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Ann and Phelim Media is a film production company dedicated to creating films that tell the truth and entertain. We produce stories that not only move audiences hearts but also their minds.

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Ann & Phelim Media

578 Washington Blvd. #938
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-0500

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Magdalena Segieda (full bio)

Ms Segieda was born in 1982 in Szczecin, a city in Poland mentioned in Churchill’s famous speech about the Iron Curtain. She studied in a college geared towards supplying employees for European institutions, graduating with a BA in Political Science and International Relations the year Poland joined EU.

However Ms Segieda realized that climbing the ladder of the European bureaucracy was not for her and promptly bought a one-way ticket to Ireland to fulfill her dreams of working in the media.

Simultaneously with taking courses in Media Production in Dublin, Ms Segieda wrote for an internet site Metoo.com, interned at the film production company Esras Films and a popular Irish talk-radio station Newstalk and worked at The Abbey Theatre, the Irish national theater. In 2007, she worked on a documentary for Polish state television (TVP), shot in Dublin. Right after, she met two Irish filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, a faithful encounter that she considers one of the luckiest events in her lifetime so far. McElhinney and McAleer have just returned to Ireland after working for several years in the post-communist Romania and started pre-production for a feature documentary Not Evil Just Wrong. Ms Segieda got hired and was involved in all aspects of the production of the film. Not Evil Just Wrong is a feature length documentary with original soundtrack, filmed on locations in USA, Ireland, UK, France, China and Canada. After the completion Ms Segieda moved with the filmmakers to Washington DC and worked on the independent distribution of the film.

After the team relocated to Los Angeles, Ms Segieda worked on the “Hypocrites”, a series of short films, release online, taking a critical look at celebrities who run anti-development environmental campaigns. The three films produced so far feature James Cameron, Robert Redford and Prince Charles.

In 2012 Ms Segieda started working as co-director on McAleer’s and McElhinney’s new feature documentary FrackNation that aims to address misinformation about natural gas production in a larger energy context.

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Brittany Williams (full bio)

Brittany Williams is an Office Assistant responsible for business administration and works hand in hand with the Production Manager and team to make every step of production as seamless and efficient as possible. Ms. Williams oversees day-to-day organization of the productions office and is the first point of contact for our customers. She also assists in our Social Media outreach.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas Ms. Williams was putting her foot through the door into the working world at the age of 15 and she has been learning from each and every person she meets since then. Before becoming a part of the Not Evil Just Wrong Team, Williams was an Office Manager/ Operations Consultant for medium size corporation.

Brittany’s dog Boomer is the mascot of the office and loves to go for walks and chase tourist roller bladders.

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Barton Sidles (full bio)

Barton Sidles is responsible for the financial and contract aspect of the company. He was an Executive Producer of their latest film, Not Evil Just Wrong (2008).
Mr Sidles has been a partner in software and consulting companies (FasPay Technologies & Gemini Capital) in the US and Europe for the past 9 years. Mr Sidles has worked with McAleer & McElhinney since 2006 negotiating the licensing and distribution of their film Mine Your Own Business (2006).

Previously, Sidles was a Vice President of Creditanstalt Investment Bank and CA-IB Financial Advisors. From 1992 until 1999 with the investment bank he advised Central and Eastern European governments on the privatization of formerly state owned companies and also advised foreign strategic investors on acquisitions and mergers in the CEE region.

Originally from Nebraska, Sidles has lived nearly half his life in Europe and now lives in Los Angeles. Graduating from the University of Redlands in California with a Political Science and French double major with additional studies at Middlebury, VT, and the Sorbonne in Paris, Barton is comfortable in English, German, French and Romanian languages.

When not negotiating contracts or raising funds, Barton surfs and feels more comfortable on a peeling right wave since donating his left kidney to his oldest friend.

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Phelim McAleer (full bio)

Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist.

He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries.

Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for the Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times.

He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China.

McAleer started his career as a journalist working for the Crossmaglen Examiner a local Northern Ireland newspaper in Co. Armagh. The newspaper covered stories in the area, which was known as ‘Bandit country’ because of the ferocity of the IRA campaign in the area. McAleer then moved to the Irish News in Belfast. At the Irish News, Northern Ireland’s largest selling daily newspaper, he worked as a journalist covering the Northern Ireland troubles and peace process before becoming night editor.

He co-produced The Search for Tristan’s Mum which was broadcast on RTE 1, the Irish state television station, in 2005. It featured the shocking case of the toddler Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later.

The Search for Tristan’s Mum was selected for Input 2006, a showcase for the best programs from national public broadcasters from around the world. It was selected by industry professionals and screened at Input 2006 in Taiwan in May.

McAleer was an Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC).

In 2009, he produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examined and critiqued current concerns about global warming. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has resulted needlessly in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.

Previously, McAleer produced and directed Mine Your Own Business (2006) the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. As a result, 80 NGOs, including Greenpeace, called for the film to be banned when it was screened in the National Geographic auditorium in Washington DC.

Protestors compared Mine Your Own Business to “Nazi propaganda” and “pornography”. However, Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words. Images spun from afar. It deserves to be seen by anybody who wants to understand the impact on poor people of radical environmentalism.”

McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows including Hugh Hewitt and the Dennis Miller show.

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Ann McElhinney (full bio)

Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist.

She has produced documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland).

Ann has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Indonesia, Romania, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Madagascar and Uzbekistan.

The documentary The Search for Tristan’s Mum (RTE, 2005) saw Ann go undercover and secretly film a corrupt baby trafficking ring in Indonesia.

She exposed the case of Tristan Dowse, a baby who was adopted by an Irish man and his wife in Indonesia. Two years later, when the adoptive mother became pregnant, they abandoned Tristan in an Indonesian orphanage. The case outraged Ireland and McElhinney tracked down Tristan’s natural mother and, posing as a prospective adopter, infiltrated the baby-selling ring. As a result of the documentary Tristan is now living with his natural mother in Indonesia and the baby sellers are serving lengthy jail sentences.

The Irish government initiated a high court protection order to protect Tristan’s interests and when delivering his judgment, Justice John McMenamin said McElhinney deserved the “highest of praise” for her investigative journalism.

McElhinney was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for CBC and Romanian Twins for the BBC (2004).

In 2009, she produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examined and critiqued current concerns about global warming. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has resulted needlessly in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.

Previously, McElhinney produced and directed Mine Your Own Business (2006) – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. As a result, 80 NGOs, including Greenpeace, called for the film to be banned when it was screened in the National Geographic auditorium in Washington DC.

Protestors compared Mine Your Own Business to “Nazi propaganda” and “pornography”. However, Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words. Images spun from afar. It deserves to be seen by anybody who wants to understand the impact on poor people of radical environmentalism.”

McElhinney has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including  ABC, BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and  Fox News. She has written for a series of newspapers including The UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including Hugh Hewitt, the Dennis Miller and Randi Rhodes show.

She has spoken most recently at conferences in Washington DC,  New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City. McElhinney produces and directs documentaries with her husband Phelim McAleer.

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