Founders / Directors

JAIME TAYLOR

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Jaime has been making documentaries since 2007, as director, producer, editor and ethnographer for television, museums, education and the third sector.  She holds a MA with Distinction in Documentary Making from the University of Sussex.

Much of Jaime’s work focuses on telling personal histories, especially through finding and working creatively with archive material. This includes her role as Producer on the Bafta-nominated, double Grierson winning The Secret History of Our Streets (BBC2), described by The Guardian as ‘wonderful… it prodded your brain awake as it broke your heart’, which she worked on across two series.

Jaime’s other specialism is working with young people, whether they are in front of the camera or alongside her making the film.  She has made scores of films with children from age 6 to teenage and she is currently co-directing a feature documentary with Ed about a group of kids in their first year at secondary school.

Prior to filmmaking she was an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ teacher in Further Education, working mainly in inner London and with vulnerable groups.  She continues to teach, now as Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Filmmaking at the University of East Anglia.

 

Elhum SHAKERIFAR

Elhum is a BAFTA nominated producer and recent recipient of the BFI Vision Award, currently producing documentaries with partners including BFI, Film Fund BBC, Sundance, BRITDOC and The New York Times.

Her most recent production A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015) won a Cinema for Peace Justice Award, screened in UK and European parliaments and in over 70 countries. She self-distributed the film in the UK to such high visibility that it was named #3 Best Film of 2015 by the Guardian and was nominated for Film Campaign of the year at the Screen Awards 2016. It was also the first Storyville to screen on BBC1.

Previous credits include award-winning feature documentaries The Reluctant Revolutionary (Sean McAllister, 2012) and The Runner (Saeed Taji Farouky, 2013); her productions have been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA and CPH:DOX. Elhum has developed specialist distribution strategies for films including Wadjda (Haifaa Al Mansour, 2012) and The Lebanese Rocket Society (Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, 2012), and she advises on impact, most recently for The Hard Stop (George Amponsah, 2015). She also produced award-winning photography book The Grey Line (Jo Metson Scott, 2013), named one of TIME, Guardian and Telegraph’s top photobooks of 2013.

Elhum is also a programmer – currently for London Film Festival on films from MENA and Associate Curator of Film for Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture.

 

Ed Owles

Ed has shot and directed films across the globe for over a decade for broadcast, festival and online. His debut feature documentary The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers - described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining” screened at festivals worldwide (including Dok Leipzig, Open City London, DOCSDF, Cairo) and has also been broadcast in multiple territories.

Ed speaks Italian and Spanish and has filmed across Europe, North and Central Africa, India, USA, Central and South America. He's an Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Film at Goldsmiths and is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Film Committee. He has a 1st class degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths. He’s currently co-directing a feature documentary with Jaime about a group of kids starting out at secondary school, as well as developing a short in Haiti.

 

KATE MCLARNON

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Kate has worked since 2006 as an ethnographic and independent documentary filmmaker and recently directed her first feature Even When I Fall. She met co-director Sky Neal and Postcoders Ed and Elhum on a MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, where she has returned as a visiting speaker. Central to her film work is a spirit of curiosity, collaboration and a delight in unexpected connections that make more than the sum of their parts. Her career focus has been advocacy storytelling and working with minority communities to get their voices heard. Kate's clients for ethnography and short films have been many and various. Their uniting feature is that she likes the cut of their jib and the purpose of their work.

Her work has been supported by Sundance Documentary Film Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Worldview and The British Film Institute. Locations have included Kathmandu, Beijing, LA, New York, Dublin, Helsinki and Patagonia. Collaborators have included researchers, anthropologists, musicians, curators, photographers, teachers and students. She has taught at University of East Anglia, spoken at Queens University Belfast and holds a masters in Philosophy and academic awards from Trinity College Dublin.