Andrea Luka Zimmerman - Conception, Direction, Cinematography
Artangel Open Winner, and the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, artist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman grew up on a large council estate in Munich and left school at 16. After moving to London in 1991, she studied at Central St. Martins for her PhD.
She won the Artangel Open Award for her collaborative feature drama Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).
Her feature documentary Estate, a Reverie (2015), tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Filmed over seven years, Estate reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are overlooked by media representations and wider social responses, asking how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability, disability or even geography. Estate was nominated for the Grierson Award for Best Newcomer, and Zimmerman for Film London's Jarman Award, amongst other prizes. Her feature length artists’ film Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013) is about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and voiced by John Berger. Taskafa was nominated for best Documentary at Golden Orange Film festival. Zimmerman has made several commissioned short films, including More Utopias Now for Channel 4’s Random Acts (2016).
A co-founder of the artists' collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain), Zimmerman is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature doc The Look of Silence). She has worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power, and denied histories. It was from this period and research that In the Valley of the Shadow (2017, 96min) was born.
Olivia Chaney - Composer
Olivia is a classically-trained singer/songwriter who will compose and perform original songs, drawn from history, archive and resident's stories narrating the life of the estate. Olivia was classically trained as a pianist, singer, cellist, composer. After graduating, she taught herself guitar, bought a portable harmonium and began re-interpreting folk songs, baroque songs, new songs and writing her own. She performs this material mostly solo, occasionally accompanied by a small ensemble. She also collaborates extensively on projects and events with artists, musicians, performers and thinkers. She has been described as ‘…multi-talented... completely dizzying, a sound that didn't seem to be of this earth.’ - LA Weekly. For this project she has been awarded a PRS Foundation for New Music Award. Visit Olivia's website.
Lasse Johansson - Cinematography
Lasse works with photography and film in public space to explore issues around the everyday and the formation of place. Andrea and Lasse are founding members of Fugitive Images, an artist-led organisation that re-instates artistic practice into everyday experience, with an emphasis on how real community experience contrasts with mainstream media representation.
Taina Gallis - Cinematography
Taina is a cinematographer working in fiction and documentary. She was main cinematographer on Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s PRISONER OF WAR. She shot Fyzal Boulifa’s BURN MY BODY (London Film Festival 2010) and WHORE. (Grand Jury Prize, Angers Premiers Plans 2010); filmed the sex scene in BREAK MY FALL (dir. Kanchi Wichmann, Peccadillo Pictures 2011); and has just shot a comedy feature by Trevor Garlick. Her film MINERVA won second prize at the London International Creative Competition (LICC), and her sculpture has been exhibited at the National Gallery. Taina is mentored by Peter Suschitzky through Guiding Lights. Visit Taina's website
Gareth Evans - Co-Producer, Creative Consultant
He is Adjunct Film Curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence and Curator of the annual winter festival Place at Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk. In 2008, he was awarded one of five major Breakthrough Grants by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for curation and production of a new three year project The Re-Enchantment, developing artists’ responses to place and its meanings across the UK through five original commissions, presented from July 2010-June 2011. One of these, Patience (After Sebald), the new feature documentary by Grant Gee, was released by Soda Pictures in the UK in January 2012, and by Cinema Guild in the USA in April 2012. He has curated many international film seasons and festivals, including the major season John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet (2005) and All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies; 2008). From 2002 – 2009, he edited the international moving image journal Vertigo and now co-edits the cross arts magazine Artesian.
David Roberts - Writer, Researcher
David is a PhD student of Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, a course tutor in MSc Urban Studies, UCL, part of the collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and part of the architecture collective Involve. David uses poetry and photography to explore the relation between place and language. He has exhibited, lectured and published work related to architecture and housing, collaboration, critical methodologies and site-specific practice. Slab, a collection of concrete poems about life and loss in language and stone, will be published later this year. Visit David's website.
Adam Rosenthal - Writer
Adam is a screenwriter. He has recently written a screenplay, Fidai, for Fulwell 73, and a historical series for the Discovery Channel. His six-episode sit-com Newfangle was broadcast on Radio 4 in summer 2009 to critical acclaim. He is currently working on a musical translation of Agamemnon, to be developed for The Hackney Empire through workshops with young first-time actors and musicians; and on his first novel, a philosophical adventure book for children. He is especially interested in using the subtleties of dialect and idiom to create believable characters.
David Cunningham - Sound Designer
David is a musician and producer whose work has ranged from pop music to gallery installations, including work for television, film, contemporary dance, and a number of collaborations with visual artists.