2022 Filmmaker Bios

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Film: No Place to Grow

AGUILAR, Michelle E.

As a Documentary Filmmaker, Michelle is committed to social equality and fair representation of marginalized populations. She believes a documentary project directly reflects the relationship between the filmmaker and those being filmed, thus, her work explicitly represents the trust, commitment, and reverence established with those who share their story with her.
She makes films with the intention of connecting people, alleviating ethnocentrism, and providing visual and narrative evidence to help people learn about the world in which we live, consequently sparking a reaction, probing questions and exploring the idea of social change.  By harnessing the power of narrative visuals and technology, She aims to contribute to an art that provides an accessible and entertaining avenue for people to learn, grow, connect, and act.
Michelle earned an M.A in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz and have produced numerous non-fiction multimedia projects in cultures and communities across the world. 


Film: Fem’s Way

AJANA, Btihaj

Btihaj Ajana is Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture at the department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Her academic research is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on the ethical, political and ontological aspects of digital developments and their intersection with everyday cultures. She is the author of Governing through Biometrics (2013) and editor of Self-Tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations (2018), Metric Culture (2018) and The Quantification of Bodies in Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2021). Ajana is also a filmmaker and her most recent films include Quantified Life (2017); Surveillance Culture (2017); and Fem’s Way (2020).


Film: Dancing Manilenyos

ALCEDO, Patrick

Chair of and Professor in the Department of Dance at York University, Patrick Alcedo is a documentary filmmaker and dance scholar. His DANCING MANILENYOS was screened at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Awards, and the Ethnografilm festival in Paris. His latest film THEY CALL ME DAX received the 2021 Best Foreign Documentary at the San Francisco Short Film Festival. And his 2021 feature documentary A WILL TO DREAM was officially selected at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and won Asia’s Best Independent Documentary Film at the All Asian Independent Film Festival. 


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Films: Being Haddie, A Fine and Private Place, Time to Re-wonder

CARTER, Jason

Jason Carter is a British Musician/Film Director currently based in Bahrain. As a musician, Jason has toured in more than 100 countries and recorded 18 albums. He has a passion for intercultural dialogue and has worked in places such as North Korea and Afghanistan, bringing people together through music. Jason’s forray into film was a gradual process, having made over 60 music videos, 3 short films and a feature length documentary ‘Grain of Sand’, a story about the music and heritage of the Bahraini Pearl Divers.


Film: Fake

CHRIEST, Alan J.

Alan opened PowerSplash Project in 2007 which has since produced 170 business and educational training films. In 2015, the company added social issue documentaries to their portfolio. In the past six years, 12 of their films have been featured in 178 film festivals and have won 60 awards.


Film: Belle-Ile in Acadie

COMEAU, Phil

Canadian director Phil Comeau was born in Nova Scotia and lives in Moncton and Montreal. He has directed documentaries and dramas in over twenty countries. His documentary features include: “Zachary Richard Cajun Heart, Secretariat’s Jockey Ron Turcotte, Acadian Music Wave & The Nature of Frederic Back.” – His films have won over 250 film awards worldwide. – Phil has received the Order of Canada and the Order of Arts and Letters of France for his contribution to cinema and Acadian culture.


Film: YOUTH v GOV

COOPER, Christi

Director Christi Cooper is a PhD scientist, documentary filmmaker, and Emmy-award winning cinematographer. Her storytelling and visual narratives focus on issues of justice and impact through human connections to the most pressing issues of our time. Her film awards include Wildscreen’s Panda Award for Best Campaign Film; Jackson Wild’s Grand Teton Award; Cleveland International Film Festival’s ReelWomen Direct Award; Wood’s Hole Film Festival’s Best of Festival, Audience Award, and Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary; among others. Christi is the inaugural SFFilm/Vulcan Productions Environmental Film Fellow and the first Jacob Burns Film Center Focus on Nature Artist-in-Resident.


