Our

TEAM


FILMMAKERS

David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge have created films and video installations for a variety of clients and artistic exhibitions for museums around the world. Their pieces typically blend editorial materials and innovative uses of technology to explore complex human and social questions. Above all, they create cohesive work that identifies foundational principles and expands on them through multiple viewpoints.

Personal Statement
We are a husband and wife team of filmmakers and video artists. We are passionate about creating stories and connection with others. We are concerned about the world and how we live in it. We look for ways in our art that bring connection, joy, provocation, stimulation, inspiration. 

Our pieces typically blend editorial materials and innovative uses of technology to explore complex human and social questions. Some of our work is purely a visual exploration. We have shown ocean views on the side of a 40-story office building and were the first to use video iPods in an artistic installation. In our work, we pose questions that probe individual hopes and resolutions.

We hear the conversation of humanity striving for the comfort of permanence, all while recognizing that everything constantly changes around them.


Co-Producer
DRIVE SWEDEN


 

Creatives

Ray Day For nearly 29 years he’s been recording audio for documentary and commercial video and film productions in the San Francisco Bay area, as well 47 of the 50 states and in 53 countries around the world. Clients have included: National Geographic, NOVA, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Imax, and American Masters. Currently he is working on his own film documenting the life and work of a local Bay Area artist. He received his BFA and an MFA in Cinematography in the late 70's after 4 years working as a high-speed research cinematographer in the US Navy.

Rob Duncan’s distinguished career has seen him work with leading design companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He began his career at Mytton Williams in Bath. In 2000, he joined Pentagram’s London office. Taking full advantage of the firm’s international profile, he joined Pentagram’s San Francisco office in 2003.  In 2007, he became an Art Director on Apple’s Retail and Events team, In 2008, he established his own studio, Rob Duncan Design, based in San Francisco, and in 2010, Rob joined John Dowling to form Dowling Duncan. In 2013, Dowling Duncan merged with Mucho. Rob is the owner and creative director of Mucho San Francisco and New York.

Maikel Garcia Film Composer and Musician known for creating sensorial, intense and immersive soundtracks. His recent works include: scores for the films “Truth Be Told: Irving Norman and the Human Predicament” and “A Gift for Abuelo”; and original music for San Francisco Bay Area organizations, Reach for Home and LifeMoves. A Cuban native, with degrees in both music education and performance from conservatories in Santiago, Maikel is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, piano, guitar) performer, noted for his complex and innovative improvisation.  He released his CD, “Para Suerte Mia” touring South and Central America, where he was featured extensively on television and radio.

François Houle Clarinetist and composer has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music.  He has twice been listed by Downbeat magazine as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and was hailed as a “Rising Star” in Downbeat’s 2008 and 2015 Critics’ Poll. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe, and he has released more than a dozen recordings, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations.

Joan Jeanrenaud Cellist and Composer. Joan has been involved in music for over 40 years.  Growing up in Memphis Tennessee she was exposed to the sounds of the blues, Elvis, soul, folk and classical music.  She learned to play her instrument from cellists Peter Spurbeck, Fritz Magg and Pierre Fournier, studied jazz with David Baker and Joe Henderson and worked with Kronos Quartet as cellist for 20 years. Now for the past 18 years she is involved with projects in composition, improvisation, electronics, and multi-disciplinary performance.  She has completed more than 70 compositions for cello and small ensembles many of these multi-media works.  Her CD, ‘Strange Toys’, released on the Talking House label in 2008 was nominated for a Grammy and her most recent releases, ‘Pop-Pop’, ‘Visual Music’ and ‘Second Time Around’, appear on her own record label Deconet Records. 

Kelli Rose Pearson is interested in inspiring social change through creative forms of communication around sustainability issues. She currently works for the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, researching the topic of art and social transformation with a European innovation network (sustainableplaceshaping.net). She has a background consulting for regional sustainable economic development projects and in a past life she owned a successful organic cafe and community arts and culture hub in Savannah, Georgia. She received an MSc in environmental governance from the University of Freiburg in Germany and a BA from Carleton College in comparative religion.

Ulf Sandberg, Partner & Creative Director brings extensive international branding and communications experience to Grow. He was a founding partner of sandellsandberg, a Stockholm-based multidisciplinary communications, design, and architecture firm. Prior to that, he served as a longtime creative and managing director at Lowe Brindfors, a leading Scandinavian advertising agency. Ulf also worked at Chiat/Day in Los Angeles. He has received many international awards throughout his career, and has served a wide range of clients, including Bentley, Saab, Audi, Porsche, VW, Mexx, Nikon, Vagabond, Ice Hotel, Nikon, Carlsberg, Statoil, SAS, and the Country of Sweden.

