SAYOMBHU MUKDEEPROM (cinematographer)

Born in 1970, he graduated from the Communication Arts faculty of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, majoring in motion picture and still photography. His first film as cinematographer was Apichatpong’s Blissfully Yours (2002). Since then he has worked prolifically as a freelance DoP for both features and commercials. His feature credits include Kongdej Jaturanrasmee’s Sayew (2003) (co-directed by Kiat Sansanandana) and Midnight, My Love (2005) and three films by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon: Iron Ladies (2000), Iron Ladies 2 (2003) and M.A.I.D. (2004). He also served as a DoP for Apichatpong’s Syndromes and a Century (2006).

 

LEE CHATAMETIKOOL (editor/post-production supervisor)

He has worked as a film editor and a post-production producer in New York and Bangkok while also producing his own short films. In 2001, he moved from New York to Bangkok to work on Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first narrative feature, Blissfully Yours.  Since then he has edited many of the most significant Thai films of the last ten years including Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town (2007), Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History (2009), and several films for Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He has won Best Editor at the Asian Film Awards twice with Syndromes and a Century (2006) and Chris Chong Chan Fui's Karaoke (2009).

 

AKRITCHALERM KALAYANAMITR (sound recordist)

He has worked with Apichatpong Weerasethakul on all his films and art installations since Tropical Malady. In 2008, he founded an open art space, SOL (Space of Liberty) with his frequent sound collaborator, Koichi Shimizu. They were invited to create Anat(t)a, a sound installation, for the 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2008. His recent credits include Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Nymph (2009), Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History, Naomi Kawase’s Nanayomachi(2008), and Aditya Assarat’s Wonderful Town for which he was awarded Best Sound Design from the Buenos Aires Film Festival of Independent Films in 2008.

 

ILLUMINATION FILMS (producer)

Producers Simon Field and Keith Griffiths manage Illuminations Films. They executive produced the New Crowned Hope series of films which included features by Bahman Ghobadi, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Tsai Ming-Liang, Garin Nugroho, Paz Encina and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndromes and a Century. They also produced the latter’s major multi-platform project Primitive.

 

Projects in development include a new Brothers Quay film Sanatorium under the Hour Glass, an adaptation of Henry James’ Beast in the Jungle to be directed by Clara van Gool and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio. They are executive producing further productions including Simon Pummell’s Shockheaded Soul and the Silk Man by Margaret Constantas.

 

In post-production is Dave McKean’s second feature film Luna and Patrick Keiller’s Robinson in Ruins. Recently completed are Jan Svankmaker’s Surviving Life and Chris Petit’s feature length documentary essay film, Content.

 

CHARLES DE MEAUX (co-producer)

Charles de Meaux founded Anna Sanders Films in 1998 with Pierre Huyghe, Philippe   Parreno, and the Association for Diffusion of Contemporary Art (X.Douroux, F.Gautherot). Dominique Gonzalez Foerster has also recently joined them. Anna Sanders Films proposes to be a production tool for projects that are shaping new cinematic landscapes or, rather, the "moments in landscapes". As part of the program, Charles de Meaux directed the feature films Le pont du trieur with Thibault de Montalembert as well as Shimkent Hotel with Melvil Poupaud and Romain Duris. His next project, Stretch , will be shot in Macau and produced by MK2. His other credits include producing/co-producing Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady . His latest film "Stretch" will be released in 2010.

 

 

 

THANAPAT SAISAYMAR (Boonmee)

Thanapat is a roof-welder from the northeast. He relocated to Bangkok and has worked at construction sites. He appeared in a few television commercials, both as extras and in main roles.  

 

JENJIRA PONGPAS (Jenjira)

Jenjira first met Apichatpong when she brought actors to his office for the casting of Blissfully Yours. After repeated meetings, Apichatpong gave her a lead role in the film. Apart from his films, Jenjira worked as a supporting actress for film, advertising, and television show. After a motorcycle accident in 2003 that crippled her leg, Jenjira suspended her acting career. However, Apichatpong continues to feature her in his features and shorts. She currently produces handicrafts for a living.

 

SAKDA KAEWBUADEE (Tong)

Born in Kanchanaburi (western Thailand), 1978. He became a temple boy when he was young in order to be able to study. Later, he came to Bangkok after finishing high school. He did many odd jobs, including stints selling Kentucky Fried Chicken and working in a 7-Eleven. Four years later he joined the army for one year and then was ordained as a monk in Patumtani. He later returned to Bangkok and worked in a communications company. It was during that time that he met Apichatpong, who cast him as the country boy/ soldier in Tropical Malady (2004). He has since appeared in many works by Apichatpong, including Syndromes and a Century in which he was cast as a monk.

 

NATTHAKARN APHAIWONK (Huay)

Born in Sakon Nakorn (Northeast Thailand), 1966. When she was a teenager, Natthakarn worked in various jobs such as a waitress, a direct saleswoman, and a street vendor. Later, she co-owned an outdoor cinema business with her husband. Together they travelled the north-east screening films for 11 years. Afterwards, she briefly devoted her time to a Buddhist temple before moving to Bangkok. She is currently a singer at a restaurant where she has been on stage most nights for the last 7 years.