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Film: Many Roots, One Law

DUCHESNE, Véronique

I have been making films since I started studying anthropology.

I teach audiovisual anthropology at Université de Paris.

Film is the best way to teach anthropology and to share our work with people we work with on the field.


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Film: Ignacio’s Legacy

FOSSGARD-MOSER, Titus

Titus Fossgard-Moser is director and cameraman.  With over 20 years work on social responsibility in the energy sector, he now combines this with work as a freelance documentary film director. He has made two feature length documentaries Ignacio’s Legacy (2016) and Calle K (2019), both of which have been selected for showing at different film festivals.   He the founder of Pira Productions and an advisory member of the Ethongrafilm film festival.  He lives in Oslo with his wife and three children.


Film: Rasa Dari Tari/The Soul of Dance

FREEMAN, Mark

Mark Freeman is a professor emeritus of Television, Film and Mark Freeman is a professor emeritus of Television, Film and New Media at San Diego State University. He has produced and directed, written and edited programs for broadcast on public television. Freeman’s documentaries have won numerous awards. They have screened at museums including the Museo do Oriente (Lisbon), Weltmuseum (Vienna), Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art (NY).


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Film: Your Mother’s Comfort/Aconchego de tua Mãe

GOLUB, Adam

Adam Golub is an Israeli-American documentarian, media artist and videographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 2013 and was a fellow at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in 2014. His feature documentary “Your Mother’s Comfort”(2020) premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and won the Grand Jury Award at Outfest, Los Angeles and honorable mention at Newfest, New York. His film “Skin,” (2017) won Outstanding Documentary Short at Art of Brooklyn and Best Short at Newfest, New York. His short film “I Was Here First” premiered at DOC NYC.


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Film: What Language Has to Say

HISS, Florian

Anwar Saab produced and directed «What language has to say» in collaboration with Florian Hiss. Saab is a Norwegian-Lebanese filmmaker specialised in documentaries and educational films. Hiss is an associate professor of applied Norwegian linguistics at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Both Saab and Hiss have migrated to Norway and are part of the linguistic and cultural diversity described in the film. The collaboration developed as a dissemination project for Hiss’s postdoctoral research project on linguistic and cultural diversity at work in Northern Norway, funded by the Research Council of Norway.


Film: Sparo: A Political Portrait

HOFFMAN, Danny

Danny Hoffman is a cultural anthropologist and the Bartely Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.  He is the author of two books on the conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia and its aftermath.  Hoffman previously worked as a photojournalist around Africa and the Balkans.


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Film: “Lady Susan,” Missing Masterpiece by Jane Austen

LAMBEAU, Michelle

Michelle Lambeau is an independent filmmaker, actor, director, voice coach, and simultaneous interpreter based in Sedona, Arizona. Her award-winning documentary, “Lady Susan,” Missing Masterpiece by Jane Austen has been shown at Festivals in New York, Paris, Palm Springs, Texas, and Costa Rica. Her stage adaptation of Lady Susan has been workshopped by theatre companies in Arizona and New York and was featured in the Arizona Women’s Theatre Company Pandora festival in 2021, under the title Duty and Duplicity. Find Michelle Lambeau on IMDb and the usual social media platforms. SAG-AFTRA


Film: Arena

LEON, Ricardo

Nacido en Venezuela en el año 1989. Obtuvo su diplomado en Realización Cinematográfica en la Escuela Nacional de Cine en Caracas. Durante sus estudios, realizo diferentes labores en la industria cinematográfica como Asistencia de Producción en “Abril: Golpe Adentro” de Antonio Varela, diferentes proyectos independientes y estudiantiles como editor cinematográfico.

