Andy Lawrence is a founding member of F4F™. He convenes and teaches on our annual F4F™ Summer School at The Futureworks School of Media in Manchester and is active in offering editing support and project. 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 professorships at the University of Bern in Switzerland and the Free University in Berlin. 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 at The Futureworks School of Media in Manchester, where she specialises 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 at The Futureworks School of Media in Manchester. Angelica is also involved in our project work and she is currently making a series of films for UN 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 the founder of SKAK BÍÓFILM, a small Icelandic production company dedicated to making anthropological and artistic films. He shares his bases between Athens, Berlin and Reykjavík.