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Submissions for the 2012 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge have closed, but the fun has just begun!
While our community is busy from March 6 – 12 picking their favorites for the Audience Choice Awards, our panel of expert judges will be selecting the top digital stories from among hundreds of entries. All winners will be announced on March 28 at an awards ceremony and screening party in San Francisco and on streamed to the web.
So who are these hard-working digital storytelling junkies? Let's meet the folks who will decide which one-minute videos and five-photo slide shows take home these excellent award donations from our generous partners.
Danny Alpert, Executive Producer of See3, is a producer, director, and editor whose films have been nominated for Academy and national Emmy Awards, and have aired on PBS, HBO, A&E, and at festivals around the world. Connect with Danny on Twitter at @See3.
Aaron Bramley is co-founder and director of communication/education for Lights. Camera. Help. In this role, Aaron is responsible for conceptualizing the organization’s vision and working to see it through. Connect with Aaron on Twitter at @AaronMSB and @NPFilm.
Aaron's favorite cause-related video:
Raven Brooks is the executive director of Netroots Foundation and Netroots Nation. He’s led the growth of Netroots Nation from a volunteer run effort to the country’s premier progressive gathering. Connect with Raven on Twitter at @ravenb and @WinTheNet.
Raven's favorite cause-related video:
David Lee King writes about, talks about, and works around libraries, social media, and digital communities. He also blogs at davidleeking.com, and loves making video! Connect with David on Twitter at @davidleeking.
David's favorite cause-related video:
Michael Margolis is president of Get Storied,
and host of the Reinvention Summit, the world's largest virtual
conference on storytelling in the digital age. As the Dean of Story
University, he teaches thousands of marketers, change-makers, and
entrepreneurs how to tell a bigger story. Connect with Michael on Twitter at @getstoried.
Michael's favorite cause-related video:
Kirthi Nath is the founder of Cinemagical Media,
a conscious media company that produces artistic, heart-based videos
and media strategies for nonprofits, companies, and individuals
committed to social change. Connect with Kirthi on Twitter at @KirthiNath and @Hi_Cinemagical.
Kirthi's favorite cause-related video:
The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time, with more than 15 million views and counting. The nonprofit Story of Stuff Project was created in 2008 to respond to tens of thousands of viewer requests for more information and ways to get involved. Connect with Story of Stuff on Twitter at @storyofstuff.
Story of Stuff's favorite cause-related video:
Marc Smolowitz is an Academy Award® Nominated producer, director, and
executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of
entertainment, media, and technology. He is currently a Lecturer in the
Film & Digital Media Department at UC Santa Cruz and an Adjunct
Faculty at the Art Institute of California - San Francisco. Connect with Marc on Twitter at @marcsmolowitz, @poweroftwomovie and @hivstoryproject.
Marc's favorite cause-related video:
Rob Wu Rob is a founder at CauseVox.
Most recently, Rob co-created SXSWCares, a campaign that raised over
$120,000 in 10 days. His work has been recognized by the Mayor of Austin
and featured in the NYTimes, CNN, Forbes, and NPR. Connect with Rob on Twitter at @robjwu and @causevox.
Rob's favorite cause-related video: