Nyarri Nyarri Morgan is a senior Martu elder, leader and artist whose works have been exhibited in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Nyarri speaks seven Western desert languages. Nyarri was born Myirr Myirr and walked around with his family in the desert of the tri-state area until 1963 when he the came into contact with Len Beadell who was opening up the desert regions for the blue streak rocket tests. Beadell took Nyarri to Jigalong mission where Nyiyaparli and Martu people worked together on ranch stations surround the mission. Nyarri became a stockman, expert at breaking in wild horses and mustering cattle. In the late 1970's Martu people began reclaiming their homelands and Nyarri and his family started a camp at Parnngurr to protest a uranium mine against CRA. The families lived in humpies, and the first building they built in the new community was a school. This still thriving community is where Collisions is filmed.
"Ngaa-nga jarkulparna kartinpa yulubidyi, Jarmukurnu Yaparlyikurnu mirda kujtu ngaryukuju parlparryikujanumpa, yuwa palya."
This story I carry is until the end, from our Grandfathers and Grandmothers; not just my story alone, for everyone, thank you.
Nicole Newnham is a documentary producer and director, Sundance Film Festival alumnus and four time Emmy-nominee. Among her films are The Revolutionary Optimists, winner of the Sundance Hilton Sustainability Award, and Sentenced Home, both of which aired on PBS’ series Independent Lens. She instigated, co-produced and directed the acclaimed documentary The Rape of Europa, about the Nazi war on European culture, which was nominated for a WGA award and shortlisted for the Academy Award. Passionate about the possibility of leveraging powerful documentary stories for social change, she co-founded a story and data-mapping platform for youth to improve their own communities, called Map Your World.
Director of Photography
Patrick Meegan is a filmmaker, game designer, and translator between creative and engineering teams. He has collaborated with researchers at Microsoft Research, Intel Labs, and USC’s World Building Media Lab on interactive cinema, augmented and virtual reality projects. He currently works as a virtual reality filmmaker at Jaunt VR in Palo Alto. In addition to tackling the technical challenges of 3D-spherical video production, Patrick works passionately to discover and define the grammar and mechanics of virtual reality storytelling and expression.
Karryn de Cinque
Since graduating in 1999 from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Karryn has worked primarily in documentary, winning numerous awards and receiving multiple nominations from the Australian Screen Editors Association, as well as a 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (AACTA) nomination for best editing in a Feature Documentary for her work on Tender, directed by Lynette Wallworth. Karryn has also cut more than 20 short films, and her latest work Nulla Nulla was recently nominated for a Crystal Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, and an AACTA Award for best short film.
Liam Egan has nearly 30 years experience as a freelance sound designer, sound editor and sound recordist. In that time he has been the sound designer on over 30 feature films and he has been a sound editor and sound recordist on many more features. Liam has also been the sound designer on countless short films, documentaries, television series and multimedia projects. He has ben nominated for and/or won many awards including AFI, AACTA, ASSG, IF, Golden Reel (MPSE), Flickerfest and Apollo awards. Some of his recent awarded work includes Samson and Delilah, Beneath Hill 60, Storm Surfers 3D, The Hunter, Satellite Boy, The Broken Shore, Red Obsession and Tender. He has recently completed work on Strangerland, Beast, Ruben Guthrie and is currently working on The Daughter. Liam has collaborated with Lynette on Rekindling Venus, two installation projects with the Martu people of the Pilbara and also the documentary Tender.
About Jaunt VR
Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today’s best content creators. In addition, Jaunt works with leading creatives – from brands to artists to filmmakers – to create cutting-edge content through its studio arm, Jaunt Studios. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company also maintains a presence in Los Angeles and produces branded and original VR content for audiences worldwide. Jaunt’s investors include The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 SE, The Madison Square Garden Company, Peter Gotcher, Blake Krikorian, and Sky (corporate.sky.com). Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.
Executive Producer (for the World Economic Forum)
As head of Arts and Culture for the World Economic Forum, Nico's efforts focus on bridging the contributions of artists and the values of the arts into dialogue and decision-making on global policy. He helps artists and arts organizations leverage the Forum's complex and influential multi-sector network to broaden their understanding of global issues, speak truth to power, create powerful narratives and make real-world impact.
Cori Shepherd Stern
Cori Shepherd Stern is an Academy-nominated filmmaker who focuses on both documentary and fiction film projects. Her recent credits include box office and critical success Warm Bodies, released by Summit and Lionsgate, and Open Heart, a 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject. Collisions is the inaugural project of Stern and Nicole Newnham’s new production entity, Infinite Field.
Gigi Pritzker is an accomplished film and stage producer, businesswoman, and an active philanthropist, who serves as co-founder and CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment. Through OddLot Entertainment, which she founded in 2001, Pritzker has teamed with leading filmmakers to produce a range of high-quality, often literary-based motion pictures, such as 2010’s Academy Award®-nominated adult drama Rabbit Hole, 2013’s critically acclaimed comedy hit The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell, the film adaptation of the futuristic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game and the critically acclaimed directorial debut of Jon Stewart’s Rosewater which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is a member of The Sundance Institute Board of Trustees.
Diana Barrett is President of The Fledgling Fund, a New York-based private foundation that supports films and other creative media, primarily through finishing funds and community engagement programs. Diana received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting - Long Form for the POV documentary Good Fortune.
Sandy Herz is the Director of Global Partnerships at the Skoll Foundation.She cultivates strategic alliances and storytelling partnerships for the Skoll Foundation, with a portfolio that includes Sundance, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Public Radio International, and HarperOne, as well as flagship relationships with Oxford University and Ashoka. Consistent with Skoll’s mission, Sandy seeks out world class storytellers and platforms to create broader awareness of, engagement with, and impact from the work of leading social entrepreneurs.