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Meet the crew

DANO JOHNSON
Writer/Director

Dano began his career at the SESAME WORKSHOP in New York City. While there he worked in the creative development department to produce new children's educational series. He then set out to create his own educational videos such as "Captain Can Takes on Garbage" and "Zowzoo and Friends" that can be found in schools, libraries, and WIC centers across the country.

Dano has won Telly and Emmy awards for his animated political and educational web videos. In addition, he has directed and animated comedic videos for the New York Dolls, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and economist Charlie Wheelan. His work has won awards at the Austin Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, the Bradford Animation Festival, and the Berlin MathFilm Festival.

Dano Johnson's proudest achievement is co-writing, directing, and animating "FLATLAND: The Movie", an educational adaptation of the classic novel starring Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Michael York. "Flatland: The Movie" is now in schools around the world inspiring children about math and science.

SETH CAPLAN
Producer

Seth Caplan is an award winning filmmaker who has produced an acclaimed collection of feature films, animated movies, and documentary programs. He was awarded the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for his film "IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS" which was released in over 100 theaters in the United Stated and over 20 countries internationally. Seth co-wrote and produced "FLATLAND: The Movie", an animated film starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Michael York that has already been seen by over 1 million students around the world and has been licensed by the U.S. State Department and Ministries of Education in numerous countries including The Netherlands, South Korea, and Argentina.

His movies have been featured at film festivals around the world including: The Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, The Edinburgh Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest, Raindance, Woodstock, Istandbul, Bangkok, Krakow, Sarajevo, New Zealand and many more. In addition, his films have been televised on the Sundance Channel, IFC, PBS, Starz and NBC/Universal Sports Network.

Seth has served on the jury for the Austin Film Festival and for the Piaget Independent Producer of the Year award. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute where he was awarded a student Emmy and Academy Award nomination for his thesis film "Duncan Removed".

Jeffrey Travis
Executive Producer

JEFFREY TRAVIS is an award-winning filmmaker. Having originally grown up in Argentina, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin before going on to pursue a film career. He has written and directed over 15 short films, a television pilot presentation for FOX, and several commercials and marketing films for companies like John Deere and Chevron. His short films have been showcased on numerous DVD collections including "Official Best of Fest". Jeffrey was the co-writer and director of FLATLAND THE MOVIE, a successful half-hour animated sci-fi movie starring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, and Tony Hale. The film is currently being produced into an IMAX 3D film. His feature film debut, the cyber-drama DRAGON DAY, is currently in post-production.

Tom Banchoff
Academic Advisor

Thomas Banchoff is an American mathematician specializing in geometry. He is a professor at Brown University, where he has taught since 1967. He is known for his research in differential geometry in three and four dimensions, for his efforts to develop methods of computer graphics in the early 1990s, and most recently for his pioneering work in methods of undergraduate education utilizing online resources.

Banchoff received his Ph.D from UC Berkeley in 1964, where he was a student of Shiing-Shen Chern. Before coming to Brown he taught at Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam.

John Benson
Academic Advisor

John Benson was a high-school mathematics teacher for forty-two years. For forty-one of those years, John taught at Evanston Township High School where he taught geometry, algebra, trig, calculus, multivariable calculus, and linear algebra. He was the math team coach and President (and co-founder) of the North Suburban Math League from 1977 until his retirement in 2010. He has co-authored three textbooks: Gateways, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 and is the lead author on the 3rd edition of the UCSMP Geometry book.

John has given over 200 lectures on the topic of mathematics education throughout the country in a variety of settings. In 1987, he won the Presidential Award in Mathematics for the State of Illinois. Since retiring from Evanston, John works as a consultant at The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago, working mostly on geometry for the elementary grades. He is delighted to say that he was an advisor for the film "FLATLAND: The Movie", and he is looking forward to working in a similar capacity on "FLATLAND 2: Sphereland"!