Andrew Garton is a writer, director and producer graduating with a Master of Arts in Interactive Media at RMIT University. He co-founded the community media production house Round House Communications in the late 1980s after which he joined the pioneering Pegasus Networks overseeing the roll-out of computer networks for civil society throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
In the mid-1990s he co-founded the media arts group Toy Satellite producing on and offline installations such as SENSORIUM CONNECT with the artist Stelarc, TAT FAT SIZE TEMPLE, AUSLANDER MICRO and performance documentaries such as UNDERCURRENTS which opened the Taipei International Arts Festival in 2001 and the video story-telling engine D3 for ACMI in 2003.
Garton went on to become Open Channel’s inaugural Program Director in 2005 and EngageMedia’s Operations Manager in 2009. He has produced 14 short format documentaries, writing and directing 10 of them. This includes the BAMIYARRA and SARAWAK GONE micro-docs series; and THE LIGHT SHOW about legendary projection artist Hugh McSpedden. He has also Executive Produced 8 short films under Screen Australia’s Raw Nerve initiative and was Creative Producer of the Cooperative Research Centre project Home Lands v2 in collaboration with La Trobe and Swinburne University’s, the City of Melbourne and the Cultural Development Network.
Garton has also written, directed and produced an ongoing series of ethnographic studies and documentary dramas including TONG TANA for Austrian broadcaster ORF/KunstRadio.
Jary Nemo is Co-Director of Wind & Sky Productions, an independent production company specialising in short form documentary. Jary has worked in the entertainment and media industry for more than 30 years.
He has a history in music, theatre, documentary, animation and multimedia delivery. His roles have included Lighting Designer for live theatre, Rostrum Camera Operator for Hanna-Barbera delivering animation domestically and internationally for both broadcast and theatrical release, Director of Animation and Special Effects for a documentary TV series released internationally and Head of development for online media production in a Melbourne based advertising agency.
Since 2008 Jary has headed up production for Wind & Sky, working hands on through every stage of documentary production. Acting as Producer, Director, Cameraman, Sound Engineer and Editor Jary has produced more than 25 short form documentaries over the past seven years.
Rohit has researched and produced over 80 Documentary Films related to use of
technology with the help of various partners like Vodafone Foundation, NIXI, Digital Empowerment Foundation and many more.
He works as a Producer, Camera man, Video Editor and Assistant Director. He also provides training to grassroots organisations like Community Radio, NGOs and Individuals with Social Media Tools.
He is a graduate in BBA from Asian Institute of Management and Studies(Rohini) and he has also done multimedia and mass communication from Arena Institute (New Delhi).
One of his film (Baran : Residents of Jungle go WiFi) also got awarded ITU-MCMC Contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband – Connecting at the Roots under the category “Broadband for Communities and School”.
Ocean in a drop is his first Feature Documentary in which he has worked as a Line Producer and second camera unit, However out of 3 level of shooting schedule, he has worked as a First camera unit, He continue wants to work in development sector as a researcher and documentary film maker.
Born in Dammam (Saudi Arabia) and raised in Hyderabad (India), Mubeen Siddiqui is a visual researcher, photographer, a wanderer and a storyteller currently based in New Delhi. He holds an MA Photojournalism degree from University of Westminster, London; and a bachelor’s in Mass Communication & Journalism from Osmania University, Hyderabad. For his MA’s major project, Mubeen went on nocturnal wanderings in the city to create a photo series documenting the life on streets of London after dark.
He closely works with the eHeritage Project for which he has been documenting stories related to fading culture and heritage of Old Delhi.
Fondly called as “man of the people” by Jary Nemo during the filming of ‘Ocean in a Drop’, Mubeen created a series of portraits, and as part of second unit camera crew he researched on location for stories, filmed on-spot interviews, recorded sound and subtitled the interviews for the film.
Ravi Guria is a Media person, Social Media Enthusiast, Photographer, Film-maker and Scriptwriter with over 15 years of experience. Currently, he heads the Media, Communication and Design department at Digital Empowerment Foundation. He is using Media & Communication to address Social Entrepreneurship and dissemination of information to the grassroots community. He is involved with a number of projects, such as Social Media for Empowerment Award and Workshop, Rural DIP, Chanderiyaan, Digikala.
Cathy Chen, born in Taiwan and grew up in Canada, is passionate about using design thinking and practice to empower socially and cognitively differently-abled groups.
She found herself interning for Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in 2013 via her Master’s degree program at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. There, she studied to obtain a Master of Design in Digital Futures, a cross disciplinary program that encourages research and practice relating to digital media and its emergent developments. As one of the first cohorts of the Digital Futures program, Cathy meanders her way through fusions of collaborative research projects with other designers and researchers. Two particular projects include a collaborative touch-based memory-aid mobile app for seniors, and a gestural, interactive experience of CBC Newsworld archival videos. Both projects collaborated with industry partners such as Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Gesturetek’s technology.
In her final thesis project, Cathy designed a system that utilizes a combination of internet, community radio and SMS technologies to encourage collaborative composition across distances among children in rural India. Cathy is also a co-founder of DruMeBa Inc, an interactive media and social purpose business developing systems and software to assist children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) with their communication and cognitive skills.
She currently lives in Delhi, enjoys the nuances of the multi-layered Delhi city life. She returns to work as a designer at DEF, and helps to deliver and present information in playful and participatory manners. Living in the city, she has grew an interest to learn about the extensive cultures and ways people utilise public spaces for multiple purposes, which never cease to amaze her.
Namita Monga Rao