Robyn Bykofsky, Media Education Director
Robyn Bykofsky has spent the past 12 years working closely with San Francisco Bay Area educators and youth in public schools, afterschool programs and non-profit organizations to better engage learners through digital media production Throughout this time, she has been actively involved with TILT –participating in its first teacher-training workshop in December of 1999, instructing dozens of media literacy/video production workshops, developing curriculum, consulting with the design of TILT’s new website, and now taking on the role of the Youth Media Manager.
In addition to TILT, Robyn has designed sound for independent films, several which have been official selections in film festivals around the globe She was also the Staff Sound Engineer at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for five seasons, where she assisted several nationally acclaimed sound designers and was the Sound Coordinator for the world premier production of Danny Hoch’s Taking Over. She received her BA in audio and video production from San Francisco State University and holds a Masters in Education with a focus in technology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Robyn is committed to teaching media literacy and critical thinking skills through hands-on digital media production. She enjoys working with youth as they discover innovative ways for self-expression.
MEDIA ARTS INSTRUCTORS
TILT Media Arts Instructors are award-winning media and filmmaking industry professionals with a background in youth development. They provide technical training, support, and facilitate the filmmaking process. TILT instructors challenge students to continually evaluation the mesages they are sending out, while creating a democratic, experience-based classroom where all voices are equally respected.
Kapi'olani (Pi'o) Lee, TILT Media Arts Instructor
Kapi'olani is a filmmaker and visual artist living in the Bay Area. Through live action and animation, she is interested in exploring traditional indigenous storytelling in new and innovative ways. A Pacific Islanders in Communication grant recipient, her previous work has aired on the ‘Olelo channel in Hawai’i, as well as archived and used in Ethnic and American Studies curriculum at schools such as UC-Berkeley, Arizona State University, University of Washington, and Wesleyan University. Kapi’olani’s current project, In the Land of Po, is an experimental animated short which channels the unique and vibrant mythology of Hawai`i through stories inspired by her personal family history.
Mariama Nance, TILT Media Arts Educator
Mariama Nance has over ten years of experience working with digital media. Her projects include documentary films, film festivals and producing media for nonprofit organizations. While in New York she worked on the weekly investigative journalism show NOW with Bill Moyers (Channel Thirteen/PBS). Nance is a native of San Francisco. She became involved with TILT in 2011 as a video mentor on TILT’s collaboration with the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival. She earned a B.F.A from New York University in Dramatic Writing (Screenwriting) and an M.J. (Documentary Film) from UC Berkeley. She is committed to transforming public media and thrilled to be a TILT Media Arts Educator.
Matthew Perifano, TILT Media Arts Educator
Matthew Perifano has been involved in community-based arts since the 1970s. He is an instructor of film studies and video production at International High School in San Francisco. He has an MA in Interdisciplinary Creative Arts from San Francisco State University where he was introduced to working with youth in media literacy and video production by TILT founder, Lise Swenson. He has been an instructor with TILT since 1998.
Jason Boyce, TILT Assistant Media Arts Educator
Jason Boyce is a San Francisco-based writer, director, cinematographer and editor. He has been making commercials, feature films, documentaries and short films across the world, as well as teaching film production at the Film & Video Workshop in London, England and now for TILT at Ninth Street Film Center in San Francisco. His most recent documentary, “Destination: Rossport, Ireland,” was shot in Ireland and recently screened at the Globians Doc Fest in Stüttgart, Germany. His current project is slated to take him to the heart of El Salvador in the summer of 2011. Visit his portfolio and blog site at www.jasonboyce.com.
Vincent Cortez, TILT Media Arts Instructor
Vincent Cortez is an Oakland Ca. born and raised filmmaker. A storyteller, artist and craftsman, Vincent operates a fully independent production company, Mitchell Street Pictures. Having written, directed, produced, edited and composed numerous short and feature length films, his work has garnered awards at both international and domestic film festivals. He believes in the independent artist and enjoys working with a new generation of filmmakers. Vincent has also written articles for Videography Magazine and recently spoke at WonderCon ’11 on DIY/Indie Sci Fi film.
"I am excited to be working with TILT and look forward to helping a new generation discover their own unique abilities. During my final year at film school I worked an internship with TILT, experiencing firsthand the creative energy and open mind they promoted. Later after graduation, I was fortunate to work in the same education department, alongside the program. Now after venturing out and navigating the ever-changing realm of independent film, I am happy to share what I can as a TILT instructor."