Production Film Lab at NYU || Tuesday, October 17, 6:00PM
Transgenic Cinema: Collaborating with Scientists
Four filmmakers tell us about their collaborations with scientists
Filmmakers will speak about their collaborations with scientists and how to initiate your own.
Meet the filmmakers
Shawn Snyder
Shawn Snyder is the by-product of a Suburban South Florida upbringing. After somehow sneaking through the hallowed halls of Harvard and emerging with a BA in Religion, he spent the greater part of his twenties on the road, largely as an itinerant singer/songwriter, always an an amateur anthropologist, pinballing between coasts and traveling as far afield as Australia.

The last few years have seen a return to filmmaking and Shawn is now a graduate of NYU's Film Program. During his time there, he received both the Peter D. Gould Scholarship and the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Scholarship. His pre-thesis film, Festus, won the 2014 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Student Drama and made some rather idiosyncratic rounds on the international festival circuit. His latest short, LULU, premiered at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in June 2015. And he's recently received 100k in production funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to direct his first feature, TO DUST, which was also a part of the 2015 IFP Emerging Storytellers slate. Additionally, Shawn was a 2014 IFP/Marcie Bloom Fellow. And he is a fairly beaming and brand new dad.
Emily Driscoll
Emily is a documentary producer and the founder of BonSci Films, a production company specializing in science and art documentaries. Her award-winning documentaries have aired on PBS stations and screened at museums, film festivals, theaters and universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Recent films include 'ShellShocked', 'Invisible Ocean', 'Brilliant Darkness' and 'Masterpiece in a Mill Town'. She produces short films for Science Friday as well as the Museum of the City of New York, Spectrum News, The Fitchburg Art Museum, NBC Mobile, and artnet.

Emily taught production at New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) and has a master's degree from the same program.
Markos Kay
Markos R. Kay is a digital artist, creative director, illustrator and lecturer with a focus in art & science.

He is best known for his video art experiment aDiatomea (2007), exhibited at Ernst Haeckel's Phyletic Museum and the generative short film The Flow (2011) which even made it into a Breaking Bad episode. His art and design practice ranges from screen-based media, to projection and print.

His work can be described as an ongoing abstraction and digitisation of the mysterious worlds of molecular biology and particle physics through a series of generative simulation experiments. These experiments explore the complexity and emergence of the invisible, and the computational paradigm of natural sciences.

As a creative director and designer specialising in 3d and Motion Graphics, he has worked over the last 10 years for commercial clients such as: Apple, Fox, Disney, Nike, Adidas, Maserati, Ford, MTV, Nvidia, BBC, Vimeo and Channel 4. He has also created moving image works and illustrations for organizations that include: Belfast City Council, European Parliament, Howard Hughes Medical institute, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Playgrounds Design Festival. As a certified university lecturer he has taught design at the LCC, Chelsea College of Art & Design and University of Greenwich.

In 2015, Markos founded multidisciplinary design consultancy and design studio Epoché.io with the aim to apply experimental approaches to branding, print-making, graphic design and animation.

Eliza McNitt
Eliza McNitt is a writer and director of films and Virtual Reality experiences. Her unique voice as a director, fusing science with narrative storytelling has been supported by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, TED, Google, Intel, Samsung, VICE, and Time Warner OneFifty. Her films have played at festivals around the world including SXSW, Hot Docs, and Cannes NEXT VR.

A top winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder, Eliza received the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering's Gerber Medal–the state's highest award for student science research–as well as special awards from The Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory, MIT-Lincoln Lab, the Audubon Society, CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, Pfizer, the United States Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, and Connecticut Governor Jody Rell.

Eliza is the recipient of over 50 film-festival nominations and prizes – including eight Best Film and Best Director awards. At NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Eliza was the winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for her film Without Fire which was filmed on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, starring Magdalena Begay (Drunktown's Finest) and Misty Upham (Frozen River, August: Osage County). Eliza's short film Artemis Falls starring Adepero Oduye (Pariah, 12 Years A Slave) was commissioned by TED and follows an astronaut on her journey into space.

She is the creator of Fistful of Stars a Virtual Reality experience which drew over 6,000 people at BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn and was the world's largest communal virtual reality experience to date. Eliza is an artist-in-residence with Time Warner OneFifty and a member of the New Museum's NEW INC, an incubator to foster innovative projects in art and technology.

Time and location:

Sunday, October 15, 9:00pm
Made in NY Media Center by IFP
30 John St, Brooklyn, 11201

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