Founder and Director
Dr. Stanzi Vaubel developed The Indeterminacy Festival, bringing together over 100 + students, faculty, and community organizations annually through special events hosted annually in Buffalo, New York and Montreal, Canada. In the role of director and co-producer, responsibilities included fundraising and securing sponsorships, community outreach and partnerships, contract and site negotiation, and most importantly training and managing teams to feel intrinsically invested in the festival mission and final collaborative outcomes. These projects were intentionally inclusive to intergenerational groups, individuals with disabilities, terminal illnesses, and refugees. The primary challenge and success of these large-scale yearlong initiatives was the ability to find pragmatic solutions to complex problems and to clearly communicate those directives to the appropriate teams. In the fall of 2020 Dr. Vaubel founded The Indeterminacy Consulting Group which is the fruition of her extensive academic research and hands-on experience examining the fertile territories that exist between and among disciplines. Her consulting practice, seminars, and events series all focus on revealing the untapped intelligence one can harness by surrendering traditional thinking patterns and social constructs in favor of more fluid, informed, and holistic responses. More information at: www.indeterminacymethod.com
Co-Producer, sarah jm kolberg is a PhD candidate in Visual Studies (anticipated Spring 2021) and adjunct instructor in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, who specializes in the American and French post-WWII avant garde, with an additional focus on the post-WWI avant garde, queer theory, and as a film scholar; on narratology, psychoanalytic theory, and film noir. She has won numerous awards as both a writer and film producer, and her films have screened around the world. After more than a decade in state politics (as Chief of Staff to an Assemblymember) she quit her job to return to graduate school full time. She holds a joint MA in English and Film, an MFA in Film Production, and an MA in Visual Studies.
Her most recent film project is little green men, a feature length documentary about a program which engages middle and high school students in searching for pulsars (a particular type of collapsed star), for which she and her collaborator raised more than $250,000 including funding from: the National Science Foundation; NASA’s West Virginia Space Grant Consortium; the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; and West Virginia University. In connection with this she’s also produced a short film about the search for gravitational waves and how pulsars aid this objective.