Director / Writer / Producer
Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Oakland-based filmmaker, writer, and educator. Using sports as a tool for engaging audiences in a conversation about collective memory, popular culture, the archive, and obscured histories, Kashmere’s documentary essays combine archival research with materialist aesthetics, hybrid forms, and explorations of voice. His work has been addressed in publications such as ESPN’s Grantland, The Globe and Mail, The Cinema of Hockey, Sports Illustrated’s Hardwood Paroxysm, and Cinema Scope; has been supported by The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Carol R. Brown Awards, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Film Board of Canada; and has screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Kassel Dokfest, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, UnionDocs, SFMOMA, British Film Institute, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Images Festival, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Kashmere holds an BA in Film & Video Studies from the University of Regina, as well as an MA in Film Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. He has taught media production at Concordia University, Oberlin College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Director / Cinematographer / Producer
Solomon Turner grew up in Boston and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, and co-founder of Hello Benjamin Films, a film production company. Hello Benjamin’s 2018 project, Blu Blak (directed by King Ali Emeka) explores the pitfalls of contemporary black masculinity against the backdrop of L.A.'s fast and youthful skating scene. It was awarded Best Youth Film Ages 19-23 at the 2018 BlackStar Film Festival. Turner received his BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College, where he also played football, and an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. He recently served as cinematographer for Edgar Arceneaux's multimedia play Until, Until, Until..., which was awarded the McLaren Award at NYC Performa 15. Turner’s work has been featured on IndieWire and has screened at the REDCAT Theatre in Los Angeles, Art Basel Miami, and Vienna International Film Festival. He teaches at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica.
Maggie Corona-Goldstein is a producer, actor, and co-founder of Hello Benjamin Films. She was the 2016 recipient of the NEA funded LA Stage Advance grant by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles. As an actor, her films have been screened at the XIV Cine Pobre Film Festival, the REDCAT Theatre, and the SXSW Film Festival. As a producer, her work explores arts and activism, with a focus on social issues and community development. She has also served as a Program Coordinator in non-profit arts education, facilitating standards-based, multidisciplinary arts education workshops for youth throughout Los Angeles County. She holds an MFA in Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jon Weisburst is a filmmaker, actor, editor, and producer originally from outside Hartford, CT. He received his MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has screened at Los Angeles’ Echo Park Film Center, AALA Gallery, REDCAT, and 315 Gallery, and has been featured on VEVO. Weisburst has edited videos for Buzzfeed, Juxtapoz Magazine, Nomadic Wax Media, Firelight Films, and the Mill Valley Film Group, amongst others. He received his BA in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Katrina Dixon is a media archivist and independent researcher based in Lexington, KY. She serves as Vice President of the board of the Center for Home Movies, and is the founder of the Kentucky Amateur Film Archives, a charitable organization that collects and provides access to amateur films and home movies relating to Kentucky and the surrounding regions. She has worked with Franklin Furnace Archive (Brooklyn, NY), James Madison’s Montpelier/The Montpelier Foundation (Orange, VA), The New York Transit Museum, Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME), and managed the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She also leads a teleconference workshop for homebound seniors through DOROT University Without Walls, utilizing group listening to sharpen minds, trigger memories, and create community.
DR. TRAVIS VOGAN
Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Iowa
Travis Vogan’s research focuses on the intersections among sport, media, and U.S. culture. His particular expertise lies in television, media industries and institutions, documentary, and the relationship between commerce and cultural value. He is the author of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media (U of Illinois P, 2014) and ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire (U of Illinois P, 2017). His current book project, ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television (U of California P, 2018) uses the American Broadcasting Company’s influential sports TV division to outline the development, politics, and transformation of sports television from the 1950s through the early-2000s. Some published articles have been featured in American Art, Television & New Media, Popular Communication, Communication & Sport, Journal of Sport History, International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Sports Media, The Moving Image, and various edited collections. Vogan has served as a contributor to and source for national and global media outlets that include the New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, Washington Post, Wired, and Deadspin. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Sport History and co-editor of the University of Illinois Press book series Studies in Sports Media.
DR. SAMANTHA N. SHEPPARD
Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University
Samantha N. Sheppard is the Mary Armstrong Meduski ’80 Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. Coeditor of From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (UP of Mississippi, 2016), her published essays appear in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Journal of Sport History, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Black Camera: An International Journal and L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (U of California P, 2015). She is currently working on three manuscripts: Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen, Screening Basketball (forthcoming from Rutgers UP), and Phantom Cinema: Black Feminist Film That Never Was.
DR. YAGO COLÁS
Professor of English, Oberlin College
Yago Colás’s scholarship investigates the intersection of sport, the humanities, and society. Colás employs interdisciplinary methods to grasp the cultural significance and political potential of sport figures and events, particularly in relation to race and gender, which lead to his first book, Ball Don’t Lie! Myth, Genealogy and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball (Temple UP, 2016). His work emphasizes the formal and aesthetic analysis both of athletic creativity and of the stories that shape its production and reception; a combination of analysis of the social and cultural functions of sport with a detailed attention to the emancipatory possibilities available in athletic performance. Other published works include essays for Sports and Nationalism in Latin/o America, Journal of Sport History and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Culture, as well as appearances on National Public Radio. He is currently at work on his second book, Numbers Don't Lie!, on the history and impact of the use of quantitative reasoning and digital technologies to describe, analyze, and predict athletic performance.
DR. KRISTEN FUHS
Assistant Professor of Communication, Woodbury University
Kristen Fuhs’ research and teaching interests center on media and cultural studies, with particular specializations in documentary and film history. She received her PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and before joining Woodbury’s faculty taught at CSU-Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, and The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. She also has forthcoming work that will appear in The Journal of Sport and Social Issues and the anthology Vocal Projections: The Voice in Documentary Film. Fuhs is the co-founder of Docalogue, an online space for scholars and filmmakers to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary.
DR. JODI KASHMERE
Jodi Kashmere is a practicing neurologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Neurology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
Designer and Health Data Consultant
Sara Krugman is an Oakland-based designer working to change the way medical devices, data and health care services are delivered. She is particularly interested in how design for behavior can impact the relationships we have with technologies. She has moved through research, art and design to affect the experiences of diabetes care.
Director and Chief Curator, Grand Central Art Center
John D. Spiak was appointed Director/Chief Curator of California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), Santa Ana in September of 2011. His curatorial emphasis is on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in socially engaged practices and video. Through the GCAC Artist-in-Residence initiative, GCAC hosts national and international artists as they develop projects. Prior to his appointment at GCAC, he was Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, joining that staff in 1994. He has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions, working directly with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Brent Green, Tony de los Reyes, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, and Adam Chodzko. His projects have received support from such prestigious organizations as The British Council, Metabolic Studio, Polish Cultural Institute, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CEC ArtsLink, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Spiak currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Museum and Social Issues, Advisory Board of SPArt (Social Practice Art - Los Angeles), and Board of Community Engagement.