Camilla grew up in apartheid South Africa and was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement. She began her professional career in writing, editing, and outreach, working for independent publishers who originated books by anti-apartheid intellectuals and artists, including Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, and J.M Coetzee. She edited a book review column for a South African newspaper and co-established the Cape Town Book Fair (now the South African Book Fair). In the United States, she continued to work as an editor, reviewer, and publicist for both small and major lists. Camilla’s first foray into filmmaking was an award-winning film about intractable childhood epilepsy that she made in response to her young child’s diagnosis. Since then she has edited and co-produced several Becket Films projects, including videos for Vandana Shiva’s Bija Vidyapeeth University.
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Maureen Tunney is an independent film producer whose projects have ranged from commercials and public service announcements to such innovative app content as the “Be My Eyes” campaign, which creates instant communication between blind and sighted partners. She developed her professional skills in an atmosphere of service, beginning with her long association with the Luethi-Peterson International Camps organization, which each summer brings together children from numerous world cultures in several European and North American locations. She has also been a mentor to numerous young people seeking film and media careers, including her own sons. Her involvement with “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” is a continuation of her strong interest in advocacy for under-represented communities around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jim and Camilla on many projects.
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.
A child of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Jeff’s journey to land interviews with Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald sparked his passion for archival research. He has since worked with Academy-Award-nominated filmmakers on documentaries illustrating the stories of activists and athletes from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and across the Americas. He has provided research for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and The New York Times, and his work has aired on PBS. Jeffrey lives to find the unfindable. Most recently, his deep-dive research on 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace provided footage for a film now in competition at Sundance. As a producer, Jeff has worked on films about whistleblowers and drone strike survivors and has consulted for the Chumash indigenous people.