Inspiring the young people of the Draper and neighbouring estates through filmmaking and the performing arts.

OUR STAFF

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OUR tutors

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Luisa Pretolani.

Director DFMA / Filmmaking Tutor

Luisa is a writer, director, producer and the founder of River Crossing Productions. Her career brought her to work both in New York (for Pahni Productions) and in London. Her film work - whether fiction or non-fiction - focuses on social and political issues and unique, intimate human stories.

After 10 years as a producer for various broadcasters including Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera International and ITV, Luisa has come back to directing with the short "The Lift" starring Ivano Marescotti.  

"The Glove" with Tony Hirst, Kate Isitt, Birgitta Bernhard and Alex Marriott  is her latest short film. 2018 has been a very busy season directing music videos for the progressive rock band Karmamoi to launch their new song "Mother's Dirge" and for composer/producer Emilio Merone & Zozo with "I Will Find You".

Whilst organizing the fourth year of the Draper Film and Music Academy, a London community-embedded film school for young people living at the Elephant and Castle, Luisa is developing new projects for River Crossing Productions. Her feature "The Cook" to be filmed in Poland and UK in winter/spring 2020.

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Mysha Santini.

Motion Graphics Designer / Animation Tutor

Mysha Santini is a London based Motion Graphics Designer. She specializes in graphics for TV, Film, and Web.

She has created a number of opening TV Title sequences for Alaraby TV (a sister channel of Aljazeera) including an opener for their flagship social media show. She also created a number of channel stings including a sting for International Women’s Day.

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Ian Thompson.

Animation Tutor

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Martin Ashworth.

Documentary Filmmaking Tutor 

Martin is a founder and the producer for Toxic Berry Man, a documentary production company based in London. Having recently finished filming a film about local communities within the Gin industry, Toxic Berry Man are working with the Draper Film Academy to tell the stories of people living within the building. 

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Becky Graham.

Documentary Filmmaking Tutor

Becky has studied and worked in the arts for many years, focussing on narrative storytelling and film. Whether that's through documentary filmmaking, as a travelling poet or a visual artist. She's currently the director of Toxic Berry Man, and working on Draper Voices. 

Becky worked in an education and community setting for many years. Working as a teacher , running a number of community projects and making films with the homeless community.

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Roxy Arefpour.

Documentary Filmmaking Tutor

With a background in studying art and photography, Roxy has been the camera person on all of Toxic Berry Man's projects. She's filmed interviews, tours, panel discussions and scenic shots across the country. 

She's got a natural eye for a shot and a flair for capturing brilliant footage.

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Katanya Jones.

Singing Teacher

Katanya Jones attained a BMus degree in Jazz and Popular music studies at the prestigious Goldsmiths, University of London.

Since graduating, she has been involved in a number of original music ventures, including: the BBC’s Africa Connection project, opening for Beverly Knight at the Roundhouse, providing backing vocals at a charity gala headlined by Stevie Wonder, performing at the Barbican for Matthew Herbert’s big band and opening for Girls Aloud at Big Gay Out. Her poignant song ‘Father’ also reached number one (for three consecutive weeks) on the urban music station Channel AKA.

Her love for singing and live performance led to opportunities such as undertaking the role of Angela in Parade, at the majestic Minack theatre (in Cornwall) – as well as performing in Italy, Cyprus and Spain. Upon returning to the UK, Katanya has had the privilege of imparting her knowledge, through the roles of vocal coach and choir coordinator. Facilitating these classes have allowed the young people to perform at the Voice lab at the Royal Festival Hall, Health Poverty Action – at Waterloo, Winter Splash at the Royal Festival Hall and Music at the Tower of London. The development of skills, confidence and camaraderie is a wonderful thing to witness. I look forward to the children developing an understanding of the physiological aspects of singing techniques (and terminology), in a fun and accessible way.

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Peter Wright.

Stop Motion Tutor

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Alessandro Perchiazzi.

Documentary Photographer / Documentary Photography Tutor

Alessandro Perchiazzi is a documentary photographer born in Italy and based in London. After five years of self taught photographic study, he decided to begin his academic work in photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of the Arts London.

