International Program Committee
International Program Committee members represent countries all around the world and help bring together artists in these regions. They help recruit artists to the Artists United worldwide network, give advice on issues and needs relevant to artists in their countries, and they help AU deliver program content.
Australia and South AfricaInternational Program Committee Member
Camilla grew up in South Africa. As an activist in the anti-apartheid movement, she worked for independent publishers who originated works by anti-apartheid intellectuals and artists, including Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 where she continued in book publishing until she launched Becket Films with her husband, Jim. The company is focused on international environmental issues, social justice and health, and is currently in post-production on a feature documentary, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva. The film tells the life story of international eco-activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva and her rise to fame as “Monsanto’s worst nightmare.” Camilla lives in Ojai, California and is active in the international food justice movement.
Belgium and United Kingdom Director, Artists United Europe
To culture, create and change. The three guiding principled that have driven and informed Karl’s career and practice. A graduate of the UAL (University of the Arts London), Karl was fortunate enough to benefit from an early mentoring experience with the visionary sound artist Brian Eno that went on to shape his orientation to the world as something of a renaissance man. Driven by the the fundamental desire to bring about social change through the application of creativity and learning Karl has worked as a scenery painter at the Royal National Theatre, practiced in art therapy, led social change charities, been an active musician and developed teacher training and good practice in education for social change for the BBC and the British government among others. He currently resides in Brussels, Belgium, where he develops the International courses’ offer for LUCA School of Arts and writes copy and journalism. His current focus of research is an unbiased exploration of the uncertain relationship between Russia, the dark web and Western democracies democracies.
CanadaInternational Program Committee Member
Nick Grewal is an aspiring entertainment producer from Southern Ontario, born in Brampton and raised in Windsor. Nick went to Sheridan College for a number of years earning certificates in Art Fundamentals, Media Fundamentals, and Performing Arts Preparation, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Media Arts and is currently earning his Bachelors Degree in Film & Television. As a member of the Sheridan community Nick has taken part in many extra curricular activities as well as serving as a Director on the Sheridan Student Union Board of Directors for two years. During his time at Sheridan, outside of the classroom Nick co-founded the Sheridan TV Club, worked for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games as a Manager of Sports Presentation, and also founded a clothing company called Rock Bottom Clothing Co. Nick loves media of all sorts and keeping a close eye on the mainstream. Nick represents Canada on The International Program Committee of Artists United.
CanadaInternational Program Committee Member
Andrea loves to guide people who are on a journey of self discovery and exploration. She is walking on this path for several decades, and would be very happy to accompany you with all the tools she learned on the way. As a trained animal communicator, Andrea can also help you get to know your companion animal much better, and assist with health, behaviour and end-of-life issues. She is also a registered nurse for 30 years, and feels passionate about bridging western medicine with alternative approached to health and healing.
ColombiaInternational Program Committee Member
ChinaInternational Program Committee Member
Born and raised in Beijing, Yi travelled to the US to study filmmaking at NYU. She graduated in 2014 with a major in Film&TV and a minor in Psychology. Her thesis film MARA was selected by over a dozen film festivals across the US, including Soho International Film Festival. It was also awarded the Local Judge Award by the prestigious USA Film Festival, a golden Remi by the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, and Best Experimental by the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Her second short film WATER! has entered the festival circuit since early March in 2016 and was already selected for competition by the Oscar-Qualifying Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival and Miami Short Film Festival. Yi is currently based in China and many of her projects are under development, including her first feature. At the same time, Yi is dedicating herself to charity videos and environmental work.
