Albatross Soup is an animated short hybrid documentary film based on an entertaining yet disturbing lateral thinking puzzle. With the help of the team at Radiolab, over 50 people have been recorded trying to guess this riddle using only “yes” or “no” questions. The film is a visual representation of the riddle unraveling as we hear a rapid fire kaleidoscopic soundscape of questions from each participant. An all knowing God-like voice guides the story by answering “yes” or “no” for each question.
Alexandra Young /Audio Producer
After three years producing tours for pop bands, and another six years as an EP at a post-audio house, Alex was itching to take a creative leap. She decided to find a story in Asia to pitch to her favorite podcast, Radiolab. Some of her friends laughed, her mom got anxious, her dad was dubious, and one of her aunties said, “is that like NPR?”. Ten months later she got in front of the Radiolab staff and pitched a story about the first paparazzi company in South Korea. She now has two Radiolab episodes under her belt, and in the fall of 2016 she was hired to help create The New York Times’ first narrative podcast. She currently freelance as a reporter and producer, working primarily with The New York Times.
Tessa Greenberg / Co-editor
Tessa Greenberg is a New York-based editor and director. Some of her recent credits include: editor of the feature documentary "Thank You, Del", featuring Amy Poehler (SXSW 2016), director for IFC's "Menage A Trois" original series, and is a contributing writer/director for MTV's "Braless" series. Previously she served as the Head of Post Production for the Upright Citizens Brigade’s digital department, UCB Comedy. She was a post-production speaker at SXSW 2017 as part of the panel "Build Your Tribe: Networking Is Bullshit!", and was a grand prize winner for the Snapchat shorts at Tribeca Film Festival (2016). Tessa is also a founding member of the NYC based film collective, Video Mass (videomass.tv).
Fiona Smyth / Illustrator
Toronto’s Fiona Smyth is a feminist painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. For thirty-one years she has covered Toronto and elsewhere with her distinctive female charged graphics. Fiona teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU (Ontario College of Art & Design University) and the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario). A collection of her Exclaim comics “Cheez 100” was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Her first graphic novel, “The Never Weres” was published by Annick Press in 2011.
Fiona illustrated for writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg’s Kickstarter funded picture book “What Makes A Baby” in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013. The second book in the series “Sex Is A Funny Word” was named a 2016 ALA Stonewall Book Award Honor book and won the 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. More recently Fiona collaborated with writer Mariko Tamaki for her story in “Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, and cartoonist Ron Rege Jr. on Perish Plains Volume 4 for Perish Publishing. Currently her comics can be found in Resist #1 and 2, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman.
Masayoshi Nakamura / Art Director, Animator
Masayoshi means Good General in Japanese. He is a maker of all sorts of things, but mostly animation. Masa started out as a motion graphic designer, but now his focus is shifting more toward illustration and animation. Sometimes he directs, art directs, designs, or animates, and other times he does it all by himself with a little help from very close people. Masa is known for his morphy and swirly animation, but learning new things on every project and trying to get better than the last time and trying to achieve a higher goal. Sharpening his craftsmanship over the year, Masa hopes to be really great someday, and each project help him to be better.
Daniel Rosato /Composer
Dan Rosato is an NYC-based composer and sound designer. Equally at home recording in the field, tweaking in the studio, performing onstage or hacking electronics by hand, he is obsessed with finding and creating new sounds. His work synthesizes sonic ideas and techniques from around the world in order to create rich, unique soundscapes that tell a story. He has performed or created work for the Queens Museum, Performa Arts, ANTfest and more. His film work has screened at many film festivals internationally.
Lester St. Louis / Musician, Cellist
Lester St. Louis is a young cellist & composer. Born in Queens, he has been living in Brooklyn since he was seventeen, immersing himself in the city's music scene. He has performed with Joe Morris, Dre Hocevar, Chris Pitsiokos and others. Lester has presented several solo concerts, programs a music series in Brooklyn and for the past several years has managed the Lower East Side venue Spectrum.