Natalie Zimmerman is a filmmaker, educator and activist. In 2008, she co-founded Social Satisfaction Studio upon release of her first non-fiction feature co-directed and produced with Michael Wilson. Silhouette City was introduced at the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Spotlight-On-Documentary Program in New York City, premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and has since played to audiences throughout the US and abroad including: Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Politica Global Network as well as broadcasts on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), London-based Press TV and Russia Today Television. Her film and media work has been exhibited, screened and broadcast worldwide in diverse contexts including: de Young Museum of Fine Art, Anthology Film Archive, SF Camerawork, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Headlands Center For the Arts Resident Fellow, and former Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. Zimmerman’s work has been generously supported by numerous public and private grant awards including Paul Robeson Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, Center for International Exchange of Scholars/Museumsquartier and the US Department of State South Pacific Embassy. In 2017 Zimmerman co-organized a gathering of indigenous and western women working around issues of climate change – On Fertile Ground: Integrating Perspectives Toward a Collective Future, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a Film Certificate from New York University. Zimmerman is a core faculty member at SF Film School located in downtown, San Francisco
Godfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a film style that creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound that chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment. Reggio, who spent 14 years in silence and prayer while studying to be a monk, has a history of service not only to the environment but to youth street gangs, the poor, and the community as well.
Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Reggio’s debut as a film director and producer, is the first film of the QATSI trilogy. The title is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.” Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds–urban life and technology versus the environment. The musical score was composed by renowned composer Philip Glass. Powaqqatsi (1988), Reggio’s second film, conveys a humanist philosophy about the earth, the encroachment of technology on nature and ancient cultures, and the splendor that disappears as a result. The film focuses on the so-called modern way of life and the concept of the Global Village, entwining the distinctive textures of ancient and so-called Third World cultures. Powaqqatsi was co-written, co-produced and directed by Reggio and had music composed by Philip Glass between 1985 and 1987. In 1991 Reggio directed Anima Mundi (1991), a film commissioned by Bulgari, the Italian jewelry company, for the World Wide Fund for Nature, which used the film for its Biological Diversity Program. Accompanied by the music of Philip Glass, the 28-minute Anima Mundi is a montage of intimate images of over seventy animal species that celebrates the magnificence and variety of the world’s fauna.
Sara Dosa, Producer (US)
Sara Dosa is an award-winning documentary director and producer based in San Francisco, California whose work centers on the human relationship to both economy and ecology. Dosa’s feature directorial debut, THE LAST SEASON made its World Premiere in Competition at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival where it took home a Golden Gate Award, and went on to tour the national and international festival circuit. THE LAST SEASON was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award, was acquired by PBS for national broadcast and by First Run Features for its 2015 theatrical release. Most recently, she produced SURVIVORS, about Ebola in Sieera Leone (POV 2018), co-produced AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO
POWER (Sundance 2017, Paramount Picture 2017) and produced the award-winning AUDRIE & DAISY (Sundance 2016, Netflix Originals 2016) about teenage sexual assault and bullying, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix Originals. Dosa graduated from Wesleyan University holds a joint Masters in Anthropology and International Development Economics from the London School of Economics.
Lyn Collie, Associate Producer (New Zealand)
Lyn Collie is an award-winning filmmaker, digital content producer and writer with more than a decade in independent documentary. Lyn’s producing credits include the multi-award-winning Pacific climate change feature ‘There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho’ (2010), and feature ‘Crossing Rachmaninoff’ (2015). ‘There Once was an Island’ screened in more than 120 festivals world-wide, won 12 awards and has been broadcast in almost every major territory, including on Arte, Al Jazeera and PBS. Lyn has been involved in the production of multiple documentaries by female directors, including Annie Goldson, Briar March and Rebecca Tansley. She taught videography to students at the University of Auckland Business School for seven years, where she was also awarded for innovation in educational video production. She has a BA with Honours in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters with Honours in Documentary Directing. Currently Lyn runs Craft Media Workshop, a content production company based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Charles is a native of Kiribati and has extensive, intimate knowledge of the dynamic atoll landscape and the interrelated ocean tides and currents. In addition to his material practices of fishing and traditional building/carpentry, hIs innate sense of visual composition brings an invaluable and unique cinematic perspective. His voice is an important thread within the narrative of the film—and his visual explorations from above the ground and below the sea—bring important artistic and cultural texture, depth and dimension.
Shahzad Ismaily was born to Pakistani immigrant parents. A largely self-taught composer and musician, he plays the electric and double bass, guitar, banjo, accordion, flute, drums, various percussion instruments and various analog synthesizers and drum machines. Ismaily has recorded or performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Damien Rice, Marc Ribot, Ben Frost, Bonnie Price Billy, Raz Mesinai and Burnt Sugar. He has composed regularly for dance and theater, including fMin Tanaka, the Frankfurt Ballet. His film scores include the critically acclaimed Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and POV’s Television Series produced El General.
Tanua is a poet, songwriter and educator. He brings first-hand knowledge of traditional I-Kiribati cultural values paired with a deep understanding of how these beliefs and practices are situated within a greater contemporary context—both within and beyond the Island Nation of Kiribati. His perspective provides an essential narrative element leading the inquiry within OCEANIA . Currently Tanua serves as General Secretary for the Kiribati Teachers’ Union and is an active board member of Kiribati Associations of Non Governmental Organizations (KANGO).
Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of more than twelve books, she is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change.
Teaiwa is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent. She has a background in anthropology and Pacific Island Studies and led a research project in Ocean Island (Banaba) in Kiribati—where the local population was relocated to Fiji after phosphate mining rendered the landscape uninhabitable. She is author of the book, Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba.