The Film Makers
Jim Becket, Writer/Director
Jim Becket brings a varied career to his filmmaking: developmental economist, human rights lawyer, journalist and author. As Director of Public Information for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jim made several films about international refugee problems around the world. Since then he has filmed in more than 35 countries, and is well versed in political issues affecting both industrialized nations and the global south. Most recently, he has made several documentaries on contemporary environmental issues, including The Green Patriarch, The Amazon: The End of Infinity, The Arctic: The Consequences of Human Folly and El Misterio del Capital de los Indigenas Amazonicos. Jim’s awards include festival Best Film awards, two Humanitas awards and a George Foster Peabody award. He has known Vandana Shiva for more than fifteen years.
Camilla Becket, Writer/Producer
Camilla grew up in apartheid South Africa and was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement. After college, she was recruited by independent publishers who originated works by anti apartheid intellectuals and artists, including Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee. She co-established the Cape Town Book Fair (now the South African Book Fair) and, with Jim, launched Becket Films in 2005. The company is focused on international environmental issues, social justice and health, and Camilla has co-produced and edited several Becket Films projects, including website videos for Vandana Shiva’s Bija Vidyapeeth University. A long time urban farmer and gardener, she is active in the local regenerative food and seed sharing community in California.
Paige Livingston, Producer
Paige Livingston is an award winning creative executive, producer and director. Her work in documentary, online and the television industry spans over 20 years, from producing the award-winning feature documentary Given (Netflix International) to leading a large creative department as Head of Creative at Disney Online Originals in California. Paige is a multi-disciplined media executive with deep knowledge of television: She spent 10 years at ABCTV as Series Producer of Race Around the World and Message Stick and was Executive Producer of Good Game. She lead online program development at ABC2 Digital and Disney Online originals, and produced the independent animated feature film, The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry. Paige is currently producing Knots, a documentary on forced marriage and is co-producer of The Seeds of Vandana Shiva.
Chronis Pechlivanidis, Producer/Cinematographer
Best known for his acclaimed travel series, Traveling With Maya, Chronis Pechlivanidis has been around the world so many times he’s accustomed to falling sleep in the East and waking up in the West. He’s captured unforgettable moments in every corner of the planet for numerous international TV networks: From rainforests to deserts, far-flung villages to huge cities, Chronis has travelled in all the world’s continents and in just about every terrain. His specialties are social, political and environmental issues and indigenous cultures. Chronis has collaborated with many respected journalists, reporters and academics and is well known in the global TV and documentary festival scenes. He’s worked with Becket Films on many projects.
Jim Whitney, Cinematographer/Editor
Jim’s talent for both visuals and sound was fine tuned at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and LA’s USC Film School where he graduated cum laude. He began his professional career at A&M and EMI records as Director of Music Videos. Since then Jim has worked with both Oscar and Emmy winning directors and has edited numerous documentaries which have appeared on the networks, PBS, Discovery, Bravo and Lifetime. His own awards include the Focus Award for excellence in documentary editing, the Jury Award at the New York Film Festival, and the Special Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He shot and edited five films for the Religion, Science and the Environment Symposia (produced by Becket Films), several of which featured Vandana Shiva. Jim recently filmed and co-produced Bridgewalkers, a documentary about indigenous leaders.
Loreto di Cesare, Cinematographer
Loreto di Cesare is an Italian Filmmaker with more than twenty years of international experience. A talented photographer, Loreto also took most of the portraits of Vandana that we use in our outreach and publicity. He is also an avid cook, and just completed Revolution: Food a documentary, featuring Vandana Shiva, about positive changes taking root in our food system. The film focuses on real farmers who are growing and raising real food.
Anthony Ellison, Editor
With a background in architecture, Anthony launched his film career as a cinematographer on Might Times: The Childrens’ March, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary: Short Subject in 2005. He went on to attend film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and since then has edited documentaries for The History Channel and many reality shows for the networks, including The Hunt with John Walsh, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2015. In the current iteration of his career, Anthony edits documentaries that try to help save industrialized civilization from itself, including Kiss the Ground, an inspiring guide to reversing climate change through the way we grow food.
Alain Jakubowicz, Editor
Alain brings to the project not only a life long passion for film, but his vast experience of editing more than one hundred and fifty commercials, narrative features and documentaries. Born in Paris, he began his film career in Israel’s nascent movie industry but for the past twenty-five years he has lived and worked in California.
Artem Zuev, Assistant Editor
Born in Leningrad, USSR, Artem came to Los Angeles as a young boy and attended USC’s Film School. He’s both artistic and wired–a master of the complexities of the digital world. Artem has worked with Alain Jakubowicz on many projects, including One Rock – Three Religions, a feature documentary that Artem filmed and also assisted on the editorial team. Outside of creative endeavors, Artem happens to be a world-class petanque player—a French sport rapidly gaining popularity in the US.
Susan Fassberg, Press and Partnerships
Sooz Fassberg links people with ideas with people with ideas…her passion is making connections that produce meaningful results. With a special fondness for start-ups, she has lead external engagement efforts at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Greater Good Science and Salon, among others. Fluent in German, French and Spanish, Sooz is all about communication. Be it for social activism, business, or philanthropy, she connects people with resources, audiences, expertise, and great strategy.
Shannon Rowan, Community Organizer
Shannon Rowan has spent her career working for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations dedicated to creating diverse, compassionate and sustainable communities for all living beings. She currently directs the International Student Program at Besant Hill School, which emphasizes Global Citizenship and Environmental Sustainability. Along with her passion and interest in agroecology and regenerative food systems, Shannon has enthusiastically contributed her grant writing and community organizing experience to this film.