Meiske Taurisia is an Indonesian based producer. Her Bachelor degrees are in Architecture and Textile Design. Later, she pursued her MA in Fashion, Design and Strategy in the Netherlands. Her interests are art, film and artistic education and she believes this combination will promote both logic and senses, especially in Indonesia.
Her acquaintance with film started in 2005, during her role as a costume designer. She worked closely together with famed indie director, Edwin, on short films and music videos until she produced the award winning Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly.
In 2008 she formed Babibutafilm in collaboration with Edwin and Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Winner, Sidi Saleh.
A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Muhammad Zaidy began his filmmaking career as a casting director and assistant director in the Indonesian film industry for several feature length films and music videos. He is associated with film projects such as Foto, Kotak dan Jendela, Jelangkung 3, and Merah Putih. These are some of the major films produced in Indonesia.
He studied in Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta, earning his bachelor degree in Political Science in 2009. He graduated MFA Producing for Film and Television at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
Muhammad produced several award winning short films in NY and LA. Recently he co-produced a feature length film, Athirah, and he is associated with the sequel of box office hit film, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2.
Shirley Tamara started her journey in film as a film projectionist and film traffic in Kineforum, an alternative screening room in Jakarta. In 2012 she joined GoodNews Film as a producer, and produced her first film, Amuk (Amok) in 2013. Some of the film that she’s involved in are: The Fox Exploits The Tiger’s Might (2015), Pria (2016), in which she handled most of the hands-on producer duties. She is now developing her first feature, Sidewalk Dogs, with Tumpal Tampubolon as writer and director.
Tumpal Tampubolon lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Math. In 2007, Tumpal was selected to attend the Asian Young Filmmakers Forum, a filmmaker-in-residence program in Jeonju, South Korea, where he made the short film, Drum Lesson. In 2009, Tumpal attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin and in 2010 he participated in the Asian Film Academy in Busan. In 2014 he won the prestigious Piala Citra at the FFI (Indonesia’s equivalent of the Oscar) for his original screenplay, Tabula Rasa. He is currently in development of his directorial debut, The Sidewalk Dogs, which received a script development support from JiFFest and Hubert Bals Fund.
Haris “Zeke” Khaseli is a film-school graduate (in 2004) who is pursuing a slightly different career path as film composer. His first big break came when he joined the cult Indonesian classic, Joko Anwar’s, Dead Time: Kala (2007). His next film, Fiksi (2008) directed by Mouly Surya, came as an even bigger break and won him a Piala Citra (the Indonesian version of the Oscars) for best composer in 2008. He formed a film composing team as Watson & Watson with Yudhi Arfani for his ensuing projects including but not limited to: The Mo Brother’s “Macabre/ Rumah Dara (2009)” and Mouly Surya’s second feature “What They Don’t Talk About when They Talk about Love” (2013). Haris’ very last project is a short called “Pria” directed by Yudho Aditya.
According to Haris, working on “Pria”: It’s one of the special rare case where I learn an invaluable lesson on restraining the use of scores in film. Yudho, Yudhi and I came to an agreement that in adding scores we have to be faithful to the film. Meaning that the score is only good as long as the music was efficient in effecting the intended mood of the scenes.
As for Haris’ collaborator, Yudhi is a guitar player and songwriter for the Indonesian band, Everybody Loves Irene. He jumped into the film industry in 2008 as part of the music team for Fiksi. Yudhi and Haris won best original score at the 56th Asian Pacific Film Festival and they were also nominated at the 8th Asian Film Awards for Mouly Surya’s What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love.