Creative Team

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Mirra bank - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/DP

Mirra Bank is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, whose groundbreaking films have reached wide audiences.   A selection of her previous films include: “The Only Real Game” - Best Documentary at the NY Indian Film Festival, and American Spirit Award at Sedona Intl. Film Festival, now on Netflix.  “Last Dance” - short-listed for an Academy Award. “Nobody’s Girls” - a non-fiction PBS prime-time special. “Enormous Changes” - premiered at Sundance and Toronto, followed by theatrical release and ABC Video Enterprises distribution and BBC-2. Production awards include: C.P.B, P.B.S, N.E.A., N.E.H., N.Y. State Council on the Arts, N.Y. Foundation for the Arts, American Film Institute, FORK Films. Films have premiered worldwide, including N.Y. Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Chicago, Seattle, SFIFF, A.F.I./Silverdocs, Full Frame, London/BFI, Mumbai, Dance on Camera (East and West), and Palm Springs, among many others. Bank is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures; a  lifetime member of the Actors Studio; a MacDowell Fellow and film panelist; a member of New Day Films; she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures; NY Women in Film and Television: past Board President, current Advisory Board.

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Richard brockman - PRODUCER/ADDITIONAL CAMERA

Richard Brockman: “The Only Real Game” (Netflix) and “Nobody’s Girls” (PBS/CPB). His screenplay, “Good Behavior”, won awards from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Texas Film Institute, The South by Southwest Film Festival, and Cynosure. His plays include "Angels Don't Dance", "The interrogation of a well dressed lady", "The Black Devil", "Unprotected Sex", "5 o'clock", "Informed Consent", “Little Caesar”, “Change of Heart”, “Whatever she loves”, and “Lake Effect”. His play “Air Rites” is currently in development. His plays have been produced off-Broadway in New York, Fringe in London, as well as in regional theaters in the US and abroad. Honors include the New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Screenwriting, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Samuel French Best Play Festivals, the 7 Devils Playwrights Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, New Ink Play Festival, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat among others.

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Maxwell Anderson - EDITOR

Maxwell Anderson is a film editor from New York. He co-edited Mirra Bank’s The Only Real Game starring Melissa Leo. He started out as production assistant on films by Jonathan Demme (The Manchurian Candidate), Gus Van Sant (Last Days), Mike Nichols (Closer), and Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds). He has worked with many accomplished documentarians, including Oscar nominees Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. Maxwell was also an additional editor and the lead assistant editor on Bernadette Wegenstein’s The Good Breast, to be released in 2017. He has worked with, and learned from, many accomplished and experienced editors, including Victor Livingston, Mary Lampson, Jonathan Oppenheim, and Nancy Baker.

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Laura krueger - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

A native Texan, Laura is a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she concentrated in Religion, Literature, and Culture. Much of her research throughout her education focused on investigating how media can be both constructive and destructive, especially centered around human rights issues and religious dialogue. In the future, Laura uses her photographic and documentary experience and academic background to convey people’s stories and inspire social progress.
 


Key Advisors

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Bill Ulfelder - New York Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy

“We’ve spoken many times of what a critical role documentary and narrative film play in raising environmental consciousness. The power of great storytelling about the places where we are active, like Zambia, are one of the important ways we build a global community of advocates.

I couldn’t be more excited to have filmmakers of your caliber focused on the conservation challenges in Zambia where we work closely with community conservancies to lands and water on which wildlife depend. It has been a pleasure to introduce you to our work and partners. And we have been grateful to already utilize excerpts from one of your interviews in our Africa report – a single mother who is working undercover to prevent elephant poaching.”

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Sport Beattie - CEO, Game Rangers International, Zambia

“It was a great privilege to host you and to get to know you Richard and Mirra. I am always a little wary of journalists and film crews…. however, your guys' approach and indeed your presence was very warm and supportive … On behalf of GRI we are all very grateful for what you are trying to achieve for wildlife.”

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Georgina Lamb - Policy Manager, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

“It was an honour to be sat next to you at the dinner and hear about … the filming which you had recently done in Zambia. It was so refreshing and inspiring to hear about the different perspective you are taking when looking at conservation and filming.  It’s so important to address the impact on the social fabric of communities and focus on the individual when talking about these vast issues, it’s the humans in the story who make it real!