co-director & dp
Silvia Turchin is a Bay Area-based documentary filmmaker and animal lover. In co-directing Dogs of the 9th Ward, she brings together two of her greatest passions - animal welfare and filmmaking.
In so many of its forms and stages, filmmaking is a way for her to explore curiosity - a way to observe, interpret and learn. Through this film, she hopes to shed light on the beauty of the human-dog bond and the importance of valuing all life. Silvia is Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts at Cal State Monterey Bay, and has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
VERONICA DUPORT DELIZ
Originally from Switzerland, Véronica Duport Deliz has been a Bay Area resident for more than a decade. She has worked internationally as a producer, director and editor, and has experience in feature length documentaries, short narrative films, and a number of documentaries series’ made for Swiss Television, France 2, TV5 and M6. Her short films have being viewed at the Cannes Festival Short Film Corner and in festivals and competitions in Europe and North America.
Aimee Bosschart is a life-long animal advocate. She received her Bachelor’s in Humanities with an emphasis in Art and Social Change from New College of San Francisco and while living in the city, became involved in ROMP (Rescued Orphan Mammal Program) and Rocket Dog Rescue. Through her involvement with Rocket Dog she learned of the severe abandoned dog problem and the disturbingly high rates of dog euthanization in shelters across the country. Combining her training in social justice and animal welfare, Aimee co-directed Dogs of the 9th Ward with the goal of raising awareness and bettering the lives of both the people and dogs of the 9th Ward and beyond.
A Bay Area native, Brian Bosschart founded a growing ecommerce platform serving domestic and international clients since 2004. He advises internet startups and is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific and sits on the Board of Directors of San Francisco based EngSkell Company. By producing Dogs of the 9th Ward, Brian is contributing a variety of resources to a localized film depicting global issues which he believes can be positively impacted through increased awareness.
After studying modern literature and working in photography, Marie Spiller began to focus on cinema, both analysis and practice. Particularly interested in hybrid cinematographic forms, she started developing her own projects as an experimental filmmaker dealing with landscape and the relationship between image and text. Meanwhile, getting more and more interested in sound for cinema, Marie started collaborating with other filmmakers doing sound recording and sound editing for their projects. Based in Paris, she is currently working in France but also participating in film projects based in San Francisco.