Tickling Giants Crew
SARA TAKSLER – DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
A Senior Producer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Taksler has pitched stories and jokes, and researched footage since 2005. Taksler directed and produced the feature documentary, TWISTED: A Balloonamentary, a hilarious and heartwarming look at the world’s premier balloon-twisting convention, with film partner Naomi Greenfield. After debuting at South by Southwest, Hollywood Reporter called the film “A thoroughly winning feature” and Variety hailed it as “A feel good, irony-free celebration”. Taksler’s first film, Stop the Ignorance: The Beauty That Is New Jersey, was a tribute to her home state. Her latest documentary, Tickling Giants, will have its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Taksler can talk backwards and has a remarkable fake sneeze. Sara’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Using comedy to find cathartic ways to process major bummers.
FREDERIC ROSE - PRODUCER
Mr. Frederic Rose has been Chief Executive Officer of Technicolor since 2008. His two priorities since his nomination have been to improve the group’s financial situation and to re-center its Media & Entertainment activities in order to reinforce the group’s position as a technology leader in the market. Prior to joining Technicolor, Mr. Rose held various positions within Alcatel-Lucent and was a member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Affairs and the Georgetown University Law Center. Frederic’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Doing the unexpected.
MAZIAR BAHARI - PRODUCER
Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist and filmmaker. During the 2009 Iranian Election Protests Bahari was arrested without charge, and detained for 118 days. His memoir, Then They Came for Me was published by Random House in June 2011 and was made into the major motion picture, Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart in 2014. Bahari was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. He has made over thirteen films, his first, The Voyage of the Saint Louis, in 1994. A retrospective of Bahari’s films was organized by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November 2007. Maziar’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Reminding them of their broken promises over and over again.
MONICA HAMPTON - PRODUCER
Monica Hampton has worked in the entertainment business for the past 22 years, producing fiction and non-fiction features with Michael Moore, VICE Films, Kevin Smith, and Davis Guggenheim. After graduating from the University of Maryland, her career began in New York City in 1994. In 1996 she joined Kevin Smith’s View Askew Productions, working with him for six years on Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl. Under the View Askew banner, Monica solo-produced Vulgar, distributed theatrically in 2002 by Lions Gate Films. In 2003, she teamed up with Michael Moore to produce Fahrenheit 9/11 and solo-produced Slacker Uprising. In 2005, Monica joined VICE, becoming Head of Production and Post Production. While at VICE, she produced Heavy Metal in Baghdad, a documentary about Iraq’s most famous heavy metal band. She also worked for Davis Guggenheim on several documentaries including the 2015 film He Named Me Malala. In addition to Tickling Giants, Monica is currently producing a feature documentary for VICE entitled SHOT: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock. Monica’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Making films that illuminate positive spaces in dark places.
TECHNICOLOR - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Their world-class research and innovation laboratories enable them to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. They also benefit from an extensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging technologies. Their commitment: supporting the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters, homes and on-the-go. Technicolor shares are on the NYSE Euronext Paris exchange (TCH) and traded in the USA on the OTCQX marketplace (TCLRY).
HASSAN ELMASRY - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Elmasry and his wife Rasha, along with their three children, have have been living in London for the past seventeen years. Hassan, who grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, manages a multi-billion dollar investment fund and Rasha, who grew up in New York, NY, designs jewelry. Hassan serves as co-chair of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch, the global research and advocacy organization. Hassan’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Helping brave human rights defenders shine the light of truth on the misdeeds of those in power.
JAMIE CANOBBIO - EDITOR
Canobbio is a film and television editor whose projects include Strange Fruit (2005, SXSW) and Vegas: Based On A True Story (2009, Tribeca) as well as projects for Discovery, PBS, TruTV, ESPN and Major League Baseball. Jamie studied filmmaking at Hunter College in New York City and has written several screenplays with two slated for production in 2016. He’s a die-hard Mets fan. Jamie’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: With a big smile on his face.
TOM VOGT - EDITOR
Working as an editor for the past 20 years, Tom Vogt started his career at the award-winning Colossal Pictures Studio in San Francisco in the early nineties. After a short stint as a hair model, Tom and his hair moved to Los Angeles to work on the Emmy award-winning television series, South Park as lead editor for 8 years. Tom edited Academy Award-nominated, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police. Tom also edited Morgan Spurlock’s POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. His interests include long walks on the beach, wine tasting and befriending cabbies. Tom’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Focus on the belly, the sides (around the ribcage), the backs of the knees, and the ears.
TYLER H. WALK - EDITOR
Walk is a Cinema Eye award winning and Emmy-nominated editor whose most recent projects include Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next, David France’s Oscar-nominated documentary How To Survive a Plague, and Eric Weinrib’s Roseanne For President!. A graduate from Penn State University and The Edit Center, Tyler is also an amateur pinballer and pretend rock star by night. Tyler’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Quoting lines from The Lord of the Rings.
