Michael Taylor has 35 years experience in the media and entertainment industry, served as Chair of Film and Television Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for 10 years, and currently serves as Executive Director of USC’s Media Institute for Social Change. Taylor also maintains an active career as a producer of theatrical and television films. He produces within the studio system as well as in the independent film arena. Mr. Taylor’s credits include Last Embrace, Bottle Rocket, Phenomenon, The Hi-Line, Instinct, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Mrs. Munck, Princess of Thieves, Phenomenon II, The Commuters, and Copying Beethoven.

Among other honors, Taylor is the recipient of the National Board of Review Award, the Fourteenth Annual Genesis Award for Outstanding Feature Film, the Santa Clarita International Film Award for best Tele-Feature, the Variety/EDI $100 Million Award and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Executive Director and Founder, USC Media Institute for Social Change at USC School of Cinematic Arts



Nancy Forner

Nancy Forner, A.C.E. has been picture editing Feature Motion Pictures and Television series for over 25 years. During her career she has worked on many notable and diverse projects. The award-winning Law&Order:SVU, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mel Brooks’ Solar Babies and the cult classic Return to Horror High are a few, but certainly not all, of her many and varied credits. Besides her busy career editing, Nancy, a member of The American Cinema Editors, has been highly involved with A.C.E’s mentoring and internship programs and with The Venice Arts Youth Art Internship program for aspiring young filmmakers. She has also written a variety of articles about picture editing for trade magazines and websites. Currently Nancy is also an Associate Professor of Cinema Practice at The USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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John Berardo

After winning a student Emmy for technical achievement in 2005 for a local public service announcement, John Berardo ventured to California to begin his career as a director. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Theatre directing and playwriting. During his time at USC, John has directed, written, and produced a number of short films and projects for CBS, Disney, Vimeo, MTV, a fresh artist Subway webseries, and for non-profit organizations such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and True Spark. John has recently directed a short film, Strings, produced by James Franco as part of the feature anthology, The Labyrinth, set to release in 2014. After graduating USC, John started a production company, Shatterproof Films, with fellow class graduates. Shatterproof Films launched in August of 2013 by writing, directing, and producing music videos and commercials with plans for television and feature development and production.

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Sean Bowman has developed major public communication campaigns for nonprofit and for-profit organizations' awareness efforts. After graduating from University of Miami's School of Communication, he began working with groups that support cleft lip/palate assistance, hearing loss prevention, sea turtle conservation and "at-risk" youth empowerment. Bowman credits the movie “Blood Diamond” for initiating his enthusiasm for movies that raise awareness of world problems. 

Bowman moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion of inspiring positive actions through the power of film and media, and has found his Hollywood goals align wholly with USC’s Media Institute for Social Change. Sean is also a USC Marshall School of Business MS in Social Entrepreneurship candidate, dedicating his career and education to creating lasting change. 

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Twitter: @SeaBowmaster 

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A journalist, researcher, lecturer and filmmaker, Jenna Cavelle brings over fifteen years of experience in multi-media communication with an emphasis on environmental issues within marginalized communities to the USC Media Institute for Social Change. Her work has been published both domestically and internationally in prominent academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and she has lectured and presented her research at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and at various government institutions in Indonesia.  Cavelle graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently an MFAc in Film & Television Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, an Annenberg Graduate Fellow, Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Recipient, and served as a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar at Malang State University in East Java, Indonesia. She speaks fluent Indonesian. 

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