Alessandra is a Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Since founding Adrenaline Films in 1998, she has created a dynamic cinematic style wherein her subjects tell their stories compellingly and intimately. Her work often focuses on hard-to-find stories in locations spanning from Beijing to India, New Orleans, Albania, Coney Island, Central America and more.
Her films, such as Harsh Beauty, Te Dürosh, or A Quiet Inquisition have been broadcast internationally on networks like as CNN International, Al Jazeera, ARTE, CBC, PBS,RAI and others, as well as screenings for festivals such as Human Rights Watch, Frameline, Docs D.F. One World, A.F.I. among others
She has received support for her work from Sundance/Soros Open Society, Jerome foundation, Rockefellers Brothers Fund, N.Y.F.A., N.Y.S.C.A, Chicken & Egg, Eastman family Fund, Michelle miles foundation, CCEN, and Artslink.
Ian is the producer of The Dinner Table, Dead Body, Landing Up, and director of La Trocha, which received a Sprout Grant. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the inaugural Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab. He has shot and produced V.R. projects that explore New York stories, remote tourist destinations, and extreme exposures for a variety of clients.
He was a founding member of Filmmaker For A Cause, a non-profit dedicated to providing free film production work for locally focused NGOs around the world. Before entering film and V.R. Ian was a social worker with a focus on children of adults with chemical dependency.
Ian holds a Masters of Science from the University of Washington's College of the Environment and hel is working on a global V.R. Library of microenvironments around the world that are endangered, documenting them before they disappear and creating the first V.R. library of such.
Sam is Principal and Founder of Wood Metal Rocks , a production company based in New York City. Sam works with brands, local businesses and nonprofits to find an authentic voice and translate their story for the screen.
Sam has been producing video for a decade and is particularly dedicated to the development of virtual reality as a medium for artistic expression
(Snow Globe VR).
His work has been showcased at festivals, galleries and in publications around the globe. Sam studied business and film production at NYU and University of London.
Xander Samaras is a filmmaker & immersive experience creator. He is the production coordinator at Black Dot Films VR, (virtual reality), an Emmy award-winning production company and the launch content and lead production partner for National Geographic VR.
Prior to Black Dot, Xander was an associate producer at United Nations Virtual Reality, working under renowned UNVR founder and VR pioneer.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Documentary Film.
Víctor J Valbuena
Víctor is an independent consultant in digital communication for non-governmental organizations and professor of communication technologies at the Universidad Centroamericana (Nicaragua).
He is the associate producer of Sunday fight, his first virtual reality collaboration with Virtual Reality Punk.
He is currently developing a research and immersive video production project about the illness and health processes of the indigenous Miskito communities of the North Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, called Other Visions: Visual Counter-Narratives About Grisi Siknis, with funding from the University.