Joe Shepter has worked extensively as a copywriter and ghostwriter. His first publications were in popular history magazines, but he soon switched tracks and spent three years as a senior editor at Adobe Systems. Upon leaving the company, he launched a successful freelance career. Since then, he has contributed to marketing and advertising projects that have won numerous awards, including a One Show Gold Pencil, a Cannes Silver Lion, and a London International Advertising Award. Articles for his clients have appeared in Bloomberg New, Forbes, and LinkedIn Today, among many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisors

Alan Baral Founder and CEO of Oddly Human Media, a venture capital and strategic consulting firm. Baral formerly co-owned and served as President of New Wave Entertainment, based in Los Angeles. He provided leadership to more than 300 full time employees with company revenues exceeding $60 million. Baral is a partner in 3 Dog Dojo Media, which produces independently financed action films. Baral practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He received a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where he served on Law Review, graduated cum laude. Baral was an acclaimed political cartoonist and social satirist.

Harold Fethe served as a biopharma research executive in two successful companies, with over 20 products launched. He developed and patented a graphical app that was the basis of indSolve Technologies, an early software-as-service company. Trained as an anthropologist, he is an effective, creative and systematic problem-solver with unusually diverse skills. He published groundbreaking research on scientific models and their use, and has publications in other fields as well. Currently he consults for businesses and non-profits, writes for film and print, and coaches executives, entrepreneurs and artists. He also performs as a jazz guitarist, and writes for The Fretboard Journal, a top-rated magazine for musicians. 

Guy Fraker CLO AutonomouStuff & Co-founder Cre8tfutures -  Author, inventor, entrepreneur, futurist, and innovation coach- By sharing actual experiences he brings authenticity to audiences and clients.  Guy provides practical applications clients use to gain an understanding of scaled disruptions and how create emergent opportunities.  Guy has been featured in the NY Times, NBC, Silicon Valley blogs, Thinking Highways magazine, and Forbes. He has provided keynotes in the U.S., Canada, India, and Korea He has been engaged by auto manufacturer’s and by U.S. and foreign governments.

Bern Grush, a high-tech startup entrepreneur. satellite image processing, document processing, documentary evidence, and telemetrics for autonomous road tolling, parking and usage-based insurance. Bern published over 400 articles and blogs regarding road and parking pricing. He is co-author of End Of Driving promoting adoption of shared fleets of self-driving vehicles. Bern holds a Masters in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Mark Moulton has worked in sales, package engineering and residential design-build for twenty years. Hired as Executive Director at Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, Mark assembled a team that built 75 homes in San Mateo County raising more than $20 million in 10 years. Mark advised business clients in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In 2011, Mark was hired as Executive Director of Housing Leadership Council and Housing Endowment and Regional Trust. Currently, he is co-owner and Board Chair of Acqualogic.  Mark earned a BA from Stanford University. He lives in Redwood City with his wife Lisa Moulton, Landscape Architect.

John Niles founder Global Telematics) He holds appointments as Research Associate with Mineta Transportation Institute (San Jose State University) and Research Director for the Seattle-based nonprofit think-tank, Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions (CATES). John co-authored The New Management, and numerous technical reports and articles. He is co-author of End of Driving and maintains an eclectic online Twitter presence for 2,000 followers. John holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the BMath from MIT.

Joe Santana CEO at Vector Watch. Prior assignments. consulted with Fred Olsen Group, Norway, he was interim CEO for Move About a leading car sharing company. Chairman/CEO for Ultra Motors, an electric transportation company,  where he brought electric two-wheelers and propulsion systems to market. As President and CEO of Timex, Joe led the repositioning of this mature consumer brand into a highly diversified global brand portfolio company. He directed a complete transformation of the company delivering revenues to $700 M and product distribution to 80 countries.

Peter Shannon is a managing director at Firelake Capital. He focuses on how software, data, and robotics technologies can optimize and deliver value to our infrastructure and physical world. Peter was a Principal at Atlas Venture. He focused on renewable energy and solid state data storage. At the University of Virginia he co-founded Eye Response, Inc. Products included a communication aid for quadriplegics and an augmentation to the computer mouse. Peter holds an MBA, with High Honors, from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and a BS, with Distinction, in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. 

Scott Staub has been working in the nonprofit sector for thirty years, both as staff and consultant.   He has lead successful capital campaigns for healthcare, religion and social services as well as instituted comprehensive fundraising programs. He is currently the Chief Advancement Officer for the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center.  Previously, Scott was the Executive Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.  Scott holds the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential, one of 105 in North America.Scott has a BA in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a MPA from Golden Gate University.

Susan Zielinski is Managing Director of SMART. Just before joining SMART/CARSS, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives.


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