Kevin MacDonaldhelmed the Academy Award®-winning documentary feature One Day in September (2000). His next feature, Touching the Void, premiered at Telluride 2003 and was released internationally the following year. It won Best British Film at both the BAFTAs and the Evening Standard Awards, and it is the highest-grossing British documentary in U.K. box-office history.
After working as a young film critic in Switzerland, Jacob Berger attends New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Institute of Film and Television, where he graduates in 1985. Writer and actor on Alain Tanner’s LA VALLÉE FANTÔME in 1988, he directs his first feature film, ANGELS, in Barcelona, in 1990.
James Stern has had a varied career. As a documentarian, in addition to directing “American Chaos”, he has directed the Oscar short listed, “Every Little Step” about the creation of “A Chorus Line”, “Michael Jordan to the Max”, “The Year of the Yao”, HBO’s “Sport in America”, and “So Goes the Nation”.
Born to an Australian mother and an Indian father, Jon Kasbe spent most of his childhood traveling extensively. Growing up in this environment instilled in him a deep curiosity and desire to explore the world. He soon found documentary filmmaking to be a way to immerse himself in his travels and share discoveries with others.
Thomas Meyer was born in Zurich in 1974. He was working as a copywriter before he published his first novel »Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse« in 2012. Over 100'000 copies of the book have been sold and it received a nomination for the Swiss Book Award.
Studied German Literature, Film, Television and Theater Studies and History in Frankfurt / Main, Berlin and Paris. Producer for various film production companies, film curator and program consultant for Berlinale Forum and Goethe-Institut, author and moderator. Script consultant and Dramatic Advisor for various production companies and public funding institutions. Mentor for the project development program of German film schools for young female filmmakers "Into the wild". Lives with her family in Berlin.
Christoph Gröner studied in Munich, Venice and Salamanca. Since 2004 he has been a journalist in the field of culture and media (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt, AZ, Film&TV-Kamermann, Cinearte). Until 2011 he was writing the column "First Look" in Blickpunkt:Film and was doing numerous moderations. In 2008 he joined the Filmfest Munich team, as an international programmer and since 2012 he is responsible for the "New German Cinema" section. Gröner won the "Förderpreis Filmjournalismus FFF Bayern" award in 2006.
Monika Schärer is a culture and travel journalist and is working since 1989 in TV and radio. In 2011, she acquired Topicfilm together with her husband, one of the oldest production companies in Switzerland. 2012 Schärer directed her first documentary feature for Swiss television, ROUSSEAUS CHILDREN, about an emigrated family. The film won the "Best Documentary" Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival in the section Snowdance and was shown at the Solothurner Filmtage. Schärer is also a moderator, speaker and panelist for cultural and political topics.
London-based Wendy Mitchell is a contributing editor for Screen International, which she first joined in 2005 and where she later served as editor in chief for two years. She has also been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, indieWIRE and Rolling Stone. She also consults for the Zurich Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, Flanders Image’s Connext and other film industry events. Her website is filmwendy. com.