The Team

“The Power Of Two’s” feature documentary, interactive online community and global call-to-action are the product of a committed and multi-faceted team — including the film’s production team, non-profit community partners, sponsors, international advisory board members, and the film’s music team.

smolowitzmarc_100x100Marc Smolowitz – Director/Producer - Marc Smolowitz is an Academy Award® nominated film, TV & new media producer, multi-award winning director, and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. Smolowitz’s career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres. In addition to “The Power Of Two,” his credits include: “The Campaign” (Producer, 2013), “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” narrated by Margaret Cho (Director/Producer, 2013), “Still Around” (Executive Producer/Collaborating Director, 2011), “The Weather Underground” (Producer, 2003), “Trembling Before G-d” (Producer, 2001). In recent years, he was the in-house producer at TellyTopia, a Silicon Valley start up specializing in interactive television, IP-TV and VOD products for cable & satellite companies. In 2013, he works full time as an independent filmmaker, while maintaining a thriving consulting practice called 13thGEN that guides filmmakers through key stages of development, fundraising, production, post, completion, and distribution. As a freelancer, he regularly works on special projects with a diverse slate of SF Bay Area-based media and technology companies, nonprofits, and philanthropies. Finally, he is a Lecturer in the Film & Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit local news organization. Learn more on IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810625. Follow him on twitter – http://twitter.com/marcsmolowitz

Byrnes_100Andrew Byrnes – Producer – Andrew Byrnes has over fifteen years of experience in the legal and business aspects of technology, politics and media. He recently received an appointment from President Obama to be the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, before which he was a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, a global full-service law firm, resident in the Silicon Valley office and focused on representing candidates, political committees, corporations and non-profit organizations in election and political law matters as well as numerous emerging and established companies, including technology companies in the software, semiconductor, telecommunications and Internet sectors, in patent and complex commercial disputes, and in intellectual property transactions. In addition, for over 15 years, Andrew has been a committed volunteer for cystic fibrosis education and patient support, and organ donation and transplantation awareness. Andrew received his B.A. with honors and distinction from Stanford University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Learn more at http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewbyrnes

Chris KelleyChris Kelly – Executive Producer – Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley based attorney who represents innovative companies on privacy, security, safety and regulatory affairs. Most recently, Chris was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of California. As Facebook’s first Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy, Chris helped build the company from its college roots to a service for everyone and worked with Attorneys General in all 50 states to develop effective safeguards protecting children from online sexual predators. Chris received his B.A. from Georgetown, a M.S. from Yale, and a J.D. from Harvard.

Naomi Takeuchi_100Naomi Takeuchi – Associate Producer – Naomi Takeuchi was born in Los Angeles, California where she spent her childhood years with Isa and Ana. She eventually moved back to Tokyo, and started her career in the technology field, working as a professional in sales, public relations, and investor relations. She now works at Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley, a company that designs and manufactures electric vehicles and EV powertrains. Using her bilingual and bicultural skills, she served as Japan Tour Manager for The Power of Two’s October 2009 10-city tour of Japan, and serves as one of the liaison between the Power of Two team in America and supporters and partners in Japan. Learn more at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/naomi-takeuchi/3/24b/473.

Misako Kitaoka – Public Relations Coordinator, Japan – Misako Kitaoka was born in Los Angeles, raised in Hiroshima and Sydney, and now resides in San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works for Quantum Corporation in San Jose and Tokyo, helping the company manage its finance and accounting operations in Japan. While working in finance, Misako tries to maintain her passion for writing and translation. She has a list of publications on Japanese popular culture and also works as a freelance reporter for Japanese women’s magazines including Vogue Nippon and Oggi. Misako received her B.A. in economics from Stanford University, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Columbia University.