ChinaInternational Program Committee
Julie Andersen Founder, ChatterBox Arts International & the Annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition, Co-Founder of H&J integrative systems, Founder of Inherent Health Consulting. Julie is an independent curator and creative who has produced cross cultural experiences and exhibitions throughout San Francisco and China in high tech and installation art shows. She is an artist with 20+ years experience supporting health and healing utilizing integrative Art & Biodynamic Craniosacral Somatic philosophies and therapies. This underlying ideology towards her work is a belief in the inherent health and organic creative abilities of combined mind / body integration. The goal is relaxation and integration allowing for body and mind awareness that taps into inherent ease, trust, intuition and the creative process through embodied experiences. Her passion lies in creating art, events, experiences through shared stories around art in all its forms and encouraging long term relationships that impact communities. Julie is an integrative craniosacral practitioner, curator and visual artist in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
FranceInternational Program Committee Member
Born in Berlin from a French mother and Iranian father, Cyril Atef is an accomplished musician who now lives in Paris, France. After 10 years in Berlin, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1978. Cyril beat on boxes at the age of 3 years and began private courses at the age of 6 years. His Dad bought his first drumset at age 11 in LA. He studied at Berklee early 1989 and completed three semesters until June 1990. Cyril began to play more with a group called “OZAIN.” With their savings, they decided to pay a one-way trip to Brussels in June 1990 and make a street tour in different European cities. Cyril then decided to try to meet people in Paris and began playing with reggae artist Princess Erika. He played with her for four years, met musicians in Marseille, traveled back and forth to the south of France. Cyril Atef composes original scores for films and documentaries, including “Viva Riva,” a Congolese movie directed by Djo Munga Wa Munga, “Molly’s Way,” “Kill Me,” directed by his sister Emily Atef, and documentaries for Canal +.
France and United KingdomInternational Program Committee Member
Fabien Soazandry is a French film Director of Malagache decent. His film work has acclaimed multiple awards including Best Director 2010 BEFTA. Fabien also worked with The Hayward Gallery, as there in house filmmaker at the age of 16, his short films were screened several times at The British Film Institute and won a best story and best picture award. He also worked with BBC as a documentary filmmaker. He worked for Livity as a freelance filmmaker, making corporate and campaign marketing films for a number of companies including Nike, Mindshare, MTV and Sony BMG and for Current TV on a documentary about pop culture in Paris, before setting up his own production company Invincible Frames. Where he has worked for the likes of Channel 4, Accenture, EY and many more. And he is also renowned for his paintings, which were recently exhibited at the American Embassy for American black history month. His Art driven approach to film making has enabled him to gain an insight into visual literacy for which he is a strong and passionate advocate for its use in education and medicine. Fabien Soazandry is an artist made of forms where they previously were none.
GermanyInternational Program Committee Member
Claudia Jaeger, based near Frankfurt, Main, Germany, got a masters degree in art history and is working as a music teacher and musician since more than 30 years. She loves to play all sorts of music from Latin America also is and is currently playing babybass in a “gypsy-swing meets cuban grooves“ quartett called “Hot Club of Cuba.” Claudia also runs the music program of the Hanau cultural center.
Germany International Program Committee Member
Sandra Ehlermann is the founder of Scriptmakers, an agency that connects screenwriters to producers in the German speaking territories. On scriptmakers.de, she has built up a data base with personal profiles of hundreds of professional screenwriters and hand-picked talented newcomers. Sandra grew up near Cologne in West Germany, spent some years in the US as a young woman, and now lives in Berlin with her Irish partner and 3 daughters.
After graduating from film school in Babelsberg in 2006, she dedicated her full attention to her work as a free-lance script reader and consultant for cinema and TV. She is a member of “VeDRA, the German Script Advisors Association Film and TV”, a member of “Top:Talente”, which offers seminars and workshops for screenwriters, a member of the “Association for the support of German Children’s Films”, and an active member of “Women in Film and Television Germany”.
Through her extensive professional and private network, she is familiar with the needs and mindsets of both the creative and the production side of the business, and she loves and lives networking.
IndiaInternational Program Committee Member
Andrea Serrahn’s love of fashion started when she was a little girl growing up in Wisconsin designing and sewing her own clothing. She went on to study textiles, among other things, in college and practiced various printing and sewing techniques into her early 20s. But her true love affair with fabrics and fashion design was only just beginning.
