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Marc Lafia - Director/Writer

Marc Lafia works as an artist, filmmaker and information architect. Trained as a filmmaker with studies in philosophy, art history and criticism, his work extends across varied disciplines. His feature films, commissioned and online work, and multi-screen computational installations have been exhibited and shown at Anthology Film Archives, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tate Online, ZKM and The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Marc’s many honors as founder and information architect of the award winning ArtandCulture.com include international design awards from the New York Art Director’s Club, ID Magazine, Communications Arts and best of show at SXSW. Marc is a recipient of an Annenberg Foundation Grant for his work on the non-profit Artsee. He was recently honored with a solo show at the Misheng Museum of Art in Shanghai. Revolution of the Present is his first feature length documentary film. 

http://cargocollective.com/marclafia/

José Fernández Richards - Executive Producer/co-writer

The Revolution of the Present documentary project was created in response to the post-modern confusion. Marc, Johanna and I saw the need to kickstart a conversation about our interconnected world and we hope our educational film motivates you to actively participate in the creation of an enhanced and more inclusive Global Civil Society. Our documentary continues in the spirit of Stewart Brand's pioneering work at the Whole Earth Catalog. The catalog was designed to inspire, power individual self-education and find inspiration to shape our collective environment. We hope you are equally motivated to join the global and local conversations via #revofpresent

To schedule a screening or for general inquires please contact me at the e-mail below. Thank you very much for your interest in our film.

info@revolutionofthepresent.org

Kazys Varnelis

Director of the Network Architecture Lab, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Kazys Varnelis is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In addition to directing the Netlaband conducting research, he is on the architecture faculty at Columbia and teaches studios and seminars in history, theory, and research. Varnelis is a co-founder of the conceptual architecture/media group AUDC, which published Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories in 2007 and has exhibited widely in places such as High Desert Test Sites. He is editor ofthe Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los AngelesNetworked Publics andThe Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert A. M. Stern, all published in 2008. He has also worked with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, for which he produced the pamphlet Points of Interest in the Owens Valley.

John Henry Clippinger
Was Co-Director of The Law Lab at Harvard University, a multi-disciplinary project founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. The goal of The Law Lab is to conduct controlled and open experiments on the Web and to develop open source software to facilitate the growth of a wide range of “digital institutions” to enable innovation and cooperation. The Law Lab is designed to be a global collaborative network of university, non profit and industry partners and is supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Clippinger directed Social Physics project at the Berkman Center that supported the development of an open source, interoperability identity framework called Higgins to give people control over their personal information. Dr. Clippinger also directed multi-disciplinary research and workshops to explore the impact of trust, reciprocity, reputation, social signaling on the formation of digital institutions. He is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity (Perseus, Public Affairs, 2007).

He is founder and a board member of Azigo Inc. (formerly Parity Communications) and consults with Equifax, The Rendon Group, and other companies, foundations, and government agencies on technology, policy and business strategy.

John was CEO of Context Media LLC, a knowledge management software and services company and Director, Intellectual Capital, at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers).

Geert Lovink      professor of media theory, European Graduate School, University of Amsterdam.

Is a Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, a Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School, and an Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam. Lovink earned his master's degree in political science at the University of Amsterdam, holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland. Lovink is the founding director of the Institute of Netwrk Cultures, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue. As theorist, activist and net critic, Lovink has made an effort in helping to shape the development of the web. 

Natalie Jeremijenko  artist and engineer, New York University

Is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the net.art movement, and her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology. She is currently an Associate Professor at NYU in the Visual Art Department, and has affiliated faculty appointments in Computer Science and Environmental Studies. 

Michael Hardt             -literary theorist and political philosopher, Duke University

Is an American literary theorist and political philosopher perhaps best know for Empire, written with Antonio Negri and published in 2000. It has been praised as the Communist Manifesto of the 21st Century. Hardt and his co-author suggest that what they view as forces of contemporary class oppression, globalization and the commodification of services (or production of affects), have the potential to spark social change of unprecedented dimensions. A sequel, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, published in August 2004, details the notion, first propounded in Empire, of the multitude as possible locus of a democratic movement of global proportions. The third and final part of the trilogy, Commonwealth, appeared in the Fall of 2009. 

