Bara Jichova Tyson is a New York City-based artist and filmmaker originally from the Czech Republic.
Her first feature hybrid documentary film, Talking About Adultery, premiered as an official selection at the 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest, and was nominated for the 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest New Talent Award. As a complement to the film, Jichova Tyson created an exhibition of collage works combined with audio interviews sharing the same theme as her film: What does it mean to be in a committed relationship?
Jichova Tyson's feature film, Organ Player, which she co-wrote and edited (directed by Narcissister), was selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Prior, she edited the feature documentary film, Instructions on Parting (directed by Amy Jenkins), which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 2018 Doc Fortnight.
Her short documentary film, The Hatch House, won best short experimental documentary at the 2016 Fine Arts Film Festival (FAFF) in Venice, California, and was an official selection of the 2016 Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City and Los Angeles, and the 2016 American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) in Palm Springs. In 2013, she co-produced and edited Built on Narrow Land, a feature documentary directed by Malachi Connolly, about Bauhaus architecture on Cape Cod.
Jichova Tyson has exhibited her 2D work and photography in solo and group shows, including: at the Greene Naftali Gallery, Salon Ciel, BBLA, and Pocket Utopia - all in New York. She was art director of Now, Forager, a feature film by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, which was part of the 2012 New Directors/New Films Festival organized jointly by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The film was a nominee for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and had a worldwide release.
Jichova Tyson studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and received her BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She is a 2016 recipient of The MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
DAVID BARKER / Story Consultant
Most recently, David Barker was co-writer and editor of White Sun, directed by Deepak Rauniyar, which won the Interfilm Award at the 2016 Film Venice, and screened at New DIrectors/New Films and an editorof The Reagan Show (CNN FIlms) directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Other editing or writing credits include: Josephine Decker’s Thou Was Mild and Lovely, which was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2014 in The New Yorker;Olmo and the Seagull by Petra Costa and Lea Glob (“Best Film” CPH:DOX, “Best Doc” Rio Film Festival, “Young Jury Prize” Locarno Film Festival), Big Men (Rachel Boynton), HERE (Braden King), Highway (Deepak Rauniyar), and When Dogs Talked (Elisabeth Povinelli) which won “Best Fiction Short” at the Melbourne Film Festival.
His last film as director was the 2009 thriller Daylight, which was was the ‘Critic’s Pick’ in both The New York Times and The New York Post on its release. He studied philosophy with Giorgio Agamben and Jacques Rancière, and filmmaking with Jean-Pierre Gorin and Babette Mangolte.
Alyse Ardell Spiegel / Story Consultant
Alyse Ardell Spiegel is an award-winning documentary film editor and producer based in New York. Her credits include HBO’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 84th Academy Awards. Other feature work includes the award-winning CRUDE, The Somali Project, and Unraveled. Her latest film, This is Congo, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and is currently winning audience awards around the world.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Spiegel has worked in the field in Cuba, Venezuela, throughout Africa and North America.
Jun Mizumachi / Sound Designer
From award-winning commercials to electro-acoustic music, Jun Mizumachi’s has fine-tuned the sonic stylings on spots for such top brands as: Nike, Pepsi, AT&T, IBM, Miller Lite, GMC, and Saab, and broadcast clients including: CBS News and Sports, ABC News, MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, and HBO.
In addition to his spot work, Mizumachi has crafted sound design for films, including collaborations with Martin Scorsese on After Hours (1985), and the Cohen Brothers on Blood Simple (1984) and Raising Arizona (1987).
His film collaborations continue with Robert Longo, Steven King, Glen McQuaid, and many others, as well as for theater, dance, and art installations. In 2004 he was commissioned by the Singapore Museum to design a sonic landscape for the building’s new wing. From 2007 to 2015, he designed a live soundscape at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. He also spends time playing NYC gigs and touring Europe with his experimental dark metal band, GNAW.
Brian Patrick Saia / Composer
Brian Saia is a sound designer, composer, producer, recording engineer, and educator based out of Los Angeles. Saia received his BFA at Massachusetts College of Art where he studied sound art and installation, and an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts where he studied experimental sound and piano technology.
Saia has focused his career on taking acoustic sounds from everyday objects and broken instruments, and transforming them into a rich sonic landscape through digital and analog processing. He has used this process to create unique otherworldly soundtracks to award-winning films Emmett, Deer Flower, as showcased in film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW.
