DAPHNE SCHMON, Co-Creator, Editor, & Director
Children of the Wind marks Daphne’s feature directorial debut, for which she won “Best Emerging Director” at the prestigious X-Dance Film Festival. Born in New York City, Daphne received her BA in film production from Wesleyan University in 2009, where her thesis film Fearless received University Honors. Daphne filmed a short documentary for the Quebec Labrador Foundation in 2006, which screened at their national conference in Budapest. From 2008-2010, Daphne worked as a director and editor at Ringo Films in New York. Out of a desire to bring together artists from around the world and make films that inspire social change, Daphne founded Seek Films in 2009. Along with her collaborators, Daphne has a profound love for windsurfing. She has traveled to Bonaire many times and has developed great affection for the island’s people and their story.
Robert is a Canadian born actor and singer who lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He is also an avid windsurfer, cyclist, mountaineer and writer. Robert discovered Bonaire 10 years ago and it was love at first sight. He has since returned twice every year and has developed a strong friendship with many of the principals in this documentary, and a great affection for the island and its people. Not a stranger to international sport at its highest level, from 1968 to 1972, Robert participated in the sport of rowing with a crew that won two U.S. National Championships, two Canadian Championships, and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. A graduate of Princeton University, for over thirty years, Robert has performed leading roles in major theaters in New York, across the U.S., Canada and the UK. Robert’s films include Superman II and the major supporting role of Trickett opposite Nicolas Cage in The Boy in Blue. His knowledge, love of the island and artistic eye make him a tremendous asset to the team.
Peter is one of the U.K.’s leading Camera Operators with a worldwide reputation in the feature film industry. He has 25 years experience in shooting feature films with credits that include some of the cinema’s biggest franchises such as Harry Potter and James Bond. Many of the films that Peter has been involved with have won or been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe or BAFTA awards for best cinematography amongst others. Peter’s specialist skills as a steadicam operator can be seen extensively throughout all of the films that he has worked on, with his 5 minute continuous steadicam shot in the Oscar nominated movie Atonement being one of the most celebrated shots in contemporary movie history. Peter runs courses for the Guild of British Camera Technicians and The National Film School. When not working, Pete is an avid windsurfer.
Gbenga is an American actor best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO original series The Wire. Born in Washington, DC to Nigerian parents and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Gbenga relates to the story of the Bonaire boys in a personal way as he found himself in and out of trouble as a youth until he discovered wrestling, which earned him a scholarship at Bucknell University. Gbenga has gone on to play a diverse set of roles across television and film. In 2007, Gbenga appeared in the film The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney and Philip Bosco. He appeared in the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, which was released by Sony in June 2009. On TV, Gbenga played Pastor Isiah Easton in CBS’ The Good Wife, and Kelly Slater in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He recently completed the lead role of Jack in the upcoming independent film Home. Gbenga is currently acting in a reoccurring role on Gracelands, a new series by USA Networks, and is Producer of the recent Sundance hit, Newlyweeds.
Pamela has a wide breadth of experience in her role as a producer of Broadway, Off-Broadway and television properties as well as having served as a senior marketing and communications executive for Fortune 500 companies. She founded Hemisphere 2 Entertainment, which is global in scope. She is a 2009 Tony Award winning producer for The Norman Conquests, brought to Broadway by Kevin Spacey. She produced the Tony Award-winning Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, the longest running comedy on Broadway, now producing The 39 Steps National Tour and The 39 Steps to Off Broadway production. Pam was the co-founder of Three Roads Media Partners, a TV production company (with several PBS aired documentaries). She is credited for bringing The Shapies, the award-winning children’s animated series from Australia to public television. Pam started her career as an advance person for President Gerald Ford at the White House followed by the cosmetic industry. At Avon Products, she served as Director of Marketing Communications and at Estee Lauder, she was SVP Sales/Marketing Communications. She chaired and co-founded Estee Lauder’s innovative Breast Cancer Awareness program with Evelyn Lauder.
Susan has produced a wide array of original programming for television, DVD and film release all over the US and Europe and supervised distribution chains around the world. Most recently she is producing and Executive producing a documentary on a band called N.A.S.A. and their DIY journey to get signed and their album Spirit of Apollo, distributed with supporting marketing materials all internally generated. She also produced 40 hours of music programming for the first ever VOD telethon on Comcast Cablevision for StandUp2Cancer.org in their 2009/10 donation drive. She is a 2007 Grammy nominee for producing “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret” with Madonna documenting her 2004 round the world tour including shooting rehearsals, the stage show in the US, Europe, and Israel, and lifestyle footage. She has produced packaging, supporting print, and authoring for DVD distribution as well as alternate delivery for broadcast of concert videos for distribution around the world including “Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox 20″;”Boz Skaggs: Greatest Hits Live”: “Gloria Estefan: Live and UnWrapped”. With V12 Studios she Executive Produced a barker channel for DirecTV. Prior to her career in entertainment she graduated from law school and passed the California Bar.
