Director Bios

Roselynn Akulukjuk

Roselynn Akulukjuk was raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and attended the Toronto Film School, where she fell in love with being behind the camera. After her studies, Roselynn returned home to Nunavut, where she began working with Taqqut Productions, an Inuit-owned production company located in the capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit. Part of Roselynn’s love of filmmaking is the ability to interview elders, listen to their traditional stories, and share them with the world.


Daniele Anastasion

Daniele Anastasion directed I AM YUP’IK for ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature, THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED received the Sundance award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.


Örs Bárczy

Örs Bárczy was born in Bonyhád, Hungary, and received his B.A. in animation from Budapest's Met University of Applied Sciences. He just finished his M.A. at Bournemouth University National Centre for Computer Animation in England. Currently working at Budapest and open for any international cooperation.


Phillip Baribeau

Phillip earned a degree in Media and Theatre Arts from Montana State University.  Following his passion for film, storytelling and adventure, he went to work in television and documentary filmmaking.  His most credited broadcast series are Destination Extreme on National Geographic (field producer/DP/editor), Ax Men on the History Channel (field producer/camera operator), MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel (DP) and Mountain Men on the History Channel (camera operator).  In 2008,  Phillip foundedImplement Productions,  based in Bozeman, MT.  Phillip recently finished his first feature length documentary, Unbranded (director).  Unbranded won the 2015 Audience Choice Award at both Hot Docs in Toronto, ON, Telluride Mountain Film Festival in CO and the Banff Mountain Film Festival. 


William Bentley

William's filmmaking focuses on subcultural phenomena and the human condition. He grew up in Brighton, UK, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Social Documentary. Will now resides in Manhattan and is working as an assistant editor on the feature documentary 'Sanctity of Space'.


Patrick Biesemans

Patrick Biesemans, a northern California native, has previously directed two award-winning short films and is currently in development on a feature film about the California gold rush, that he wrote and will direct.


Steve Boot

Steve Boot is a professional stop-motion animator with over 15 years of experience. He mainly works on children's TV series, but likes to make his own independent films whenever he gets the chance.


Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a bestselling cartoonist, writer, children’s author, songwriter, and music producer. She has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books; produced, with composer Michael Ford, six record albums (two certified Gold and one—Philadelphia Chickens—certified Platinum); and directed eight music videos. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.


David Garrett Byars

David Garrett Byars made his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with NO MAN’S LAND. Byars is also currently working with Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film MASSACRE RIVER. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on URANIUM DRIVE-IN.


Fitz Cahall and Isaiah Branch-Boyle

Fitz Cahall, owner / creative director of Duct Tape Then Beer, works, climbs and bikes out of the great PNW where he lives with his wife and co-business owner, Becca Cahall, and their two sons.


Christine Chen

Christine Chen has been filming since she knew what a VHS camcorder could do. She has a B.A. from Rice University as well as a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs. She started in documentaries in 2006, filming her first Rice University commissioned documentary in Lijiang, China. She switched her focus to narrative in 2008 and began making web based skits. In 2014, Christine's debut short film, "A Bird's Nest" was a Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize Finalist and has won several other festival awards. It is available on Amazon and ShortsTV and continues to make the festival rounds. "Funemployment," Christine's debut feature, produced under her banner Moth to Flame Films, is also currently being submitted to festivals. The company specializes in telling stories for business owners, artists, and families. Christine is currently working her new short, "Shakespeare on the Range," as well as developing "Ya Albi" into a feature film. Her favorite thing to do is be on set behind the camera, but when she is not filming, she also enjoys watching movies, eating, and hanging outside.


Christi Cooper

An Emmy-award winning cinematographer with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Christi Cooper communicates complex issues through storytelling and visual narrative to raise awareness about her subjects. She combines an in-depth knowledge of science with a desire to create compelling and award-winning narratives focused on raising awareness about sociopolitical issues.