En el 2016, se traslada para Cali, Colombia donde participó en la producción independiente Perdido en los Farallones, realizó la labor de camarografo durante el rodaje y principalmente la de Co-Editor junto al director Fabio Garcia. Durante su estadía en Colombia, pariticipo en un documental internacional llamado Colombia Año 1, cuyo trabajo sigue en proceso. Adicionalmente realizó diferentes labores para el sector comercial, como videos corporativos, videoclips, etc. A finales del 2017 comenzó su primer largometraje documental en la comunidad de Brisas del Río Fraile y culminó a finales del primer trimestre del 2018. Actualmente reside en Copenhagen, Dinamarca.


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Film: SOLEDAD

MOLOMOT, Lisa

Lisa Molomot, Producer/Director/Cinematographer,has directed and edited award-winning documentaries about the American Southwest in recent years including MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY, THE CLEANERS and SOLEDAD. She has also focused on stories about education. Her award-winning film SCHOOL’S OUT has been an integral part of the movement for providing outdoor education for young children, and her recent short film TEACHING IN ARIZONA is an inside look at the teaching crisis in that state. A recent Fulbright Scholar, she teaches a course at the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona where she has worked with the Immigration Law Clinic for the past four years and has also taught in the UA Human Rights Practice Graduate Program. 


Film: QueerEdge

MULÉ, Nick

Nick Mulé, PhD, is a professor of Social Work and the coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has been a queer activist for over 30 years, including being the founder, former chair, and current member at large of Queer Ontario. A first-time filmmaker, he directed, wrote, and produced QueerEdge: From Gay to Queer Liberation. Nick teaches policy, theory, and practice and publishes and has research interests that include a critical analysis of the LGBTQ social movement and the development of queer liberation theory. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice.


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Film: Camp Diaries

NOLAND, William

William Noland works in sculpture, photography and video. An Emeritus Professor of Visual Art at Duke University, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture, a Fulbright Scholar Award in Photography, and Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Grants for both photography and video. He was a frequent participant in the annual Robert Flaherty Film SemWilliam Noland works in sculpture, photography and video. An Emeritus Professor of Visual Art at Duke University, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture, a Fulbright Scholar Award in Photography, and Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Grants for both photography and video. He was a frequent participant in the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, attending eleven seminars between 1999 and 2015. He has exhibited his sculpture and film work widely, and worked for DoubleTake magazine from 1995 to 2004, first as an editorial advisor in photography and subsequently as a contributing photographer.


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Film: And Today We Remember Them/Y Hoy Somos Recordados

PAUCK, Camilo

Je suis un cinéaste hondurien et francais qui travaille dans la réalisation de films documentaires sur la culture, l’histoire et les droits humains.
Cineasta e Ingeniero en informática. Nació en Honduras, 9 de mayo de 1983.Cineasta autodidacta, director, guionista y editor con más 10 años de experiencia profesional en audiovisuales de tipo documental, cine, televisión y radio. Desde los años 2000 desarrolla como cineasta una preocupación personal sobre la necesidad de recuperar la memoria audiovisual de los pueblos a través del documental histórico, con el objetivo de mostrarle a las poblaciones históricamente marginadas de mi país de dónde venimos y hacia dónde vamos.


Film: Smart Homes for Seniors

PINK, Sarah

Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University. Sarah is a world-leading Design Anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies, in which she engages in interdisciplinary projects with design, engineering and creative practice disciplines to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. Her research focuses on emerging intelligent technologies, automation, data, digital futures, safety and design for wellbeing. Her recent works include her book, Doing Visual Ethnography (2021) and the documentary Laundry Lives (co-Directed with Nadia Astari
2015).


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Film: Still Here: Still Strong!

ROSS, Lisa Anne

Lisa Anne Ross is a theatre artist, educator, and director. She has performed and directed for theatre companies such as Neptune Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, and Theatre New Brunswick. She has also created and performed her own works. Ross is the Artistic Director of Fredericton based theatre company, Solo Chicken Productions, and Co-Artistic Director of the emerging artist initiative, The Coop. Ross has taught theatre at York University and created the Nunavik Theatre Arts Program in the Arctic Region of Nunavik. She is currently teaching theatre at St. Thomas University and is Co-Faculty Advisor for the school’s theatre company.


