State of the Arts 2012


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. ROBERT BILDER is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, and holds the Tennenbaum Family Endowed Chair in Creativity Research. A widely published, board-certified neuropsychologist with decades of experience researching links between brain and behavior in health and disease, he directs the Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics, supported by the National Institutes of Health as part of its theme – “research teams of the future” – to find links between the human genome and complex brain functions. Dr. Bilder also leads a team of investigators at UCLA’s Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, where they are studying creative cognition and exceptional abilities that may be important keys to achievement in diverse artistic, scientific, and business domains. He is now engaged in a new campus-wide initiative – BruinBrains – that aims to apply knowledge about the brain to foster achievement, innovation, and well-being throughout the UCLA campus community.


MC: EVONNE HEYNING is a multifaceted cofounder, strategist, artist, producer and host for this year’s State of the Arts. As a transmedia visionary and advisor she works with foundations, nonprofits, educational institutions, businesses and collaborative groups to create measurable impact through meaningful campaigns and ventures. Evo loves facilitating collaboration: whiteboarding and weaving ideas with leaders coming together to create big impact campaigns.

As a biker, clean energy advocate, developer and designer she wants to hear from colleagues interested in creating groundbreaking participatory media and channels for mass engagement in creating solutions together – contact to share your path or find @amoration around the web.

Evonne is a frequent speaker at technology and culture events from SXSW, Maker Faire, Social Media Week and the Nonprofit Technology Conference to the 2009 State of the Arts at LA Center Studios. She publishes and produces all forms of media from books, games, comics for a cause, film, radio, virtual experiences, festivals and events, television and live interactive series. Over the past decade Evonne has created worlds, challenges, contests and communities that have impacted millions, raising money for thousands of causes through nonprofit interactive technology training and consulting for the public sector.

Currently Evonne serves as co-founder and CCO of Be Embodied, Toyshoppe Systems special effects in LA and Eddefy, visualizing how we learn and connect the dots in our path. She recently completed the Graduate Program at Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA specializing in entrepreneurship, big data and AI as it relates to education and media communities. In rare spare moments she serves as a chaplain, officiant for weddings and ceremonial leader with her troupe of superheroes.


TYLER ADAMS, A graduate of Boston University, Tyler is a consultant and marketing advisor for Fortune 500 companies. When he isn’t consulting, Tyler nurtures his true passion, WOMP4thekids, an electronic music charity project connected to charitable causes that have a direct impact on the health and well-being of children. By providing a simple platform to give back, WOMP offers loyal and passionate music advocates an opportunity to create a World Of More Possibilities. Since its inception, WOMP has worked with The Unlock Foundation to provide school supplies, desks, and scholarships to kids in Namibia, Africa. Recently adding The CUT Studios Foundation to its roster of charity partners, Tyler and his team encourage kids in the Los Angeles area to improve their grades and school attendance by providing them with the incentives of music lessons and studio time.


SANDRA DE CASTRO BUFFINGTON serves as Director, Hollywood, Health & Society and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in America by Poder Magazine, is director of Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that leverages the power of the entertainment industry to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.

Sandra provides resources to leading scriptwriters and producers with the goal of improving the accuracy of health-related storylines on top television programs and films, resulting in more than 380 aired storylines over the span of two years.  Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The California Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, among others, the program recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior.

To inspire global health storylines in television and film, Sandra pioneered a program of outreach for Hollywood’s creative community in the form of research trips to South Africa and India, panel discussions at the Writers Guild of America, West, and expert briefings for writers of top dramas. The result was a seven-fold increase in global health TV storylines across 15 shows and nine networks from 2007–2012.

She recently launched the HH&S Global Climate Change Initiative to increase the accuracy of climate-related storylines in television, film and new media. She is offering writers and producers Storybus Tours to learn about climate change from local experts and community members on the ground, and an exciting program of exchange between scientists and the creative community.

