Smashcut is a next generation learning platform built for real time, media-based education.

Smashcut partners with universities and organizations to develop and deliver customized, branded, media-based online programs.

The Smashcut platform features a high degree of collaborative instruction, and real-time student project review via live 1:1 video sessions with instructors.

We built Smashcut to help the next generation of students learn to communicate ideas and work effectively in a culture and workplace increasingly dependent on visual media and digital collaboration.

Team Smashcut

Daniel Blackman
Founder and CEO
Bio ∨
Daniel has been working on digital businesses since 1993. He is the co-founder of, an instructional video start-up launched with his former Google and YouTube colleagues. At Howcast, Daniel created the Howcast Emerging Filmmakers Program - a production-based content platform that provided video assignments to young filmmakers. Daniel has held executive management roles at The Daily Beast, YouTube, Google, Barnes & and HarperCollins Publishers. Daniel graduated from NYU with a BFA in film production.
Favorite filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu
Evan Eustace
Chief Technology Officer
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Evan, a transplant to New York from Dublin, started his career as an audio-engineer doing studio and radio work, and restoring vintage soul and blues recordings for a US record label. But a computer-geek at heart since his teenage years, he was soon drawn into that as a profession. Since then he has spent over 20 years developing software in diverse fields including television and publishing, on different platforms including server, mobile, and desktop. The last 15 years Evan’s been working on education technology. When not indoors in front of a computer, he can probably be found sailing a boat somewhere.
Favorite director: Terry Gilliam
Andrea Allen
Program Director
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Andrea is a filmmaker and online community builder. Her background includes founding and leading the video production team at where she was responsible for all Vimeo branded content. Before that she spent four years growing and supporting Vimeo’s talented community of creators. She’s passionate about educating and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers to share their work with the world. When she’s not working on Smashcut, Andrea is a part-time co-host of the IMVDb podcast and directs music videos.
Favorite film: Silence of the Lambs
Michael Atkinson
Editorial Director
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Michael has been a film critic for 25 years, and film studies professor at NYU, Long Island University and Hofstra University. He currently writes for The Village Voice, Sight & Sound, In These Times,, The Progressive, LA Weekly, The Criterion Collection, Film Comment, and elsewhere. He is the author of seven books, including Ghost in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Eds.) and Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood (SUNY Press).
Favorite film: Michael doesn’t have a favorite, but believes the best-ever-made is still Citizen Kane.
Billy Disney
Executive Producer
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Billy was a founding member of The Verge’s video team and helped build editorial video operations at Vox Media, Mic, Genius, and The Outline.
Favorite film: Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense, which inspired his persistent ambition to subvert non-fiction filmmaking as well as his general affection for floor lamps.
Valeriya Golovina
Program Manager
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Valeriya is a Ukrainian filmmaker based in Wellington. She gained her first experience in photography and journalism covering the ongoing war with Russia for Ukraine’s English language newspaper KyivPost. Later she acquired hands-on experience in filmmaking during her studies at New York University Abu Dhabi as she started directing her own short documentaries and assisting film producers in New York. Valeriya also served as a film tutor at NYU Abu Dhabi for courses with regional seminar trips, coordinating students and ensuring their effective collaboration with local artists on short documentaries and animation projects. Valeriya has pursued studies and professional opportunities in the US, Germany, England, China, UAE, Ukraine, and Tanzania. She believes in the young generation's vital role in shaping non-mainstream narratives about their communities and making digital storytelling accessible and inclusive. Her creative interest lies in the intersection of photography, writing and documentary based projects that reveal personal narratives and complicate official stories with fixed perspectives. Valeriya has directed short documentaries and video installations, and worked as a cinematographer on more than a dozen narrative and documentary shorts.
Roy Haynes
Program Coordinator
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I am a portrait photographer and Illustrator. I’ve been drawn to the arts for as long as I can remember. Drawing was always something that I did because I’ve always been enticed by faces. Something about the nuances in shades, shapes, form, and so on - has just always grasped my attention. That’s really where the passion started for me. Later on, It developed into me capturing moments for people who shared a similar interest in the arts and expression. Self-expression has always been something that has been important to me, and It took me a long time to realize that I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed creating and doing It unapologetically. Some people make It harder than It should be, but I really believe that It is possible to be happy and create a life doing what you love. I love connecting with others through my art because It has always allowed me to express a side of myself I don't always talk about.
Ralf Bokelberg
Software Developer
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Ralf Bokelberg is a Fullstack developer from Germany. He previously worked for Adobe Consulting and in Fintech.
He’s got an eclectic taste when it comes to movies. He likes Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as much as von Trier’s Dogville and Disney’s Frozen as much as Kitano’s Hana-bi.
Attila Miklosi
Software Developer
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Attila has been involved with computers for longer than he can remember. When he sat in front of the first Commodore 64, it was love at first sight. Before Smashcut, Attila worked on a broad spectrum of software products ranging from online games to healthcare automation. Attila has many hobbies like gardening, skiing, table tennis, and swimming but he’s most obsessed with programming. Nowadays he spends most of his free time with his little sons.
Favorite film: Amélie
Emanuel Mateiuc
Bio ∨
Emanuel is UI/UX designer from Romania. He graduated from The Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca. He aims to match creativity and usability, and enjoys forming concepts with a strong emphasis on clarity and simplicity.
Favorite films: Donnie Darko and The Butterfly Effect

