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  • Sixpoint Pictures 208 S Pulaski St Baltimore, MD 21223 United States (map)

Presented by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund and the JHU MA in Film and Media ISET Program

What to Expect:

Meet the artists pushing the boundaries of narrative and social impact by innovating the art and form of story though emerging technologies ( VR/AR/AI) at Johns Hopkins new ISET ( immersive storytelling and emerging technologies ) program.


Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, Sundance Johns Hopkins ISET Artist in Resident
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is a British Academy Award nominated filmmaker, TED speaker, environmental health advocate, technologist and entrepreneur. She is the first black, female filmmaker to be nominated for a British Academy Award. Her work includes the British Academy Award nominated Interactive BBC Series “Shakespeare’s Stories” starring the Oscar Nominated actor David Oyelowo. She has won over 10 awards for her television work and has two BAFTA, RTA (Royal Television Society and Grierson (British Documentary Award) nominations.

Diego Galafassi, Sundance Johns Hopkins ISET artist in Resident
Diego a visual artist and sustainability scientist from Brazil living in Stockholm. He holds a PhD from Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) where he focused on the role of co-creation of knowledge and artistic practices in transformations towards sustainability. At Fasad Film, an arthouse concerned in tell stories artistically with a strong grounding in modern society, he is a writer, producer and director of documentaries, experimental cinema and performance.

Gabo Arora, Founding Director Johns Hopkins ISET
Gabo Arora is world renowned multi-award winning immersive artist, professor and former UN diplomat who works with the most cutting-edge emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, to tell some of the most important stories of our time. His work has made measurable social impact as part of campaigns for the United Nations, USC Shoah foundation and the Nobel Peace Prize committee, amongst many others, and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has had the honor of being the UN’s first-ever creative director; a Davos World Economic Forum Arts and culture leader; a member of the Council of Foreign Relations; and is the Founding Director of a new lab and program dedicated to Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technologies ( ISET ) at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information about this event, please contact Maggie Villegas


Event Presented By

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The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies is an incubator program at Johns Hopkins University whose central mission is to connect the Baltimore creative community with prestigious artists, veteran executives, and successful entrepreneurs from related industries for mentoring, knowledge sharing, team building, and access to funding.

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The JHU ISET is a concentration designed and lead by Founding Director Gabo Arora along with the industry’s award-winning creative pioneers. Its mission is to utilize and contextualize dominant emerging technologies – including virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence – for artistic expression and social impact.

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Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, media, and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

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High quality film production, based right here in Baltimore. Spearheaded by JaMar Jones in partnership with LaTonya Joyce, Six Point Pictures is a film and media production company that captures the dynamic stories of Baltimore and fosters new voices of color by training the next generation of filmmakers through their Filmmakers Meetup program.

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BCAN is a city-wide initiative that provides strategic and holistic entrepreneurship support for Baltimore creatives of all disciplines and backgrounds. Working with partners in Baltimore and beyond, our programs offer business, marketing, legal, and financial training to creatives ranging from individual artists looking to sustain their practice, to creative startup companies looking to revolutionize their industry. By empowering our city’s creative entrepreneurs, we aim to foster a stronger, more equitable creative ecosystem and economy in Baltimore.

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