The AFRIFF Masterclasses
This year, AFRIFF is proud to present two creative classes on Directing and Documentary Filmmaking – featuring two seasoned masters of film making in Hollywood, courtesy of The United States Embassy.
Robert Hurst - Documentary Filmmaking
Robert Hurst has been making documentary, fiction and experimental films for more than twenty years. Recent projects as director and producer include The Listeners (2016, distributed by Kino Lorber Films), a feature-length documentary exploring suicide hotlines and the volunteers who answer calls.
Other recent collaborations include Sound Supervision on Destination: Planet Negro (2013) and The Only Good Indian (feature narrative, 2009); camera work on Patriot Guard Riders (feature documentary, 2011) and King Corn (feature documentary 2007), and Fall From Grace (feature documentary, 2007). He has also designed sound for permanent museum installations at the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
His current documentary project is Garden City, a portrait of the rich and complex immigrant community in the Southwest U.S.
Bob is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in documentary production, sound, aesthetics, and post-production.
Philip Noyce - Directing
Phillip Noyce (born 29 April 1950) is an Australian director, producer, and screenwriter of film and television. Since 1977, he has directed over 19 feature films in various genres, including historical drama (Newsfront, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Quiet American), thrillers (Dead Calm, Sliver, The Bone Collector), and action films (Blind Fury, The Saint, Salt). He has also directed the Jack Ryan adaptations Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) and the 2014 adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s The Giver.
He has worked with such actors as Harrison Ford, Michael Caine, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Rutger Hauer and others. He has also directed, written, and executive-produced television programmes in both Australia and North America, including The Cowra Breakout, Vietnam, Revenge, Roots, and most-recently Netflix‘s What/If.
Phillip Noyce’s next film will be Rats of Tobruk adapted from his father’s diary of the epic World War II Siege of Tobruk in Libya.
George Acogny - Scoring In Film
George Acogny was born as George Pierre Sessiwede Acogny. He is known for his work on Judge Dredd (1995), Virtuosity (1995) and The Saint (1997).