Manuel De Landa  writer, artist and philosopher

Is a writer, artist and philosopher who has lived in New York since 1975. He is presently the Gilles Deleuze Chair of Contemporary Philosophy and Science at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee,Switzerland; a lecturer at the Canisius College in Buffalo, New York; a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. He was previously an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. De Landa has a BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts. He is the author of War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (1991), A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997), Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002) and A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006). He has published many articles and essays and lectured extensively in Europe and in the United States. His work focuses on the theories of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze on one hand, and modern science, self-organizing matter, artificial life andintelligence, economics, architecture, chaos theory, history of science, nonlinear dynamics, cellular automata on the other.

Douglas Rushkoff  media theorist, writer, lecturer, documentarian

Is the winner of the Media Ecology Association's fist Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is an author, teacher and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and incluence each other's values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, digital literacy advocate for Codeacademy.com and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics.

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Wendy Chun                 professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University

Is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics, and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory; she is co-editor (with Lynne Joyrich) of a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled Race and/as Technology and co-editor (with Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. She is currently a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); she has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a Wriston Fellow at Brown, as well as a visiting associate professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Imagined Networks.

Howard Bloom

Author of: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History ("mesmerizing"-The Washington Post), Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century ("reassuring and sobering"-The New Yorker), The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism ("A tremendously enjoyable book." James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic), The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates("Bloom's argument will rock your world." Barbara Ehrenreich), How I Accidentally Started the Sixties (“Wow! Whew! Wild! Wonderful!” Timothy Leary), and The Mohammed Code (“A terrifying book…the best book I’ve read on Islam.” David Swindle, PJ Media). Former Core Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute; Former Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New York University.  Founder: International Paleopsychology Project. Founder, Space Development Steering Committee. Board Member and Member Of Board Of Governors, National Space Society. Founding Board Member: Epic of Evolution Society. Founding Board Member, The Darwin Project. Founder: The Big Bang Tango Media Lab. Member: New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society, Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International Society for Human Ethology. Scientific Advisory Board Member, Lifeboat Foundation. Advisory Board Member, The Buffalo Film Festival. Editorial board member, The Journal of Space Philosophy.

http://howardbloom.net/

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Nishant Shah           founder and Director of Research for the Centre for Internet and Society.

Is a founder and Director of Research for the Bangolere-based Centre for the Internet and Society. His doctoral work at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, examines the production of a Technsocial Subject at the intersections of law, Internet technologies and everyday cultural practices in India. As an Asia Scholarship Fellow (2008-2009), he also initiated a study that looks at what goes into the making of an IT City in India and China. He is the series editor for a three year collaborative project on "Histories of the Internet(s) in India" that maps nine alternative histories that promote new ways of understanding the technological revolution in the country.

Anthony Pagden  professor of political science, UCLA

Joined UCLA in the Fall of 2002. His research has concentrated on the relationship between the peoples of Europe and its overseas settlements and those of the non-European world from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He has also written on the history of law, and on the ideological sources of the independence movements in Spanish-America, and is currently completing a book on cosmopolitanism and the Enlightenment. He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and The London Review of Books, and has written for The New Republic, The National Interest, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Il Sole 24 Ore (Milan), El Mundo (Spain), El Pais, (Spain) and La Nueva Provincia (Argentina).

Daniel Isenberg

Daniel Isenberg is a Babson Executive Education professor of entrepreneurship practice, CEO of Entrepreneurship Policy Advisors. He is the founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, an initiative that helps regional coalitions in a variety of countries create the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship. He is the architect and facilitator of entrepreneurship ecosystem efforts such as Manizales Mas and Scale Up Milwaukee. He is also working to inaugurate the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Program at Babson. He is the author of the recent best seller “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value” (Harvard Business Press, 2013). Isenberg was a Harvard Business School professor for 11 years and an entrepreneur for 16 years. He was also a venture capitalist and is an angel investor in several ventures.

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@danisen

Irena Rogovsky - CoProducer

Irena Rogovsky has been a long time collaborator with filmmaker and artist Marc Lafia. She has both acted in a number of his films including My Double Myself, Love & Art, Harry, Zelda & Antoinette, and Paradise, and produced various installations and art projects with him.  After seeing Inside Job in 2010, Irena challenged Marc to make his first documentary knowing of his love of political philosophy, technology, and history, and his artistry as a storyteller.