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Film: What Language Has to Say

SAAB, Anwar

Anwar Saab produced and directed «What language has to say» in collaboration with Florian Hiss. Saab is a Norwegian-Lebanese filmmaker specialised in documentaries and educational films. Hiss is an associate professor of applied Norwegian linguistics at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Both Saab and Hiss have migrated to Norway and are part of the linguistic and cultural diversity described in the film. The collaboration developed as a dissemination project for Hiss’s postdoctoral research project on linguistic and cultural diversity at work in Northern Norway, funded by the Research Council of Norway.


Film: Keepers of the Shy Place

SAVOIE, Gianna

Dr. Gianna Savoie is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer and writer whose work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC and in feature documentaries. She founded and directs the Ocean Media Institute, a non-profit organization that serves to expand the public’s engagement in ocean science and conservation through innovative and inclusive media. In her quest to “pay it forward” and inspire the next generation of environmental storytellers, she is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Filmmaking in the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago.


Film: Thinking with the Hands

SCHÖNE, Mersolis

Mersolis Schöne is a German artist, researcher, and filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria. He works on film-based philosophical and scientific research as well as on the communication of science and philosophy and combines these topics with experimental, poetic, and artistic forms. In 2017 he founded “Moving Thought – Film+Philosophy” (www. movingthought.org) to implement projects focusing on this purpose. 


Film: Abandominium

SCOTT, Greg

Greg Scott is a visual sociologist and filmmaker at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. For the past 20 years he has been making documentary films about street-level drug markets and drug user cultures, concerns, and communities in the United States. Greg is co-founder of the Journal of Video Ethnography, the first-ever journal to publish peer-reviewed ethnographic films, and the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.


Film: A Hundred Year Journey

SEPPÄNEN, Antti Tuomas

Antti T Seppänen is a filmmaker and photographer since 2000, based in Helsinki. Seppänen has considerable experience on international film projects, specializing in architecture. His photographs have been exhibited in private and joint exhibitions. He has an MA degree from the Huston Film School in Galway, Ireland.


Film: Galo Preto Coletivo

SHAMASH, Sarah

Sarah Shamash is an artist and media scholar. Her artworks comprise the use of media in a wide variety formats including installation, documentary, photography, sound, performance, and video. They have been shown in curated exhibitions and film festivals internationally. She teaches media art and theory and is an independent film programmer. Her work as an artist, researcher, educator, and programmer can be understood as interconnected and whole; they all revolve around a passion for cinema as a pluriversal art. She lives and raises her son on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations in Vancouver.


Film: No Page for Dalits

SHRUM, Wesley

Wesley Shrum is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Video Ethnography Lab at LSU. Since 2014 he has been director of the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.


Film: Inside/Outside

SIKAND, Nandini (she, they)

Imprinted in New Delhi, Nandini Sikand parents two school-going, social justice warriors and one squirrel-chasing canine. In her spare time, they work as an educator, filmmaker, dancer-choreographer and writer. They have published articles on cinema, performance, a book on Odissi dance, and made experimental and documentary films about the prison industrial complex, immigration, nationalism, sex work, breast cancer, and counter-culture music. Her current obsessions include two book projects, both fueled by simmering rage – one is a book about race, criminality and visual culture and the other about the travails of parenting while brown in Pennsylvania.


Film: Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother

SILECKY, Matej

Matej is the founding director of Kitsune Tale Productions, LLC, but is perhaps best known for being a professional figure skater on ITV’s “Dancing On Ice” in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Matej earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley (film, choreography, landscape architecture, Russian) and a minor in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies. Baba Babee Skazala is his first film.


