Director Biography – Sofia Streisand (ONE TWICE A DAY)

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Sofia’s career path and her background provide a unique segue into the film business. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and started working in theatre at the age of 14. She has worked virtually every backstage job. Her career developed quickly and by age 25, she had already produced and directed a number of theatrical productions in some of the most prominent Russian theaters. She then accepted a position to head the Production Department at the Mikhailovksy Opera theatre, the second biggest opera house in St. Petersburg. She has worked internationally in some of the most prominent theatrical venues including the Metropolitan Opera (NY), the LA Opera, the Mariinsky theatre (Russia), the Coliseum theatre (UK) etc. and has directed one of the best selling musicals in St. Petersburg (“Master and Margarita”) as well as other successful shows. But when Sofia moved to Los Angeles she discovered a new passion – for filmmaking – and decided to start from scratch. She received 2 diplomas of excellency (Producing and Directing) at UCLA. Her film “The Gift of the Magi” (written, produced and directed by Sofia in 2018) received immediate attention by the creative community and has already won several awards. Sofia is a member of AGMA, Alliance of Women Director and Women In film. In her free time Sofia produces and directs festive and theatrical events of all kinds and scale.

Director Biography – Erin Collins (THUNDERBIRD)

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Born and raised in Fort William FN Ontario, Erin Collins began working with Wapikoni in May 2017, in order to further explore film from an Indigenous perspective. Having recently graduated from the film production program at Confederation College, Erin is passionate about filmmaking and hopes to pursue a career in postproduction.

Director BIO – Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi (LOUD AND PROUD)

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Director Statement

I’m 24, a post-graduate filmmaker, amateur rapper and crisp-crunching enthusiast.
Recently I saw an advert for gendered crisps for women that don’t crunch – because women apparently “don’t like crunching in public”.
I disagree, I love crunching crisps. I wanna be unapologetic about it.
I’m gonna be LOUD AND PROUD. So I decided to make this film!
I’ve experienced a range of work, including music/theatre performance, and working at the IBC for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. I recently made a hip-hop protest film with media co-op, called Tax on Me.
My dream is to live on a boat and establish a production company of my own, making awesome films and travelling round the world.
Check out my work at my website http://www.kkreative.co.uk – coming soon – and my #Spinraza4all campaign!

Director Biography – Matthew D. Gilpin (THE DOCKS)

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Matthew D Gilpin is a Writer, Director, and Actor based in Bristol, UK. After graduating from The University of Westminster’s Film and Television program, specialising in Editing and Sound, he began to direct his own short films.

Director Statement

I like to focus on shorter, more finely crafted pieces, rather than longer ones. I’d rather make a clean, powerful 2 minute film than a messy, unfocused feature.

Director Biography – Riccardo Oggioni (CRUEL WINTER)

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Riccardo Oggioni was born in Monza (Italy) in 1958. He is a doctor and began taking nature photos about forty-five years ago. He is specializes in Macro photography but also some pictures of birds, mammals and landscapes. His photographs are today mainly managed by Alamy agency and his videos by agency Pond5. In 2001 he published his first book “Acque”, in the series Fotografi per Natura by Pubblinova ed. Negri. He mainly uses NIKON equipment for photo shoots and NIKON, CANON, SONY and Adobe for videos equipment.

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Director Biography – Michael Pizzano (SAY NO TO DRIFT WALKING)

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A native New Yorker, Michael has been obsessed with movies since birth. The son of an architect and structural engineer, he threw a major curveball at them when he decided to pursue filmmaking as a career. His work has been screened at various film festivals across the country, most notably Workplace Woes: Scavengers Among Us, a web series pilot that was accepted into seven festivals and won Best Ensemble in a Short at Chain NYC Film Fest.

 

Director Statement

Just say NO to drift walking! Only together can we take a stand.