Vinz Feller was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1975. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts (SAV) in 2001 with a major in directing and editing. Since then he’s directed a few award winning short films, notably with mentions from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NBR), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Regional Finalist of Student Academy Awards) and the Swiss Department of Cultural Affairs. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.
Vinz Feller has worked as a first assistant director, director and producer in film, TV and commercials for over a decade. He’s also a sought after TV editor and has worked on shows for the Discovery, History Channel, VH1, MTV and Oxygen among others with over 100 hours of broadcast programming under his belt.
Ivan Madeo was born in Switzerland. After having completed his master in psychology and film criticism, he worked for some of the most renowned advertising agencies in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. After his successful advertising career, he started working as a director and film producer. For both his advertising and movie productions he has won over 80 awards. In 2008, together with his business partner Urs Frey he founded Contrast Film, a production company focusing on Features, TV productions and documentaries, with offices in Bern and Zurich.
Ivan is a member of the Swiss Filmproducers’ Associations SFP.
Urs Frey was born in Solothurn, Switzerland. His passion is documentaries, but he learned his cinematic craft in advertising. As a former owner of one of the largest commercial production companies in Switzerland, he has produced over 1000 commercials, image films and corporate videos, many of them have been honored in national and international film festivals with prestigious awards. Today Urs produces and directs exclusively documentaries and feature films. Since 2010, he is a member of the Swiss Film Academy.
Petra Höbel has a broad range of feature film credits to her name. She served as the service company producer for the New York units of the German Television mini-series Jahrestage (Anniversaries), directed by Margarethe von Trotta (iEMMY nomination 2001). She line produced the US unit of the Russian-American co-production, Captivity directed by Roland Joffé, the Lions Gate Films productions Perfume, directed by Michael Rymer starring Jeff Goldblum and Paul Sorvino, State Property I, and State Property II featuring Jay Z.
Production manager credits include the Oscar nominated Italian feature film production Don’t Tell (2006 Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film) and the NY units of the Tyler Perry productions, Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Madea’s Witness Protection and For Colored Girls for Lions Gate and Tyler Perry Studios. She served as a co-producer for the feature film Paper Soldiers for Universal Pictures and for James Toback’s When Will I Be Loved starring Neve Campbell.
As an executive producer on Where God Left His Shoes starring John Leguizamo for Vulcan Films she was awarded the Humanitas Prize 2007. Petra also served as a co-producer and line producer on Perfect Holiday starring Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard, and on the 2008 Sony Pictures release Cadillac Records starring Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Beyoncé. In 2010 she line produced the Sony Pictures International release Friendship!, the highest grossing film at the German box office that year.
Recent credits include line producer on the historical mini series The Men Who Built America for History Channel which received three Emmy Awards in 2013 and supervising producer for Gold Fever, a historical mini-series for Discovery which aired in Fall 2013.
Michelle Glick-Wolter moved to New York City after obtaining a B.A. in Business and Marketing to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2003. Since 2007 she has served as Producing Partner for The FilmGym – a NYC / Berlin based production company – producing commercials, music videos and short films such as “The Bridge” (Oscar qualifier and winner of multiple Best Film awards in the U.S. and abroad), “Chance of Rain” (Best Short Film – Sonoma International), and “The Sea Is All I Know” (Oscar Short List); also feature projects such as “The Fly Room” and “Mr. Obscure.” She has worked with influential industry players such as Oscar winners Alex Gibney (Jigsaw Productions) and Melissa Leo.
Michelle has graced the stages of The Actor’s Studio, Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Cherry Lane Theater in New York City and currently travels with her solo show, “Asian Belle,” winning production awards and nominations for Best Actress and Best Solo Show.
Martin was raised in Sweden and would probably have followed some path relating to science if he hadn’t watched the Christopher Lambert movie Highlander when he was 14 years old. From then on he started making films, ranging from the short and violent to the long and tedious.
After various studies such as Astronomy and Film Theory, an uncompleted military service and other life lessons, he headed to New York and the School of Visual Arts. Experimenting through 25 student films there as a cinematographer led to actual work when he graduated in 2000. He has since been shooting mostly commercials and music videos in places near and far, and continues to live in New York.
After graduating from High School in 1989, Filip started working in the Filmindustry as an Electrician and then as a Clapper/Loader. From 1993 on he was working as a First Camera-Assistant and Focus Puller for many different Commercial-, Corporate-, Documentary- and Feature Films.
Since 2000 Filip Zumbrunn works as a freelance Director of Photography and in 2005 he won the Special Juryprize for Best Cinematography at the Swiss Filmprize with the Film “Strähl”.
In 2008 he won the Price for Best Cinematography at the Brooklyn International Filmfestival for the italian film “Fuori Dalle Corde”. Zumbrunn is a member of the European- and of the Swiss Film Academy and lives with his wife and two daughters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Aaron Yanes’ recent credits include Barry Levinson’s You Don’t Know Jack, an HBO Films biopic starring Al Pacino as Dr. Kevorkian, and James Toback’s Tyson, an intimate portrait of the former heavyweight champion, which received the aptly titled “K.O. Prize” at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in the
Un Certain Regard section.
He also edited 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Sangre de mi Sangre (formerly Padre Nuestro), directed by Christopher Zalla, and Zarin by internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, as well as two recent documentaries with Mr. Levinson: Poliwood and The Band that Wouldn’t Die.
Simon Ho is an award winning composer who works in theater, film and with his own ensembles. He completed master courses for composition under Cristobal Halffter (Madird) and Edison Denisov (Moscow) and composition studies by Pierre Boulez at the IRCAM in Paris. He researched in Rom, Ghardaja (Algeria), Paris und New York. His compositions were premiered at the int.Musikfestwochen in Luzern, Centro para la difusion de la Musica Contemporanea in Madrid, New York, Berlin, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Cuba and Switzerland.
He has received numerous commissions for chamber orchestras, operas, children’s choirs, contemporary dance and theatre, contemporary classic ensembles & film music.