With Johns Hopkins University, she coordinated the first International Entertainment for Social Change conference at the USC Annenberg School and recently co-sponsored the 5th Entertainment Education for Social Change conference in New Delhi, India, to use the power of the entertainment industry and expertise of health experts for social transformation worldwide.

Sandra has received numerous honors and awards, including the USAID Maximizing Access and Quality Outstanding Achievement Award for her global health and social change programs, and Brazil’s Award for Leadership in developing the Bahia State Reproductive Health program. She is a former associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a past board member of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and Primary Purpose Productions.  Sandra is Brazilian-American, and fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and proficient in French.


BRIAN DYER In his corporate life, Brian Dyer was an Experienced Senior in Marketing with Arthur Andersen LLP, working on proposals that gained $2.5 million in fees. Brian’s consultation work includes research for Paul Hastings, customer service for the Olympics with Olsen Travelworld, and overseeing $3 million in travel refunds. Brian’s passion is theatre. He has been working in theatre and film for more than 50 years. Brian has trained with top teachers and holds music and fine arts degrees from the University of Redlands.


JAMES GLEASON has produced, directed and taught film and video production for the last thirty years. The last ten years he has taught video production at Cleveland High, and been in charge of Production for all of the Teen International Media Exchange projects, as well as the International Youth Media Summit.

Student films from the program at Cleveland have been screened in countless festivals and competitions, and have won many awards, including ten Video in the Classroom (VIC) Awards, two student Emmys, two first place NHRA media competition awardsm and awards for Best Art Direction and Outstanding Drama at the Santa Barbara International Student Film Festival. Four students have won second, third and honorable mention in the Friar’s Club competition. Projects have screened in theLos Angeles International Film Festival, the Reel Rasquache at the Festival of U.S. Latino Experience at Cal State L.A., The Voice of Youth Media Showcase at the IMAX Theatre in Sacramento and the Santa Barbara International Student Film Festival. Video projects from the Media Academy are available on the S’COOL Video on Demand site at Time Warner Cable, and have been seen by hundreds of people around the country.

Gleason co-founded and served as Creative Director for Next Generation Productions. It was his work with students in his video classes at Pacoima Middle School which inspired both the creation of the non-profit organization, and the idea for a teen-produced feature film. With Ms. Seubert he served as Executive Producer of “Common Bonds”, produced entirely by a teen crew, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. For his various video productions, he has won four American Film Institute “Visions of USA” awards. In addition, he has won the Videomaker of the Year awards from Videomaker Magazine, the Bravo/United Artists Cable First Prize, First Place in the National Lucas Films/MGM “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest, First Place in the National Educational Film and Video Festival and was a finalist in the Hometown USA Video Festival. Over the years students in his film and video production classes at Pacoima Middle School had won 2 international, 13 national, 14 state and 37 local awards.


JILL GURR Jill graduated from Boston University with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Film. She worked for 25 years in the film industry as a Script Supervisor and a Screenwriter on international productions with famous actors and directors. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. Jill founded Create Now in 1996 and serves as the Executive Director. She was featured on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360° and is one of eight people in the U.S. selected to be in an exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance called “Everyday Heroes.” Jill was one of the first four Americans chosen by the British Council to participate in their Global Xchange program in South Africa and Northern Ireland in 2010. Jill is featured in the book “100 Making a Difference” by John Russo and Elizabeth Chambers, to be published December 2012. She has just published her book, “Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook For Transforming Young Lives.” Jill is available as a consultant, trainer and a presenter for your mentoring needs.

JENNA HORNSTOCK Deputy Executive Officer, Countywide Planning LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  Jenna Hornstock joined Metro in September 2011, with the primary responsibilities of acting as projectmanager for the Union Station Master Plan, implementing the new TOD Planning Grant program, and overseeing procurement and use of economic impact analysis for Measure R and other transit projects.

