2007 Mentors

Abigail Rudner, Lead Instructor
Abigail Rudner is a dynamic educator, designer, and author who inspires
and teaches students how to design and produce purposefully using a
synthesis of design methodology, visual thinking and computer graphics
tools and techniques. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design
with a BFA in Communication Design and Photography. Abigail is a
certified trainer, teaching Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Adobe
Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Illustrator, in addition to Interaction
Design Theory and Practice, and web graphics. Rudner Design Works
produces design and illustrative content for a wide range of Multimedia
and Print projects. Clients include Levi's, Wells Fargo, Dow Jones,
America Online, Absolute Vodka, The SYDA Foundation, Amgen, Apple
Computers, Microsoft, Radius, FAD and Publish! Magazines.

Tony Holbrook, Lead Instructor
Tony Holbrook began his career in video production as an instructor for
distance learning courses broadcast via satellite in 1996. In 1999, he
pioneered the use of streaming audio and video for online learning at
Oracle Corporation by designing methodologies to rapidly produce online
courses in a self service fashion using low-cost, efficient web-based
video studios. Today, over 400,000 customers, partners, and employees
worldwide use these online courses to train on Oracle products.
Complementing his solid record of achievements in online learning, he
is currently an integral member of a start-up television production
company producing motor sportsprogramming. Tony's extensive technical
proficiencies include online video and digital video editing
experience, DVD authoring, Web development, as well as Oracle DBA and
CAD / CAM 3D modeling expertise.

Michelle Halsell
Michelle Halsell is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Missing Pixel. A
producer and a filmmaker, Michelle brings over 12 years of experience
in building teams and leading projects in exploring new technologies
and interactive story telling. Throughout her career, she has developed
and led projects for ITVS, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting
(CPB), NEH, and Star Schools Grants for the U.S. department of
Education. In addition her work as a visual artist has premiered in
projects in New York at The Kitchen and 651 Arts. Her ongoing
collaborations with award-winning filmmakers, musicians, and Tony
nominated performers over the years has led to the development of web
sites, CD-Roms, DVDs, digital video projects and interactive
installations. Through Missing Pixel, Michelle continues her goals to
create media that explores and tests pre-existing boundaries of new
media while reflecting both diversity and innovation. She is equally
committed to developing new audiences and addressing issues of
accessibility at all points in the production process. Ms. Halsell
received her Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications
Program (ITP) at New York University. She has presented to audiences
ranging from Harvard University to PBS Annual conferences in San
Francisco and Nashville. Ms. Halsell teaches graduate seminars in
Interactive Documentary production and Technology and Social Activism
at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as well as seminars
at Hunter College. In 2006 Ms Halsell joined the board of Women Make
Movies and was awarded a fellowship to participate in We Media Miami
for ifocos: institute for the connected society.

Theresa Riley
Theresa Riley is the Director of P.O.V. Interactive. She is an
award-winning web producer whose work has been featured on PBS Online,
onmagazine.com and time.com. In 1998, she joined PBS Online as the
editor for news, history and documentary film websites. She co-produced
a number of companion sites for PBS programs including the
award-winning Ken Burns' Frank Lloyd Wright website. Other notable
sites she produced for PBS Online include Wonders of the African World
with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Conquistadors with Michael Wood, and
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. After PBS, Theresa spent a couple
of months in the U.K. at the ill-fated British start-up Boo.com before
landing on her feet back in the U.S. as producer of the TIME Digital
magazine website in 2000.

Ben Batstone Cunningham
Before Second Life was Second Life, Ben was already in there creating
the world as a resident. He was soon offered a position at Linden Lab
where, over the course of four years, he contributed to every aspect of
Second Life's development. A month ago, after helping with the release
of SL's viewer code, he left Linden Lab in order to found his own
company, Alt-Zoom Studios, convinced that the best place to contribute
to this space was as part of it. Ben is probably more famous as his
digital personas, Buhbuhcuh Fairchild and the now departed Ben Linden.

