Perfect Sweat Cast
Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photojournalist and the best-selling author of fifteen books. Aaland's best known book is the 1978 classic best seller 'Sweat, The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Banya, Islamic Hamman, Japanese Mushi-buro, Mexican Temescal and American Indian & Eskimo Sweat lodge.' Aaland, who leads photography workshops around the globe, is comfortable both in front and behind a camera.
Anna Artemieva is an interior design journalist and public relations specialist, representing cutting-edge architects, brands and dealers. Burkina's creative design company is called the Shum (which means 'noise' in Russian) Agency. Anna's blog about the banya culture is followed by over 10,000 readers. She calls herself a "banya addicted girl' who is hooked on the healthy living communal aspects of the traditional bathing culture of Russia.
Sho is an actor / contemporary dancer / art producer, basing in Tokyo and works worldwide.
As an actor, he has worked a number of times with Yukihiko Tsutsumi, one of the most well-known Japanese film directors.
In 2018, Sho made his Hollywood debut in action film, “Darc”, as Shigeru Kageyama, a leading role.
Sho started his own production company, 034productions, in 2019.
Christine Rose was introduced to the modern Aufguss Sauna culture after moving from her native Germany to northern Italy. While bathing at Cron 4, a public sauna center in South Tyrol, she experienced a “romantic sauna dance” where the Aufgussmaster executed a unique sauna ritual with dancing movements, music and natural oils which were put on the ice-balls on the sauna stove. Afterwards, Christine and her partner Maria Santini and friends, founded the Italian Aufguss Association, AISA, dedicated to bringing the Aufguss culture to Italy and Europe through contests and education.
Christine is a highly ranked Aufguss contestant and has successfully participated in several national Aufguss preliminary contests, as well as the International Aufguss-WM Finals, with 500 participants. Christine also works as a volunteer for the Italian Sauna Association with its 400 members.
Elizabet Kurumlu has been working as a location manager/ line producer/ fixer and researcher for filming projects all over Turkey since 1991.
She has experience in different genres - from
historic documentaries, current issues documentaries, newscasts, advertorials and event filming, including multinational productions for the highest caliber production houses and TV channels such as PBS, BBC, CNN, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic, BFMTV, ZDF, ORF, SAT3, MBC, MediaCorp, hosting famous personalities such as Michael Portillo, Tony Robinson, Boris Johnson, Bettany Hughes and David Baddiel, just to name a few. Press Release
Elizabet is best known for the projects: The Hidden Art of Islam (2012).
Lasse Eriksen is a highly skilled and experienced sauna master with background as a professional sauna master for over 25 years. Lasse consults around the world to bring sauna rituals to new audiences and assisted the British Sauna Society with their project to take the first UK team to the Aufguss WM.
Lasse is the Development Manager of Nordic Hotel and Resort, Farris Bad, which is the largest, most beautiful and content-rich spa department in the Nordic region. He's also a board member of ISA- International Sauna Association, Head of Norwegian Sauna Association , Vice President Aufguss WM , Hydrothermal Initiative member GWI , & initiator of Sweat For Charity. He's the President of the Norwegian Badstue Association, and is the Ambassador in Norway for World Wellness Weekend.
Perfect Sweat Directors
Mika Hotakainen graduated as a fiction film director from Helsinki Polytechnic University, Arts and Media in 2004. Ever since he made his career mainly focusing on fiction and documentary directing. Mika’s international breakthrough film as a Director in 2010 was the feature documentary film, Steam Of Life (Miesten Vuoro - co-directed with Joonas Berghäll) which won several prizes in film festivals worldwide. The film went on to reach a global audience through cinema and TV distribution. Mika was also co-founder of the film production company, Oktober ltd. Now, Mika has continued his career working as a freelance Director/Writer for fiction, documentary, and TV series formats for several award-winning productions.
