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Sunny Bergman

Award winning filmmaker Bergman will interactively talk about subjective filmmaking and how a personal, reflective and politically involved way can bring about not only awareness, but also change. How can directors use their own thoughts, interactions and dilemma’s to highlight universal themes and to aid cultural analysis.

Sunny Bergman's film Over the Hill can now be seen before her master class.
V & A Waterfront Nu Metro, Friday 4th July
Cine 2: 12h00, 13h30, 15h00, 16h30
cost: R29.50.

Full biography below

Jhb Sat 28 / 9–11am Goethe Institute*
CT Sat 5 / 9–11am V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

Stanley Nelson

Emmy award winner Nelson, who is best known for his groundbreaking historical documentaries, will share his experience and expertise on documenting overlooked history, what makes a ‘good’ story, and on how to tell a story where there is scant visual historical material. How can the chronicles of the past be (re-)discovered and what techniques can be helpful in, contribute to, finding and interviewing the witnesses of forgotten stories.

Full biography below

Jhb Sat 28 / 12–3pm Goethe Institute*
CT Sat 5 / 12–3pm V&A Waterfront Nu Metro
* Goethe Institute,119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Jhb

Masterclasses need to be booked through Lisa Mini – lisa@encounters.co.za.
Tel 021 465 4686


Sunny Bergman

Sunny Bergman is known in Holland for her personal style of making documentaries. Her films have been shown internationally on numerous festivals. She often uses her own life as inspiration, putting the old feminist credo “the personal is political “ into practice. She operates the camera herself and has a very direct and honest way of approaching her subjects.

After studying Philosophy and Politics at York University, Bergman worked on the award winning Veldpost, a series researching poverty in Holland. When she was 27 she realized that the once ‘later’ had become the ‘now’, and she made Yesterdays Future, a film exploring lost dreams and current expectations of former fellow university students stuck in their quarter life crisis. She also worked extensively on the experimental program Waskracht! a series which was without format and looking for new ways to tell stories.

Fairy Trade was a film in which she tried to solve hunger by trading West Kenian corn for East Kenian cows, to highlight complex matters such as the African food price levels. The European food lobby and trade borders in a new activist and still filmic way. She also made Keeping it Real, a philosophical film. She found that authenticity within the experience economy becomes a cliché and ultimately supersedes reality. After this she worked on a program whereby reality and fiction intermingle, painting stories that could be in the future.

As a mother, Bergman used her experiences by making a film about segregated schools (‘black’ and ‘white’ schools, as they are called in Holland). The film and the debates organized around this film resulted in a lobby group that has forced the local councils to change their policy in order to increase an integrated schooling system. Besides her work as a filmmaker, Bergman participates in think tanks, writing and organizing cultural and political events.

2007 Over the Hill 60min. Documentary with a look at the forces of the marketplace which worm their way into our minds and bodies making 35-year old women over the hill. VPRO & Viewpoint Productions.

Awards:

Winner honorary prize of the Dutch Nipkow jury (newspaper critics award) Nominee for the Best Investigative Journalism Award.
2006 VPRO’s theme Programmeme about how to raise children.
2005 Do you know poverty? 30min. Documentary, VPRO. About a daily free food service.
Which school is Idris going to? 34min. Documentary VPRO. A personal investigation into the rising questions about segregation in education.
Pieter, 15min.youth documentary, IKON. About a boy in a home, missing his mother.
2004 Keeping it real 50min. Documentary, IKON & Viewpoint Productions. A philosophical examination of a modern mans’ desire to get authenticity back into his life. Selected at Encounters Film Festival, South Africa. Selected at Dokument Art Festival, Neubrandenburg, Germany. Selected at Women’s Film Festival in Assen, the Netherlands.
2003 Stem cells 40min. Documentary, VPRO. Partly fictionalized documentary about what to do with stem cells after giving birth.
2003 Pekar 15min. Youth documentary, IKON. About the extraordinary movements of a young refugee from Iraq. Selected at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Selected at Amnesty International Film Festival Amsterdam.
2002 De Ligplaats 25min. Documentary, NPS. About the anarchistic harbour where Sunny grew up, and the tensions that arise when the moorings are being legalized.
2001 Fairy Trade 25min. Documentary, VPRO. Report of the experimental way Sunny wants to solve the hunger problem in Kenya.
2000 Disconnected 20min. Documentary, VPRO. About the divorce of Sunny’s parents.
1999 Yesterdays Future 60 min. VPRO. A film about five English friends from the University of York and what happened to their life’s expectations 5 years after graduation.
1994 - 2002 Host, director and camera for different Dutch Public broadcasters Programmes