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Tim Fleming
Bio ∨
Tim is an experienced Cinematographer creating distinctive work on Feature Film andTV Drama worldwide. His feature films include: All Is By My Side with writer/director John Ridley. Citadel with writer/director Ciaran Foy. As If I am Not There with writer/director Juanita Wilson. Once with writer/director John Carney. His work in television includes: Jamestown with writer/director Bill Gallagher, Bounty Hunters with director, Will Sinclair, Decline and Fal with director Guillem Morales, AD Kingdom and Empire with directors, Ciaran Donnelly, Brian Kelley, and Paul Wilmshurst. The Crimson Field with directors Richard Clarke and Thaddeus O Sullivan. “The Musketeers” with Directors Saul Metzstein and Richard Clarke “Inside Men” with Director James Kent, “The Jury” and “Moses Moses Jones with director Michael Offer, Lightfields with director Damon Thomas.
Bebe Dierken
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Known for work on Troy, Fall of a City, Humans 2.0, Berlin Falling, Dickensian, Inglorious Basterds, V for Vendetta, The Bourne Ultimatum, A most wanted Man, World War Z, Madame Butterfly, Hugo Cabret, Eat,Pray,Love, Anomynou sBlood Diamond and United 93.
Cathal Watters
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Cathal’s interest in photography began when he was young. He started taking and developing photographs when he was just 12 years old. Going on to study Drama in Trinity College Dublin his interest in drama and photography grew together. Anxious to get get a camera in his hands he got a job shooting news for television stations in Ireland. After a few years, he started shooting documentaries and has shot numerous documentaries for the past 20 years all over the world. Cathal began to shoot short films and music videos and eventually broke into the feature film world. Cathal now mainly shoots films and TV Drama. Recent films have included Handsome devil, A Dark Song, Viva which was shot in Cuba for which he won an IFTA for his Cinematography. He was nominated again for an IFTA for his work on the Netflix Dominion Creek. He has just completed the fourth season of the internationally popular show Peaky Blinders. He is a member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.
Emily Abt
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Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s ’Top 10 Directors to Watch’, Emily Abt is a critically acclaimed documentary and narrative filmmaker who has directed five feature films. Her first narrative feature Toe to Toe (which she also wrote) premiered at Sundance and was released by Strand. She has shot, produced and directed documentaries for Showtime, PBS, Starz, MTV, OWN and the Sundance Channel. Abt is also a seasoned branded content director who has created projects for clients such as Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and Oracle. Abt’s first feature documentary Take It From Me (PBS’s POV series) was created when she was a 23 year-old caseworker in New York City. She then went on to receive her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to make her thesis film. Abt’s other feature documentaries include All Of Us(Showtime’s 2008 World AIDs Day film) and Daddy Don’t Go which is currently airing on the Starz network and won eight “Best Documentary” awards. Abt most recently directed and operated 2nd Camera on a new documentary feature for the Showtime Network entitled Beyond the Opposite Sex about two transgender people living in rural America. It will air on the network in March 2018.
Ruairí O’Brien
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Ruairí is the son of an artist and an actor and so cinematography seemed like a natural place to wind up. He attended IADT film school in Ireland and after graduating spent many years shooting documentaries, shorts and music promos. Since 2006 he has been shooting mostly TV drama and his credits include The Fall, Humans, Line Of Duty and Five Minutes Of Heaven.
Vincent Peone
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Vincent Peone began his career as a founding member of the CollegeHumor Originals team. In the seven years he presided as staff director, he directed, wrote, shot, produced, or acted in nearly 2,000 videos. With ten million subscribers, Vincent helped build CollegeHumor to become one of YouTube’s top comedy channels. His work has been viewed by billions. Vincent continues to direct commercials solo and within his award winning directing duo, Josh+Vince for a slew of top tier brands and advertisers. In 2016, he won a Webby for his stop motion film, The Sea is Blue, as well as four other awards for a campaign he directed for Google and Vogue’s Zoolander Pranks the Runway video. Vincent is currently in development with TBS and IFC on shows he’s created.
Bing Liu
Bio ∨
Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Rockford, Illinois with his mother all before he was 8 years old. At age 14, he began honing his craft making DIY skateboarding films. When he was 19 he moved to Chicago and began freelancing as a grip while attaining his B.A. in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At age 23 he joined the International Cinematographer’s Guild, gaining experience on projects such as Sense8, Divergent, Empire, Chicago PD, and Shameless. In 2014 he began collaborating with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) on his first feature, Minding the Gap, a co-production of ITVS and POV. Bing is also a story director and DP for an upcoming Steve James mini-series, America To Me, produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.
Kevin Shaw
Bio ∨
As a director, producer, cinematographer, Kevin Shaw has produced award-winning documentaries for ESPN, PBS, the NFL Network and the Big Ten Network. His first feature documentary film, the critically acclaimed The Street Stops Here, about Hall of Fame high school basketball coach Bob Hurley and his career-long fight to mentor inner-city youth, debuted on PBS nationally in 2010 and aired on ESPN. Also in that year, Shaw’s Big Ten Network short documentary on a quadriplegic trying to regain the ability to walk won the Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting excellence. In 2012, Shaw directed Goose, the story of pioneer Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum for ESPN. Two years later, Shaw won a National Sports Emmy for cinematography of ESPN’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil show opens and teases.
Luke Eder
Bio ∨
Luke Eder has lensed seven feature films, and has co-directed one feature. With 30 years in the film industry, Luke brings extensive knowledge of cinematography for narrative and documentary film production . In addition to his feature work, Luke has shot programs for The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, Lifetime Television, A&E as well as commercials, music videos and educational films.
Isidore Bethel
Bio ∨
Isidore Bethel is a French-American filmmaker. A graduate of Harvard College, l’École Normale Supérieure, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has produced and edited films that have screened at Cannes (Official Selection), IDFA (Amsterdam), the Museum of Modern Art, the Beirut Art Center, and the Pompidou Center, earning a New York Times Critics’ Pick and a Mexican Academy Award nomination. He has been a Lagardère Foundation Fellow (2013), a Jack Kent Cooke Fellow for the Arts (2014-2017), and a Tribeca Film Institute Network, IFP, and Film Independent Fellow (2017), as well as an artist-in-residence with the Institut Français (2016) and at the Villa Medici in Rome (2017). His short films have screened at the Los Angeles and Atlanta Film Festivals as well as in galleries in the US, the UK, and Mexico. He has taught film at Sarah Lawrence College and Parsons in Paris and is currently directing his first feature films.
Monty Rowan
Bio ∨
As an International Photographers Guild “A” camera operator for the past 25 plus years, Monty has collaborated with some of the world’s finest Directors and Cinematographers on everything from low budget independents like Breaking In, to Academy Award nominated studio pictures, like The Blindside. On many of these projects he was also the 2nd Unit DP. (A Simple Plan, The Gift, The Glass House etc) Monty has been lucky enough to work with directors and cinematographers that are visually strong story tellers so his relentless obsession with framing, composition, camera movement etc; has had many deeply satisfying outlets. He has worked with artists who have inspired him profoundly. Cinematographers Luciano Tovoli, Alar Kivilo, Aphonso Beato and Lauro Escorel amongst others and Directors Irvin Kershner, Scott Hicks, Sam Raimi, Bill Forsythe and Harold Ramis all contributed to Monty’s love of film. Monty was coerced into teaching at the Los Angeles Film School (2001-2003) by Producer/founder Thom Mount. (Monty was trying to pitch a documentary about the subversive subject of “authorship” in film making while Thom, who had a different agenda , conned him into participating in his dream school). While the experience was pleasant, Monty was haunted by the schools lack of success at integrating students into the industry. Monty is a firm believer in mentoring. He feels strongly that it’s the only way to break out of the box that conventional methods of film education create. We are artists/storytellers first, technicians last.
Reuben Atlas
Bio ∨
Reuben is a New York based producer, director, and former lawyer. His first film, a feature music documentary, Brothers Hypnotic, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. It broadcast internationally and on PBS’ Independent Lens, and is distributed by Factory 25. He also co-directed with Jerry Rothwell the Netflix and Arte funded wine fraud documentary, Sour Grapes, and recently produced and directed with Sam Pollard, ACORN and the Firestorm, a film about a controversial community organizing group. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is distributed by First Run Features, and will broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2018. His work has been funded twice through ITVS’ Open Call, and also received support from the Sundance Institute, Gucci Tribeca film fund, IDA Pare Lorentz grant, NPBC/Black Public Media, Jerome Foundation, NTR and NYSCA. Before filmmaking, he worked at a maximum-security prison, a music law firm, and at Legal Aid.