It was during a trip to India in 1990, that Serrahn became enthralled with the colors, textures, sheens and exciting variation of the country’s hand-woven, hand-printed, hand-stitched and wonderfully unique textiles. Upon her return, Serrahn was inspired to create a boutique that fused her love of fashion design with her love of India’s fabulous fabrics.
The result is Serrahna, her women’s fashion boutique in Oakland’s Rockridge district featuring cutting-edge fashions sewn from the traditional, hand-worked fabrics of India.
IndonesiaInternational Program Committee Member
Ms. Albandjar is currently the Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of Indonesia and Board Member of Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB). Prior to that, she worked as the Market Access and Policy Director of Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Indonesia. She used to work at Microsoft as Corporate Affairs Director, and at Pfizer Indonesia as Public Affairs and Communications Director, in addition of years working in broadcasting and telecommunication companies.
In the public sector, Ms. Albandjar worked as the Expert Advisor to the Commission I DPR RI responsible for Information Communications, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Military Policy for more than 4 years. Born in Jakarta, Ms Albandjar graduated from Airlangga University Surabaya Indonesia and received her bachelor degree in International Relations at the Social & Political Science Department.
She is also the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, acquiring her Masters of Arts (in Electronic Media) from the San Francisco State University where she received the university’s highest award as the outstanding graduate student; in addition to acquiring Master of Business Administration (Marketing Management) from the Prasetiya Mulya Business School – Jakarta.
Currently she is pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Business Administration at Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta. Ms. Albandjar carries with her more than 18 years of Information and Communication experience, in Journalism, Management and Public Policy. After she returned from the US, she is heavily involved in the telecommunication industry in the rural areas and ICT issues especially regarding digital divide issues.
Her expertise in information, communications, information technology policies made her a frequent speaker at forums related to her field. She held several organization positions including Executive Committee for Indonesia Chamber of Commerce; and several youth social movement non-profit organizations in the area of building capacity and enabling youths, and also animal welfare.
As a professional, Ms. Albandjar visions re-position the paradigm of politics and economy in Indonesia to that of a professional stature. Ms. Albandjar played many roles in the political shaping of Indonesia’s new governmental map, and anti-corruption movements.
IsraelInternational Program Committee Member
By the time she was 9 years old, Jasmine Kainy had lived in America, Africa and the Middle East. So from a very early age she was exposed to a variety of cultures, languages, sights and sounds. This variety is well expressed in her versatile career which began in the Israeli Army radio station, where she took her first steps as a journalist and storyteller, and continued with broadcasting arts studies at SFSU. Her years in the Bay Area awoke an immense appetite for visual storytelling, which she took back to Israel.
Since 1995 Jasmine has been creating and directing for Israeli TV in a variety of genre: documentary series, investigative magazines, reality shows and even teen daily-dramas. Two of the shows she has led were nominated for Israeli TV awards. In addition, Jasmine has worked for international channels such as National Geographic and The Sesame Workshop. Her need to explore new forms of visual expression led Jasmine to create experimental videos combining poetry and filmmaking.
These short-form creations found their way into festivals, galleries and museums in Europe, the US and Israel. Jasmine has been sharing her experience with the younger generation teaching directing and visual story-telling workshops in the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and IDC Hertzelia. Jasmine is also an active member of the Israeli Women In Film chapter advancing gender equality in the film and television industry, as well as a board member of the Israeli Documentary Forum, working to promote quality documentary making.
Italy and PolandInternational Program Committee Member
Gosia Luberda, born and raised in Poland, graduated in Entertainment and Artistic Studies (Tecniche Artistiche e della Spettacolo, Venice, Italy). From a young age, she performed in bands, dance and theatre companies in Poland, in United Arab Emirates and after, in Italy. She collaborated with acclaimed artists such as Mr.Pollack, Mauro Arrighi, Marco Dannarumma, Olga Szwajgier, Art Color Ballet and Michele Bonivento.
