As entrepreneur and thought-leader, Miranda is the co-founder of IceStone, the first triple bottom line building materials company. Heralded as a model of socially responsible business practices, IceStone was the first gold cradle-to-cradle building compound as well as a founding member-company of B-Corp. Miranda and her team won numerous environmental and design awards, including Fast Company magazine’s prestigious, Greenest Entrepreneurs. In 2012, Miranda joined the advisory board of the Fetzer Institute whose mission is to promote love, forgiveness and compassion in the world. Her leadership in the socially responsible business made her an ideal candidate for the Fetzer Advisory Council(FAC). As a member of the FAC, Miranda identified businesses that embodied the Fetzer Institute’s mission. Miranda was drawn to the Raymond Ackerman story because the two share a dedication to doing good through good business. At IceStone, Miranda was credited with pioneering a deep mission-driven brand and a culture of mutual respect not unlike the accolades the Ackermans have received in South Africa. GOOD BUSINESS is the dovetailing of Miranda’s work with Fetzer and her own desire to do good. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard Business School, Miranda is also a First Mover Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Rob has been in the film industry since 2002. He began his career as a producer with Kairos Moment Film & TV, working on international TVCs and South African television shows. Majoring in accountancy and economics at the University of Cape Town, Rob relied on his love for people and a collaborative approach to projects to deliver compelling, heartfelt stories. Rob believes that visual media has the power to start dialogues, highlighting issues in a way that invites viewers to engage and respond. The imprimatur of Rob Schermbrucker films is for viewers to experience a shift in opinion or mindset as the story unfolds. In this sense, Rob strives to be an agent of change. With his wife, photographer Karin Schermbrucker, Rob created Slingshot Media to tell the stories of communities that triumph in spite of struggles, be they socio-economic, political and/or cultural. Stories of hope and inspiration are fodder for the Slingshot gristmill. GOOD BUSINESS exemplifies Slingshot’s and Rob’s ethos.
A Cinematographer/DP from Cape Town, South Africa, Timmy started his career as music documentary photographer. He has always had a strong affinity for the audio visual medium, influenced by such filmmakers as Ron Fricke, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Timmy has filmed extensively in six continents shooting documentaries, music videos, shorts and commercials. Shooting outdoors in the natural world is Timmy’s preferred location; the variables of weather, animals, plants, shifting colors and light provide a challenging environment in which to shoot.
In 2011, Timmy’s film MINI CAPE was selected as a finalist at the San Francisco Short Film Festival and Shnit! Film Festival and in 2015, MINI MATERA, a film Timmy shot in Italy for the Basilicata tourism board, won the special jury prize at the European Tourism Festival. Some of his most notable international clients include UNICEF, Red Bull, Kia, World Health Organization, Volkswagen and Adidas.
“My most memorable moment from Good Business was experiencing how each person no matter how humble their education and upbringing is plays an integral role in building a sustainable and progressive company. Every strand of the web is needed to keep the whole thing in place. Through this project I experienced how the most important thing in any business is the people and their experience of working in a company is what ultimately determines its outcome. This is an ethos that I’ve always used for my own business and I approach film in a compassionate way and always try to speak and connect with my subjects well before the cameras start rolling.”
Paul Speirs has been cutting film for over a decade, fine-tuning the art of subtle editing to improve performance and narrative pace. He works as a freelance editor on AVID and FCP both internationally and from his boutique edit suite in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television from the University of Cape Town where he won the Rob Cohen award for Best Direction. He also studied film and screenwriting in Los Angeles at the University of California and completed a certified course in video production at the University of the Nations where he won the award for best editor in 2002.
Hans has been writing music and playing songs since he was a boy, but it wasn’t until 2000 when he trained as a technician at Turnkey/Soho Soundhouse in London where he experienced the stereo effect of combining art and technology – creativity enhanced by logic, that his inspiration to become a composer transpired.
Hans studied Sound Engineering at the Cape Audio College and Sound Production at SAE Institute. Since then during his more than 15 years of industry experience he’s honed a broad musical skill set to concentrate on studio work – specializing in Audio Post Production and Music Composition for various mediums focusing on TV commercials and Internet campaigns. Hans has also worked as a composer on a number of films including NEW DAWN RISING (2008), THE ABYSS BOYS (2009), BOUND (2011), THE PRODIGAL (2012), ORANGE BLANK BLUE (2012), THERE IS NO END (2013), and most recently on LAST ONE’S OUT (2015) and GOOD BUSINESS (2015).