Our Board of Advisors

A.O Scott
Chief Film Critic, New York Times
Bio ∨
A.O. Scott has been a film critic at the New York Times since 2000, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2010. In 2016, he published Better Living Through Criticism: How Not To Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, And Truth. He is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Film and The Moving Image at Wesleyan University.
Yance Ford
Director, Producer
Bio ∨
Yance Ford is an Oscar nominated director and producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards where Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar.
Strong Island received the Gotham Award for Best Documentary, the DocFest Tim Hetherington Award, the Full Frame Filmmaker, & Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award and the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary. Strong Island premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival winning a U.S.Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling.
He received the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, was nominated for a George Foster Peabody Award and at the 11th Annual Cinema Eye Honors became the first nominee ever to win for Best Direction and Best Debut and Best Feature. Strong Island launched globally on Netflix in September.
Ford is a Sundance Institute and MacDowell Colony Fellow and featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. As a former Series Producer at POV, his curatorial work garnered over 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations.
The Root named Yance Ford among the 100 most influential African Americans of 2017 and recently he became a Sundance Institute Art of Non-Fiction grantee for an untitled film currently in development. He is represented by ICM Partners.
Geralyn Dreyfous
Executive Producer, Cofounder Impact Partners Film Fund
Bio ∨
Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts, extensive experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector, and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She spent an early part of her career at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities, and taught Documentary and Narrative writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is the Founder and Board Chair of the Utah Film Center, a non-profit that curates free screenings and outreach programs for communities throughout Utah.

In 2007, she co-founded Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan, bringing together financiers and filmmakers so that they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception, IP has been involved in the financing of over 70 films, including: The Cove (2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); The Garden (2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature); Freeheld (2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film); and Hell And Back Again (2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature) and multiple film festival award winning films such as E-TEAM (2014 Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award, US Documentary), The Overnighters (2014 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize), and Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, US Documentary).

In 2013, Geralyn became a founding member of Gamechanger, the first for-profit film fund dedicated exclusively to financing narrative features directed by women. Their first film, LAND HO!, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Geralyn’s independent executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day MY God Died, Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning The Square, Academy Award nominated and Peabody Award winning The Invisible War, and multiple film festival winners such as Miss Representation, Meet The Patels, Anita, In Football We Trust, he Hunting Ground, Dreamcatcher And Alive Inside. Her works in production include: Wait For Me and Be Natural*. Geralyn was honored by the International Documentary Association with the Amicus Award in 2013 for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking. Variety recognized Geralyn in their 2014 Women’s Impact Report highlighting her work in the entertainment industry.
Brickson Diamond
CEO, Big Answers
Bio ∨
Brickson Diamond is CEO of Big Answers, LLC, which consults on diversity and inclusion strategy for clients in entertainment, technology and asset management, generating new partnerships and leveraging impactful connections. He previously served for five years as COO of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent member organization of Black executives in the Fortune 1000. Diamond began his career and spent 15 years as a marketing and client services executive with The Capital Group Companies, a $1.8 trillion global asset management firm. He is a founding board member and chair of The Blackhouse Foundation, which provides pathways for Black multi-platform content creators into career opportunities within film, television, digital and emerging platforms. He is a trustee of Brown University, the Middlesex School and Tides. Diamond is a graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Business School.
P.J. Dillon
Bio ∨
PJ Dillon has been in the film business for over 25 years, starting as a trainee and working his way through the camera grades to Director of Photography. His television work includes Game of Thrones, Vikings, Penny Dreadful and The Alienist. Films include Strangerland, The Runway, My Brothers and Timbuktu.. His work has been nominated for awards by The American Society of Cinematographers, The British Society of Cinematographers and The Society of Australian Film Critics. He has also won the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Cinematography on three occasions. His favourite film is Lawrence of Arabia.
Kahane Cooperman
Director, Producer, Showrunner
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Kahane Cooperman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer, director and showrunner. Her documentary short, Joe’s Violin, was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award. Joe’s Violin had its American broadcast premiere on the PBS series, POV in July 2017 and can be seen online at Most recently, she was the executive producer of seven short documentaries about autism, directing two of them, for Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars on HBO. She was also recently the showrunner, executive producer, and a director of the 4-hour non-fiction series Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders with Joe Berlinger and Radical Media. The series had its broadcast premiere on SundanceTV in November 2017. Prior, she was executive producer and showrunner of The New Yorker Presents, a series with Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions for Amazon Studios. From 1996-2015, she had an integral role on the acclaimed television program, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she was originally hired as a field producer in 1996 and rose through the ranks to become Co-Executive Producer from 2005-2015. For her work at The Daily Show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and three Peabody awards. Additionally, Kahane was honored in 2017 by Variety Magazine as a Woman of Impact.

