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Jennifer Lyons-Reid – Artistic Director / Producer / Mentor

Jennifer Lyons-Reid (BSc, Dip.Ed, QiG) is the chief executive officer and creative director (quirky ideas generator) of Change Media and Tallstoreez; a multi-award winning TV, new media art and education company. Jen loves fun, social impact film-making, innovative education, public art and creative collaborations.
Jen’s creative zeal radiates from her eclectic experiences and joie de vivre.
Alongside her TV directorial work, Jen has conducted hundreds of video workshops across Australia and supported communities to produce insightful films for the Change Media network. Tallstoreez’ 2-hour film-training DVD, ‘Directing the Hero Within’ [2006] is distributed across Aust, UK and USA; won the prestigious Australian Teachers Of Media award for Best Educational Resource 2006 and was a finalist for the Australian Interactive Media Association Awards 2007. Other credits include: Moogy’s Yuki and award winning Nukkan.Kungun.Yunnan; multi-award nominated ‘10×14 Bricks -Stories from Youth in Lock-up‘, a 60min interactive crime prevention DVD [2008-9]; ‘Pinnaroo Surfer’, ABC TV 10×3min mini-series [2008-9];  ‘Is Your House Killing You?’ SBS 7×26min science series [2006-7]; the multi award-winning First Fleet Back a 22-min satirical documentary [2005] and global success Holiday Camp a 50min documentary [2002].

E-mail: jen@tallstoreez.com

Carl Kuddell –  Executive Producer / Mentor

Carl Kuddell is managing director of Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd. He is responsible for the national and international Change Media initiatives (formally know as the Hero Project). In 2006 Tallstoreez received the national AAMI Award for Best New Business and attribute their success to their quest for change.

Carl is also a successful TV producer. Credits include: Moogy’s Yuki and award winning Nukkan.Kungun.Yunnan, two half-hour documentaries about Indigenous culture and the environment; ‘10×14 Bricks -Stories from Youth in Lock-up‘, a 60min interactive crime prevention DVD [2008-9]; ‘Pinnaroo Surfer’, ABC TV 10×3min mini-series [2008-9];  ‘Is Your House Killing You?’ SBS 7×26min science series [2006-7]; ‘Directing the Hero Within’ an award winning educational DVD resource, distributed across Aust, UK and USA [2006] Winner of the prestigious Australian Teachers Of Media award for Best Educational Resource 2006 and finalist for the Australian Interactive Media Association Awards 2007; the multi award-winning First Fleet Back a 22-min satirical documentary [2005] and global success Holiday Camp a 50min documentary [2002].

Carl loves innovative education and creative challenges. His many careers span across theatre, law and social justice. Carl’s film making debut in 2002, Holiday Camp, is a continuing  success, translated into 8 languages and still screens globally after almost a decade. Together with Jennifer Lyons-Reid he sees huge potential in democratizing digital media and providing access for disengaged youth to skill up and share their stories.

E-mail: carl@tallstoreez.com

Johanis Lyons-Reid – Director of Photography, Associate Producer, Trainer

Johanis is one of the secret behind the success of our training resources – a fantastic on-screen presenter, a multi-skilled musician, researcher, writer, camera operator and editor [Flinders University Screen Studies], he brings a lot of creativity and new angles to our high end video productions and storytelling methods.

Credits include; DOP, camera operator and assistant editor on our award-winning Ngarrindjeri co-creative productions; hosting the 2-hour film-training DVD, ‘Directing the Hero Within’ [2006]; scripting & shooting the Love Alert Ads, [2007], story-boarding & shooting the Adelaide Bites clips [2007], and Production Assistant for the ‘Is Your House Killing You?’ website [2007].

E-mail: johanis@tallstoreez.com

Jesse Miles – Artist/Designer/General Creative

Jesse (B.Des) is the newest member of the Change Media Team. Having recently completed studying to be an industrial designer and becoming increasingly disillusioned by the state of consumer affairs Jesse has shifted his focus away from product design and further into realms of socially conscience art and creativity.

