Dr. Chyng Sun is a filmmaker and a Clinical Associate Professor of Media Studies at McGhee Liberal Arts, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University. Her teaching and research interests include media literacy; race, gender and sexuality in media; and audience research/media effects. With Miguel Picker, Sun produced the documentaries Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood and Corporate Power; Beyond Good and Evil: Media, Children and Violent Times; and The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships (all distributed by the Media Education Foundation). She has been researching the topic of pornography since the summer of 2004. Together with Robert Wosnitzer and two other scholars, Sun designed a large-scale research project to study the content of popular pornographic movies of 2005. Her forthcoming book, also on pornography, will be published by the Peter Lang in 2010.
Miguel Picker, an award-winning video editor, worked at WGBH-TV in Boston for over 15 years. His editing credits include La Plaza, Greater Boston Arts, and a 52-part national series titled Destinos; he also has produced and directed numerous programs for WGBH, including Como Hacemos, Dúo and The Early Music Workshop. In addition to work with Chyng Sun, Picker also has independently produced and directed the documentary films, Francisco Mendéz - The Portrayal of a Cuban Painter and A Day in Martha’s Vineyard. As a composer, Picker has worked with a wide range of art institutions, public foundations, and publishers, including PBS, the Boston Ballet, the New England Conservatory, and Simon & Schuster. Picker moved to New York City in the summer of 2004, and his recent projects include editing and music composition/production for the award-winning documentary The Borinqueneers (2007) and co-directing and editing Ulises' Odyssey (2009), a documentary on Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile in 1970’s and its aftermath.
Robert Wosnitzer is a doctoral student at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He teaches courses in media, business, politics, and globalization. Prior to his academic career, Wosnitzer worked in the field of investment banking capital markets, coordinating the trading and placement of debt-related securities for over a decade. In his current research, Wosnitzer draws on critical theory to engage the dynamics of cultural and economic globalization. He is doing research on the cultural implications and patterns in relation to microfinance as a circuit of global capital and its structuring of identity formations. Wosnitzer’s research and writing also include a large-scale content analysis study investigating aggression, authorship, and ideology within popular pornographic videos, co-authored with Drs. Chyng Sun, Erica Scharrer and Ana Bridges; a critical analysis of race in the Academy-Award winning film Crash, co-authored with Dr. Robert Jensen; an analysis of the constructions of race and gender in film texts; and critical media pedagogy.