Tony Walsh
Tony Walsh (1969) is a Toronto-based creative developer and consultant
with a background in professional illustration, writing, and design. He
has helped plan and build compelling social media and game projects
since 1994, including the Gemini Award-winning "This is Daniel Cook"
web site (2005), the International Emmy Award-winning "Regenesis"
alternate reality game (2006), and the SXSW Web Award-winning "Fallen"
alternate reality game (2007). Walsh is a part-time Game Design
instructor with Centennial College (undergraduate program) and George
Brown College (postgraduate program) in Toronto. In 2007, he conducted
game prototyping workshops for the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab in
Toronto, joined Australia's Laboratory of Advanced Media Production as
a mentor for a series of workshops based around the "Story of the
Future," and became a member of the "Pool of Masterminds," a group of
consultants and educators working with the Interactive / Media / Design
program at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Walsh maintains an active public profile by giving presentations,
contributing to panel discussions, and by commentating in the media. He
has been filmed for two pending documentaries about virtual worlds, and
has consulted two other pending documentaries on the same topic. In
March, 2007, Walsh lead a panel discussion on "Avatar-Based Marketing
in Virtual Worlds" at the South by Southwest conference in Austin,
Texas. Last year, he moderated a top-rate panel on "The Secret Sex Life
of Video Games" at the same conference. Walsh has been cited in such
publications as Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, Utne Magazine, and
Harvard Business Review. Walsh is interested generally in the
intersections between culture, business, and technology. Specifically,
he finds virtual worlds such as Second Life among the most exciting
results of those intersections. He has been researching and writing
about Second Life since 2004. His blog Clickable Culture is recognized
as one of the world's most interesting sources for virtual-world
criticism and analysis. Tony Walsh can be found online at

Megan Cunningham
Megan Cunningham is the Founder and CEO of Magnet Media, the leading
educational media company serving the entertainment industry. Magnet
Media (http://www.magnetmediafilms.com) produces two award-winning
series of interactive educational products: Zoom In Online and The
Digital Media Training Series (DMTS™). Zoom In Online
(http://www.zoom-in.com) is an internet video channel providing
need-to-know information on media and entertainment. It is used by the
world's largest media companies and creative hobbyists alike to stay
abreast of changing business and technology trends. The site includes
profiles, stories, tutorials, blogs and podcasts with leaders in the
field --all presented in 100% rich media format. The award-winning
Digital Media Training Series is supported by Apple Computer, Adobe
Systems, Avid Technology, Autodesk Media and Entertainment, Final
Draft, Sony and Panasonic. The DMTS(tm) products are sold at retail
stores worldwide, and distributed online as DVD's
(http://www.digitalmediatraining.com) and as e-learning courses
(http://www.zoom-in.com) Ms. Cunningham began her career producing
independent documentaries to promote social change. In 1993, she
co-produced an AIDS-education video that was distributed nationwide to
health centers, and nominated for a Student Emmy Award. When she moved
to New York in 1995, she worked up the ranks in cable and public
television as an Assistant Editor and Associate Producer on several
projects for cable and public television, including Nickelodeon,
PBS/WNET, PBS/WGBH and MTV. In 1997, she became the second employee as
the Senior Editor at systems integrator Virtual Media. There she worked
as post-production consultant on numerous productions (including
clients as diverse as Time Warner, Woody Allen, and MTV). In 2000, she
left Virtual Media as the Director of Business Development to start
Magnet Media. The company's first training product was supported by
Apple Computer, and Magnet Media has been Apple's key training product
provider ever since. Ms. Cunningham has taught seminars, workshops and
panels at industry events, including: The Wharton School of Business'
Entrepreneurs Conference, DV Expo, the Independent Feature Market, and
the National Association of Broadcaster's convention. Her first book,
The Art of the Documentary (featuring interviews with Al Maysles, Ken
Burns, Errol Morris, DA Pennebaker and others) was recently published
by Peachpit Press/New Riders, a division of Pearson Publishing. She
served on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and
Television, and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.

Andy Beach
As an expert in Internet video, digital asset management and rich media
solutions, Andy Beach oversees all aspects of production and product
development for Magnet Media. His expertise in video post-production,
compression, and interactive design has attracted clients worldwide,
including: Apple Computer, British Design Council, Virgin Records,
Universal Music, Paramount Pictures, Showtime Networks, Fuji Film,
Volkswagen, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to joining
Magnet Media, Andy co-founded New York based interactive agency Last
Exit, where he oversaw several award winning interactive projects for
their clients in the entertainment industry. Andy has spoken at
industry conferences including NAB New York, WWDC, QuickTime Live!, and
Production East, and has been featured in POST Magazine and TV
Technology. He also taught digital filmmaking and encoding at the
School of Visual Arts.

