ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Writer & Director
Leonor worked as a photographer and video artist between Buenos Aires and New York. She won important fellowships and grants, including the Latin American Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts grant and an Eyebeam Art and Technology Center residency. Her experimental videos have been shown internationally in venues such as the Tate Modern, PS1/MOMA, Artists Space, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. ‘Icaros: a vision’ is her first feature film. Her interest in the Amazon started when she was introduced to shamanism and plant medicine as practiced by the Shipibo-Conibo communities in Peru. She traveled to the Amazon and up and down the Ucayali river, experimenting with her life, death and artistic practice. Leonor died on Saturday January 24th, 2015 before completing the film.
Writer & Director
Matteo is a visual artist, from Uruguay and Italy, living in NYC. His explorative artistic practice took him through several extensive journeys along six continents. His art has been supported by important institutions, including Art in General, NY; Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; Artists Space, NY; Spinola-Banna Foundation for the Arts, Italy. As part of the collaborative duo Isola&Norzi he has exhibited internationally at venues such as GAM, Turin; NMNM, Monaco; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Museion, Bozen. ‘Icaros: a vision’ marks his debut as a feature film writer and director. He brings with him years of personal experience and extensive research on Shipibo-Conibo history, culture and knowledge.
Abou is a producer, artist and anthropologist teaching at the New School for Social Research. He has long worked with award-winning director Amir Naderi, with a producer credit on ‘Vegas: Based on a True Story’, an official selection in competition at the Venice and Tribeca Film Festivals; and co-writer on ‘CUT!’, selected for Venice, Tribeca, Toronto and Pusan. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman, Abou has exhibited work internationally, including at the Tate Modern, UK, PS1/MOMA, NY, and the Havana Biennial. Published widely in Canada and the US, his essays have been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Canada and twice awarded the Critics Desk Award by Canada’s national poetry magazine. He is the author of Clerks of the Passage.
Director of Photography
Ghasem has worked with the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning art star Shirin Neshat, creating several video art films including ‘Logic of Birds’, ‘Possessed’, ‘Fervor’, ‘K’, ‘Passage’, ‘Rapture’, ‘Turbulent’. Together with other directors, he directed the photography of features and documentaries as per ‘Greater Things’ and ‘Roads to Mecca’. For the British television he worked in several episodes of ‘The South Bank Show’. In addition, he has directed his own films such as ‘Willie’ and ‘The Suitors’.
Aziz is a filmmaker, publisher and digital media specialist, and the co-founder of ArcadeSunshine Media, reKiosk and GoodFight Media. He has produced and developed documentary series for History, Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic along with several independent and feature projects. He is currently the Executive Producer of Brooklyn Independent Media, a non-profit cable and news channel focusing on stories on and about Brooklyn. His essays have been published in The Huffington Post and Digital Book World, and he has been a featured speaker at NYU, DocSummit, MediaBistro, and DC Week and was a faculty member at CUNY Publishing Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Enid Campos / Josue Mendez / Chullachaki Cine
Production Services, Peru
Enid and Josue founded Chullachaki Cine in 1998 in Lima, Peru. Josué has taken features to the world’s major festivals, has directed films for TV and worked with the likes of Stephen Frears; Enid has been on the production side of the most emblematic films of her generation; their track record together boasts some of Peru’s best films over the past decade. The company has sold its productions worldwide, including competitive markets like Spain, France, and the United States, and has show-cased its films in the most prestigious film festivals, including Venice, Cannes, Toronto and Locarno.
Èlia Gasull Balada
Èlia is an editor working in narrative, documentary and television, based in New York. Èlia edited the documentary ‘Man of the Monkey’ which was part of the 2014 IFP Documentary Labs and was also awarded the Heineken VOCES Grant from Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin American Media Arts Fund. She was also Additional Editor on the feature length documentary ‘Keith Haring and the Moving Mural’ which premiered at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as part of the museum’s Keith Haring exhibit and she has recently edited the documentary ‘Still Dreaming’ that aired on PBS during 2015. Èlia’s television work includes ‘This is Life with Lisa Ling’, a CNN Original Series that was nominated for Best Episodic Series by the International Documentary Association Awards.
Sara was born and raised in the capital area of Iceland, Reykjavik. She has a BFA degree in Fine Arts and received her MFA degree in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts in spring 2012. Her work include the shorts ‘Sugarcube’ and ‘The Pirate of Love’ as well as animation and original artwork for the feature film ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl.’ Sara currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Adella is an independent producer and film industry professional with over 13 years of experience. She is currently working at Film Independent on the inaugural Global Media Makers program and most recently produced Just a Dog (HotDocs 2016), a short documentary by Andrea B. Scott. Previously, Adella supported the development, production, and distribution of dozens of award-winning films as head of the Grants Program at Cinereach, a nonprofit film production company and foundation. She has consulted as a screener and programmer of documentaries at the Tribeca, Rooftop and Los Angeles Film Festivals and has served on the juries of the DocNYC and SilverDocs (now AFI Docs) Film Festivals. Adella has been a reviewer on documentary funding panels including the PBS series P.O.V, ITVS Open Call, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Catapult Film Fund. She began her career working for documentary distributor Icarus Films, before moving on to work as an Associate Producer at Zohe Films for documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox and then as Associate Producer at Gacaca Films for documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion. Adella is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.