Axel Danielson and Max Imilien Van Aertryck

Axel Danielson was born 1976 in Vittskövle and Maximilien Van Aertryck 1989 in Paris. They collaborate at Plattform Produktion in Gothenburg since 2013, where they also work together with Ruben Östlund. “Our interest lies in the potential of the moving image and our ambition is that the images we produce have a critical and humorous approach to the stream of images that surround us.”


Jessica Devaney and Geeta Gandbhir

JESSICA DEVANEY is a Florida-raised, Brooklyn-based creative producer and communications strategist. Her past films include SPEED SISTERS (Hot Docs, 2015) following a team of Palestinian women race car drivers; the Peabody Award winning short MY NEIGHBOURHOOD (Tribeca, 2012) on Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, its companion web series HOME FRONT (2011), and Ridenhour Documentary Prize and PUMA Impact Award winning BUDRUS (Berlin, Tribeca, 2010). Jessica’s directorial debut short, LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca, 2017) explores the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Her forthcoming films include ROLL RED ROLL, THE RASHOMON EFFECT, and THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED. Jessica has an M.A. in religion from Wake Forest University and researched gender and nationalism in the Middle East at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She is a founder of the Queer Producers Collective and was a 2016 Women at Sundance Fellow.


Alexei Dmitriev

Since I was a little girl my dream was to star in an experimental film.


Zak Emerson

Zak Emerson is a London based Commercial Director for Blink Inc Films and a splitboarding/outdoor enthusiast.


Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk

Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk are award-winning filmmakers whose films have been broadcast nationally and internationally and screened at film festivals, museums and schools.


Michael Geoghegan

I have made three short films, lots of commercials and a few more music videos. My passion for filmmaking is demonstrated by the heart I bring to my work, with great storytelling and emotive performances and my work has attracted industry recognition and respect, indicative of the craft, commitment and imagination I bring to every project.


Liam Hall

Liam Hall grew up in Crestone, Colorado. He recently graduated from Elon University in North Carolina and is living in Greensboro working on his first feature film.


Alexander Hankoff & Alexander Maxwell

Director and Cinematographer Alexander Hankoff began his career directing and shooting commercials for fashion and beauty brands such as Nike, Dior and Estée Lauder where he developed his cinematic sensibilities and unorthodox approach to advertising. The filmmaker has earned a reputation for a stripped down cinematic aesthetic and honesty in the performances of his actors. Alexander’s new documentary series NYChapters recently received attention from The Atlantic Monthly’s editor picks, inspiring a feature length expansion concentrating on one of the series’ subjects Brian “Monkey” Northam. Production of “The Long Ride” begins in the Spring of 2018. Most recently, the cinematographer was recognized for his unique approach for Yellow in the Short Takes section of American Cinematographer magazine’s March 2016 issue.

Alexander Maxwell is a Director at Mill+ a global, award winning Creative Studio and Post Production Company. A graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maxwell cut his teeth in their color department before migrating to Mill+, a content division that opened its doors in 2009. Maxwell balances professional pursuits directing ads while writing and directing his independent films. Such projects include Yellow, which is currently on the festival circuit and is featured in March 2016’s issue of “American Cinematographer” and Burr, which premiered at The San Francisco International Film Festival and was the recipient of the ‘New Filmmakers Grant’ from Panavision. Maxwell has also direct- ed promos for musical acts like Savoir Adore, Cody ChesnuTT and Gareth Emery, the latter video garnering 5 million views on You- tube. Maxwell’s transition to directing ads has been a natural one, coupling his comfort and familiarity in narrative storytelling with his ability to capture natural performances. As director, Maxwell has worked with AT&T, Sleep Number, Hot Pockets, OnStar, Progressive and Doctors of the World, amongst others.


