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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own - Filmmakers

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DANIEL TRAUB Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Daniel Traub is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and photographer. He lived in China from 1998 to 2007, working as cinematographer on documentary films for various networks and production companies, including PBS, German television ZDF and Arte. More recently, Traub directed the feature-length Barefoot Artist about Lily Yeh and her collaborative artworks in war-torn communities and Xu Bing: Phoenix about the condition of Chinese migrant laborers.

Traub’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia and the Lianzhou Foto Festival in China. His work can be found in public and private collections, such as The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

KEN KOBLAND Producer/Editor

Since the mid-1970s, Kobland has produced art/experimental/personal film and video works that have been screened in numerous festivals worldwide and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou; Stedelijk Museum; and Arsenal, Berlin. Kobland has collaborated for many years with the Wooster Group, a New York-based experimental theater company. He has worked as a cinematographer and editor on documentary features on Joan Mitchell, Chuck Close, Louise Bourgeois, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Kobland’s personal work is distributed by EAI (NY), ARGOS (Brussels) and VDB (Chicago).

MORNING SLAYTER Executive Producer

Morning Slayter has worked as a producer, director and sound recordist on documentaries and features. She produced the documentary Shut Up and Look about the artist Richard Artschwager and High Wire on Philippe Petit, and has directed political shorts at the United Nations and the White House for Danish and Swedish television. She worked closely with artists in the making of films on Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keeffe, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Rivers, Mark di Suvero and Nam June Paik. She is a private art dealer and art appraiser with expertise in 20th- and 21st-century American and European art.


Melody London is a film editor of internationally awarded fiction and documentary feature films. Her most recent editorial credits include It’s Personal by Paramount Pictures, about the organizers of the Women’s March; Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, shortlisted for an Academy Award; and Laura Poitras’s Risk, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She has directed projects that include Mary Henry, a feature documentary and Lost financed by the American Film Institute. The first feature film (of more than seventeen) that London edited, Stranger Than Paradise was aesthetically groundbreaking and won many international prizes. London is on the Board of Directors of the Eurica Media Lab, which is dedicated to global communication.

SIMON TAUFIQUE Composer/Producer

Simon TaufiQue is a New York-based polymath: film producer, composer, entrepreneur, tech inventor and cat owner. He recently produced the Lionsgate/Universal film Imperium, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette. TaufiQue co-produced and scored She’s Lost Control (Visit Films) with executive producer and Academy Award nominee, Oren Moverman. The film won the CICAE Forum Prize at the Berlinale, was screened at SXSW and New Directors/New Films, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit awards. Current projects include the MacArthur Foundation-winning documentary The Interpreter, the Sloan Prize-winner Radioactive Boy Scout, and the film adaptation of Rick Moody’s cherished novel Purple America, as well as an anthology series of feature-length adaptations of literary works by legendary authors. TaufiQue is a founding partner of the indie film fund Atomic Features and GMK Media.