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INSTRUCTORS

Kelly Parker: Project Creator/ Lead Workshop Instructor
Parker was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 2008. Kelly completed her first feature film South Main, during her studies at CalArts. South Main premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is distributed by Rainbow Media for the Sundance International Channel. From 2007-2009 Parker developed media for non-profit organizations such as the Veterans Employment Transition Foundation and the Academy of Business Leadership. In 2009 she created the Good Exposure project as a way to make her next feature film endeavor an inclusive experience for inner city youth residing in her community. Through her partnership with W.O.R.K.S. the Good Exposure project was awarded a grant from the California Consumer Protection Foundation, to create media labs, access to camera rentals, filmmaking workshops and resources for youth in Los Angeles. Parker is currently writing a screenplay to produce as part of the Good Exposure Project in 2010.

Suzuya Bobo: Workshop Instructor, “Applying Your Skills To The Real World”
Suzuya Bobo is a Los Angeles based independent film director and producer. A Calarts Alumni from Plano, TX Suzuya has already made a name for herself as a do-it-yourself new-media maverick, working with long and short form film and web projects. Suzuya recently signed with Looking Glass Films for exclusive US spot representation. Among the director’s current work on the Web is The Rory Story, a hyper-reality Internet series chronicling the adventures of recording artist Rory Uphold (rorymusic.com), as she records and tours to promote her EP entitled “Catch me if you can”. Suzuya’s webisode spark started while working with TikiBarTV.com both on the creative production and branding side. At a time when exclusively online shows were relatively unknown she spearheaded the publicity angle and subsequently the show was profiled in a four-page Forbes article entitled “Who Needs a Network?” (August, 2007) Suzuya then applied her creative energy to co-produce One Brick Film’s first feature entitled, “Wooly Dive,” for which she raised half the film’s financing, secured talent, and directed the second unit on location in Cape Cod, MA. The Film is currently in post production.

Dorit Cypis: Workshop Instructor, “Acting & Communication”
Dorit Cypis is an artist, MFA, California Institute for the Arts and a mediator, Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Since the 1980’s Dorit Cypis has mixed strategies of photography, performance, installation and social sculpture to explore identity as personal and social; simultaneously psychological, physical and political. Dorit’s work, exhibited at museums and social spaces internationally, has received many awards including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Bush, McKnight, Jerome, Ordway, Durfee Foundations, City of Los Angeles Cultural Arts Department and Fellows of Contemporary Art.

Cypis has generated extensive cultural programming including Kulture Klub Collaborative, 1992, at Minneapolis YouthLink, to challenge social service to recognize art as a viable practice to inspire and guide home-less teens. KKC, celebrating its 16th year in 2008, continues to build collaborations between professional artists and at-risk youth, bridging survival and inspiration. Foreign Exchanges, founded by Cypis in 2006, weaves Conflict Resolution, Aesthetics, and Somatic Awareness to engage with and transform personal and social conflict, developing new tools for the negotiation of identity, power and reciprocity.

Caroline Key: Workshop Instructor, “Audio as Character”

John N. Marchesini: Workshop Instructor, “Applying Your Skills To The Real World”
John N. Marchesini is an internet consultant with experience in project management, customer experience management, digital content management, customer relationship management, blogging platforms, event-driven marketing, sales force automation, process modeling, contact management and workflow automation. He manages and consults companies such as Pfizer, USAA, HSBC Mexico, Banco de Credito of Peru and Bell Canada. In addition to being a part of the advisory council and teaching workshops, John has donated server space for interested young people to create and maintain blogs.

James Ponsoldt: Workshop Instructor, “Story Telling”
James Ponsoldt was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He received a BA in English from Yale and an MFA in directing from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. Ponsoldt’s short films and debut feature, Off The Black, starring Nick Nolte (distributed by THINKFilm), Timothy Hutton, Trevor Morgan have played at more than 100 festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Stockholm, Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh, Aspen, Florida, Seattle, Cork, Atlanta, Woodstock, Brussels, Nantucket, and Hamptons.

James’ screenplay, Refresh, Refresh was developed at the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. Refresh, Refresh received the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, was a finalist for the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award, was included in the 2008 Hamptons’ Screenwriters’ Lab (with the mentorship of Ira Sachs and Jeff Sharp), and was also selected for Film Independent’s highly selective Fast Track program. Refresh, Refresh will go into production in Spring of 2009.

Ponsoldt has been a feature writer for Filmmaker magazine for two years. He volunteers and leads writing workshops with 826LA, a non-profit organization in Echo Park, dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. James has also made educational films for the non-profit organization, Safe Horizon, to bring awareness to issues surrounding domestic violence.

Adele Romanski: Workshop Instructor, “Post Production”

Aries Santiago: Workshop Instructor, “Concept Development & Meditation”
Born to humble beginnings in Los Angeles, California, Aries Santiago always had stars in his eyes. A Meisner trained actor, Santiago has acted in several feature and short films. Santiago is also well respected in the theatrical community, where his talent and his ability to forge bonds of unity and friendship have found him well embraced by his audience as well as his peers. He has served his community at the Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center for over 7 years and continues to build on the strengths of individuals and families, guiding them toward a better way of life. From 2005-2008 Santiago served as the Youth Program Coordinator at Hathaway-Sycamores, providing services the for the LA Bridges after school program, facilitating the Youth Leadership Council and providing summer youth employment. Santiago served as a case manager at Hathaway from 2001-2005 and received a gang interventionist specialist certification from Cal-State in 2006. From 2000-01 Santiago worked as a sponsored Executive for United Way, raising awareness of pressing issues facing LA County.

Mallori Simko: Social Network Coordinator & Workshop Instructor
Mallor Simko was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. She attended and completed acting training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy; New York City and Los Angeles. She has been a performer for most of her life, working on stage and for film. She has a deep passion for the Arts and is also passionate about community involvement, human rights, and animal rights. Mallori was the first chartered member and president of the Lion’s Club Youth Club, The Leo Club, in her hometown. Additionally, Mallori is involved in animal rights and follows a vegan diet. Her interest in activism and community involvement helps to shape her career as an Actress, and it also helps her to grow as a person.

Clay Zimmerman: Film Editor & Workshop Instructor, “Post-Production”
Clay Zimmerman edited the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience award- winning feature Quinceanera as well as Chronic Town which premiered at Sundance in 2008. In addition to fiction film work, he has edited documentaries including 2004’s AFI Audience Award winning “Gay Republicans” and numerous television projects for networks such as ABC, A&E and Bravo. He graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City in 1999.

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