A jack of all creative trades Jesse’s skills range from script writing to performing, musical production, video editing, digital arts and just about any task you might be inclined to describe as ‘art’ and some others, that you might not.

E-mail: jesse@tallstoreez.com

Felix Weber – Digital Media Consultant

Felix is the tech and interactivity consultant for our Tallstoreez and Change Media projects. What no one else can fix, he laughs at.

His main role as digital media consultant is to ensure all the amazing content we collect with each community can be transformed across platforms, for DVD, print and the web.  He is also a Youth Trainer with a vast knowledge in interactive digital media, graphic design and motion graphics and his drive to innovate and share new skills is an inspiration at each workshop.

Credits include: design and maintenance of our websites; authoring the multi-award nominated DVD ‘10×14 Bricks -Stories from Youth in Lock-up’, a 60min interactive crime prevention resource [2008-9]

E-mail: felix@tallstoreez.com

Past team members:
Beth Neate - Beth has worked with us since 2006; as a production manager on our SBS series in 2007 and as a trainer / mentor on school and community workshops in 2006 and 2007. She is an experienced filmmaker and media producer with international expertise; In the last two years she has been working as UN Media Adviser in Cambodia and was a youth representative at the UH Human Rights Youth Conference in Rwanda 2010. She currently resides in the Kimberleys, WA, and works for the ABC as one of their ABC Open Producers.

Rachael Thompson – Rachael has worked with us since 2005 as a freelance trainer / mentor on school and community workshops. She is an experienced documentary filmmaker and camera operator with international expertise;  most recently she worked with 360 Films and is currently finishing a documentary about eye specialists in Burma.

Francesca Da Rimini – Francesca  is one of Tallstoreez long term arts & culture advisers. The co-founder of acclaimed new media feminist project VNS Matrix, her career spans video, new media arts, social justice activism and academia. Find out more about Francesca here.

Past and current community partner team members:

The team members or partners below are integral to the success of the Change Media outreach program: They liaise with their staff, participants and other community partners on ground level. Also, as partners, participants and on-location production managers they become ambassadors for the Change Media network because they can authentically talk about the impact of the project. They provide no-nonsense feedback as the project runs, because they know what they want and are keen to apply their new skills in their own organizations. It is a delight to work with you all and thank you for your fantastic support!

Dr Lachlan MacDowell - Head of the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College for the Arts - University of Melbourne

Dr Marnie Badham - Research Fellow, Victorian College for the Arts - Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne

Catherine Simmons – collaborator on The Perfect Refugee, CACD Theatre Director, Melbourne, VIC

Jasmina Bajraktarevic – community partner on The Perfect Refugee, Survivors of Torture and Trauma STARTTS, Villawood, NSW

Denis Moriarity, CEO OurCommunity, AUS

Luke Trevorrow, Heritage Manager, Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Corporation NRC, SA

Dave New, Landcare Coordinator Aboriginal Communities, South East Natural Resources Management Board, SA
Some of our past community partner teams included:

Chris Campbell, Youth Project Officer, Australian Refugee Association, SA

Edie Carter, Media officer and Production Manager, Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association, SA

Kira Meadus, Senior Project Officer, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, WA

Diana Ciampa, Youth Development Officer City of Port Adelaide Enfield

Xiao Yuan Ng, Project Officer, Propel Youth Arts WA

Bridget Nicholson, Regional Arts Development Officer, Arts Upper Hunter Inc, NSW

Steven Roche,  Program Manager, Cavan Training Centre, SA

Susie Skinner Artistic Director, D’faces Whyalla, SA

Greg Doig, Warooka Area School Principal, SA

Alison Walker, Youth Health  Officer, Mallee Health Service, SA

Ben Smith, Coordinator, Cove Youth Service, Hallet Cove, SA

Camille Mummery,  Youth + child Support worker, Flinders + Outback Regional Health Service, Quorn SA

Kym Nadebaum, Project Officer, LT Programs Primary/ Middle Years, Learning Technologies Group DECS

…and  many more supporters, volunteers, teachers, CCD and youth workers across Australia – we wish you all the best for your future careers and projects and are looking forward to working with you again soon!