Laurel Braitman is author of Animal Madness: How anxious dogs, compulsive parrots and elephants in therapy help us understand ourselves (Simon & Schuster 2014), a New York Times bestseller, translated into seven languages, currently in its third printing. She holds a PhD from MIT’s History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society Program and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian and elsewhere. She performs live for Pop Up Magazine as a Contributing Writer and is a Writer-in-Residence at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California with her dog Cedar.

Aubree Bernier-Clarke has had three obsessions for as long as she can remember: music, animals and film. After spending the late 90s and early 2000s playing guitar in feminist bands, she transitioned into filmmaking, spending several years working with prolific director Lance Bangs in Portland, OR. After two seasons as a camera operator on Portlandia, she decided to focus on directing. She's since directed music videos for the likes of The Thermals, Mirah and The Corin Tucker Band, original content for MOCA, The Ace Hotel and Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment, and two narrative short films. In 2013, she was chosen to participate AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women. She now lives in Los Angeles with her two dogs, Pippin and Steven, and her cat Fritz.