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A Different American Dream Filmmakers Jane Wells and Simon Brook

DIRECTOR'S PROFILE | Starts January 6th at Cinema Village!

Jane Wells

Writer, Producer

Jane Wells is an Emmy-award-nominated documentary filmmaker and activist. She is the founder of 3 Generations, a not-for-profit organization that uses film to share stories of survivors of human rights abuses from around the world.

Jane’s 2014 feature length directorial debut, TRICKED, exposed the realities of the U.S. sex trade. The film follows pimps, johns, girls, parents and law enforcement agents fighting trafficking, providing unprecedented access into their worlds and creating a comprehensive portrait of the American sex industry today. Since its theatrical release, TRICKED has been available on Netflix for on-demand viewing in the United States and internationally and has been translated into 13 languages.

Jane is best known for producing The Devil Came on Horseback, the landmark documentary about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, which premiered at Sundance in 2007. The film won the Seeds of War Award and the Working Film Award (Full Frame Documentary Film Festival), the Witness Award(Silverdocs Film Festival), the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award (Seattle International Film Festival) and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award (Nantucket Film Festival).

Jane is the executive producer of Right There (2012) and has produced and directed over 40 short films for 3 Generations, including I'm a Victim, Not a Criminal (2010) and the award-winning shorts Lost Hope (2012) and Native Silence (2013). Her recent films include the award-winning short A System of Justice (2016) about death row exoneree Glenn Ford and Three (2014) about Syrian refugees in Jordan.


Simon Brook

Writer, Director

Born in London, Simon Brook grew up between France and England. He started out working for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Pina Bausch before entering the film industry. As an assistant director, he worked with Academy Award winning director Zbigniew Rybczinsky and Philip Kaufman on The Unbearable Lightness of Being, amongst many others.

He has written, directed and produced a number of films and documentaries such as Minus One based on the JG Ballard short story, and the Saki story Alice. Other works include 20 short films about children in Caucasus, a documentary on the Amazon river, a docudrama about the Karo tribe of Ethiopia for Canal and the documentary feature Brook by Brook, coproduced by the Dardenne brothers for ARTE. He also made a film on Alexandria at the time of Cleopatra for Discovery USA and a musical documentary in the Amazon, Jungle Magic, for Nick Fraser at BBC Storyville/ARTE. In 2006, he wrote and directed The True Legend of the Eiffel Tower a 95-minute docudrama for Canal (the most successful docudrama ever broadcast on French TV).

In 2008, he directed the documentary Generation 68, a humorous and offbeat look at the 1968 uprisings, commented upon 40 years later by Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman, Mary Quant, Vaclav Havel,Jean-Claude Carriere, Ed Ruscha and Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Georges Wolinski.

He went on to write, produce and direct Annie Nightingale: Bird on the Wireless, a one-hour primetime musical documentary with Paul McCartney and Mick Jones (of The Clash) for the BBC.

His most recent documentaries are Indian Summer, a road movie about Ayurvedic medicine and cancer; and Peter Brook—The Tightrope (Official Selection, Venice Film Festival), both released theatrically worldwide.

He is currently writing Malandro, a road-movie set in Brazil to be directed by Mika Kaurismaki and produced by CHIC Films (A Prophet)

Simon Brook has been a guest lecturer/tutor at the Sorbonne, Discovery Campus, Aristoteles Workshop, Stockholm School of Visual Arts amongst others. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA and the Director‘s Guild of Great Britain DGGB.