Jan Millsapps, Ph.D., is a veteran filmmaker and pioneering figure in the new media movement. She has produced digital and interactive cinema on subjects ranging from domestic violence to global terrorism. A versatile and accomplished writer, she has written two space-themed novels and is a featured blogger on the Huffington Post. As professor of cinema at San Francisco State University, she has taught courses in digital cinema, interactive cinema, web cinema and short format screenwriting. She earned her B.A. with honors in Creative Arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; her M.A. in English at Winthrop University; and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of South Carolina. She also holds an academic certificate in cosmology from the University of Central Lancashire in England.
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens is Director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University and an award-winning director, producer and curator of film and contemporary visual art. Her work is socially driven, engaging issues of the environment and the political landscape that shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. She serves as social justice coordinator for the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Metro Academy, part of a nationally recognized program that helps underrepresented students succeed. She is also a lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute and a curator of the Reclaimed Room for Environmental Arts. She is on the board of directors at Bona Fide Films, president of Bay Area Women in Film and Media and a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from SF State.
Robert Barbarino is Associate Director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University. A native Californian, he moved from Southern California to Sacramento, where he studied film at Sacramento State and worked on music and short experimental videos, and then to San Francisco, where he recently completed his M.F.A. in Cinema at S.F. State.
Beth Rogozinski has produced films, games, events, campaigns, websites, apps and books. She started her career making interactive films and later CD-ROM’s and was a founding member of the internationally renowned Multimedia Studies Program at San Francisco State University. She then worked in media hardware, software and services at such top firms as Silicon Graphics and Macromedia. She has since founded games and apps companies including Signal 2 Productions, Match Factor and D2S Games, where she has produced and published more than 30 causal games and apps. Beth is a founder of Transmedia SF, a transmedia agency and studio.
Maya Zuckerman brings a wealth of experience in visual effects, film, production, gaming, startups, product management and brand narratives. She has worked on game cinematics for “Prince of Persia”, “Ghostbusters” and “Star-Trek online,” and for companies such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Vivendi, Sega and Activision. She has also worked in product development for software and interactive products for companies such as the Chopra Center, Harpo Productions and Salesforce.com. She was featured as a pioneering woman in the field of transmedia in an article written by Liz Nord for PBS/POV.
Melissa Lamming has been involved in filmmaking and broadcasting for most of her life, with experience both in front of the camera and behinds the scenes. As Transmedia SF’s Social Media Manager, she managed Twitter, Facebook and other outreach sites. She is currently working with Billions Rising founder Anita Casalina to produce a television series World Changers, which explores sustainable solutions to poverty worldwide.
Henry S. Rosenthal is a San Francisco-based producer, director, musician and actor. He has produced more than 16 independent films, including The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), The Living End (1992) and All the Vermeers in New York (1990). He was a member of San Francisco’s original punk band, Crime. Currently he leads virtual missions to Mars in the Challenger Learning Center at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. He graduated from new College of California in 1976 and since 1988 has been president of Complex Corporation.
Michael Carter, Ph.D., works in research, design, and development of new media and games to support good health and leaning. At Digital Pictures he created “What’s My Story?” to help children learn to speak for themselves. He helped design a new generation of online mathematics courses for the Hewlett and Gates foundations and has created over a dozen math games to accompany them. Previously he advised Steve Jobs and oversaw new media research and technology-rich classrooms in Apple’s Advanced Technology Group and. As director of Academic Computing at Stanford Univeristy, he hosted computer pioneer Doug Engelbart’s Bootstrap Institute. He has also been a professor of history at Dartmouth University and has edited and published essays, reports and a new journal on digital media and learning with the MIT press.
Cristina Deptula has a background in nonprofit communications, international literature, publishing, museum and planetarium work, and science and tech journalism. She has served the creative community as a publicist and copywriter for several years. Her company Authors, Large and Small specializes in literary publicity.