AMANDA KNOX, CREATOR // WRITER
Amanda Knox is an exoneree, criminal justice advocate, and writer. After spending nearly four years in prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn't commit, she wrote a memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, April 2013). Her journalism has been published in USA Today, Broadly, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Magazine. Amanda is currently working to spread awareness of wrongful conviction issues through VR, TV, and print media. She also writes a weekly column for the West Seattle Herald. She lives in Seattle with her partner, Christopher Robinson, who encourages her to always go meta.
CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, CREATOR // WRITER
Christopher Robinson is a novelist, poet and futurist. He is the co-author with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encyclopaedists (Scribner, May 2015), which received glowing reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. His work has appeared widely in such publications as Salon.com, New England Review, the Kenyon Review, and McSweeney's online. He has written about virtual reality and artificial intelligence for Bright Ideas Magazine. He is also a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. Christopher has too many degrees, including an MA in poetry from Boston University and an MFA from Hunter College. He lives in Seattle with his partner, Amanda Knox, who pushes him daily to be more empathic.
JAMES KAELAN, DIRECTOR
James Kaelan is the editor-in-chief of the film culture magazine BRIGHT IDEAS and a co-founder of the crowdfunding and distribution platform, Seed&Spark. With his collaborator, Blessing Yen, he is the writer/director of the virtual reality short, "The Visitor" (AFI FEST '16, Slamdance '16, SFiFF '16), and the producer of Janicza Bravo's much-lauded VR experience, "Hard Work for Small Things" (Sundance '16, Tribeca '16).
BRYN MOOSER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Bryn Mooser is the CEO and co-founder of RYOT. Recently acquired by AOL, RYOT is the leading immersive media company specializing in virtual and augmented reality. As an Oscar nominated filmmaker, Mooser has overseen the production of more than 200 linear and immersive films created by RYOT in collaboration with some of the most well-known brand partners in the world. Mooser is also pioneering narrative virtual reality storytelling, launching the first ever virtual reality global news show and comedy series. RYOT’s work has earned accolades across the industry, including recognition as an Emmy Awards 2016 finals for HuffPost RYOT’s “The Crossing” and a Peabody Award finalist
HAYLEY PAPPAS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
As Head of Films for RYOT, Hayley oversees the development, production, distribution, and campaigns of all RYOT Films - from feature-length docs and character driven shorts to experiential VR pieces. With RYOT, she’s had the privilege of producing award-winning docs, including the Oscar-nominated short, “Body Team 12,” as well as over a dozen virtual reality (VR) films. Her work has covered topics including sexual assault, solitary confinement, and mass executions and has premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and Hot Docs among others.