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Enis Riza (Turkey)
Enis Riza (Turkey)
Born 1948, Turkey. He started to be interested in photography, theatre and cinema in high school. At university, he became an actor and director, and staged several theatre plays with an independent theatre company called DOST. His works on photography have been exhibited in France and the USA. In 1969, he started his works on documentary and short films. He was among the founders and active members of Young Cinema movement in Turkey and organized several documentary film screenings and festivals in different regions of Turkey. In seventies, his feature and documentary films Another Sun, Hello, Mountain Flower, Turkey 1971 are recognized and successful abroad. During those years, he was also involved in the foundation of MTV (Milliyet TV), which was a documentary channel. He has also contributed in the creation of the archives of the institution, and realization of many documentary films. In 1987, he established VTR Film Directing Research & Production Company together with the producer Nalân Sakızlı and started producing films independently. In 1996, he was actively involved in founding of The Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey and was the spokesman and the chairman of the board for eight years. He works especially on social issues such as immigration, street children, and social history. His films have been screened in many festivals, organizations, and broadcasted on TV channels in Turkey and abroad. He is also a lecturer on documentary filmmaking at graduate and post-graduate levels. Recently, he gives courses on Cinema and Politics at Political Sciences and International Relations Department, and Documentary Cinema at Fine Arts Institute at Marmara University.
Michael Wiedemann (Germany)
Michael Wiedemann (Germany)
Born in 1949, in Kassel, Germany. In 1968 he graduated from Wilhelm’s College in Kassel. 1968-72: student at Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München. Production manager and executive producer for movies of Wenders, von Trotta, Petersen, Hauff, etc. 1979-83: producer of movies, like Theo gegen den Rest der Welt– Theo Against the Rest of the World(1980), which won Golden Screen (Goldene Leinwand) award and was watched by 3 million people in Germany. 1986-2002: working at Filmbüro NW, Cultural Film Fund of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Managing director for Filmbüro NW since 1994.Head of department Production II of Filmstiftung NRW since 2003.Manager of Kinofest Lünen – the Festival of German Films since 2005.
Alexander Rodnyansky (Russia)
Alexander Rodnyansky (Russia)
Born in Ukraine, in 1961, he is one of the biggest cinema and TV producers in Russia. Graduated from the Kiev Theatre and Art Institute. From 1983 to 1990 worked in the Documentary Studio Kievnauchfilm. 1990-1994 He was the general producer and the director of the Film production Company Innova-Film (Germany). A studied filmmaker, he is now the president of the Moscow media holding CTC and is a formative figure in Russia’s media landscape. His work as a director includes a series of documentaries about contemporary Russia, including 1992’s two-part Farewell USSR, which won numerous awards. Rodnyansky has many other films and series which include A Chef in Love (1996), Two Moons, Three Suns (1998), East-West (1999), Happy Birthday Bourgeois (2000) Poor Nastia (2004), The Cavaliers of Sea Star (2004), A Driver for Vera (2004), Viola Tarakanova (2004), Born not Pretty (2005), Half-Light (2005), Great Evil and Minute Mean Tricks (2005), The Sun (2005), My Personal Enemy (2005), Barbie’sWedding (2005), Soldier’s Decameron(2005), The 9th Company (2005), Piter FM (2006), The Madhouse (2006) Zhara (Heat)(2006), Starley, Victory and Spring (2007), Military School (2006-2007), 18-14 (2007), The Inhabited Island (2008).
Artyom Melkumyan (Armenia)
Artyom Melkumyan (Armenia)
Cameraman, member of Cinematographers Union of Russia, and European Film Academy. Born in 1951 in Hadrut (Nagorno Karabakh). In 1969-70 studied at Kiev Engineering Institute for Civil Aviation. In 1970-72 studied at Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. In 1980 graduated from the Camera Department at Moscow Film Institute (VGIK). His degree work, The Eighth Day of Creation, won the Grand Prix at Trieste IFF (Italy). As a staging cameraman filmed The Thirteenth Apostle (1987), Return to the Promised Land (1991), A Voice in the Wilderness (1991), The Last Sunday (1994), Symphony of Silence (2002), Return of the Poet (2006)and other films at Hayfilm Studio. The films shot at Lenfilm Studio in the 90s include Russian Steam Engine, I saw You First and Calendula in Blossom (won the Grand Prix at Window to Europe IFF). Melkumyan worked also as a director of photography for TV serials (Tourists, Airport-2, Holiday Romance, Adrenalin). He is the co-script-writer of Banishment (2007) with Andrei Zvyagintsev based on the novel, The Laughing Matter by William Saroyan.
Ian Haydn Smith (UK)
Ian Haydn Smith (UK)
Since 2007, Ian Haydn Smith has been the Editor of the International Film Guide. He has written for numerous publications and has frequently appeared on television and radio.Following his departure, after 11 years, from Reuters News Agency in 2006, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor. Publications he has written for include Time Out, Vertigo, Electric Sheep and Sight and Sound. He is also Series Editor of 24 Frames, which focuses on national and regional cinemas from around the world. As Editor, he will publish 24 Frames: The Cinema of China and SE Asia in late 2009. He is Editorial Consultant for Axiom Films and Artefact Films, responsible for the content of their DVD releases. As curator and presenter, he runs The Screen Salon, a monthly film forum at cinemas across London, offering audiences the opportunity to explore film culture. He is also a regular guest on Cinepolitics, a film-based current affairs programme, which screens on Sky News. As an interviewer, he has explored the work of numerous directors, actors and film practitioners, ranging from Patrice Chereau, Michael Nyman and Louis Garrell, to OtarIosseliani, Alan Bennett and Danny Glover.
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