Producer / Director: Andrew Garton

Photo by Niklas ZimmerAndrew Garton is a producer, musician, artist and community media advocate. He co-founded the community  media production house Round House Communications in the late 1980s after which he joined the pioneering Pegasus Networks overseeing the roll-out of computer networks for civil society throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

In the mid-1990s he co-founded the media arts group Toy Satellite producing on and offline installations such as Sensorium Connect with the artist Stelarc, Tat Fat Size Temple, Auslander Micro and live collaborative media arts events such as Undercurrents which opened the Taipie International Arts Festival in 2001 and the video story-telling engine D3 for the opening of ACMI in 2003.

Andrew went on to become Open Channel’s inaugural Program Director in 2005 and EngageMedia’s Operations Manager and Producer in 2009.

He has produced 12 short format (10 – 30mins) documentaries, writing and directing eight of them. This included the Bamiyarra and Sarawak Gone series. He had also executive produced eight short films under Open Channel’s Raw Nerve initiative.

Andrew is an executive board member of the international Association for Progressive Communications and graduated with a Master of Arts in Interactive Media in 2001. He recently completed a two year artists residency at Dunmoochin and now resides in regional Victoria where he co-manages his production and publishing label Secession Records.

Andrew’s website

Director of Photography: Mike Wilkins

Mike WilkinsMike is an independent video producer and director of photography with an extensive post-production background. As a DOP he has shot documentaries, TVCs and numerous video products for organisations ranging from Tourism Australia, global mining companies, universities and Australia’s biggest banks. His work has taken him to locations such as the Atacama Desert in Chile, Burma, Nepal, and The Simpson & Tirari Deserts in outback Australia. In 2004 he filmed a 400km return journey by catamaran riding the flooded Warburton river through the Australian outback to the normally inaccessible Lake Eyre.

Mike’s post-production background includes working on feature films & documentaries and as a post-production supervisor and online editor. This work has also included colour grading and vfx work on TVCs, documentaries and corporate videos.

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Editor: Jary Nemo

Jary Nemo (b/w)Jary Nemo is Co-Director of Wind & Sky Productions, an independent production company specialising in short form documentary. Jary has worked in the entertainment and media industry for more than 30 years.

He has a history in music, theatre, documentary, animation and multimedia delivery. His roles have included Lighting Designer for live theatre, Rostrum Camera Operator for Hanna-Barbera delivering animation domestically and internationally for both broadcast and theatrical release, Director of Animation and Special Effects for a documentary TV series released internationally and Head of development for online media production in a Melbourne based advertising agency.

Since 2008 Jary has headed up production for Wind & Sky, working hands on through every stage of documentary production. Acting as Producer, Director, Cameraman, Sound Engineer and Editor Jary has produced more than 16 short form documentaries over the past five years. Samples of his work may be found on the Wind & Sky Productions web site.

Production Assistant: Laura Emerick

Laura EmerickLaura Emerick has a Masters in Cinema Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a B.A. in Film, Television & Theatre from the University of Notre Dame, USA. She was the former Director of the Panama Film Commission within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Panama where she lobbied on behalf of the country’s film industry professionals for international and local co-production and funding opportunities.

At the Film Commission she also provided support to various audiovisual production companies filming in Panama, providing production support as well as guidance on the various fiscal and labor incentives for filming in Panama. She was on the advisory board of the International Film Festival of Panama and successfully lobbied for its funding of $1.1 million from the Panamanian government.

Laura also worked briefly at the Panamanian Tourism Authority promoting tourism in Panama and developing investment opportunities for the organisation’s audiovisual department. Laura was a founder and President of the Academy Awards´ Best Foreign Language Film Committee of Panama and she is still a member, collaborating toward its recent development as the official organisation that oversees the nomination of Panamanian films for various international film awards.

She has worked at two independent feature film distribution companies (Kino-Lorber Films and Zeitgeist Films in New York City). She has varied experience working at international film festivals and is currently working in Melbourne as a Film Programmer for the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival.

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