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The Speakers

RAMA ALLEN, Executive Creative Director of The Mill

Rama is an Executive Creative Director at The Mill New York, where he guides, develops and directs the inventive vision across The Mill, directing and consulting on film, interactive and immersive experiences. He was included in Adweek's Creative 100 that listed him as one of the 10 Visual Artists who are changing the way we see Advertising and the World.

ADAM ARRIGO, CEO and co-founder of TheWaveVR

Adam is CEO and Co-Founder of TheWaveVR, a VC-backed music tech startup building the world's first social platform for VR music concerts. He has 10 years of experience working on music tech products as a sound designer, game designer, and product leader. While at Harmonix, he worked on AAA titles like Rock Band, Dance Central, Disney's Fantasia, Harmonix Music VR, and more. He led the development of the 2015 Music App of the year Ditty, at LA-based startup Zya.

EUGENE CHUNG, film director and founder of Penrose

Eugene Chung is a film director and the founder of Penrose, a startup focused on augmented and virtual reality. Previously, Eugene was head of film & media at Oculus VR, which was later acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. While at Oculus, Eugene co-created Story Studio, bringing together storytellers and artists from Pixar. Prior to Oculus, he was with New Enterprise Associates and Pixar Animation Studios. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard.

ROSIE HABER, Writer and Director

Rosie Haber is an aesthetically minded writer and director whose work spans the VR, Documentary, and Narrative spaces. She has been a fellow of Film Independent’s Project Involve, Outfest’s Screenwriting lab, and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and most recently Universal’s inaugural Directing Program. She was nominated for a 2017 GLAAD award for her digital documentary series New Deep South— the third episode of which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

JEN DENNIS, Head of RSA VR

Jen Dennis is Head of RSA VR, RSA Films’ immersive media division. With RSA Films’ co-founder Ridley Scott, Jen recently executive produced ALIEN: COVENANT In Utero for Scott’s new sci-fi blockbuster, Alien: Covenant. This comes on the heels of the groundbreaking The Martian VR Experience, which Jen also executive produced with Scott and won a Cannes Silver Lion and an AICP honor in VR.

RUTHIE DOYLE, New Frontier Labs Program Manager of Sundance Institute

Ruthie Doyle is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles via Brooklyn. Since 2013 she has worked in the Sundance Institute's New Frontier program, which identifies, supports and exhibits artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as year-round via Labs and residencies.

MARCIE JASTROW, SVP of Immersive Media, Head of Technicolor Experience Center of Technicolor

Marcie Jastrow is an industry veteran with over 20 years in the Entertainment business. Currently, Marcie is SVP of Immersive Media at Technicolor, as well as Head of the Technicolor Experience Center, a space dedicated to bringing partners together across the VR/AR space to ignite powerful stories through creative technology.

GINA KIM, filmmaker and Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Gina Kim's five feature-length films have screened at more than 80 prestigious international film festivals and venues all over the world. Never Forever was the first co-production between the US / Korea and theatrically released in France, Korea and the US. Kim taught film theory and production as the first Asian woman to teach at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

NICOLE MCDONALD, director of MARRY the MOON

Nicole (MARRY the MOON) is an award winning artist and director who creates extraordinary ways to view narratives. Her vision of stories as multi-axial continuums led to collaborations with NASA to create high-res composite imagery from low-res satellite data. This same passion for technology as a creative tool has led her to create award-winning interactive experiences for brands such as Cirque Du Soleil (a Google Chrome Experiment), Toyota, Dove, Motorola, and Volkswagen.

NONNY DE LA PEÑA, founder & CEO of Emblematic Group

Nonny de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a digital media company focused on immersive virtual, mixed and augmented reality since 2007. She is widely credited with helping create the genre of immersive journalism with a catalog of VR films, covering topics from the Trayvon Martin murder to the Syrian civil war – domestic violence to global warming.

DEDRIC REID, founder & CEO of HelloVR

Dedric is founder and CEO of HelloVR, where he and his team are pioneering MetaWorld, a first-of-its-kind, truly persistent, 10,000-square-mile social VR simulation. Prior to forming HelloVR, Dedric was head of experience at AltspaceVR, the world’s first multi-platform social VR communication tool and executive creative director at Comcast NBCUniversal, where he led multi-disciplined special projects teams on moonshot projects. Dedric’s mission is to craft large-scale immersive experiences that bring people together to form lasting memories that blur the line between the physical and digital worlds.  

BOO WONG, Group Director for Emerging Technology at The Mill

Boo is at the forefront of The Mill's Immersive and Interactive teams who specialize in immersive experiences and drive The Mill to explore and create with all technology - VR, AR, MR and large-scale digital installations. Her experience and expertise identifies emerging technologies and the right ways of working with them, from the practical application to the deep emotional impact these projects deliver for brands and clients.

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EUGENE CHUNG, film director and founder of Penrose Studios

Eugene Chung is a film director and the founder of Penrose, a startup focused on augmented and virtual reality. Previously, Eugene was head of film & media at Oculus VR, which was later acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. While at Oculus, Eugene co-created Story Studio, bringing together storytellers and artists from Pixar. Prior to Oculus, he was with New Enterprise Associates and Pixar Animation Studios. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard.

ALISON HEARST, associate curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Alison Hearst is associate curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She is the curator of the museum's FOCUS exhibition series and has presented solo exhibitions of artists including Fred Tomaselli, Joyce Pensato, Glenn Kaino, Thomas Demand, Lorna Simpson, and Stanley Whitney. Alison was the assistant curator of the major exhibitions Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s (2014) and México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 (2013). She recently organized Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings (2016), which has been on view in Fort Worth and at Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, and will travel to the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, in Lincoln.

BRYN MOOSER, CEO and co-founder of RYOT

Bryn Mooser is the CEO and co-founder of RYOT. Recently acquired by AOL, RYOT is the leading immersive-media company specializing in virtual and augmented reality. As a twice-Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Mooser has overseen the production of more than 200 linear and immersive films created by RYOT. Mooser is also pioneering narrative virtual reality storytelling, launching the first-ever virtual reality global news show and comedy series.

STACY SWITZER, Curator and Executive Director of Fathomers

Stacy Switzer is curator and executive director of Fathomers. Launched in Los Angeles in January 2016, Fathomers is a creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. Fathomers’ first projects include Twelve Earths, a round-the-world collaboration with artist Michael Jones McKean, designed to unfold over the next ten years; visioning the future of fungus in space with artist and MycoWorks founder Phil Ross; and an exploration of value and ethics with artist Jill Magid. From 2004 to 2015, Stacy was artistic director of Grand Arts, a contemporary art project space in Kansas City, and she is co-editor of Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995–2015, published by Grand Arts and available from Artbook | D.A.P.

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