John L. Simpson

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John L. Simpson is an award winning creative producer with over twenty years experience working in the performing arts arena.
Following The Jammed, John L. produced and co-wrote “men’s group”, which went onto win Inside Film Awards for Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor. In 2008, John L. was awarded the AFI Fellowship, to tour men’s group around Australia. In 2010 Screen Australia announced John L. Simpson and Titan View as the recipient of their Innovative Distribution Funding for 2010–2012.

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I believe people need stories. Stories have the power to change the world, one person at a time.

The projects I’m drawn to often address some level of inequality. They don’t always present solutions, but they usually provoke thought and passionate discussion.

My work in children’s entertainment focuses on fun, friendship, and the peaceful resolution of conflict. There are no evil characters, just misguided ones, who eventually realise the harm they have caused.

As a producer I keep one eye on the story and the other on the team.

I believe in creating an atmosphere which promotes trust and harmony. More than ten years experience as an actor has taught me the value of a positive work environment. It is only when you feel safe that you can truly release your creative spirit. Loyalty, faith and encouragement will inspire each member of the team to do their best work.

People are the greatest resource a project has. With guidance, encouragement and the freedom to contribute, they may have a sense of ownership of the project. When that happens, magic occurs.

– John L. Simpson

 

Links to John:
Website: http://www.titanview.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2035673/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._Simpson

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Fell by Kasimir Burgess

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A stunning debut by Australian director Kasimir Burgess, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama – a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption. While on a camping trip, Thomas’ only daughter, Lara, is killed by a logging truck in a hit-and-run accident for which the driver, Luke, serves a prison sentence. Stricken with grief, Thomas sheds his urban life and his identity, and moves to the remote town where Lara was killed. There he takes on a new name, Chris, and finds work as a logger. When Luke is released from prison and returns to work, Chris connives to work as his partner in dangerously high tree-logging work. Every time Luke climbs, Chris holds his life in his hands.

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Burgess has an expert handle on the proceedings, ratcheting up the tension as the two men, both damaged, grow closer through their affinity for nature. The forest, with its beautiful tall trees, is as important a character, seemingly exerting a strange power over the men. Matthew Nable and Daniel Henshall are superb as the protagonists, delicately conveying a range of emotions and subtly embodying the unsettling atmosphere the film creates. Fell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film scene.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://fellfilm.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3039280/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fellfilm

John Maynard

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John is well known as a producer with an eye for talent, producing the debut feature films from a number of directors – Jane Campion, Vincent Ward, Rowan Woods, Robert Connolly and Richard Roxburgh.
Maynard has produced many films, including Jane Campion’s AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, and THE BOYS, John’s first collaboration with producer Robert Connolly.
He has been an active independent distributor in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years with his company Footprint Films having a reputation for creating innovative and cost effective marketing campaigns.
In 2003 John was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 2005 the Australian Directors Guild awarded their highest honour to John, The Cecil Holmes Memorial Award for his support of directors and the ADG. In 2007, John received the AFI Award for Best Film for ROMULUS, MY FATHER and in 1989 for THE NAVIGATOR.

Links to John:
Website: http://www.footprintfilms.com.au/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0562766/

Skin Deep by Jon Leahy

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Skin Deep is an heart warming urban adventure following Leah, straight-laced and scared after being diagnosed with terminal melanoma, as she becomes lost and befriended by an unpredictable Newtown local, Caitlin. Their unlikely new friendship leads them on a tumultuous journey where both are pushed beyond their comfort zones and finally decide to choose life… while they still can.

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About the Film:

Skin Deep (originally titled New Town), is inspired by Monica’s personal struggle to come to terms with being diagnosed with melanoma; should she risk everything to continue partying on the Newtown scene, or should she face facts and look after her health. With inspired creativity she split this dilemma into the stories of two young women, Caitlin and Leah. Skin Deep follows these two strangers through the streets on Newtown over 18 hours as they find the courage to face whatever may lie ahead.
When Monica told her friend Rosie Lourde, another Newtown locals, about the screen play it was obvious the film needed to be made but they had no idea the community and industry would agree so much. Starting out with no budget and their own cameras they originally planned to shoot on weekends and hoped to eventually submit Skin Deep to minor film festivals. Now, after incredible industry and community support, and a wonderful Pozible campaign, the film has been shot using the latest camera technology, with a full professional crew, is about to start post-production at Sound Firm in Fox Studios, has secured local distribution and has recently been represented at the American Film Market for international sales.
It’s been an introduction to the industry these three first time feature filmmakers could never have imagined!

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Links to the film:

Website: http://skindeepthefilm.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2934218/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

Steve Jaggi

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Originally from Calgary, Canada, Steve Jaggi trained at the Griffith Film School in Brisbane. He has produced a number of feature films including the internationally released Circle of Lies (Matt Cerwen, 2012), which dealt with teen bullying. He recently produced Stephen Sewell’s Embedded.
Other recent producing credits include the theatrically released Aussie teen film Circle of Lies, Skin Deep starring Zara Zoe, Monica Zanetti and Elizabeth Blackmore (The Evil Dead) and Rhiannon Bannenberg’s stunning directorial debut Ambrosia. Both are scheduled for 2014 release.
Legacy titles include the charming London Tango, a dance documentary directed by best-selling novelist Imogen Robertson and the Gorezone magazine award winning Best British Horror Film of 2010 Temptation.

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Links to Steve:
Website: http://www.jaggishute.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1863720/
Wipikedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jaggi

Simon Britton

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Simon Britton is screen industry consultant and publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content ebulletin ScreenPro (www.screenpro.tv). Before launching MediaWave in 2008, he worked for the Australian Film, TV and Radio School’s Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content.

He has consulted to, or written research papers for, the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and The Australian Film TV and Radio School. He’s delivered workshops for SPAA, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA Film School and AFTRS. He is currently running national workshops on new models of finance and online distribution for screen content.

He recently concluded a three-year term on the Board of the Australian Screen Institute (AFI). He is on the Board of Open Channel. Simon consults on film projects and is currently working with a range of content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work.Simon Britton

Links to Simon:

Website: http://www.screenpro.tv/site/networkProfile.cfm?member=BB4F143B3048C9AD3BF64A8A3FA4ACB8

I am a girl by Rebecca Barry

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There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.

As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group in the world. Technology and science offer unimaginable potential but we still struggle to ensure men and women are afforded equal opportunities. Yet in spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere and in our documentary we hear their stories of strength, hope, courage and a refusal to be second best.

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Stylistically the documentary interviews coupled with the poetic and observational, capturing the day-to-day realities of being a girl. The interwoven narratives use the motifs of nature and “coming of age” events, whether that be graduating from school, motherhood or an early marriage.

Our journey takes the audience through a pastiche of diverse cultures and societies around the globe including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia.

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Links to the film:

Website: http://www.iamagirl.com.au/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089442/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamagirldoco
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Girl