Avery Trufelman (Articles of Interest) will moderate a panel featuring the creators behind the Tribeca Festival’s 2022 Audio Storytelling Official Selections in the Established category. Short audio clips from these creators’ audio pieces will punctuate the conversation. The discussion will explore how each of these audio pieces came to be, obstacles faced by the creators, and what is next for this group of audio artists.
Jo Piazza has created, hosted and produced the critically acclaimed podcasts She Wants More, Committed, Under the Influence and Fierce. She is the national and international bestselling author of We Are Not Like Them, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, The Knockoff and How to Be Married. Her work has been published in ten languages in twelve countries and four of her books have been optioned for film and television. A former editor, columnist and travel writer, her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and Slate. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and communication, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a master’s in religious studies from New York University. She lives in Philly with her husband, Nick Aster, and three feral children.
Brett Gaylor is an interactive media producer and researcher. His recent releases are Welcome To The Metaverse, an AR project at the 2023 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Paris, and Discriminator, an interactive film that had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. His 2020 documentary, The Internet of Everything, broadcast in more than 20 countries. For Do Not Track, OK Google and Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Brett has received the International Documentary Association award, a Peabody Award, the Prix Gemaux, and three Webbys.
Alex Kemp is an audio drama writer and director. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, he spent several years as a musician and producer, signing to labels including Virgin, Arista, and Caroline. His first podcast, The Imperfection, was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Podcast of the Year and Best Fiction Script Writing at the 2022 AMBIES. He's currently adapting The Imperfection for TV with Atomic Monster. His latest work, Modes of Thought in Anterran Literature, was also an official selection at the Tribeca Festival 2022. Kemp has also recorded and directed several podcasts, including Batman Unburied for Warner Bros/DC/Spotify, #MATTER for ShondaLand, and Mordeo for Blumhouse. He's currently directing The Riddler for Warner Brothers, starring Hassan Minhaj and Gina Rodriguez.
David Weinberg is an award-winning journalist and audio producer. He hosts Dreamtown, The Superhero Complex, and is the creator and former host of KCRW’s Welcome to LA. He teaches radio production for the nonprofit organization Transom and his work has been published in The New York Times, NPR and elsewhere.
Yael Even Or is a journalist and podcast producer. She currently serves as a Senior Producer and Production Lead at Paradiso Media. Before that, she worked at Audible, KCRW, PRI’s America Abroad, and Israel’s Walla News. Her reporting also appeared in Vice, BBC World Service, PRI, WNYC, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, Okay Africa, Africa is a Country, and the South African Daily Maverick. She also directed Swing Country, a documentary film about the 2020 presidential election in a small Wisconsin community. It screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Red Nation Film Festival, among others. She has a master's degree in international affairs from The New School.
Alissa Escarce is a producer at Radio Diaries. She was previously a producer at Latino USA, where her immigration reporting won an Edward R. Murrow Award, and at NPR's Life Kit and Planet Money. She's particularly interested in stories about health, politics, and immigration, told through individual experiences.
David Coleman is an attraction and production designer from Los Angeles, California. He got his start in theater, acting in and creating small immersive shows through high school, then eventually graduating to work in the film industry as a professional production designer. His passion for theater and immersive experiences led him to co-create experiences such as Redwater! for Midsummer Scream in 2022 and Sleepwalkr in 2023.
James Folta is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. He has written humor, created parody magazines, written for many audio projects, and is the managing editor of Points In Case.