KURT ENGFEHR - CONSULTING EDITOR
Kurt’s best known for his work as an editor and co-producer on two of Michael Moore’s films, Cannes Palme d’Or winning and box-office smash, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Oscar-winning, Bowling For Columbine, for which he won the American Cinema Editors award for best documentary editing. The trophy is proudly displayed on the mantle above the fireplace, right next to the last award he won, a 3rd place Thanksgiving Day Bowling Tournament trophy from 1987. In addition to his collaborations with Moore, Kurt also co-directed, The Yes Men Fix The World, which won the audience award at Berlin and aired on HBO and, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, a humorous doc about weight loss and self-realization that was released theatrically in 2011 and has become an online and world-wide sensation, being seen by over 20 million people. He then produced and edited the documentary No Manifesto (2015) about the band Manic Street Preachers, which had a successful theatrical run in the UK. Kurt’s latest film, which he directed and shot, The Kids Menu, will be released in 2016. Kurt’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: An Amazon Parrot tail feather gently inserted into the ear canal.
ANDEEL - CARTOONIST
Andeel is an Egyptian cartoonist, script writer and internet artist who is loved in Egypt by everyone except: Sisi supporters, Muslim brothers supporters, Meninists, and Game of Thrones fans. Andeel’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Counter-clockwise.
PAUL TYAN - COMPOSER
Paul Tyan is a French-Lebanese film composer based in London. Paul has been playing music since the age of 11 and grew up in a musical environment where his mother sang in a choir and his brother played in a blues band. For Paul, writing film music is a great source of inspiration, where every project gets new ideas and emotions out of him. Paul’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: With his guitar pick instead of using a feather.
WAIL GZOLY - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Wail Gzoly is a Filmmaker and Cinematographer. He has worked for many international news agencies including VICE, BBC, EURONEWS and DW (Deutsche Welle). He is currently working on a season of Faces of Africa for China Central Television. He is also filming his next documentary in Kenya. His hobbies include taking portraits of people that each tell a story and anything having to do with music, including dancing, playing or even just listening to music. Wail’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Taking pictures and making documentaries that expose the truth.
LAUREN BELFER - ARCHIVAL PRODUCER
Since early 2013, Lauren has worked with Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese on his documentary projects, currently acting as line producer and archivist for an untitled doc feature slated for release in 2017. She worked as an archival researcher on Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next, which was shortlisted for an Oscar and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Fall 2015, and produced the feature documentary Hotline, which premiered at Hot Docs 2014. Lauren is currently at work producing After Louie, a narrative feature starring Alan Cumming and shooting in summer 2016. Lauren’s favorite way of tickling giants: Rabble-rousing.
CYRIL ARIS - ASSISTANT EDITOR
Cyril is a Lebanese Director & Screenwriter, with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York, currently in post-production for The Swing, his first feature documentary. His last short film, Siham, won a Jury Award at the 20th Palm Springs International ShortFest. Previous credits include LBC’s TV series Beirut, I Love You, and Yahoo’s web-series Fasateen, produced by Emmy-award-winning Batoota Films. Cyril’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Through a camera that demystifies their apparent image of giganticness.
RACHEL BOZICH - ASSISTANT EDITOR
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, Rachel Bozich got her start at Ark Media as an apprentice editor on Ken Burn’s three part documentary series The Emperor of All Maladies. She worked as an assistant editor on PBS’s Finding Your Roots and is currently the assistant editor on David France’s upcoming documentary. Rachel’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Through inspirational speeches from movies and by consulting with her favorite president, Thomas H. Whitmore.
STALEY DIETRICH - ASSISTANT EDITOR
Staley started his career as a camera operator on the local news in Topeka, Kansas. He moved to New York and worked on television commercials for ten years before discovering the wonderful world of documentary filmmaking. Staley’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Making a movie.
NIHAL FAROUK - ASSISTANT EDITOR
Nihal is a production designer and has held lead design roles on a number of award winning feature films, major advertising campaigns, numerous commercial and residential interior design projects. Nihal’s design work is derived from her broad, eclectic taste and her hands-on, maker sensibility. In Egypt, Nihal had experienced up close, the exhilaration of the January 25th Revolution and the turmoil and heartache that followed. Similar to Bassem Youssef and countless others, she now finds herself in indefinite, voluntary exile. Last year, she learned to edit so she could help bring Bassem’s story to the world. Nihal’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Using a standard-issue giant tickler.
MOAZ E. MAHMOUD - ASSISTANT EDITOR
Moaz Mahmoud is a New York-based narrative and documentary film editor. In 2011, he was one of the thousands of young Egyptians who went out on the streets to demand democracy and freedom for their country. That same year he began working in Egypt’s media industry as a reporter and an editor. In 2012, he was recruited by Egypt’s newest television station, MBC Masr, to create new content. In 2013 Moaz moved to New York City and still fights for Egypt’s freedom behind the scenes. Moaz’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: Exposing the lies that the Giant has been spreading.
MEGHAN SIMS - ASSISTANT EDITOR
Meghan Sims has worked on feature films, broadcast reality television series, commercials, PSA campaigns, music videos, and for VICE’s new media division. In 2012, she worked for Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, helming the new media campaign as the group lobbied for national gun law reform. Her short film, We Do Too won the Best Documentary award at the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Scene: Brooklyn film showcase in the same year. She associate produced and assistant edited the music documentary, BIG STAR: Nothing Can Hurt Me, distributed by Magnolia Pictures, released in 2013. Meghan’s favorite way of Tickling Giants: By pointing out that, despite their regal robes, she can see their bare tushes.