Malachi is an American/German filmmaker, illustrator, writer and teacher based in Berlin. He started making films at age 10, and never stopped! Malachi studied film directing at Chapman University in Orange, California, where his thesis film went on to win a Student Emmy and traveled to film festivals across the globe.
Malachi has lived and worked as a film writer, director and producer in Mexico, France, Morocco, Italy, the Congo and Germany, where he founded his own production company and now enjoys passing on what he's learned over the years to the next generation of artists.
As head of the academic film programme here at dBs Berlin, Gabrielle is very much the caretaker for all things related to the film courses. From curriculum development to overseeing student productions and assessments, she also teaches and ensures the best possible experience for students and staff.
As a filmmaker whose passions lie in development, screenwriting and film analysis, Gabrielle has a practical and theoretical know-how of filmmaking in a variety of formats. She also holds extensive film teaching experience in both Germany and Australia.
Adam Donald is a Berlin based actor, director, scriptwriter and acting tutor. Originally from New Zealand he initially did his undergraduate training in Stage and Screen Acting and went on to get a Masters in Directing form Toi Whakaari - New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University Wellington. He has since worked extensively in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Adams career began as Director of Wellington based theatre company Short Term Visitor Parking where he devised, directed and wrote predominantly comedy productions. He has performed in many a Shakespeare production in the rocky mountains of Colorado, devising shows and teaching for GALSCO The Great American Laughing Stock Company. Most recently in Germany he has been teaching acting and film to young people. He has a passion for inspiring others and is dedicated to helping them discover and craft their hidden talents.
Growing up in an immigrant family with encouragement to try everything and the economic necessity to use whatever is at hand (including a home photography darkroom), Juli was determined to become an artist and technical experimenter at a young age. A twist of fate accidentally landed her in film school and she went on to work in the film industry as a sound editor and make short experimental films that have been shown in festivals in Milan, London, L.A., Chicago, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. In 2005, Amoré won the Best Canadian Film award at Toronto’s International One-minute Film Festival and in 2011 the Jury Prize for Experimental Film at the Toronto Underground Film Festival. Her first feature length documentary was finished in early 2016. She enjoys collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, but always returns to DIY filmmaking.
Sarah Bleasdale is a European-based choreographer and performer, originally from New Zealand. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, a Commercial Dance Diploma, and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies. Sarah has danced for Cie.Antonia Baehr(GER), SOIT/Cie.Hans Van den Broeck(BEL), Renan Martins(BR), PROJECTion Dance(AUS) and Demestri+Lefeurve(FR/BEL) amongst others. She had her gallery installation work with Dir. Leonie Kubigsteltig published for unstable.eu in Berlin, and has collaborated with the Belgian ‘20 For Brussels:Young Choreographers’. In 2016 Sarah was an award winner at the International Solo Dance Competition at Gdansk Festival Dansa for her choreography ‘SMIRK’. Commercially Sarah performs comedic Burlesque under the persona Miss Phoenix Rising, and has both choreographed and performed in music videos and live music shows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a variety of musical genres. Currently, Sarah is a member of German dance company GAU, and works with Belgian UBIK Theatre Group as the choreographer/director for their upcoming Festival Actoral premiere.
Originally from Slovenia, Simon graduated from the Ljubljana Film Academy in 2001 and has worked as a TV director for Slovenian National Television and independent director/producer for several years.
In 2003 Simon co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Amigo, which was selected as best Slovenian documentary of the year, and received the award for “Artistic Achievement" at the international Golden Knight Film Festival in Kaluga, Russia. He also wrote and directed the documentary Blue is the Sky for National Slovenian TV; the story of a man who chooses to live a life outside the restraints of society high atop a mountain. In 2005 he moved to Berlin and started onionfilms with the purpose of creating moving and thought-provoking documentary film, much like Karaka – The Seed of Change.