Director/Producer, Kiera Lewis  and Co-Producer/Designer, Cory Bratton

Kiera/Cory

Kiera Kyoto Lewis is an independent producer based in NYC and New England and a 2016 Made in NY by IFP Fellow. She is co-founder of the boutique production company Critical Findings, producing projects to transform the cultural landscape. Kyoto Lewis began her career in film working on films by esteemed filmmakers such as Todd Haynes, Joel and Ethan Coen, James Schamus, and Colin Trevorrow. She’s also worked alongside Bobbito Garcia on two of his feature documentaries, Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives and Rock Rubber 45s. Kyoto Lewis also continues to do freelance work in film and TV, including for VICE Media. Shot on location in Oman and the United States, Dates for Coffee began in 2012 when Kyoto Lewis was a Visiting Research Fellow at Sultan Qaboos University. Dates for Coffee is her first documentary feature.  

Coridon Bratton is a visual artist, specializing in photography and design. Bratton is also co-founder of the film production company Critical Findings with Kyoto Lewis. Bratton’s other work includes antique and historic fashion, web design, location management, and catering services for film and event production in New York and New England.

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Co- Producer, Niam Itani

Niam Itani is a Lebanese screenwriter & filmmaker. After five years as a programs producer at Al Jazeera Channel (Doha, Qatar), Niam embarked on an independent film career under the banner of PLACELESS FILMS. Itani's short narrative, "Super.Full." won several awards and screened at the Venice Film Festival in Italy in 2012. “Twice Upon a Time”, her debut feature film, won Best Documentary Award at its world premiere in Beirut in 2016 and had its international premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2016). Itani holds a BA in Communication Arts & an MA in Education from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and an MFA in Screenwriting from Hollins University, Virginia.

Director of Photography, Jake Swantko

Jake Swantko is an American cinematographer. He was Directory of Photography for the 2017 Special Jury Prize winning film ICARUS (Impact Partners/Netflix). Swantko has worked on a number of documentary films, contributing to PBS Frontline, National Geographic Television, Nike, and Passion Pictures. Swantko is currently based out of New York.

 

 

Composer, Todd Roach

Todd Roach is a percussionist specializing in Middle Eastern and North African drumming and oud. Roach has performed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with violinist Beth Bahia Cohen in recent years and released an album titled Strange but True. Roach is the founder of a world acoustic studio and performance center called The Loft, nestled in the hills of Vermont.

 

To reach the crew you can email us at datesforcoffee@gmail.com 

ADVISORY BOARD

NORA DE BRODER | former producer with NBC, Wall Street Journal, Refinery 29. 

DR. WOLFGANG MIEDER | International Folklore Scholar and Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont, USA.

DR. MOHAMMED AL-MUQADAM | Professor of World History and Middle East History at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.

HANA MIRE | Somali documentary filmmaker from Abu Dhabi.

MARYAM HABIL | Journalist of Al-Arabiya News and digital copywriter in Dubai.