Awen Films is an award-winning nonfiction production company based in Brooklyn, NY. The word “awèn” means “person” in the Lenape language, and this is also the driving idea behind the group’s mission: to produce and support documentary projects that focus on stories of the human condition. The Awen Films team provides creative services from pre-production to post-production and works with clients to create mini docs and branded docs. Awen Films has produced independent documentary shorts and features that have been screened at top film festivals worldwide.
Director / Cinematographer
Valerio was born in Rome and graduated with a major in Communication Sciences from La Sapienza University with a thesis on Jean Rouch and ethno-fiction. In 2011 he moved to New York City to attend documentary classes at New York Film Academy. In 2012 he developed and directed original content for i-Italy airing on NYC Life (WNYE-DT1). Since 2013 he has worked across the country as a freelance video-maker and camera operator for international news broadcasters Rai, Sky, Mediaset, HRT and TVI. Under the umbrella of the production company Awen Films, he has directed award-winning documentary shorts and other non-fiction productions – and initiated a long-term collaboration with Centro Primo Levi, which gave rise to the web-doc series “CPL minidocs,” a video-installation for “Rome Lab” at the Center for Jewish History, and the 30-minute documentary “Iom Romì,” which premiered at the 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center. His first feature film, “If Only I Were That Warrior,” was awarded the 2016 Italian Golden Globe and aired on public television in Italy (Rai Storia) and Switzerland (RSI La2). His latest feature documentary, “Mister Wonderland,” is expected to be released in late 2019.
ISAAK J. LIPTZIN
Producer / Cinematographer
Isaak was born in San Francisco and lived in Italy until 2009, when he moved to New York to attend photography at classes at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Interested from a young age in visual journalism, his work has touched on topics in breaking news, history, education and the environment. As a photographer, he has worked with WNYC Radio, Centro Primo Levi, Peace Child India and Transition Magazine. As a producer, he covered the 2016 presidential campaign for Italian national broadcaster Rai and worked for IMG Original Content on the Netflix Originals series “First Team: Juventus.” With Awen Films, which he co-founded in 2012, he has worked extensively as producer and cinematographer on commissioned projects for clients such as MSNBC, Centro Primo Levi and Zillow. He collaborated closely with director Valerio Ciriaci on independent documentary features including “If Only I Were That Warrior” (2016 Italian Golden Globe for best documentary) and “Mister Wonderland” (currently in production), and short films including “Treasure – The Story of Marcus Hook” and “Iom Romì.”