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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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Brian Bendis
Brian Michael Bendis (2016)
Brian Michael Bendis Comics Creator/Writer (Marvel's Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) @BRIANMBendis JINXWORLD Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last sixteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide...
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Kevin Willmott
Kevin Willmott (2016)
Kevin Willmott Screenwriter, filmmaker, playwright, actor, professor, activist  IMDb entry Kevin Willmott is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, playwright, actor, professor and activist. Kevin co-wrote and is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed film, Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee and starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. This was...
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Lauren Weedman
Lauren Weedman (2016)
Lauren Weedman Comedic actress, playwright and author (HBO's Looking, The Daily Show) @laurenweedman  Personal Website Award-winning Playwright.  Film & Television Actress, Author. Lauren Weedman does it all. Portland audiences know Lauren as the creator of and performer in The People's Republic of Portland at Portland Center Stage. Lauren's television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United...
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