YONI GOLDSTEIN (Director, Writer) MEREDITH ZIELKE (Co-director) are award-winning international filmmakers, cinematographers, and editors. Goldstein and Zielke work collaboratively on social documentary projects: from examining hybridized healing practices in the Northern Andes (LA CURACIÓN), to children in American prisons (NATURAL LIFE), to critical explorations of history and somatic memory (THE JETTISONED). Their films have been presented internationally across several major festivals, conferences, and fora. Goldstein and Zielke’s work as directors and cinematographers have been selected and awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, South by Southwest, The Whitney Biennial, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Filmstruck (the Criterion online collection), and are collected in the US National Library of Science. In 2018, Goldstein and Zielke were named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces” of independent cinema. Yoni Goldstein is the co-founder of MASS ORNAMENT FILMS, an international collaborative of award-winning filmmakers and visual artists. MASS ORNAMENT FILMS premiered the fiction feature, “THEY”, at Cannes Film Festival 2017, and released its latest short film, “NEEDLE”, on Filmstruck. Their most recent narrative feature, “HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD” was awarded the Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019.
ANDREW BENZ (Director of Photography, Executive Producer) is a cinematographer, producer, RED digital cinema brand ambassador. His award-winning works have featured on The BBC, CNN, ESPN, ABC, Discovery Channel, and The History Channel. Benz specializes in independent film, web, broadcast, and short form, with emphasis on aerial, motion control, and documentary cinema. Recently, Andrew Benz produced the feature-length ZEN DOG by Richard G. Darge, which premiered at Raindance, winning the “Film of the Fest” award in 2018.
SEBASTIAN ALVAREZ (Creative Producer) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher. Working across diverse media, including film, audio, performance, and installation, his artistic practice explores the interrelation and fragmentation of human systems. With a focus on ritualistic performance, Alvarez draws upon notions of intimacy and estrangement, and employs the use of silence and the musicality of “untranslated” language. He received a BFA (2009), and MFA (2011) in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has performed, curated, and presented work internationally at such venues and institutions as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, South Side Community Art Center, Whitney Biennial (NYC), Postgarage (Graz, Austria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), the Festival Internacional de Cine de Barichara (Barichara, Colombia), and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art Bourges (Bourges, France).
BOJANA RADULOVIC (Co-Writer), graduated at the Faculty for Visual Arts, University Mediteran, Audiovisual production in Podgorica, Montenegro, and Mastered cum laude at KASK School of Arts, University of Gent Belgium, with Cinematography thesis. She is an alumnus of Sarajevo and Berlinale Talent Campus, and of IDFA Academy. She is the founder of CODE BLUE PRODUCTION in Podgorica, Montenegro. CODE BLUE PRODUCTION deals with fiction, documentary and experimental projects, and acts as a delegate, executive, and co-producer. CODE BLUE PRODUCTION has put on the international film scene map: Ivan Salatić’s short film “BACKYARDS”, which premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in the “Orrizonti” competition selection; and Dane Komljen’s feature-length “ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH”, which premiered in Locarno film festival in 2016, and screened at New York, Toronto, Sarajevo, Rotterdam film festivals. In 2017, CODE BLUE PRODUCTION was an executive producer in Montenegro of Maša Neskovic’s feature-length “ASIMETRY”, and co-produced in 2018 of Stefan Malesevic’s feature-length “MAMONGA”, premiering in June 2019 in Karlovy Vary.
Bojana’s directing debut film, “Separation, Vivid Dreams”, 19 min., premiered in 2018 within the official Next Masters selection of DOKLeipzig, and in the official Paradocs shorts selection of IDFA 2018. It made its Balkan premiere in the Zagrebdox 2019 Regional competition.
IVA RADIVOJEVIC (Editor) is a Brooklyn based filmmaker, writer/editor (and most recently Arctic explorer) who spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Her films have screened at NYFF, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS, New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the 2017 Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011, 12, 17 Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her debut feature-length documentary EVAPORATING BORDERS screened in over 70 festivals and received numerous awards worldwide. Her film NOTES FROM THE BORDER was commissioned for the launch of Field of Vision, a documentary unit headed by Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook. Her work MA premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Five Star, a film she co-edited won the Best Editing Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN’T OPEN, a film she co-wrote and edited, won the Regard Neuf Award at its premiere at Visions Du Reel and went on to win more prizes worldwide. She’s currently working on her new film ALEPH, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges.