Jacqueline Bishops paintings, drawings and installation explore the psychological connections between humans and nonhumans. Influenced by two decades of traveling the forests in the Amazon, experiencing Katrina and documenting the BP Oil Spill, her work addresses the politicizing of nature, species extinction and eco-political injustice. She studied Art and Philosophy at the University of Kansas, received her BA/ painting from the University of New Orleans and an MFA/ painting from Tulane University. For 8 years she taught Art and the Environment at Loyola University New Orleans. She has exhibited or lectured in Europe, Southeast Asia, North and South America. She is a grant recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation. Ms. Bishop resides in New Orleans, Louisiana and Columbia, Mississippi and is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery.
Michael Patrei is a professional independent filmmaker who lives in Central New York. Michael has become deeply involved in his community along with keeping his fingers on the pulse of both regional and global human needs. Michael’s passion is in constant innovation, and in continuously fusing these innovations with his overall mission to contribute to the greater good of our society through filmmaking and the arts. Michael is the founder of The Guild of Thespian Puppets. Besides being a puppeteer, he is also the visionary force behind conceiving and crafting all of the Guild’s original puppets. Michael is on the Board of Directors for the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. In his spare time Michael is the lead singer of the Tom Waits tribute band The Swordfish Trombones. Michael’s film, “BALLOU: a documentary film” is a 90-minute feature length documentary about the struggles and triumphs of an inner city high school marching band from Washington, DC and features interviews with Colin Powell and Jesse Jackson. BALLOU has received national attention with a television premiere on the BET Network, screening at the White House for First Lady Laura Bush, and featured stories on Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and ABC World News. Michael has recently completed a feature length film Falling Frames and has directed several short documentary films for Cinelan’s 3-Minute Stories series entitled, “Haunted Beardslee Castle,” “Super Fertile Derby Girl,” “The Brass Ring,” and “DEMON Biker Chihuahua,” which can all be seen on Hulu. Michael is also the Director and one of the founders of the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival. This annual event takes place in Utica, NY in October of each year. It combines film, art, music, and a conference into one festival in order to expose human rights violations and issues from around the globe in hopes of offering practical solutions to these pressing issues.
Sâmia Pedraça is Master’s student in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada. Interested in game studies, she intends to research the development of narrative in contemporary video games and the connections between new technological affordances (especially the usage of 3D) and sophisticated storytelling. She works as a research assistant at Edmonton Pipelines and GRAND NCE (University of Alberta) and was previously a consultant at SET Simulated Environment Theatre (University of Waterloo). Sâmia is a journalist and graduate of Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo.
Forrest Warner works with Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) and DHi as Lead Videographer & Editor. Focusing on the technical aspects of video for DHi projects, Forrest’s role beyond the camera is to guide students to develop their own working knowledge of video pre-production, production, and post-production with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking. Forrest has participated in multiple DHi film projects where he worked as Lead Camera and guided DHi interns with on-site video production.Forrest also manages the Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and Studio Arts Digital Arts Video Suite and provides videography and editing services across campus. Most recently Forrest has been working as Project Manager and Videographer for HamiltonX, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) development team for edX. Forrest studied at Rochester Institute of Technology in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences and holds a BFA in Film & Animation with an emphasis in 3D Animation.