Shannon Lee Dawdy is an anthropologist whose fieldwork combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic methods. She is the author of two books: Building the Devil's Empire: French Colonial New Orleans and Patina: A Profane Archaeology based on archaeology and interviews conducted with survivors of Hurricane Katrina. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2003 and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, particularly for her efforts to reach a broader public. In 2010, she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Dawdy is Co-Producer and Writer on My Star, My Dust.
Daniel Zox is an independent filmmaker whose work focuses on the physical relationship between bodies in space and the camera. How can unconventional behavior and personal expression in the real world appear quotidian on screen? His work finds ways to disrupt the viewer's effort to define a character’s actions. This often means creating a liminal camera, existing somewhere between object and subject. An earlier collaboration with artist Jeanne Dunning (Playing Catch, 2009) explored how a video could be simultaneously an object moving and a document of the object moving. Zox has an MFA from Northwestern University. He served as Filmmaker in Residence and Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern and has produced music video, short film, and documentary works that have screened at the United Nations, film festivals (South by Southwest, Outfest, Athens International Film and Video) and been nationally broadcast. Zox is Co-Producer, Director and Cinematographer on My Star, My Dust.