TIFFANY SHLAIN | FILMMAKER & FOUNDER OF THE WEBBY AWARD
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day–unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. @tiffanyshlain
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SAWYER STEELE | PRODUCER & WRITER
Sawyer Steele is Head of Production and co-founder of the nonprofit Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. He has co-written, co-produced, and co-edited several award-winning films including the Sundance film Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; The Adaptable Mind; A Declaration of Interdependence, and many more. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He co-founded Character Day, an annual day that last year had over 200,000 events in 125 countries. Sawyer was born and raised in New England, has a degree from Colby College, and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, their two small children, and their sweet-as-can-be pitbull.
MAKENZIE DARLING | DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND ENGAGEMENT
Makenzie’s specialty is forging strategic partnerships, building community, and executing events that bring about social change. She has grown the Character Day movement to over 133,000 events in 150 countries by working with school districts, government officials, and corporations around the world. Makenzie created and manages a global Ambassador program that engages individuals looking to implement social and emotional learning practices into their curriculum. She conducts professional development seminars to large entities wanting to roll out programming to offices and districts worldwide. Makenzie has been a keynote speaker and panelist for subjects ranging from education, technology, gender equity, social change, and SEL. @rowandrelease
JULIE HERMELIN | CO-FOUNDER OF 50/50 DAY & CO-CREATOR OF 50/50 FILM
An award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist, Julie Hermelin was a creative producer on the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain, co-founded the social recommendation site, Momstamp and, executive produced the pro-choice benefit compilation, “Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice.” Julie leverages her social network for social change, founding and chairing The XX Fund, a women’s philanthropic collective that supports non-profits for LA’s most vulnerable women and girls. @juliehermelin
UNA LORENZEN | ART DIRECTOR
Una Lorenzen is the Art Director and Animator for Let it Ripple’s recent short films and for The Moxie Institute’s Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here. Based in Montreal and originally from Iceland, Una has been creating short films and fascinating visual worlds for documentaries, live action films, music and art events of all sorts since she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 with an MFA in Experimental Animation. She also received a BFA in Graphic Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004, utilizing mixed media techniques to construct a distinctive visual experience for each project. Her personal work has been screened at multiple festivals and galleries such as MOMA-New York (Nordic Outbreak Tour), Kro Art Gallery-Vienna (Tricky Women Festival), Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival-Scandinavia, Tribeca Underground Festival-New York, National Gallery of Iceland, Fantasia Film Festival-Montreal, Unsound Music Festival-Poland, Independent Exposure Tour-USA and on the Artforum website.
RAQUEL SANCINETTI | ANIMATOR
Raquel Sancinetti is an animator and filmmaker originally from Brazil. She studied International Relations and Semiotics before obtaining her BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in 2013. Her films have been screened in over 40 international festivals, and her last stop motion short, Cycle, won 4 awards, including best animated short at PISAF in South Korea. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.