Director of photography
Alan van Gysen
Alan is a world-renowned water photographer and producer, primarily for ocean-based film projects. He has worked extensively with major brands such as VANS, Patagonia, and for media companies like the BBC and Supersport. His recent work includes Nu Rythmo, Take it easy on the Zambezi and Mirage, a documentary on Skeleton Bay in Namibia.
Julie is CEO of Plastic Oceans, a non-profit organization with the goal of eliminating plastic pollution and fostering sustainable communities worldwide. Julie has focused on communicating new means to improve and safeguard human health and the environment from the negative effects of industrial development. She has worked in public health and nonprofit management internationally for the past 20 years, including the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Tod Hardin is the COO of Plastic Oceans International and co-leads the organization’s film development and distribution efforts. He has spent over 25 years in the marketing and communications fields and has worked in a variety of industries. Tod served as Executive Director of the Detroit Docs International Film Festival for three years, and has also written and produced a variety of short films. He recently made his directorial debut with the feature length documentary, Against the Current.
William is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Globalgate Entertainment, and a Senior Advisor to Lionsgate. He is a pioneer of local-language film and television content production, distribution and TV channels. As CEO of Dragongate Entertainment, Pfeiffer produces feature films in English and Asian languages and raises corporate financing and film financing. He also serves as the President of the board of directors for Plastic Oceans International.
Brett Shaw is an award-winning broadcast television series and documentary director, DOP and editor. He has shot stories in over 40 countries over the past 26 years. His most recent series is Chasing the Sun for Nat Geo People.
Writer & Director
Will is an award-winning journalist and editor. He writes extensively on the environment and human interest stories for media ranging from The Daily Maverick to The Surfer’s Journal.
He wrote and directed Mirage, a documentary on Skeleton Bay in Namibia.
Plastic Oceans International is a US-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to foster sustainable communities worldwide to end plastic pollution. They operate with the belief that we can and must act at the local level in order to inspire and create change on a global scale; and they do so through four key pillars of activity: Education, Activism, Advocacy and Science. Through supportive programs aligned with those pillars, and driven by embracing the circular economy, their mission is to incite action that can lead to changes in consumer behavior, corporate practices and public policy. Collectively, these changes will lead to a reduction in plastic pollution, regenerative communities and a healthier planet for many years to come.
Now Now Media
From big fish to small fish, waves and wild adventure, Now Now specialises in editorial, commercial and documentary production inspired by the sea. We write, film and photograph with a focus on Africa, where we've covered everything from Nigeria’s burgeoning surf scene, to pioneering adventures in Equatorial Guinea, boats made from repurposed plastic in Kenya, and seal rescues in Namibia. Whatever the subject or the brief, our goal is to tell authentic stories from the continent that captivate audiences around the world.