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Lacey Leavitt - CEO

Lacey’s credits as a film producer and co-producer include Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours (Sundance Film Festival) and Lucky Them (Toronto Int’l Film Festival), Todd Rohal's The Catechism Cataclysm (Sundance), Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed (Sundance), Lynn Shelton's Laggies and Touchy Feely (Sundance), and Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate (SXSW). She co-directed and produced the award-winning roller derby documentary Blood on the Flat Track, and has directed several commissioned short films for the Seattle International and Orcas Island Film Festivals. She co-founded the film and virtual reality (VR) production company Mechanical Dreams in 2015. Their first project, MOPZ, was for the Adult Swim network and their second, Eagle Bone, premiered at the VR festival SIFFX. She is on the board of the immersive Café Nordo theater in Pioneer Square, and is an alumni of the University of Washington and the Sundance Creative Producing Lab.

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Joe Jacobs - Chief Technology Officer

Joe is both a creative and a technologist, bringing the best of both worlds to Mechanical Dreams. He spent nine years heading up a boutique studio’s post team, as well as managing creative development requests for clients including Nike, UGG, Stride-Rite, Asics, and New Balance. Prior to joining MD, he freelanced for both Amazon and Nordstrom’s photo studios. Joe has worn many hats behind the camera in both the film and commercial world: director, director of photography, post production supervisor, VFX artist, Flash developer. Joe attended the Art Institute of Seattle, earning a degree in Multimedia. His internship at Pinnacle Studios assisting in VFX-heavy commercial production led to his first job, as a stage manager/camera assistant for the Cyclops motion control camera. Joe received the 2010 IFP/Seattle Spotlight Award for his short film Forced Entry.

 

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Stephanie Peirolo - Executive Consultant

Stephanie Peirolo is a business and leadership consultant who helps creative companies make more money and do better work. She has held senior leadership roles at a production company and a boutique creative advertising agency, and both experienced significant growth during her tenure. She also led business development efforts at major agencies including Razorfish, FCB, Publicis, and McCann Erickson. She has a BA from Stanford University, and an MA in Transformational Leadership from Seattle University. She is also a novelist and storyteller whose work has been featured on NPR and other national publications.