Jonas Mekas was born in 1922, in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. He and his brother Adolfas were taken by the Nazis in 1944 to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the war he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz. At the end of 1949, the UN Refugee Organization brought Jonas and Adolfas to New York City, where they settled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Two months after his arrival in New York, he borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. He soon became deeply involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement. In 1954, together with his brother, he started Film Culture magazine, which soon became the most important film publication in the US. In 1958 he started his legendary “Movie Journal” column for the Village Voice. He founded the Film-Makers' Cooperative in 1962, and two years later, in 1964, the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives—one of the world's largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema. During this time he continued to write poetry and make films. He published more than 20 books of prose and poetry, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. His Lithuanian poetry is now considered classic Lithuanian literature, and his films can be found in leading museums around the world. He is largely credited for developing the diarist form of cinema. Mekas has also been active as an academic, teaching at the New School for Social Research, the International Center for Photography, Cooper Union, New York University and MIT.
Stefano Liberti is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. He is a contributor to many European magazines, such as Internazionale, Le monde diplomatique, El Pais, and Al Jazeera English. As a filmmaker, he has directed many movies, as well as many features for TV and radio.
Enrico Parenti is an Italian-American filmmaker who has lived in the UK, Brazil and the US. He studied filmmaking in Barcelona. Since 2004, he has made documentaries, short films, music videos, and worked regularly with Italian and foreign television broadcasters. His feature-length documentary, Standing Army, was aired by fifteen television broadcasters, including Al Jazeera, Rt-TV, Fox, Zdf and the History Channel. His documentary, Container 158, was funded by the Open Society Foundation and won three awards for best documentary.
Jacek Nagłowski is a film producer, director, and member of the Polish Film Academy. His documentary film, Gugara (2008), was selected by the Cannes Film Festival and was purchased for the Centre Pompidou collection in Paris. In 2012, he co-founded Circus Digitalis, a company focused on VFX, 3D imaging solutions and virtual reality.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Mads Brügger is a Danish journalist, television host, author and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically-acclaimed, late-night television show, The 11th Hour, as well as the daily news program, Deadline.
2012 - The Ambassador
2010 - The Red Chapel
Isa Willinger is a documentary film director. She studied directing at the University of Film and Television in Munich. She also holds Master’s degrees in Slavic Studies, North American Studies and Sociology. Willinger is interested in social change and the history of human ideas. She has contributed to the film magazine, Revolver, and is the author of a book on the films of Kira Muratova.
Minding the Gap
Bing Liu is a Chicago-based director and cinematographer. His 2018 documentary Minding the Gap has earned several award recognitions since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He is a segment director on America To Me, a documentary series examining racial inequities in the US education system. He was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for seven years. Liu holds a BA in Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Daniel Lambo is a filmmaker from Belgium. He started his career as a writer for theater, television and cinema. As a director, Lambo shifted his attention towards social themes. His renewed approach to filmmaking—both intuitive and socially engaged—inspired him to start his own production company, Lambo Films.
2016 - De Figurant
2013 - Los Flamencos
2012 - Dry Branches of Iran
Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World
Hans Pool is a Dutch director and cinematographer who creates films with a journalistic approach. He studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam, and later specialized in Camera and Directing in the Audiovisual Design Department of the Royal Academy, Den Hague. His films often include the topic of journalism and the impact of media, and tackle political questions.
2012 - Putin's Olympic Dream
2009 - Views on Vermeer
2004 - The Right to Win
Nicolaus Geyrhalter is a director, cinematographer, scriptwriter and producer. At the age of 22, he formed his own production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (NGF), which has since produced many award-winning documentaries, fiction features, and series for TV and cinema. Geyrhalter's films have been screened at the New York Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight, and at multiple festivals worldwide.
2018 - The Border Fence
2016 - Homo sapiens
2015 - Over the Years
Crime + Punishment
Stephen Maing is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities, and the evolving considerations of identity, visual language and narrative structure. Stephen has directed films for the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Nation, The Intercept and Field of Vision. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program, and recipient of the International Documentary Association's inaugural Enterprise Investigative Journalism grant. He is an adjunct at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where he teaches summer courses in documentary filmmaking.