knowledge of media production and technical design in numerous projects from museum exhibits and interactives to theater and live events. Her recent projects include projection mapping experiences for the NY Rangers and Knicks at Madison Square Garden, theatrical projection design for Holland America Line, Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular, The Edgewater Hotel, the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Verizon PowerHouse in NYC’s Bryant Park, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.


Robin Silvestri, principal / creative director at batwin + robin productions

A principal in batwin + robin productions, Robin has more than twenty years of experience in media production for Fortune 500 companies, exhibitions and the Broadway stage. She is a graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in Communications. Robin produced Passport to the Universe, the inaugural 360-degree show at the American Museum of Natural History. Her most recent work includes projection mapping experiences for the NY Rangers and Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Lucky Guy on Broadway starring Tom Hanks, The Normal Heart on Broadway, for which she won a Hewes Design Award, the Verizon PowerHouse in Bryant Park, and the Walt Disney Family Museum.


Tom De Blasis, global design director

Tom De Blasis is the founder of the (tbd) collective, a social impact design & innovation practice that is determined to collectively solve the world’s toughest challenges at the scale of the need. Previously, Tom served as Design Innovation Director at The NIKE Foundation, as Global Design Director for NIKE Soccer – and Global Design Director for NIKE / 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Alan Howarth / Sound Design

From scores to special sound effects, from Halloween stalkers to STAR TREK, Alan Howarth’s electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films of the ’80s. Alternately wearing the hats of both composer and sound effectsman, Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK; he’s provided sound design and effects for POLTERGEIST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, all the STAR TREK movies, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Coppola’s DRACULA, TOTAL RECALL, and STARGATE, among others. 


Claudia Welss, Collective coherence tech designer

Claudia Welss is a pioneer in bridging social entrepreneurship with innovations in consciousness research. She’s board Chair of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell; on the steering committee of the Global Coherence Initiative; and is Founding Chair of Invest in Yourself at NEXUS, exploring the relationship between personal transformation and planetary regeneration for a network of Millennial change agents. As a philanthropist, impact investor, educator and citizen scientist, her mission to increase coherence across domains using both inner and outer technologies results in collaborations ranging from grassroots subtle activism to transformation technologies to new laser applications in alternative healing.  Claudia is also founder of NextNow Collaboratory, once described by the director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence as a “new kind of collective intelligence.”  Previously, Claudia was director of the University of California, Berkeley Haas School’s Center for Executive Development, building and delivering strategic learning programs for global corporations while pioneering social and environmental responsibility curriculum.


Jacqueline Cooper, MOTION GRAPHICS

Jacqueline Cooper has been creating world-class imagery for Movies, TV, Commercials, Music Videos, and Live Events for decades.  Clients span the world’s top studios such as INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC, DIGITAL DOMAIN, MPC and DELUXE.  Her work can be seen in countless blockbuster movies, including: JURASSIC WORLD, HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS II, IRON MAN III, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A Game of Shadows, TRON: Legacy, and music videos for Santana, Justin Timberlake, Toni Braxton, Jewel, and Lisa Marie Presley


Edward DawsoN-Taylor, MOTION GRAPHICS

Edward Dawson-Taylor is a SENIOR CG ARTIST for major Motion Pictures, TV, and Live Events. His Clients include DISNEY, INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC, and DIGITAL DOMAIN on blockbusters such as JURASSIC WORLD and JUNGLE BOOK. Edward is also Co-Founder of the successful world touring immersive show THE SANCHO PLAN, which was performed in front of large audiences worldwide. Additionally, Edward has created large scale installations for ARS ELECTRONICA and SIGGRAPH. Most recently Edward won the MICROSOFT HOLOLENS VISUAL DESIGN AWARD for creating an experience in augmented reality. In Edward’s early career he was LEAD SOFTWARE ARCHITECT for large Multinational Clients such as DELOITTE & TOUCHE, GREAT MAN MADE RIVER, and IRON MOUNTAIN.



Ari Roisman is Co-Founder and CEO of Glide, and maker of CMRA: The Camera for Apple Watch. Glide’s mission is to make authentic communication incredibly accessible. Founded in 2012 and headquarted in Jerusalem and Silicon Valley, Glide has attracted millions of users who have sent billions of videos through its popular visual messenger. The Glide app is entirely free and available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. In addition to its phone apps, Glide offers unique, live video experiences for Apple Watch and Android Wear. In 2016, Glide was selected by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies for Video.



