ANNA FISHKIN // Photographer, Producer
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Anna grew up in former Soviet Union where years of dance and ballet training began to shape her future interest in photography. During teenage years her family immigrated to United States as political refugees. While learning the workings of the Western capitalist system, Anna’s creative expression shifted to the more solitary activity of drawing and painting. During university years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anna continued to moonlight as an illustrator, creating technical architecture and archeology pen-and-ink drawings for books and magazines. Later she transferred to Columbia College in Chicago and graduated with a BA in graphic design and photography. After a successful decade-long career in advertising, she felt unfulfilled and began modest exploration of acting and creative writing courses at University of Chicago. The resulting inner discoveries led to a graduation from commercial life and a subsequent move to Tulum, Mexico, in 2010. While reinventing herself as a photographer on Mexican Caribbean coast, Anna traveled extensively throughout Mexico exploring its hidden corners and mysteries. Always persisting on continued dialogue with the developed world, she spent almost half her time in New York City, assisting and learning from masters of lifestyle, portrait and architecture photography Bill Phelps and Bjorn Wallander. Currently based in Mexico City and Tulum, Anna’s photography work is focused on showcasing simple elegance and honest luxury of a lifestyle connected to beauty of nature. She continues to travel all over the world and recently began production work on a new documentary film project in Peruvian Amazon region – Pacha Kuti: Return of the Machiguenga.
REED RICKERT // Director
Reed is an award winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer fluent in English and Spanish, who has produced, directed, photographed and edited various documentaries, commercials, TV programs and corporate films in USA, Mexico, France, Morocco and Spain. He is producer, director and editor of documentary film The Third Root, winner of the Latino Public Broadcasting Open Call Award, which had its world premiere at the Guadalajara International Film Festival 2016. Notable recent credits include director, DP and editor of Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music (HIIDA Award winner, official selection at Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival and Bucharest Short Film Festival) and The Carnatic Cornet (Official selection at Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival). Reed produced, directed and filmed Trazando la Aventura [Tracing the Adventure], an adventure web series co-produced with Ford Motor Company of Mexico and TV Azteca. He was director, DP and editor of Sacerdotisa del Mezcal and director of Muxe – two 30-minute TV documentaries for Mexican national TV. He was camera operator for the Latin Grammy Award winner for best long-format music video documentary in 2014 El objeto antes llama do el disco directed by Gregory Allen. Reed was a live concert videographer for KISS, Mumford & Sons, Iron Maiden, Ariana Grande, Simply Red, Cafe Tacuba and many more. He was a division I soccer player for University of Maryland before graduating from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA with a BFA in Film / Video. He is an avid rock climber and adventure sports content producer.