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Travis Beard originally went to Afghanistan to volunteer as a journalist and to teach photojournalism. He founded the film production company Argus Productions and his camera skills have been featured in films Frame by Frame and Motley’s Law. He has shot for news agencies including – Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, PBS, National Geographic, ABC, Canal Plus and The Economist. He has been filming Rockabul for the past five years.
Jackie van beek
Jackie Van Beek has made seven award-winning short films produced in Australia, New Zealand and the UK that have played at numerous international festivals including Berlin, London, Palm Springs and MIFF. Her first feature film, The Inland Road, premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017. She recently directed on the television spin-off for What We in the Shadows, Wellington Paranormal.
Robert Clem is a native of Alabama who earned an M.F.A. from NYU film school and has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Writer/Director’s Lab. His first feature length film Big Jim Folsom: The Two Faces of Populism won the Int’l Documentary Association ABCNews VideoSource Award. Clem also wrote and directed the award-winning In the Wake of the Assassins,
Madeleine Sami has created, co-written and starred in two seasons of critically acclaimed New Zealand comedy Super City. Super City was piloted by US network ABC, which Madeleine also starred in. Madeleine directed the second season of the hit sketch comedy show Funny Girls (named the top NZ TV show of 2016 by The Spinoff).
Donna lectures at Deakin University and her particular interrogations of ghosts, 19th century gender roles and post-punk rock‘n’roll offer a surprising and powerful potential. Her feature documentary Cobby: The Other Side of Cute premiered in San Francisco and her next project, a ‘ghost western’ about Ned Kelly’s sister, is currently in development along with a Female Horror Anthology with Unicorn Films. Lost Gully Road is her 2nd ghost film.
Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke
„hackedepicciotto“ are Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto. Both are legends of their own making: Danielle de Picciotto, musician, artist, moved from New York to Berlin in 1987, to become co-initiator of the Love Parade, collaborator of the Ocean Club with Gudrun Gut, singer of the Space Cowboys and Alexander’s partner in crime. Alexander Hacke is an original member and the bass player of Einstürzende Neubauten.
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how they mediate our experiences.
They have been awarded the 4thAudemars Piguet Commission for Art Basel 2018. www.semiconductorfilms.com
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective who work at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images: how they circulate, whom they benefit, and how they can be undone. Their sample-based practice takes the form of films, video installations, cut-up texts and lecture performances. Based in New York since 2012, they have exhibited in museums, galleries, cinemas and torrent sites.
Stuart Swezey began his creative career organizing the Desolation Center events in the desert and at sea. He is a founder of Amok Books Book awards. Swezey produced the acclaimed feature documentary Better Living Through Circuitry. Swezey has been a VP, Development for Original Productions, Alternative Programming exec for Syfy Channel, documentary film producer, and cable television producer and show runner.
Veteran film critic Travis Johnson got into writing for the money, the women, and the power, and is still reeling from the disappointment. Outspoken and opinionated to a fault, he currently serves as News Editor for FilmInk (two tours). His work has also appeared in Gizmodo, SBS, The West Australian, and his own site, Celluloid and Whiskey.
DR. GREGORY FERRIS
Artist and filmmaker Gregory Ferris works across a variety of media environments, including interactive media, installation, virtual reality and traditional moving image. He has exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Australian Centre for Photography.
Daniel Stine is an Atlanta-based writer, director and actor. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s film school, Daniel wrote, directed and appeared in 3 award-winning short films (God and Vodka, Grape, The Championship Rounds) prior to releasing his debut feature, Virginia Minnesota.
Nicole Wegner (*1982, Rostock) started early as an autodidactical trailer producer and worked for MTV, VIVA, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in Berlin. Wegner graduated from Academy of Media Arts Cologne with her music documentary “Parallel Planes“.