Aonan Yang (BFA 08), Andreas Mendritzki (BFA 08) and Nguyen-Ahn Nguyen (BFA 08), who met in their first year at Mel Hoppenheim’s Film Production program, always knew that in the film industry, strength lies in numbers.
“It takes a lot of perseverance. You need to find collaborators that you can trust and that you can build relationships with,” says Mendritzki.
So when they graduated in 2008, they decided to pool their resources. They bought a groundbreaking Red One camera and started a production company – GreenGround Productions. Nine years later, their stick-to-itiveness has paid off.
GreenGround Productions made history at this year’s RIDM Festival: no production company has ever been represented by three films at the festival. Their films won Best Canadian Short or Medium-Length Film (IN THE WAVES, directed by Jacquelyn Mills), Best Canadian Feature (PRIMAS, directed by Laura Bari), and the festival’s Grand Prize for Documentary (TAMING THE HORSE, directed by Tao Gu).
What's more, Bari (BFA 08), Mills (BFA 08) and Gu (BFA 07), as well as directors of photography, Fish Yu (MFA 08) and Glauco Bermudez (BFA 09), are all Concordia alums.