About S2N


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The Signal To Noise Festival is a film awards ceremony and exhibition that originated at Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in 2001 and has occurred every Spring since then at various locations across the district.


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Jordan Thierry is a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a public policy research and action institute that advances social and economic equity. A Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, he also earned his Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.  In 2013 Jordan released his documentary feature film, Black Fatherhood Project and continues to use it as a tool in workshops and events to educate and catalyze community action.    

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Annika Schindler, Costume Fabricator: Annika studied fashion and costume design in Germany.  After many years in the fashion and movie industry all over Europe, her passion for detail brought her to stop-motion and animation and eventually to LAIKA in 2012. In her role as costume fabricator, she constantly explores the collaboration of traditional crafts and technologies in an innovative and artistic way.

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Trevor Dalmer, Designer/Illustrator: Trevor was born and raised in Ontario, Canada in 1977.  He studied at Sheridan College where he obtained a B.A. in Animation.  Currently he works as a Production Designer at Laika in Hillsboro, Oregon and enjoys learning ballet moves from his toddler.

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Graham Read, Armaturist: Born and raised in Toronto, the main focus of Graham’s job at LAIKA is to build and fabricate articulated steel skeletons, called puppet armatures. His pre-college education leaned heavily toward the arts, but it was during his time at the Ontario College of Art And Design University that he became interested in stop-motion. After working for Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto, he came to LAIKA where he served on the productions of ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Scott Hacke, Signal To Noise Founder is the game camera operator for the Portland Trailblazers (Blazer Broadcasting) and is also a part-time sports television freelancer for TNT, ESPN, FOX, Lifetime, and Univision Deportes. Scott is also a terrific educator and dedicated much of his career to the students in the Beaverton School District. 

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Janet Ivey, creator of Janet’s Planet is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances ,TV, and online programming. With over 25 years in the children’s entertainment and education, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work. She has received 12 Regional Emmys, five Gracie Allen Awards, for her children’s series Janet’s Planet that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide. 

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Rebeca Alamo Gonzáles is a bold, bilingual and benevolent screenwriter, script editor and low budget independent producer graduated with honors from the internationally renounned Canadian institute of Vancouver Film School. Convinced that life is so much more than black and white, she’s passionate about giving a voice to the underdog. Rebeca uses her quirky characters in shorts, comics, features and tv series to make you reflect on the joy and responsibility of what it means to be human.

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Anthony Najera is a film maker who currently lives in Denton, TX. He enjoys collaborating with other creatives to give their medium a voice within film. He specializes in short documentaries and live performance music videos.

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Bob Kuest is a retired science teacher and audio-visual media specialist from the Beaverton school district. He worked at Highland Park and Mountain View Middle Schools for almost 30 years.In retirement he continues to enjoy photography and volunteer A-V work at schools and churches.

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Alec Leibsohn, Assistant Programmer at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. A lover of genre, socially-conscious documentary, and foreign independent film, Alec is passionate about bringing great storytelling to wide audiences.