Alexander Ferdinand Bendoraitis (1919- 1998) appeared in Western Amazonian jungle of Brazil in the early 1960s. Though a few decades back the place was inhabited just by indigenous tribes a grandiose railroad project gave start to the state of Rondonia. There, European aristocrat, missionary, philanthropist and a doctor Bendoraitis quickly became a local success. He established a boat-clinic network, first jungle radio, started the pacification of local indigenous tribes and built the most modern hospital in the Amazon. People would walk a thousand kilometers to be healed by the famous Padre Medico and his loyal supporters from Europe compared him to Mother Theresa.
After successfully completing Media and Film studies (BA) at the University of Surrey (UK) in 2011 I have started working in a Lithuanian National Television as a director, writer and editor. This resulted in 12 episodes of TV documentary series Future Profession (2012) and my first mid-length documentary film Mission Siberia. Khakassia (2013). Since then I directed a series of educational films, TV commercials at the award-winning production house PVZ.LT and recently finished a documentary short Contemporary (2016).
Studied in VGIK (Russian Film Institute) – Direction of Photography and Camera Section (1986 – 1992). From 1989 works as freelance Director of Photography / Cameraman; 2003-2005 and 2008 – 2014 the president of Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers. Since 2009 The European Film Academy (EFA) member. Rimvydas is one of the most internationality awarded and experienced DOP in Lithuania.
Public Institution “Filmuva” / Producer
PI. “Filmuva” is formed by young working professionals with years of international experience in film and cultural projects. It mainly focuses on social and historical themes. The company also provides development, producing, partnership research and coproduction services to feature and documentary film.
SCRIPT COSULTANT- EDITOR
Anne is a successful editor of both documentary and fiction film. MORE THAN HONEY, an international co-production directed by Markus Imhoof, won the most prestigious national awards for documentary in Germany, Switzerland and Austria respectively. Her films HOUSTON (2013) by Bastian Günther and RETURN TO HOMS by Talal Derki premiered at Sundance Film Festival, with RETURN TO HOMS winning the World Documentary Grand Jury Award in 2014. BEYOND PUNISHMENT a recent collaboration with Hubertus Siegert, is winner of the Max Ophüls Prize Best Documentary 2015. Her work has been nominated several times for Best Film Editing at the German Film Award (2009- BERLIN CALLING , 2013- MORE THAN HONEY , 2014- HOUSTON). In February 2014 she was awarded the German Film Critics Award for Best Editing for HOUSTON.
TADAS VAITMONAS screenplay co-writer/ production manager
AKVILE KABASINSKAITE researcher
LENTE VIVA FILMES, BRAZIL co-producer
THE BUS soundrack
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