Alex was born in Brazil, and first started in the entertainment field as a musician. Since he was very young, he studied music and sang in the Baptist church choirs, youth Groups and Evangelical Rock band. At age 21, Alex decided to move onto advertising. He created, produced and directed numerous TV commercials for well-known advertising companies in Brazil. After his successful installation titled “The Image Creation,” he decided to also work with movies and documentaries. He founded Draft Productions, where he produced dance companies, movies, and documentaries. In 1998, Alex moved to the United States, where he took courses in directing, marketing entertainment and art direction at NYU, Baruch College and FVA School of Arts respectively. He produced Spanish music for the record label SoundView and managed Spanish singers. As founder and CEO of Ringo Films, Alex is now focusing on bringing new programming to global audiences through the internet.
Kirsten and Thomas Limberg, Associate Producers
Kirsten and Thomas, born and living in Germany, are avid windsurfers and have developed great affection for the island’s windsurfers and their story during their several travels to Bonaire. Passionate about filmmaking and storytelling, they support young documentary filmmakers with remarkable stories and talents.
Alex recently completed his final year studies at Staffordshire University in BSC Film Production Technology, where he developed a technical knowledge of film and TV industry practices, specializing in understanding Hi-Def technology and the new formats currently being used by TV productions, music promos and feature films. Alex has worked and assisted alongside respected feature film camera operators such as Peter Robertson (Atonement, Quantum of Solace), Peter Cavaciuti (Eyes Wide Shut, Finding Neverland) and Barney Davis (Genova, Dead Ringers). Through their tutoring, he has learned to operate the steadicam system and is now an owner/operator of the Tiffen Archer steadicam rig. Further work experience has been completed with facility companies such as Optical Support in London (Steadicam Rental company), Panavision UK (Camera Rental), Blue Planet TV (BBC and ITV Comedy production company) and Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Films. Internationally, he has worked alongside crews and journalists in West Africa reporting in the war zones of Togo and Ghana. Most recently, Alex has shifted his focus to producing, and is currently an Assistant Producer on the upcoming feature film Different Kind of Love.
ALEX JABLONSKI, Editor Stage 1
Born in San Fransisco, Alex is a filmmaker, editor and post-production supervisor who began his career in the editorial department for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. He has worked on numerous films including She Hate Me and Inside Man. In 2010, Alex was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for his documentary series “Sparrow Songs.” His films have played at Tribeca Film Festival, True/False, Full Frame, MassMOCA and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He holds an MFA in Film from UCLA.
Born in Donetsk, Ukraine, Andrey moved to New York City at an early age, and had a diverse upbringing. Similarly, his work took him from finance, music, and finally to film and video production. For the past few years, Andrey has worked on various facets of the filmmaking process from pre-production to editing and color-grading. As head of cinematography for DIG Films, he specializes in content for the music industry, including live concert films, documentaries, and music videos. With more than 40 projects to his credit, Andrey has worked with clients such as VVUSIC.TV, Universal Music and Atlantic Records.
Richard is a freelance photographer and camera assistant based in Vancouver, Canada. Richard’s passion for photography began while studying cinematography at Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. After receiving his degree, Richard spent ten years working as a camera assistant under some of the most respected and talented cinematographers in the film industry. During this time, he worked on such films as “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”, and “Elf”, exposing millions of feet of motion picture film. He was also working at the advent of digital cinematography, using Panavision, Sony, Panasonic, and Thomson hi-def acquisition systems on everything from TV movies to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. More recently, Richard has focused on digital still photography as a career, but with the recent birth of HD DSLRs, he is revisiting cinematography and hopes to bring his technical and creative skills to Children of the Wind.
Born in Mendoza Argentina, Max started working at a young age in the entertainment industry. At 14 he was touring Argentina and Chile with bands, working as a stage hand and sound technician. He was always interested in engineering and technical aspects of how shows and movies are made. Watching making of’s and devouring industry magazines, Max found camera movements fascinating, especially that estranged device called the Steadicam. In 1999, after working as a grip and camera assistant, he moved to England to do an intensive training course in Directing at the ARTTS institute in North Yorkshire. Then he moved to London in 2000, which has been his hometown since. There he has worked as a camera assistant, camera operator and always continuing to operate the Steadicam. He has worked in a wide range of Documentaries, TV commercials, music videos, and corporate projects all over the world. He is currently working on his own Undisclosed Political Adventure Project. Max joined Children of the Wind as primary camera and steadicam operator in Sylt, Germany.
Marque is a born and bred New Yorker who has travelled the word working as a Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Digital Imaging Technician, Sound Mixer, and Producer. He is also the founder of Barnstormer Films a production company (www.Barnstormer.us) and Rivet Equip (www.RivetEquip.com) a film equipment rental house. His work includes Blue Bloods, The Dictator, Suits, Project Runway, I Am Legend, CSI:NY, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Marque has also been a technical advisor and educator in the United States being a leading figure in the advancement of Digital Cinematography including the Red One, Red Epic, Arri Alexa, and Phantom cameras. Marque is also member of Local 600 International Cinematographer’s Guild (IATSE AFL/CIO)