• "Revelatory and top notch from the bottom up, this is everything a Sundance film should be."
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      Sundance Film Festival
      Warsaw Film Festival 2010
  • FILMMAKERS
    Zeina Durra - Director | Vanessa Hope - Producer | Magela Crosignani - Cinematographer |
    Jade Healy - Production Designer | Michael Taylor - Editor
    ZEINA DURRA - Director
    Zeina Durra is a writer/director. She received her BA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Programme. Her directorial debut, THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!, starring the French actress Elodie Bouchez premiered in US Competition at Sundance 2010. Sundance called THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! " an exceptional work and heralds the arrival of Durra as an exciting new directorial talent" and Movieline labeled her, " Sundance's most fascinating filmaker, ". Warsaw also awarded THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! Best First Feature. Durra is currently working on her second feature and other art projects.

    VANESSA HOPE - Producer top
    Produced the feature documentary WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE which premiered in Sundance 2009, will be released by Arthouse Films and air on POV. She started her film career producing in China on Wang Quanan's film THE STORY OF ERMEI which debuted in Berlin 2004. She collaborated with Original Media when they produced the Oscar-nominated films, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and HALF NELSON. Returning to China in 2006, Vanessa produced a photography series about contemporary artists, FILM STILLS OF THE MIND, and a short film, TOMBEE DE NUIT SUR SHANGHAI by Chantal Akerman. In addition to producing Zeina Durra's feature film directorial debut this year, Vanessa associate produced another quintessentially New York film, TWELVE by Joel Schumacher.

    MAGELA CROSIGNANI - Cinematographer top
    Magela Crosignani was born in Uruguay. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from the prestigious American Film Institute where she earned her degree in cinematography. She has shot several short films and received a Kodak Cinematography award at the 2005 Palm Springs Film Festival and the Maurice Kanbar Achievement in Cinematography Award at the 2004 and 2005 Fusion Film Festivals. Her B camera operator and second unit cinematography work includes, "Everything is Illuminated" and Olivier Dahan's "My Own love song." "The Imperialists are Still Alive" is Magela's first feature film as Cinematographer.

    JADE HEALY - Production Designer top
    Jade Healy, a Native of Montreal Canada began her career in film production, as a production executive for Muse Films. However her desire to have a more creative impact on the films she worked on lead her to leave producing for the art department. Jade started off as a set decorator, decorating five feature films before moving onto production design and she just wrapped principal photography on her seventh feature as production designer. Her work has screened in festival's all over the world, including "Sundance", "Tribeca", "Slam Dance". "South By South West", "London" and " The San Sebastian Film Festival".

    MICHAEL TAYLOR - Editor top
    Michael's narrative feature editing credits include: Peter Callahan's Against the Current, which premiered at Sundance 2009, and won a Special Jury Award at AFI Dallas; George LaVoo's A Dog Year; Julia Loktev's Day Night Day Night, which won Le Prix Regards Jeune at Cannes 2006, and Best Film at the Woodstock and Montreal Film Festivals. Taylor's documentary credits include: Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths, winner of the Truer Than Fiction Award and the Cinematic Vision Award; Brown's Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt; and Mitch McCabe's Youth Knows No Pain, for HBO, premiering next week.

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