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Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy Bestselling Author (Paul Newman: A Life, Rat Pack Confidential), Film Critic, Educator @shawnlevy Personal Website Shawn Levy has written eight books, including the bestsellers "Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party" and "Paul Newman:  A Life", and the cultural histories "Ready, Steady, Go: The Smashing Rise...
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Marcelino Alvarez
Marcelino Alvarez
Marcelino Alvarez Founder & CEO of Uncorked Studios, formerly with Wieden+Kennedy @mrlnmarce Uncorked Studios Marcelino J. Alvarez is the founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, a product design firm located in Portland, Ore. The company is full of insatiably curious, multifaceted designers and engineers who are transforming ideas into tangible things every day—from websites to...
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Lidia Yuknavitch
Lidia Yuknavitch
Lidia Yuknavitch Bestselling Author (The Small Backs of Children),  2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, Educator @LidiaYuknavitch Personal Website Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the new novel The Book of Joan, as well as the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken...
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David Walker
David F. Walker
David F. Walker Award-winning Comic Book Writer (Marvel, DC), filmmaker, co-founder/curator of the Portland Black Film Festival @DavidWalker1201 Personal Website David F. Walker started his writing career in the 1990s with the self-published ‘zine, BadAzz MoFo. He is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Walker is best known for his work in...
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Kim Adams
Kim Adams
Kim Adams Virtual Reality Producer (Oculus Story Studio, Google Spotlight Stories), Animation Producer (Pixar) @kjorgie7  LinkedIn Page Kim Adams most recently was the Head of Production at Emmy Award-winning Oculus Story Studio, a team at Oculus that focused on narrative virtual reality content. Before Oculus, Kim transitioned into VR at Google Spotlight Stories, where she...
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Peter Kuran
Peter Kuran
Peter Kuran Academy Award Winner. Visual Effects Artist (Star Wars: Episode IV, Star Wars: Episode V, Men in Black, and 300 others) @atomcentral VCE Films IMDb page Peter Kuran began his career at the age of 19 working as an effects animator on the original "Star Wars" in 1977. After completing work as animation supervisor...
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Wes Studi
Wes Studi
Wes Studi Award-winning Native American Actor (Avatar, Heat, Dances with Wolves, Geronimo: An American Legend) @WesleyStudi Personal Website IMDb Page From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Drawing from his rich life experience,...
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Beth Harrington
Beth Harrington (2016)
Beth Harrington Documentary Film Producer, Director and Writer @Winding_Stream  Personal Website Beth Harrington is an acclaimed independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. Her work most often explores American music, history and culture. Harrington’s independent production Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary...
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Paul Guyot
Paul Guyot (2016)
Paul Guyot Film and TV screenwriter/Producer (Leverage, The Librarians) @Fizzhogg  Personal Website Paul Guyot is an award-winning screenwriter having written for the Golden Globe winning series FELICITY, created by JJ Abrams, the Emmy-winning CBS series JUDGING AMY, and the completely winless LEVEL 9, a UPN drama which aired before Shasta McNasty and after HOMEBOYS IN...
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Michelle Lesniak
Michelle Lesniak (2016)
Michelle Lesniak Fashion Designer, Project Runway winner @michelleiswell  Website The winner of Project Runway Season 11,  fashion designer Michelle Lesniak (a Portland native) hasn’t followed the traditional path down fashion lane.  Born into a family of quilters, seamstresses, and interior decorators, needle and thread were predestined to find their way into her hands. From a young age, Michelle...
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