Synthetic Pleasures: Crew & Collaborators



Below is a list of the crew for Synthetic Pleasures in alphabetical order:

  • Mark Berger (mixer), is the supervising rerecording mixer at the Saul Zaentz Company Film Center in Berkeley, California. Three out of the many films he has worked on received the Academy Award for Best Sound: Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and The Right Stuff. Known to play the mixing board “like an artist,” some of the many films he has worked on include Blue Velvet, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, River’s Edge, Mosquito Coast, Species and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
  • George Gund (producer) is a native of Cleveland who divides his time between San Francisco, New York City and wherever his involvements in the worlds of ice hockey, basketball and independent film take him. An enthusiastic patron of the arts and professional and amateur sports, his interests include producing and distributing international films, scouting the eastern and northern hemispheres for emerging hockey talent, and collecting asian and Native American art.

    George Gund has imported and distributed Eastern European films since the early 1970’s and has been involved with numerous independent film productions both in the United States and abroad. He is also extremely active on the international film festival circuit . He has been a jury member at the Moscow and Istanbul International Film Festivals and, for the last thirty years, Chairman of the Board at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Currently, Mr. Gund is on the board of trustees of the Sundance Institute and a member of the Film Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    As majority owner of the San Jose Sharks, Mr. Gund introduced hockey to the Internet, making them the first NHL team with a web site. Characterized by his bottomless curiosity and his tireless pursuits around the world, Mr. Gund has more stories up his sleeve than any bio can convey.

  • Marcus Hahn (director of photography) was born and raised in Germany. He has shot several feature films in the US, including Punch the Clock, The Eyes of St. Anthony, Goldigger, Mindwarp, Children of the Night and The Maze. He also shot shorts as The Thrill, Walk Don’t Run, Birdboy, Peering From the Moon among others. All films have appeared in film festivals all over the world.
  • John Kelsey (writing consultant) is a writer/filmmaker living in New York City. He studied Comparative Literature/Culture Studies at Columbia University and Film Production at New York University. He has been a free-lance writer & filmmaker for the past two years, recently venturing into video art.
  • Iara Lee (director), a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity and connects and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. As a filmmaker, Iara has directed/produced several full-length documentaries and dozens of short films over the past three decades. You can find her complete filmography here.
  • Jim McKee (sound designer) is one of the founding members of Earwax Productions in San Francisco California. As a sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works primarily with computers and tape, using concrete sound elements and human voice to build impressionistic and abstract sound environments. In addition to his sound design work, he has lectured at YLE Radio in Helsinki Finland, Western Public Radio, San Francisco State, CCAC and The College for Recording Arts. Feature films credits include: Hanna’s War, American Ninja 4, The Dolls, The Color of Honor, Vegas in Space, The Motorist, and special effects sound design for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and design and effects with American Zoetrope for The Secret Garden. Recently, he supervised and did effects for the Imax film Yellowstone for Destination Cinema.
  • motormouthmedia (publicist) was founded by Brian Bumbery in early 1995 and is an indie public relations company.
  • Alex Stahl (music editor) a co-producer and mixer of City of Tribes Communications which presents a unique hybrid of house and 4th world offerings. In addition to helping unfold their signature sound, his ensemble APB is scheduled for a 1996 release of original work.
  • Stacy Thompson (editor) was educated at Stanford University, her editing credits include Stonewall-Night Variations, Romantic Comedy and Film in the Television Age (both for NY Center for Visual History, American Cinema Series for PBS), she was also sound editor of Paris is Burning.
  • Andreas Troeger (editor) was born and raised in Germany. He graduated with degrees in film, video and communication technology from German Universities. In Germany and the US, he directed and produced nine short films and art videos focusing on medical and social issues, such as STROM (English translation: current) and Lifepack. They have been screened and won awards at international festivals. Starting in 1992, Troeger collaborated with Nam June Paik and Paul Garrin in New York, creating video sculptures.
  • Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz (sound editor) has been designing sound and music since 1987. For years he worked as sound editor at the Saul Zaentz Company and has cut up sounds for such wacky films as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Johnny Mnemonic, and Species. In 1996, he made the leap into music editing, eventually working on Baz Lurman’s Romeo and Juliet, Wag the Dog, and Arlington Road. He really loves that he went from Modulations to Armageddon. He was also the sound editor of Iara Lee’s first film ‘Synthetic Pleasures’. Besides sound editing work, he hosts a monthly cultural salon called Abstrakt-Zone.
  • John Yang (music researcher) got a BA from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and continues his education at Parsons School of Design. He spends most of his time studying youth culture and works as a free-lance music researcher.


