Bob Boilen is host and the creator of NPR's online music show All Songs Considered and his small desk in the NPR Music office is used as the stage for intimate mini-concerts known as Tiny Desk Concerts. He was the director of the NPR show All Things Considered from 1989–2007 and composed the original theme music for Talk of the Nation. Boilen writes music with electronics and friend Michael Barron; both were founding members of the psychedelic dance band Tiny Desk Unit (1979–1981), for which Boilen played synthesizer. From 1982 to 1986 Boilen filled a variety of roles at Baltimore's Impossible Theater, including composer and technician. Boilen composed an early piece of music using sampling in 1983 called 'Whiz Bang a History of Sound' which captured the attention of NPR producer Ira Glass. It was that story on Boilen's music that would later help him begin his career at NPR.
Eric Johnson (aka DJ Bunny Ears) is a music supervisor, DJ, director, musician, filmmaker, writer, artist, curator, futurist, photographer & producer. Though he is truly rooted as an independent artist, he has spent nearly twelve years in the advertising industry working first at Wieden + Kennedy, then at Young & Rubicam New York and now at DDB Chicago as the Executive Producer of Music and Creative Integration. He has worked with such clients as Nike, Coke, Target, MTV, VH1, ESPN, Starbucks, Oreo, EA Games, etc. He has also directed award-winning TV commercials for Nike, as well as music videos for M. Ward, Cursive and Chin Up Chin Up. Currently living in Chicago, he plays in the bands, Pulseprogamming and Riddenpaa, cooperates the independent record label, Fryk Beat and DJs in the NYC/LA crew, Silent Knights.
James Biddle is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School. He isa senior lecturer in Grady College's Telecommunications program. A certified instructor of Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, Biddle has edited for over two decades as well as been a sound designer, recordist, and radio host. Currently, he is the executive producer of the film version of John Plough's play "Dance Of Hands".
James Ponsoldt is from Athens, Georgia, and graduated from Yale and Columbia University's Graduate Film Program. Ponsoldt's short films and debut feature as a writer/director, "OFF THE BLACK" (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and came out in theaters later that year) have played at more than 100 festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Stockholm, and Clermont-Ferrand. He writes for "FILMMAKER" magazine, is a veteran of the Sundance Screenwriters' Lab, and co-authored the Macmillan graphic novel, "REFRESH, REFRESH," which was named one of the top 10 graphic novel/ comic books of 2009 by "USA Today" (and has been included in "Best American Comics" and "Best American Non-Required Reading"). His most recent film SMASHED (director/writer) won the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Shil K. Patel
Shil K. Patel attended University of Texas at Dallas and was music director and station manager at Radio UTD from 2004-2006. Shil moved to Athens, Georgia in 2007 to work in the radio promotion department at Team Clermont, a radio promotion and PR firm established in 1997. In 2009 he was named the head of Team Clermont's radio promotion department, the same year he was named CMJ's Promoter of the Year. Shil has led college, non-commercial, and alternative specialty promotion campaigns for Asthmatic Kitty, Barsuk, Bella Union, Capitol, Cloud Recordings, Columbia, Dead Oceans, Domino, Drag City, Fire, Hometapes, In The Red, Jagjaguwar, K, Merge, Mute, New West, Nonesuch, Orange Twin, Secretly Canadian, Warner Brothers, and many many more. He occasionally DJs under the name uRbN tRbN, playing Bollywood music and old school hip hop hits. Most importantly, he has a beautiful, talented and wonderful wife, two fuzzy dogs, and an annoying (but cute) cat.
Stephanie Skinner is a Georgia native and UGA grad ('93, BA Journalism). She is a screenwriter and Director of Business Development for LA based creative agency, Happy Hour Creative. With fifteen years experience in the entertainment business, Stephanie's career started with assistant work to two major film directors and a film producer then to feature film development at United Artists, and finally, film marketing (feature trailers, TV spots, sizzle reels) for KO Creative and Happy Hour Creative. She has completed several feature screenplays and was hired by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films to complete a book adaptation of So Love Returns. Currently, she is shopping an original TV pilot, Sugartown, to production companies for cable networks.
The 2011 Sprockets was June 18th at the 40 Watt in Athens Georgia
2011 WINNER "BEST MUSIC VIDEO"
"The Fear" by Lovett
Directed by: David Bruckner