Director Biography – Teresa Lavina (BAD FRUIT)

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Teresa Lavina trained as an Stanislavski actor in Bilbao Spain from 1992. She moved to Ireland to continue her acting training in 1997, she trained in the Focus Theatre in Dublin with Deirdre O’Connell and for 3 years full time in Bull Alley. She has trained the Meisner Technique both in London and Dublin with former Meisner student Scott Williams. She is an acting coach of this technique. She has also trained with Terence Stamp, Michael Attenborough, Larry Silverberg and Briget Panet, most recently she became a teacher of “Acting with passion”, coached by Niki Flacks, creator of the technique. For the past 20 years she has worked as an actor, director, producer and writer. She started her career in RTE’s “Don’t feed the Gondolas” with Ferdia Mc Anna, she produced and directed several plays including Stewart Parker Award Winner “Wideboy Gospel”. She wrote the play “Every Woman’s Thoughts” that was performed in the Irish Writers Centre. She worked as a TV producer and co presenter with Liam O’Maonlai in the pilot TV series “Blend”, she created the TV series “Outside Inside”, which RTE broadcasted as MONO. She has worked as an actor both in Spain and Ireland. She has worked with Ken McCue (Dublin Cultural Planner) for the over 20 years producing different projects including the creation of Ethnovision (Ethnic Television) and helping in the early stages of SARI (Sports Against Racism in Ireland) both projects were part of the National Plan Against Racism in Ireland. Teresa studied Level 6 Film and Doc in GCC where she was awarded student of the year, then she progressed to study a level 8 in Film and Documentary at GMIT (Ireland). Currently she is director Nova Productions and its programme European Youth Cultural Project, where she teaches filmmaking to international students. Teresa is the artistic director of Nova Productions Limited, she has recently directed and produced the documentaries “Still” (which was shown as part of Galway’s film Fleadh programme in July 2017) and “Darkest Corners of Ireland”. She has directed and produced over 10 short films and one feature film, “The Audition”. She has written 7 screen plays. She has been recently funded by Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project as co-creator of the newest Irish Film Festival, “Shot by the Sea”. She is director and co-producer of the TV series “One for the road” which is currently in development and the feature documentary “Broken Men”.

Director Statement

This piece it is very close to my heart. I shot this documentary with a very small budget. In the days I spent with the survivors of Tuam’s mother and baby home, they taught me about their suffering, about their hopes and about the pain and hardship of life. I am hoping to do a longer version of this documentary sometime as I really feel, the powerless are often unheard and brushed off….I hope I can really spread the word around the world and their voices are finally heard

Director Biography – Evgeniya Radilova (PATRIK)

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Evgeniya Radilova is a internationally award winning actress and a filmmaker. After making a name for herself back in Bulgaria, she comes to the States to pursue her career as an actress. She appeared Off-Broadway, became a SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, where she performed opposite Ellen Burstyn in The Cherry Orchard, directed by John Gould Rubin.  She has appeared on 5 prime time TV shows, multiple short and feature films. Won the Charles Jehlinger Award for Best Actress at AADA.

Naturally she decided to take a step in her career and started directing. Her first music video, “True Paradise” was accepted in 8 festivals, and won three of them for Best Music Video: “Winter Film Awards”, “LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood” and “Film Miami Festival”. After the success at her debut as a director, she co-founded “iDareProductions”, where she has been producing, writing and directing for the past few years!

She wrote, produced and directed two short films. “Patrik” which won the Gold Award at “Spotlight Film Awards”, and Evgeniya was featured as one of the best filmmakers In “The Spotlight”. Her film also won for Best Narrative Short at “Olympus Film Festival” in LA. “Patrik” also won the Silver Award at “Latitude Film Festival”- in London, and Best Original Story and Best Actor at “GSF Awards” in Cannes, France. Patrik also won for Best Indie Filmmaker, Honorable Mention at the “Top Shorts”, and lastly won for Best First Time Director (Female) the Bronze Award at the Independent Shorts Awards, in LA.

She also, wrote, produced and directed her second film “El Cavil”, as well as a new music video called “Nothing Changed for Me” by Rada Angelova. Evgeniya also is co-producing and co-directing a film called “Then and Now”, and directed a short called The Burden, all coming out in 2019.

She is in preproduction of the first feature film she is co-directing and co-producing with Michael Tosner called “Bacon”, this coming fall.

A film she directed called “My Relationship With The Moon” won the “Special Recognition Award” at the “Cayanne Film Festival”.

She also became a proud lifetime member of the Playwrights Directors Unit at The Actors Studio.

For two consecutive years, she has been invited to teach and direct Film and Theatre workshops with the students of Chongqing and Kunming in China. She created two films with them: “Fortune Sticks “& “Marga”, and directed a production of W. Shakespeare’s “Midnight Summer’s Dream”, and “Peter and The Starcatcher”. She gave a very successful talk for film industry and film professors in China, Kuming! And is going back regularly to teach.

Evgeniya has a great passion for fire dancing and has opened her own entertainment company, Evgeniya Entertainment, which includes artists from Circus Du Soleil to NYC’s top performers, underground and street performers. She has performed in the most high-end cabarets stages in NYC as well as festivals and directed shows all over the county.

Director Statement

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Albert Einstein

My prototype for “Patrick” is an anonymous elderly man who caught my attention years ago. I was 18, aspiring actress, student at that time at the Film and Theater Academy in Bulgaria and while on a lunch break, I suddenly found myself starring at this man struggling to cross over a busy road. He moved very slowly, with a persistence and patience, but obviously intimidated by the fast world around him, failing in every attempt he does to cross the street. He kept on going back to the starting point, facing the semaphore and waiting for a green light. He would barely make a few steps when the light would turn red again forcing him to go back and start over. Eventually, he gave up and walked down the street.

