ANNA FISHKIN //
Founder, Producer, Photographer
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Anna grew up in the 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 the 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 Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Anna traveled extensively throughout the country exploring its hidden corners and indigenous history. At the same time, her formative years as an American-Belorussian photographer in Mexico were further distinguished by her continued dialogue with the developed world as she spent half her time in New York City assisting and learning from photography masters Bill Phelps and Bjorn Wallander.
Currently Anna splits her time between Mexico City and Tulum as photographer and producer. Her commercial photography work is focused primarily on the world of sustainable hospitality, slow fashion and organic cooking, collaborating with lifestyle brands that promote conscious and responsible relationship with nature. She recently photographed a soon-to-be-released cook book for The Real Coconut restaurant and organic food product line based in Tulum, Mexico, and Malibu, California. As a producer, in her travels around the world Anna is passionate to discover unique characters with powerful stories such as ‘Pacha Kuti: The Golden Path’, the upcoming short film collaboration with director/cinematographer partner Reed Rickert for NatGeo Wild.
REED RICKERT //
Reed is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, photographed and edited various documentaries, TV programs and branding films in USA, Mexico, France, Morocco and Spain.
His recent film The Flip won National Geographic’s ’Wild To Inspire’ Short Film Competition 2019 where it premiered at Sun Valley Film Festival and is also Official Selection at San Jose International Film Festival and BendFilm Festival.
In 2018 his film Iridescence was selected as one of three finalists for the National Geographic ’Wild To Inspire’ Short Film Competition.
His other notable credits include:
• Director, cinematographer 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)
• Producer, director and cinematographer of Path to Adventure, an adventure webseries co-produced with Ford Motor Company of Mexico and TV Azteca
• Director, DP and editor of Priestess of Mezcal and director of Muxe – two 30-minute TV documentaries for Mexican national TV
Reed was a Division I soccer player for University of Maryland where he began studies in Anthropology before graduating from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA with a BFA in Film / Video.
As an avid rock climber and explorer Reed is drawn to stories in adventure sports, music, and nature and cultural conservation.