 

Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson, a 2002 MacArthur "genius" Fellow, is Executive Producer of Firelight Media, a not-for-profit documentary production company dedicated to giving voice to people and issues that are marginalized in popular culture. In their announcement, the MacArthur Foundation described Nelson as "a documentary filmmaker with a signature style and a distinctive cinematic voice,” and noted that "his films on a wide variety of subjects convey powerful stories with evocative technique."
Nelson is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking historical documentaries, films that illuminate critical but overlooked history. His 2003 film, The Murder of Emmett Till, was broadcast nationally on PBS's American Experience to rave reviews, and Nelson went on to win the Primetime Emmy for Best Directing, non-fiction; the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; a coveted award from the International Documentary Association; and the highest honor in broadcast journalism, the George Foster Peabody award, among many others. But Nelson's oeuvre spans the range of documentary forms. His 2004 A Place of Our Own, semi autobiographical look at the African American middle class, moved audiences to tears at the Sundance Film Festival documentary competition and in national broadcast on PBS's acclaimed series Independent Lens. His 2001 film, Running: the Campaign for City Council, highlighted the impact of campaign finance reform on local elections in New York City and was honoured with the Henry Hampton award from the Council on Foundations and a CINE Golden Eagle.
With four films in competition at Sundance in six years and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today. In 2004, he received the CINE Leadership Award for his body of work, and his films have individually won nearly every award in film and broadcasting. His 2002 Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind was named best production of the year by the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame and the Black International Cinema Festival in Berlin; his 1999 film, The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords won a DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton and the Sundance Film Festival's Freedom of Expression award, was named Best Documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival, and won an Emmy nomination. Two Dollars and a Dream: The Story of Madame C. J. Walker and A'lelia Walker was named Best Film of the Decade by the Black Filmmaker Foundation.
Nelson's work has also received broad recognition outside the film and television community. In 2004, he received the Educational Video Center's Excellence in Community Service award and was honoured by New York Lawyers in the Public Interest. Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise has served as a centrepiece for reflection on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education by such organizations as the NAACP, the National Baptist Convention, and the Children's Defence Fund since airing nationally on PBS in May 2004.

But Nelson cites as his greatest achievement the impact of his film The Murder of Emmett Till in the recent reopening of the investigation of the 1955 murder of a 14 year-old black boy for whistling at a white woman. In its announcement of this historic move, the U.S. Justice Department cited the presence of witnesses unearthed in the film as the major factor in their decision. The massive card and letter-writing campaign engineered by Nelson's production company doubtless made a difference as well.

Nelson holds a B.F.A. in film from the City College of New York. He was a fellow at the American Film Institute and a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, served on the Fulbright media fellowship committee, and was a Regent's Lecturer at the University of California. He has taught film at Howard University and trained broadcast journalists in Rwanda. Nelson is a frequent speaker on new media and the "digital future" for minority filmmakers. He is a regular lecturer at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's National Producers Academy.

Nelson served as a juror for the documentary competitions of the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, the 2002 Independent Feature Project, and the National Endowment for the Humanities media panel.

AWARDS
2007 Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple The American Experience (1988)
Emmy Nomination Exceptional Merit in Non-fiction Filmmaking
2004 CINE Leadership Award
2003 The Murder Of Emmett Till The American Experience (1988)
Emmy Award Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming
International Documentary Association Award Continuing Series (Strand)
New Orleans Film Festival Documentary Award and Grand Jury Award
Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Documentary
1999 The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
Jury Award Hollywood Black Film Festival Best Documentary Film
San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Spire for Film & Video - History
Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award

FILMOGRAPHY
As Producer and / or Executive Producer:
Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)
"The American Experience" (3 episodes, 2001-2007)
- Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple (2007)
- The Murder of Emmett Till (2003)
- Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001)
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (2006)
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005)
“CNN Presents" High Stakes: The Battle to Save Our Schools (2005)
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (2004)
A Place of Our Own (2004
Faces of Change (2002)
Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2000)
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)
Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty (1997)

As Director:
"The American Experience" (3 episodes, 2001-2007)
- Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple (2007)
- The Murder of Emmett Till (2003)
- Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001)
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005)
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (2004)
A Place of Our Own (2004)
Faces of Change (2002)
Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2000)
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)

As Writer:
A Place of Our Own (2004)
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)

 

    2008 Festival Dates




Johannesburg
NU METRO HYDE PARK
19–29 June 2008

Cape Town
NU METRO V&A
3–13 July 2008
 
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Johannesburg
NU METRO HYDE PARK
19–29 June 2008

Cape Town
NU METRO V&A
3–13 July 2008
 
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