SPARK Season 7: Episode 707: Kitka, Victoria May, Art & Economy
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SPARK Season 7 - Painter Wayne Thiebaud
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|Spark: Production Staff Biographies: Season One|
Louise Lo, Executive Producer
Executive producer Louise Lo has worked in public broadcasting for more than twenty years, supervising and producing award-winning arts and cultural programs. As KQED's director of cultural programming in the early 1990s, she oversaw The Creative Mind, a series about Bay Area artists, performers and thinkers; Inner Landscapes, a documentary about architect Lawrence Halprin and choreographer Anna Halprin; ODC/San Francisco, a performance by the premier Bay Area dance company; and Viewpoints, a series of point-of-view programs by independent producers. Lo was co-executive producer/writer of The Poet Remembers, a PBS profile of Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz. She has also produced and directed a number of PBS documentaries about artists, including The Floating World: Masami Teraoka and His Art about the Japanese-American artist; Julia Morgan: A Life by Design about the Bay Area architect; Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist about the Mexican painter; and A Piece of Cake about Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud. She was a co-founder and first project director of the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA), which provides programming about Asian Americans to public broadcasting, in charge of the PBS series Silk Screen and the NPR series, Crosscurrents.
Lo has been involved for many years with the independent producing community and has served on the boards of the Bay Area Video Coalition, Film Arts Foundation and the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasting Producers. She has been an on-stage interviewer for City Arts and Lectures and has served as a juror and panelist for numerous local and national organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts and The Women's Foundation. She is a first-generation Chinese American who was raised in Monterey County and graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
Pam Rorke Levy, Series Producer
Series producer Pam Rorke Levy is a veteran producer, director, writer and executive producer of television programming. She has supervised the production of several popular series including The Discovery Channel's Next Step, KRON's Bay Area Backroads, HGTV's Curb Appeal and KQED's own Independent View.
Her work in documentaries began in 1978 at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Since then she has produced dozens of films for local and national air, among them several of KRON's highly acclaimed programs on San Francisco history and the first in KQED's series of documentaries on San Francisco's neighborhoods, The Mission. She recently co-produced Photos to Send, a feature-length documentary retracing photographer Dorothea Lange's travels through Ireland, which received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival. She has received seven regional Emmy Awards for writing, producing and directing, and her documentary work has been awarded prizes from the New York Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the American Video Conference, among others.
Levy also brings a lifelong involvement in the arts to the program. She holds a degree in art history from Swarthmore College, and began her professional life in the field of curatorship at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her family's participation in the arts spans several generations, from grandfathers who were architects, musicians, and artists to her eldest daughter, who is now attending the theater program at San Francisco's School of the Arts.
Tamara Gould, Executive Director, Bay Area Video Coalition
Tamara Gould provides leadership for all programs and services at BAVC. She is responsible for financial, development, educational and production activities, including the management of 60 staff members. Gould returns to BAVC after serving as Executive Producer for KQED Public Television where she developed programming, managed fundraising, and oversaw the production of documentaries including The Nobel: Visions of Our Century and California's Power Play. In addition, Gould redesigned the second season of the Emmy-award winning weekly Independent View series and led it through national release to over 200 PBS member stations. Prior to her post at KQED, Gould served as Education and Associate Director of BAVC from 1996 to 1999 when she managed the team of program directors, developed new initiatives and partnerships for BAVC, produced key guides, primers and marketing materials, and had responsibility for major fundraising and development efforts. Gould holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from UC Santa Cruz, a B.A. with Honors in Film and Anthropology from Brown, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina studying media, culture and democracy. She currently serves on the Board for the New Art Trust and One Economy.
