Andrew began his career as a TV commercial producer, and has overseen regional and national commercial productions for a variety of clients. Since then, he produced award winning short films including “Chicken vs Penguin” (2010 Nikon Festival grand prize winner), “Table 7” (official selection of 15 film fests), “The Man Who Never Cried” (2010 Doorpost Film Project grand prize winner) and many more. His work has screened at a variety of film festivals around the world. He has now turned his attention to documenting the burgeoning world of professional video gaming - Star Nation. Andrew studied film at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked with the Austin Film Society, Texas Film Commission and Storyline Entertainment (producers of FOOTLOOSE, CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY).website
Mitch Schultz began his life journey in Memphis, TN, and has since called Texas, Minnesota, Colorado and New York City home. From an early age, his love of art, music, mythology, and anything curiously unusual, fueled his path, including collaboration with Ghost Robot, Synthetic Pictures and the development of Spectral Alchemy, a hybrid-collective for transmedia production, culture architecture and think tank. His education includes a BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts’ at New York University.website
Rick Strassman was born in Los Angeles, California in 1952. He attended public schools in southern California's San Fernando Valley, and graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys in 1969. As an undergraduate, he majored in zoology at Pomona College in Claremont California for two years before transferring to Stanford University, where he graduated with departmental honors in biological sciences in 1973.
During summers in college he worked for RedKen Laboratories, developing cosmetics and a line of hair dyes, and also performed laboratory research at Stanford, on the development of the chicken embryo's nervous system. He attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, New York, where he obtained his medical degree with honors in 1977.Dr. Strassman took his internship and general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, and received the Sandoz Award for outstanding graduating resident in 1981.
After graduating, he worked for a year in Fairbanks, Alaska in community mental health and private psychiatric practice. From 1982-1983, he obtained fellowship training in clinical psychopharmacology research at the University of California, San Diego's Veteran's Administration Medical Center. He then served on the clinical faculty in the department of psychiatry at UC Davis Medical Center, before taking a full-time academic position in the department of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque in 1984.
At UNM, Dr. Strassman performed clinical research investigating the function of the pineal hormone melatonin in which his research group documented the first known role of melatonin in humans. He also began the first new US government approved and funded clinical research with psychedelic drugs in over twenty years. Before leaving the University in 1995, he attained the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and received the UNM General Clinical Research Center's Research Scientist Award.website