Ken Lin is a director, producer, and writer from New York City. He is a founding member of the Asian rap band The Notorious MSG, which has been profiled on MTV, The New York Times, NPR and other international media outlets. In 2018, he wrote and directed his first short film called “California Roll”, which is currently screening at festivals throughout the US.
It was a hot summer’s evening on the twentieth day of June, 1995. In those dusk hours in a quiet little hospital in Hingham, Massachusetts, John McDonald was born. It wouldn’t be long until the young man learned how to read and write, and doing so inched him closer to his passions and dreams. In his later years, John would fill up his time creating short animated pictures. And since those days of old, John has been making animated films of various formats, styles and techniques, all with the unifying theme of humor.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was fleeing the KFC. Why did the coyote cross the road? Because it was fleeing the Taco Bell. I don’t like to take life too seriously, I prefer to poke fun at whatever life throws at me. This is how I usually approach my art. While I take the process of making art seriously, the subjects that I cover tend to be mostly satirical and humorous. Despite this, I can break out from my routine style and deliver something outside of comedy.
Soup&LO is a Canadian comedy duo founded by Sarah Campbell and Laura Commisso.
Laura and Sarah met while studying Devised Theatre at York University. The two began taking classes at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto and quickly found a niche in improv and sketch comedy. In their fourth year at York, they founded Soup&LO. They are currently in post-production of season two of their original web series, titled COOL GIRLS.
Cool Girls is a humorous new take on today’s millennial generation and our obsession with being noticed and liked. Everything from our outfits to our breakfasts are well-thought-out, curated, and documented. Everything Amber-Mae does is for the purpose of impressing other people, and simply proving that she is in fact, cool. All the while, Terri-Lynn is trying desperately to keep up. Cool Girls is important because as outrageous and unreasonable as these two girls are, they are shockingly relatable. They are us today, clumsily navigating through a strange new world of self-branding and social-status upkeep. Not only does Amber and Terri’s partnership give us permission to step back and laugh at ourselves, it also reminds us that maybe we’re not so cool after all.
Holly was raised by her grandparents on Whidbey Island. They believed in rigorous music studies to combat the trauma of coming from parents with mental illness. Though she didn’t become a concert pianist, she has directed short movies, documentaries and now the web series, the Sounds of Freedom. She earned a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has studied fine art and digital media as far away as Italy and The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada.
At the age of 16, Holly was a key member in a successful Internet start up and went on to working for fine art and newspaper publishing companies and designing for advertising.
She was a member of Americorps for two years where she helped kids learn to read and taught digital photography in her local community.
Holly has worked in a darkroom developing crime scene photos, had a father with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the inspiration for Sounds of Freedom. She is also working on a documentary featuring her mother, mental illness, and herself called Music in My Head.
Holly resides on Whidbey Island in the same house she grew up in with her husband, two Golden Retrievers and rather psycho kitty. She enjoys kayaking, boating, playing piano, extreme sledding and off-roading adventures.
With new technologies, narrative is being deconstructed and its importance reduced to simple mathematical algorithms to make sense of a digitized world. Therefore, as “narrative animals,” humans endlessly click a mouse button to make sense out of the digitized world in their own way, or become computer programmers or multimedia authors, the creators of mathematical algorithms, to weave a narrative through the digitized media world. I as a media creator, struggle to develop new narrative in this click and skim internet culture.