Amy Miller, Associate Producer
Amy Miller has returned to KQED for her second series, having worked as a segment producer on the Emmy Award-winning weekly film show, Independent View. She has extensive experience producing and managing productions for cable television (ResidenSea: The Floating City for Discovery Channel) and independent films (Cherish and A Girl's Guide to the Wilderness). Miller has also been involved with numerous narrative & documentary films as a camera assistant & shooter (American Girls Series, Witches in Exile). She brings to Spark a wealth of knowledge about the Bay Area art scene, having served for 10 years as executive producer and host for the long-running radio magazine show on KUSF, RadioSegue, which chronicles the lively arts and community affairs of the Bay Area. She has a B.A. in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University.
June Mesina Ouellette, Associate Producer
Associate Producer, June Mesina Ouellette brings over 15 years of television production experience to KQED, working on a wide variety of local and national programs related to the performing arts, including dance, theater, opera and music, as well as documentaries and informational series. Some of her production credits include award-winning programs such as And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking, Short Stories and Tall Tales, Dancing on the Edge, Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution and Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist. In addition to her television production background, she has also been involved with the performing arts community for many years as an actor and dancer. She was also a member of Kulilang Kulintang Arts Ensemble, a Bay Area group performing indigenous music and dance from the Philippines.
Mark Rinehart, Associate Producer, Bay Area Video Coalition
Mark Rinehart graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1998 with a B.A. in Communications (Minor in Visual Arts). He then moved to Portland, Oregon and began to work as a freelance lighting technician in the Pacific Northwest film community. Since then he has worked on three Hollywood features, a number of commercials, and several independent films. While working as a technician, he steadily developed as a director/director of photography of independent film. His current reel includes several nonfiction works that focus on performance art. Elements is a piece that follows the lives of a troupe of fire dancers who perform in Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Mark also attended the Stanford Documentary Film and Video Program where he completed the film Propane Rain, a piece about a group of San Francisco machine artists living in China Basin.
Richard Berge, Field Producer
Richard Berge is a documentary filmmaker who has worked on films for PBS, Showtime, A&E Biography, Martha Stewart Omnimedia and the California Arts Council. He directed State of the Arts (2001), a film produced by BAVC marking the 25th anniversary of the California Arts Council. Working with director Barry Levinson, he wrote, produced and co-directed Yesterday's Tomorrows (2000), a feature-length documentary for Disney Television and Showtime that examines the human obsession with predicting the future. The film is featured in a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition that is now touring the United States. In association with producer Jon Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting, he line produced Sing Faster (1999), a verité documentary that follows the San Francisco Opera staging of Richard Wagner's mammoth Ring Cycle from the point of view of union stagehands. The film was awarded the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival and an Emmy Award for best cultural documentary. Berge was the production manager of In Search Of Law And Order (1998), a series about the American juvenile justice system for PBS and Channel 4, and he served as production coordinator for Cadillac Desert (1997), the landmark PBS series about the quest and struggle for water in the American West. During the past year, he has been adapting and conducting initial production on The Rape of Europa, a feature-length film for PBS based on the National Book Award-winning history by Lynn H. Nicholas about the fate of art in Europe during World War II. Before completing the master's program in documentary film at Stanford University, Berge worked at the Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, and he was assistant vice president at the firm of Marsh & McLennan, Inc.
Lori Halloran, Field Producer
Halloran has logged more than ten years producing entertainment and lifestyle programming. At KVIE, she developed and served as executive producer and Reporter for the award-winning series Central Valley Chronicles, the only television program in Sacramento that provides continuous coverage of local arts, history and culture. She also created Off Limits, a national adventure series for PBS, which garnered a NATPE Iris award and two Northern California Emmy nominations. From a thrill ride down a bobsled run to thirty-six hours aboard a nuclear submarine, the series offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the nation's most dangerous jobs and hidden locations. Her other credits include Dracula: Uncloaked, a documentary which won a Bronze Plaque from the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. From casting and auditions to sound and stage design, the program documented the inner workings of a regional theatre company's production of Dracula. Most recently she wrapped up production on Discover California, a new series featuring the best in travel, arts, food and wine in the Golden State. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of California at San Diego.
