Mari Soppela is an award-winning documentary film director and cross-media designer. After studying videography in Finland and computer graphics in the Netherlands, she gained an MA at Middlesex University in 1993 in London. With a wide experience in various forms of audio-visual communication, her primary tools are the video camera and the computer. At one point a Finnish video artist, at another an internationally acclaimed new media designer, she now enjoys making feature documentaries.
Mari’s film career has taken her on an odyssey from suicidal depression in her native Finland (Family Files) through challenging the fear of intimacy (Home Recordings) before returning north to trace the censored history of her German grandfather (Who the Devil Can See in the Dark). She has now returned to Amsterdam where she is working on Lasikatto – The Glass Ceiling and A Year on the Sacred Mountain.
Likes: swimming, snow, mystery, and the internet
Dislikes: camping, smartphones, the rabbit hole of her computer
Born in Rotterdam, Leo Anemaet was a solo guitarist before he started making music with computers. After buying an Atari in 1987, he not only became a sound engineer but created one of the world’s first House music hits Yaaah/Techno Trance (D-Shake).
With 120 titles under his belt, Leo has made versatile music and sound composition for installations, animation, film, television and theatre.
His titles include the award-winning satirical mockumentary TV series 30 Minuten and 25 Minuten by Pieter Kramer, the children’s cult television series Rembo&Rembo by Maxim Hartman and Theo Wesseloo and the 360-degree installation The Sea Voyage by Tungsten Pro in the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam and Wonder Rooms 3.0 in The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
After finishing her Bachelor in Economics Julia Ton started working in the film industry in Rotterdam. She worked her way up from office manager to producer assistant through line producing to an-all-round producer. In 2016, she founded her own production label Project 1961 LTD in London.
Julia has worked as an assistant producer to Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold, following Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow by Sophie Fiennes and The One All Alone by Frank Scheffer. The first two films were premiered at Cannes respectively in 2009 and 2010, and the last one was screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. In 2018, she jointly produced the next Peter Greenaway film Walking to Paris, to be released in 2019. Currently she is producing Mari Soppela‘s new documentary Lasikatto, which is their second collaboration after Who The Devil Can See In The Dark. Julia also collaborates with English anthropologist Pinny Grylls, Dutch video artist Irma de Vries, Turkish activist Imre Azem and Irish visual artist Trish McAdam.