Prior to joining Metro, Ms. Hornstock spent nearly 7 years at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), most recently as Chief of Strategic Planning and Economic Development. In this position she managed a staff of 8 in various economic development and finance functions, including implementation of the New Markets Tax Credit program (NMTC), commercial underwriting and agencywide grants procurement. Jenna and her team secured an additional $50 million in NMTC allocation and provided general oversight in the multi-application grants procurements. Ms. Hornstock developed and implemented agencywide economic development programs such as the Industrial Incentive and Community Market Conversion Programs, as well as the LocateLA website ( During her tenure at CRA/LA, Jenna worked directly on financing and implementation of affordable housing, infrastructure, industrial and retail development projects, and secured grants for open space, healthy food access and land use planning. Prior to CRA/LA, she worked for a nonprofit affordable housing developer and on the Housing and Business Team of former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.

In all of her project work, Ms. Hornstock brings a focus on creative implementation and identifying ways to achieve policy objectives through partnerships with both the public and private sectors. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Jenna lives in Silverlake with her son and practices yoga whenever time permits.


A.C. JOHNER Director, producer, cultural journalist and documentary filmmaker A.C. Johner is the author of several novels, including A Concise History of Heaven and Earth and The Singularity. As a journalist, he has published several articles relating to the shifting paradigm of human culture. His new feature documentary, Electronic Awakening, follows the conscious evolution of the worldwide electronic music culture, and the transformative spiritual movement that has awakened within it.


JANINE JORDAN is the founder of the Electronic Music Alliance, a project of Green Wave, a 501(c)(3) environmental awareness non-profit.  She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of San Diego and gave up a career as a real estate broker to pursue her heart’s passions.  She wrote for 3 years as a Green Girl Guru for the  She is a hoop dancer, tantrika, and visionary.  She believes in order to change the world, individuals must feel empowered to make the changes themselves –that power comes from, and is continually sustained by first following our hearts in our life’s pursuits.


DANA KLISANIN is passionate about using the arts, media, and technology to encourage people to recognizetheir essential interdependence with the natural world, each other, and their own divine essence. As an author, psychologist, and social entrepreneur, Dana is committed to creating, promoting, and assisting in the development of media that encourages people to live consciously. To facilitate that end, she has pioneered a new “integral media” framework for the creation of “conscious media” __ media designed to support conscious evolution and the societal emergence of planetary consciousness. The conscious media model supports a global renaissance of human values and a profound shift in our relationship with the natural world.

Dana earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University. She is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Her research interests arise from the fields of systems science, integral theory, and transpersonal psychology. Dana is the Founder of Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc, a think-tank and creative cauldron devoted to the design and evaluation, of conscious media, socially responsible media, green media, and transformative media.
As Executive Director of the c3:MindLAB Dana focuses on bringing emerging findings in creativity and innovation theory, consciousness studies, transpersonal psychology, and integral studies into synergistic relationship with the arts, media and communication technologies for the purpose of creating and driving solutions for evolving human potential and cultural evolution.Dana is a member of the American Psychological Association; Association of Transpersonal Psychology; International Society for the Systems Sciences; World Futures Studies Federation; World Future Society; and the UK Systems Society.For more information


ANTHONY MARINELLI, Composer, Performer, Inventor.  Marinelli has composed music for over sixty motion pictures, including The Man From Elysian Fields, 15 Minutes, Hotel, American Gun, 2 Days in the Valley, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Young Guns, Internal Affairs and Timecode. He also composed music heard in Leaving Las Vegas and for over thousands of commercials including several spots for Apple Computers, Nike, and Microsoft.  He revolutionized post production work flow as co-originator of Levels Audio Post. By integrating a new style of mixing music and sound for picture, it quickly became the industries fastest growing and most in-demand facility. His state of the art complex located at the historic corner of Hollywood and Highland was the first choice of discriminating projects such as American Idol, The Bachelor, and the VH1, ESPN, Soul Train, Teen Choice and MTV award shows.


