VERZIÓ IN THE CINEMAS 9-14 November
VERZIÓ ONLINE 15-21 November
When a City Rises
The directing collective consists of seven filmmakers and journalists (Cathy Chu, Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Huang Yuk-kwok, Evie Cheung, Han Yan Yuen and Jen Lee) who banded together during the movement and worked in pairs to follow each character throughout the year-long protest. It was a guerilla response to the explosion of events that happened that summer of 2019 and quickly formed this leaderless collaborative that continued on to complete the film.
The Story of Looking
Kiss the Ground
Into My Life
Ivana Hucíková is a documentary filmmaker from Bratislava, Slovakia, where she graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in 2015 and shortly after co-founded a collective of young documentary filmmakers, Mirakl, o.z. Her short documentary Mothers and Daughters was distributed by KineDok and screened in more than 60 venues in Europe. In 2017, she was one of the Fellows of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio in New York, participated in the IDFAcademy 2017 in Amsterdam and was selected as one of the Fellows of the MADE in New York 2018 Fellowship.
Sarah Keeling is an artist and filmmaker, creating documentary films and interdisciplinary projects. She was a 2017 fellow in UnionDocs’ Collaborative Studio, where she co-directed two short documentaries and she is the recipient of a 2018 fellowship at IFP’s Made in NY Media Center in support of her upcoming documentary series. Her work has been shown in venues such as David B. Smith Gallery, CO; ISEA2015, Vancouver, BC; Queens Museum, NY; Visual Studies Gallery, University at Buffalo, NY; The Last Billboard, PA; and the West Virginia University Arts Museum, WV. Sarah earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.
Grace Remington is a producer who has worked in documentary film and television in the United States, Mexico, and Peru. She worked as the archival producer for Abstract: The Art of Design, an eight-episode documentary series directed by Morgan Neville, Richard Press, Chai Vasarhelyi, and Brian Oakes that debuted at Sundance prior to streaming on Netflix in 2017. She also worked as the archival producer on Year Million (National Geographic, 2017) and is currently working as a supervising archival producer on an in-production Netflix series and as a story producer for an upcoming Discovery special.
All Light, Everywhere
Theo Anthony is a filmmaker based in Baltimore and Upstate New York. His first feature documentary, Rat Film, premiered internationally at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival and domestically at the 2017 True/ False Film Festival. It was nominated for a 2017 Gotham Award for Best Documentary Feature Film as well as Cinema Eye Honors for Best Debut Feature. Theo is the recipient of the 2018 Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship and the 2019 Sundance and Simons Foundation Science Sandbox Fellowship. Theo’s second feature length film, All Light, Everywhere premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Not Going Quietly
Nicholas Bruckman produced the Sundance Award-winning film Valley Of Saints, which was released on Netflix. He previously directed the feature documentary La Americana, which broadcast on National Geography and PBS. He is the founder of People’s Television, a creative studio that produces independent films and commercial content for global brands.
Dear Future Children
Franz Böhm is from Stuttgart, Germany. At 16, he made his first film as a director, Harmonie der Anderen. Franz' next project found him living with youth experiencing homelessness, the resulting documentary, Christmas Wishes, was selected as the opening film for the German Youth Film Awards. Following his work for the National Film & Television School and the documentary production company, 1185 Films, Franz is currently developing new projects in London. Dear Future Children is his debut feature film.
The Reason I Jump
Jerry Rothwell is a filmmaker whose previous work includes the award-winning feature documentaries: How To Change The World, about the founders of Greenpeace; Sour Grapes (co-directed with Reuben Atlas) a film about a wine counterfeiter; School In The Cloud, about radical educationalist, Sugata Mitra; Town of Runners, about two girls in an Ethiopian village who aspire to be athletes; Donor Unknown, about a sperm donor and his many offspring; Heavy Load, about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band, and Deep Water (co-directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race. His work has won numerous accolades including two Grierson Awards, an Audience Award and Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, an RTS Award, the IDA Pare Lorentz Award and a BAFTA nomination.
How To Kill a Cloud
Tuija Halttunen is a Finnish documentary filmmaker who has worked in the film industry for over 20 years. Her documentary Neighbours was nominated for Prix Europa in 2013 and State of Mind got a state quality award in 2007. Halttunen’s short documentary Heaven and Earth won the main prize in Tampere Film Festival in 1995. From 2010 to 2015, Halttunen worked as a regional artist in the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.