The Team

Elise DuRant – Writer, Director

Edén (Eden) is Elise’s debut feature film. Edén is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts, a New York State Council on the Arts grant recipient, a Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund recipient, and supported by Women Make Movies. Elise learned filmmaking in the editing room, working for such notable filmmakers as Spike Lee and Woody Allen—a contributor to Edén.

Will Oldham – Actor

Will stars in the feature films Ghost Story (David Lowery), New Jerusalem (Rick Alverson) and Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt). He appears in Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt), Junebug (Phil Morrison), Julien Donkey-Boy (Harmony Korine), and Matewan (John Sayles). He is also a singer-songwriter, better known by the stage name Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Diana Sedano – Actor

Diana is an up-and-coming Mexican actress with well-established training in theatre. She debuts in a lead role in a feature film with Edén.

Vicente Pouso – Director of Photography

Vicente comes to filmmaking with an extensive background in print photography. He shot additional camera on Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)—Best Director Cannes Film Festival—and is the director of photography of El Nido (Alex Ezpeleta), both produced by Mantarraya Producciones. Vicente’s work includes collaborations with artists like Mario Garcia Torres, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Calderón, and Joachi Koester. He recently shot the documentary TEA by Mario Garcia Torres, commissioned by dOCUMENTA. Born in Western Sahara and raised in Madrid, he majored in Photography at the School of Fine Arts in Palma de Mallorca.

Yibrán Asuad Mújica – Editor

Yibrán is the editor of Gueros (Alonso Ruizpalacios)—Best First Feature Berlinale—Tanta Agua (Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge), El lenguaje de los machetes (Kyzza Terrazas)—world premiere Venice Film Festival—Voy a explotar (Gerardo Naranjo)—Horizons Award, Venice Film Festival—Cochochi (Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán)—Grand Prix Toulouse Latin American Film Festival, Discovery Award Toronto International Film Festival—and Drama/Mex (Gerardo Naranjo)—world premiere Cannes Film Festival.

Nohemí González – Production Designer

Nohemi is art director of internationally acclaimed films Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)—Best Director Cannes Film Festival—Stellet Licht (Carlos Reygadas)—Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival—Malaventura (Michel Lipkes)—International Film Festival Rotterdam—Los últimos cristeros (Matias Meyer), Parque vía (Enrique Rivero)—Golden Leopard Locarno International Film Festival—and Río de oro (Pablo Aldrete).

Manuel Teil – Casting Director

Casting director for more than 40 feature films, including For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (Dean Wright), Las razones del corazón (Arturo Ripstein), Under the Salt (Mario Muñoz), Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón), Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu), No One Writes to the Colonel (Arturo Ripstein), and El evangelio de las Maravillas (Arturo Ripstein).  He has also cast for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones), Man on Fire (Tony Scott), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Robert Rodriguez). His sensibility and keen eye have brought many previously unknown actors to international recognition.

José Leandro Córdova Lucas – Producer

Founding partner of Cine México and Despacho Cinematográfico—a production company dedicated to experimental film and video—where he produced the web series Los Micro Burguesesthe documentary Helios el Dios del solthe short films Respeto (José Leandro Córdova Lucas), Sofía (Elise DuRant) and Jaime Tapones (Sebastian Hofmann) amongst others.