FILM + VIDEO + STORYTELLING
MINOS PAPAS (D.G.C.)
Minos Papas is an award-winning Director and Producer with over 20 years of professional experience. His first gig was pulling focus on 16mm for a German ZDF TV crew at the age of 16. Minos comes from a family of acclaimed filmmakers and he grew up on sets, in castings and in projection booths.
In 1999 Minos moved to NYC from Cyprus to formalize his film education at the School of Visual Arts. After picking up the school's best cinematography award, he established Cyprian Films, New York (CFNY) to make independent films and commercial videos.
Since then, CFNY's films have been sold and distributed commercially, have screened at major festivals including Sundance, and have won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival and the NY EMMYs. He is a member of the Director's Guild of Cyprus.
Minos has enjoyed working with Martin Scorsese, filming Scarlett Johansson, and having his work compared to David Lynch in the press. He is into Tarkovsky, Kubrick, football (soccer), death metal and kittens.
More at www.minospapas.com.
Liz Sargent is a writer/director. In her work she examines themes around adoption, disability and family.
Her film TAKE ME HOME won the Julia S. Gouw Fellowship with CAPE and Janet Yang Productions, a Reel Sisters Fellowship, Asian Women Giving Circle grant and raised 30K on Kickstarter. Currently in the festival circuit starting at Sundance (World Premiere), then onto Santa Barbara IFF, SXSW and Florida FF.
The short film STRANGERS’ REUNION about an adoptee reunion was one of five films chosen by Ritz-Carlton and Hearst to be made with mentorship by Mike Figgis and production by RSA Hong Kong. The film was released online, worldwide in 6 languages and won Best Director at Diversity in Cannes and Best Screenplay at Brand FF London.
Liz incorporates her background as a choreographer trained at North Carolina School of the Arts into her commercial and experimental work. Experimental dance film collaborations include work with Pam Tanowitz and Fisher Center at Bard, Eiko Otake and Jacob’s Pillow, and Adrienne Westwood and Angelica Negron.
The extension of her personal stories have been told through podcasts and in her award winning story slam at the Korean American Story ROAR in Chicago. She is a Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative Mentee, AICP Mentee and produces with Cyprian Films New York.
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