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Richard Wolf
Producer/Director


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Award-winning documentaries producer/director with over 30 films: works broadcast on BBC, CNN, APTN, Discovery, Italian, Swiss, Spanish, Brazilian and Australian networks.
   
Directed documentaries included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and premiered at the Curzon cinema (London).
   
Management experience: communications strategy, budgets, implementation of new products and workflow, team motivation, training, gender mainstreaming.
   
Strong international multicultural experience: Traveled and worked in five continents. Location shooting in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Morocco, Israel, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil, the Amazon, England, France, Denmark, Spain, Australia, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore, China, Japan, Tunisia, Mauritania, Kenya, Uganda, Iceland, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan.
Richard Wolf


Professional Experience

2011-14:

- Produced and directed Kawergosk, a feature documentary on Syrian refugees, filmed on location in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq.
- Development of feature documentary films: produced and directed Rue Mouffetard, an observational film of a multicultural neighbourhood in Paris and developed Afar, on a vanishing culture in Ethiopia.
- Coordinated the communications for polio eradication production at UNICEF Angola, including advertising and branding campaign, TV and radio ads, advocacy pieces, social mobilization and social media.
- Revamped UNDP social media and communications strategy in West Africa.


2006-2010:

- Director of Fire Dreams, a poetic documentary on the universal power of hopes and dreams set against the stunning human and visual background of Azerbaijan.

- London producer of Just One Trip, a story on drug mules in England with the UK Home Office and United Nations television for CNN and worldwide syndication.

- Development of the project Sudan in Fragments, a character-driven feature documentary on the emotional pain and return home of a British/Sudanese person, and directed the HD teaser in London.

- Director of Dishonourable Killings, an investigative documentary on honour killings of women in Kurdish communities in South-Eastern Turkey broadcast on BBC and France 24.

- Producer of Waves of Hope, a film on successful community based post-tsunami recovery projects in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand and Indonesia.

- Producer of Turning the Tide, a pilot for a series for Canadian television on community actions to mitigate the effects of climate change shot in fishermen communities in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

- Director/writer of Solidarity, a special report distributed worldwide through APTN on the recovery of Nias, Indonesia, after the Tsunami.

- Television producer for Democracy Now!, a daily television current affairs program fed from New York to over 500 stations throughout the country.

- Director of Fatima, a feature-length dramatic film shot in Baghdad featuring Iraqi and Palestinian cast. More information on the website www.fatimathefilm.com

- Senior Public Information officer for the United Nations Development Programme in Indonesia, in the tsunami recovery area (Banda Aceh). Supervision of web, multimedia, radio and outreach projects. Executive producer and writer of Ketahanan (Resilience), a documentary on post-tsunami reconstruction.

2000-2005:

- Producer of current affairs reports broadcast on CNN, the BBC and APTN, including the award-winning Behind the Veil on women's resistance against fundamentalism in Afghanistan; child soldiers in Colombia; Kbiit (Courage) on the re-building of East Timor after the independence conflict. Senior producer for the United Nations television.

- Producer of documentaries, including Women of the Sand (permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.), on Saharan nomads, The Sisters of Ladakh (WorldlinkTV) on Himalayan Buddhist nuns and Destiny (Journeyman Pictures, U.K.), on Spanish contemporary gypsies facing the global challenges.

- Team management and multimedia project coordination experience as Head of Public Information for the United Nations in post-conflict societies. Supervision of a TV station, as well as radio, print and web projects.

1998-2000: Special factual projects director for TV Cultura, the largest public television station in Latin America. Directed Going Back Home, a documentary on street children that won the station a special international Emmy award, as well as reports on hip hop and segments on elderly and slave labor broadcast on BBC, in the “Life” and “Human Rights, Human Wrongs” series.

1994-1998: Senior investigative reporter for Brazilian commercial network television (SBT and Bandeirantes), working in weekly shows with an audience of thirty million viewers. Subjects included child labor, toxic waste and the Zapatistas. Freelance producer of stories for the Discovery Channel and Australian television (ABC).

1990-1994: Producer for morning news program at Bandeirantes network. Satellite feeds, re-editing of packages, field producing, writer of news stories, participation in editorial meetings.

1988-89: Production of segments for CNN World Report through UNTV. Packaging of Gulf War feeds and coordination of live studio debates.

1985-87: New York correspondent for TV Gazeta (Brazil), covering art and lifestyle subjects. Production of Rã'ã, a documentary on Amazon Indians included in the collection of the Museum of the American Indian (N.Y.)


  Education:
Apple Certified Pro (London, 2010).
Film directing diploma from the New York Film Academy (New York, 1999).
Studied at the Global Village documentary center (New York, 1985).
Ph.D. in Economics, with honors - New School for Social Research (New York, 1983).
M.A. in History - Columbia University (New York, 1979). Graduate school fellowship.
B.A., with honors - University of São Paulo Brazil, 1977).
   
  Languages:
Fluent in English and Portuguese, basic understanding of Spanish and French.
   




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