MARK McLARRY is a pioneer in solar powered sound and staging.  He is the owner of Alternative Power Productions, which simplifies the production process for events while lessening the environmental impact by integrating alternative energy with professional staging, and sound. He works extensively with both private events and festivals such as Outside Lands, andhe built the first solar powered stage in Las Vegas at the Palms hotel.


RAY PODDER is a designer in the truest sense of the word. He has been solving seemingly difficult and complex systemic level challenges with elegant solutions over a 20+ year career.

He is the author of ONE, a book about open sourcing our distributed renewable energy independence. To execute on that vision, he is incubating on and offline platforms through GROW to accelerate innovation in this space with key partners from aerospace, permaculture and industrial design. The first effort on the ground is called BETTER. BETTER open sources advanced design and engineering of integrated permaculture technologies for food, water and energy sovereignty. BETTER is the beginning of more new platforms, products and digital services that are designed to empower us and our communities to co-create our own energy and economic resilience.

Prior to GROW, his creative leadership has been instrumental in creating some of the most utilized social platforms and marketplaces on the web. He has conceived and architected numerous consumer and enterprise level applications, most recently in the smart energy and electric mobility space, including the integrated energy efficiency portal for State of California. Ray also is a member of the GreenEconomy Think Tank, and connected into the emerging New Economic spaces with partners like Slow Money, Slow Food, BALLE, GlobalInnovationCommons, HUB and more. He’s a featured speaker and panelist on several upcoming initiatives like The Living Economy Salon, sharing his vision and co-creative work for a better world ahead.


EVELYN SEUBERT has an extensive background in education, the arts and international collaborations. She currently teaches television and video production at Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA.Students in her program have won hundreds of awards for their films, including two student Emmys and the United Nations Human Rights Award. She facilitated the Breaking Boundaries Digital Storytelling workshop in 2011 at Cleveland High, sponsored by the Very Special Arts and Victor Pineda Foundations. These workshops brought disabled and able-bodied students together to work on personal digital stories. At the Museum of Television & Radio, she facilitated the Media Craft Workshops, which explored storytelling through the filmmaking crafts, bringing L.A. students in hands-on work with industry mentors. She was the Executive Producer of Common Bonds, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew. She co-founded and is President of the International Youth Media Summit, a yearly event which brings students from all over the world together to create collaborative video projects about seven global issues. She is co-founder and sponsor of the Teen International Media Exchange at Cleveland High School, which has sponsored in-country trips to Korea and Belize for collaborative video projects. The U.S. Department of State awarded her a grant to produce a documentary about an Afghan literacy program, Teen Teach, filmed by Afghan teens and edited by her students and staff; as well as a second grant for Afghan Girls Connect, which connected Afghan women to other women around the world on a social media site and through video interviews. Her students have done online projects with students in Afghanistan, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Serbia and Scotland. Most recently, her students participated with the Mythic Challenges project, creating short videos about environment, water and technology which involved discussions with Afghan students.


RAHEEL SHAH is a graduate student at Grover Cleaveland Highschool Media Academy and the producer of the MYTHIC CHALLENGES program film “Give and Take.”


PAMELA JAYE SMITH is an Author, international Consultant/Speaker, and award-winning Producer/Director with over thirty years experience in features, TV, music videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate, and military films, and web series.  Smith is the author of INNER DRIVES: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation, THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE: Creating Great Villains and Dangerous Situations and SYMBOLS.IMAGES.CODES: The Secret Language of Images in Media, all from Hollywood publishers Michael Wiese Productions. She also wrote BEYOND THE HERO’S JOURNEY.

MYTHWORKS is Pamela’s consultation and information company featuring “Applied Mythology for more Powerful Reality”. She teaches and consults on story, communication, leadership, and creativity. MYTHWORKS also consults with organizations and individuals redesigning themselves and their images.

