Drea Cooper is a filmmaker and commercial director based in San Francisco. For the past eight years, he has worked all around the world including India, Kosovo, Colombia, Taiwan, and the US directing and shooting feature documentaries, commercials and television shows. He has worked with a variety of clients and networks including Apple, Google, Nokia, adidas, Ray-Ban, MTV and A&E. In 2007, Drea spent the year making the award-winning documentary film, Reborn, New Orleans Schools, which charts the course of the educational reform movement in post-Katrina New Orleans.
In 2008, Drea was chosen to direct the Olympic commercial campaign for 24 Hour Fitness and had the chance to work with gold medalist Kerri Walsh and Jeremy Wariner. In 2009, Drea completed production on a twelve-part series of short documentary films for Nokia and the Pearson Foundation about educational reform, reinvention, and 21st century ingenuity. Drea’s new project, California is a Place, is an ongoing series of short films about the Golden State. The films have drawn the attention of over 2 million viewers online, and been reviewed by the PBS News Hour, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard School of Journalism.
Stephen Brown is President of Mobile Digital Arts (MDA). MDA was formed to improve young people's access to digital arts programs and computers; to support teachers and community leaders eager to integrate digital arts within their classrooms; and to develop and share youth-based programs that make thoughtful, innovative use of the latest digital technologies.
In the last five years, Mobile Digital Arts has turned to film and video production as a way to showcase and share innovative educational practices, digital media programs, and 21st century approaches to learning. Brown produced Reborn, New Orleans Schools, a feature documentary about the school reform movement after Katrina; A 21st Century Education, a series of twelve short films about innovation in education; and a series of short films profiling the work of leading researchers, educators and thinkers on the impact that new media is having on young learners.
Formerly, Brown was a business development manager, product planner and MSN producer at Microsoft Corporation. He went on to publish adult educational programs at Learning Network, as well as a producer at WOMAD USA, a world music festival founded by Peter Gabriel.
Daniel Gumnit is Director of National Program Development for tpt National Productions. His background includes leading publicly traded, privately held and not-for-profit media organizations. Throughout his 25-year career in television, film, computer games and interactive media, Gumnit’s work has been on the forefront of integrating video and animation into interactive media. He led organizations that designed web and e-commerce systems for Hallmark, HP/Agilent, Target, Boston Scientific and 3M. In the early 1990s, he led the team that developed one of the first major national medical training/certification and online community systems on the web.
As a television producer and director, Gumnit has been involved in nearly all aspects of production, from arctic wilderness documentaries to multi-camera live programs. In addition, he produced and directed post-production, animation and special effects for numerous broadcast and feature film projects, working with Mystery Science Theater 3000, Comedy Central and HBO. Gumnit received an Emmy nomination for producing the animation and digital special effects for tpt National Productions' Newton's Apple.