Kasi is an award-winning director, writer and actress who has been a staple in Hollywood for nearly three decades, most recently with her Oscar nominated film Harriet. Her acclaimed 1997 feature directorial debut Eve?s Bayou was recently inducted into the National Film Registry. Kasi wrote the libretto for Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which will open the Metropolitan Opera Season on September 27th and she?s currently directing the Whitney Houston story, I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Kasi is a Professor of Film at New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts.
In this episode of FLOAT we talk with Sam Harris. Sam is a public thinker, a neuroscientist, an author, a philosopher, and a podcaster. He hosts the incredibly popular Making Sense podcast, and he also has a successful meditation app called Waking Up. Sam has written several best-selling books, including Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion. In addition to studying philosophy at Stanford and neuroscience at UCLA he has trained with some of the world?s foremost meditation teachers, making him a rare expert in both scientific and experiential approaches to investigating consciousness.
In this episode, we speak with Richard Lemarchand. Richard is an accomplished video game designer and an Associate Professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was a lead game designer at Naughty Dog, where he helped to create the Uncharted series. He also created the game series Gex and Soul Reaver at Crystal Dynamics. Richard was instrumental in the creation of the IndieCade Games Festival and has a new book entitled A Playful Production Process: For Game Designers and Everyone.
Welcome to FLOAT! Acclaimed filmmaker Mary Sweeney and neuroscientist Jonas Kaplan explore the creative place where art and science meet. FLOAT is a series of conversations with filmmakers, fine artists, musicians, technologists, and neuroscientists, investigating the common inspirations, motivations, and processes among creative minds from diverse fields. Hosted by two USC professors, FLOAT takes you on a journey to explore what makes scientists and artists more alike than different.