Director of Photography PIERRE KATTAR is an Emmy award-winning video journalist and filmmaker. As a backpack journalist, he reports, writes, shoots, edits and produces news videos and documentary films all over the world. Since 1999, Pierre’s work has won numerous awards including two Emmys, a Peabody, Scripps Howard Foundation, casey Journalism Center and three RTNDA Edward R. Murrow awards. Kattar was named “Editor of the Year” in 2007 by the White House News Photographers Association. He also served as associate editor and story consultant on the rough cut of Her Aim Is True which was shortlisted by the WIF Foundation Finishing Fund.
Cameraman (London) STEPHEN REYNOLDS is the director/owner of London-based media production company Virtual Pictures. His career spans more than twenty years in production as both a film editor and shooter for TV and corporate clients.
Consultant, Indie Film Producer MONICA LEE BELLAIS is a world-class media expert with considerable know-how that blends experiences in Hollywood, Washington DC and International markets. Monica has worked at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Records, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Networks, Public Broadcasting Service.
Expert DESPINA KAKOUDAKI is an associate professor in the department of Literature at American University in Washington DC. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture, and the history of technology and new media. Her interests include cultural studies, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and the representation of race and gender in literature and film. She has published articles on robots and cyborgs, race and melodrama in action and disaster films, body transformation and technology in early film, the political role of the pin-up in World War II, and the representation of the archive in postmodern fiction. Professor Kakoudaki received a fellowship from the National Endowment for her most recently published book, titled Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People.
Contributor SUE FENNESSY is a serial entrepreneur, thriving as a business leader in media, television production, sponsorship, and technology driven media solutions. Her newest creation is The8App, where she is Founder and CEO. Her goal with The8App is to create a social network based on positivity, empowerment, and social change. The8App is a mobile media platform that is building a fun, creative, and inspiring community which allows users to tell stories through photo and video, build an audience, and make money from their popular content. The8App is unique for its ability for its users to monetize their popular or “viral” content; your creativity is beautiful and you should own it!
Contributor KATE BOLICK is a journalist, editor, and cultural critic – for the New York Times, Slate, Vogue, The Boston Globe, and The Atlantic. Her first book, the best-selling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. “Whom to marry, and when will it happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence.” So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single – along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing.
Contributor MICHAEL STEWART, founder and Director of Communications at the Interactive Design Institute, has extensive experience in the writing, directing and delivery of education programs across a range of media. At IDI he performs a wide variety of functions, including the development of a pedagogy for online delivery, writing and editing of course materials for online delivery, international and domestic business development, and the writing of resource materials.