Feature Film Team
Jeremy Teicher - director. As the top recipient of Dartmouth College's 2010 Lombard Public Service Fellowship from the Dickey Center for International Understanding, Jeremy initiated a partnership with Kodak and the American Embassy in Dakar, Senegal to direct This Is Us: Video Stories from Senegalese Youth. This innovative documentary empowered young students from rural villages without electricity to write, film, and narrate stories about their daily lives, hopes, and challenges. Hailed as a "groundbreaking window into village life,” the film premiered at the American Embassy in Dakar. It is a national finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.
Jeremy's latest narrative short film and his final Dartmouth honors thesis project, "Foursquare Day," has screened at festivals across the country, including screenings at Comic-Con and WonderCon and the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival in 2011. Jeremy recently graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College where he studied Film, English, and Theater.
Chris Collins - cinematographer. A graduate of Emerson College's film program, Chris now lives in Los Angeles. His work on documentaries, commercials, and music videos includes filming A-list talent such as Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Sharron Stone, and Hugh Hefner and credits on well known shows such as Sesame Street and music videos by artists such as Weezer. Most recently, he played a key role in filming the first major hang gliding documentary entitled "Dreaming Awake" due to be released in 2012. Specializing in the new wave of HDSLR technology, Chris is a recognized leader in the Wide Open Camera online community of filmmakers through partnerships with companies such as Zeiss, Zacuto, Kessler, and GoPro.
American Embassy in Dakar – Providing both direct financial support and on-ground support, the American Embassy in Dakar will obtain proper film permits and provide the needed assistance to film in a foreign country.
Mounirou Cissé: liason to villages and production coordinator. Hailing from the village of Tanor Dieng, Mounirou is an elementary school teacher and community leader. Mounirou is instrumental in helping Jeremy create and maintain valuable local relationships.
Racky Films - production company. Racky Films is an independent production company founded in 2009 and based in Senegal. Racky Films specializes in producing feature films, TV series, short films, documentaries and dramas. Racky aims to promote Senegalese cinema through international partnerships. Racky Films' latest work includes shooting the 3rd season of Gorgoorlou, a popular television series throughout Senegal.
The residents of Sinthiou Mbadane, Senegal. Group of 12 teens, plus friends and family who will form our cast. Teens and family originally worked with Jeremy on the 2010 documentary and look forward to continuing with the feature film.