Bart Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and director/founder of the Dallas Video Festival and produces “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV. He was President of AIVF and was a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News and United Features Syndicate. He writes for Theater Jones, has done a Ted x talk, and sometimes can play basketball. Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.


Can Turkyilmaz (Turk) is a Dallas based photographer who specializes in editorial portraits. His work has been published in Time Magazine, Dallas Observer, Advocate Magazines, D Magazine, Texas Monthly and many other local and national publications. He has been an Executive Team Member at Art Conspiracy since 2013 and also has produced many pieces for the organization itself as an artist. He lives in East Dallas with his wife, two daughters and two dogs.


Crystal Orren, a 25-year marketing and entertainment industry veteran, Crystal spent five years as a film reviewer and 11 years with AFFD, in roles as Head Programmer and Artistic Director. Three years after booking IP MAN with AFFD, she took a Publicity and Promotions role with Well Go USA Entertainment, including editing English subtitles for more than 175 feature films and winning two Golden Trailer Awards (with editor Yasu Inoue) in the Best Foreign Action category. Crystal launched her own company last year as a script consultant, copywriter, editor, and voiceover artist. She has an amazing husband, three rescue dogs, and a passion for eradicating the phrase "I don't like to read my movies."



Jacqueline Chao, Ph.D is Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.  She has organized and curated many exhibitions at the Crow, Phoenix Art Museum, ASU Art Museum, ASU Institute for Humanities Research, Chicago Artists Coalition, and the University of Toronto Art Centre, in the areas of Chinese painting, Tibetan sculpture, Japanese prints, and contemporary site-specific installation, photography and experimental new media. She has authored and edited several essays, books and catalogs on Chinese art and Buddhist art, and has presented her research at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, University of Washington, and other universities, museums, academic conferences and symposia.  She previously taught Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and contributed research to the Chinese painting collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an MA and PhD in Chinese Art History from Arizona State University, and a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto.


Kyle Kondas is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas. His studies include digital video production, on-line media, new media art and most recently the study of video games as art. Kyle is also a video artist who has exhibited his work in several exhibitions throughout Dallas and has co-created three programs for the Dallas Videofest since 2009. In 2012, Kyle was in charge of video for DIFF Media (Dallas International Film Festival) and was one of 14 artists invited to exhibit their work in Expanded Cinema, a program of video art displayed on the exterior walls of the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Recently Kyle co-created Tiny Thumbs, a new pop-up arcade that will be showcasing current indie games from local and nationwide artist.


Cassie Shea Watson is an actress, singer, writer and director who works professionally in film, television, and commercials. She has worked in films with actors such as Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, and James Franco. She is also the founder of Performer's Edge Dallas, a performing arts organization that provides singing and acting training in the Dallas area.



Mona Kasra, MFA, Ph.D. is a cross-disciplinary scholar and a creative practitioner, who explores and experiments with existing and emerging media. She has exhibited work in numerous gallery and online exhibitions and has programmed, curated, and served as a juror for several film festivals and art exhibitions.  In 2016, she served as Conference Chair at ACM SIGGRAPH, undertaking an engaged role in the strategic planning, leading, and managing of the world’s largest, most influential annual conference on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Mona is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design at the University of Virginia (UVa).