UNITEDNOTIONS FILM‘s driving force is to create experiential films with challenging ideas that push boundaries. Established in 2005 by award-winning filmmakers, Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw. Credits include STOLEN (Toronto & IDFA 2009 + 80 festivals, 15 awards, aired prime-time on PBS in February 2013). UNF is producing a trilogy on the War on Drugs. COCAINE PRISON and THE BOLIVIAN CASE will be released in 2015, while SOUTH MEETS NORTH is currently in development. UNF is developing BIOHACKERS, a sci-fi documentary, COCAINE QUEENS, a feature drama, and CHOLETS, a documentary about an architectural phenomenon in El Alto. UNF also produces content from filmmakers that come from underrepresented groups in the media. UNF films are supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, MacArthur Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IDFA Fund, Fond Sud Cinema (World Cinema Support), CNC, the Strasbourg Film Fund, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, the Norwegian Film Institute, PBS, Puma Britdoc, Bertha Britdoc Foundation, NRK, DRTV, Screen Queensland, Señal Colombia, Good Pitch NY, IFP, Film Independent, Hot Docs Forum, Berlinale and MEETS, amongst others. UNITED NOTIONS FILM has offices in the U.S., Australia and Bolivia.
Director/ Writer/Producer: Violeta Ayala is an indigenous filmmaker born in Bolivia, best known for the controversial documentary, STOLEN, that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2009, screened at 80 festivals worldwide, won 15 awards, and aired on PBS in February 2013. She is currently working on COCAINE PRISON (MacArthur, Sundance, Tribeca, Chicken&Egg, Fonds Sud Cinema, CNC, Britdoc, Strasbourg Film Fund, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, IDFAʼs Fund and the Norwegian Film Institute) and THE BOLIVIAN CASE (Puma Britdoc, NRK, NFI and Señal Colombia). Ayala hosts a monthly blog at the Huffington Post as part of a 12 prominent blogger series, writing about the War on Drugs. She is a 2013 recipient of the Bertha Britdoc Journalism Award, as well as an alumnus of the Film Independent, Berlinale Talents, HotDocs, Good Pitch NY, IFP, IDFA and a Sundance & Tribeca Fellow. Ayala is one of the founders of United Notions Film. Before making films Ayala was a professional theatre actress.
Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Dan Fallshaw is an award-winning filmmaker born in Australia. Fallshaw makes films to shift the balance of power, push boundaries and ask questions. In 2009, he directed, produced, shot, edited and sold to PBS the multi-award-winning STOLEN, that uncovers slavery in North Africa. Current credits in production include COCAINE PRISON (Sundance, MacArthur, Tribeca, Chicken & Egg, IDFA, Fonds Sud Cinema, CNC, Strasbourg Fund, Bertha Britdoc, Screen-NSW, Screen-Australia and NFI), THE BOLIVIAN CASE (Puma-Britdoc, NRK, NFI and RTVC) and BIOHACKERS (Screen Queensland). He is a Sundance & Tribeca Fellow and an alumnus of Film Independent, IFP, Good Pitch NY and Hot Docs. Fallshaw is a founding member and Managing Director of United Notions Film.
Music Composer: Simon Walbrook has worked as a Composer and Sound Designer for Film and Television since 2010. His credits include Cloudstreet, These Final Hours, 100 Bloody Acres, The Mule, Outland, Worst Year of My Life Again, Grey Bull, Fell and many others. In 2012 he won an AFI/AACTA Award for his work on the Music Documentary “Murundak, Songs of Freedom”. As well as his work in the film industry he has enjoyed an extensive career in music, garnering critical acclaim for his work as a producer, songwriter and remixer for artist such as Dr Octagon, Queen, Darren Middleton, Lady Sovereign, Princess Superstar, Architecture in Helsinki and Passion Pit. Currently based in Melbourne, he has lived and worked in Barcelona, Berlin and LA.
Assembly Editor: Dominic Locher worked for director, Andy Morahan, before moving to Sydney and opening his own company specializing in advertising in 2004. He now produces high-end, emotive branded content for marketing agencies around the world. His work at Leo Burnett won a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Canon and a Cannes Gold Lion for Vote Earth. He has recently directed the short film “Great Southern Land” for Tourism Australia. His past clients include Uniqlo, H&M, Coca-Cola, WWF, Bvlgari, Range Rover, Bacardi and Samsung.
Story Editor: Deborah Dickson, three-time Academy Award nominee, is an independent filmmaker whose films have shown at major film festivals and been broadcast on HBO and PBS. Dickson produced the acclaimed Carrier series, and directed Another Day in Paradise. Her credits include; Witnesses to a Secret War, The Education of Gore Vidal (Sundance 2002) was broadcast on PBS. Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (Berlinale 2001) won over 12 awards at festivals worldwide was broadcast on Cinemax. Frances Steloff: Memoirs of a Bookseller (Sundance and Berlin) was nominated for an Academy Award. Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (co-directed with Anne Belle) was nominated for an Academy Award. Dickson collaborated with Susan Froemke and Maysles Films, Inc on eight award-winning films. Lalee’s Kin was nominated for a Spirit Award and an Academy Award and won an Alfred I. DuPont Award. Dickson teaches directing at the Masters program in Social Documentary at the School of Visual Arts.
Story Editor: Fernanda Rossi supports and guides filmmakers with proven methodologies in the creation and improvement of rough cuts, fundraising trailers, synopses, treatments, scripts and pitches. She has doctored over 300 documentaries, fiction scripts and work samples, including two Academy Award®nominees. Rossi has been invited to give presentations and seminars for major world conferences and organizations, such asHot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest, and AFI Docs. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications like The Independent, Documentary Magazine, and many others. She is also the author of the book that, according to industry professionals is the bible on demo production: Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Demo.
Sound Post-Production: Huzzah Sound provides sound design and sound editing solutions for film and television productions of all types and sizes. Founded in 2010 by Andrew Plain and Adrienne Parr, its credits include: Tracks (2014), The Sapphires (2012, AACTA Award, Best Sound in a Feature Film) and Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010, AFI Award, Best Sound in a Feature Film). Sound Supervisor: William Ward, Dialogue Editor: Justine Angus, FX/Design & Mixer: Thom Kellar.