Morgan Heim

Morgan Heim has been sneezed on by a whale, stampeded by bison and almost mistaken for salmon by hungry grizzly bears, all of which she took as great compliments, considering they let her live to spy on wildlife for another day. With a background in zoology (BS) and environmental journalism (MA), Morgan employs photo and filmmaking techniques ranging from aerials to camera traps and good old-fashioned photojournalism in order to share human stories of the natural world. She is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, (iLCP), on the board of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and alum of the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. Her work has appeared in the Banff Mountain Film Festival, as an official select in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and in such outlets as Smithsonian, National Parks, National Geographic NewsWatch, GEOLino Extra, NPR.org, The Nature Conservancy and High Country News. Morgan currently resides in Gunnison, Colorado, with her husband Philipp and their tree-climbing dog, Javier.


Antje Heyn

Antje Heyn (*1979 in Bergen auf Rügen) is a Berlin based animation director and illustrator. Her work is inspired by daily observations of urban living and culture as well as nature and animals. Besides setting her heart on creating characters and bringing them to life she teaches animation at art academys and is running the Protoplanet Studio.


Mike Hopkins

Part creative genius, part athlete, part director, Mike Hopkins is truly a jack of all trades. Living in the small mountain town of Rossland BC, Mike travels the world bringing creative concepts to life. Working closely with long time friend Scott Carlson founder of Juicy Studios, the duo aim to enlighten and entertain.


Ben Knight

Ben likes cats.


Konstantina Kotzamani

Born in Komotini, Konstantina Kotzamani is a graduate student of the Film Department of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki. Her short movies have participated in several International Festivals and have gained several awards. Her film Washingtonia premiered in Berlinale 2014 in the Berlinale Shorts Competition program. Washingtonia was awarded by the Hellenic Film Academy as the best Short Film 2014 and nominated for the best short film by the European Film Academy 2015 (EFA awards).


Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger

Kramer, Miller, and Newberger’s THE ANTHROPOLOGIST screened at 50 film festivals and hit theaters via Argot Pictures. EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE premiered at Tribeca, hit theaters via Magnolia, and aired on CNN. Their film THE NEW RECRUITS and Sundance hit THE LINGUISTS were both nominated for Emmys.


Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com and author of the book Sixty Meters to Anywhere. He has co-produced and co-directed several award-winning short films, including Frank and the Tower, Ace and the Desert Dog, and The Important Places.


Craig Leeson

Craig Leeson is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf life saver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.


Nancy Liu

A writer and director, Nancy Liu was born in Taiwan and grew up in San Francisco. Prior to pursuing film, she practiced as an attorney in Massachusetts and California. She obtained her MFA in May 2016 from Chapman University. During her time at Chapman, she directed several short films, including Angeltown


Jordan Manley

Jordan Manley is a North Vancouver based outdoor culture photographer and filmmaker. From the Arctic to Antarctica, Jordan has focussed on the connection between sport and nature. When he isn’t working on films, you’ll find him tying flies or looking for Pacific Salmon.


Zoe McIntosh

A graduate of the the Fine Arts degree at Canterbury University, Christchurch, Zoe went on to write and direct the feature-film documentary ‘Lost in Wonderland’ based on one man’s search for justice and identity. The film received international acclaim. She continued her run of awards in 2010 when her first short ‘Day Trip’ was selected for Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. And again when McIntosh helmed bogan buddy romp ‘The Deadly Ponies Gang' which was extremely successful on the international festival circuit. When she turned her hand at commercial directing, Zoe’s career quickly gained momentum. She’s shot commercials for Spark, Cadbury, Sky TV and YWCA, which earned her the status of Young Director of the Year at Cannes in 2013 and will be a judge at the prestigious D&AD awards this year. Her most recent 2017 short film ‘The world in your window’ just received the Prix Etudiant de la Jeunesse award at Clermont Ferrand and she is currently developing a feature.


Joshuah Melnick

Joshuah Melnick studies writing, directing, and acting at Tisch School of the Arts.


Tim Nackashi

Tim Nackashi is known for the feature documentary DIRTY WORK, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to his Grammy and VMA-nominated experimentations in music videos, including the first ever, live, one-take music video shoot for Death Cab for Cutie's YOU ARE A TOURIST.


