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Marianne Pletscher

Marianne Pletscher has studied and graduated in languages in Zurich, political sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge USA and film at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She has worked as a reporter and documentary filmmaker for Swiss television in most parts of the world for many years, has won many national and international prices, and her films have been exhibited at festivals all over the world.  She now works as an independent film-maker and -teacher.

She has also worked as a documentary teacher at Swiss television where she co-founded the documentary department. She furthermore taught at various film- and media-schools in Switzerland, Nepal and Sri Lanka. At the EICTV (international film and television school in Cuba) she has been teaching documentary since 1996 and still works there once a year. Her work includes about 50 one-hour long documentaries, some longer, and many shorter ones and docu-series, among others.

Rebecca Roos

Rebecca Roos was born in the Netherlands but moved back to Aruba, the native island of her father when she was one year old. She returned to Holland for high school and stayed there earning a “Propedeuse” in Art History and Archeology and a Masters in Communication (majoring in Cultural Media Studies) of the University of Amsterdam.

She worked several years at Hungry Eye Lowland with producer René Seegers before moving back to Aruba in 1996 where she worked for the Aruba Broadcast Corporation as program-manager, producer, and director. After leaving ATV, Rebecca Roos started her own production company where she produces and directs documentaries, PSA’s, corporate and institutional videos, and feature films.  Between 2011 and 2016 she was also actively involved with the organization of the Aruba International Film Festival, and since 2014 Roos provides the “Moving Image Workshop” for the preparatory course at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Aruba.

Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer. She began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO biographical drama film The Josephine Baker Story (1991). Whitfield spent her career after breakthrough performance as Josephine Baker playing the leading roles in a number of made for television movies in the 1990s, and had several starring roles in films, include performances in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Gone Fishin’ (1997), Eve’s Bayou (1997), Stepmom (1998), Head of State (2003), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) and The Women (2008). Whitfield also starred in a number of smaller movies in the 2000s and 2010s. In 2016, she began starring as villainous Lady Mae Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Whitfield has won five NAACP Image Awards.

Michael Mihail

Michael Mihail is a Los Angeles native who got his start editing demo reels for directors David Fincher, Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski and Alejandro González Iñárritu. It was there that he was blessed when Steve Golin let him use Finchers 35mm camera to shoot his first spec commercial. That became the spark of Guerilla Hollywood. Michael has gone on to direct videos and content for artists like Kendrick Lamar, Pit Bull, Mary J. Blige, Yelawolf, My Chemical Romance and Schoolboy Q. as well as concert series for Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi and many others. In 2013 Michael was nominated for Best Director, at the BET Hip Hop Awards for Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe”.

He is a Director and Executive Producer at Guerilla Hollywood, a world-wide production company based in Los Angeles, California spanning across the Midwest, the South and East coast. Guerilla has production partners and services in Toronto,the entire UK and japan. Guerilla Hollywood and it’s stable of directors is actively producing content for Universal music group, Interscope Records, Capitol Records, Atlantic Records, the NFL, the NBA, Proctor and Gamble, BET networks, Univision networks and many other media giants.

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