Featured Filmmakers

Almudena Carracedo

Almudena Carracedo is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Born and raised in Madrid, she has built her career as an artist and filmmaker in the US. Her debut film MADE IN L.A, a feature-length documentary won an Emmy and received critical acclaim. In 2012 she returned to Spain to begin work on THE SILENCE OF OTHERS. THE SILENCE OF OTHERS had its world premiere in Berlinale Panorama 2018.

Ryan Gleeson

Ryan Gleeson is a documentary filmmaker based in Chicago. Born in Richmond, Indiana, raised in punk rock, and moved to tell stories of people from the Heartland, Ryan found his home at Kartemquin Films, and has spent the last eight years with Kartemquin helping craft stories about real people in and around the Midwest. He served as co-editor on Atlanta Documentary Film Fest’s Jury Award winning RAISING BERTIE, post-production supervisor on Oscar nominated films MINDING THE GAP, ABACUS, and EDITH + EDDIE, as well as editor and post-production supervisor on many other documentary features, shorts, non-fiction television, and special featurettes. Beyond his work with Kartemquin Films, Ryan was selected by Sundance Documentary Lab as a 2016 Contributing Editor Fellow for 2019 Peabody Award nominee WHOSE STREETS?, an intimate look at the community of Ferguson, Missouri in the two years following the death of Mike Brown at the hands of Ferguson police, as well as serving as a freelance editor and story consultant for numerous documentary projects. In their spare time, Ryan and his partner, photographer Alice Feldt, run a popup pizza restaurant from their living room, a practice he describes as quicker to develop and make than long-form documentary. He is currently directing an untitled short film about a rural newspaper in east-central Indiana, as well developing a feature following the effects of shared trauma within his home community.

Robert Greene

Robert Greene’s latest film BISBEE ’17 premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His previous, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, won a Jury Award for Writing at Sundance 2016. Robert’s documentaries include the Gotham Awards-nominated ACTRESS (2014), FAKE IT SO REAL (2011) and the Gotham Awards-nominated KATI WITH AN I (2010). Robert was an inaugural Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2015 and has been twice nominated for Best Director at the Cinema Eye Honors. His first documentary, OWNING THE WEATHER (2009), screened at the COP15 in Copenhagen. Robert has edited many films, including GOLDEN EXITS (2017), QUEEN OF EARTH (2015) and LISTEN UP PHILIP (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, Amanda Rose Wilder’s award-winning APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (2014), Charles Poekel’s Spirit Awards-nominated CHRISTMAS, AGAIN (2015) and Douglas Tirola’s HEY BARTENDER (2013). Robert writes for Sight & Sound and is the Filmmaker-in-Chief for the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Rosine Mbakam

Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam first started at COE (NGO) where she was trained in editing and directing. She realized several documentaries for this NGO. In 2003, she joined the team of STV (Spectrum Television) where she made several audiovisual programs. In 2007 she left Cameroon to study film at INSAS (Belgium). Her two newest films, THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILÉKÉ WOMAN and CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE, are both currently in U.S. release through Icarus Films.

Elena Rapu

Elena Rapu is an anthropologist and filmmaker. She received her MA in Anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, specializing in the Pacific. She has 15 years of experience on Easter Island working in archaeology, the hotel industry, and guiding tours. She is passionate about exploring the complex realities faced by living cultures as they grow and change in a globalized world. 

Sergio M. Rapu

Producer/Director Sergio M. Rapu is the only Easter Islander to be actively working in production in an English speaking country. He has spent the last 15 years shooting, and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic, and NOVA. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.