Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his documentary film “dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y” (1997), a collaboration with author Don DeLillo that tells the story of air hijackings since the 1970s and how these changed news reporting. With its premiere at Centre Pompidou and Documenta X in Kassel in 1997, the film eerily foreshadowed the events of September 11th and analyzed compellingly how the media participates in the construction of our perceived reality. In 2009, Grimonprez made “Double Take,” which targets the global rise of ‘fear-as-commodity’. It premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and traveled the international film festival circuit, winning several Best Director awards, the Black Pearl Award in Abu Dhabi and the New Media Grand Prize in LA. His film and curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum (LA), Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and MoMA (NY). His works are part of the permanent collections of numerous major museums, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Kanazawa Art Museum (Japan) and Tate Modern (London). In 2011, Hatje Cantz Verlag published a reader on his work entitled “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards” with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Slavoj Žižek. Grimonprez divides his time between Brussels and New York, where he now lectures at the School of Visual Arts. In 2012, Cinema Scope named him one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” in the world.
Author, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade
Andrew Feinstein is one of the world’s leading experts on corruption and the global arms trade. A frequent commentator on BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, and The Guardian, his writing has been published by The New York Times, Der Spiegel, the Huffington Post, and many others. As the author of the book on which the film is based, he has guided the production team on the contemporary issues and history addressed in the film. Andrew is founding director of Corruption Watch UK, and is a former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa where he served under Nelson Mandela.
Joslyn Barnes / Louverture Films
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the films she has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films together with actor Danny Glover and partners Susan Rockefeller and Bertha Foundation are: the feature documentaries “Trouble the Water”, “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975”, “The House I Live In”, “Concerning Violence”, “This Changes Everything”, and the forthcoming “Shadow World” by Johan Grimonprez, “Strong Island” by Yance Ford, “Angels are Made of Light” by James Longley, and “Aquarela” by Victor Kossakovsky; the narrative features “Bamako”, “The Time that Remains”, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives”, “The Narrow Frame of Midnight”, “Cemetery of Splendour” and the forthcoming “White Sun” by Deepak Rauniyar and “Zama” by Lucrecia Martel.
Anadil Hossain / Dillywood
Anadil Hossain, founder of Dillywood Inc., is a New York based producer specializing in international co-productions and globally filmed projects. She has worked with many Oscar-nominated directors, cast, and crew, from the US and abroad. In addition to fiction and non-fiction content, she is committed to non-profit endeavors, and has also produced advertisements for top agencies and clients. She is a nexus in India-US entertainment industry collaborations, and consults for major studios, film commissions, and festivals. Anadil serves as co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Producers Guild of America – East, and sits on the advisory board of SAMMA.
Signe Byrge Sørensen / Final Cut for Real
Sørensen is the two-time Academy-Award nominated producer of “The Look of Silence” (2015) and “The Act of Killing” (2013), both directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. She was awarded The Timbuktu Prize in Denmark and the Puma BRITDOC award, among many awards, for her work on “The Act of Killing.” She won Cinema Eye awards for the production of both these films (2014 & 2016). Signe has been a producer since 1998. She began in SPOR Media in 1998, moved to Final Cut Productions ApS in 2004 and co-founded Final Cut for Real ApS in 2009. Her focus is on documentaries, and in addition to several productions in Denmark and Sweden, she has produced films in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Thailand, and Argentina. While at SPOR Media she was the Danish co-producer for “Steps for the future.” She holds an MA in International Development Studies and Communication Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, 1998 and is a EURO-DOC graduate from 2003 and an EAVE graduate from 2010. In 2014, Sørensen received the Danish Documentary Award known as the Roos Prize.
