New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis named Alison one of their 20 Directors to Watch on a list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40. Her debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, and earned Alison a Director's Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world. It was also one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman. Alison went to China upon graduating college and traveled to places like Tibet and Taiwan. She began learning Mandarin and immersing herself in a foreign culture to better hone her skills as a journalist and filmmaker. After deciding she would extend her stay in China, she became an English coach on the set of a Jackie Chan/Jet Li film; wrote about basketball for the official 2008 Olympic website; voiced cartoons and made silicone dummies for a special effects studio. By 2008, she was an accredited journalist and went on to produce radio and television feature stories for PBS Frontline, NPR's "All Things Considered" and others. She also began shooting NEVER SORRY, following the artist/activist for three years and gaining unprecedented access to his life and work. Alison has made many media appearances to speak about her documentary work, including on The Colbert Report. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Emmy-nominated Op-Doc Series, and a grant recipient of the Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, Henry Luce Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures. In 2011 she was a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." She continues to be a frequent guest speaker at major art museums and universities around the world. She graduated from Brown University in 2006 with an honors B.A. in History. Check out her exclusive interview with PSFK & HP/HP Matter here!
DJ is the co-founder of NextVR, a company specializing in capturing and delivering immersive and ultra high definition virtual reality experiences. DJ is an award winning producer, director and cinematographer for his work with 3D & 2D IMAX films, feature and digital cinema films, television shows, documentaries, commercials and special effects. He is a pioneer in filming techniques having shot the first live 3D sports broadcast, the first digital IMAX 3D live action film and has collaborated with James Cameron. He also developed the digital 3D underwater beam splitter camera system, capable of capturing 4K 3D imagery on land, underwater and in macro 3D.