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Geoff Pingree is a documentary writer, photographer, and filmmaker who works in Spain and the U.S. and teaches Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. His film work has received an Emmy Award and been broadcast on venues including PBS and Discovery. His photography has been published widely and received National Geographic's 2008 World in Focus Grand Prize. His writing appears regularly in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Economist, The American Prospect, TIME, Ms., Cineaste and other periodicals.


Rian Brown is a filmmaker and video artist who teaches Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. She has two young boys and spends her time in Italy and the U.S. Her short films and video installations have shown around the world at film festivals and museums including the L.A. Hammer Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, the New York Shorts Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Women in the Director's Chair, and many others. She was recently awarded the 2011 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

In 2009, Brown and Pingree founded the Apollo Outreach Initiative (AOI), a year-round media literacy outreach program dedicated to fostering local and global education, understanding, community building, and social change by providing sustainable educational outreach and media literacy opportunities for public school students of all ages in Lorain County, Ohio.