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MEET OUR JUDGE: Dersu Rhodes

Dersu Rhodes is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, hell-bent on connecting with people through film, design, art, photography and music.

Dersu is currently the Design Director at VICE, directing the main titles and graphics for over ten VICELAND television shows, while leading art direction and design on campaigns for Samsung, Nike, Delta, Toyota, Ray Ban, K-Swiss and the launch of Broadly, Thump and Live Nation TV.

His career started as a footwear and apparel designer for Reef and several other action sports companies before moving to Los Angeles and diving into marketing and digital design.  Dersu has worked as a digital art director at Media Arts Lab, Tool, and Media Monks on projects such as the 30th Anniversary of Apple site and the Adidas Brazuca World Cup launch.

As the founder of Witness This, an art and culture digital magazine, Dersu’s passion for conservation, music and community has led him to create NightCause, a monthly party on the Westside of L.A. where 100% of the proceeds are donated to a cause chosen by the headlining DJ.