Raised in Hillbrow’s urban melting pot, Ian was a teacher, political organizer, writer and then theatre activist at downtown Joburg’s legendary Dorkay House before he settled on a career in film, opening Wave Two Motion Pictures in Johannesburg, before partnering with producer and wife Cindy Gabriel to form Giant Films.
Inspired by the craft of performance, Ian creates a safe world in front of camera for actors and crew where community is the key driving force. ‘There’s no real disconnect between community work and working in film: Community and collaboration is at the heart of good film making – the more our industry pays homage to that idea the better and more creative we all become.’
Jemima Spring writer / director / producer
Jemima Spring is a director, creative producer, writer and editor with over 20 years’ experience in film and television. It seems like many hats, but essentially she is a story midwife who works with stories in a variety of ways, from finding their first spark to their release into the world.
She is a passionate believer in the transformational potential of stories and storytelling, and in film especially as a powerful tool for positive change. Jemima’s films and TV series have been broadcast and shown at festivals. Recent credits include series directing the documentary series Generation Free for eTV and Disney Cookabout, which was awarded a Safta in 2016 and has recently been nominated for an International Kids Emmy.
Rafeeqah Galant Echo Ledge Media
Originally a finance graduate, now a writer, producer and director, Rafeeqah started Echo Ledge Media with directing partner Matthew Griffiths.
Among her accolades is a pitch at the Durban Film Mart which won “Best South African Film”. Rafeeqah also plays a core role as a member of the SHNIT International Short Film Festival Cape Town team.
Robin Goode FIGMENT
Robin Goode is an award winning commercials director from Cape Town who has shot over 40 commercials worldwide, while his film “Commando” was selected for Rhode Island International Film Festival.
He is currently in development on two features, “The Elephant Whisperer” and “See Through Girl”.
Rae Human bertha movie house intern
Rae Human is an emerging filmmaker with a passion for writing and unearthing stories from communities on the periphery. Interning at the Bertha Movie House in Khayelitsha has afforded her the honour of watching riveting films as well as engaging with audiences who are well aware of conscious entertainment value.
In addition, her work with local art schools like Cedar High in Mitchells Plain has given her a good knowledge of what the youth are experiencing. Personal projects of her own still in development and production include a feature fiction called Apetown, a documentary about the Tuan Guru family reunion and a short film called Suburban Terrestrial. This has all been realised through the start up production company – Being Human – she and her sister have established.
Jenna Cato Bass film maker and writer
Jenna Bass is a filmmaker, writer and former magician. Her work has screened at Sundance, Berlinale and the Toronto International Film Festival, and includes the feature films Love The One You Love (2014) and High Fantasy (2017).
Jenna teaches and mentors film students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University of Cape Town. Through Jungle Jim, the African pulp magazine which she co-founded and edits, Jenna has also conducted workshops in fiction writing, genre and DIY-publishing.