Amanda Walsh – Producer/Director/Camera Operator/Editor
Amanda is a social change agent with years of experience agitating the status quo with gritty docos primarily to do with human rights issues. Now she is channeling her creative forces toward the business community in hope of building a greater awareness of ethical business practices. With a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate in Documentary Filmmaking from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Amanda has more than 10 years professional experience with the ABC, Channel Nine Network Australia, BBC London and various independent film production companies. Although, it was her work with indigenous communities in Central Australia that inspired her passion for creating an awareness for social justice via ethical documentary filmmaking. Her first film won Best Documentary at the Fistful of Films film festival, her other films have been officially selected for prestigious film festivals i.e. the London International Documentary Film Festival (LIDF), the Australian Refugee Film Festival and Flickerfest.
While living in Paris 2008\11, Amanda co-wrote/directed/filmed video reports for The Africa Journal – Thomson Reuters and for Laurel Zuckerman’s blog Paris Writers News. After returning to Australia, Amanda was employed as a video producer/editor by a marketing company based in Sydney, and more recently as the Multi-Media Director/Co-Ordinator for Anindilyakwa Media. This position required her to record and archive the traditional stories for the Warnindilyakwan people that inhabit the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory.
Sergio is a videographer/photographer originally from Havana, Cuba. His work celebrates the diversity of humankind while recognizing the common hopes and aspirations that unite us all. After studying software engineering, Sergio fulfilled his lifelong passion of working with the visual image and has never looked back.
Initially self-taught, he later gained a degree in Press Photography from the José Martí International Journalism Institute in Havana. Since then he has worked as a freelance videographer and stills photographer. His work has appeared in publications such as BBC World News, The Guardian, Foto8.com, SocialDocumentary.net, Clutch Magazine, El País, The Atlantic, and Transition Magazine. He has also worked on several short films and documentaries produced by the International School of Cinema and TV (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, and for other independent productions.
Sergio’s latest work as cameraman is on, “They Are We”, an award-winning documentary about the return of a group of Afro-Cubans to their ancestral home in Sierra Leone. He is also the unit stills photographer for this project, and continues to work on other long-term projects with both the Sierra Leoneans and Cubans.
Vincent Lee – Assistant Camera/Editor
Vincent has had over 10 years film experience working on such events the Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and 2006 FIFA World Cupin Germany. It was those trips that broadened his view and strengthened his determination to leave China and move to a free world.
He began his career in filmmaking and video production after he moved to Australia, working as a freelance videographer for some local studios based in Sydney. Vincent is very active and energetic when it comes to filmmaking and video production, he has a keen interest in documentary. He is happy to be living in Australia and is committed to doing the right thing in the right way. This is how Vincent wants to work and live, and he is going to put endless effort into it.
Sam Shine (Music Composer)
Sam has been a professional guitarist for 25 years and a music educator for 12 years. He began performing at the tender age of 16 in the Sydney pub rock scene, but it was in the late 90’s that Sam began composing music for short films. In 2001, he received an Award from The Australian Guild of Screen Composers for best music in an Educational,Training or Corporate Film/Video – ‘RYO’. In 2002, he co-scored the music for Oscar nominated short film ‘Inja’.
Sam continues to compose and produce music for short films, documentaries and coporate videos. He now lives in the Northern Rivers region in NSW where he relocated 12 years ago. He received a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from Southern Cross University in 2007 and has been teaching guitar studies there since 2009. Sam has a passion for social justice and environmental issues, he is delighted to be working with the Metta Media team.