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Roko Belic: Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor
Roko Belic started his filmmaking life in third grade with his brother, Adrian, when a friend of theirs (see Christopher Nolan - "Following" @ Slamdance1999) borrowed a super-8 movie camera from his parents. Heavily influenced by Star Wars, the young team experimented with special effects and the surreality of film. Later, because the knob on his family's single television had broken off (and his mother used a wrench to lock the TV to the local PBS channel), Roko became enchanted with programs through which he could explore the world around him. In 1989 he enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara and majored in studio art. He studied Russian, Swahili, and Arabic languages and during the middle of his term he took a year and half hiatus to work and then travel around the world.
Having made films throughout his educational career, GENGHIS BLUES is the first of his professional efforts.
Adrian Belic: Producer / Cinematographer
Born in America of Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian parents, Adrian grew up in Chicago, but spent many summers behind the “Iron Curtain” in Eastern Europe with family and friends. This unique cross-cultural upbringing sparked his curiosity about the way people view each other and the world around them. Listening late into the night to captivating stories from remarkable people both in the States and overseas drew him into the art of storytelling.
He began making films in elementary school with his childhood friend Christopher Nolan (writer / director Memento, (2001), Insomnia (2002)) and his brother Roko Belic. During their second year of filmmaking (at the age of 8) STAR WARS exploded on the film scene and their once-quaint films grew into 3-minute Super 8 “epics” with ping-pong tables shrouded in cooking flour for planetary stop-action battles, continuing to live-action scenes in the snow-covered backyards of Chicago, all punctuated with fireworks and film frames scratched by hand for “laser” effects. The power of storytelling through motion pictures and sound captivated him.
Adrian graduated from University of Southern California in 1993 with a BS degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations.
While in college and after college Adrian traveled around the world and across America. He worked with various producers -- co-producing, shooting video and film, recording sound, and story development. He served as the director of an environmental information center in Los Angeles for a year before a childhood fascination with a little known country in Southern Siberia called Tuva resurrected itself.
Adrian and his brother, Roko, formed Wadi Rum Productions in 1995 and embarked on their first production, GENGHIS BLUES, winner of the 1999 Sundance Audience Award, as well as many domestic and international film festival awards, and a 2000 Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary.
Adrian is currently in post-production on Knightsbridge (working title); a feature documentary shot in Afghanistan and Asia about three Americans who travel to the world’s war zones delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid (www.kbi.org). They are a cross between Mother Teresa and Indiana Jones.
Adrian is a member of the Film Arts Foundation, Francisco Film Society, and the International Documentary Association. He continues to speak and write about filmmaking and following ones passion, as well as teaching and serving on juries at film festivals.
But most of all, he is working on his film.
Lemon De George: sound engineer has been working in the independent film and music industries for over 25 years. His experience runs the gamut from recording engineer to cinematographer to director to editor on over 40 projects. He operates his own recording studio which caters to "independent musicians pushing the envelope in any direction." Check out his website at www.wackoworldmusic.com
Shamiel Seden-ool: location cinematographer studied film in Moscow at the All-Union Soviet Film Institute and graduated with a masters degree in cinematography from the Central Telecommunications Institute in 1984. He has shot and directed over forty films including prize-winners at festivals in Prague, Tashkent, Rastov, and Krakow. His film "Dance of the Eagle" about Tuvan traditional wrestlers and their spiritual connection to their lands won him both Best Director and Best Cinematographer in the Soviet Union's annual festival for Soviet films. He works and lives in his native Tuva and is president of Tuva Ecofilm. He is considered a hero for his work to preserve Tuva's culture and environment.
Ralph Leighton: associate producer has co-authored and produced two books about the late physicist, Richard Feynman, entitled *Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, 1985, and *What Do You Care What Other People Think, 1988. He produced the translation of Otto Manchen Helfen's 1929 Journey to Tuva (published by Ethnographics Press, University of Southern California) and wrote *Tuva or Bust in 1991. In the same year Leighton founded the philanthropic group Friends of Tuva. He organized the largest U.S.S.R. to U.S. archeological exhibition, "Nomads, Masters of the Eurasian Steppe," which was hosted by the Los Angeles County Historical Museum and by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.. He has organized numerous visits made to the U.S. by Tuvan dignitaries and artists, and he is an Honorary Council for the Republic of Tuva.
Ian M. Williamson: Technical Director / Online Editor
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