SARA JORDENÖ (Writer/Director)
Sara Jordenö is a NYC and Gothenburg-based Swedish visual artist and documentary filmmaker whose stories often concern communities facing different types of marginalization and how they position themselves in the world. Her cinematic projects and commissions have been shown internationally at venues such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Viennale, 5th Berlin Biennial, The Modern Museum, Stockholm, GIBCA, Gothenburg, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1. KIKI is her feature documentary debut.
ANNIKA ROGELL (Producer)
Annika Rogell is a graduate from the leading Film School in Sweden, the Dramatic Institute. A part of Story, and founder of Tangy, her two first features, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE (2011) and CONCERNING VIOLENCE (2014) by Göran Hugo Olsson, both premiered at Sundance in world documentary competition followed by the Berlinale Panorama. All of her feature films have played at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her latest feature, MY SKINNY SISTER (2015) by Sanna Lenken, won the Nordic Audience Award at Gotenburg International Film Festival, and the Chrystal Bear at Berlinale Generation, among other honors. Rogell is a 2011 EAVE graduate and was recently selected as Sweden’s “Producer on the Move” at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
LORI CHEATLE (Producer)
Lori Cheatle founded Hard Working Movies, an independent production company in Brooklyn, NY, to produce films that appeal to wide audiences, working with a range of award-winning directors. Her films have screened at the top international film festivals, and in cinemas and on television broadcast worldwide. They include the feature documentaries: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART (dir. Jeremiah Zagar, HBO, Sky Atlantic); 112 WEDDINGS, which won multiple audience awards and was produced with HBO, BBC Storyville and ZDF/Arte and released by Dogwoof and Zeitgeist; 51 BIRCH STREET (dir. Doug Block), called “One of the 10 best films of the year” by the New York Times, and won several awards and critics prizes; THE EDGE OF DREAMING, released internationally and broadcast on POV; THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, selected for The Whitney Biennial and many others.
TWIGGY PUCCI GARCON (Co-writer)
Twiggy Pucci Garçon is a Virginia-born, NYC-based House|Ballroom runway performer. He is a Senior Program Officer at the True Colors Fund, Cyndi Lauper’s national nonprofit organization focused on ending LGBT Youth Homelessness. At True Colors, Twiggy leads the Youth Collaboration program area, where LGBT youth who have experienced housing instability are not only honored, but are directly involved in being part of the solution.
Twiggy is the founder of what was the Kiki scene’s largest international house, the Opulent Haus of PUCCI, whose primary function was to promote premiere ballroom performance, personal & professional development, and targeted community service initiatives within the LGBTQ community. Twiggy is one of the participants, alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes and others, in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders HBO documentary “The OUT List” (2013), highlighting LGBTQ voices in the United States today. He has walked in New York Fashion Week, been featured in Paper Magazine, among others, and continues to travel internationally teaching the masses about House|Ballroom culture.
MICHAEL COX, BYRELL THE GREAT & DIVOLI S'VERE (Composers, as QWEEN BEAT)
MIKEQ is one of the leading figures of the US’s long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house culture. Based in New Jersey, the 27 year old is not only a busy DJ/producer, he also runs his own “Qween Beat” Label, turning out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes. His spine-snapping DJ sets are in demand internationally (London, Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne, Berlin, and beyond), receiving attention and features in publications such as Vanity Fair, XLR8R, Urban Socialites, Paper Magazine, Fact, The Fader, I-D, Time Out London and The New York Times.
QWEEN BEAT is a collective and record label hosting a range of artists of many talents (DJs, Producers, MC’s/Rappers, Dancers, and video editors). Originating in ballroom culture, artists such as Amorpheus, Byrell The Great, Divoli S’vere, Symba McQueen and founder MikeQ work together with others in producing ballroom vogue/house & club tracks and keeping the growing genre alive. Their artists also travel the globe introducing the culture in its many forms to the masses.
NAITI GÁMEZ (Director of Photography)
Naiti Gámez has worked as a cinematographer & director on award-winning films and television series. Her film, LOVE, SADIE, screened in the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes and was a Student Academy Awards semi-finalist. As a cinematographer, her film credits have screened at dozens of festivals worldwide, including Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, SXSW, Festival du Cinema de Paris, Woodstock Film Festival, Hampton’s International Film Festival, Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona and Taos Talking Pictures. Her TV credits include HBO, Showtime, PBS, ESPN, MTV/MTV2, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, & Nova. Naiti has also worked at non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. As a youth-media educator, she’s collaborated with young people to produce videos about social issues that affect them.
RASMUS OHLANDER (Editor)
Rasmus Ohlander is a Gothenburg based editor, with over 17 years experience for over 40 feature film and short documentary productions and television series, including “Irene Huss” (2011), I DON’T WANNA LIVE THIS LIFE (2009), and KEILLERS PARK (2006).
TOBIAS JANSON (Executive Producer)
Tobias Janson is the CEO and producer at Story since January 2009. His recent films include SHE’S WILD AGAIN TONIGHT (Stockholm Int. Film Festival 2015), CONCERNING VIOLENCE (Sundance 2014, Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary 2014), BELLEVILLE BABY (Berlinale 2013, Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary 2014), AT NIGHT I FLY (2011 Best Documentary, Swedish Film Awards; Special Jury Award nomination, Sheffield Doc/Fest), LOVE DURING WARTIME (2010 Tribeca Film Festival, World Documentary Competition), FACING GENOCIDE (2010) and THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE (Sundance 2011 World Competition, Best Editing Award).
GABRIEL SEDGWICK (Line Producer)
Gabriel Sedgwick hails from Sweden but lives in New York City, where he has produced several award-winning films that have screened at festivals such as SXSW, New Directors/New Films, Urbanworld, and Karlovy Vary, including Lanre Olabisi’s fiction features AUGUST THE FIRST and SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE, and Carmen Vidal’s short film SLATE. He also co-produced Jeremiah Zagar’s feature-length documentary CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART, which premiered in competition at Sundance 2014 and was broadcast on HBO in the US. He is a National Board of Review fellow, a Berlin Film Festival Talents alumni, and when not making movies, can be heard emitting falsetto noises in the Brooklyn-based band Odd Rumblings.