Kahane began her documentary career at Maysles Films in NYC. She directed and produced several documentaries prior to Joe’s Violin including Cool Water, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Making ’Dazed’ about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was broadcast on AMC and acquired by the Criterion Collection. Kahane also produced the feature doc Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, directed by Nick Broomfield. She has an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
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Bob Levy is best known as the Executive Producer of the TV series Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, and the Producer of the movie Sex Drive. He is a co-founder of Citizen Media, a production company with several new TV series in development. Bob also teaches in the Producers Program at UCLA’s film school. Before becoming a producer, Bob was Vice President of Primetime Series at NBC during its “Must See TV” era in the 1990’s. He graduated from Brown University where he double-majored in English and History.
Naoise Barry
Executive Producer
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Naoise Barry has 25 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. He currently runs Envision Entertainment, providing production services to his roster of international clients, shooting in Ireland. Formally, Naoise was with Pinewood Studios Group, heading up their Irish operation, where he oversaw the production of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Ireland. Prior to joining the Pinewood Group, Naoise spent 14 years with the Irish Film Board, and in his role as Irish Film Commissioner, co-financed international productions, including Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street and The Tudors. He was central to attracting a wide range of projects to film on location in Ireland, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Love & Friendship, and Oscar Nominated Albert Nobbs. Naoise sits on the Board of Screen Producers Ireland, and is a member of SPIs Film & TV Drama Committee. He also sits on the IFBs S481 Policy Steering Group.
Patrick Stettner
Director, Screenwriter, Educator
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Patrick Stettner is a feature film director and screenwriter. His first feature, The Business Of Strangers, with Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival & Toronto International Film Festival and was released through IFC Films. His second feature, The Night Listener, starred Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh and Joe Morton, and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival & Berlin International Film Festival and was released nationwide by Miramax.
Irrespective of his professional obligations Patrick Stettner has always been a dedicated film educator. First, at one of the most prestigious graduate film programs, Columbia University, School of the Arts, Graduate Film School, where he was an Adjunct Professor for many years and taught various levels of film directing, including its highest level course, Directing IV. Most recently, he helped create a Bachelor of Fine Arts filmmaking program at the Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of Arts, where he is currently the Chair of the Rutgers Filmmaking Center.
Zane Vella
VP Product, Comcast
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Zane is a producer and software executive with a background in media technology and education. Zane joined Comcast as Vice President of Product in December, 2016 with the acquisition of Watchwith, an interactive video company he founded in 2006. Prior to Watchwith, Zane worked at the intersection of film, Internet and consumer electronics and was an early pioneer of virtual reality and web video applications. Zane is a member of the Television Academy, holds a Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
William Brangham
Producer/Correspondent, PBS News Hour
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William Brangham is an Emmy award-winning correspondent and producer for the PBS NewsHour in Washington D.C. He joined the flagship PBS program in 2015, after spending two years with the PBS NewsHour Weekend in New York City. In his first two years, Brangham has reported across the U.S. and internationally, covering everything from the severity of America’s opioid crisis, the integration of the U.S. Marine Corps, and even a profile of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Brangham’s reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015 was among the work cited when the NewsHour won a George Foster Peabody Award that year. He reported a six-part series on the HIV/AIDS epidemic -- which traveled from rural Rwanda to Atlanta, Georgia -- and which won a series of major awards, including an Emmy and the National Academies of Sciences Communication Award. When he’s not out reporting in the field, Brangham is a regular interviewer on the NewsHour, and he’s occasionally anchored the weekday and weekend broadcasts. During his career, Brangham has also worked on video projects for The New York Times, ABC News, National Geographic and Frontline. Prior to joining the NewsHour, he was a producer and correspondent for Need to Know on PBS, and before that, for Bill Moyers Journal. Brangham worked on several Moyers documentary series in the 1990s, and was a producer on the critically acclaimed Now with Bill Moyers in the early 2000s. In 2014, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Brangham lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and three children.


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LearnCapital is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on funding entrepreneurs with a vision for better and smarter learning. They believe that the future is shaped by the way we teach and learn in the present, and that we’re in the middle of one of the great revolutions in the history of education. New technology platforms, applications, and services are not only amplifying and augmenting classroom learning, but creating a world in which any Internet-enabled device can become a classroom on demand.