Zachary Kerschberg is a narrative and documentary filmmaker based in Berlin. Born in the United States, he has lived in South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His narrative films have screened at prestigious festivals around the world, including Cannes, SXSW, and Rhode Island, and his documentary films on disability have had special screenings at the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Paralympics. He most recently produced A Ciambra, which won the Sony Discovery prize at the 53rd Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. His last documentary, Seeing the Full Sounding, won Best American Short Documentary 2015 at the American Documentary Film Festival. Black Dog, Red Dog, a ten-director NYU collaboration based on the poetry of Stephen Dobyns, starring James Franco, Chloë Sevigny, and Olivia Wilde, is Zach’s first feature narrative and premiered at the Guanajuato International Film Festival 2015. Beauty Factory, Zach’s first feature-length documentary, has world-wide distribution and is the #1 selling Spanish-language documentary on iTunes. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Board of Review Student Grant, a Janowsky Award, a Wasserman Award, an Agosto Foundation Residency, and a Berlinale Talent Campus alum. Zach holds an Honors B.A. from UC Berkeley in Romance Languages and Literatures and M.F.A.’s in Dramatic Writing and Film Production from New York University.
Shirah Wagner is an American-Israeli-German screenwriter. Born in Connecticut, she spent her childhood in Israel before moving to Berlin in 2000. After a brief spell as a copywriter in the advertising world, working for clients like Schwarzkopf, Hermes, Audi, and Volkswagen, she quit to become a proper writer. She spent two years as a content developer at Summerstorm Entertainment and Filmhouse Germany, before recently becoming self-employed. She is now working on a TV series, a feature film, and producing Crises.
Leonardo D’Antoni is an Argentine-American filmmaker and cinematographer based in Paris. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and Palm Springs, among others. He is the recipient of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2013 Fusion Film Festival and an Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2013 First Run Film Festival. In addition, he has was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2012, the Golden Tadpole Cinematography Award at Plus Camerimage in 2013, and the Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award from Arri in 2013. His directorial debut, Aventurera, was awarded the Director’s Guild Award at the 2015 Mar del Plata Film Festival. He received his MFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and currently works as a director of photography in film and television.
Giuseppe 'Peppino' Tripodi is an Italian sound engineer from Calabria. He has worked throughout Europe doing location sound since 2011, most recently on the film Mediteranea, which premiered at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes in 2015. He received an honors BA in audio production from Middlesex University in England before studying sound engineering at Rouen University in France.