Saia has also focused his attention on social issues and community building through teaching and collaborating musically with organizations such as NASA and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is currently teaching audio recording at the Art Institute and SAE Institute, and is producing music projects in the genre of folk, indie, electronic, and experimental.
ba:zel / Composer
ba:zel is an electro-acoustic project based in Prague formed in 2014. It features piano, flute, heavy bass, a fragile soprano, and post-techno/dub/grime beats. Members include Ewelina Chiu (vocals, piano, synthesizer, flute) and Daniel Vlcek (beats, synthesizers, bass guitar/vocals). In February of 2016, ba:zel released its first single ‘agave’, second single 'PACE,’ a debut album 'eye draw(s) the line.' ba:zel was one of six projects nominated for Czeching, a project run by the national Czech radio striving to support Czech music abroad.
ba:zel created music to a documentary film H*ART ON directed by Andrea Culkova, which premiered at the International Leipzeg Festival for Documentary and Animated Films (DOK) in 2016. In 2015 ba:zel performed at the applied acoustics festival Gold Rain in Cologne in 2015 and played an improvisational live set to the silent soviet avant-garde film Salt for Svanetia (1930) at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2016. Recently ba:zel collaborated with Brooklyn based artist Kara Rooney, performing live with her performance "Translation," at the Meetfactory in Prague. Currently ba:zel is working with Gallery Nashledanou, providing the sound for the gallery's virtual reality project.
ba:zel has been variously described as "frosty minimalism (Beehype)" and "electro nightmare pop (AlterEcho)" and "music for sleep-deprived ravers (180 A.M Collective)."
Matej Smetana - Animator / Digital Media
Matej Smetana is multimedia artist and animator living and working in Prague, Czech Republic. His latest solo exhibition was 15000 Years of Sameness (with Dan Perjovschi) at the Meet Factory, Prague. His recent work was part of a group show Dreams that Money Can Buy at Drdova Gallery, Prague. Smetana’s multimedia work and animations have been exhibited in Europe, the UK, and the USA. Smetana is a 2014 Finalist of the Oskar Čepan Prize, Slovakia. In 2011 he won the Artist Has Prize - Prize from Václav Stratil: Artwork of the year (Star, House of Arts, Brno).
He is the head of the Environment Studio at FaVU Brno, and an assistant professor at the Intermedia and Multimedia Department at VŠVU Bratislava. In 2011 he finished his Ph.D at AVU Prague (multimedia at Atelier Jiřího Příhody).
Emily Miller / Executive Producer
Emily is an independent, award-winning producer of fiction and nonfiction films. Based in Oakland, CA, she has written and produced narrative, documentary, and commercial work on six continents. Her most recent films, Selling Rosario and Warm Shadow, have been selected by more than 20 international film festivals, including: Cleveland International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, San Diego Latino Festival, Charleston International, Film Score, Dances With Films, Chelsea, and Napa Valley - with accolades from both the jury and audience.
In 2007, she founded Emily Miller Productions, a full-service, global production company, specializing in commercial media and cultural storytelling. Prior, Emily worked as a journalist and photojournalist for international publications and media organizations, covering: political news in the Balkans and the Middle East; art and cultural stories in Eastern Europe; women on welfare in Missouri; social justice and development issues in the world’s least developed countries (in partnership with the UN); and the US elections in New York City. She is a founding member of Panem Pictures, a filmmaking collective.
HANA ELIAS / Assistant Editor
Hana Elias is an editor, who has recently moved back to New York City after growing up in Sudan, Switzerland, Fiji and Turkey. She gained experience in shooting and editing films for non-government organizations in the Fiji Islands, and the Middle East. She made the short documentary ‘The Rooftops of Jerusalem’ in August 2014, following parkour players on the rooftops of Jerusalem’s old city.
Hana has worked as an assistant editor for a feature length documentary, and with a digital journalism company in NYC. In summer 2016, she was awarded a film commission by a local English arts council to make 'The Search Party'. Working with people from many different back grounds and experiences, has influenced her to experiment with the documentary genre, and instantly drew her to Consuming Others.
Sarah-Kate Fenelon / Assistant Producer
Sarah-Kate Fenelon is a producer from Ireland based in New York. She has produced and coordinated multiple short films in Ireland, America, Morocco, and Iceland. She is in the second year of her MFA in Film with a concentration in creative producing at Columbia University, and is due to graduate in 2018.