BRENT KNOPF: Brent Knopf is a Portland-based songwriter and musician. Brent made his debut on the national music scene as one of the founding member of the indie rock band Menomena, which he left in 2011 to pursue his side-project-turned-main-focus, Ramona Falls.
He formed the musical duo EL VY in 2015 alongside The National's Matt Berninger. They released their critically-acclaimed and Taylor Swift-approved debut album Return to the Moon in 2015. Brent also gave a TEDx talk, “Mistakes Were Made on Purpose”, in Sacramento, CA in 2013.
SABRINA JALEES: Sabrina Jalees is a comedian, actor, keynote speaker and writer based in Brooklyn. As a stand up she’s toured North America, England, South Africa and played the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival several times. Currently, she’s a recurring guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, the host of the 300k+ listened to weekly serial My Sexy Podcast, developing the next iteration of her webseries How Many Questions with Comedy Central’s digital house, and will play a guest role on Amazon’s Transparent. She’s appeared on Last Comic Standing, Flashpoint, MTV’S Failosophy, VH1’s Best Week Ever and played a pregnant teen in Lifetime’s Mom at Sixteen. She’s the Gemini and International Emmy nominated host of YTV’s In Real Life. Born and raised in Canada, Sabrina’s early years in comedy were capsuled during her decade long run as a staple of Much Music’s pop culture tear-down show Video On Trial. Her TED talk on the importance of honesty and embracing diversity was featured on several sites including Upworthy. She’s written, performed and held down the news desk on CBC’s iconicThis Hour Has 22 Minutes, and made her Comedy Central debut last year on Adam Devine’s House Party
NICOLE J. GEORGES: Nicole J. Georges is a writer and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. Allô, dr Laura? was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has been publishing her own zines and comics for 20 years; and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour. Nicole’s diary comic zine, Invincible Summer, has been collected into two anthology books. Nicole was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she was also on faculty. She won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program.Nicole is the 2015/16 Donaldson Writer in Residence at the College of William and Mary. In her spare time, Nicole writes an advice column, publishes a yearly animal calendar, and volunteers with senior citizens at Portland’s Marie Smith Center (she publishes a zine about these seniors, called Tell It Like It Tiz). She is currently at work on a graphic memoir called Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. It will be out with Mariner books in 2017.
LOGAN LYNN: Logan Lynn is an American musician, writer, composer, singer, producer, activist and television personality. Based in Portland, Oregon, Lynn first gained national and international recognition in 2006 when MTV’s Logo channel began airing his music videos. He is the former host of NewNowNext Music and has done a number of televised commercial spots for the channel. Logan’s videos were included in 2007 and 2008’s “Top 10 Videos of the Year” by the network and have been featured on MTV, VH1 and Spike TV as well. Logan Lynn was signed to Caroline/EMI via The Dandy Warhols owned-and-operated Beat The World label from 2007 to 2010, when he announced that he would be going on hiatus to pursue activism work full time. In 2013 Lynn returned with a new record, a U.S. tour, a handful of videos, a critically acclaimed Miley Cyrus cover, and just finished work on his 8th studio album, titled ADIEU, which was released September 23rd, 2016.
HUTCH HARRIS: Hutch Harris was born in New York City, raised in Silicon Valley and has resided in Portland, Oregon for the past eighteen years. Harris founded and is the lead singer/songwriter of Portland post-pop-punk band the Thermals. In fourteen years, the band has toured fifteen countries and released seven records.
Over the past three years, Hutch has also pursued a career in stand-up comedy. He is a regular on the Portland stand-up circuit, and has made cameos on Buddymoon (2016), Hidden America with Jonah Ray (2016), and The Special Without Brett Davis (2015).
CARLI DAVIDSON: Carli Davidson is both an internationally recognized award winning photographer and an experienced animal trainer and caretaker. She is able to capture the innate personalities of her subjects using her professional understanding of animal behavior. She is a freelance photographer for the Oregon Zoo, and works regularly with domestic animals both commercially and personally for her fine art projects.
Her photography has been featured in national and international news publications, photography magazines, and websites, including the Vanity Fair, The New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Photo District News and ABC World News.
Carli has taught for the Newspace Center for Photography, and The Oregon Zoo, and has spoken at numerous institutions including The Art Institute, and The Evergreen State College.