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#NZWF19 Presenters

#NZWF19 Presenters

Meet our MCs and presenters for #NZWF19.

Keep up with our social media channels for announcements of any late programme or presenter changes.

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PRESENTERS

 

Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara has written and directed several short films, as well as her series Middle of Snowhere, selected at #NZWF19. She’s also the creator of DickFlicks: “Celebrating girl power in testosterone-fueled Hollywood”.

A script consultant and script reader, Asmara works for US festivals and production companies including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships, the Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest, HBO Films and Austin Film Festival. She’s also produced shows including The Pantsless Detective (#NZWF16, #NZWF18).

Asmara appears on the panel The Grass is Greener, also featuring Cam Faull (Swipe Right, Australia) and Herman Wang (The Spell Tutor, Canada), and moderated by Lanita Ririnui.

 

Brian Holland

A longtime producer for Top Shelf Productions, Brian recently established Magnetic Pictures. He produced the doco series K Rd Chronicles, which was recently confirmed for a second season, and is currently in production on a separate web doc series.

Brian appears on the panel It Must Be True, also featuring Crystal Vaega (Daughters of the Migration), José Barbosa (Get It To Te Papa), and moderated by Doc Edge’s Dan Shanan.

 

Cam Faull

Developed from a stage show, Cam’s Swipe Right has been selected for or won awards at 11 festivals so far this year.

An Australian Actor, Director, Writer and Coach, Cam’s weekly class Actor’s Tribe offers “an Actor’s brain and body gym”.

Cam appears on the panel The Grass is Greener, also featuring Asmara Bhattacharya(Middle of Snowhere, USA) and Herman Wang (The Spell Tutor, Canada), moderated by Lanita Ririnui.

 

Crystal Vaega

A director and producer, Crystal Vaega is associated with three Tiki Lounge shows in this year’s NZ Web Fest. Animated series Legendary Polynesia is an official selection, while doco series Daughters of the Migration and comedy HousieWives are both award nominees.

Crystal appears on the panel It Must Be True, also featuring Brian Holland (K Rd Chronicles), José Barbosa (Get It To Te Papa) and moderated by Doc Edge’s Dan Shanan.

 

Dan Shanan

Dan is the director and co-founder of Doc Edge Festival, Australasia’s premiere documentary film festival. Doc Edge also presents an annual Forum and year-round programme of industry events.

Dan moderates the panel It Must Be True, which features Brian Holland (K Rd Chronicles), Crystal Vaega (Daughters of the Migration) and José Barbosa (Get It To Te Papa).

 

Gary Daniels

Gary is the creator of award-winning Australian series Eating with Soula Marie, in which he stars as his alter-ego, Miss Soula Marie.

Gary appears on the panel Rainbow Warriors, with Jake Pitcher (Touch Wood) and Rose McMahon (In the Rainbow), moderated by Nikki Si’ulepa.

Soula Marie will be a presenter at the #NZWF19 Awards.

 

Herman Wang

Herman Wang has been composing and performing synthpop music in various bands since his early teens.

He got his start in filmmaking directing award-winning music videos for his band Delica-m, and decided to try his hand at narrative film, creating the award-winning web series The Spell Tutor (#NZWF16, #NZWF18, #NZWF19).

Herman appears on the panel The Grass is Greener, also featuring Cam Faull (Swipe Right, Australia) and Asara Bhattacharya (Middle of Snowhere, USA), and moderated by Lanita Ririnui.

 

Holly Shervey

Holly created the award-winning series Auckward Love (#NZWF17), and this year’s Instagram series Millennial Jenny, which is nominated for four awards at #NZWF19. She’s also familiar to Shortland Street viewers as Zoe Carlson.

Holly appears on the panel The Cheque’s in the Mail, with Tupe Solomon (Misadventures of a Pacific Professional), AFK and Ao-terror-oa creator Peter Haynes.

 

Jake Pitcher

Jake studied performing arts at Unitec, and created Touch Wood, the pilot for which played #NZWF18. The full season of the show released earlier this year, and is nominated for four awards at #NZWF19. Jake is currently prepping a show for the Auckland Fringe in 2020.

Jake appears on the panel Rainbow Warriors, with Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula) and Rose McMahon (In the Rainbow), moderated by Nikki Si’ulepa.

