Saskia is a consultant for film and creative enterprises.
French by education, Cuban and English by blood and American by birth, Saskia obtained her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at London’s Central Saint Martins College. Moving back to California, she started her media career in the art department – covering virtually all the jobs from PA to production designer – for the likes of Madonna, Marilyn Manson and Master P.
Saskia went on to join the board and eventually serve as festival co-director for Los Angeles’s seminal Silver Lake Film Festival, launching the festival’s visionary new media arm in 2005 (MP4Fest) in addition to curating many of its film, art and music events.
In 2007 Saskia was hired at Al Gore’s Emmy-Award winning Current TV to head up the newly formed filmmaker outreach and development department, for the participatory television programming initiatives (VC2). There, she ran a team of eight, while spearheading partnerships and initiatives designed to gain new short format documentary content for the US-based network and its European subidiaries (UK and Italy).
She went on to work as an independent producer and a film distribution strategist, maintaining her strong ties to the film world by lending her support to initiatives around new models in the arts. Projects included producing several of Lance Weiler’s DIY Days, producing the annual Filmmaker Summit at Slamdance Film Festival, supporting a crowdfunding campaign for The Yes Men, working on the TEDActive Innovation Lab with Pink Cloud Events. She has also worked as a consultant for Stephen Gyllenhaal’s transmedia campaign around Grassroots, overseeing acquisitions at the cutting edge new P2P distribution platform Vodo, and overseeing filmmaker outreach at IB5k.
A committed advocate of open information and education in the arts, she contributes as a writer to the WorkBook Project and Filmmaker Magazine and has been invited to speak at a number of conferences and festivals – from Open Video Conference to British Film Institute’s Power to the Pixel. Further pursuits include documentary programming for Slamdance Film Festival, music video programming for the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, serving as a juror and panelist for organizations ranging from Gen Art to NewFest to IFP, and curating and producing special film programs such as the bienial ‘transploitation film festival’ she created with Austin Young (‘Ultra Fabulous Beyond Drag’).
In 2009 she conceived of and started a guerilla screening series called Cinema Speakeasy, which she runs from LA with her colleague Georgi Goldman. One of the first of its kind, the series expanded to San Francisco in 2010, and in 2011 implemented a year-long residency in Palm Springs in partnership with the Ace Hotel.
Currently, she is deep in launch mode on her newest initiative: The Institute for Art and Olfaction. The IAO is a non-profit designed to instigate greater engagement with the art and science of perfumery. It launches in March 2013 in downtown Los Angeles.
Her film work has shown at TED Conference in Long Beach in 2010, and at dOCUMENTA (13) in Germany in 2012, and her artwork has been shown at institutions such as Dom Omladine in Belgrade and the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires. Current creative projects include creating a series of short video Stories, an upcoming feature-length documentary, and an art collaborative she started with her husband Micah called Mr. and Mrs. Hahn.
Contact: saskia [at] artandolfaction [dot] com