Andy Lawrence is a founding member of F4F. He convenes and teaches on our annual F4F™ Summer School and online courses and he is active in offering editing support and project work. He is a senior lecturer at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK, where he is also filmmaker-in-residence. He holds visiting positions at the University of Bern in Switzerland and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Andy studied social anthropology and ancient history at University College London and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before receiving his PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance from the University of Manchester in 2015. In the past he has worked for broadcast television in the UK, USA and the Netherlands and also as a film and video artist. Andy makes documentary films on subjects relating to anthropology and he experiments with new methods and technologies for filmmaking as a research method. He is interested in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences and he has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK, India and Peru. A selection of these can be viewed from this website. Currently Andy is helping to produce Jón Bjarki Magnússon's film, Half Elf (expected early 2020) and writing a handbook about the Filmmaking for Fieldwork method, available in 2020 from Manchester University Press.
Martha-Cecilia Dietrich began work as an F4F tutor in 2014. She is a regular contributor to our Summer School, specialising in participatory and collaborative filmmaking methods and editing support. Throughout her studies she has focused on filmmaking as a method of engagement in anthropological research and representation. She began this participatory work at community television stations in Venezuela (2007) before turning her attention to the role of imagination in the life of female offenders in a UK prison (2009). Her PhD thesis looked into ways of remembering the internal conflict in Peru, and their expressions through film. Currently Martha-Cecilia is touring her film, Horror In The Andes (2019), at international film festivals and she is preparing written journal articles to accompany it on this journey. Martha currently holds a lectureship in Media Anthropology at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
Angélica Cabezas Pino began working with us in 2018. She is a freelance documentary filmmaker and tutor on our F4F™ Summer School and online courses. Angelica is also involved in our project work and she is currently making a series of films for United Nations Women. She completed her PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance at the University of Manchester in 2018. Her thesis explored the impact of HIV stigma in Chile using arts-based and collaborative methods. This is My Face (2018) her PhD documentary was shortlisted for the 2019 Richard Werbner award by the Royal Anthropological Institute. Angélica studied documentary filmmaking at the International School of Cinema in Cuba, and did and MPhil degree at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Prior to this, she worked as researcher and field producer in Chile for more than 8 years. She is now completing a new film exploring the challenges faced by women artists with experiences of displacement in Manchester, a project sponsored by the Lottery fund.
Jón Bjarki Magnússon joined F4F in 2019 and he is currently available for project work. He is an anthropological filmmaker, with a background in journalism and poetry. His previous work includes award-winning journalism on the conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers in Iceland, a book of poetry and a short film on friendship in cyberspace, Even Asteroids Are Not Alone (2018), which was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute & Marsh Short Film Prize for ‘most outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology’ in 2019. Jón Bjarki studied creative writing at the University of Iceland and received his MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2018. He is currently completing his first feature-length documentary, Half Elf (expected early 2020), co-produced by F4F's Andy Lawrence and featured on our projects page. Jón Bjarki is also the founder of SKAK BÍÓFILM, a small Icelandic production company dedicated to making anthropological and artistic films. He shares his base between Athens, Berlin and Reykjavík.
Zeynep Kaserci joined F4F in 2020 as an assistant tutor on our Summer School and is currently available to hire for project work. Zeynep is a London-based anthropological filmmaker who uses filmmaking as a tool for ethnographic research and as a means to participate in fieldwork. She has a background in art history and social anthropology with an interest in the complexity of social interactions and the ways in which human relationships defy and resist the categories imposed upon them. Zeynep was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey and moved to the UK to study at the University of St Andrews. She recently graduated with an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her most recent work, Ocak (2019), is about a family of hazelnut cultivators in rural north-eastern Turkey. It is a participatory observational film that comments on labour, gender and generational differences while also reflecting on the processes of anthropological research.
Mikhail Menshikov joined F4F in 2020 as an assistant tutor on our Summer School and is currently available to hire for project work. He is a documentary filmmaker born in St Petersburg, Russia and his academic career started with an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St Andrews. Subsequently, he graduated with an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Mikhail's graduation film, Natural Born Hunters (2019), is a humorous and personal cine-ethnography about masculinity, class, and human-nature relationships within the context of recreational hunting in Western Russia. Mikhail’s filmmaking links his prior academic engagements with psychology and anthropology at the intersection of the personal and cultural, individual and social and the visual and the unspoken. Mikhail is currently based between London, Manchester, and St Petersburg.
Olaf Lawrence is our youngest member at 18 years of age. He joined F4F for work experience in 2019 as an assistant on our annual Summer School and he is now working with F4F Projects. He specialises in sfx, drone filmmaking and soundtracks. Olaf worked with the international relations and LSE scholar, Professor William A. Callahan, to remix his film Great Walls (2019). Their work has helped to broaden the appeal of international politics to younger audiences and the film has been selected as this year's submission to the AHRC, Research in Film Excellence award. Olaf studied english language, sociology and film at 'A' level. He is currently enjoying a gap year before starting a university career in film and media. You can see examples of Olaf's work on his YouTube channel.
To help us develop our education programme and production work for the next phase of the F4F project we have invited five established practitioners from a variety of disciplinary and creative backgrounds to join us in an advisory capacity. More soon.......