co-director, cinematographer, co-editor
Adam Larsen is a projection designer and filmmaker. He has designed video projections for nearly 100 productions both On and Off-Broadway in the US and abroad. As a cinematographer, Adam has DP’d numerous television pilots (cooking shows to extreme sports), commercials and independent films. In addition, he produced, shot and edited two short films for TEACCH, North Carolina’s state autism program and two films for OAR, the Organization for Autism Research. He holds a BFA in Cinematography from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Adam recently completed his first documentary, Neurotypical – a film about autism from the perspective of autistics – which has been screened at numerous festivals around the world (www.neuro-typical.com).
Caregifted founder, co-director, producer
Heather McHugh is revered as one of the finest living American poets and “a wordslinger of the first order.” Since receiving her MA from the University of Denver in 1972, she has been writing and teaching in graduate programs around the country, including the Iowa Writers Workshop and the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of more than 10 books, including volumes of poetry, translation, and literary essays. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Oxford’s 20th-Century Poetry and Poetics and the Oxford Book of American Poetry. Her most recent collection, Eyeshot, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. McHugh was the chancellor of the Academy of Poets for five years, and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has lived in Seattle since 1984, when she was appointed the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. In 2009, she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her work.
In 2010, Heather founded the non-profit CAREGIFTED to benefit long-term (decade or more) full-time caregivers of severely disabled family members. (www.caregifted.org)