Laurie Schmidt, Editor
Schmidt is an Emmy Award-nominated editor who has been working in television and film for over 15 years. Partial PBS credits include "Easy Money," a PBS FRONTLINE documentary about gambling in America, and Independent View, an Emmy award winning weekly series about independent film. Her editing work on Girl Trouble, a documentary about young girls and the juvenile justice system, will be seen on PBS in the second half of 2003. She has also edited numerous primetime network & cable programs. In addition to her work as an editor, Schmidt has directed two films: Sleep Come Free Me (1998), and Trigger Happy (2001), which have both garnered numerous festival awards both nationally and worldwide.
Deborah Gibbon, Project Coordinator, Education
Gibbon is a practicing visual artist and educator who comes to KQED with diverse experience in the arts and arts education, most recently as associate director of Young Audiences of the Bay Area where she worked from 1998-2002. Young Audiences of the Bay Area is the largest and oldest provider of arts education services in Northern California, offering performance demonstrations, residencies, workshops, professional development and teacher training to schools and communities in 14 counties. She holds a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.F.A. in Painting from SFSU. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gibbon coordinated arts programs in Chicago from 1992-94 for the Museum of Science & Industry and the National PTA before moving to San Francisco in 1995. In addition to her work for KQED, she is an adjunct faculty at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), and a guest lecturer at CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts). She is very pleased to add her energy and experience to the Spark project.
Mindy Aronoff, Director of Creative and Media Services, Bay Area Video Coalition
Mindy Aronoff leads the creative and media services department, which includes video production and post-production for clients creating non-commercial projects, tape duplication, executive production, preservation and captioning. She is currently working to expand and build innovative preservation services so that BAVC can accommodate clients in a more efficient manner. Previously she forged partnerships with corporations and government for BAVC, as well as strategized marketing and public relations efforts and planned for program development and membership growth. She holds a B.A. in Design from UCLA and has over 17 years in arts management.
Marie K Lee, Interactive Producer
Hailing from Maine, Lee studied painting in the South of France and received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College. After relocating to the Bay Area, she worked for the San Francisco Art Commission in the Art in City Hall program installing art and acting as the artists' liaison. Before joining KQED's Spark Interactive team, she served as the Web and communications director at the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) for 3 years, overseeing all of their Internet initiatives and editing their annual magazine, Push.
Colleen Wilson, Senior Interactive Producer
From 1988-1995, Wilson was post-production supervisor for the award-winning PBS series, FRONTLINE. More recently, she served as the coordinating producer for Digital Divide (PBS) which included producing the companion Web site and supervising the national outreach campaign. Wilson is currently Web producer for KQED and produces companion sites for KQED.org and national sites for PBS.org. The first site she produced for KQED, With Eyes Open, was a PBS Communications finalist for a PBS National Series Web Site award.
David Dower, Narrator
Dower is the founder and artistic director of The Z Space Studio, an innovative theater development center in San Francisco. He built the organization from an all-volunteer effort to its current $900,000 annual budget. Under his leadership the studio has garnered critical and popular acclaim for its programs, including mainstage productions, commissions, developmental workshops and readings of new plays and a residency program. In addition to a distinguished record as a producer/presenter and artistic director, Dower has a long history as a director and dramaturge for Bay Area theater over the past 15 years. He has served as mentor to the development of award-winning new works by Amy Freed, Anne Galjour, Gary Leon Hill, D. W. Jacobs, Josh Kornbluth, Tanya Shaffer, Charlie Varon, and Randall Wong among many others. He also has mentored the growth of a wide range of Bay Area companies such as Afro Solo, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, and Word for Word.
Pamela Z, Narrator
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. She creates solo works combining operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found percussion objects, spoken word, electronic processing, and a MIDI controller called The BodySynth (which allows her to manipulate sound with physical gestures.) In addition to her solo work, she has composed and recorded scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at Theater Artaud in San Francisco, and her audio works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Diözesanmuseum in Cologne. Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center in New York, the Interlink Festival in Japan, the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival in Wuppertal, Germany. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the ASCAP Music Award, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.