Taylour Chang, Director of the Doris Duke Theatre, curates and oversees the Honolulu Museum of Art’s film and music program. Previously, she served as the Doris Duke Theatre Manager. She received her B.A. from Yale University in Film Studies and Theatre Studies with concentrations on World Cinema and Sound Design. As President of the Yale Film Society, she organized film screenings, lectures, and symposia with the Whitney Humanities Center. Taylour has also written and directed documentaries and short films.
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Story Creator) is a Kanaka Maoli teacher, or kumu, cultural practitioner and community leader. She was born in the Nu’uanu district of Oʻahu and educated at Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaiʻi. She was a founding member of Kulia Na Mamo and Cultural Director of a public charter school dedicated to using native Hawaiian culture, history and education to develop and empower the next generation of warrior scholars. She is currently a cultural advisor and Chair of the O‘ahu Island Burial Council, which oversees the management of Native Hawaiian burial sites and ancestral remains. In 2014, Hina announced her bid for a position on the board of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the first transgender candidate to run for statewide political office in the United States.
Laura Margulies, Laura began animating in 1988 as a means to combine her love of dance and art. Animation has continued to inspire Laura, who has spent over twenty five years exploring paint in motion. Her personal films have been screened worldwide in film festivals (Sundance, Ann Arbor, Margaret Mead, Anima Munde, Asifa, New York Children’s Film Festival, and Cardiff International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art, etc) and her commissioned work has aired nationwide (PBS, CBS, MTV, VH1, Sundance Channel etc.). She has received awards and grants from Cinedance Film Festival, Broadcast Design, Asifa East, Ann Arbor, and Creativity Magazine, New York University, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Dance Films Association, The PEW Charitable Funds. Besides creating her own films, Laura has worked as a designer and colorist at MTV Animation on the classics “The Head”, “Beavis and Butthead” and “Daria” and as a freelance illustrator, animator and artist. Laura has taught animation at Pratt, New York Film Academy, School of Visual Arts, Punahou School, I’olani School, Hawaii Women in Filmmaking and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was on the faculty and taught for thirteen years. She has been teaching animation at the Academy of Creative Media at the University of Hawaii since 2015. She continues to work on freelance jobs. Most recently she supervised the animation as well as creating animation for a collaborative event Symphony of Birds at Blaisdell Cancert Hall in Honolulu.
Jenny Fraser is a digital native working within a fluid screen-based practice. Her old people hail from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland, of the Bundjalung Nation. In 2015 she was the first Murri to have her video art imprinted on a gold record and broadcast into outer space via Hobart and Cape Canaveral, Florida in the Forever Now project, as a follow-up to the Voyager Golden Records sent into space in 1977 by NASA. She is a celebrated screen artist. In 2016 Jenny was recognised with a Mana Wairoa award for Advancement of Indigenous Rights. Jenny has a professional background in Art and Media Education and has since completed a Master of Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW; and has a PhD in the Art of Healing and Decolonisation from Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.
Jenny founded online gallery cyberTribe in 1999, the Blackout Collective in 2002, and World Screen Culture in 2015. She is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute, and also works as an organiser for Jirun Aboriginal Women’s Council.