Laura Poitras is a filmmaker, journalist, and artist. CITIZENFOUR, the third installment of her post-9/11 trilogy, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary, along with awards from the British Film Academy, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Director’s Guild of America, and others. Part one of the trilogy, My Country, My Country, about the US occupation of Iraq, was nominated for an Academy Award. Part two, The Oath, focused on Guantanamo and the war on terror and was nominated for two Emmy awards.
Laura has received many honors for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award.
In 2016, she will have her first solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she will create an environment of immersive installations that build on the themes she has been exploring in her filmmaking.
Nick Fortugno is a designer of digital and real-world games and cofounder of the game company Playmatics. Fortugno has been designer, writer, and project manager on dozens of games, serving as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash, award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life, CableFAX Award–winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation, and MUSE Award winner Body/Mind/Change, as well as games with Red Bull, Disney, AMC, the Red Cross/Crescent, PBS, and USAID. Nick is cofounder of the Come Out & Play street games festival and teaches game design and interactive narrative at Parsons The New School of Design.