Clients and credits include Microsoft, Disney, Paramount, Columbia-Sony, Universal, RAI-TV Rome, UCLA, USC Film School, American Film Institute, Thot Fiction Marseille France, Master Writers Conference Lido-Venice Italy, Natl. Film Institute of Denmark, Creative Screenwriting EXPO, Pepperdine University, Natl. Assoc. of Broadcasters, LA Webfest, Marseille Webfest and various film festivals and story conferences.  Others include the Institute for Global Transformation, the Consciousness Expo, American Assoc. of University Women, Junior ROTC, General Motors, Boeing, Hyundai, Hughes Space & Communi-cations, the FBI, and the U.S. Army. In 2005 she was a Roundtable Speaker at the Future of Consciousness Conference sponsored by the Institute for Global Transformation ( &  During the 1990s she served on the U.S. Army’s Advanced Warfighting Working Group. Ms. Smith belongs to a Boeing Think Tank on Workforce Development and Birth2Work, an organization dedicated to Redefining Community Leadership with a focus on education. Pamela lectures and consults on Group Dynamics, Divergent Thinking, Leadership, the Warrior Spirit, Ethics and Values. Her production company wrote and designed the Command Briefing CD for the U.S. Army Signal Command. She is also a Production Consultant, helping companies plan and produce their media projects more efficiently and effectively.  Various projects have taken Smith to the Arctic, the Andes, SE Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. She has filmed on the largest off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, slept in grass huts and eaten guinea pig under Ecuador’s highest volcano, caught her own sushi in the Leyte Gulf, and rappelled into the jungles of Mindanao searching for lost WWII Japanese gold.


MIKKI WILLIS is the founder and CEO of Elevate. Mikki has produced over 200 independent productions, ranging from network television shows and theatrical features, to music videos and viral media. Elevate’s initiatives include PlayItFWD, a revolutionary viral distribution platform for transformational movies and media; Elevate Films, a full-service films and viral media production company; Elevate Film Festival, the world’s first international socially conscious filmmaking challenge; theXperience, a new genre of live entertainment designed to elevate consciousness; and Elevate Presents, a live event production/innovation initiative.

9-11, 2001 marked a turning point in Mikki’s life and career. After witnessing the collapse of the twin towers from a neighboring high-rise, he helped to lead a group of civilians who remained in the danger zone for 3 consecutive days in search of survivors. It was atop the rubble of the World Trade Center where his life’s mission was defined. Since then, Mikki has led missions to bring clean water to third-world countries, build homes for the homeless, create schools in Africa, deliver musical equipment to children in war torn territories, support eco-green initiatives, and mentor young filmmakers.

Mikki Willis is the recipient of the 2008 Conscious Life Humanitarian Award. In June of 2011 he was featured on the cover of Ventana Magazine, noted among 5 “progressive thinkers on the leading edge.” He is an active member of the Transformational Leadership Council.


DIANA WINSTON is the Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC and has been teaching mindfulness since 1993.  She is the co-author (with Susan Smalley, Ph.D.) of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (2010). She has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, and nonprofits, as well as to adolescents, seniors, leaders, teachers, activists, and health professionals in the US and Asia.  She is also the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (2003) and the CD, “Mindful Meditations.” Diana is also a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. She spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma and has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989.


DR. DAVID LINDSEY WRIGHT, f3 Co-Founder/Curator.  Wright was Associate Professor at Sapporo City University until April 2012 and prior to that was at Future University Hakodate (FUN) from April 2004 – August 2010. Wright is a graduate from Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries Faculty in Brisbane, Australia. His academic expertise is Futures Studies but with a strong background in the Creative Industries, Communication Studies and Complexity Thinking. He has worked in the media production industry and since 2004 specialized in developing a niche combining Futures + media production. At the above universities he created his own futures media production studio TExT-TUBE FUTURE STUDIOS from which he developed a range of related projects including FUTURES-TV, a Net-based broadband TV channel devoted to futures films and television programming ( He is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), a leading organization dedicated to the promotion of creating a more futures-oriented world. Wright is a frequent writer and public speaker on futures and Creative Industries issues.

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