Geoff Arbourne and his collaborators are endlessly committed and dogged in their pursuit to making films that decipher truth from fiction. With a clear focus on political drama, whether in the fictional or nonfictional sense.
GEOFF ARBOURNE was born in 1977, Devon, England. Studied in London and began a PhD at the University of Johannesburg before dropping out to pursue a career in the film industry. He was a 2016 Sundance Institute Fellow recipient, a 2015 Independent Filmmaker Project participant in New York, and producer of the award-winning feature documentary Forever Pure (2016). Hopping between the UK and South Africa, Geoff aims to champion both established and emerging British talent that have an eye on international stories. Among his many projects, he is already in pre-production with director Rob Lemkin (Enemies of the People), writer-director Emily James (Just do it, Age of Stupid), and Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez (La Jaula de Oro, Operation Atlas).
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Maya Zinshtein is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist, who emigrated from Russia during her childhood - now living in Tel Aviv. She holds a BA in Cinema and French studies, and an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. She has produced documentaries, among them: Thieves by Law (by Alexander Gentelev, ARTE/ZDF), the inside story of Russian Mafia, Operation Successor (By Alexander Gentelev, Channel 1, Israel), about the 2008 presidential elections in Russia. For years as an investigative journalist (Haaretz newspaper) she covered many of the ills of Israeli society and directed investigative stories for Israeli channels). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3892658/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
ROB LEMKIN has around 50 broadcast documentaries to his credit including films for major British televisions strands: Cutting Edge, Dispatches, Unreported World, This World, Money Programme. In 2010 he was described by film critic Jason Solomons in The Observer as ‘one of Britain’s leading filmmakers’. http://www.theguardian.com/film/audio/2010/dec/09/film-weekly-david-lynch-music. His film ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE on the Killing Fields of Cambodia was one of the most lauded feature documentaries of recent years, shown at over 100 festivals, theatrically distributed in 10 territories and sold to over 30 TV stations. It won around 40 awards including Sundance Special Jury Prize, Emmy for Best Investigative Documentary (nominated Best Doc), BIFA Best Documentary, Grand Jury Full Frame, nominated WGA Best Screenplay, shortlisted Academy Award 2011. Previously he ran Channel Four’s independent news investigations unit (winning BAFTA and 5 Royal Television Society awards for investigations) and before that made films on jazz and soul music for Channel Four including films with Nina Simone, Chet Baker, Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2215000/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Justine Wright first cut commercials, music videos, and short films before branching out into editing documentary features and then narrative features. She has worked with director Kevin Macdonald on a number of features, including Academy Award-winning documentary feature One Day in September, BAFTA winning Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, The Eagle and Black Sea. Other features cut by Justine include Locke directed by Steven Knight and starring Tom Hardy for which she won European Film Awards Best Editor 2014; Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep; The Game of Their Lives, which was named Best Sports Documentary at the British Television Awards; The Final Curtain, starring Peter O’Toole; and Late Night Shopping, which won a BAFTA (Scotland) Best Feature Film award. Justine also consults on documentary features and has cut numerous short films including films directed by Chris Shepherd, Jeremy Brock and Idris Elba. She has most recently worked on Denial staring Rachel Weiss. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942549/
John Battsek runs Passion Pictures and is one of the most successful and prolific independent documentary producers in the international marketplace. In 1999, Battsek conceived and produced Academy Award-winning One Day In September in 1999, and has since been involved with over forty feature documentaries. These include: Academy Award nominated Restrepo; Academy shortlisted The Tillman Story (Winner: Best Historical Doc Emmy 2012); Prime Time Emmy winning Manhunt; BAFTA Outstanding Debut Winner The Imposter, and Academy Award and BAFTA winning Searching For Sugar Man. Most recently John produced Listen to Me Marlon (Shortlisted: Academy Award 2016, Winner: IDA Creative Recognition for Best Writing 2015, Winner: 2016 Peabody Award and BAFTA Nominated 2016) and executive produced the 2016 Academy Award Nominated Winter On Fire. Battsek has been nominated three times for a PGA Award and was the recipient of 2013 prestigious Grierson Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to Documentary. PASSION PICTURES http://www.passion-pictures.com/films/about/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0061557/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Nicole is Head of Development for Passion Pictures where she creatively drives the film division with John Battsek. She also variously produces, co-produces and executive produces specific titles including BAFTA nominated LISTEN TO ME MARLON and Academy Award winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. With over nineteen years’ experience in the film industry, having had a key creative role on over thirty produced films from concept to completion, Nicole currently sits as a mentor for Creative England’s short film scheme iShorts, which supports emerging filmmakers. PASSION PICTURES http://www.passion-pictures.com/films/about/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1153837/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Lyda Fernanda Forero is an economist who carries out analysis and campaigning on trade and investment policies, the architecture of impunity created for transnational corporations, and new trends in financialisation and commodification of nature and life. Lyda is Colombian, she has a BA degree in Economics and has master studies in History at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where she was teacher and researcher.