The Film Team

WRITER/DIRECTOR
DAWN GIFFORD ENGLE
Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist and filmmaker, and she has been nominated fifteen times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She directed the award-winning documentary films, “PEACEJAM”, “Mayan Renaissance”, “Children of the Light”, “Rivers of Hope” and “Daughter of the Maya”. She also co-authored the book, “PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace”, which was published by Penguin in 2008. She has a background in public service, working 12 years for a U.S. Senator. In 1994, Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff created the PeaceJam Foundation, which has been recognized nationally as an award-winning service learning program, and internationally for excellence in peace education.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
IVAN SUVANJIEFF
Ivan Suvanjieff is an artist and activist. He was a Detroit punk rock musician and editor at CREEM Magazine. He is well known for his abstract paintings and his literary magazine, “The New Censorship”, with contributing editors Charles Bukowski, Anselm Hollo, Anne Waldman, and Andrei Codrescu. He co-created the PeaceJam program, and has been nominated fifteen times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the Executive Producer and Director of Photography for the award-winning films “PEACEJAM”, “Mayan Renaissance”, “Children of the Light”, “Rivers of Hope” and “Daughter of the Maya”.

SOUND DESIGNER
GIACOMO BUONAFINA
Giacomo Buonafina is an award-winning actor, sound engineer, and activist from Guatemala. As an actor he is known for his work with respected directors Carlos Garcia Agraz, Rafael Rosal, and Luiz Tuchan. His indie label, “Primera Generacion Records”, recorded over 100 albums of local and Central American music and worked with artists to record albums which became fundamental i the post war artistic movement in Central America.

CINEMATOGRAPHER/TITLE DESIGNER
DAVE WRUCK
Dave Wruck is an Emmy award-winning editor, with nearly two decades of experience working in both television and documentary film. He has received five Emmy Awards for documentary films he has edited. He has also won many awards at leading film festivals. He is a constant traveler as he takes on documentary projects all over the world. Dave Wruck has worked closely with the PeaceJam Foundation film department for ten years.

EDITOR/PRODUCTION MANAGER
ELIZABETH HOLLOWAY
Elizabeth “Zabe” Holloway is a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado has been working professionally in the film production field since 2004. She’s an award-winning editor, and first began working with the PeaceJam Foundation in 2010 as an Editor for the documentary film “2012: The True Mayan Prophecy” and continued on as Editor, Videographer, and Production Manager for the Nobel Legacy Film Series.