Nora Jaenicke is an award-winning filmmaker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University, while on a full scholarship. She has worked in Cologne, Germany, for a Documentary Film Production Company and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017, and her first feature film is slated for production in May 2019.
She has made several short films that won multiple awards at prestigious festivals all over the world. When she is not busy exploring the world, writing or making films, she runs a screenwriting retreat in the heart of Tuscany and a Film Festival on the Italian island of Elba.
Lisanne Skyler is a screenwriter, director and producer of award-winning feature, short and documentary films that have played at Sundance, New York Film Festival, South x Southwest Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and broadcast on PBS’ POV series, Sundance Channel, on HBO, and around the world. Across different genres and platforms, her films engage audiences with complex social issues through vivid character portrayals and dynamic visual style.
Skyler recently wrote and directed “A Few Things About Robert Irwin for the LACMA Art + Film Gala, and the critically acclaimed, Oscar-shortlisted HBO Documentary Film “Brillo Box (3¢ off)” about the journey of an Andy Warhol Brillo Box that once belonged to her family. “Brillo Box” debuted on all HBO platforms in 2017 and now plays around the world.
As a screenwriter, Skyler has written screenplays or consulted for producers such as Mike Figgis, John Penotti, Nellie Bellflower and Elizabeth Friedman. Skyler has served on juries or programming committees for AFI Film Fest and Sundance and is a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television. She is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of UC Berkeley and the San Francisco State University School of Cinema.
Jakob Creutzburg grew up surrounded by musicians and dancers. During his career as a dancer he had the pleasure of traveling widely since he was a child. Later on he also worked as an actor, in production design and as an assistant director for dance and theater ensembles.
Besides narrative films Jakob still loves to work on dance and theater films as well as creating stage visuals and installations. His credits in these fields include working for the Lincoln Center, New York (2010), and for “La Porta Della Legge” at the Teatro La Fenice, in Venice (2014). He is the co-founder of the camera rental “Hand & Fuss” (Berlin, Germany).
After finishing his studies in cinematography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund he has been working as a director of photography, primarily in Berlin, but also internationally. He has worked on four of Nora’s films: Between Seconds, Whales, Joyce and an earlier version of Whales “When the Whales Cry”.
In collaboration with “Volle Pulle Filmproduktion” he was the Director of Photography on the feature films “2Close2U” (2015, Director: Steffen Baermann), “Therapie” (“Therapy” 2016, Director: Felix Charin) and “Die Farbe des Chamäleons” (“The Color of the Chamaeleon” 2018, Director: Jürgen Klaubetz). Currently in progress are the German/Swedish feature Film “Fünf Finger sind ´ne Faust” (“Five Fingers are a Fist”, Director: Laura Fischer) and Nora Jaenicke’s first feature film “Whales”.He has made films in Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, Greece and Sweden.
Kim Münster is a Creative Producer, Director and CEO of the German film production company Treibsand Film. She specialises in independent documentaries and feature films. It is her main interest to produce films that deal with social and predominantly political themes. In 2016 she received the award of ‘High profile woman‘ from the Center of Competence for Women int the Work space. She studied cinematography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund and is alumna of the Mediengründerzentrum NRW 2015. Her co-produced short film series “Points of view” toured through program cinemas in NRW and won numerous awards. Her short film “Bye, Bye Comrade” from 2018 was awarded by the German Film Rating Comission with “Prädikat Wertvoll = valuable. Her first feature length Documentary “Coming and Going“ was funded by Film and Medienstiftung NRW and the Sundance Film Fellowship. It was nominated for the First Steps Award 2015 and has won 7 awards at international festivals worldwide.
She is member of the association Filmbüros NRW.
“I perceives filmmaking as the process of personal growth through examining people and themes:. I always had this incredible urge to understand people and their actions. The cinematic medium lends itself for creative exchange with perspectives and realms that are unknown to me. This way I learn something about others as well as myself.”
Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker who loves telling New York stories. He works to produce narrative features that reflect the best, most captivating parts of his community – passion, integrity, and honor.
A founding partner and co-President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), the highlights of Ramfis’ career are ever-growing. He had the privilege to work on and produce the Mary Pickford biopic “Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto.” Most recently, Ramfis went to The 2018 Sundance Film Festival with “A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream,” which placed among the top 18 films for the entire festival, and has since been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films and will be showing in theaters this Fall.
“The Broken Ones,” which he produced, sold out the opening night of The SOHO International Film Festival 2017, and is currently set for domestic, as well as South African and Chinese distribution.
His previous film, “Good Business,” featured Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl, winning two Best Comedy awards before being picked up by Shorts International.
Ramfis’ proudest achievements are producing The Zombie’s first-ever music video “Any Other Way,” and premiering “Love and The Small Print,” at Cannes, where Shorts International pick it up for worldwide distribution.
Ramfis’ company, BOTEP, produced “Bridge and Tunnel,” earning 12 awards and 30+ nominations across 40+ festivals, and a limited theatrical run before being picked up by Amazon.
His continued growth and success in the film industry earned him a spot in Stars’ 2018 40 Under 40 list.
Last year, he had the privilege to moderate a panel on breaking into Hollywood for the 10th annual Bushwick Film Festival.
Ramfis also produced the 2013 Hurricane Sandy documentary “Powerless,” as part of a campaign for hurricane relief in Long Beach NY. The city awarded it a special Proclamation.
He is also member of BAFTA NY, The Friars Club, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), Toastmasters International, and the advisory board of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation.
A passionate actor and filmmaker, Sonny Chatrath has appeared in several feature films, television shows, and commercials throughout his career. Sonny made his entry into the industry with a commercial for his own Travel Agency, after which offers kept falling in his lap. Sonny turned Producer with a comedy web series called “Friends Forever” which he was a cast for as well. Sonny also Produced “Proof.” A short film by Nora Jaenicke under the Rhea Films banner, the company that he named after his older daughter Rhea who is also an aspiring actress.
Sonny is currently being considered to be the host for a show on the oldest Asian TV channel in New York called ITV Gold, called “Vision of Asia.” Sonny also covers several film festivals in the New York, and New Jersey area for several channels. He recently covered the South Asian International Film Festival and the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City.
Francesca Di Matteo is an Italian television journalist, anchorwoman and writer. Expert in video journalism, TV production and live news broadcasting, she is specialized in investigative journalism and television reportage.
She started her career in the Justice Press Department of the Italian Parliament and was promoted to the European Parliament in Bruxelles. This led to her being one of the main anchorwomen at Mediaset, an Italian-based mass media company, the largest news broadcaster in Italy, equivalent to CNN in the United States.
A graduate of the University of Rome, receiving her Master degrees in Journalism and Communication and in Literature with honors, Francesca, now living in Manhattan, is a freelance journalist for American and International companies, her focus being investigative journalism.
She is a strong believer in women empowerment and does everything she can to encourage and promote more female role models.