Director Biography – Danielle Da Silva, Jeffrey Garriock (PWB SERIES: MOUNTAINS UNITED)

Danielle Khan Da Silva is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning photographer//writer/director, as well as a conservationist, scholar and activist with mixed ancestry derived from Central/South Asia, Europe and Micronesia. Danielle is most passionate about using storytelling to connect people to the earth and to each other. Danielle was the first female photographer/director to be an artist-in-residence at the Hermann & Audrey agency in Toronto; here she started her filmmaking career in the music video industry before transitioning to commercial advertising, and finally into short documentaries. Danielle is the creator and director of the Photographers Without Borders Series, a series of stand-alone or stand-together short films that each follow a talented and entertaining photographer working in the field with a grassroots cause somewhere in the world. Several of the films in the series have been screened at film festivals worldwide, and have earned several awards including the Los Angeles International Film Festival award for Best Documentary, and the Peoples’ Choice Documentary Award and the Judges’ Award at the Human Trafficking Awareness Film Festival.

Danielle has worked with hundreds of NGOs in over 80 countries, and learned more than 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili and Indonesian (she can also read and write in Arabic). Most recently she is the recipient of a Canadian Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders Award, and was listed as number 2 in Matador Network’s Top 17 Female Photographers of 2017; she was also in their Top 5 Women Changing Media list; she was also nominated for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. One of her first major lectures was a TEDx talk called “Grassroots Narrative,” and she has since gone on to do a second TEDx talk called “Connection is the Key to Conservation.”

Director Biography – Jamie Maule-ffinch (TITS UP)

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I’m an award winning comedy commercials director from the U.K whose shot for a host of big brands all around the world.

I’ve written spec sitcoms and movies. I’ve directed plays and short films the last of which – Morning After – won best comedy at the 2017 Discover Film festival.

I’m currently working on a number of new projects the most substantial of which is a sitcom co-created with director Dan Zeff and set to star Jason Donovan.

This is my first comedy web series.

Director Biography – CJ L Arellano (THE COAT ROOM)

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C.J. ARELLANO is a Chicago-based award-winning screenwriter and director who specializes in queer-themed, comedic, and sci-fi content. He has directed several web series, including the gay sketch comedy project, John Loos: Too Big for This World, which screened at the New York Television Festival in July 2018. He has directed video for globally renowned brands such as McDonald’s, ConAgra Foods, and The Second City. C.J.’s feature screenplays have won grand prizes at the New York Screenplay Contest and Columbia College Chicago’s Written Image Contest.

Director Statement

It was an instant yes from me when comedy writer-performer Julia DiFerdinando asked me to help her bring “The Coat Room” to life. With biting insight and aching humor, her writing explores how we yearn for connection and discover uncomfortable truths about ourselves. To key the viewer into her character’s ambivalent emotional state, I wanted the coat room setting itself to ooze two things at once: the delicious promise of a fun night ahead, and that creeping FOMO feeling that the fun might be happening in the next room. With this collection of sharp Chicago comedy talent presiding over our heroine’s journey of growth, I hope viewers find that the fun is happening right in front of them. Please enjoy “The Coat Room.”

Director Biography – Davide Carlini (TRATAK 1 – ANTARS)

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Born in the field of colors, paints, graphics and industrial design, passionate about photography (already at 12 years used darkroom for the development of bw photos and graphics for silkscreen printing frames..) and music (studying self-taught piano and keyboards, enthusiast of blues, jazz, electronic and experimental music) and cinema (among most beloved filmmakers; Fernando di Leo, Sergio Leone, Luciano Salce, Gabriele Salvatores, Luigi Comencini, Paolo Sorrentino, Daniele Ciprì, among the Italians, and, Tarkovsky, Brakhage, Coppola, Welles, Ford, Kubrick, Lynch, Scorsese, Carpenter, Tarantino, Landis, Allen, David Fincher, Malick, Nolan, Anderson, Kim Ki-duk, Coline Serreau, among the esters.)
He approaches the world of shooting and directing in 2010, attends video editing courses, advanced photography and post-production, then deepens in 2014/2015 with a Master in Cinematography Photography with the master director and cinematographer Daniele Ciprì with the Short Dorico Festival and participating as a student in the production of the short film “Luce sulla Cecità”.
In 2015 and 2016 he attended a film direction course at the OFFICINE MATTOLI School, participates as a stage photographer and production assistant for the production of the short film “Porrigrad” by the master Daniele Ciprì.
Passionate about technology, art, nature, astronomy, astrology, philosophy and esoteric cultures both Western and Eastern.
Between 2016 and 2018 he wrote and directed the medium-length film TRATAK composed of episodes presented as independent short films.

Director Biography – Kathy Kiany (SECOND HOME)

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Kathy Kiany is an indie animation filmmaker based in Vancouver.

She has worked as a motion designer for over 8 years, specializing in storytelling. After her immigration from Iran to Canada, she decided to take her skills a step further into the craft of filmmaking, pursuing the true passion of hers, animation.

Her resent animation Second Home which has four episodes funded by Telus Storyhive that won the top award BC animation series on April 2018.

As an Iranian-Canadian filmmaker, she’s influenced by both cultures and her stories deal with family, history, memory, and issues of identity.

Director Biography – Danny Berish (RED CHEF REVIVAL)

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In 2014, Daniel co-founded Black Rhino Creative, an award winning film production firm dedicated to sharing authentic, intimate and engaging short form documentaries for brands such as Leica Camera, Lululemon, ESPN, and Liz Arden. Most recently, he directed Red Chef Revival, a food and travel series exploring modern Indigenous cuisine. More than a cooking show, this is a people’s story on a plate. He began his career in 2004 in Montreal working in series children television for CBC. He moved into directing shortly after, creating content for mobile platforms and experimenting with interactive projections for live events working with Moment Factory

Director BIO: Ken Lin (LEGAL FOX Webseries)

Ken Lin is a director, producer, and writer from New York City. He is a founding member of the Asian rap band The Notorious MSG, which has been profiled on MTV, The New York Times, NPR and other international media outlets. In 2018, he wrote and directed his first short film called “California Roll”, which is currently screening at festivals throughout the US.