STRAND A Natural History of Cinema a documentary film by
Christian Bruno

The Crew

Christian Bruno’s films have played around the world, from Needles, CA to Tehran, Iran. The short documentary Pie Fight ’69 (made with Sam Green) received numerous awards, including from the Sundance, Black Maria, and Chicago Underground Film Festivals, and continues to play worldwide. He has received commissions from the SF Arts Commission for film and film-based installations, and is a recent fellow of the MacDowell Colony.

As cinematographer, he has lent his eye to several independent narratives and documentaries. Natalija Vekic’s short Lost & Found received a Golden Gate Award (SFIFF). Jesse Epstein’s award-winning doc 34x25x36 recently appeared on PBS’ POV. And Muayad Alayan’s short narrative set in Jerusalem, Lesh Sabreen? premiered at Claremont-Ferrand, and Aspen Shorts Festivals.

San Francisco-based filmmaker, producer and installation artist Natalija Vekic is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for film, and was invited to participate in the 2003 Bay Area Now III show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her initial work as a filmmaker centered on a trilogy of fairytales, including The Sacred Heart, a German Expressionist-inspired black-and-white portrayal of the forbidden love affair between a princess and a maiden; and The Girl with the Pearl Suspended, a lushly painted fantasy with the narrative structure of a nightmare. Lost & Found, her latest short film, brings together earlier themes and preoccupations with loss into a more classical narrative form. The film garnered a Golden Gate Award at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival. Ms. Vekic is the recipient of a San Francisco Individual Arts Commission Grant. She is currently developing a feature film script.

Editor Malcolm Pullinger is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in San Francisco. He produced and edited the documentary Following Sean, which received worldwide theatrical distribution in 2006 and was nominated for a Gotham Award. His work includes the PBS doc The Key of G and collaborations with Wholphin and DJ Shadow. His recent film, festival favorite Winnebago Man, will be in theatres summer 2010.

Andrew Black is a Director of Photography whose work includes documentary and feature films. Mr. Black's work has been for broadcast (PBS, BBC, TLC, Channel 4, Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel, IFC and others) as well as for theatrical and home distribution. His work includes The Weather Underground by Sam Green, nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Feature category, which gained theatrical distribution and showed nationally on PBS. He also worked with Michael Moore on Fahrenheit 911 and Sicko, his most recent film. Mr. Black lives in San Francisco where he has been working on films since 1986.

Composer/Sound artist, Rob Christiansen, has collaborated with multi-media artist Sue deBeer and choreographer, Mollie O'Brien, and often records under the name East Ghost West Ghost. He has produced and engineered recordings for Fulton Lights, Stick Insect, The Sisterhood of Convoluted Thinkers, laBradford, and Unrest, and was a member of the indypop groups Eggs and Grenadine. His sound design work has appeared in many commercials films and animated software products. He works at WNYC in New York, where he is a producer on public radio's Radiolab Program. He lives in Brooklyn with his numerous degrees.