Bruno is a journalist specializing in telling stories using photography, video, film, games, the web, and other new media tools to compose narratives in conventional and sometimes crazy ways. He is interested in culture, folklore, new technology and games. What makes Bruno passionate about journalism is its ability to pass along and perpetuate stories. There are so many great historians doing great research and it is the duty of journalist to translate this into a language understood by many more. The web just makes it easier to spread this knowledge to a larger audience. More of Bruno’s work can be seen at www.brunomaestrini.com and his documentary about South American barbecue can be seen at www.bbqontheleather.com
Elisa is a filmmaker and video artist from Brazil, currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC. In the past two years, Elisa produced and directed two short experimental films in 16mm, which were both screened in local festivals. “3 1/2 Minutes” was awarded best editing in the 1st Annual SPC-TV Film and Television Awards (May 2001). The artist also produced and directed narrative and experimental short videos, and “The Gaze” was awarded best narrative short video in the 2011 Little Muddy Media Arts Festival. Elisa also has experience with documentaries, TV shows, and concerts: In July 2011, elisa worked as a production assistant for My Morning Jacket Unstaged, directed by Todd Haynes and produced by Killer Films. Her work can be seen at http://mypage.siu.edu/elisash.