Keram Malicki-Sanchez (Executive Director/Founder)
Keram founded VRTO in spring 2015. He is also the editor-in-chief of IndieGameReviewer.com since 2008 and founder of FIVARS – the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories and executive director of the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference.
A graduate of UCLA’s certification programs in Cinematography, Producing and Digital Media, respectively, Malicki-Sanchez is also an alumnus of Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School – Los Angeles chapter – and has 30 years of experience as an actor in over 65 films and television shows including American History X, John Q, True Blood and 24. He was also the frontman of seminal Toronto avant-garde rock band Blue Dog Pict and ambient electronic band Automated Gardens and runs Constant Change Music Publishing. His music has appeared in films for MGM, EPCOT Center, New Line Cinema, Lifetime Networks, Hallmark, CBC and many others.
He has been asked to speak about the intersection of technology and the arts at NXNE, Cinegear Expo (Los Angeles), the Toronto Star, Toronto Tech Week, CNE Innovation Garage, Digital Hollywood, NAB (Las Vegas), ideacity, TieCon and many more. In 2019 recently he was featured on the Team Human show with Douglas Rushkoff and interviewed for Kent Bye’s Voices of VR podcast. He is also the founder of Transportive Technology – a virtual reality production company and Constant Change Media Group – a 360 media company and disruptive media consultation firm.
Listen to some interviews with Keram about virtual reality, storytelling and approaches and ideologies
Keram Malicki-Sanchez: Storytelling & the Future of VR @fivarstories RVS012
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Keram Malicki-Sanchez @kmalickisanchez is the founder and director of the experimental Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Stories in Toronto. We chat all things VR, 360, storytelling, and the future of VR – fivars.net
The WhaleCast Episode 35: Keram Malicki-Sanchez and Virtual Reality
Eric sits down with Keram Malicki-Sanchez, the organizer of VRTO and the founder of IndieGameReviewer.com and the recent FIVARS Festival of International Virtual and Augment Reality Stories. They discuss the art and business of virtual reality and the ways that independent artists are experimenting with an entirely new creative medium.
The Animator’s Guide to VR – ArdeeXYZ
Rick Dolishny, the host of this podcast and the founder of ardeeXYZ VR Animation Studio interviews Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Founder of VRTO and FIVARS about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo 2016.
Fellowship of Organizers – The VRTO Team
- Stephanie Greenall – Event Producer, Communications
Stephanie has over a decade of experience in event management, from intimate workshops to large scale conferences—including the Leading Healthcare Quality Summit & Innovations Expo. In addition to events, she has consulted on product viability of wearable technologies from China and Canada, and is a regular contributor to NOVO magazine, Whether it’s online or offline, Stephanie is dedicated to building authentic relationships. Starting her career in public relations she worked for a variety of clients including Dyson, Pfizer, and Reader’s Digest. With the advent of social media, she transitioned her skills to drive strategic narratives through these new platforms including with the FIVARS festival and the VRTO World Conference.
- Chrissy Aitchison – Production Manager, Graphic Design
Chrissy Aitchison is a graphic designer and marketing professional with over a decade of experience in design for print and web, brand development, marketing, advertising, and content creation including writing and photography. Working primarily with organizations that require comprehensive marketing and communications consultation, Chrissy has shared her expertise a host of charitable organizations, educational institutions and professional associations, as well as small businesses and professionals working in the arts and entertainment.
- Joshua Miles Joudrie – AV Lead
Josh leads all A/V departments for VRTO. He started in film as a boom operator and production sound mixer in 1994, providing production sound for countless commercials and TV series (John Woo’s Once a Thief, CBC’s Drop The Beat to name a few) His production sound crew won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Overall Sound for Clement Virgo’s feature Love Come Down. (2000) Josh has been a freelance sound engineer since 1989, mixing front of house, sound tech and touring with such artists as Moby, Tao Cruz, Nelly Furtado, The Trews, and Sarah Slean, He more recently was 2nd audio lead in Toronto’s 2015 Pan/ParaPanam games and in the visual effects department on Stephen King’s The Mist for Netflix.
- Ben Cross – Web Design
Ben Cross is a filmmaker, art curator and web designer based in Los Angeles, California.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the VRTO team/volunteering for future events, email us today!