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TEAM

An awesome, talented and passionate group of individuals who bring the 2019 Festival alive.

BOARD & DIRECTORS

GLENN JOHNSTONE

Chair

ABBIE BLACKTOPP

Trustee

MIKE PURCHASE

Trustee

MIKE REHU

Trustee

ZOEY LAW

Secretary

Coming to New Zealand from Israel, I co-founded Doc Edge when I saw the need to support and grow appreciation for documentary throughout Aotearoa. I believe documentaries are vital to facilitate and encourage dialogue and build understanding, and Doc Edge proudly supports this throughout the work we do.

DAN SHANAN

Executive Director / Trustee

Born in Malaysia, I co-founded Doc Edge because I believe in the power and importance of documentary. Trained as a lawyer/filmmaker, I work as a social impact creative entrepreneur and future strategist. I was the Executive Producer of award-winning Hip Hop-eration. My favourite documentary of all-time is Man with a Movie Camera (1929).

ALEX LEE

Director / Trustee

 

JUDY BAILEY

Doc Edge Ambassador/Champion

Core Team

I have enjoyed years of experience in marketing, advertising & promotions working for the country’s largest television networks as well as for the post-production and media industry. I come to Doc Edge this year after working as Network Marketing and Promotions Manager at RadioLIVE.

KRISTEN CARTMER

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Originally from the land of Borneo and trained in all things Information Technology, now an aspiring Experience Designer in creating social good, and discovering Doc Edge brings about purpose and joy.

JOHN LAU

Digital Manager

I have a background in film theory and criticism and have worked as a co-producer, story consultant, script editor, location scout and assistant director. I have a particular interest in environmental and music documentaries.

RUFUS RICHARDSON

Industry Manager

I am passionate about digital storytelling bringing social change, that’s why I love working on Doc Edge’s VOD programme. My background stems from working in film and TV production, stakeholder management and web development.

JESS KEOGH

VOD Digital Manager

I have a background in digital production, storytelling and education. I have facilitated story and tech workshops for teachers and students through my own business, as well as developing and producing interactive, educational story apps for the Ministry of Education.

MATTHEW DONALDSON

Schools Manager

LUKE WILSON

Festival Producer

I’m a filmmaker, graphic artist and musician. I frequently collaborate with bands on gig posters and album artwork, and specialise in writing, directing & editing short films & music videos. 

WILL AGNEW

Wellington Coordinator

LINLEY CURBISHLEY

Wellington Coordinator

I have over 30 years of experience in Film and Television Production and Training. Previously Head of Production and Development at South Seas Film and Television School and NZQA advisor on Industry training. I am also an award-winning producer and Chair of Bay of Plenty Film.

PAULA JONES

Schools Coordinator

Born in NZ, I was schooled in Malaysia and Australia. Now a graphic designer based in Hong Kong, I enjoy being involved in books, magazines and websites, preferably with boutique design firms. My passion for snowboarding means frequent trips to Japan or Korea.

MICHELLE LAU

Graphic Creative Lead

I have worked in and around the theatre, film and TV industries for over 40 years. Formerly the editor of Screenz and Crewed, and currently the director of the NZ Web Fest.

KEITH BARCLAY

Editorial

A screen and live theatre professional for decades, I direct, act, write, and mentor younger people. 12 years of travel adventure and fun provided ideas for a series of writing/directing projects – culminating so far in my doco, An Accidental Berliner, which premiered at Doc Edge.

TONY FORSTER

Editorial, Q&A

ALLISON PEIRSE

Bookkeeper

MONTY & MILO

'Dog" Edge Cheerleaders

Meet our furball crew, responsible for the well-being of our team.  Studies show that interacting with dogs in the workplace enables the heart rate to slow down, blood pressure decrease, muscles relax, the stress hormone cortisol goes down, and levels of the “happiness hormone” oxytocin increase.

MAC & BELLA

'Dog' Edge Cheerleaders

INTERNS

I’m currently in my fourth and final year of my Bachelor of Communication at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, The Netherlands. My internship at Doc Edge covers my graduating assignment, so once I finish, I am looking forward to graduating!

LISA ABELING

Marketing & Comms Coordinator

ALEXANDRA LEE-TETTER

Marketing & Comms Coordinator

Originally from France, I have an M.A in Film Studies and am now gaining work experience by interning at film festivals. My favourite documentaries are: Taste of Cement (Ziad Kalthoum), Herman Slobbe (Johan Van Der Keuken) and Titicut Follies (Frederick Wisemann).

CLAIRE LIM

Industry Coordinator

I’m from The Netherlands and I’m currently doing my internship with Doc Edge. I love documentaries because they’re about real people who experience real things. Just like mainstream films, documentaries can be emotional, funny and they don’t have to be about hard topics.

INGE MIDDEL

Festival Coordinator

I am originally from a small island in the Caribbean called Aruba. I came to New Zealand to find new work and life experiences, and working for Doc Edge in the film festival is one of them. 

YSMAR NAVA

Graphic Creative

I recently graduated from Whitecliff College of Arts and Design. I have a passion for documentary photography and am working towards extending my portfolio of work.

TASH KNIGHT

Graphic Creative

I am a communication multimedia student at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands. I want to tell stories and capture moments in life that are worth remembering.

DENISE JANS

Video Creative

I am a French student in business and documentary filmmaking. I have been regularly travelling abroad for my studies and this inspired me to produce documentaries all around the world!

MEHDI BALAMISSA

Video Creative

I recently graduated from French Cinema School, and dream of becoming a filmmaker one day. I have a passion for travelling, which led me to intern with Doc Edge in New Zealand.

KENZA CHATAR

Video Creative

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