Megan Park

Megan Park is a veteran actress having starred in dozens of feature films and appearing in several TV series, most notably six seasons as a series regular on the massive teen show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" opposite Shailene Woodley. She most recently worked on "Room" with Brie Larson, "Central Intelligence" with the Rock and Kevin Hart and can be seen next as the lead in the feature film, "Deported" opposite Nick Swardsen and Uma Thurman's new TV series "My So Called Wife". "Lucy In My Eyes" was Megan's directorial debut and her first writing project. She has since written a TV pilot that was optioned by a major TV network and has two more in the works. She is writing a feature film for a major film studio and has several other projects in development as a writer/director.


Derek Peck

 

Derek Peck is a California-bred, Brooklyn-based filmmaker who has made several intimate documentary portraits on notable cultural personalities, including Marina Abramovic, Peter Beard and others. This is his first film to appear at festivals. 
 


Simon Perkins

Simon’s interest in film started during his days as a fly-fishing guide in Montana. He loved trying to convey the rush and emotion of natural and untamed moments on the screen. He now lives in Vermont and is constantly distracted by great stories that pop up all around him.


Gabriel Robertson

Gabriel is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish writer/director represented in the UK and America. Most recently Gabriel made two short films, BUCKET and THE GIFT, with 27 Ten Productions and is currently in Malaysia filming his debut feature film with many of the team who collaborated on THE GIFT.


Adam Roffman

Adam Roffman has worked in Set Decoration with filmmakers including Robert Altman, Kathryn Bigelow, David O. Russell, and Paul Feig. He produced the feature documentary "Plimpton: Starring George Plimpton As Himself" (2012) and directed the short documentaries "Spearhunter" (2015) and "All The Presidents' Heads" (2016).


Dana Romanoff

Dana Romanoff is a filmmaker and photographer dedicated to making a difference. She has received prestigious awards and recognition for tackling significant social issues including her recent film “Noah" which was featured on UpWorthy, The Guardian, The Atlantic and National Geographic and won awards at the 2017 W3 Awards and the Communicator Awards.


Rob Savage

Rob Savage is a multi-award winning writer/director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow, working in features, television and commercials. He wrote, directed, shot, co-produced and edited micro-budget feature film Strings at age 17, which has screened at a number of prestigious International Festivals around the world, including the Rome Film Festival for its premiere. The film was acquired for release by Vertigo Films and won the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards. Rob is a Berlinale Talents and Edinburgh Talent Campus alumnus and has won a number of awards for his short films at festivals including the London Short Film Festival, Raindance and Sitges and was the recipient of the BFI Future Film Award 2011. Rob's latest film, “Dawn of the Deaf”, has played at almost 100 film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival and Oscar- Qualifier Sitges, where it won the Melies D'argent for Best Short.Isabelle Favez


Jochen Schmoll

Jochen is a filmmaker, director and DOP. Born in Ludwigburg Germany, he has become known in the sports filming scene for his numerous documentaries, commercials and branded content productions for brands like Gore Tex, Jack Wolfskin and Redbull, covering some of their top athletes and accompanying them on their personal goals and expeditions.  He has directed various documentaries where his skill as an extreme sport DOP and director are essential. Jochen likes to tell a story with as much emotional depth as possible. Being fluent in German, English, Spanish and French often allows him to put Put his  progonists at ease even before the camera is rolling.   Jochen Schmoll is based in Barcelona with an office in Germany.


Laura Seay

Laura Seay is an actress, writer and director. She has appeared in several feature films and network shows; including Judd Apatow’s coming-of-age romp SUPERBAD, ABC’s MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, CBS’s NCIS, NCIS: NOLA, and PURE GENIUS. SPEAK marks Laura's directorial debut.


Isaac and Jacob Seigel-Boettner

Isaac and Jacob Seigel-Boettner were brought home from the hospital in bike trailers. It was love at first ride. Leading bike trips everywhere from Ireland to Rwanda, they realized that film was the best way to share stories from the road. Together, they are Pedal Born Pictures.


