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Nan Melville

Nan Melville

Producer, Director & Cinematographer

Ever fascinated by art and moving things and travel – Nan Melville enjoys a stimulating career as Photographer, Videographer and Photojournalist. She has worked with subjects across the gamut from Princess Diana, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Mikhail Baryshnikov through talented 4-year-olds at Pre-College.

Through clients – among them The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The New York Times – she has met and recorded an impressive array of outstanding artists of all kinds. On a New York Times assignment, she was introduced to Protima Bedi and her Classical Indian dance ensemble, Nrityagram. This resulted in her documentary, NRITYAGRAM: For the Love of Dance (27 International Film Festivals and several awards for this documentary – and counting).

Nan won first prize in the Nikon Nilsson International Travel Photography 1990, amongst other photographic awards.

In 1990 Nan was invited to the International Ballet Festival of Havana to photograph the Festival and Alicia Alonso for Dance Magazine. That sparked a great interest in Cuba – and the dance and music there. She has made several subsequent visits to the Festival and for her solo photographic exhibition in Havana sponsored by the Cyprus Mission there (2015). At present she is working on her documentary, Cuban Ballet: Art Triumphant!

Nan did the cinematography with Sasha Popov for Terese Capucilli’s film, Lawrence ‘Reed’ Hansen; The Sacrosanct Accompanist.

Nan is South African and holds a B.A. UED (English, Speech and Drama) from Rhodes University.

Roberto Chile

Cinematographer

His best-known works are the documentaries Desafío, On the slopes of the Himalayas, In my eyes you shine, Let there be light, Elogio de la Virtud, Ode to the Revolution, Simply Korda, I am Tata Nganga and Essencias (La Colmenita in the United States).

As a personal cameraman, he accompanied Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban Revolution, on his trips from Cuba and around the world from 1984 to 2006. Friendship Days; From Hanoi to Hiroshima; Brazil, hope triumphs and Argentina, Nuevos Aires, documentaries of undeniable journalistic and artistic value, are part of its imprint in the audiovisual memory of the Cuban nation.

As a chronicler of his time, he has exalted the values of Cuban artists and creators in more than 80 short and medium-term works, in which he promotes with artistic vision the work of outstanding figures of contemporary Cuban music and art. For these purposes, he created the Alas con Punta project in January 2008.

Throughout his life he has received important recognitions for his artistic and / or journalistic work, among them Replica of Machete del Generalísimo Máximo Gómez (1998); the Condition of Important Men and Women of the Society (2003) and the Distinction for the National Culture (2004). Dozens of documentaries and reports have been awarded at festivals and national and international competitions.

His most outstanding photographs are those taken of Fidel Castro in the period between July 2010 and March 2011, many of which have been and are published in various national and international media.

According to Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City of Havana, ”Roberto Chile has managed to forge a unique, always dignified and luminous image of Cuba. His images conform a universe of faith and spirituality, perceptible to those who, like him, are capable of love. ”

Raúl Santos

Writer & Editor

Raúl Santos is an award-winning film writer, director and editor. He started his career in Advertising, working for almost a decade as Creative Director in Madrid, London, Paris and Berlin. In 2011 he graduated from his Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, NY and received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award ”for deeming his work exceptional”.

His first feature film, The Rock, about the love and hate relationship between Spain and Gibraltar, won the Golden Award for Best European Documentary at SEFF’11, as well as other recognitions in festivals in Russia, France, Argentina, Uruguay, US, UK and a special screening at the UN in New York. After its theatrical, broadcast, DVD and VOD release, the film has been included as educational material in the public school system of Andalusia, Spain and several universities in the United States.

Raúl Santos currently lives in Brooklyn, where he is an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the National Writers Union. He directs commercials and music videos, and is writing his first narrative feature. The New York Times mentioned him as ”one of Spain’s rising directors”.

Roberta Morris Purdee

Consulting Producer

Co-owner of Karmic Release Ltd., Morris Purdee’s works have been honored with Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia, and Cine Golden Eagle awards, as well as a place on the 1999 Academy Award Short List for her personal favorite, Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT.

Deirdre Towers

Co-Producer/Researcher

Producer of the award winning documentary LA CHANA and Artistic Director/Producer of the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, co-sponsored by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1994-2012).

Cynthia Gould

Co-Producer/Manager

Project Director for Nan Melville’s award-winning 2010 documentary film “Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance”. Putting to use her Executive experience, which includes designing, filming and managing award-winning worldwide web-based training solutions.

Richenda Gould

Web & Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer of the logo and graphics for Nan Melville’s 2010 documentary film “Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance”. Web Designer for international corporations, educational institutions, small businesses, and artists.