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Art of Collaboration Directors and producers

Meet BIFF filmmakers intimately

Kate McLean and Mario Furloni -– Freeland

Kate McLean is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and documentary producer based in San Francisco. Three of her short documentaries, Gut Hack (directed with Mario Furloni), The Caretaker and Marathon have been featured in the NYTimes Op-Docs series. Aside from Gut Hack, McLean has directed the short documentary Pot Country with Furloni; they have adapted that short into the dramatic feature Freeland (SXSW 2020). Freeland multiple recipient of IFP and SFFILM/KRF grants  In 2015, they were awarded a highly competitive in-house residency at the SFFILM.  McLean is also a producer. She produced Jamie Meltzer’s PBS documentary “True Conviction,” which was supported by Sundance, Tribeca and the MacArthur Foundation;

Bill Nye: Science Guy which was on POV and premiered at SXSW 2017; as well as We Are As Gods (SXSW 2020). She is a 2015 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow, and has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Mario Furloni -– Freeland is a Brazilian-born director and cinematographer based in the Bay Area. With Kate McLean he has directed the short documentary Gut Hack, which premiered at SXSW 2017 and was released as a NYTimes Op-Doc, and “Marty, a short narrative that premiered at San Francisco International Film Festival. With McLean, he directed the short documentary Pot Country, which they have now adapted into a narrative feature, Freeland (SXSW 2020).  Furloni has also directed the Brazilian short fiction film “Tem Alguém Feliz em Algum Lugar /Someone is Happy Somewhere” (which screened domestically at SFIFF and AspenShorts Film Festival). Furloni is the cinematographer and co-producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary The Return, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca 2016 and the Golden Gate Award at SFIFF 2016 and was nominated for Emmy and Peabody awards. It was the series opening film shown on PBS POV in 2018.  Furloni has also received, along with McLean, support from SFFILM and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.  Furloni’s naturalistic camerawork can be seen in several recent films, including the NYT OpDocs A Ride Home, Footprint and the short documentary After My Garden Grows from Academy Award winner director Megan Mylan. He is one of the cinematographers in the Sundance 2020 documentary Crip Camp. Furloni holds a masters degree from the UC Berkeley School of Journalism.




David Gutnik - Materna

Julia Verdin- Angie: Lost Girls

Michael McCartney - Roommate Wanted

Lanie Zipoy - The Subject

Thursday, January 7 / 3:30pm

Westend Love Beach Pavilion


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