 

Jennifer Monk

Jennifer Monk established Girls Act Good (GAG) to create roles for all the talented women she saw competing for too few roles during her time as Company Director in a production house.

GAG has completed 10 film and theatre productions, as well as delivering a regular programme of readings and workshops. Last Breath is its first web series.

Jennifer leads the panel Last Breath, with fellow GAG members Kelley Kerr Young and Shanon Kulupach.

 

José Barbosa

The Spinoff producer and director José Barbosa previously worked as news director at 95bFM and as a reporter for TVNZ7’s Media7. He’s nominated at #NZWF19 for a Best Director award for his work on The Spinoff’s Get It To Te Papa.

José Barbosa appears on the panel It Must Be True, also featuring Brian Holland (K Rd Chronicles), Crystal Vaega (Daughters of the Migration) and moderated by Doc Edge’s Dan Shanan.

 

Kelley Kerr Young

Kelley has been a member of Girls Act Good (GAG) since 2014 and has been a collaborator and actor in most of their projects, including Cinders and the Seven Stages of Grief and The Association. She wrote and performed Last Breath episode The Next Fix.

Kelley appears on the panel Last Breath, with fellow GAG members Jennifer Monk and Shanon Kulupach.

 

Lanita Ririnui
Lanita Ririnui

Lanita is a creative native storyteller of Māori & Cook Islands descent.
She co-founded Through The Fire Ltd, and is an independent producer, director, writer, presenter/MC. Lanita made the interactive Poi360 and webseries Poi – Hopes and Dreams, a winner at festivals including #NZWF17 and Melbourne Web Fest. Fan Girl is a finalist at #NZWF19.

Lanita moderates the session The Grass is Greener, featuring Asmara Bhattacharya (Middle of Snowhere, USA), Cam Faull (Swipe Right, Australia) and Herman Wang (The Spell Tutor, Canada).

 

Lauren Porteous

Lauren’s debut short film Motel won the Best Screenplay award at Show Me Shorts two years ago. Also in 2017, she became the first woman to win the Best Director award at 48Hours, along with the Best Film award. The film, Under The Bridge, was later recut and played in last year’s NZIFF.

Dramedy Loner is Lauren’s debut web series.

Lauren will present the world premiere of Loner as the closing session of the #NZWF19 conference programme.

 

Nikki Si’ulepa

Onscreen in recent years in titles including Filthy Rich, Housebound, Super City and Ness Simon’s award-winning web series Pot Luck (#NZWF16, #NZWF18), Nikki’s autobiographical feature Same But Different premiered earlier this year.

Nikki moderates the panel Rainbow Warriors, with Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula), Jake Pitcher (Touch Wood) and Rose McMahon (In the Rainbow).

 

Peter Haynes

Peter created and directs the award-winning series AFK (Best Web Series, #NZWF17). Season 2 has five nominations at this year’s NZ Web Fest. He also created 2017 series Ao-terror-oa, which won a Best Actress award at #NZWF18, and directs Great Southern Television’s upcoming horror series The Basement.

Peter appears on the panel The Cheque’s in the Mail, with Holly Shervey (Auckward Love, Millennial Jenny), Tupe Solomon (Misadventures of a Pacific Professional)

 

Rose McMahon

Rose’s five short films have won awards in competitions and featured in international film festivals. Essentially a director she’s also been, “out of necessity”, a Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Marketer, Editor and Chief Shoulder Massager. Her web series In The Rainbow screens on TVNZ OnDemand.

Rose appears on the panel Rainbow Warriors, with Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula) and Jake Pitcher (Touch Wood), moderated by Nikki Si’ulepa.

 

Shanon Kulupach

Shanon has been a Girls Act Good (GAG) member since 2015. She has been heavily involved in many of GAG’s projects including Cinders and the Seven Stages of Grief and The Association. Shanon was the acting coach and part of the ensemble in Last Breath.

Shanon appears on the panel Last Breath, with fellow GAG members Kelley Kerr Young and Jennifer Monk.

 

Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i

Lawyer, civil servant and former diplomat Tupe wrote Misadventures of a Pacific Professional, in part based on her own experiences. She also produced the show, directed by her husband Esera. The show has two award nominations at #NZWF19.

Tupe appears on the panel The Cheque’s in the Mail, with Holly Shervey (Auckward Love, Millennial Jenny), AFK and Ao-terror-oa creator Peter Haynes.