Schuijl has impressed the film community with his intimate directing style and his intuition for storytelling. His narrative short film, Part Ways (2017), was selected for two Oscar-qualifying festivals and has made appearances at many others. Life Away From Home (2018), Schuijl’s doc short film about Venezuelan refugees is currently making its way around festivals and has already been selected as the ‘Runner Up’ during the Shortcutz Film Festival in Amsterdam.
When his family house washed away, Alacky had little choice but to migrate from Ontong Java. After moving to the capital city, he started a church and began to use his newly-attained network of high-ranking politicians to create a positive impact for his community. He is actively involved with the film’s pre-prod and distribution, hoping Ontong Java will shed light on the plight of his people.
A full-time producer and production coordinator. His skill in project management has been re ned by his time at IMAX, where he assisted in managing features through the post pipeline. He currently works on a production team dedicated to Tumblr’s new video initiative.
Gathman has worked in the film industry for seven years now, often taking assistant directing and producing jobs on independent projects. She was the 1st AD for a Spirit Award nominated director where she handled scheduling and logistics regarding the feature, and one short film Gathman worked on has recently entered the festival circuit, winning Best Dramedy in the 2020 Sunny Side Up Film Festival.
Chris Keungi was born and continues to live in Pelau village on the Ontong Java atoll. As the secretary to the house of chiefs, and with his excellent command of the English language, he has the perfect skill set and motivation to lay the productional groundworks for shooting on the atoll. He is a consultant to the international crew members and serves as a local spokesperson.
Multidisciplinary designer and creative director Pacanowski has joined design teams all over the world producing motion design projects for global brands, short documentaries, concert stage productions, and AR projects. Additionally, Pacanowski has extensive experience directing commercials, filming music videos, and most notably, shooting aerial photography.