Dacia Sáenz is a filmmaker and storyteller from Austin, Texas where she worked in documentary productions for CNBC, PBS, and the Sundance Foundation. Since her move to Seattle, Dacia has earned her Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, debuted three short films at the 2012, 2013, and 2016 Seattle International Film Festivals, and taken home the Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Center's Next Fifty film festival. She has also collaborated on international documentary projects on behalf of the Seattle Globalist and the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights. Dacia currently spends her days pretending to be a wizard on the After Effects team at Adobe, and exploring the mind-blowing possibilities of immersive storytelling in Virtual Reality. In her free time, she enjoys playing synthesizers and rockin’ the bass in her This American Life tribute band, Ira's Glasses.
James Kaelan is a filmmaker, VR simmaker, and producer whose films and simulations have screened at festivals around the world—including Sundance, Slamdance, SFIFF, Tribeca, and AFI FEST. He currently serves as the Director of Development & Acquisitions at Wevr, and is a co-founder of the crowdfunding and distribution platform, Seed&Spark. He is the former editor of both BRIGHT IDEAS and MovieMaker Magazine.
Rose Troche is a pioneer of 1990's independent cinema. Her groundbreaking independent feature Go Fish launched lesbian cinema into the mainstream. She went on to direct the features Bed Rooms and Hallways and The Safety of Objects and several episodes of Six Feet Under. Rose has been an early adopter of VR, drawn to telling narratives from different points of view. Perspective Chapter 2: The Misdemeanor, a VR short, explores bias from four different accounts of a police shooting. Her latest VR experience If Not Love premiered at Sundance and explores whether a single act of love can prevent a crime.
Kayla Briët is a 20 year old filmmaker and composer, who explores stories of identity through multiple mediums. Her short documentary film, Smoke That Travels, invites you into a world of dance, music, and culture as she explores her fear that her native Prairie Band Potawatomi heritage will be forgotten in time. This screened and won awards internationally, including NFFTY, MoMa, The Smithsonian, and National Geographic. Recently, Kayla was named a 2016 Oculus Launch Pad Artist for virtual reality, a 2016 MIT Chamber Scholar for her interest in blockchain technology, 2016 Adobe Creativity Scholar, a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow,and gave a live musical performance and talk at the official TED conference as a 2017 TED Fellow. She is currently pursuing immersive forms of storytelling as time capsules that fuse her love of art, science, and culture.