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Otherly

Various Directors
2021
7 Short Documentaries
English


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Opeyemi Olukemi
Executive Producer
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Opeyemi Olukemi

Opeyemi Olukemi is part of POV’s Spark team, serving as Executive Producer and Vice President of American Documentary’s Interactive unit.

Throughout her career as an esteemed interactive producer, funder and public programmer, Opeyemi has created spaces and pipelines for interdisciplinary artists, communities, and content teams to experiment with and create meaningful innovative content.  She is a fierce advocate of technological equity and eliminating bias from social innovation.

Before joining POV, Opeyemi was the Senior Director of Interactive Programs for Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversaw the TFI New Media and TAA Prototype Funds and led the Institute’s Interactive programs.  From co-producing TFI Interactive—a day-long conference into the world of interactive storytelling—to founding TFI Interactive Playground—a showcase of immersive technologies and projects  Opeyemi has provided the interactive field with 360-degree support.  Opeyemi also led the Tribeca Hacks program—incubators, which create interactive prototypes—to the global stage through 21 distinct events. 

Through her creative funding programs and mentorship, she has help to incubate and produce interactive projects, including Elaine McMillion’s Peabody-awarded project Hollow, Karim Ben Khalifa’s The Enemy, Hank Willis Thomas’ Question Bridge, Shariffa Alis Atomu and the co-creation VR project Changing Same.

Before joining Tribeca Film Institute, Opeyemi produced for ScrollMotion and oversaw teams of designers, programmers, and third-party vendors to produce new media applications for clients such as Disney, O: The Oprah Magazine and Genentech.

Opeyemi has served on numerous festival juries and has mentored through the IDFA’s Doc Academy, New Museum’s NEW INC, Oculus’ VR for Good and Sundance’s New Frontier Lab.  Opeyemi has served as an assistant professor of Integrated Media at Brooklyn College’s Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and is a Rockwood (Ford Foundation) JustFilms Fellow. 


Akmyrat Tuyliyev
Producer
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Akmyrat Tuyliyev

Akmyrat Tuyliyev is a Turkmen new media artist and producer working at the intersection of storytelling, technology and culture.

Tuyliyev’s work spans across various platforms, including VR/AR, web-based experiences and large-scale projection mapping. At POV Spark, the interactive arm of the long-running PBS documentary series POV, Tuyliyev served as an interactive producer, where he produced interactive independent non-fiction projects.

Tuyliyev produced and showcased new media experiences with the Austrian Cultural Forum, The History Channel, the Museum of Other Realities, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building Video Wall, The High Line and Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

He is a Master’s graduate from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Aja Evans
Associate Producer
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Aja Evans

Aja Evans is an associate producer at POV Spark, the interactive arm of American Documentary’s PBS doc series POV, whose projects include Atomu (Sundance, 2020), Changing Same (Sundance, 2021), and the development of new works and artist experimentation through Production Labs and the African Interactive Art Residency.

At POV Spark Aja was a key collaborator in the creation of the interactive web platform PUBLIC UPDATE, home for exploratory content inviting audiences to expand their definition of documentary and its forms. She organized the department’s industry initiatives bringing together international partners to strengthen public media investment in emerging media and its distribution. She is the associate producer for Otherly a documentary series about belonging premiering on Instagram Stories in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.

Before joining the POV Spark team Aja was an intern at America ReFramed, a weekly showcase of independent documentaries produced by American Documentary and WORLD Channel. She also served as the assistant producer for The Resistance Saga at Skylight, utilizing documentaries to celebrate and support the history of resistance movements across the Americas.

Previously Aja conducted research in cognitive and cellular neuroscience at New York University, Brown University, and the Rockefeller University. She was a BP-ENDURE scholar and received her B.S. in neuroscience at NYU. Her background in neuroscience drives her interests in storytelling and its impact. She continues to produce work in collaboration with independent creators driven by projects that promote agency, equity, and community.


Anita Lee
Executive Producer
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of the Ontario Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada. She is a multi-award-winning producer with 20 years’ experience in the industry, and the founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. In co-production with the CFC Media Lab, Anita led the NFB’s first foray into interactive production as one of the creator-producers of North America’s first interactive feature film, Late Fragment (2006), which premiered at TIFF and SXSW.

More recent interactive work as producer/executive producer includes: The Deeper They Bury Me (2014), which premiered at NYFF and received one of Columbia University’s Digital Dozen Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards; The Universe Within (2015), winner of the Webby Award for Best Use of Interactive Video and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Interactive Production; and The Space We Hold (2016), winner of the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award for Interactive Documentary, a Digital Dozen Breakthroughs in Storytelling Award, and Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Anita also helms the NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab in Toronto, which collaborated with the CFC and the Ford Foundation on the Open Immersion VR residency lab and with the National Theatre (UK) on the Creative Doc VR lab, both in 2016. She is executive producer of the latter’s critically acclaimed VR project, Draw Me Close (2017), which premiered at Tribeca Storyscapes and at the Venice International Film Festival’s Venice Virtual Reality program.


David Oppenheim
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David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio in Toronto, where his recent credits include Draw Me Close (Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice International Film Festival), the Webby Award-winning Universe Within (the final chapter of the NFB’s HIGHRISE project), and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold, which was awarded the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards, and the Columbia University Digital Dozen Breakthroughs in Storytelling Award.

David is currently producing a number of creative non-fiction film, interactive, and immersive projects and leading the studio’s immersive lab. XR projects underway include the full production version of Draw Me Close, The Book of Distance, a room-scale, interactive pilgrimage across generations, Agence, an experimental simulation in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, and a new collaboration that combines immersive theatre, creative non-fiction storytelling and VR. He is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.


Kate Vollum
Associate Producer
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Kate Vollum

Kate Vollum is an Associate Producer with the National Film Board of Canada. She has worked on many innovative projects, including the groundbreaking interactive doc HIGHRISE (2015), which won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, the experimental series Souvenir (2015), in which Indigenous creators re-worked NFB archival footage into new and compelling short films about Indigenous identity, and the NFB/CFC Open Immersion VR lab (2016), which saw six Indigenous artists from Canada and six artists of colour from the US participate in an intensive virtual reality residency.

Most recently, she has been the Associate Producer for Urban. Indigenous. Proud (2018), five films created by Indigenous filmmakers in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres; Throat, a collaboration between filmmaker Chelsea McMullan and artist/activist Tanya Tagaq; This Is Not a Movie, about journalist Robert Fisk, directed by Yung Chang; Postings from Home, an intimate and impressionistic documentary by Kelly O’Brien; and Ojiibikaan, a film about the ways in which Indigenous food practices can transform our relationship to food and land.

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  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film and digital media. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.

  • About POV Spark

    The interactive arm of the iconic PBS series, POV Spark creates and advances experiential forms of storytelling, programming, and distribution, redefining US public media to be more inclusive of emerging technologies and interactive makers. POV films and projects have won 42 Emmy Awards, 25 George Foster Peabody Awards, 14 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards and the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award. POV is a production of American Documentary (AmDoc), a national non-profit media arts organization that strives to make essential documentaries accessible as a catalyst for public discourse. AmDoc collaborates with passionate filmmakers to amplify their voices, and to nurture the nonfiction community. Learn more at pbs.org/pov, access POV Spark projects, and follow @povdocs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.