Director, Writer, Producer
Growing up in the loud and vibrant city of Paris to artist parents, Béla had creative ambitions from a young age. He rebelled against conformity, forsaking school and diving head first into the world of radioplays and films. In 2010, he enrolled in the prestigious Vienna Film Academy and flourished under the tutelage of greats such as Michael Haneke and Abbas Kiarostami. His shorts (Angst, Percht, Vanishing Point) garnered international recognition winning numereous prizes (Bristol Immersive Grand Prix, Austin Arthouse Aronovsky Award, Satis Expo Best Fiction, LA Crime and Horror Best Film, Vienna Filmball Young Talent i.o.). As his artistry matured, he continued to challenge himself by taking on roles in front of the camera and working as the narrator with the closing words in Martin Scorsese’s Silence. He now lives in New York City continuing to hone his craft as a filmmaker and storyteller.
Highlights of her experience include: directing and producing a series of short promotional videos for the band Birds of Chicago, working on the producing team for National Geographic’s Origins, and with Academy-Award winners, Fisher Stevens and Mark Monroe. She was guided by Florentine Films and offered the opportunity to work on several projects with Emmy-Winning Director Ken Burns. She has been successful as an event producer, directing and coordinating productions such as the iWRIF Transmedia Festival, and a 66-screening tour of Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.
Emma’s passion for film has risen from a deeply rooted love for storytelling and the human experience. She has traveled extensively, volunteering and studying in countries such as Uganda, Thailand and Colombia. She lives in Vermont with her husband and their two children in a treehouse they built themselves.
Director of Photography, Producer
In 2003, Viktor graduated from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences with distinction, completing his studies in Multimedia Art, specializing in film and video. Subsequently, in 2004, he founded Blendwerk Filmmaschinerie Production Company in Vienna, where, as producer and cameraman, he has produced and shot numerous commercial productions, corporate videos, documentaries and TV-shows. In 2009, further education led him to the USA, where he completed the Cinematographer’s Residency Programme at Maine Media College.
Thematically, Viktor’s spectrum spans from extreme sports with Attention – A Life in Extremes, where he followed Guillaume Néry the french world champion in Apnoe diving, over to music portraiting Mississippi blues legend Leo Bud Welch in Late Blossom Blues, to classic photography accompanying star photographers like Alan Schaller and Joe Greer on their creative journey for Leica Camera AG.
He lives and works as a cameraman and photographer in Vienna, Austria and is a founding member of the association: Filmkoop Wien.
Gino Anthony Pesi, born in Pittsburgh, pursued a BFA at Point Park College’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. He has over 50 professional film and television credits as an actor, writer, and director. Pesi’s most recognized role was that of James Nava in NBC’s ‘Shades of Blue’. His acting work includes other shows such as Fox’s ‘9-1-1’, TNT’s ‘Dallas,’ and CW’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’.Pesi is currently recurring in an upcoming Marvel series, and can next be seen as the lead in ‘First Shift’, a feature directed by Uwe Boll in his return to filmmaking.
Actor, Writer, Associate Producer
Alexey is an actor, writer and filmmaker. From pizza delivery boy in Beverly Hills to development aid-worker in Ghana, Alexey draws on a wealth of experience that gives him a unique perspective in both his written work and in front of the camera.
He has worked closely with Béla Baptiste on numerous projects in America and Austria including The Dutchman’s Pipe, the award winning virtual reality film Vanishing Point and as the lead actor in Pale as Ale. Alexey has also translated several screenplays which garnered success including 7500, by Oscar-nominated director, Patrick Vollrath, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Peacock, which went on to become an official selection for the Cinéfondation Residence of the 2020 Cannes Festival.
Having studied Film and Fashion Design, Isis now works on stage and screen productions. She and Béla worked together during his time in Vienna and decided to be lifelong friends and collaborators. According to networthpost.org, Isis Flatz is worth 8 Million dollars. This is not true. She also does the costume design for this project.
Hair & Makeup
Film editor and writer Johannes Schellhorn recently worked on a TV documentary about conspiracy beliefs for the Austrian state television. He won multiple awards, notably for Unfinished and the short movie ANGST. He now lives in Germany and works in a movie theater while editing and writing on different projects.
Having been raised under piano keys and those funny flashing knobs on music sampling machines and consoles; trained by a folk music production household at the foot of the Austrian alps to the avant-garde, contemporary and temporary auditory experiences in the middle of Vienna, he creates orchestral soundtracks, sweeping melodies and complementary atmospheres for films and video games.
He set the score for various scenes at the Vienna Film Music Prize and finished runner-up twice in a row. He achieved a significant step up in his musical abilities by attending the Hollywood Music Workshop in Klosterneuburg. This also allowed him to work with established film composers like Don Williams, Bruce Broughten, or Conrad Pope and accommodate himself with the film music business.
Delphine Ciampi Ellis
French artist, musician (guitar, bass), songwriter, film composer (born in 1963, daughter of Japanese actress Keiko Kishi and film director Yves Ciampi), married to Australian musician Warren Ellis. www.delphineciampiellis.com
The Grand Post
Audio Post Production