• Jinkyu Ahn is an award-winning filmmaker, animator and media artist (multidisciplinary artist) based in Los Angeles. He has been focusing on new and experimental work through a combination of various medium and genre such as poem, video, installation, and performance. He has received a Master of Fine Arts in 2011 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He has received a Master of Fine Arts in 2011 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His works and collaborations have been exhibited and screened extensively in U.S, Europe, Asia, North America, and South America at prestigious festivals and venues, including Cannes, Sundance, Annecy, REDCAT, Anthology Film Archives, Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), LA Music Center (Performing Arts Center of LA County) and Swiss Museum of Transport. His films “Flipping” (2014) and “Organ” (2011) have received multiple awards from Cannes, Annecy, Nevada International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale international Film Festival, International Independent Film Awards and more. He recently had a group exhibition, “Light Mapping” in NYC, U.S. (2016) and solo exhibition, “Contained” in Seoul, South Korea (2015) and NYC, U.S. (2014). His work, “Contained” was sponsored by Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.







  • Diego Robles (born in San Diego, 1984) is a teacher, writer, filmmaker, and proud parent of a two year old daughter. Currently, he is writing essays for PhD applications, completing the editing of his first feature-length documentary about a historic neighborhood within Boyle Heights, conducting an interdisciplinary laboratory of experimental-narrative cinema through the performance of music, dance, visual art, theater, and creative writing. He also is currently teaching part-time Film/Video/Media and Animation Art-Integration in the Los Angeles Unified School Districts at Patrick Henry Middle School and Van Nuys High School. He also teaches part-time the Visual and Mixed-Media Arts at the historic ‘Self-Help Graphics & Art’ Chicano/a community and cultural center through the Community Art Partnership Program of the California Institute of the Arts. He also is a contractor for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences where he coordinates, investigates, and assists in the production of oral history interviews of Chicano/a, Latin-American, and American Cinema. He has been an educator since 2002, and a filmmaker since 1997.






  • Matt Reynolds is an animation director, artist, and teacher who grew up just north of San Francisco.  In 2016 he received his MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts.  His animations have screened at festivals such as SXSW, Annecy, Ann Arbor, and AFI Fest, and have been featured on Short of the Week, Cartoon Brew, and It’s Nice That.  His client work includes projects for Adult Swim, SXSW Film, Converse, TED ed, and others.  Matt has been teaching animation and filmmaking since 2011.







  • Kate Brown is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker with a special interest in landscape and the built environment, and painting/drawing/collage. Her 16mm films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives, in New York; the Roy and Edna Disney Calarts Theater, the Echo Park Film Center, and Barnsdall Art Park, in Los Angeles; and at venues in Philadelphia, PA, Canada, and Shanghai, China. Teaching experience includes: CAP program puppetry, film advocacy, and cross-media collaborations with other artists. She is the Education Chair of the Society of Gilders, working to share knowledge about that art form. Brown received a BA from Harvard in Cultural Geography and Landscape Studies and an MFA in Film from the California Institute of the Arts.







  • MOLLY HANSEN PRITTS is a film and video-maker and educator based in Los Angeles.She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hansen Pritts’ productions have screened at AFI Fest, Bradford International, CPHPIX, Los Angeles Film Festival, REDCAT, Rotterdam, Starz Denver, San Francisco International, and Viennale. She received the James Elrod Memorial Foundation Scholarship, the CalArts Award, and was selected to the Sony Spectrum Internship Program.Hansen Pritts is the former managing director of the IFP/Chicago. She was an associate programmer of features for the Los Angeles Film Festival, a distribution producer for the film, Ballast, and a producer of educational programming for Film Independent. She got her start in New York City on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.CINEMA 1 was founded by Hansen Pritts in 2014 to promote cinema culture, literacy, and practice through curriculum development, workshops, productions, writings, and exhibitions. www.CINEMA-1.org






  • Evan Pritts is a filmmaker whose most recent work, a music video for the song “No More Cryin” by The Molochs, was acquired and released by the Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure.  Pritts is a graduate of the Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College, where he studied under Peter Hutton.  Evan has provided cinematic services for a variety of non-profits including the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Cinema 1, and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.  He works as an e-commerce product and fashion photographer for clients such as Vans, J Brand, and Speedo.


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  • Tony Spires is a filmmaker (writer/director/producer/actor), spoken word artist, musician, theatre artist, event producer, personal manager, and featured columnist for Humor Mill Magazine.  He is Producing Artistic Director of Full Vision Arts Foundation.  Known as The Comedy Doctor in comedy circles, and “Coach Tony” to teen performing artists, from The Bay to LA, he is perhaps best known as the founder of the nationally reputed Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival.







  • Ted Faye, Producer, Gold Creek Films, produced Showtime’s number one rated feature sports documentary, IVERSON, on NBA All-Star, Allen Iverson, a project ten years in the making.  Faye has received numerous awards for his films including the prestigious Remi Awards at Houston WorldFest. His background includes work on projects for PBS’ Nature, WQED’s Mojave Desert Project, History Channel’s “Death Valley Chronicles” and others.  Most recently he produced a pilot to explore Los Angeles history in his series “History to Go.”  He’s produced an independent series, “Weird Tales” and is currently co-producing and hosting a Virtual Reality Series, “American Ghost Towns”, featured on Samsung Gear VR. CEO of Gold Creek Films and Co-Founder of Gold Creek VR, the company is advancing the cutting edge of media with virtual reality projects on the National Parks and other popular subjects.







  • Behrouz Rae was born in former USSR and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He combines diagrams and historical images with photographs from various media outlets, as well as with his own work. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Middle East, Europe, Australia and North America since 2007. Studied photography at the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran and is a recent Film/Video graduate from CalArts.







  • Anna Hogg is a teaching artist and filmmaker working in the Los Angeles area. Her work centers on the complexity of what it means to be a storyteller in the modern age. A story has a history, a context. It is the story of the story itself. Whether transformed by memory, adaptation, translation, preservation, censorship, or public opinion, a story has a life of its own. The trajectory of this life continually alters its form–and sometimes even content–on a fundamental level. And the voracity of the modern age has even further complicated this process of continual change by sheer virtue of its speed. The idea of the perpetually shifting story is the basis of Anna’s films, videos, and installations.


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  • Solomon Turner received his MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts, studying cinematography and film lighting under Adele Horne. During his time at CalArts, Solomon founded a screening series in which he facilitated conversations with invited directors and artists, including Kahlil Joseph and Abderrahmane Sissako. He served as cinematographer for Edgar Arceneaux’s multimedia play Until, Until, Until, which was awarded the McLaren Award at NYC Performa 15. His work has been featured on IndieWire, and screened at the REDCAT Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Poetic Research Bureau, and the Strange Beauty Festival of North Carolina. He received his BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College. He currently works and resides in Los Angeles.






  • Vanessa Hsia is a Taiwanese- American filmmaker, artist, and a globetrotter. She has a strong background in visual arts (both sketching and painting) which allowed her to explore her passion through the versatility of filmmaking: stop motion, 2D animation, documentary, narrative storytelling, etc. Vanessa graduated at California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She hopes to travel and explore cultures around the world and teach children the creativity in art.






  • Jon Weisburst is a filmmaker, artist, and teacher who grew up outside of Hartford, Connecticut  He received his MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts this past Spring.  In the past, he has edited documentary and narrative projects for production companies in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City.  He has been teaching film/art education at various levels since 2010.