Martin lived in Italy in the nineties where he graduated in 1995 as a cinematographer from Istituto Di Stato Per La Cinematografia e Per La Televisione – “R. Rossellini”, and Social Communications from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in 1997. Martin also holds a Global Executive MBA degree from USIU, Kenya (2013).
“Marto”, as friends and colleagues call him, is an award-winning filmmaker who specialized in cinematography, though he has worked in various filmmaking capacities over the span of his close to 30-year career. His current screen credits are in cinematography, directing, editing, producing, writing, as well as creating TV show formats.
Adapting skills learned from top directors and cinematographers such as Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris), Anthony Minghela (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Remi Adefarasin (Elizabeth) among others, Martin has over the years perfected his combination of lighting techniques as well as his unique approach to directing and producing audio-visual content of all genres. One of his latest projects was a reality TV show Ms. President which aired on KTN HOME in 2019 and was trending at number one on Wednesday evenings when the show was on air.
Currently, Martin is one of the founding directors of Dreamcatcher Productions Limited, is the current Chairman of the Kenya Film & Television Professionals Association (KFTPA), and is a member of several film-related committees and KEPSA. He sits on the board of Next Media, a Media company in Uganda which owns several media-related companies.A passionate foodie, musician, simulator pilot among other activities close to his heart, Martin is well travelled and fluent in English, Italian, Bulgarian and Swahili.
Isabella Maina is a producer, director, writer and consultant based in Kenya with experience in various productions; feature films, documentaries and corporate videos.Having worked in the film industry under various production units for the past 18 years, she is currently the founder of Dive Productions a continuation of her filmmaking journey with the aim of telling, sharing and showing our stories, creating employment opportunities and mentoring other upcoming filmmakers.A graduate of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – Diploma in Film/Video production, she has undertaken other professional courses in: screenwriting, cinematography, directing, digital social media among other personal development courses.
She is a member of the Kenya National Film Association (KNFA)
IMMACULATE “ASHLEY” MURUGI
As the first born in a family of two, Immaculate always stood out as the witty one, always out and about being the team leader in the childhood games.Growing up through her teens, she participated in Drama and Music festivals and always took the lead roles through to Provincial levels. She looked up to American Actress Ashley Judd to the point of branding herself as Ashley. This name stuck all through her 9 year professional acting and even became her character name on the famous Tahidi High drama series.
Immaculate studied Mass Communication and Film Production to enhance her acting profession. She is a graduate of Public Relations from Daystar University and is currently undertaking a short course in Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation Program at the United States International University – Africa.As a seasoned PR, Marketing and Branding professional, she has a knack for solid achievements in the realization of organisations’ PR and Marketing objectives. Immaculate has been a consultant for various private and Government entities.Currently, Immaculate is the Deputy Director, Embu Governor’s Press and Communication. She also runs Solutions Media Productions – a PR Consultancy firm. Her mission is to be one of the most powerful brands in the region and to provide organizations with the best PR and Film Production solutions that gives them a competitive advantage in their respective industries.
James Kanja is the Executive Producer at Black Magic Films. He is also an award winning TV and Film Director who has worked on numerous local and international TV commercials, Films, TV Series such as The XYZ Show and most recently associated with the Netflix Series, Sacred Games 2.