Wolfgang Ettlich is an award-winning German documentary filmmaker specializing in long-term observation. In 1985, Ettlich founded Mediengruppe Schwabing (MGS). In 1995, he received the Grimme-Preis for his film “Ausgerechnet Bananen” (1991), and in 1999 he received a nomination for the German Film Award for his film “Wir machen weiter”. In 2017, he was the first documentary director to receive the prestigious film award from the City of Hof. He is also known for We'll be Keeping On (1999), & Venedig - als hätten wir geträumt.
Sasha Kulak’s portfolio includes a variety of independent cultural projects made in collaboration with young talents across the globe. Her films have taken her across the world, recently Sasha presented a feature film ‘A Hawk as Big as a Horse’ at DokLeipzig 2022 (2022 special mention), which was produced with the support of Arte France, CNC, and a grant recipient from the Sundance Institute. The film Mara (2022) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam - it is a hybrid documentary video essay about Belarusian protests in the summer of 2020.
Alina Rudnitskaya is an award winning film director and producer. She is a 2001 graduate of St. Petersburg University for Arts and Culture, Department of Film Directing, where she started her career in the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. Rudnitskaya's films have been shown worldwide and received critical acclaim and prizes in festivals in Leipzig, Madrid, Oberhausen, Zagreb, Berlin, Belgrade, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Rudnitskaya's films always have a characteristic original perspective; she is interested not only in depicting the facts of life but also in exploring the internal worlds of her characters. She succeeds in painting a vivid image of modern society while maintaining a very personal and humanistic approach to each one of her stories.
Tokyo-native director/cinematographer/editor Kaoru Ima studied the arts in New York and applied his love of visual art, music, and storytelling into filmmaking. He is fluent in English and Japanese. Kaoru Imafuku is the Founder of Exhibit Films, a production company based in Tokyo. He produces commercials, narrative films, documentary, and music videos that are emotionally driven, story-focused, and globally minded. From Hollywood studios to local independent artists, the clients Imafuku’s work exhibits the truest sense of humanity.
As an independent producer, director, fixer, photographer and writer, Michiko Zentoh has more than 20 years of experience managing & coordinating multiple travel and research-intensive projects for various global clients in industries including private and public broadcasters, universities, corporations, and government entities.
Michiko has specialized in Japanese traditional culture in relation to modern global society. She has completed many projects on food & culture aspects of the world, started with field producing for programs for Mr. Anthony Bourdain.
The Turkey episode is both produced and directed by Tuba Guvelioglu.
Guvelioglu is an Executive Producer with the production company, Motion Films Istanbul.
Her credits include Netflix's "Chef's Table," "Expedition Unknown," and "The Martha Stewart Show."
Robin Hansen-Tangen has been a producer at Monster Entertainment AS in Oslo, Norway since 2018.
He produced the 2013 film, Å Begrave en Hund, was a Camera Operator for 10 episodes of the TV series, Meglerne, and Production Coordinator for the TV series Nattskiftet.
Doug Pray has directed a number of highly acclaimed feature-length documentary films about subcultures and maverick characters. His work includes, “ART & COPY” which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and “SURFWISE” about legendary surfer and health guru, Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz. Doug’s other films include the critically acclaimed and internationally distributed “HYPE!” “SCRATCH,” “BIG RIG,” “INFAMY,” and “LEVITATED MASS.” Doug won his first Emmy Award for an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign he shot and directed in El Salvador for Viacom. In 2012, he won international awards for “WAKE UP THE TOWN,” a series of shorts for Phillips filmed in the world’s northernmost village. He has directed a Spike TV program for Dr. Martens called “VEER,” and “FEEL YOUR HEART RACE” for ESPN about auto racing. Clients include Google, Budweiser, IBM, Samsung, Ford, PBS, Microsoft, Mobil, Kodak, Adidas, Nike, Sprite, Guinness, and the Canadian Government. He is currently executive producing, writing/editing a 4-episode docu-series for HBO called “THE DEFIANT ONES.”
The Production Company Behind Perfect Sweat
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