Film: Borderland Memories

STEINER, Edie

Edie Steiner is a Canadian filmmaker and media artist based in Toronto (Tkaronto) Canada. Her work is exhibited in international film screenings, art galleries, and published in cultural texts. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies (York University, 2015) and has taught arts-based practices in Canadian and international educational programs. In 2018, she was a visiting researcher and instructor on a team from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, for fieldwork related to her film Borderland Memories, teaching arts-based research practices to students from Poland and Czech Republic. Her project research and production were funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Steiner’s films cross genres including fiction, documentary, academic, and experimental projects, and have been broadcast on Canadian public television and won international awards.


Film: Rastas’ Journey ‘Home’ 

STRATFORD, Maria

Maria (pronounced Mariah) worked in the film industry for 17 years as a stills photographer and documentary filmmaker. She worked as a freelance photographer for newspapers, magazines and has done promotional images for reggae artists. Maria has also been a radio producer and presenter for 20 years.

Maria has been teaching at RMIT University for 16 years. She completed her PhD by research in 2017 which included a documentary film shot in Ethiopia and Jamaica on the Rastafari who repatriated to Africa. It has been screened in ten countries from the USA, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.


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Films: The Changing Face of Iceland & The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning

TERRY, Mark

Mark Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Vaughan, and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change  at York University in Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. As a documentary filmmaker, he has travelled throughout the world’s polar regions on several occasions documenting climate research.
In 2015, Canadian Geographic Magazine named him one of Canada’s Top 100 Greatest Explorers of all time. 
He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for this work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its Stefansson Medal, the organization’s highest honour. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television gave him the rarely-presented Humanitarian Award for his unique contributions in bridging the gap between science and policy through film with the United Nations.
As the Executive Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Youth Climate Report, Dr. Terry has curated more than 600 videos made by the global community of youth in this database documentary film project.
Dr. Terry has worked with the United Nations since 2009 providing global scientific research to its annual climate summits known as the COP conferences. His pioneering database documentary film work with GIS mapping as a data delivery system for the Youth Climate Report won an award of excellence at the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals Action Awards last year.
He is the author of the book The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change published by Palgrave Macmillan.


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Film: Acts of Resistance: Heavy Metal Music in Latin America

VARAS-DÍAZ, Nelson

Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz is a Professor of social-community psychology at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. He produced the award winning documentaries “The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal and Community in Puerto Rico” and “The Metal Islands: Culture, History and Politics in Caribbean Metal Music”. He also directed the film “Songs of Injustice: Heavy Metal Music in Latin America.” Together, his films have garnered 86 sets of laurels in international film festivals. He currently directs the “Heavy Metal Studies – Latin America” group which researches metal in Central and South America. His work related to metal music addresses issues of community formation, linkages between culture and music, and metal music as a decolonial strategy in Latin America. His work has been published in multiple journals, including Metal Music Studies, International Journal of Community Music, and the Journal of Community Psychology, among others. He coedited the books “Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience,” “Heavy Metal Music in Argentina: In Black We Are Seen,” and “Heavy Metal Music in Latin America: Perspectives from the Distorted South.” He also authored the book “Decolonial Metal Music in Latin America.”


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Film: The Gig is Up

WALSH, Shannon

Shannon Walsh has written and directed the feature documentaries, THE GIG IS UP (2021), ILLUSIONS OF CONTROL (2019), JEPPE ON A FRIDAY (2013), À ST-HENRI, LE 26 AOÛT (2011), and H2OIL (2009), as well as numerous short films and VR works. Shannon’s films have been broadcast, theatrically-released and exhibited in film festivals globally . Her work has also screened in museum spaces, including the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Shannon is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a 2020-2021 Guggenheim Fellow.


Film: Bones of Contention

WEISS, Andrea

Andrea Weiss is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose most recent film is Bones of Contention. Her other credits include Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story, Paris Was a Woman, Before Stonewall, and International Sweethearts of Rhythm, to name a few. A nonfiction author as well, her books include Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in Film (Penguin, 1992); Paris Was a Woman (Harper Collins, 1995); and In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008).   She teaches at the City College of New York where she is the director of the MFA Program in Film.