POWER is brought to life by two award-winning directors, a score by a Golden Globe winning composer, and an original song by Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo.
ALEXIS MANYA SPRAIC
Alexis Manya Spraic is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and New York. She graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with degrees in Philosophy and Economics and has since been working as a director, producer and editor of documentaries. Her work as director includes Ray Charles America, a feature documentary for A&E, and Shadow Billionaire, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and toured festivals internationally. Her work as a producer and editor includes Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Sundance 2010), the top-rated HBO documentary Cat Dancers (winner of Special Jury Prize for editing at SXSW), the Grammy-nominated Respect Yourself (PBS), the feature Red Sands (Sony Pictures), and Maxed Out (Magnolia, Showtime). Her work has been seen on Showtime, HBO, PBS, A&E, IFC, as well as theatrically and internationally.
Michele Ohayon is an award winning writer, director and producer. Her critically acclaimed documentary features include; It was a Wonderful Life (1987, narrated by Jodie Foster) (PBS); Colors Straight Up (1997) (Nominated for an Academy Award, Directors Guild of America, and Spirit awards and winner of 13 National awards); Cowboy del Amor (2005) (winner SXSW both jury and audience award); Steal a Pencil for Me (2007) produced with Netflix, winner Sonoma Film festival and Jerusalem Film Festival; S.O.S/State of Security (2010) Berlin film festival, and Solar Road- ways (Tribeca film festival). Michele also created the Academy of Motion Pictures tribute films for Angelina Jolie (2013), narrated by Morgan Freeman, and for Jean Claude Carriere (2014) narrated by Jeremy Irons. Michele produced an episode of CNN’s Believer (2016) with host Reza Aslan. Michele is a fiction film writer with numerous screenplays developed by major studios such as MGM, FOCUS FILMS and STARZ cable. Michele is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Directors guild and the Writers guild of America. She served on Juries of various festivals. She co-founded and is the CEO of Kavana Entertainment based in Los Angeles, with a mission to form a bridge between Hollywood and Europe.
William Nix is the Chairman of Creative Projects Group, and a Producer who, over the course of his career, has served as Co-Chair of BakerBott's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and COO of the Motion Picture Association's global Content Protection Group. He is Executive Producer of a 2015 Annie-Nominated feature film, produced with Salma Hayek, based on Kahlil Gibran's iconic work The Prophet, and the Producer of numerous other dramatic and documentary feature films and television productions. Having worked with both major studios and independents for several decades, including most recently Participant Media, he and his colleagues develop and produce innovative new content for global audiences to experience.
Yantonon - Original Song
Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese-born, multiple Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences. She has been described as “the undisputed queen of African music” (The Telegraph) and “Africa’s greatest living diva,” (NPR), and is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. Kidjo sings in four languages, and has collaborated with various artists including Philip Glass, Carlos Santana, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, and Cassandra Wilson. The recipient of numerous musical and humanitarian awards, Angélique is the 4th laureate of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award (2007), has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002, and was awarded her 3rd Grammy in 2016 (best world music album of the year). She currently resides in New York City, where she is an occasional contributor to the New York Times. Angélique has received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Middlebury College.
Richard Horowitz is an award winning composer whose credits include; The Sheltering Sky directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Golden Globe and Los Angeles Film Critic’s Best Original Score Awards); Any Given Sunday directed by Oliver Stone (BMI Music Award); Sundance Audience and Grand Jury Prize winner Three Seasons directed by Tony Bui; and Tobruk (Czech Golden Lion Award with Sussan Deyhim). He has recently completed the score for the film Death for Sale directed by Faouzi Bensaidi (Moroccan submission to the Oscars). From 1968 to 1979 Richard lived between Paris and Morocco where he studied Arabic, French, music, eastern phi- losophy and film. In 1982, he was nominated him for the Ameri- can Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Liberson Award. Other credits include: Majoun for Sony Classical, Gift of Love for Deepak Chopra and Logic of the Birds a high tech media opera produced by Lincoln Center.
Producer, Executive Producer
Mark is a film producer and real estate developer and investor. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2008 and his B.A with honors in Economics from Harvard College in 2003. Mark also serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Charter School.
Rob Levy is a Senior Media and Entertainment Industry Executive Advisor at MediaBridge Capital Advisors. Rob began his career in investment banking in Los Angeles at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard and Zukin, and spent more than a decade working for top firms in the film and television business, including Artist Management Group, Warner Brothers, and Untitled Entertainment. Rob launched the Branded Entertainment division of Untitled Entertainment in 2007 and ran the division for more than 5 years. In 2013, Rob became President of Intermedia Entertainment, which published the IME Star Index, a research tool designed to assist advertisers select and optimize celebrity driven advertising campaigns. Rob advises early stage media and technology companies in the areas of business development, fundraising, and content strategy and is a member of the board of advisors of Source Digital, a big data and interactive entertainment technology platform.
Vartan Sarkissian has a successful history as an entrepreneur. In 2005, Vartan established a software development company providing acoustic technology, sound recognition, behavioral modeling and hybrid video/music recommendation technology for the Internet and mobile world. In 2006, he launched the first global music distribution network providing 100 percent royalties to artists and labels via a music-centric social network website called Rawrip.com (Best New Music Service Finalist, Popkomm 2008). Prior to founding his own businesses Vartan worked for several years for the Corporate Finance and Development division of MGM. Vartan received a B.A. in Management Sciences and Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 2001 and a double M.A. in Media Communications from L.S.E. and the Annenberg School at USC.
Ross Weinberg learned the art of documentary filmmaking as an editor/cinematographer for the Harvard-Smithsonian. Ross was a commercial editor in Hollywood before producing the feature film London. Ross has also developed scripted television shows for E! and FX. His photography work has been published in Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Executive Producer, Co-Producer
Shaana is Executive producer of two feature films: West is West, the sequel to the successful and award-winning film East is East, and Living in Emergencies, a hard-hitting documentary about Doctors Without Borders.
PAUL DE LUMEN
Born and raised in the Bay Area, California (as well as Australia and Japan), to Filipino immigrants, Paul's visual education began with science/wildlife documentaries, comic books, and graffiti art. Paul received a BA in Film Production from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Cinematography Program at UCLA. His visual work spans the globe through music videos, commercials, art installations, shorts, documentaries, and feature films. The world through his lens is impossibly candid, tastefully simple, and intriguingly stylish. From gritty documentary handheld to slick fashion images, his diverse visual palette consists of contrasting pieces with strong visual direction. Paul is an award winning cinematographer, including the "Golden Star" for Best Commercial Cinematography, "Cólon de Plata" for Best Cinematography, named one of Top 10 Visual Artists in Bolivia, and Berlinale official selection of his film Yvy Maraey (2015).
Edward Osei-Gyimah is an award-winning editor originally from London, England, now based in Los Angeles. His credits include: ESPN 30 for 30: "Here Come the Show" (ESPN/Netflix), Who Will Survive America (Sundance/AMC), Slingshot (White Dwarf Productions), and The Girls in the Band (One Step Productions). Edward also has several credits in the commercial world having worked on campaigns for Beats by Dre, Bacardi, Google, and Polaris. Edward is currently editing a feature documentary for director Neil Berkley and HBO about the life of legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum.
OTG Productions is a film production company founded by Mark David, Rob Levy, Vartan Sarkissian and Ross Weinberg with a mission to produce socially important films. POWER is the first film produced by OTG Productions.
Kavana Entertainment is a media resources company that specializes in exchanging film and television services between the United States and the world, and facilitates the development of high-caliber media projects. It serves global clients both in consulting and production.