DEREK BERES, AUTHOR, GLOBAL BEAT FUSION
Derek Beres is a multi-faceted author, music producer, and yoga/fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. He is the creator of Flow Play, an innovative program that fuses yoga, music, and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness. His latest book, Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health, was published by Carrel/Skyhorse Publishing. Derek is ACE, AFAA, Schwinn, and Kettlebell Athletics certified. A former reporter and magazine editor, he has written for dozens of publications, including MTV, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Women’s Health, and Yoga Journal, and is currently a columnist for Big Think. Derek is also the music specialist for 24 Hour Fitness, and served as the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. He has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Vogue, Shape, Fitness, NPR, and numerous other outlets. Alongside David ‘Duke Mushroom’ Schommer as EarthRise SoundSystem, the duo has released three albums and four EPs. Derek has also produced albums for Six Degrees Records and Vieux Farka Toure. He tours internationally with GlobeSonic, and was a regular guest at the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties and resident DJ of Kollektiv with Karsh Kale. He has performed alongside Jamiroquai, Ojos De Brujo, Sidestepper, Brazilian Girls, Yerba Buena, Antibalas, Cheb i Sabbah and more. He served as music supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and is the host of the EarthRise Podcast.
MITCH SCHULTZ, PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR
From an early age, my curiosity of the unknown universe forged my path in storytelling and research. My work as a transmedia producer, experience designer, and educator explores the inherent connections among consciousness, nature, culture, and the evolving human mythology. In the early ‘90s the confluence of art, information, and technology became the perfect storm for the germination of ideas that continue to inspire me today. My academic research at UT Austin and New York University focused on communication theory, information technology, and media production. During my education I mentored with visionary producer Tommy Pallotta on films (Waking Life), music videos (Destiny, In the Waiting Line), and the interactive sci-fi mystery (Amnesia Moon). In 2003 I launched Spectral Alchemy as a creative interface for my work over the next decade in indie/studio development, broadcast, interactive design, and commercial production. In 2009 I decided to focus exclusively on my personal creative vision. As a result, my first documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, premiered two years later and became an instant cult classic. The DMTRMX project, an open source media library and emergent storyworld, became the inspiration for MYTHAPHI. My ongoing curiosity of the future and academic musings on cultural evolution have led to speaking appearances at conferences, universities, festivals, and nonprofits across North & South America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 I co-founded the ONE Series – a forum for discussions with visionaries exploring the edge – hosted monthly at Ludlow House in NYC.
MICHAEL HULL, PRODUCER/EDITOR
Michael Hull is a filmmaker and journalist with 20 years behind the camera. As part of the Fusion16 election team he collaborated with ABC and Univision to produce over 150 short video pieces, concentrating on diverse groups of activists fighting for recognition. He was an editor on the CBS News team for seven years, and a member of IBEW Local 1212. His feature mockumentary Lost & Found premieres nationwide in November, and his politically charged documentary about the Attica prison uprising, Surrender Peacefully, You Will Not Be Harmed will make its festival debut in 2018. He is currently in production on his first narrative feature as a solo director, Riding Motorcycles in Washington Heights, as well as an upcoming documentary about the high-stakes card game bridge called Aces & Knaves.