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The People Behind "In Smog and Thunder"

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Sean Meredith -- Director, Producer, Editor
Mr. Meredith juggles filmmaking, video editing, and being a vintage dishware expert. He has been making movies for eleven years. His films have won numerous awards and have been shown across the country and in Europe. He has edited broadcast documentaries, many short films, and an independent feature. He's currently developing a feature project called The Hollywood Landlady and completing his Guggenheim Fellowship application.

Sandow Birk -- Co-writer, Painter
Raised on the beaches of Southern California and currently living and working in Los Angeles, Sandow Birk is a product of California culture. Birk, who is well traveled and a graduate of the Otis-Parson's Art Institute, has dealt with Los Angeles in its entirety. His work has been shown extensively throughout the U.S. He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and he was a Fulbright Fellow to Rio de Janeiro in 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting. Sandow's epic, pseudo-historical series, "The Great War of the Californias," in which Los Angeles and San Francisco wage all-out war for control of the Golden State, was featured at the Laguna Art Museum in 2000 and traveled to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in the San Francisco Area in the summer of 2002.

Paul Zaloom -- Co-writer, Narrator
Called "one of the most original and talented political satirists working in the theater" by the New York Times, Paul Zaloom is a puppeteer and performance artist who has written, designed, and performed ten highly idiosyncratic solo spectacles, including Fruit of Zaloom, Sick But True, and his latest, Velvetville. Since 1992, Zaloom also has appeared on the Emmy-winning educational TV show Beakman's World as Beakman, the amusing and inquisitive scientist who answers viewers' questions about science, nature, and the world around us. Zaloom has performed his work at many venues in forty states, from the Kennedy Center to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, as well as touring Europe on nine occasions. He has been awarded four National Endowment for the Arts grants as well as an OBIE, an American Theater Wing design award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.