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W R I T E R / D I R E C T O R Claire van Beek is an emerging filmmaker from New Zealand who has a strong focus on performance direction and female-centric stories. After graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts, Claire worked on commercials with Jake Scott (Alien, Welcome to the Rileys), and Garth Davis (Lion, Top of the Lake) before going to Los Angeles to do an internship with acclaimed screenwriting/ directing consultant Joan Scheckel (Whale Rider, Little Miss Sunshine).
On her return to New Zealand Claire began writing and directing for theatre, writing 5 one-act plays, one full-length play, and subsequently becoming a "NZ Young Playwright of the Year". Claire then moved into film where she co-directed short films, including Claytal Attraction which won Best Animation NZ at the 48 Hour Film Awards. In 2018 Claire travelled to Oregon to work with Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) on her latest film Leave No Trace.
Since directing her short film Daniel - edited by Oscar winner John Gilbert (Lord of the Rings, Hacksaw Ridge) - Claire is developing her feature films with the support of NZ Film Commission, Script to Screen NZ, DEGNZ and MIFF’s Accelerator Programme.
P R O D U C E R Alix Whittaker is one of New Zealand’s most prolific music video producers, supporting 30 millennial directors over the last decade to develop their visual storytelling skills, and producing close to 100 clips between them. Her favourite -directed by THUNDERLIPS- is ‘Glare’ for Sheep, Dog & Wolf, which earned a Vimeo Staff Pick, Best Music Video 2014 at Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Best Abstract Video 2015 at Vision Feast, and a nomination for Best Alternative Video at the UK Music Video Awards 2015.
Alongside her work in music videos; Alix has produced numerous short films, web series, and more recently two feature films. She worked as an Associate Producer on Dustin Feneley’s debut feature Stray (premiered Moscow International Film Festival 2018), and Co-Producer on Tim van Dammen’s recent feature Mega Time Squad (premiered Fantasia Film Festival 2018). She was also the Producer Intern on Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople (premiered Sundance 2016).
Alix was one of 12 NZ film producers picked by the New Zealand Film Commission for their year-long A-Z Producing Course presented by AFTRS and lead by Sue Maslin in 2017. She was also one of 15 practitioners selected by the NZFC for Louise Gough’s Story Development Workshop 2019.
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Simon Baumfield has been shooting drama and commercial projects for 30 years. Known for a fluid style and a collaborative approach Simon’s previous work has been showcased in Cannes, Berlin and Sundance, and received the highest accolades both within New Zealand and internationally.
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Kate Logan has worked as a Production Designer on numerous web series and short films, and two local features; How to Meet Girls from a Distance, 2012 (Dir. Dean Hewitson) and Reunion, 2019 (Dir. Jake Mahaffy). She has also worked as a Painter and Set Finisher on big international gigs like Hobbit, Ghost in the Shell, Mortal Engines, and Avatar.
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Rosie Remmerswaal has worked on international titles such as A Wrinkle in Time, Mortal Engines, Wanted, and New Zealand features The Changeover, (Dir. Miranda Harcourt & Stuart McKenzie), The Rehearsal (Dir. Alison Mclean) and short form titles The Tide Keeper (dir. Alyx Duncan), the BURBS web series, Dropdown Globe (Dir. Stella Reid) and Dance of Lonely Birds (Dir. Ana Chaya Scotney).
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Oscar winner John Gilbert is one of the international film industry’s most respected editors. He has received numerous awards and nominations, including his recent Oscar and BAFTA working with Mel Gibson on Hacksaw Ridge.
He was previously nominated for the same awards for his work on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the ground-breaking first film in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
John has recently finished Adrift, working with Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur. And he’s currently in London editing 355, a female centric spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain.
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Conan Mornard-Stott is a Wellington based editor who has vast experience in the reality TV world with editing credits for Survivor NZ, The Bachelor and The Block NZ. He credits this experience as being instrumental in honing his ability in seeking out the true drama in emotional character arcs and story telling. Known for his strong audio design approach to story and his friendly, collaborative approach to his work, Conan has particularly enjoyed working with Claire on this movie as her writing and visual style is one that particularly resonates with and compliments his strengths.
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Indira Force (a.k.a Indi) is an emerging composer for screen, performance and sonic arts. I
Indira currently resides in Berlin, where she recently participated in Red Bull Music Academy 2018. Past projects include a collaboration with choreographer Natalie Clark for the performance Transit, by T.H.E. (The Human Expression) contemporary dance company in Singapore, and the internationally exhibited art film Chrysaora Colorata by Denise Batchelor.
Indira is also known for her work in alternative psych band Doprah and her collaboration project New Dawn with cinematic violinist Anita Clark (a.k.a. Motte).
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Alana Cotton is based at one of New Zealand's top Post Houses Images and Sound working on Film, Television and Commercial work. She has over 10 years experience, predominantly as a Baselight colourist, but she has also completed worked on Davinci Resolve, Millenium Telecine and Davinci 2K.
Alana's film work includes cult-horror feature Deathgasm, SXSW short film winner Ellen is Leaving, acclaimed feature documentaries The Ground We Won, Kim Dotcom - Caught In the Web and Gaylene Preston's My Year With Helen. Television work includes primetime drama Dirty Laundry and Series 2 of the hugely successful 7 Network Drama Wanted.