Scott Simonsen

Proud winner of Crested Butte's Best Narrative Short Comedy last year. Professional screenwriter recently turned director, currently living in Redondo Beach, CA with his son, Kai.


Uttera Singh

Drama has always been a part of Uttera Singh’s life. On the day she was born, her nine months pregnant mother was hit by a firecracker, rescued by her father, rushed to the hospital and that’s how this real life firecracker was born. That fiery spirit is still very much alive in her. Uttera is an MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is the recipient of the Ryan Murphy Diversity Fellowship. Her thesis film “Fanny Pack” is a proof of concept for a half hour TV show starring Brian George from Big Bang Theory and Seinfeld. Her one-woman show “Indian Lady Shakespeare wears Underwear” is set to premiere in Los Angeles in the Fall. Uttera was chosen as one of the directors on the USC/James Franco feature film “Mad Whale” starring Camilla Belle, Dominic Rains, Summer Phoenix and James Franco. Uttera lives in Los Angeles and spends her time going on adventures, then writing about them.


Will Stauffer-Norris

Will Stauffer-Norris was born in Moscow, Idaho, grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with an Environmental Science degree. Will has paddled and filmed on rivers all over the world.


Joe Talbot

Joe Talbot is a filmmaker whose work has shown at Sundance, SXSW, and Harlem's Apollo Theater. A fifth-generation San Francisco native, Talbot received a fellowship to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab for his upcoming feature-film "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." Talbot was recently profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces issue, as among the top new filmmakers to watch and his work has been covered in VICE, The Atlantic, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire and the San Francisco Chronicle.


Erin Brown Thomas

Erin Brown Thomas is an award-winning director whose helmed projects featuring Erika Christensen, Doug Jones, Troian Bellisario Christa B. Allen, and Teri Reeves. TOKYO PROJECT, a film she edited for EP Lena Dunham and Emmy-winning director Richard Shepard, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Elisabeth Moss.


Anu Valia

Anu Valia is writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Anu's award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at festivals around the world including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Lucia was a recipient of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her her feature, We Strangers.


Marlies van der Wel

Marlies van der Wel (born 3-10-1984 in Soest, The Netherlands) is a Dutch animator and illustrator, working from her studio based in Amsterdam. Started in 2007, working on both commercial as personal projects. Her latest film Jonas and the Sea premiered in 2015 and won several big awards under which best animated short film at TIFF Kids Festival and the jury award at Holland Animation Film Festival.


Stephe de Villiers

Stephen de Villiers is a South African born writer/director. A graduate of AFTRS he has directed over 12 short films. Super Sounds, his last short, has screened at a number of top festivals, including Giffoni, Flickerfest, San Francisco and won Best Film at the Fleurieu Film Festival in South Australia.


Ned Wenlock

Ned Wenlock has been directing animation for 15 years and is best known for his distinct and inventive 2D animation style. He has worked across both the advertising and music video worlds, creating animations for MGMT, Honda, McDonalds and many more. His Apache video for the band Danger Beach was a finalist in the 2012 Vimeo Awards. Spring Jam is Ned’s second short film.


Danny Yourd

Danny Yourd is an award winning director and creative producer. He produced Sundance-winning documentary Blood Brother and Almost Holy which premiered and sold at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Danny’s short film, Elgin Park, has screened at over 45 film festivals all over the world. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Apple, Independent Lens, Devour, Vimeo Staff Pick, Netflix, Gizmodo, Colossal and many others. Danny is currently a creative at Animal and an executive at Animal Media Group.


Amanda Zackem

Amanda Zackem was co-director of cinematography for the feature documentary Germans & Jews and producer of the feature length documentaries The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four and Blind Spot. Her short documentary on women’s cycling pioneer Georgena Terry screened in film-festivals worldwide, and won Best Female Directed short at the Cornwall Film Festival. Her short experimental film The Black Series won Best Cinematography at the Women’s Independent Film Festival. Her most recent short documentary, American Psychosis, is based on an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges and discusses consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a world dominated by pervasive illusion.