• Louise Mbango [Co-Producer]
  • Steve Dorst [Co-Producer]
  • Kirsten Johnson [Cinematographer]
  • Dan Evans [Editor / Line Producer]
  • Moki Charles [Unit Producer]
  • ADVISORS

Louise Mbango [Director/Co-Producer] Louise Mbango [Director/Co-Producer] is the Head of Programs at one of Cameroon's largest radio station, FM 105 Douala, where she produces, writes, and presents multiple weekly cultural programs in French and English. Ms. Mbango’s career took off in 1992, when she presented and wrote for a popular national TV program on Cameroonian culture for two years. In the 13 years since, she has worked in Cameroon’s two largest broadcast markets—political capital, Yaoundé, and economic capital, Douala—at both the national and local level. In 1994, she worked for Jean-Pierre Bekolo, arguably the greatest Cameroonian director of the last generation. From 1995-2001, she held high-level positions at the cutting edge of Cameroon’s emerging broadcast-related private sector: with the country’s largest advertising firm, the first private video production company, and the first private radio station. She is known as a cultural commentator and producer: her portfolio includes dozens of hours of broadcast television—particularly cultural news, culture magazine shows, and cultural documentaries—as well as thousands of hours of radio programming. Since 1996, she has executive produced and consulted for several international documentaries, including most recently in 2006, when she received a co-producer credit for the US feature documentary Volcanic Sprint, which chronicles the spirit and challenge of the Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope. Ms. Mbango’s chief passions continue to be Cameroonian (and African) culture, music, contemporary dance, and social and gender issues. She has traveled extensively in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo), lived in France briefly, and resided in New York City (USA) from 1975-1985.

Steve Dorst [Director/Co-Producer] Steve Dorst [Director/Co-Producer] is producer and president of Dorst MediaWorks, Inc in Washington, DC, a video production studio. In 2005, he wrote, directed, and produced Volcanic Sprint, a feature documentary film that chronicles the adventure and human emotion of a brutal mountain in Africa. He has produced and directed dozens of short-format documentary and advocacy videos for prominent international organizations: American Red Cross, World Bank Group, United Nations, International Medical Corps, International Crisis Group. He has led field production teams in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. A Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Cameroon from 1994 to 1995, Dorst took lessons on the traditional mvet, became friends with co-producer Louise Mbango, and developed an early passion for Cameroon’s popular music. He later earned a Master's degree in Economics and African Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He speaks French.

Kirsten Johnson [Cinematographer] Kirsten Johnson most recently shot and directed Deadline, a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently broadcast on NBC; she also shared a cinematographer credit on Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, the biggest-grossing documentary of all time. Johnson has worked as a cinematographer for numerous PBS series, including Wide Angle, Frontline World, and Life 360, as well as standalone PBS programs. She worked as a cinematographer on the Barbara Kopple productions The Hamptons and My Generation, Ted Demme's A Decade Under the Influence: Filmmaking in the 1970s, and the Academy Award-nominated short Asylum. She has also worked as a cinematographer on productions for ITVS, HBO, VH1, and ARTE France. Johnson studied at France's National Film School, La FEMIS (Institut de Formation et d'Enseignement pour les Métiers de l'Image et du Son), and earned a BA in Fine Arts and Literature and Society from Brown University. She lived for two years living in Dakar, Senegal, and speaks fluent French.

Dan Evans [Line Producer, Editor] Dan Evans plays numerous roles at Dorst MediaWorks, including producer, writer, and editor. Prior to joining Dorst MediaWorks, Evans worked at National Geographic Television and Film, and as an independent producer has developed advocacy and documentary videos. He is an accomplished writer and served as Editor-in-Chief of the George Washington University's International Affairs Review. Evans speaks Spanish and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Americas. He holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University and BAs in History and Film Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Moki Charles Linonge [Unit Producer] Moki Charles has been a producer for the Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation for the past 11 years. Currently based in the largest TV market in Cameroon, Douala, he has served in Buea (his hometown) and Bertoua, and frequently leads field production teams for local and international documentaries throughout the 10 provinces of Cameroon. In 2006, he served as unit producer for the Dorst MediaWorks documentary feature Volcanic Sprint.

ADVISORS

François Bingono Bingono [Musicologist, art critic, and radio personality]. One of the foremost authorities on traditional Cameroonian music. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Réné Ayina [Promoter of FESTI-BIKUTSI]. Promoter of country's largest celebration of Bikutsi music, held annually in Yaoundé, and in its 11th year. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Serge Pouth [Radio journalist and cultural commentator]. Expert in Cameroonian urban music movement. Bafoussam, Cameroon.

Sévérin Cécile-Abega [Professor and author]. Renowned academic, with expertise in sociology and anthropology, particularly of Center Province. Paris, France and Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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