Sherief Elkatsha, Director
Sherief Elkatsha was born in the U.S. and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He attended Boston University where he received a BA in Film Production. Elkatsha began his film and television career in the art departments of Jim Henson Productions and WGBH’s Between the Lions. He continued in production, working on music videos for Wyclef Jean and the Roots, television shows for Comedy Central and Discovery Channel’s Eco-Challenge. He has directed numerous short films in Egypt and the U.S. In 2006, he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival. A smoker of 11 years, Elkatsha’s first feature documentary, Butts Out, follows smokers and their struggles to quit. The film won Best Documentary at the New England Film and Video Festival and was an official selection at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Hollywood DV Festival.
Don Edkins, Producer
Don Edkins is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. With an academic background in Development Studies and African languages, he has extensive work experience in the field of media and development. He produced the multi-awarded Steps for the Future (2001/4), a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the time of HIV/AIDS. He was executive producer for the STEPS global documentary project Why Democracy? of 10 longform documentaries and 17 short films, screened by 48 broadcasters in 180 countries. With more than 30 international awards for the films, including an Oscar, two Peabodys, and a Grierson, the films are now being distributed worldwide for educational outreach. He is coauthor of a book about documentary filmmaking, training and outreach published by Jacana Media: STEPS by STEPS. Don is director of Steps International, and executive producer of the new STEPS project Why Poverty?
Mette Heide, Producer
Mette Heide is an award-winning producer and owner of +plus pictures ApS. She has worked as an executive producer for the past 16 years. Among the films she’s produced are Last White Man Standing (2010), The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009), Honestly, Mum and Dad (2009), and Liberace of Baghdad, winner of the Special Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Alan Hayling, Producer