OPTIMISTIC 

Bank Job is the brainchild of filmmaker Dan Edelstyn and artist Hilary Powell who together run Optimistic Foundation –a multidisciplinary creative organisation whose ambitious work spans film, web, live events and public, participatory art.

 
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DAN EDELSTYN and hilary powell

Bank Job’ is Optimistic’s second feature film. Their first - ‘How to Re-Establish A Vodka Empire’ also expanded beyond the screen into social action and enterprise as they set up their own vodka brand ‘Zorokovich 1917’ in a bid to enliven the economy of the post perestroika village of Dan’s ancestors. The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, had a theatrical release and 4 star reviews in Times, Irish Times and Empire.  Dan Edelstyn is an experienced film director and producer with multiple commissions for C4. He is also a musician releasing as The Orchestra of Cardboard with Blang.  Hilary Powell’s work ranges from audio visual epics supported by Henry Moore Foundation and ROH to printworks collected by V&A and MoMA NY. www.optimistic.foundation    


CORE TEAM

CHRISTO HIRD - EXEC PRODUCER

LINDEN NIETO - CAMERA


MONEY PRINTING TEAM

Phil Seddon/subtractor - Designer

ALISON KAY, FARAH ISHAQ, LUCY GREGORY, SUZANNE LEMON, SUE BROWN, KATHY PATTERSON,Meltem Tigli, melissa tigli, CATHERINE ARMSTRONG, ALISTAIR GENTRY, SANAH MIR, FAAIZA ALI,SULAIMAAN SAJAD, SOPHIE BOLT, MIRANDA MOORE, isabel blackwell, george sabapathy.

THANKS TO

PAPER MAKER HELEN PORTER OF PORTERSPAPER

PRINTMAKER STEPHANIE TURNBULL

MATT MAKENZIE OF PAEKAKARIKI PRESS

Spike Gascoigne/walden press - Consultant Printmaker 

THE PROJECT HAS BENEFITED FROM THE WORK OF: Nicky Petto - associate Producer, RACHEL BRASSIER - COMMS. naomi soneye-thomas,- assistant producer. clement ducrureut -assistant producer.

THANKS TO ONGOING, WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS - SUE BROWN, ALISON KAY, DOUG SALTMARSH, ANTHONY LANE.

THE OPENING OF THE BANK IN MARCH 2018 WAS FUNDED BY a WALTHAM FOREST COUNCIL arts developement grant, THE LIPMAN- MILIBAND TRUST, THE RAYMOND WILLIAMS FOUNDATION, UCL URBAN LABORATORY, ADVENTURES/disasters IN CRYPTOCURRENCY.

INDYCUBE CONTINUE TO BE OUR KEY SUPPORTERS IN BEING ABLE TO REmAIN THE BANK. THANKS TO THEM AND THE OWNERS.

WE CURRENTLY PUSH TO RAISE FUNDS THROUGH BOND SALES AND GRANT APPLICATIONS.

THANK YOU TO NETWORK FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, AN UNLTD DO IT AWARD AND WALTHAM FOREST COMMUNITY WARD FUNDING.