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Friday, September 28 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
ALIEN DEEP: How Do We Make Viewers Care

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As if exploring the ocean depths isn't difficult and dangerous enough, how do we tell compelling stories about this deep, dark world, and make focused scientific research relatable and entertaining to lay audiences? Using National Geographic Channel's Alien Deep as a case study, scientists Bob Ballard and
Kakani Katija, and filmmakers Jared Lipworth, Kirk Wolfinger and Lisa Wolfinger explore the challenges of deep ocean filmmaking.


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Robert Ballard

Robert Duane Ballard is a former United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks.
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Kakani Katija, PhD

Kakani Katija is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who has conducted research on jellyfish swimming for bio-inspired design of underwater vehicles and biomixing in the oceans.
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Jared Lipworth

Jared Lipworth is executive producer of natural history at National Geographic Television, where he is responsible for the production of natural history and science programs for the National Geographic Channel and WILD. In addition to Alien Deep, he is currently overseeing films on topics ranging from snow leopards to Nile crocodiles and from birds of paradise to great apes. | | Prior to National Geographic Television, Jared was the director... Read More →
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Kirk Wolfinger

Kirk Wolfinger has produced and directed numerous critically acclaimed documentary programs. The George Foster Peabody Award and 2 News and Documentary Emmy’s are among several industry honors. In addition to National Geographic ‘s “Alien Deep with Bob Ballard” other recent broadcast work include  Titanic At 100 for History and Titanic In 3-D for History and Sky TV. Kirk has produced several films about and on the... Read More →
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Lisa Wolfinger

Lisa Quijano Wolfinger has written, produced, directed and supervised a variety of films and television programs. In addition to her work on Alien Deep with Bob Ballard for National Geographic, she helped produce Titanic’s Final Mystery for Smithsonian and was senior producer for Titanic, 100 years in 3D for History and Sky TV-- all in 2012. | Other recent productions include: Sex in the Stone Age, Confederate Flying Machine, Ghost Ship of... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Portola Hotel (De Anza Ballroom II & III) Portola Hotel, 1st Floor, Two Portola Plaza Monterey, CA 93940

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