That story became one of these seemingly unimportant memories, we are not sure why we keep, until it finally made sense, and I felt the urge to share it the moment I met Patrik Baldauff. We both performed in a production of The Cherry Orchard at The Actors Studio, alongside Ellen Burstyn, as lifelong members in the actor’s unit.

I found the perfect actor for my story and “Patrik” was born! His exceptional persona and our work together inspired me to develop a lot more the narrative and established the main topics of the movie.

The beauty and maybe just a bit of sadness aging brings, when striped from expectations and ambitions, we find joy in the little pleasure the morning sunshine brings, a memory hanging on the wall, the calming sound of ticking clock and the freedom of not putting your socks on if you don’t want to. Yet the world is changing and it’s harder and harder to keep up, but maybe the need of slowing down is a call from the universe to take a breath and let the things that matter happen to us. Often something small we would barely notice it’s what we really need at that very moment and gives a new meaning to what is important.

It is when we find a greater sense of acceptance of and tolerance for those normally disregarded in our community that we can begin to work towards change.

“Patrick” is a story about a man of the theater, a giant of the stage and a charmer of the screen. I am honoring the long carrier Patrik Baldauff has had, and we follow the happiest day of his life when he is being honored with a life time achievement award. He needs to make one last effort and proudly walk alone all the way to the theater to receive his award. This is his Golgotha.

But the world out there is too busy and won’t stop for the old man. He misses his ceremony, but unexpectedly, he’s been given a different reward, which turns out to be even more significant – the gift of opening one’s heart. My little hope is that the young man offering a hand on the street, is you and I.

I’ve been compelled to make art that is deeply personal and accessible to a larger audience and my intend is to fill my films with the purest and honest form of storytelling to life.

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Director Biography – Jo Southwell (ENTRANCE NO EXIT)

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Jo is an award winning film director with titles including HOLDING ON, COVER ME, DEIRDRE and THE GUNMAN. In 2017, Jo was selected by Directors UK to be a mentee to Jon East on Killing Eve (BBC USA). She is shortlisted for the BBC Directors Scheme for emerging talent.

In development, DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS Feature with Tara Fitzgerald and Mac and Beth with Jon Finn attached.(producer Billy Elliott.)

Director Statement

Entrance No Exit is a funny and moving look at OCD. As soon as I read the script I knew I had to make this short film. Not only is it written in such a way that I could visualize the whole story – it allows the audience to learn and feel for an OCD sufferer without all those cliched moments so often acted out on screen.

When designing the colour palette and shot list, I looked through comedy film directors I admire and most importantly – make me laugh ! I watched lots of clips of physical comedy and used these as stepping stones to this film.

Using a single location – albeit an aeroplane really helped out ability to capture the story we wanted to tell.

As a crowd funded short there were certain limitations BUT a massive thank you to everyone who helped create this vision. I hope you love it and LAUGH.

Director Biography – Anaiis Cisco (GYRL)

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Anaiis Cisco is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and a recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award (Louis B. Srynik Film Award). She is completing an MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, focusing on the experiences of underrepresented, racial, ethnic, queer, and gendered “minorities” in the United States. Her short film, Breathless (2017), inspired by the murder of Eric Garner, has won numerous awards and screened at various film festivals. Cisco’s most recent short narrative, GYRL (2018), is a portrait of a pre-teen African American girl struggling with an abusive father. Currently, in the early stages of production on her thesis film, Drip Like Coffee, explores Black womanhood, desire, and space, while rendering the Black female body as fluid. Cisco’s work continues to grapple with issues viewed as “unrepresentable” or “unwatchable.”

Director Biography – Eliciana Nascimento (NURSE HELEN FAIRCHILD)

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Eliciana Nascimento is an award-winning filmmaker and assistant professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. Her short film, “The Summer of Gods,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and received several awards from a variety of international film festivals. She directed and edited the short documentary “Nurse Helen Fairchild,” and is currently in the making of two other documentary films.

 

Director Statement

Nascimento’s passion as a filmmaker and film professor is to tell untold stories that spark thinking and inspire under-represented audiences.

Director Biography – Cristina Grosan (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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Cristina is a 30 year old Romanian-Hungarian visual artist splitting her time between writing/directing her own fiction films and passionately designing for different clients around Europe, with a focus on branding.

Cristina has just finished her new fiction short “Work in Progress”, while her previous film “Holiday at the Seaside” which has toured the world in more than 40 festivals, picking up 7 awards and nominations, along with international TV broadcasting, will shortly have its online premiere.

Director Biography – Hayley Thom (TONY MCCLEAN NEPAL TRUST)

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True woman of the world, multi-disciplined director Hayley Thom has seen her fair share of the globe. She’s traversed the humanitarian and corporate sectors, from spanning New Zealand’s length to shooting in Buenos Aires, Shanghai, India, Nepal, South Africa and Bangladesh.
Hayley is passionate about being able to tell stories on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves. She has found herself in a prison yard in South Africa, deep in the slums in Mumbai and sat in woman’s empowerment groups in the Philippines. Hayley has also spent a lot of time on the road filming chefs, for a series of cookbooks throughout NZ and Australia.
Hayley is always up for a challenge and gets excited about new projects that can have a lasting impact.

 

Director Statement

I love meeting new people and to be able to have the chance to tell their stories. It was an honour to be involved in the ‘Tony McClean Nepal Trust’ film, to be part of such an incredible story. I wanted the viewer to feel connected to the story, for them to see that they can also be part of it and be able to make a real difference.