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Two production companies, Second Nature Films and YogaKula Productions, joined forces in May 2009 to create the world’s first feature documentary about women and yoga, a uniquely inspiring film for women today, tomorrow and the future: YOGAWOMAN.
Producer/Director/Writer: Kate Clere McIntyre
Following a successful career as an actor and theatre director, Kate Clere McIntyre cofounded Second Nature Films to produce her first international documentary What to do about Whales? which has been broadcast in 13 countries and officially selected in festivals around the world. Kate wrote and directed A Hard Place, a short film that has screened in 12 international film festivals, and wrote and directed Gaining Ground, an investigation into the dwindling populations of wildlife across the world. Kate recently co-directed The Heart of Transformation, Anusara Yoga about the development and principles of Anusara Yoga, narrated by Minnie Driver. Throughout her adult life, Kate has practiced and taught yoga, bringing balance and strength into her roles as filmmaker, wife and mother.
Producer/Director/Writer: SarasWaTI Clere
San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker Saraswati Clere – founder of Yogakula Productions owns two yoga studios in San Francisco and Berkeley, that attract thousands of students each year. In 2009 Saraswati, produced the documentary The Heart of Transformation, Anusara Yoga. Saraswati has also produced a line of educational CDs and DVDs in collaboration with some of the world’s most prominent yoga teachers and scholars.
Producer/DOP/Sound: Michael McIntyre
Michael McIntyre was given a Super 8 camera when he was 12 years old, and has made films ever since. He worked as an assistant director for feature films and television series, and has filmed documentaries in Canada, Ireland, Japan, Australia and the U.S. While embracing his first love, cinematography, he also served as Asia-Pacific director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and cofounded the nonprofit environmental organization Whales Alive, positions that led to the production of a short film on the socioeconomic impact of whale watching and the television documentary What to do about Whales?, for which he was co-director and director of photography. He has shot, directed and produced countless other film projects for worldwide environmental groups including the short film Clayoquot Sound: a Threatened Wilderness in British Columbia, Canada highlighting the devastation of clearcutting, and the sobering film Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability, an investigation into the dwindling populations of wildlife around the world. He was director of photography on the recent documentary film The Heart of Transformation, Anusara Yoga, and is co-founder and director of Second Nature Films.
Editor: Melanie Sandford
Melanie Sandford is one of Australia’s most experienced documentary film editors. Melanie has worked in the Australian film industry for more than 20 years. Her work includes: An Imaginary Life – David Malouf (Winner, Golden Spire USA), Myths of Childhood (Winner, Gold Medal Human Relations NY USA), Australians At War (AFI nomination for best editing), and the multi-award winning Stories From the Stone Age (Roger Scholes, director). Melanie is passionate about making a difference and contributing to the next generation of filmmakers, and she regularly travels to Burma to teach the workshop ‘The Art of Documentary Filmmaking’ in Yangon.
Editor: Wayne Hyett
Documentaries and children’s drama and have been a specialty for editor Wayne Hyett A.S.E. His career, spanning over 24 years, also includes feature films, adult drama series and documentary dramas for all Australian television networks and international audiences. In 2004 Wayne was awarded accreditation by the Australian Screen Editors Guild “In recognition of excellence in screen editing and outstanding contribution to Australian screen culture.” Recently, at the 2010 RealScreen Factual Entertainment Awards, Wayne was awarded Best Editing for the December Films, Catching Cancer. Drama credits include The Castle, The Murray Whelan Series, Stingers, The Games, Wicked Science, The Elephant Princess and Pirate Island. Other documentary highlights include the major ABC series Captain Cook – Discovery and Obsession, the science film Immortal and social documentaries The Kindness of Strangers and What to do about Whales?
Composer: Jim Fish
Jim Fish is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has scored a number of documentaries including Shellschocked (first screened ABC TV in 2000), Oops, Wrong Planet (2008, Beyond International) and What to do about Whales?. With his band the Coffee Protection Society, Jim has released three acclaimed albums. The Sydney Morning Herald said Jim's song What Else is there? was “the best Bacharach-style song Burt never wrote.” Published by Perfect Pitch, Jim has written songs for illustrious vocalists such as Dave Mason (the Reels), Brendan Gallagher (Karma County) and Virna Sanzone, and has co-written with Linda Janssen (Wicked Beat Sound System). Jim is the father of two boys and was recently married for the second time.
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