Gosia works as a singer-songwriter, performer, holistic voice coach and laughter yoga teacher. She has specialized in active Gestalt methodologies in group leadership. She is now living and working betweek Venice and Cracow, training in Music Therapy and Nada Yoga. Her work approach is holistic, creative and multidisciplinary. She deeply believes in the healing, cathartic and transformative power of any artistic form of expression.
ItalyInternational Program Committee Member
JapanInternational Program Committee Member
Keisuke Kubota was born and raised in Japan, Osaka. he is a social entrepreneur who cares about social issues and gives a positive impact to the society. Kubota also a writer and my focus is on human individual. As it is social entrepreneurs that change the world, not just one social entrepreneur, he so excited to see artists are united here, not just one artist, to create change by us all.
Japan and AustraliaInternational Program Committee
Kimberly Wiefling helps individuals, teams and organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique “WorkShocks” – highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories” where real change happens. And these changes lead to meaningful and measurable business results.
Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan over 100 times to work with culturally diverse employees of globalizing Japanese companies.
Kimberly’s first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese by the #1 business publisher in Japan, Nikkei Business Press. She has edited and co-authored an additional 5 books and dozens of blogs. Her mentor is Dr. Edgar Schein, who wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures” which will be published later in 2017.
Kimberly is passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World – profitably and thus sustainably. She is determined to transform Planet Earth one effective leader and engaged team at a time!
NamibiaInternational Program Committee Member
CStar, a Namibian heARTist of Life who is passionate about Authentic expression and spiritual ascension. She views her gifts and talents as tools from the Creator to establish Heaven On Mama Earth and to teach, and learn, LOVELovelove wherever she exists. She is focused on resurrecting creativity in Namibian society, and the world in general as a free flowing, free formed expression.
As such, Her heART is expressed in various forms from food, to apparel, to jewellery, doodles and events organisation. She is a painter, a poet, a singer, an actress, a graphic designer, a fashion designer, a childcare practitioner, a dedicated friend and loyal partner.
She is the Creator of TeamHermit Creations, a group of solo established heARTists who work together collectively. She is also the founder of ‘where is your heART?’ A 1 day festival where Love and ART meet 🙂 and the Fashion Designer for New 3arth Apparel (N3A), an 3arth grounded clothing line. She lives in Namibia and travels for work to Cape Town, South Africa.
Steven Pratt (Fly Agaric)
Netherlands and The United KingdomInternational Program Committee Member
Steven Pratt a.k.a Steve Fly Agaric is a drummer, DJ, and writer, born in the UK, now residing in Holland. While living in the United States (2000-2005), Steve interviewed, recorded and studied with the late Robert Anton Wilson. He worked as an associate producer on the documentary ‘MaybeLogic’ and helped to shape the Maybe Logic Academy (MLA) eventually putting up his own course (email to the tribe) Steve has performed in many bands as both a DJ, most notably Garaj Mahal, and as Drummer, playing with John Sinclair over the last six years, plus his band Dr Marshmallow Cubicle.
In 2014 he was the musical director for the successful ‘Cosmic Trigger Play’ in London. In Amsterdam Steve collaborated on a number of albums, writing projects, and radio shows with John Sinclair, and works closely with the John Sinclair Foundation, organizing events, publications and resources to help explore John’s life work.
Steve contributed an essay to the book ‘Sun Ra: Interviews and Essays (headpress 2011) and wrote the introduction to John Sinclair’s latest book, ‘It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader’ (2016) Steve is working on his second ‘mixed media’ novel, due for release in 2018. His latest work of poetry is titled Passport To Brexit. Please visit flyagaric23.com for more details.
Janice Win Biehl
New ZealandInternational Program Committee Member
Author, Script Writer, Lyricist, Music Producer, Puppet Maker, Licensed Cosmetologist. Janice originally hails from New Zealand but for decades has called California and Oregon, home. She is the author of Stranger In The Worlde. M2M, the first part of a three-part sci-fi trilogy. She is also a script writer, music producer, and puppet maker, with SITW Entertainment, a company which she started and now partners with Ian D Reed, a producer and music promoter in England.