Emmy Oost / Cassette for Timescapes
Emmy Oost produced Johan Grimonprez’s “Double Take” (2009), selected for the BERLINALE 2009 and SUNDANCE 2010 and winner of a BLACK PEARL AWARD in Abu Dhabi and the Grand Prize of the New Media FF in LA. Her most recent release is “Problemski Hotel” by Manu Riche. With the support of the FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND & CANVAS, Emmy Oost is currently producing the crossmedia projects “Emergency Exit” by Lieven Corthouts and the feature documentaries “No man is an Island” by Tim De Keersmaecker, “Beneath the Surface” by Alex Debreczeni and “Inside the Distance” by Elias Grootaers. In co-production are Johan Grimonprez’s “Shadow World” and “Waiting for Giraffes” by Marco de Stefanis. Emmy Oost studied Germanic Literature and Linguistics. She is part of the EAVE, Eurodoc and ACE Producers Networks and the Belgian organisation Flanders Doc. She followed the Pixel Lab and the IDFA DocLab and co-founded Idrops, platform for creativity and innovation.
Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. The Foundation champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. They envision a society where stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive social impact. The Foundation works with a network of people whom they believe can change the world – activists working with storytellers and lawyers. While powerful on their own, Bertha Foundation also looks for opportunities for leaders to collaborate across portfolios.
Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women’s roles in the public sphere. Disney’s 20+ films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power. Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia’s long civil war. That film, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Disney’s directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Disney has also executive produced films on a wide array of social issues, including 1971, FAMILY AFFAIR, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE INVISIBLE WAR (Academy Award Nominee®, Best Documentary Feature), RETURN, and SUN COME UP (Academy Award® Nominee, Best Documentary Short).
In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 40 years from “Places in the Heart”, “The Color Purple”, the “Lethal Weapon” series and the award-winning “To Sleep with Anger”, Danny Glover has also produced, executive produced and financed numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are “Good Fences”, “3 AM”, “Freedom Song”, “Get on the Bus”, “Deadly Voyage”, “Buffalo Soldiers”, “The Saint of Fort Washington”, “To Sleep with Anger”, and “Mooladé”. Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover has executive or co-produced “Trouble the Water”, “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975”, “The House I Live In”, “Concerning Violence”, “This Changes Everything”, and the forthcoming “Shadow World” by Johan Grimonprez, “Strong Island” by Yance Ford, “Angels are Made of Light” by James Longley, and “Aquarela” by Victor Kossakovsky; the narrative features “Bamako”, “The Time that Remains”, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives”, “The Narrow Frame of Midnight”, “Cemetery of Splendour” and the forthcoming “White Sun” by Deepak Rauniyar and “Zama” by Lucrecia Martel. The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Driss Benyaklef is co-founder of Dillywood, a New York based film production company specializing in international co-productions, with experience working with award-winning filmmakers in over 30 countries. He most recently co-produced the documentaries “This Changes Everything” and the Scott Free feature film “Equals,” and exec-produced “Shadow World.”
Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Nicole Mackinlay Hahn is an artist and filmmaker based in New York. She began her film career by borrowing her little brother’s pixel vision camera in the eighth grade to film friends during school. Nicole’s naturalistic approach across diverse communities around the world have established her as a premiere director of films for the art, design, fashion, sports, and entertainment fields. She shot MIRROR/AFRICA in twelve African countries for her interactive installation project concerning workers in the garment industry. The installation was featured in Barney’s New York, the New Museum, and the London College of Fashion. This led to THE WELCOME TABLE PROJECT a series of short film portraits which maps the labor chain of workers in the US food industry commissioned by Louverture Films and Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), and which was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival/Interactive. For the last few years, Nicole has been directing, filming, and editing exclusive short films with U2. Recently her short film, BURKINA, PRINCESS YENNENGA featuring a series of intimate portraits of a group of Burkinabé women, made its worldwide premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Nicole is currently developing a live action Virtual Reality documentary, and her artistic interests have always been centered in bringing the voice and humanity of her subjects into sharper focus.
