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PANEL: Building Supportive Communities

Building Supportive Communities: In Conversation with Kamal Sinclair (Sundance New Frontiers, Future Architects), Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency, History vs. Women), Paisley Smith (HomestayWomen in VR/AR) and Natalie Sun (Next Art, Thud).  Panelists discuss their experiences–both positive and negative–of being women (and WOC) in the realms of art, technology, and entertainment as well as their inspirations and hopes for a more inclusive future.  


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Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair, is making the world more beautiful at Future Architects and the Office of Sharon Chang (aka Dream Office of Imaginary Friends); supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and making art through a family creative practice at Sinclair Futures. She also serves as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program, Johns Hopkins University’s Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technology Center, For Freedoms, and NYU Tisch’s Future Imagination Collaboratory; as well as a board member of MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality. Previously, she served as the Director of Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program for seven years, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology. She partnered with Chief Curator, Shari Frilot, in the development and platforming of landmark projects in the evolution of story, including experimentations with XR, iOT and AI as storytelling mediums.


Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge and her Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought at York University.


Natalie Sun

Natalie Sun is a VR producer, art and technology curator, and founder of NextArt, a curatorial and production consultancy focused on creating experiences that use technology in new, artistic ways.


Paisley Smith

Paisley Smith is a Canadian creator of film and virtual reality in Los Angeles.

Paisley uses interactive technology to tell important stories that need to be felt and experienced.