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; her first UK solo exhibition Common Ground was at Spike Island, Bristol (2017).

Ameenah Ayub Allen 

Producer

Ameenah is a British producer developing several features including the contemporary drama Cycle for Artangel (supported by the BFI). She was short-listed for an Academy Award®, nominated for a British Independent Film Award and has won a National Film Award for her short fiction films and has produced/executive produced documentaries and art installation films. She was heavily involved in realizing Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant (Film4/BFI – BAFTA nominated Outstanding British Film, winner Label Europa – Cannes) and Sarah Gavron’s award-winning Brick Lane based on the best selling novel by Monica Ali (Film4/Sony Pictures Classics). Associate producer/production manager credits include: Electricity starring Agyness Deyn (BFI/Wellcome Trust/Soda Pictures); Clio Barnard’s critically acclaimed debut The Arbor (Artangel/More4/UKFC) and Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s Self Made. In 2014 she set up Bright Wire Films with Meg Clark and their diverse slate has received support from Creative Europe, Film London and Screen Australia. Most recently, Ameenah wrapped on the live action short Kotchebi, the first British Korean film, by award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell and supervised additional photography on Clio Barnard’s Dark River (as Line Producer). Ameenah is a full voting member of BAFTA.

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, curator, presenter and producer. He is Whitechapel Gallery’s Film Curator and co-curator of Swedenborg Film Festival, Estuary 2016, Whitstable Biennale and Utopia 2016 at Somerset House. He produced the essay film Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee as part of his nationwide arts project The Re-Enchantment (2008 – 2011) and has recently executive-produced the feature-length works Unseen (Dryden Goodwin for Royal Museums Greenwich); By Our Selves (Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair for Soda Pictures); In Time: an Archive Life (Lasse Johansson) and is in development with Fly Film and the BFI for The Lighthouse (directed by Grant Gee and written with Sasha Hails). He commissioned Things by Ben Rivers, which won the 2015 Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival.

He worked on the film pages of Time Out from 2000-20005, edited the international moving image magazine Vertigo from 2002 – 2009 and now edits Artesian and co-edits for Go Together Press and House Sparrow Press. He has written numerous catalogue essays and articles on artists’ moving image. Recent and forthcoming monograph pieces include Melanie Manchot, Siobhan Davies, Bill Morrison, Joshua Oppenheimer and Mark Boulos.