Writer/Director Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist and filmmaker, and she has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She directed the award-winning documentary films, “PEACEJAM” (BBC World Broadcast Premiere, September 15, 2006), and “2012: The True Mayan Prophecy” (PBS Broadcast Premiere, October 22, 2011). She also co-authored the book, “PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace”, which was published by Penguin in 2008. She has a background in public service, working 12 years for the US Congress, and she was the youngest woman ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff for a U.S. Senator. In 1994, Dawn Gifford Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff created the PeaceJam Foundation, which has been recognized nationally as an award-winning service learning program, and internationally for excellence in peace education.
Executive Producer Ivan Suvanjieff is an artist and an activist. He was a Detroit punk rock musician (lead singer of the Ramrods) and an editor at CREEM magazine (his work is featured in two recently published books: ‘The Best of CREEM’ and ‘Iggy Pop and the Stooges: The Authorized Biography’). He is well known for his abstract paintings and his literary magazine, ‘The New Censorship’, with contributing editors Charles Bukowski, Anselm Hollo, Anne Waldman and Andrei Codrescu. He co-created the PeaceJam program, and he has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the Executive Producer and Director of Photography for the award winning films ‘PEACEJAM’, ’2012: The True Mayan Prophecy’, and ‘Jesus vs. Bono’. He and his wife Dawn were married by Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Saint Georges Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001.
Producer/Narrator Giacomo Buonafina is an award-winning actor, sound engineer, and activist from Guatemala. As an actor he is known for his work with respected directors Carlos García Agraz, Rafael Rosal, and the great Guatemalan director Luiz Tuchán. His passion and proficiency for sound have led him to work with some of the great sound designers of Latin America, such as Nerio Barbieris and Lena Esquenazi. His indie label, “Primera Generación Records”, recorded over 100 albums of local and Central American music between 1992 and 2002, working with artists and recording albums which became fundamental in the post war artistic movement in Central America. He is the Vice President of the Guatemalan Cinematography Association “AGAcine”, and teaches sound at the Cinematography School directed by Casa Comal.
Sound Engineer Steve “Dr. Ching” King has been a leading sound engineer for over 30 years, working at the famous 54 Sound studio in Detroit. He has won dozens of awards including the Grammy for Best Sound Engineer for the top selling album of 2002, “The Eminem Show”, which was also on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. He helped create the soundtrack for the film “8 Mile”, and several other documentary films. He has worked with an extensive list of top artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Eminem, and Kid Rock. He is also a longtime collaborator with Rolling Stones Producer Don Was.
Cinematographer Dave Wruck is an Emmy Award winning editor, with nearly two decades of experience working in both television and documentary film. He has received five Emmy Awards for documentary films he has edited. He has also won many awards at leading film fesivals, including Best Documentary Film, Audience Favorite, Jury Award, and Directors Choice. He is a constant traveler as he takes on documentary projects all over the world. Dave Wruck has worked closely with the PeaceJam Foundation film department for seven years.
Editor/Motion Graphics Supervisor Elizabeth Holloway has been working professionally in the film production field since 2004. She’s an award winning editor, and she first began working with the PeaceJam Foundation film department in 2010 as an editor for the documentary film “2012: The True Mayan Prophecy” (PBS broadcast premiere, October 2011). She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, and she has served as crew for ten different indie films, several of which have been recognized nationally.
Roberto de León Cornejo
Visual Effects Department
Mario Pozuelos del Cid
Dr. Michael Millar
Dr. Robert Sitler