Gregory Kennedy-Salemi - Co-Producer / Co-Director / Producer Marketing & Distribution
Gregory´s is of African, French, Mexican, Irish & Native American (Itakapa & Blackfoot,) ancestry spanning over 300+ years in the USA. His Grandmother personally knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gregory´s mother and father were also active in the civil rights movement and marched with Dr. King in Chicago in the 1960´s.
From the age of 8 years old, Gregory played competitive sports. With incredible teammates and tough great coaches, who taught him invaluable lessons about teamwork, failure, success, strategy, never giving up and hard work. Gregory was first team in swimming, baseball and football. He also studied Northern Shaolin Kung Fu with Grandmaster / World Kickboxing Champion Steven Abate and Grandmaster / World Champion Kickboxer Chi Yuan Tsai (John Tsai). Gregory kick-boxed competitively during his late teens and early 20´s and never was defeated in the ring.
Gregory studied computer science and international relations at DePaul University in Chicago, where he won a National Collegiate award for excellence and service, while simultaneously working as a Unix computer systems manager for a silicon valley based tech company. Gregory has raised over $500,000 on several crowdfunding projects, and has developed numerous social and environmental good initiatives in collaboration with NGO´s, universities, educators, students, and world renowned change makers including Dr. Jane Goodall in Africa and Europe.
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). From 2002 - 2010 Gregory worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the organisation that trained Dr. King, organised the Freedom Rides and supported and sponsored Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong for over 15 years.
For the past 5 years he has been working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), on two mindfulness based social change projects. Planting Seeds of Mindfulness Planting Seeds of Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh, Tina Turner (Music), Orlando Jones & The 5 Powers Movie that won the best movie award at the People´s Film Fest, Haarlem NY).
in 2016 Gregory was invited to the Googleplex in Mountainview to present the Planting Seeds of Mindfulness project and to Stanford University´s CCARE (Medical School) to speak on a panel and present The 5 Powers Movie to 250 Stanford professors and students.
Gregory is currently leading an Inclusive Social Change project called W.I.R.D. (Weird), Wild Idea Research & Development. WIRD is A Hybrid Centralised / Decentralised Ethereum Blockchain Cryptocurrency project.
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.