DIRECTOR WRITER: ILINCA CALUGAREANU has an instinct that guides her into discovering stranger than fiction stories and larger than life characters. Blending absurd and playful tones, her films are a breathtaking mix of fiction and documentary, that immerse audiences into worlds beyond imagination. Her debut documentary feature, “Chuck Norris vs Communism”, premiered at Sundance 2015 and went on to play in cinemas and festivals around the world. Credits include VHS vs. Communism (2014, New York Times Op- Docs) and Erica: Man Made (2017, Guardian Documentaries). Currently in development with feature film “Heisenbug” ( supported by the SFFilms) and in pre production with series "Celluloid Dreams". She is a Berlinale Talents Alumi (2017), 2018 Chicken&Egg Accelerator Lab Grantee, the 2018 Sundance Institute|National Geographic Fellow and 2019 Sundance Sound and Music Labs Directing Fellow. Her second feature documentary A Cops and Robbers Story will premiere in competition at Doc NYC, November 2020.
CREATIVE PRODUCER: MARA ADINA is a creative producer and co-founder of Vernon Films where her primary focus is to push the boundaries of hybrid filmmaking and collaborate with creative voices who seek to devise new ways of arriving at story. She produced “Counterpart”, the first English-language film directed by two time BAFTA winning Adrian Sitaru which opened at Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival 2014. Mara produced Ilinca Calugareanu’s debut feature documentary “Chuck Norris vs Communism” which premiered in competition at Sundance 2015. She recently became a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and is currently in production with feature documentary There Was, There Was Not directed by Emily Mkrtichian (supported by the Sundance Institute), in development with “A Private Wild” directed by Christopher LaMarca (supported by the Sundance Institute) and “Heisenbug” written and directed by Ilinca Calugareanu (supported by the SFFilms). Her second feature documentary A Cops and Robbers Story will premiere in competition at Doc NYC, November 2020.