Gregory Kennedy-Salemi - Co-Producer / Co-Director / Producer Marketing & Distribution

Gregory’s role is to lead the team and to manage all aspects of production, marketing and distribution. Gregory’s mother and grandmother marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and made Gregory aware of the power of nonviolent activism. Gregory believes that film and media are important tools that have the capacity to wake people up to the reality that everything is inter-connected and inter-dependent. “Film and media can be used to transmit hope, understanding, compassion and inspire people to take action.”

Gregory formerly worked in the financial markets on the floor of the Chicago board of trade as an commodities arbitrage, studied computer science and international relations at DePaul University in Chicago where he won a National Collegiate award for excellence and service.  Simultaneously Gregory worked full-time as a Unix systems department manager at MTI Technology. In 2001, Gregory represented DePaul University at the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Population (W.G.I.P.) conference in Geneva, Switzerland. 

From 2002 - 2009, Gregory developed and led a youth global education, film and and media initiative at the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in Vienna, Austria. FOR is the organization which Alfred Hassler led, the NGO that organized the first Freedom Rides and Tennessee lunch counter sit-ins, and produced “The Montgomery Story Comic Book.” FOR also supported Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong and their nonviolent efforts for over 10 years.

Gregory also served as a board member on the Oak Park Illinois township Race Relations Board, volunteered as a cook at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull House, served as a board member at Chicago’s Lakeview Homeless shelter and served as a volunteer at the Nobel Peace Prize Winning social justice NGO, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

Greatly influenced by management guru Peter F. Drucker, Yvon Chouinard and the Conscious Capitalism movement and as a result of his education and experiences, he left the computer business to pursue a dream to found a Mindful media empire. Gregory met and joined forces with Stuart Jolley, a film and media expert from London, four years ago, and soon thereafter began working diligently to realize their joint mission of producing “Media that Inspires Social Change.”

Together, Gregory and Stuart have trained over 4,000 students in how to use film, media and media literacy education as tools for social change and action. Through their commercial projects, creating videos and advertisements for startups and other companies, they were able to initially self-fund the 5 Powers film project and donate their time to people and causes in which they believe, for which they are deeply passionate, and to which they wish to dedicate their lives.

Gregory Kennedy-Salemi, Dr.  Jane Goodall, Stuart Jolley, December 2013, Vienna, Austria.

Gregory Kennedy-Salemi, Dr.  Jane Goodall, Stuart Jolley, December 2013, Vienna, Austria.

They have donated their time, skills and resources to assist the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, The Omagh Community Youth Choir in Northern Ireland and numerous other inspiring people and organizations. They have also worked on several projects in Europe and Africa on behalf of Dr. Jane Goodall, who will launch a new environmental initiative, “Plastic is Not My Bag Man,” on December 13th, 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

For the past several years, they have been working to start MindFulCloud Entertainment and have focused on two films about, and starring, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Alfred Hassler.

 

Stuart Jolley - Director / Director of Photography & CHIEF VIDEO EDITOR

Stuart has been working in the media industry for over 10 years, following the successful completion of a Bachelors degree in Professional Media: Video from the University of Gloucestershire, UK. While at university and afterwards for several years, he worked as a camera operator, editor and location sound mixer for the film company Suffolk Films.

Following a move to London, he began working with Sky Television as a camera assistant for the Sky Travel channel and The Pub Channel. He also picked up numerous other freelance camera assisting jobs. In 2005, Stuart acquired his own location sound mixing equipment and started freelancing as a location sound mixer for various international television programs, channels and short films, as well as domestic film productions for educational and healthcare organizations. A diverse and multi-skilled expansion into directing, producing, camera operating, film editing, and video production training occurred after a move to Vienna, Austria.

Stuart has also volunteered as a media expert, coordinator and trainer of the Fellowship of Reconciliation Austria’s Global Education Media Literacy Program, and trained 25 young people from across Europe and the Caucasus region in an EU funded ‘Youth In Action’ Media Literacy Training project with the NGO 5Colours1World.

 

Anthony Nicotera - JD, MSW, LSW CFO / Producer, Educational Outreach Program

Anthony’s initial role will be as a strategic educational outreach and fundraising consultant, however Peace Is The Way Films will hire Anthony as a salaried and incentive based CFO and educational outreach program leader at the end of 2014. Anthony has his law and social work degrees and is an experienced leader, peace educator, executive manager, educator and development professional with a proven record of excellence in education, institutional advancement and creative, strategic program development.

Anthony has over 15 years of motivational leadership experience, setting big goals and leading organizations to high achievement; establishing new schools, centers and programs. He also has over 15 years of fundraising experience, ensuring organizations’ long-term fiscal sustainability and growth; he has raised millions of dollars to support schools and education initiatives. He also has a long record of building relations with media contacts, preparing press releases and statements, media alerts and serving as press spokesperson and communications coordinator.

He has extensive experience working with business and community leaders to connect the corporate and not-for-profit communities; he has been a tireless advocate for increased educational opportunities for low-income, urban children and families.

He has directed programs, taught courses and led workshops and seminars in peace, social welfare policy and social justice for over 12 years. He taught at DePaul University, Tufts University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He also co-founded DePaul’s Peace, Conflict Resolution and Social Justice studies program. For the past 8 years, he has taught a peace and justice course at New York University (NYU), where he also served as Interim Director of the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work.

