Tyson Mowarin is a proud Ngarluma man who is passionate about capturing the knowledge of his people for future generations. An experienced filmmaker, director, writer, musician, and photographer, Tyson’s work has been screened on ABC TV, selected for the Dreaming and St Kilda Film Festivals, and won multiple awards including the Troy Alberts Award for Excellence in Cinematography. Tyson has been described as a pioneer in applying digital technologies to the preservation and celebration of Indigenous cultures, languages, and storytelling. He is the founder of Indigenous media company, Weerianna Street Media, home of the Welcome to Country app and iCampfire.tv, a place to broadcast, share and preserve Australian Indigenous culture. Tyson’s latest documentary, Connection to Country, about the battle to preserve Australia’s 40,000-year-old cultural heritage in the Pilbara, was selected for the 2017 Sydney Film Festival and has been nominated for a Documentary Australia Foundation Award.
Before focusing exclusively on interactive production, Justin McArdle started his career in film and television production as well as producing and directing several award-winning projects of his own. After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he specialized in interactive and broadcast media, Justin worked for a host of independent film and television production companies, including Ridley Scott Associates, the BBC, and ITV Studios. During his film producing and directing career, Justin produced the 1999 Giffoni award-winning short film, The Duke , and produced and directed 2002 Kino Film Festival winner, Function at the Junction. He also worked on a range of episodic drama, documentary, short form, feature film and interactive media projects. In 2004 Justin worked with the V2 music label to develop a series of interactive DVD products based around cult music genres, including Soul Function (2005).
In 2011, Justin relocated to Australia and established Frame Labs, an independent production company specialiZing in interactive media, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Since then he has produced Time Window (2013), an AR project and winner of a 2014 Western Australian State Heritage Award, the short film Factory 293 (2014), winner of three WASA awards for Best Editing, Best SFX, and Best Production Design, ANZAC Tom AR (2015), winner of an INCITE award, Diggers VR (2015), a 2017 VR Fest nominee, and Is Australia Racist? VR (2016) developed for SBS television. In addition to working with indigenous writer/director Tyson Mowarin and acclaimed VR artist Stuart Campbell on Thalu: The Buried VR, Justin is also developing Cavity VR with cult graphic novelist Justin Randall, a real-time virtual reality fantasy experience set in a dystopian world, where farmboys, girl shamans, demons, and giant worms battle to survive.
Sutu is an Australian artist exploring the intersection of creativity, technological innovation and social justice. Over the last decade, he pioneered new technologies for telling stories in new ways. Through his work with Big hART, Australia’s leading arts and social Justice organization, he has directed community development projects including Neomad - the Gold Ledger award-winning comic book that is currently optioned to become animated series. He is the founder of EyeJack, an Augmented Reality art publishing company. Sutu has also been commissioned to create immersive VR experiences for Doctor Strange and Google. His work has won Webby, FWA, ATOM, Ledger and JMAF awards and he was a nominee for the 2015 Eisner and Future of Storytelling Awards. Sutu’s latest work, the virtual reality documentary, Mind at War, was selected for the 2017 Sundance New Frontier Story Lab.