Team

THE TEAM

Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Director, Producer, Co-writer, Co-cinematographer

Andrea’s films have been nominated and shortlisted for the Grierson Award, the Aesthetica Art Prize, the Golden Orange and the Jarman Award, among other prizes. Zimmerman received the Artangel Open Award for her collaborative feature drama Cycle (2014) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens). Their work explores the impact of globalisation, power structures, militarism and denied histories, with works such as Estate, a Reverie (2015), tracking the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered; and Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013) on resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and voiced by John Berger. Exhibitions and projects include Civil Rites, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle, UK, (2017/18) Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015).

Zimmerman is co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images, and a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). They co-curated Real Estates at PEER, London (2015) with David Roberts (in association with LUX) as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and social injustice; Andrea’s first UK solo exhibition Common Ground was at Spike Island, Bristol (2017).

 

Ameenah Ayub Allen
Producer

Ameenah is an award-winning British filmmaker currently producing BAFTA winner Sarah Gavron’s latest drama (with Faye Ward) for Fable Pictures (Film4/BFI) and Sundance acclaimed Marc J. Francis’ new feature documentary (with Himesh Kar) for Speakit Films. 2017 saw the World Premiere of Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s ERASE AND FORGET at Berlinale (selected for prestigious Panorama, nom. for Best Documentary) ahead of UK premiere (BFI London Film Festival) and release in 2018 and is Development Producer for Artangel’s new drama CYCLE (writer/director Zimmerman). Nominated for a BIFA; short-listed for an Academy Award® and winner of a National Film Award for her short fiction films, she has produced/executive produced both documentaries and art installations and was long-listed for the Breakthrough Producer BIFA. She works mainly with female directors and is known for her heavy involvement in realizing both THE SELFISH GIANT (Cannes winner – BAFTA nominated Outstanding British Film) and Sarah Gavron’s award-winning BRICK LANE based on the best selling novel. Associate/Line Producer/Post Supervisor credits include: DARK RIVER (BFI/Film4/Wellcome Trust/Screen Yorkshire) starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean; ELECTRICITY (BFI/Wellcome Trust) starring Agyness Deyn; Gillian Wearing’s SELF MADE and Clio Barnard’s acclaimed debut THE ARBOR.

Taina Galis
Editor, Co-writer, Co-cinematographer

Galis is a multi-award winning filmmaker based in London. Most recently, she wrapped as cinematographer on American Curious, a fiction feature set in Mexico City (dir. Gabylu Lara, Traziende Films), set for theatrical release in 2017.

Nominated in 2015 for the first Jules Wright Prize for Best Female Creative Technician, she has worked with artists and directors including Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Fyzal Boulifa, Emily Wardill, Kanchi Wichmann, Claire Oakley, Laure Provost, Pinny Grylls and Pete Sant. She won Best Cinematographer at the Underwire Film Festival 2013 with A Cuillin Rising (dir. Catriona MacInnes) and was mentored by Peter Suschitzky for Guiding Lights (2010-2011). Two of the short films she shot and edited with Fyzal Boulifa: The Curse and Rate Me both won Best Film at Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes (2012 & 2015), along with other major festival recognition. She produced the only British film of 2015 to receive an accolade at Cannes or TIFF. The LSFF recently screened a retrospective of her work with Fyzal Boulifa entitled ‘Whores & Heroines‘.

Gareth Evans
Executive Producer

Gareth Evans is a London-based writer, editor, film and event producer and Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator. He is also co-curator of Porto’s Forum of the Future, Flipside Festival, Swedenborg Film Festival and Whitstable Biennale. He conceived and co-curated the year-long Utopia 2016 at Somerset House and the moving image programme, including the new feature commission by US film-maker Jem Cohen (World Without End) for the inaugural Essex and Kent festival Estuary in 2016. He created and programmed PLACE at Aldeburgh Music, is co-director of production agency Artevents and has curated numerous film and event seasons across the UK including the John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet in 2005 and All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies. He produced the essay film Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee and has recently executive-produced the feature-length works Erase and Forget (Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Berlinale Panorama 2017), Unseen (Dryden Goodwin); By Our Selves (Andrew Kotting); In Time: an Archive Life (Lasse Johansson).