Ryley Grunenwald’s directorial and producing debut, The Dawn of a New Day (2011), won Best Director and Best Cinematographer of a Documentary at the 2012 South African Film and Television Awards. She participated in the 2013 IDFA Worldview Summer School, the 2013 Hot Docs Dealmaker, the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus and pitched at the 2012 Hot Docs Forum. She holds an MA in Film and Television, is owner of Marie-Vérité Films and also directs and shoots on a freelance basis.
Odette Geldenhuys of frank films has substantial experience both as a human rights lawyer and as a documentary filmmaker. With her years of working with organisations such as the Legal Resources Centre, the Legal Aid Board and the United Nations, Odette has a deep knowledge of the South African Constitution and works within a rights-based approach. As a documentary filmmaker, she has done a number of educational documentaries, television series and one-off award-winning documentaries such as being Pavarotti, Grietjie van Garies and a feature-length documentary film on human rights icon, George Bizos – Here be Dragons.
Kerryn Assaizky is a film and television editor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. With a strong narrative sensibility and concern for social justice her primary focus is in documentary filmmaking – as seen in her work on Rehad Desai’s feature length documentary Miners Shot Down, winner of the Right to Know Award in Prague 2014. Although Kerryn’s first love is documentary, her body of work ranges from short form to feature length productions, across both fiction and factual genres. She also collects antique typewriters because she likes the way they smell.
Justine Puren-Calverley is an award-winning animator whose chosen medium is sand. Her projects have included designing and animating background projections for Winnie – The Opera. Justine graduated from AFDA film school in 2007 with Honours majoring in animation for which she was top of her class. Her student animation The Shadow Boy won best short film at the Apollo Film Festival as well as best student film and best student Director at the South African Film and Television Awards. Justine strives to create personal pieces that have both creative and intellectual integrity.
Basiami Segola studied sound design at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) where she was awarded the Best Sound Design award in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 and began her career as sound mixer and designer on several dramas and miniseries for the SABC. In the last ten years her focus has been on feature documentaries and feature films.
Joel Assaizky has been composing music for television, commercials and film since 2002. In this short space of time he has become well known for his unique approach and innovate sound design.