He was a Jesuit for about six years and has worked and lived in Central America and India, working with Nobel Peace Prize winners Mother Teresa and Mairead Maguire, and numerous other national and international peacemakers. He has collaborated with interfaith and interdisciplinary coalitions.

Thus, he has numerous national and international education and peacemaking contacts and networks that he can utilize to promote Peace Is The Way Films.

He is passionate about, and committed to, mission-driven organizations which inspire excellence and provide opportunities for collaboration, civic engagement and societal transformation. Peace Is The Way Films and peace education is his passion and he deeply desires to work tirelessly to share the PITW mission and vision with domestic and international networks.

 

Brother Stream (Pháp Lưu) - Social Networking / Mindfulness Education

Brother Stream (Pháp Lưu) is from the USA and was ordained a Buddhist monk in 2003. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in English Literature in 1997 and also did non-degree study at Yale and Harvard in Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit. He taught English as a foreign language in Spain and spent one year working part-time as a teacher in inner-city schools in New Haven, CT.

This last experience inspired him even more to become a monk, and, in doing so, to discover new ways of cultivating happiness and transmitting it to young people. He helped to develop both the teens' and children's programs at Deer Park Monastery, and currently leads the children's program for French, Spanish and Italian children in Plum Village France.

He became a Dharma teacher in 2011, and has taught in North America, Europe, Brazil, Botswana, Southeast Asia and India. He has also been active in the Wake Up movement for young people, co-leading two tours in the UK, and one each in the US, Spain and Ireland, to share mindfulness with young adults at universities. He has a deep aspiration to make the simple practice of mindful breathing and embracing strong emotions available at all levels of education.

 

David Pridal - Director / Illustrator / Colorist / Animator

David has interests in a wide range of artistic fields, including illustration, painting, film, animation, game design, comics, tattoo’s, street art and more. His path started with a Diploma degree in Multimedia Techniques at a school for graphic & design in Vienna, followed by studying Fine Arts/Painting at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He has been working for the past several years as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist.

 

Ulrich (Uli) Einweg - Motion Graphics

After developing a passion for graffiti, Uli began working as a freelance web and print designer and later studied graphic design at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna where he began to develop a passion for motion graphics and animation. Uli is a committed social and environmental activist. While continuing as a freelancer, he found a new passion at the Summer Academy for Fine Arts in Salzburg where he assisted several artists and continued supporting social and ecological projects

 

Tor Kingdon - Post-Production Sound Mixing

Since 1993, Tor has been honing his listening and sound manipulation skills by working on a wide variety of music, radio, television and film projects. He spent roughly half of 1995 in Germany, working on American and German films at the famed Studio Babelsberg and moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and continues in recording, editing and mixing commentary tracks and feature films. He has also recorded ADR for TV and film, as well as dialog for animation and video games.

 

Iulia Socea - Associate Producer

Iulia started working in the field of peacebuilding in 2009 while finalizing her MA in National Security Management. Prior to that, she had studied International Relations and European Studies, both in Romania and in the Czech Republic at Charles University. As a peacebuilding professional, she has worked with the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania, initially as training coordinator and, starting in 2010, as a conflict transformation and peacebuilding trainer. She has also worked with the Austrian branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and is currently working as a project manager with Musicians Without Borders.

 

Tera Bates - Web/ Mobile App Developer

After completing a degree in engineering and computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006, Tera has been engaged in the software engineering industry working on various projects from large-scale software implementations for multinational corporations to intricate web applications, to websites for nonprofit organizations. She spends time volunteering with at-risk families and youth in both Southeast Asia and in the United States. Tera currently resides in San Diego, California working as a free-lance web-designer and developer.

 

 

Erich Tiefenbach Illustrator

Erich started drawing as a child and continued through his teenage years. He studied art and psychology in Vienna and Graz. He is self-taught and trained in comic book illustration and layout, specialized in drawing caricatures and portraits including speed-drawing at numerous events. He freelances around Europe, creating illustrations, storyboards, fonts, logos and caricatures for national and international agencies, businesses and private clients. His passion for spirituality led him to dedicate himself to Peace Is The Way Films projects.

 

Ceiri Torjussen - Composer

Although formally trained in classical music, Ceiri played in and arranged for various soul, jazz, funk and disco bands and began scoring TV documentaries while still in high school in Wales. He moved to Los Angeles where he scored feature films, many TV programs and high-profile animated shows for Nickelodeon; he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Score in 2007. Ceiri’s work has been recorded and released commercially and performed worldwide, including in the USA, UK, Germany, France and India.

 

Kathleen Edwards - Executive Audio Wrangler

Kathleen has over twenty years of experience in the music and entertainment business. Upon graduating from The University of New Mexico, she began her professional career in music, theater, film and television. She’s worked with several world class ensembles such as The San Diego Symphony Orchestra and Walt Disney Studios. In 1997, Kathleen began working in production sound for feature films, learning the ins-and-outs of music editing from 4-time Emmy Award winning music editor, Gerry Sackman and NCIS composer, Brian Kirk.

 

Katharina Kohlmayr - Associate Producer

Katharina is a researcher, social networker, translator and budding filmmaker. She has a passion for peace instilled in her by her socially engaged parents. She studied International Development at the University of Vienna and is currently studying to become a teacher, specializing in working with young children. Katharina ́s desire is to introduce mindfulness into her school classroom.

 

Magdalena Mair - Associate Producer of Marketing and Distribution

Magda joined PITW Films as an assistan with a passion for peace and the grat interest in film and storytelling.

She is currently a student of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna.