Director Bios

Daniel Anastasion & Nathan Golon

Daniele Anastasion directed the feature documentary The Redemption of General Butt Naked, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Called “an extraordinarily complex odyssey” by the LA Times, the film follows a former Liberian warlord as he seeks forgiveness from his victims. It received the Sundance award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Her most recent work includes writing and producing Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking new series "Belief," a global exploration of spirituality and the human search for meaning.

Nathan Golon is a cinematographer, director, and co-founder of GoodFight Media based in Washington, DC. Nathan grew up in rural Maine, studied at Boston University, and has since filmed in nearly forty countries. He has worked as a cinematographer for documentaries that have premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as on shorts and series for clients including National Geographic, PBS, ESPN, Discovery, the NFL Network, Smithsonian, and the UN Foundation.

Myrsini Aristidou

Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Myrsini is an award winning writer and director. She is currently receiving her MFA in film production at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a Tisch Department full scholarship. In 2013 she completed her BFA in film and history of art at the Pratt Institute in New York as part of the President's List. In 2016, Myrsini was granted the Spike Lee Film Production fund for the production of her next movie. Her movies have screened in festivals all around the globe, from Toronto to Berlin, and from USA to Cyprus and Australia. Her latest award winning short film SEMELE (TIFF Official Selection 2015, Berlinale Generation 2016) won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation Kplus in 2016. 

Skip Armstrong

Skip Armstrong owns and operates Wazee Motion Pictures. He is an award-winning director / cinematographer whose client list includes Boeing, Air New Zealand, Ford, Toyota, National Geographic, Camp 4 Collective, BF Goodrich Tires, The North Face, among others. His films have been awarded at major film festivals including Banff, Crested Butte and Telluride. 

James Balog

For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. He and his Extreme Ice Survey team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning documentary Chasing Ice.

Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Much of her work in the last five years has focused on Afghanistan, including her feature-length film FRAME BY FRAME that follows the lives of four Afghan photojournalists. The film premiered at SXSW in 2015 and won over twenty film festival awards.

Ivan Barge

Ivan subscribes to a "make them laugh, make them cry" approach to filmmaking. He wants the audience to have an emotional reaction to the stories he tells. His short Madam Black has been selected for over seventy festivals winning numerous accolades, most notably the Prix Du Public at Clermont Ferrand, France. 

Kostadin Bonev

Kostadin Bonev has been awarded  numerous national and international prizes. Four times awarded with the Prize for the Best film at the awards of Bulgarian Film Academy. His first feature, Warming up yesterday's lunch, is a Bulgarian Oscar entry.

Fyzal Boulifa

Born in 1985, Fyzal Boulifa is a writer-director based between Tangier and London. He has completed several short films including Whore (2009), winner of Grand Prix du Jury Angers Premiers Plans 2010 and screening in over twenty international festivals, and The Curse (2012), winner of The Illy Prize at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2012, BAFTA-nominated and selected for over fifty international film festivals including Sundance. Rate Me (2015) has won the Illy Prize at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and has been selected for over seventy festivals.

Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, Florian Vecchione

Ascension was made by five student directors at Supinfocom Arles (now MOPA) as their graduation project. They are now all working in industry, or teaching at various schools.

Lindsay Branham & Jon Kasbe

Award-winning filmmaker Lindsay Branham is the co-founder of DTJ, an organization that creates localized media to protect children in war. Focusing specifically on children in armed conflict in Central Africa, Branham has helped raise awareness about the sectarian conflict in the Central African Republic and the violence perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). She is a USC school of journalism graduate and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jon Kasbe is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker. He has enjoyed the privilege of traveling the world and contributing to numerous award-winning projects alongside PBS Digital Studios, MediaStorm, and Powering a Nation. His most recent works have been recognized by the Webbys, SXSW, DOC NYC, and Pictures of the Year International. Jon quickly realized the power of the camera and a listening ear. The backstage pass into people, situations, and rare moments proved worthwhile. Sharing those images with the world created meaning. Jon graduated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi