FILMMAKER BIOS

Bart LaytonBased in London, Bart Layton (Director) is a British filmmaker known for visual innovation and challenging conventions. He has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries for both British and American broadcasters and has been a finalist on several occasions for Best Documentary for The Royal Television society and a finalist for Best Documentary at the Grierson Awards. He is the Creative Director of the leading British production company, Raw. Bart has created and directed a number of drama documentaries that were the starting point for what have become long running cult series in both the US and UK. In recent years Bart has used his documentary experience to gain difficult access to volatile environments such as maximum-security prisons in Latin America into which he has taken actors, created workshops with the prisoners and made films.

 

Dimitri DoganisDimitri Doganis (Producer) is the founder of Raw, and an award winning producer and executive producer. Having started in news and current affairs as a cameraman and producer, he went on to direct and produce documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 as a freelancer including films in Cambodia, Iraq and the West Bank. In 2001 he set up Raw with a small development grant from Channel 4. Since then Raw has grown into one of the UK’s leading Independent Production Companies, making individual programmes, long-running shows and web-based series for broadcasters in the UK and the US. In addition to producing THE IMPOSTER he is the executive producer on much of Raw’s output, such as “Gold Rush,” Discovery’s top-rated series, “Locked Up Abroad,” National Geographic’s longest-running series, and continues to develop opportunities for television and film that take an innovative approach to storytelling.

 

Simon ChinnSimon Chinn (Executive Producer) is an Oscar®-winning producer whose most recently released film, PROJECT NIM, directed by James Marsh, won the World Cinema Documentary Directing award at Sundance, has been nominated for a Producers’ Guild Award and is on the shortlist for the 2012 Academy Awards. It was acquired in the US by HBO, was theatrically released in the US and has been acquired for theatrical distribution in over 17 other territories worldwide.

Chinn’s previous film, MAN ON WIRE, went on to win over 30 international awards, including the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. MAN ON WIRE was released in 2008/9 in over 25 territories worldwide and became one of the highest grossing documentaries of recent years.

In 2005, Chinn established his production company Red Box Films to produce MAN ON WIRE and it currently has a slate of projects – including feature documentaries, feature films and television dramas – at various stages of production and development. In 2008, Red Box Films formed a producing alliance with Passion Pictures to collaborate on a range of feature documentaries. Red Box and Passion have another feature documentary premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, directed by Malik Bendjelloul.

 

John BattsekJohn Battsek (Executive Producer) runs Passion Pictures’ film department and is one of the most successful and prolific feature documentary producers in the UK. In 1999 Battsek conceived and produced the Academy Award® winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER. He has since been responsible for a variety of high profile feature documentaries many of which have achieved international distribution. These include IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (Audience Award Winner, 2007 Sundance Film Fest World Documentary Competition); MY KID COULD PAINT THAT; LIVE FOREVER; SERGIO (Academy Award® shortlisted, 2010); STONES IN EXILE; Oscar® nominated RESTREPO; FIRE IN BABYLON (Grierson Trust Winner, Best Historical Documentary); THE TILLMAN STORY (Academy Award® Shortlisted 2011); BETTER THIS WORLD (Gotham Awards, winner Best Feature Documentary 2011); KORAN BY HEART; BOB AND THE MONSTER and PROJECT NIM (Academy Award® shortlist 2012).
Battsek also executive produced another film launched this year at Sundance: Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, a film about the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Other current projects include Greg Barker’s MANHUNT for HBO; Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE based on the NY Times Bestselling memoir, THE SON OF HAMAS by Mosab Hassan Yousef, and a feature adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning dystopian novel HOW I LIVE NOW, shooting spring 2012 for Film4 with Kevin MacDonald.

 

Molly ThompsonMolly Thompson launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network’s feature documentary division. A&E IndieFilms’ productions include the Oscar-nominated, Sundance Award-winner “Murderball,” the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp” and the Emmy Award-winners “The Tillman Story” and “Under African Skies.” Thompson executive produces the division’s original productions including: “My Kid Could Paint That,” “American Teen,” “The September Issue,” “The Tillman Story” and “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.” Thompson’s latest films for A&E IndieFilms “The Imposter” and “Under African Skies” both premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. More recently, “Under African Skies” directed by Joe Berlinger, was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and won the award for Best Outstanding Sound Mixing, Nonfiction Programming.

 

Erik Alexander WilsonErik Alexander Wilson’s (Director of Photography) credits include SUBMARINE directed by Richard Ayoade, produced through Ben Stiller’s company Red Hour Films and Warp Films in the UK and released to huge critical acclaim. For Warp he also shot Paddy Considine’s BIFA award winning film TYRANNOSAUR, for which Paddy received the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance 2010.

Erik has recently wrapped on the feature NOW IS GOOD, which stars Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine, directed by Ol Parker through Blueprint Pictures. For TV he has shot ITV’s “Murderland” starring Robbie Coltrane, and the Simon Nye and Richmal Crompton scripted BBC series, “Just William,” directed by Paul Seed, which picked up a Children’s BAFTA for best drama in 2011.

 

Andrew HulmeBritish-born Andrew Hulme (Editor) misspent his youth making experimental films on a fine art course. He is now known as a film editor responsible for Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL & THE AMERICAN, and for GANGSTER NO. 1, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN & RED RIDING 1974. As well as working on features he has edited many documentaries including A HISTORY OF BLUE NOTE, JAZZ SCENE & PLAY YOUR OWN THING.
He is currently writing a screenplay and learning music theory.