Her decade long journey of authoring her book, writing her scripts, producing her music album, and crafting her puppet sculptures, has given her a wide range of experience and collaboration with today’s multi-dimensional, multi-platform, multi cultural, international, entertainment industry professionals and exceptionally talented artists.
Poland International Program Committee Member
MALWINA CHOJNACKA is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist and script consultant. She has published three works of fiction in Poland: OLDER SISTER’S SYNDROME, CHRISTMAS STORIES and OLA’S WISH. Her comedy MISTER ENIGMA will be staged in Warsaw in 2017 at Teatr Podaj Dalej. Malwina holds an M.A in the History of Art from the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. She also graduated from the Warsaw Feature Film Studio Screenwriters Workshop, a two- year program. She has participated in many international screenwriting workshops in Polish and English, including the Mokotów Screenplay Workshop with screenwriter-producer Chris Burdza and in workshops with American screenwriters John Vorhaus and Jeffrey Schechter at the Script Fiesta Festival in Warsaw. Her American writing partner is writer and producer Robert Rivenbark, an Artists United Board Member.
SenegalInternational Program Committee
Born in Senegal, Christian Thiam attended college in Houston, Texas Southern University. In 1999 while still a student, he made his first internship in the film industry with director Spike Lee in the filming of the comedy “Freak” with actor John Leguizamo. In 2000 he shot an advertisement in East Africa on behalf of Unicef. Advertising was done to celebrate “African Child’s Day”. In 2004 he made his first documentary entitled “Samba Kane: Life in Prison”. This documentary film about a Senegalese immigrant locked up for life in Denver, Colorado. For the purposes of this documentary, Christian obtained the authorization to enter the prison with his camera in order to interview the detainee. The documentary was broadcast on Orange TV, and by the Senegalese network 2STV. In 2006 he made a second documentary entitled “ANOCI: the underside of a summit”. This documentary was produced by the Civil Forum of Senegal, and chronicles the mismanagement of ANOCI by the son of the former President of the Republic.In 2010 He participated in the launch of the first private television channel in Guinea Conakry (TATV) for which he was responsible for training staff for the launch. Christian Thiam teaches at the Institute Sup’Imax in Dakar, and is also a lecturer at Gaston Berger University in St Louis, as well as the UVS (Virtual University of Senegal).
South AfricaInternational Program Committee Member
South Africa, Georgia, Ukraine, France, ColombiaInternational Program Committee
Spain and Italy International Program Committee Member
Born in a small island close to Venice (Italy), graduated in Linguistics, with a postgraduate degree in Dance Movement Therapy (Barcelona) and MA in Non-Verbal Communication and Performance (Venice), Annalisa is currently living and working between Barcelona, Rome and Los Angeles.
Actress, singer, bellydancer and managing director at Raindance Barcelona, Annalisa is now collaborating with her friend and colleague Rafael López, writing and producing for their brand new production company MissTake Productions. Annalisa’s dream is to be playing an active part in a global artist community and spreading beauty through merging arts and collaborators from all over the world.
Carlos Ruiz Brussain
SpainInternational Program Committee
Carlos Ruiz Brussain is an artist and a lecturer. His practice is in the fields of drawing, illustration, concept art and painting. He lectures in illustration, creative methodologies and creative techniques at ERAM Escola Universitaria-University of Girona (Spain). He is a PhD candidate at the University of Northampton. He holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Design from the University of Lincoln (UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the University of Girona. Since 2012 he studies creative writing at Escuela de Escritura Ateneu Barcelonés. He is a member of the following associations: APIC (Associació Professional d’I·lustradors de Catalunya); the Teaching Innovation Network: Play and Learning (University of Girona); the research group Play and New Technologies Applied to Teaching Innovation (ERAM – University of Girona); ARAS (the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism); and the Drawing Research Network.
Trinidad and TobagoInternational Program Committee Member
For Joseph Bacchus carving has been a lifelong calling. He has always felt inspired by a divine presence, and sees the purpose of his work as a contribution to the art community. His evocative and finely detailed hand carvings embody both the Caribbean’s ancestral African roots and contemporary symbolism of the environment. In more recent years he has expanded to painting as another vehicle for his storytelling as visual artist.