His approach is focused on the analog facet of the medium and his practice explores the relationships between people and their environment, with particular interest in surfacing the undercurrents of ambiguity in photography and power relations.

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Stuart Hull.

Photography Tutor

Stuart has had a long standing interest in photography, beginning with an interest in portraiture and architecture in the 2000s.  Since then, he has used digital photography as

His photography practice has expanded to include photographing live performance in venues around London,  and putting together conceptual photo shoots including a series of photos of cabaret performers at the Cinema Museum (Kennington) in 2018.

Stuart also has an interest in community and local business, and is developing photography projects in these areas.

OUR Consultants

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Jules Adamoli.

DFMA Associate Producer

Born in Surrey to a British Mother and an Italian Father, Jules was raised and schooled in Rome, Italy and grew up bilingual. As a child, during the 1960s, Jules did modeling work, and appeared on television. Following his secondary education, he tried his hand in a variety of occupations, some of which included serving in the military as a weapons specialist, carpentry, and worked for Rome City Council as residential social worker for young adults and teenagers suffering from autism.

In his mid-twenties, Jules graduated on a foundation course in Media Studies at the London College of Printing (aka London College of Communication) followed by an undergraduate degree on the highly selective (over 2000 applicants for 25 places) BA (Hons) Film and Video degree course. Following his studies, he embarked on a career as an Archive Producer on a large number of high profile, award winning music documentaries; he continues to work in this role in film and television production.

Jules is a founding member of the Draper Residents Association, the organisation that gave life to the Draper Together charity, he has held an executive position ever since, and has been involved in the Draper Film Academy, a precursor of the current Draper Film and Music Academy. He has a valid Enhanced DBS certificate (Nº 001481823150) for ‘Child and Adult Workforce Activities Organiser – Children A’. Holds a CIEH award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

PAST TUTORS

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Luca Uggias.

Composer / Music Tutor

Luca Uggias is an Italian born, London-based composer/pianist/songwriter. He graduated in Piano with full marks at the Conservatory “G. P. Da Palestrina” in Cagliari (Italy), and in Composition with full marks at the Conservatory “C. Pollini” in Padova (Italy).

He has written soundtracks for theatre and dance and his chamber, choral, orchestral and electronic musical pieces have been performed in various parts of the UK, Italy, Germany and China/Taiwan. He collaborated as a composer with the Berklee College of Music of Boston and his music has been published by the Italian musical publishing house “Feniarco”. After completing his philosophical studies in Padova, he lived and worked in China for three years, before moving to the UK, where he currently resides.

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Susan Hayes.

Choreographer / Dance Teacher

Susan Hayes began her dance training at the Irene Hayes School of Dance, now known as The Superarts Academy of Performing Arts, founded by her mother, Irene, in 1962.

Following a successful career as a dancer, having appeared in 4 Royal Command Performances, numerous TV shows/series and in the original cast of Evita, Susan focused her work as a choreographer/director working with groups in Europe, America, Australasia & the Far East, plus charity & corporate events in the UK and abroad.

Susan manages Superarts Academy, based in Southwark, and for over 35 years has worked extensively with children of all ages, as well as adults. She has devised bespoke kinaesthetic awareness programs for primary school children to raise self-awareness, body mindfulness, and encourage the development of each child’s creative potential.

Susan, also a psychotherapist/bodyworker, who graduated in 1997. She practises Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and floor barre, and facilitates creative workshops for children and adults.

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Nathan Goodman.

Dancer / Dance Teacher

Hi there my name is Nathan Goodman I’m 29 years old, and I Train at London Contemporary Dance School between 2006-2009, and completed BA Hons Degrees. Since Graduating I dance for a Richard Alston Dance Company from 2009-2014. After leaving I became a free lance dancer and have worked with many choreographers since such as Hofesh schehter, Wayne McGregor, Arthur Pita, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Fevered Sleep, Chisato Miminimura, Avant Grade Dance, Anna Watkins and many more.