Senior Associate Director, Digital Media and Web Development
Ravi Jain is a prolific multimedia storyteller, with over 25 years experience of implementing new technologies to engage audiences. A short form video evangelist, he has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including a 2007 Webby Award nomination for his "talk-show in a car," DriveTime.
For the last seven years, Jain has devised multimedia solutions for clients served by Boston College's Office of Marketing Communications, including Boston College Magazine. One of his first products for the university was The Boston College Minute: 60-second fly on the wall documentaries that remain one of the most popular content offerings of the school. He manages a team of producers to develop custom multimedia experiences, including original features for @BC, the multimedia arm of Boston College Magazine.
Prior to his time at Boston College, Jain wrote and produced interactive content for the PBS series' American Experience, produced by WGBH in Boston. He served as the liaison between the film units and WGBH's in-house interactive staff in order to build out educational interactive features. Jain also served as field producer for many behind the scenes shoots, for both web and DVD platforms.
Jain's passion for non-linear, digital based experiences dates to the early 1990s when he created his own independent major of study at Oberlin College, combining film/video, computer science and studio art. After establishing his professional career as a designer in the Boston area, Jain moved to Stockholm, Sweden in the late 1990s to pursue opportunities in interactive multimedia design. He returned to the United States three years later to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design's Studio for Interrelated Media.
Since receiving his MFA, Jain has successfully balanced three roles: professional multimedia strategist, part-time university professor and practicing conceptual artist. Concurrent with his roles at WGBH and Boston College, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies Digital Media program. Jain teaches graduate level courses on different aspects of digital media and also acts as thesis advisor for students.
As an innovative artist, Ravi has showcased his work both as a solo artist and in a number of regional group shows. His 2002 interactive web sitcom Three Abreast anticipated "second screen" synchronized content in popular media and was a Web Award nominee at the 2003 South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Most recently, Jain was one of the winners of the City of Boston's inaugural Fenway's 30 Second Cinema competition, producing a custom short form video optimized for an outdoor video screen adjacent to the Fenway Park baseball stadium.
Nina Gilden Seavey
Director, The Documentary Center; and Co-Director, The Center for Innovative Media
George Washington University
Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and nearly 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her work can be seen in cinemas, on television, on multiple platforms of ancillary media and in museum installations across the globe.
Seavey is the director of The Documentary Center in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, in which she founded in 1990. She concurrently serves as co-director of the Center for Innovative Media at GWU. In 2012 she was named one of the top fifty journalism professors in the United States by journalismdegree.org. She holds the academic rank of full research professor of history and media and public affairs.
In 2003 Seavey became the founding director of the SILVERDOCS: AFI-Discovery Documentary Festival, now the largest documentary festival in the United States. She continued with the festival as executive producer, programmer and senior member of the management team from 2004 to 2009.
She is currently in production on a multimedia film and book project entitled, "My Fugitive." The project follows the story of Howard Mechanic, a student protestor at Washington University arrested on the night of the Kent State killings who was accused of throwing a cherry bomb at a policeman and sentenced to five years in federal penitentiary. Insisting his innocence, Mechanic fled and lived underground for the next 28 years.
Seavey's most recent film, "The War at Home," has been the recipient of 11 national awards including four Tellys, four Communicator Awards from the International Institute of the Visual Arts, a special jury award from World Fest Houston's International Competition, and a Cine Golden Eagle.
Her other films include "4th and Goal," "The Matador," "A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer," "The Open Road: America Looks at Aging," "The Ballad of Bering Strait," and "A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America."
As director of the Documentary Center over the past 25 years, Seavey has mentored and graduated 400 aspiring nonfiction filmmakers who have come from around the United States to study in her unique, intensive six-month program.
She regularly serves as panelist and adviser to many projects including efforts on behalf of the International Documentary Association, the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The John Heinz Family Foundation, The Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund of the IFP, and the Southern Humanities Media Fund, Seavey was the 2006 Woman of Vision for Women in Film and Television in Washington, D.C.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, she had a career in politics.
Seavey has a bachelor's degree in history and French literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in history, with an emphasis on late 19th Century American social history, from George Washington University.
Nordic Strategy Lab
Ron Bronson has spent the past decade helping leading digital product, social media and content teams. He shares his lessons working in every aspect of launching growing digital properties—primarily within higher education. He brings complex concepts down to earth where laymen and experts alike can engage in the conversation.
Assistant Vice President, Web Development
Aaron Rester built his first website in 1996 and has been working in the higher ed web since graduating from Oberlin College in 1999. He held several jack-of-all-trades, code-to-content web positions at the University of Chicago, where he also earned an master's degree from the Divinity School while studying the effects of emerging media on the transmission of traditional narratives.
In 2014 he became assistant vice president of web development at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences and has been published in A List Apart and Link Magazine.
Associate Director, Integrated Marketing
Sonia Targontsidis is an award-winning photographer who has used both traditional film format cameras and smartphones to create compelling imagery. At Wheaton College, she leads the effort in integrating digital channels with more traditional marketing efforts. Prior to joining Wheaton, she was the assistant director of marketing and communications at Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she oversaw a broad range of marketing initiatives from traditional print to social and multimedia.
Targontsidis received her master's degree in business administration from Simmons College, has a master's degree in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Stonehill College.