Founder + Director
Former co-director of Los Angeles’ seminal Silver Lake Film Festival, programmer and juror for film festivals such as Slamdance and Gen Art, Saskia Wilson-Brown headed up the international filmmaker outreach and development arm of Al Gore’s Current TV.
Saskia has spoken at a wide range of events and conferences (including Sundance Film Festival, Open Video Conference, Power to the Pixel, SxSW, and the World Perfume Congress), has served as an industry mentor at SxSW Film, and has contributed as a writer to publications such as WorkBook Project, Filmmaker Magazine and Getty Iris. As a consulting producer, she has lent her support to media projects and initiatives around new models in filmmaking or the arts, including the peer-to-peer distribution system Vodo, Open Video Alliance Filmmaker Summit, Lance Weiler’s DIY Days, TED Conference's TEDActive Innovation Lab, and special independent film programs such as the biennial Ultra Fabulous: Beyond Drag and the screening series Cinema Speakeasy, which she founded in 2009. She has also served as a programmer and juror for film festivals including GenArt and Slamdance Film Festival, amongst others.
In 2012, her interest in experimental spaces led her to found The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a non-profit arts organization devoted to experimentation and access in perfumery. As head of the IAO, she has worked with international institutions including the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Getty, SxSW, Goethe Institut, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Hammer Museum, Natural History Museum, Huntington Library, Wallace Collection, Otis College, Danish Film Institute, the Royal College of the Arts, Mediamatic, Watts Gallery, and many more. In 2013, she launched the Art and Olfaction Awards, an awards mechanism for independent, artisan and experimental perfumers, which she has produced in Los Angeles, Berlin, London and - soon- Amsterdam. In addition to countless art installations and events, she has also initiated and produced large public-facing experimental programs relating to olfaction including the A. I. X. Scent Fair at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the annual Experimental Scent Summit in Berlin and London, the Open Sourcing Smell Culture initiative. She is currently producing a documentary about the perfume industry.