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FILMMAKER BIOS  |  CZ Language

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GARY KEITH GRIFFIN: Director, Director of Photographer

Griffin is an award winning cinematographer whose work includes Educating Peter (Academy Award 1992), Autism is a World (Academy Award nominee 2005), The Education of Shelby Knox (Sundance Cinematographer Award, 2005) and Miss Sharon Jones (Toronto Film Festival 2015). He holds an MFA from FAMU and is an Artist in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C.

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ARNOST LUSTIG: Screenwriter

Lustig is an acclaimed Czech author (A Prayer For Katerina Horowitzowa, Dita Saxova, Night and Hope) and emeritus professor at American University. His writings and the films adapted from them have informed an international audience about the horrors of evil and what people will do to survive. Lustig's awards and honors include a nomination of the National Book Award (1974), the Franz Kafka Prize (2008), and a nomination for the Man Booker prize (2009). He previously worked with Griffin on the film Fighter. (picture: Lustig, right and Griffin, left)

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JOSEF "PEPI" LUSTIG: Producer

Lustig has collaborated on several films with Griffin in the Czech and Slovak Republics including, Come Brother We Go To America, The Death of Ales Martinu, The Poets Stole the Nomad’s Shoes and The Immortal Balladier. Dr. Lustig holds a PhD from FAMU and Masters Degrees from New York University and American University.

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JEFFERY BROWN: Producer

Jeffrey Brown has produced internationally award-winning feature films and documentaries including Durban Poison, The Call of Dudy, Punk In Africa, Shut Up and Shoot Me, Mamas and Papas by Alice Nellis and Kuky se vraci by Jan Sverak. A native of Texas, Brown has lived in the Czech Republic for nearly 20 years and works regularly with UFO Films in Prague.

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MIKULAS NOVOTNY: Production Manager

Mikulas Novotny was born in Prague in 1985. He studied Theory of Interactive Media at Masaryk University in Brno and is currently in his third year at FAMU, studying in the producing department. Mikulas has worked as a line producer on films by art-documentarist Karel Vachek and on fiction-films by director Robert Sedlacek.

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ONDREJ RUDAVSKY: Animation Director

Ondrej Rudavsky is a director/animator whose work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Slamdance, and many others. In 1997 Rudavsky represented the Slovak Republic at the Venice Biennial with the video installation Connections. Rudavsky is currently experimenting with video sculptures, sound art, and 3D projections.

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KAREL KASEL, Jr: Producer

Charlie grew up in Canada and after graduating from the University of Manitoba he worked as a cabinet ministerial assistant consulting on media affairs. In 1990 he moved to Czechoslovakia and established a production company and produced several successful television programs. In 2001 he became the owner and operator of Radio Beat, a Classic Rock radio station in the Czech Republic.

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ONDRA STURMA: Music Superviser

Ondra Sturma works as a journalist and feature writer for Lidove Noviny. After the events of 1989, Sturma embarked on a career as a music producer, managing and promoting Czech bands and musical groups around the world.

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TVRDY/HAVELKA: Composers

Originally from the forests of a mountainous region in East Bohemia, Please the Trees lead singer and songwriter Vaclav Havelk, along with his composing partner, Tvrdy, created the Listopad soundtrack, U Nås v Garåži

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ZUZANA MAZACOVA: Art Director

Mazacova is an art director and costume director working in Czech films and theater.

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PETR CIKHART: Story Consultant

Petr Cikhart covered the war in Chechnya for Czech TV, where he was arrested and held hostage for two days by Russian soldiers. Since then, Cikhart has continued to work as a high-adventure Director of Photography. He has traveled to over 60 countries on all continents for a variety of programs, including CBS's Emmy wining Amazing Race, National Geographic's Be the Creature and Crisis Zone: Doctors Without Borders.