Director Biography – Steven Brese, Stefka Lytwyn (THE SCHOOL IN THE CLOUDS)

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Steven Brese loves bringing his eclectic experience to collaborate with other artists while finding unique and unusual ways to communicate untold stories. Steven graduated from The King’s University in 2009 with a BA in Politics, History and Economics and from University of London, Heythrop College with an MA in Contemporary Ethics in 2011 before pursing a career in media production. Learning on the job, he took on a role as a journalist in a 24-hour television newsroom in Kyiv, Ukraine. He went on to produce broadcast television for four years in Ukraine before returning home to establish himself as a visual storyteller in Edmonton, Alberta. Steven films, edits and directs and has a deep desire to highlight stories of individuals that are inspiring others to make themselves better and their communities more connected.

Stefka Lytwyn is a passionate storyteller through many mediums – photography, writing, language, mixed media, and more recently – film. Born and bred in Manchester, Stefka has always been a proud Mancunian, but her Ukrainian heritage means she has always harkened back to her roots in all aspects of her work. She focuses especially on people and their cultures and traditions.
Graduating from the University of Manchester in 2015 in Russian Studies with a year living in St.Petersburg, Stefka has recently moved back to Eastern Europe, living in Ukraine, and working with the local community to build up her cultural knowledge, in order to share this corner of the globe to a wider audience. Film is one of the more recent mediums of this. The School in the Clouds is her first ever film project, and first with Steven, but certainly not the last. Look out for more projects from these two in the future.

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