Per K. Kirkegaard
Per is one of the most established editors in Europe. He has edited numerous critically acclaimed documentaries and narrative features, and his latest credits include films like “Armadillo” – for which he received an Emmy Award for best editing of a long format documentary – and “TPBAFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard,” which premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Per is renowned for his musically attuned editing style, his great precision as a storyteller, his loyalty to the projects he is engaged in, and his unique eye for the poetic yet specific. He is currently editing James Longley’s “Angels Are Made of Light”.
Born in Madrid, Pedro is educated as an editor and studied for his Master’s degree at the Netherlands Film Academy, in Amsterdam. He works as an editor in Spain, Netherlands and Norway. His short films “Life in a Minute,” “15 Summers Later,” “Hourglass,” “Eskiper,” and “Nothing Stranger” have been selected in numerous international film festivals and received several awards. Pedro has participated in the European Short Pitch 2010 (Nisi Masa – France), Strangers Script Lab 2011 (Strada Film – Romania), CPH PIX SESSIONS 2012 (Copenhagen, Denmark) and in the SWATCH Art Peace Hotel (Shanghai, China) as an artist in residence.
For Karsten Fundal, no single style of music is preferable to another; he is interested in the fundamental concept of music which can result in almost anything in stylistic terms. The crucial point for him is for the composer to remain true to his ideas. Fundal was born in 1966 in Valby, Denmark, and studied composition with Hans Abrahamsen, Ib Nørholm, Per Nørgård and Karl Aage Rasmussen. He went on to study for two years in Holland with Louis Andriessen. A meeting with Nigel Osborne and most significantly with Morton Feldman at Dartington in 1986 had a great impact on Fundal’s compositional development. His main works include mostly chamber music and orchestra pieces, among them the breakthrough “Ballad” (1988) and the classicist piano concerto “Liquid Motion” (1993). Among larger works are the concert for percussion, “Ritornelli in contrario” (1997), the grand orchestral pieces “Hush” (2003-2004) and “Entropia” (1997-2001) – the latter a portrayal of the creation of the universe – and the orchestral installation “Liquid Rooms” (2013). Besides his works for the concert hall, Fundal has written and arranged music for several Danish and international movies, for instance “Flame and Citron,” and he has collaborated with leading Danish pop artists. He received the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Award in 1994 and the Prize of the Danish Composers’ Society in 1995.
Sarah D’hanens’ work in the audiovisual arts and film took off with the widely acclaimed documentaries “What’s in a Name” (2009) by Eva Küpper and “Double Take” (2009) by artist / filmmaker Johan Grimonprez. D’hanens subsequently collaborated on several cross-media and film projects under Grimonprez’s label zap-o-matik such as “Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button: interview with Karen Black,” “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” “I may have lost forever my umbrella,” “Maybe the Sky is Really Green, and We’re Just Colourblind,” “On Radical Ecology and Tender Gardening,” “…because Superglue is forever!!!,” and “Shadow World,” based on Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. As an assistant editor D’hanens recently collaborated with artist and filmmaker Nicole Mackinlay Hahn on the short film “Burkina, Princess Yennenga.” In November 2013 D’hanens rebooted the Ghent based production company Cinnamon Entertainment with filmmaker and producer Barend Weyens, focussing on supporting a broad array of edgy and auteur-driven animation, fiction and documentary projects by Belgian and international filmmakers such as “Why” by Luc Degryse, “Fighting Pablo” by Robbe Vervaeke and “Spermaceti” by Jacky De Groen.
Judith Aley is an archival researcher and producer for documentary and feature films. Her documentary credits include research for Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” and “Bad 25,” Shola Lynch’s “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” and “Sicko,” and Amir Bar Lev’s “The Tillman Story.” Feature credits include “Bamboozled,” “The Stepford Wives,” “Everything is Illuminated,” and “Miracle at St. Anna.”
Mridu Chandra is a New York based producer of award-winning documentaries and independent feature films. Her films have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW & Hot Docs Film Festivals, aired on PBS & HBO, screened for members of US Congress & the United Nations, and showcased at museums & film festivals worldwide. Documentary credits include producing “Out In The Night,” “The Canal Street Madam,” and “Let the Church Say Amen,” co-producing “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” “A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY,” and serving as coordinating producer for the 2011 PBS series “Women, War & Peace.” She is an alum of the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy and the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT TEAM
Patricia Finneran, CEO
Patricia founded Story Matters in 2012 as an impact strategy consultancy, working with both media makers and funders to create and implement outreach and engagement campaigns, and contribute to the field. Story Matters clients include BRITDOC, Harmony Institute, Hot Docs, Kering and Sundance. Finneran has led impact strategy for numerous films including “Bully,” by Lee Hirsch “How To Survive a Plague,” directed by David France, and “The Sisterhood of Night,” directed by Caryn Wechter and “The Revolutionary Optimist” directed by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen. Upcoming projects include Deirdre Fishel’s “Care,” the omnibus feature “Words With Gods” created by Guillermo Arriaga and “Shadow World,” directed by Johan Grimonprez. Patricia previously worked with Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program managing foundation and creative partnerships, representing Sundance at forums globally and launching Film Forward. As Festival Director at AFI, she led the growth of SILVERDOCS from 2003-08 to become the largest US documentary festival and created the International Documentary Conference. She was Artistic Director of the IFP Market (now Indie Film Week). Patricia presents and moderates sessions at film and media events around the world, serves on the Good Pitch project team, and is a skilled facilitator. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and was a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
CORRUPTION WATCH UK
Andrew Feinstein is a South African writer and campaigner based in the UK. He was a facilitator in the constitutional negotiations process that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, when he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament. He served as an MP for more than seven years – on Parliament’s Finance committee, serving as Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission and as the ranking ANC member on the key financial oversight body, the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption. Feinstein subsequently worked as a senior manager with the South African investment bank, Investec, in London, while writing his first book “After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC.” The book was a bestseller in South Africa before being published internationally in early 2009. Feinstein left Investec when the book was published in order to carry on writing and campaigning. His critically acclaimed book “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,” was first published by Penguin and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in late 2011. It has already been published in seven different editions around the world, with more forthcoming, including a Chinese translation. A full-length documentary film is currently being made based on the book. Andrew co-authored, along with Paul Holden and Barnaby Pace, the lead article in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) 2011 Yearbook, and he and Paul Holden co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook of Organised Crime” He appears regularly in a range of print and broadcast media. These include, most often, the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Sky, NPR, Democracy Now, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Mail & Guardian and Die Zeit. An Open Society International Fellow while writing “The Shadow World” and developing an arms trade manual, Andrew also chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an HIV and AIDS charity, registered in the UK since 2001.
Paul Holden is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. He has published four books to date on issues related to corruption, governance and democratic practice in South Africa. Two of his books – “The Arms Deal in Your Pocket” (2008) and “Who Rules South Africa” (2012) – were major national best-sellers. His major investigative work to date was the book “The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything” (2011), which collated the result of years of detailed investigation into South Africa’s biggest post-apartheid scandal. “The Devil in the Detail” was published to wide acclaim, with local and international media running lengthy stories based on the new material uncovered. Since 2009, Paul has worked closely with Andrew Feinstein, acting as the lead researcher for Feinstein’s “The Shadow World” and as co-author, along with fellow colleague Barnaby Pace, of the lead article in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) 2011 Yearbook. The article – discussing the nature of corruption in the global armaments trade – is the first time that SIPRI has dedicated a lead article to this pressing topic. Paul and Andrew Feinstein have also recently authored an explanatory article on the nature of arms trafficking for the Oxford Handbook for Organised Crime, due to be published soon. Paul has appeared regularly on South African and international news platforms discussing issues related to corruption and its impact on development and democratisation in developing countries.