Ian – An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ian McDonald’s work has screened at film festivals, academic conferences, campaign meetings and in cinemas around the world.
Ian’s latest film is Algorithms which follows three young blind chess players from India. The film has been selected by over thirty international film festivals, was released in cinemas in the US, UK and India, and won many awards.
Geetha – A keen interest in women’s issues led her to become one of the founding members of the first autonomous woman’s organizations in Kerala, India. She embarked on her media career as a journalist, later moving in to television as a presenter/producer and writing as a film critic. She received wide critical acclaim for her first television documentary, The (A)Miss World, on the clash of thoughts and controversies surrounding the Miss World competition in India in 1996.
John – John Akomfrah is best known for his work with the London-based media workshop Black Audio Film Collective, which he co-founded in 1982 with the objectives of addressing issues of Black British identity and developing media forms appropriate to this subject matter.
Nick – Nick was originally influenced by the observational style of Fred Wiseman,and Robert Leacock and Pennebaker, before moving on largely by accident to the more idiosyncratic style for which he is better known. While making DRIVING ME CRAZY in 1988, a film hopelessly out of control, Nick decided to place himself and the producer of the film in the story, as a way of making sense of the event.
James – Has a keen interest in placement identity and the role of viewer/ spectator. Currently working with the Gwynedd Council on a World Heritage Project exploring the slate industry of Wales’ Nantlle Valley and documentary exploring Northumberland Climbing.
Trained in traditional analogue photography techniques and a certified Steadicam operator. James has had the fortune to exhibit photographic and video work worldwide.
Matt – Matt is a cinematographer and colour specialist with a deep interest in the relationship between analogue and digital filmmaking. An experienced educator and musician, Matt works both on technical and artistic projects regularly with a wide variety of different film makers and instrumentalists. He is also certified Steadicam operator.