A.K. Barrett's first short film, The Third Date, was released by Hart Sharp Entertainment on DVD after showing at the Tribeca, London, Nantucket, Santa Monica and St. Louis film festivals. She was a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has written for other national magazines, such as VOGUE, Interview and The Believer. Her short film What Should We Watch? is premiering at the New Filmmakers Fall Fest in New York City. 

Jonathan Lethem  is the author of The Fortress of Solitude, a New York Times Best Seller, and eight other novels, including Motherless Brooklyn¸ which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dissident Gardens, published in 2013. His stories and essays have been collected in five volumes, and his writing has been translated into over thirty languages. Lethem is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the 2014 Berlin Prize.

Lars Eidinger is a German actor whose stage work in Hamlet, Hedda Gabler and Nora has won him international critical acclaim. Known to American audiences for his roles in Everyone Else and Hell, Eidinger has also won the German Film Critics Association award for best actor for his work in Tabu and Home For The Weekend. 


Leslie Dunton-Downer co-produced Aqnazar: A Singer From Badakhshan, which aired on PBS NY-13 and wrote A Day in the Life of the Eiffel Tower for France 5 TV. Her other work includes books, opera libretti and CDs of sacred and secular music from central Asia for the Paris label Buda Musique.  She was a 2014 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. With Transmediale and N.K. Projekt, she co-produced The Magical Secrecy Tour, an eight-hour bus journey into the mass surveillance history of Berlin marking the the one-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks.

Jordan Rountree plays Hal Cooper on Whit Stillman's Amazon TV series, The Cosmopolitans. Co-founder of the theater company Damaetas, Rountree attended the Cours Florent acting school in Paris, where he played Hamlet at the Pompidou Center in the multimedia production Pourqoui pas Toi.


Anne Bürger is a cinematographer and director whose movies It's Not About Fame and Street Art (co-directed) were both nominate for Filmfestival Dortmund's award for cinematography. She shot a short film Annaottoanna (directed by Clemens Pichler) which won a visual art award at Experimental Biennale Cologne. Bürger attended the University for Film and Television in Munich.