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Aaron Keene

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I’m a writer and director who has been a pro snowboarder, a repo-man, a bellman at snooty hotels, and a private investigator.

I have a lot of strange insights and bizarre quirks from my many years of odd jobs that inevitably find their way into my work. I’ve lived a unique life that feeds unique storytelling.

While you’re here, you should probably reach out and say hello.

Aaron Keene

https://aboutaaronkeene.persona.co/

Aaron Leaman

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Artist, filmmaker, photographer, writer.

http://aaronleaman.co.uk/

Drama Del Rosario

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Drama Del Rosario is a documentary filmmaker from Quezon City, Philippines. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor in Arts, Major in Communication, Magna Cum Laude.
In 2014, he was selected by ABS-CBN to undergo television writing mentorship under Mr. Ricky Lee. Among his notable works are the music videos of “Hanggang Kailan” by Angeline Quinto (2014), “Exits” by Bibliotheque (2014), and “Tama Lang” by Jolina Magdangal (2016). His work has also been featured by ABS-CBN, Jesuit Communications Foundation, Kultura Filipino, Discovery Japan, and UnionBank.
His debut directorial work is “Popemania” (2015), a documentary on Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January 2015, told through the lens of commercialism and sensationalism. It has received accolades in countries such as the Philippines, USA, Australia, and India, and was awarded Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Gallup Film Festival. His latest documentary is “The Big Fans” (2016), a documentary that exposes the secrets behind the Filipino reality show Pinoy Big Brother. It was awarded the Best Thesis for 2016 by the Ateneo de Manila University Communication Department.

WEBSITE: http://dramadelrosario.tumblr.com/

Alex Sobolev

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Alex’s main interests are modern film and latest interactive technologies. And his best projects are the ones, where these two interests overlap.
His work was recognized by The Webby Awards in different categories: Best Use of Animation, Best Use of Interactive Video, Best Online Film/Drama, etc. He and his co-director Misha constantly try to extend the frontier of media by combining movie, interactive technologies and traditional advertising in new and original ways. For example their recent work “Partly Tired Slightly Dead” has won several international ad festivals and at the same time was officially selected for US and European film festivals.

Alex started in the industry as a copywriter and a scriptwriter, so the Story was his main focus from the very beginning. No matter the media, genre or length, he still prefers to start every project by giving himself enough time to work with the script. The story development remains his favorite part of any project.

In the course of six years of his directing career he has done projects for brands like Vichy, AXE, Citroen and Rexona. And worked with the biggest international agencies: BBDO Moscow, BBDO New York, Possible, AKQA London, etc.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small start-up or major international brand, Alex always keeps true to the VGNC’s core goal: deliver a strong blend of innovative technology and emotional, visually driven storytelling.

http://vgnc.co/

Weijia Chen

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Weijia Chen,Born in Wuhan, China,1993, graduated from the China Academy of Art—— Media and Animation Academy in 2015 ,Obtain a bachelor’s degree, researching the direction of contemporary painting and experimental animation. Lives and works in Hangzhou,China.

http://cargocollective.com/weijiachen

Abhijit Gajwani

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Abhijit Gajwani is an award winning filmmaker who has worked on numerous television series, music videos, commercials, feature films and short films for major studios, brands and artists.

He works locally in Los Angeles and Mumbai.

As a director, Abhijit is a member of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association.

http://www.abhijitgajwani.com/

 

Abhishek Bendigeri

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Hello there, I am Abhishek and film making has been my hobby and passion. I believe in making content that would bring awareness in the society.and to say something about me I would say – My life would stay incomplete without a mention of my most preferred companion – The Camera! It has taught me a lot. It has taught me the importance of wiping the lens. A blurred lens captures blurred images. It has revealed some lessons about life too. One has to adjust the lens according to the object we wish to capture. We all are given a chance to create happy memories through our actions and make them a part of the images stored in our hearts. The camera demands a smile :-)Know me more on my blog : http://unitedindiafilms.com/blogs/abhishek-bendigeri/

My blog address is : http://unitedindiafilms.com/blogs/abhishek-bendigeri/

Aaron Huggett

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Huggett got his start when he wrote and directed one of the lowest budget feature films to win an award at the ‘New York International Independent Film and Video Festival’ (Flicker, NYIIFVF 2005). Flicker has gone on to screen in countless schools across Canada as part of anti-violence programs. Huggett’s follow up feature film “Prodigal” was Best Picture Runner-Up at BCFF, earned a Young Artist Award (Alix Kermes), and screened at San Diego Chrstian Film Festival and the Capetown Inspirational Film Festival to rave reviews. His 48 Hour Film Project screenplay “Save the Dojo” won Best Screenplay, and received multiple nominations. While his follow-up “Hard Ransom” was nominated for several awards including Best Picture. Huggett’s documentary work has provided opportunities to film in post-911 Manhattan, including Ground Zero and conducting interviews with hundreds of 911 Direct Responders with recording artist Janny Grein. He is co-founder of Stand: a cooperative dedicated to the prevention of bullying, domestic violence, and teen suicide. Huggett has written and directed countless commercial and corporate productions, short-films, and independent feature films, and has been honored with numerous festival nominations and awards. His films have been distributed in over 60 countries. Huggett’s passion is for inspiring positive change through creative storytelling. Huggett’s historical fiction shortfilm “Red Ryan” is in pre-production (2015).

www.facebook.com/aaronjhuggett
www.redryanfilm.com
www.blackdonnellysmovie.com