Ara T. Howard is the Chief Technology Officer and Founding Partner of dojo4, selected to build the App for the historic Stand-up-to Cancer telethon that raised $128M in 45 minutes.  dojo4 builds anything from large distributed satellite processing systems and linux clusters to markup toolkits and Rails projects. All in Ruby. dojo4 builds software: web applications, mobile web applications, iOS and Android native mobile applications, and beautiful responsive web sites. dojo4 does everything in house including brand identity, concepting, writing, design, development, and managed hosting. It specializes in those applications that require hard problems to be solved or big data to be crunched, and those web sites that require ultra-high availability, ultra-high performance, and extreme security. Mr. Howard’s background includes designing large-scale 24x7 satellite processing systems, studying green-house gas emissions, analyzing poverty and population growth from space, building lean technology stressing startups, and contributing countless solutions to budding developers. Ara’s contributions to the Open Source Initiative span languages and domains, but the over 100 RubyGems he has authored are closest to his heart. Ara was recently recognized as a Ruby Hero during the 2014 RailsConf ceremony and enjoys giving back to the coding culture that formed him whenever possible.

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CJ Vanston is a Hollywood-based composer, producer, arranger, songwriter and engineer. As a film and TV composer, CJ has done the music for Christopher Guest’s projects (“Waiting For Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “Almost Heroes,” “For Your Consideration,” and the HBO Series “Family Tree”). Other films CJ has scored include “Slingshot” (David Arquette) and “Deep In The Heart” (Val Kilmer). CJ has produced a range of artists such as Toto, Joe Cocker, Def Leppard, Steve Lukather, Harry Shearer, Michael Bolton and Spinal Tap. He has also been Musical Director/Keyboardist on world tours in over 30 countries with Tears For Fears, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and Spinal Tap, for whom he has been Musical Director for 22 years. Over the past several years, he has written and performed pieces for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali with EARTH’S CALL Founder, cellist Michael Fitzpatrick, with whom he serves as Music Director of The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.. He also worked on the upcoming movie release “Danny Collins,” starring Al Pacino. CJ appears on screen singing and performing with Al and an All-Star band headed by Don Was. Currently he is producing a new album for the band Toto, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary. Vanston produced and mixed their “Live In Poland” DVD in 2013. CJ is also finishing up a solo project with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter that is due out early 2015. Some of the other artists he has worked with through the years include Prince, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, ‘NSync, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand and countless others. 



Todd Scrutchfield is the Content Producer for Creative Technology, and his artistry crosses multiple platforms of Visual Design, Projection Mapping, Content Creation, 3D Animation, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, CAD Design, System Design, Pre-Visualization, and Project Management He is renowned throughout the world as an expert in digital lighting, projection mapping and has created some of the most powerfully magnificent visual landscapes for music, theater, live performance, architecture, and world events.


Franklin Piland (b. 1990) is a Native American musician, active as a conductor, composer, performer, recording artist and producer, administrator, and lifelong educator. He earned his Masters in Music Composition with emphasis in wind band conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Music in Wind Performance with emphasis in music technology and music composition from Eastern New Mexico University. He currently serves as Chief of Staff with the Earth’s Call Foundation and the Orchestra Manager with the Earth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Steven Mercurio.

As a composer and arranger Franklin has been fortunate to have his works premiered and recorded by a variety of musicians, from young bands to collegiate and professional ensembles, and has collaborated on his music with some of the world’s most lauded human-beings. Arrangements of Franklin’s are widely-requested and numerous, and range from solos to symphonies. His choral and band works have drawn attention from legendary composers of our time, Eric Whitacre, Donald Grantham, Mark Camphouse, and David Holsinger being some of the most prominent. His band work Somnia Mortem was named a finalist in the ATSSB Composition Competition and has been championed beautifully by David Holsinger since 2013. He has been commissioned numerous works (20 since 2011 and counting) for a wide variety of ensembles, most recently Rose Made Man, a One-Act Opera, Hymn for band, and four works for the Pakistani/American fusion group Sangat! (Moon of the 15th, Sangat, Morning, and Sun of the 10th) currently on tour across the world. Franklin’s most recent projects include: an exciting collaboration with the Native American jazz group The Delbert Anderson Trio, recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, arranging three tunes from their first album for rapper, jazz trio, and wind band, and Maǧážu, a commission for Lauren Cook for soprano and string quintet.