Michael Chichi

design consultant

Is an artist and designer with 14 plus years in the creative and design fields. Along with Marc Lafia was founding member of ArtandCulture.com and served as its Art Director. He has also been Creative Director for Razorfish and has worked as a freelancer in film, design and photography.

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Daniel Coffeen- Complexity Consultant

Is an independent writer, reader, teacher and philosopher living in San Francisco. Daniel has a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where he taught adjunct for many years (he also taught graduate seminars in critical theory at the San Francisco Art Institute). Never considering himself an academic, Daniel works independently, writing about contemporary art, film, language, Deleuze, perception, Uni, capitalism, emergent shapes, pleasure, new media and tequila. He founded the once-exquisite ArtandCulture.com as well as the mix-widget, 10Plums.com. He makes money by naming products, writing copy and branding companies. But, frankly, he misses teaching.

Joyfulcomplexity.com

James Delbourgo  historian of early modern science and the Atlantic world, Rutgers University

Is a historian of early modern science and the Atlantic world. He previously taught at McGill University, Montreal, where he directed the program in History and Philosophy of Science. His interests range from physical science and experiment to natural history and travel, and the intersections between them in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including topics such as history of the body; experimental apparatus; collecting, ethnography, and race; and the movement of objects, specimens and techniques through imperial and global network. 

Juan Enríquez

Is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm. He was the founding director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs. His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science and The New York Times. He is the author of Homo Evolutis, As the Future Catches You and The United States of America. He works in business, science and domestic/international politics. @juanenriqueziquez

Johanna Schiller- Producer

Johanna Schiller spent 12 years working as a DVD producer for the Criterion Collection. She supervised over 65 DVD releases of classic and contemporary films, including the work of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini and Barbara Kopple, conducting interviews and producing documentaries, recording and editing audio commentary tracks and overseeing all aspects of production. Highlights include a landmark box set Five Films by John Cassavetes and deluxe editions of Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, Fanny and Alexander and The Seventh Seal. Johanna also produced dvd editions of the debut films of Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Greene and Noah Baumbach, and the first ever home video release of Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, Harlan County USA. In addition to producing Revolution of the Present, Johanna was an associate producer on Harlem Street Singer, which premiered at the prestigious DOC NYC festival, and was until recently the archival producer of the website www.makers.com. She is also the director of the Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/exchange/.

Florian Crammer        -Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam

Is Course Director of the Media Design MA programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam. He studied and taught Comparative Literature in Berlin, and has published papers in the area of code poetry, comparative studies in the literature and the arts, modernism, text theory, literature and computing. He collaborated on the www.runme.org Software Art repository and edited the Unstable Digest of code poetry.

Greg Lindsay  journalist/urbanist, contributing writer for Fast Company

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and the author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, which examines how and where we choose to live in an interconnected world. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Time, Wired, New York, Travel + Leisure,Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.

Paul M Docherty-   Editor

Paul Docherty is a film editor and motion graphics animator living in NY. His editing for "Facing Forward," a documentary about a radical charter prep school in Cleveland through the eyes of one teenage boy struggling with life in and out of school, won acclaim at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. He was also responsible for editing the first United States Marine Corps training video to specifically address in-the-field diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Paul recently provided extensive animations for the "Orchestra of Exiles," the documentary about the creation of Israel's first national orchestra by jewish artists escaping Nazi Europe, and the award winning 2010 PBS/American Masters documentary, "LENNONYC." Paul’s credits include many other prestigious PBS titles, like "American Masters: Good 'Ol Charles Schulz," "African American Lives 2," and  "American Experience: A Class Apart.” His work has aired on PBS, A&E, TruTV, VH1 and The Discovery Channel.


Matthew Rogers -         Legal Counsel

Matt is an attorney who has practiced in New York for the past 12 years, and has been working with independent filmmakers for the past four years. He serves on the board of the Brooklyn Film Festival, as well, and looks forward to the continued growth of independent filmmaking in Brooklyn. Prior to starting his own law practice, Matt worked as a litigator at the New York office of Winston & Strawn, an international law firm. Matt received his JD from Fordham, and completed his undergraduate studies in comparative literature at Brown. 

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