Pedro Almodóvar is among the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. His career, spanning nearly forty years and twenty films, has earned him two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, nine Goya Awards, and nine prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
David Bezmozgis is the author of Natasha: And Other Stories (2004), The Free World (2011), and The Betrayers (2014). He is also the writer and director of the films Victoria Day (2009) and Natasha (2017). He lives in Toronto with his wife and three daughters.
Hanif Kureishi wrote the films My Beautiful Laundrette, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay, and My Son the Fanatic. His publications include the novels The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album, Intimacy, and Gabriel’s Gift; the story collections Love in a Blue Time and Midnight All Day; and the essay collection Dreaming and Scheming. His novel The Nothing will be published in May 2017. He lives in West London.
Jo Lloyd’s stories have appeared in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best British Short Stories, and elsewhere. Raised in Wales, she lives and works in Oxford.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, most recently Thunderstruck and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Story Prize. She teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lindsay Zibach received a BS in journalism from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2010 and an MFA in writing from Spalding University in 2016. Her television producing credits include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, National Geographic WILD, and Syfy. Though her nonfiction writing has appeared in the Hollywood Reporter and Fast Company, “Seeing Diane Arbus” is her first published work of fiction. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self; and his diverse works—in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and architecture—have been exhibited widely throughout the world. His Berlin studio numbers about ninety craftsmen, specialized technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, and cooks. In 2003 his installation The weather project, an artificial sun in the Tate Modern, London, was seen by more than two million people. For the installation Ice Watch, Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing transported massive blocks of glacial ice from Greenland to Copenhagen (2014) and Paris (2015) to raise awareness of climate change. In 2016 Eliasson created a series of interventions for the palace and gardens of Versailles. Since 2012 he has run the social business Little Sun with engineer Frederik Ottesen, producing solar lamps and chargers for off-grid communities.