Lucas Millard is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer based out of New York. Among the feature films Lucas has lensed are The Happy Poet (Venice Biennale 2010), Kiki (Sundance 2016), and Well Groomed (SXSW 2019). His work has aired on HBO, Showtime, Sundance Channel, BET, PBS, France5 and RSI (SwissTV). With an MFA in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, Millard teaches part time at Ramapo College and occasionally leads workshops in cinematography and filmmaking. Additionally, he produces documentary and animated content for clients that include the United Nations and TED-Ed. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, daughter and two chickens, where he programs content for the Beacon Film Society.
Kate Stryker is interested in stories that explore the intersection of people and their natural and built environments. She has directed two short documentary portraits: Roadside Gospel (deadCenter 2007) and Ananda (Visionquest 2014, KIMFF 2014). Baato is her first feature film. By day, Stryker works as a research planner investigating topics of community development, housing, infrastructure, and sustainability. She holds a master’s degree in education from NYU and a master’s of urban planning from Hunter College.
Kesang Tseten’s documentaries have been regularly screened in Nepal and in international film festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Yamagata, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Viennale, the Margaret Mead Film Festival. We Homes Chaps, On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath, We Corner People, Who will be a Gurkha and his trilogy of films on Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf have won wide recognition. His most recent films are The Riyalists (2018/19) – a follow-up to his 2008 film In Search of the Riyal about Nepali migrant labor in the middle east, Trembling Mountain (2016) – about earthquake survivors of Langtang rebuilding their destroyed village, and Hospital (2016) – about a rural state-run hospital in one of Nepal’s poorest districts. Tseten has been recipient of grants from Busan, IDFA, and the Sundance Institute for his films. He wrote the original screenplay for the feature Mukundo (Mask of Desire), which was Nepal’s entry to the Academy Awards in 2001, and Karma. Before filmmaking Tseten wrote, edited, and was associate editor of Himal Magazine. He is a graduate of Dr. Graham’s School in India and Amherst College and Columbia University in the US.from Hunter College.
Eric Daniel Metzgar
Eric Daniel Metzgar is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Sundance Documentary Lab Fellow. He directed, shot and edited Reporter about New York Times journalist Nick Kristof, which premiered at Sundance, aired on HBO, and was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also directed, shot and edited Life.Support.Music., which was broadcast on POV, and The Chances of the World Changing, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and broadcast on POV. Metzgar also edited and produced Crime + Punishment (Emmy Winner, Sundance, Hulu), and edited Give Up Tomorrow (Emmy nominated, POV) and Almost Sunrise (Emmy nominated, POV).
Errant Space is a project of composer/sound artist Craig Chin. Its primary goal is the sonic manipulation of time and space through sound. He has provided soundtracks for films and games, as well as live scores for theatre and dance. Chin has also produced the monthly Errant Space Podcast for over four years, and curates the Second Wednesdays: Electronic/Experimental Music night at Quinn’s in Beacon, NY.
Matthew Robert Cooper
Born in Tennessee and raised in Louisville, KY, Matthew Robert Cooper relocated to the Pacific NW and has since spent much of the past two decades holed up in his house transforming the vibrations in his brain into breathtaking compositions that range from fragile piano ballads to sprawling waves of elegant noise. In addition to his solo works (primarily for film and TV), he records as Eluvium, Martin Eden, and alongside Mark T. Smith (Explosions In The Sky) in the duo, Inventions. His other interests include science, nature, music, books, film, wine, and tea.