John Ulliman
John Ulliman has been working in interactive digital media since 1985
starting out his career on cutting edge applications for computer
modeling and animation in the Aerospace industry with a number of
companies, including Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He started
his own studio, On The Wave Visual Communications in 1991 providing 2D
and 3D graphics and animations for print, video and the web. He has
consulted for many software firms in the industry, including Apple,
Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft, AutoDesk, and Alias Wavefront. John has
been teaching ever since he first picked up a computer, initially on
hardware and programming languages, then on technical CAD software, and
currently on all the products he uses to make animation magic work. He
currently offers training on products for creating 2D and 3D artwork,
assembling it into animations and interactive environments, as well as
products which help him edit and produce the final work - whether that
might be video, TV, CD-ROM, web or print. John is an Adobe Certified
Expert and an Adobe Certified Instructor for Flash, Fireworks,
Dreamweaver, Director, Flash Video and Flash Mobile environment. He
only provides training on software products that he actually uses in
production, with the intention to bring as much practical experience
into his classes as possible.

Cathy Fischer
Cathy R. Fischer, senior producer for ITVS Interactive, joined ITVS in
1997 as a publicity manager and brings over 20 years of communications
experience in independent film and television. One year later she
launched ITVS Interactive, creating companion sites for ITVS and
PBS.org. Cathy oversees ITVS.org as well as the series and companion
sites for Independent Lens and its Inside Indies online magazine, the
Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival and ITVS's Electric Shadows
Web-original projects. Since its inception in 2002, the Electric
Shadows initiative has funded six online projects, which have garnered
a People's Choice Webby Award, two SXSW Web Awards, Time.com's “50
Coolest Websites,” among others. She also works with online
marketing/branding strategies and creates Web banners for PBS.org.
Cathy has served as an advisor for the Sundance Online Film Festival
and the AFI Digital Lab. A UC Berkeley grad, her career began as a
publicity intern for director Robert Altman. She later worked for the
Primetime Emmy Awards and on Academy Award campaigns for feature films,
documentaries and shorts. She worked in media relations and outreach
for HBO and with many nonprofit arts and political organizations. She
also served as PR/marketing director for San Francisco International
Film Festival's 40th anniversary. Cathy began her interactive pursuits
in 1996 with "EmmyCast," the first WebCast for the Primetime Emmy
Awards, hosted by Florence Henderson. She has produced over 200
companion sites for Independent Lens and ITVS-funded films.

Anthony Marshall
Marshall has been making a name for himself since age fifteen when he
co-created the Lyricist Lounge. What began as five MCs hanging out in a
rehearsal room soon turned into one of the most respected showcases for
new underground talent including Eminem, 50 Cent, Sean "Diddy" Combs,
Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, Foxy Brown, Slick Rick, Q-Tip, Common, Guru,
Fat Joe, and The Black Eyed Peas. In 1998, the Lounge launched its
first national tour with artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, De La Soul,
Black Eyed Peas and Wyclef, while Marshall co-founded Open Mic Records
and released the critically acclaimed Lyricist Lounge Volume 1 and
Volume 2, also developing "The Lyricist Lounge Show" for MTV, to become
one of its highest-rated programs. Marshall has also been the urban
representative for the Midem music trade show in Cannes. Marshall will
work with the network's viewer contributed content, or VC2, as well as
host programs.

Jim Miller, Guest Speaker
Jim Miller is the Executive Director for Brave New Foundation and the
Education and Outreach organizer for the Brave New Films project 'Iraq
For Sale: The War Profiteers'. Before joining the Brave New Family, Jim
produced the star-studded 'Les Girls' charity benefits for the National
Breast Cancer Coalition. His film experience includes being the
Director of Development for The Shooting Gallery, an independent film
company which produced 'Sling Blade' and 'You Can Count on Me', and
Head of Acquisitions for Cinema Park Distribution.