Encounter Creative Professionals at JHU
The Film and Media program’s classrooms and design spaces are collaborative environments led by seasoned professionals and often enhanced by visits from experts in the field.
Here are just some of the guests adding to the classroom discourse during recent semesters:
- Joshua Astrachan, producer
- Jessica Brillhart, immersive director
- Ali Eslami, VR developer / artist
- Niko Georgiades and Georgia Fort, activist filmmakers at Unicorn Riot Media Collective
- Siraj Jhaveri, commercial director
- Christopher Keyser, creator of The Society on Netflix and Party of Five
- Aaron Koblin, data artist
- Matt Landers, head of marketing at IFC Films
- Joel Lovell, executive editor at Pineapple Street Studios, leading podcast company
- Asad Malik, AR developer / artist
- Liz Cook Mowe, head of documentary film at Kickstarter
- Terence Nance, filmmaker
- Philipp Stollenmayer, game designer
- Angel Kristi Williams, director of Really Love
Artists in Residence
In Collaboration with the Sundance Institute
In November of 2019, the Sundance Institute announced an action plan to to help improve equity and inclusion in emerging media, the Future of Culture Initiative. As part of the partnership with JHU, the Sundance Insititute's New Frontier Lab Programs established the artists' residency program which supports two participating artists.
Diego Galafassi, Artist in Residence
Diego Galafassi is a visual artist and sustainability scientist from Brazil living in Stockholm. He holds a Ph.D. from Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University where he studied the role of co-creation of knowledge and artistic practices in transformations towards sustainability. He is a writer, producer and director of documentaries as well as experimental film and performance.
His project, Breathe (in collaboration with Jess Engel), is a mixed-reality application that utilizes the Magic Leap headset to enhance understanding of climate change by inviting viewers to break free from their bodies in order to experience themselves as a cohesive part of the greater living world.
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, Artist in Residence
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is working on Toxic Baby.ai, a documentary app based on her TED Talk that uses artificial intelligence to piece together a variety of personalized data sources in order to present an interactive non-fiction story about the effects of environmental pollution on children.
She is a BAFTA-nominated director and producer whose credits include BBC‘s Shakespeare’s Stories, as well as the BBC4 documentary Me and My Dad, which followed her on a trip to Trinidad to confront her father, a former magistrate jailed for bribery and corruption.