Below is a list of people who collaborated on SYNTHETIC PLEASURES:

    • John Perry Barlow is a retired cattle rancher, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder and executive chair of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organisation dedicated to democritising the electronic community that is arising from the new digital media.





    • Jeffrey Baxter is a guerrilla working in the music and electronics industries. He was in bands with the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt and Elton John, produced albums for Nazareth and Nils Lofgrin, worked as a session guitarist for Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Cher, Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart and composed for Roxanne and Beverly Hills 90210, as well as numerous TV commercials. He is also an active Electronic Design Consultant and Writer/Columnist for Mix and Money magazines.





    • Scott Bukatman is Assistant Professor in the Media Arts Program at the University of New Mexico. Author of Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject of Postmodern Science Fiction, he has published in Artforum International, Architecture New York, October and Camera Obscura, and is Consulting Editor for Science Fiction Studies.





    • Professor Robert Ettinger is the President of the Cryonics Institute and author of The Prospect of Immortality and Man Into Superman.





    • Scott Frazier is an animator, teacher and author living and working in Japan. The places he taught at always become the #1 or #2 companies at what they did. He is currently working as a freelance computer and production consultant for animation companies in the Far East, including Cambridge Animation Systems. He is one of the directors of GENESIS Digital Publishing Company and is working on a “digital graphic novel” called Transcendence that will appear in ON, the serial CD-ROM series GENESIS will be releasing soon.





    • Robert Gurland is Department Chairman and Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He was Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy from 1976 to 1978. He is the author of Scholars Who Teach, and is currently working on two further books, Sports in Academia, and Doing Time: A Critique of the American Classroom.





    • Michio Kaku is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard and received his Ph.D. from Berkeley. He is author of Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel UniversesTime Warps and the Tenth DimensionBeyond Einstein (with Jennifer Trainer), Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction and Introduction to Superstrings. He has also hosted a weekly hour long science program on radio for the last ten years.





    • Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, businessman and author. He is well known for his work in Virtual Reality (VR). He co-invented fundamental VR components such as interface gloves and VR networking.





    • Timothy Leary has been investigating the parallels between his experiences with LSD in the Sixties and with computers in the Nineties, both of which he believes are alternative ways to open up hidden dimensions of the brain. His earlier activities have been well documented — from West Point, to Harvard, to figurehead of the Sixties’ counterculture, to Millbrook, to exile in Europe in Africa, to prison, to acting. He is currently authoring a book, Conscious Net, on an electronic bulletin board.





    • Max More is editor and co-founder of EXTROPY and President of the EXTROPY INSTITUTE which aims to guide humanity into an unbounded future by encouraging the use of emerging and future technologies to overcome historically unchallenged limits to full human flourishing. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an M.A. in Philosophy from USC and is now writing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at USC.





    • Orlan is a French performance artist whose most recent work is herself. Entitled The Reincarnation of Saint Orlan, she has since May 1990 undergone a series of plastic surgical operations to transform herself into a new being, modelled on Venus, Diana, Europa, Psyche and Mona Lisa. She has been featured on CBS’s Eye to Eye, written about in Art in America, exhibited worldwide and supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.





    • Lisa Palac hosts the talk radio show “Generation Sex” and is currently working on a book about her adventures into pop sex culture. She is the producer of the erotic virtual audio series Cyborgasm, and the founding editor of Future Sex magazine. Her work has appeared in Details, The London Observer, Playboy, Penthouse, the erotic anthologies Herotica 1 and 2, and Best American Erotica 1993.





    • Ed Regis is a contributor to Omni and the author of Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition and Who Got Einstein’s Office? His new book is called Nano.





    • Howard Rheingold is an author and journalist living in the Bay Area. His book The Virtual Community explores the global on-line network and strongly supports its role in community building and the free expression of ideas. He is also the author of Virtual Reality, Tools for Thought and Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind; coauthor of Higher Creativity and The Cognitive Connection; editor of The Whole Earth Review and a key participant in the WELL on-line community. He has been a consultant to the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment and written for The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Omni and Esquire.





    • Steven Roberts is a self-styled “ungineer” and high tech nomad, who uses technology to live a unique self supporting travelling and working lifestyle. He is the designer of BEHEMOTH (Big, Electronic, Human-energized machine, Only Too Heavy), a computer laden 105 speed recumbent bicycle, the author of two books and publisher of the magazine High-Tech Nomadness. His latest project is a completely self-sufficient, high-tech sea kayak.





    • R.U. Sirius is cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of MONDO 2000 magazine and a member of MONDO Vanilli, the first virtual reality rock band.






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