Director, Writer, Producer, Co-Editor
Born in Singapore, Sandi published a cult zine called The Exploding Cat at 16 and at 22 became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper. Then she threw all that away to run off to film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played at over 100 film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and at venues like MoMA, as well as broadcast internationally on RAI, SBS and ZDF/arte.
She is also the author of The Black Isle (Hachette USA), an epic novel that re-imagines Singapore’s 20th century as a ghost story. It was a Publishers Weekly “Pick of the Week,” and has been described as an “ambitious” (Los Angeles Times), “cinematic” (Kirkus Reviews) and “gulpable” “psychosexual odyssey” (Vogue) that is “both epic and intimate” (LA Weekly). The novel has been translated into Dutch, Turkish and Polish.
She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. Her film Shirkers made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where she won a Directing award, and the film was acquired by Netflix Originals for an October 26, 2018 global premiere (195 countries, 25 languages). The film has earned enthusiastic reviews including in The New Yorker, Film Comment, The Guardian (5/5 star review), Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Newsweek and The Boston Globe. She was named one of Variety’s “10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch” of 2018 and one of Indiewire’s “20 Rising Female Directors of 2018.”
She lives in Pasadena, California.
Producer Jessica Levin has been producing award-winning, premium episodic series for the last ten years. Projects have included Cary Fukunaga’s MANIAC/Netflix (Emma Stone, Jonah Hill) and his award-winning Season One of TRUE DETECTIVE/HBO, Emmy-nominated limited series GODLESS/Netflix by Scott Frank, HBO pilots by Scorsese (VINYL), Steve McQueen (CODES OF CONDUCT), and David Simon (THE DEUCE) as well as Todd Haynes’ mini-series MILDRED PIERCE/HBO, David Simon’s SHOW ME A HERO/HBO, three seasons of TREME/HBO, and Season One of DIVORCE/HBO with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Levin’s career started as an indie film producer of such festival prize-winning films as DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT (Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Gotham and Independent Spirit Award winner), GRACE IS GONE and SLEEP DEALER (Sundance prize-winners.)
Maya is a writer, producer, and post-production supervisor based in Los Angeles. Maya began her career in Beijing, where she directed the award-winning short films Iceberg and Horoscope, set in the Beijing rock scene. She is the former bilingual head writer and producer of Zhimajie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. As a post-supervisor, she has overseen feature films such as Lucy Malloy's Una Noche, Rain Li's Beijing New York, and Azazel Jacobs' The Lovers. She has produced non-fiction films and series for VICE, The Creator's Project, Netflix, and more. And no, she’s not that Maya Rudolph, but she does love Prince.
Lucas Celler is an editor, director and photographer based in Los Angeles. He broke into the world of documentary editing with “Shirkers” which won the Directing Award at Sundance in 2018. He got his first taste of Sundance glory with Jeff Feuerzeig’s Author: The JT Leroy Story in 2016 as a fledgling associate producer and assistant editor. The film was nominated for "Best Documentary Screenplay” at the WGA Awards in 2017. He also edited Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey—narrated by Peter Coyote.
Along with editing, his music videos have been featured in Spin, The Quietus and Stereogum. His documentary short film “Own The Nite” premiered in 2016 and he is currently in post-production on his first feature-length documentary, Flannery Plays Himself.
Kimberley was born and raised in southern Alabama. She was trained in video art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and was active in NYC's performance art scene, often collaborating with renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. She has cut four feature films in both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has screened at IDFA, DOCNYC and the Berlin International Film Festival. Most recently, Kimberley produced Jason Kohn's Love Means Zero (TIFF 2017, Showtime 2018) and is an Executive Producer on two A24 documentary series for Netflix, The Confession Tapes (2019) and another series still in production. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Director of Photography
Iris is a veteran Canadian cinematographer recognized for her flawless eye, intuition, and ability to vanish, qualities that make her a treasured documentary filmmaker. Her best known work are Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, including its famous faux-‘70s Super8 sequences, Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl for PBS: American Masters (2016), and Netflix’s much binge-watched multiple Emmy-winner Making a Murderer (Seasons 1 & 2). Her most recent work include A Better Man (DOCNYC, 2017) and Michelle Latimer’s short film NUUCA (Sundance, 2018).
Sound Editor & Sound Design
Lawrence is a sound editor and re-recording mixer specializing in innovative nonfiction films. His feature work includes Robert Greene’s BISBEE ‘17 (Sundance 2018), the Ross Bros’ WESTERN (Sundance Award Winner), 45365 (Grand Jury SXSW, Independent Spirit Award) and CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Tribeca Award Winner), Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen’s SPETTACOLO, and many more. Lawrence has mixed documentary TV for Participant Media, Fox Sports, Fusion, and PBS, as well as nonfiction shorts for TIME Inc, Field of Vision, Vanity Fair, ESPN, CNN’s Great Big Stories, andThe New York Times Op-Docs. He has lectured on film sound in storytelling at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri and David Lynch’s MA in Film program, been an advisor for the Saul Zaentz Innovation Labs, and is a staunch proponent of the importance of sound as a storyteller and world-builder in the art of nonfiction film.
Ishai is a self-educated musician, composer and multidisciplinary artist who uses uncommon methods and techniques, giving his work a uniquely atmospheric character. He started his career in the post-punk band The Top-Hat Carriers, often referred to as Israel's Joy Division, and he later released several influential experimental electronic albums. A cinema enthusiast who enjoys exploring the pas de deux between image and sound, Ishai’s work includes 2008 Academy Award nominated Beaufort (dir: Joseph Cedar), Sundance 2010 winner A Film Unfinished (dir: Yael Hersonski) and SXSW 2016 winner Mr. Gaga (dir: Tomer Heymann). Ishai is based in Jerusalem and is the Head of the Sound & Music for Cinema department at Sapir Collage in Sderot, Israel.
Singer-Songwriter, "Tick, Tick" (and the singing voice of SHIRKERS)
A Singaporean artist whose primary medium is live loops, weish creates multi-layered soundscapes with just her voice and mouth. In her very first year practising music, she opened for Canadian act Tegan and Sara, performed at the F1 Grand Prix, TEDx Women and more. In the years following, she would go on to collaborate with musicians, poets, visualartists, and compose for local theatre and film. weish is better known as one half of electronic duo .gif, who has made waves internationally at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane’s BIGSOUND, and many more. She also plays in experimental / prog-rock band sub:shaman, who have played numerous shows in Japan and Malaysia. Aside from writing and performing, weish is also part of DUNCE. collective, a group of artists across various disciplines who promote and support local art and music in Singapore.