Bacchus, who is self taught, is originally from Sapria, Trinidad, and has resided in Tobago for more than 10 years. In 2011 Bacchus’ work was featured as part of a four month exhibit titled Mudcloth Madness at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, and was the subject of an episode for the Rob on the Road television program on the Public Broadcasting System, America’s largest public media enterprise.
Turkey and Poland International Program Committee Member
Monika Bulanda multidisciplinary artist born in Cracov ( Poland ) living in İstanbul. From very early age she showed interest in various disciplines choosing music and art as her main focus. For the last 15 years she has been traveling around the world performing drums for various artists . She collaborated on music and art projects while living in China, Turkey, Malaysia, France and other places.
Her versatile activity, interest in languages and experience of living in different countries contributed to her unique approach of using all potentials and experiences with different cultures to express herself.. She released her solo album, “İll Be Young,” and also collaborated on various jazz albums that were released through major labels in Turkey. She is actively collaborating with many galleries taking part in different exhibitions. She has opened 2 solo exhibitions. Monika holds BA in Jazz Music and BA in Chinese Language and Literature. She also studied in Beijing Film Academy while living in China.
UgandaInternational Program Committee Member
Micheal is the CEO and director of Educate a Child Initiative Uganda as well as T3 images. His career began as a volunteer for Concern for Future Uganda. After, he was a fine art teach at a local high school. Before becoming CEO an director of Educate a Child Initiative, he was a photographer and photo editor at Sn Events Studio. Micheal is looking forward to brining Artists United to Uganda.
Fredriquo Kwaku Napthali Smith
United KingdomInternational Program Committee Member
Fredriquo Kwaku Napthali Smith is a Ghanaian-British Actor,Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Fashion Designer living in London. He studied at London Film Academy and Ravensbourne University. He is known for making the first 360 lens narrative film internally projected in PufferSphere M in collabration with digital content display company Pufferfish Displays. Kwaku (as he is called from his Ghanaian heritage), was a Rising Star nominee at the GUBA Awards 2010.
He is also the first Independent Black filmaker to make a 3D feature film(called ‘The Broken Cycle’-3D) which he wrote and directed.He has also worked end-to end on a Princes Trust Project in 2009. This project provided access to film making for unemployed London-based youth through a series of workshops in acting and film production.
The film was called ‘Don’t Call Back’ in which he coordinated rehearsals and co-directed. Fredriquo continues to show his independent ability through his journey of filmmaking. ‘Welcome to London’ a film series which the world awaits is an independent project from Riquo (nicknamed by his close friends). ‘The Broken Cycle-3D’ another independent project, which he again wrote, produced and directed on his own but as an entrepreneur has many business ideals for it. Call him an ‘element of surprise’ as he is constantly working on new innovative ideas that also make great business sense.
United KingdomInternational Program Committee Member
United Kingdom International Program Committee Member
At school in the UK Tony won two national prizes from writing competitions and with some pals ran a successful underground school magazine. By the age of 18 Tony was making his own small professional films that received wide public distribution. Klinger worked on the iconic TV series “The Avengers” and in the following years wrote and/ or produced films all over the world such as “The Kids are Alright”, “Deep Purple Rises Over Japan”, “The Butterfly Ball” and many more. Over a distinguished, award-winning career Tony served as company President or Chief Executive for media companies in the UK and USA.
Klinger is also a Founder / Director of “CREATIVE DEN” a creative industries Angel Investor group. Tony’s next two feature films are the story of “Havana”, a girl whose growth into a woman is warped by circumstances beyond her control; this is her opportunity to change the world around her. He is the founder of Give-Get-Go – a force for creativity underpinning an enhanced work experience and performance. Tony, who was born in London, has won many international awards for all aspects of his work among which are The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Education, The London Film Festival, The San Sebastian Film Festival and many Fuji and Kodak prizes.