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Dr. Liani Maasdorp

 Academic Director

Dr Liani Maasdorp is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. She convenes the Master of Documentary Arts degree programme and is the academic director of the UCT TV Studio and the Stepping Stone community engagement video training programme and co-founder of the ScreenCubator film and media talent developer.

She works as co-producer, story consultant and creative consultant on long and short form documentary films. Recent work includes producer of Strike a Rock (Audience award: Encounters International Documentary Film Festival 2017; official selection: Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2017; Best South African Documentary: Durban International Film Festival 2017; official selection: International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017).

Liani previously worked as a documentary editor and television director. She has lectured on fiction and nonfiction film at various film schools in South Africa. She was the vice-chair of the South African Guild of Editors for several years and has served as judge for the South African Film and Television Awards and the International Emmy Awards.

Her research interest areas include documentary film, self-reflexivity and editing. She is passionate about studying and teaching South African film. Her work has been published in the books World Cinema Directory: Africa and Defining the Documentary: Case Studies in the Post-1990 Context, academic journals like Film Philosophy Journal, The South African Theatre Journal, popular publications including The Call Sheet Newspaper, National Geographic Traveller, De Kat Magazine, The Mail and Guardian and her short pieces on the online platform The Conversation have collectively reached over 170 000 readers.

Email Liani: / Call Liani on: 021 650 5727/4211

Alan Johannes

 Chief Technical Officer

 Alan studied through Wits Technikon while serving an apprenticeship with an electronics company, and joined UCT’s newly established TV Unit, part of the Teaching Methods Unit, in 1980. This was incorporated into the Humanities Faculty in 2001. He is in charge of all-round studio maintenance (plus systems design and construction), and video production experience.

Email Alan: / Call Alan on: 021 650 5736

Wandile Tonqa

Junior Technical Assistant

Wandile is a self-taught photographer and videographer. His passion for cameras started when he was doing standard 6 (grade 8), when he took pictures at school and filmed events such as funerals and birthdays over the weekends. In 2009 he started working with a number of production companies as technical support and also in a live television set up, where he was responsible for linking the local studio and other west African studios via satellite. He has experience in different media set ups doing sound, vision mixing and operating studio & ENG cameras.

He is also a Stepping Stone programme graduate. At the studio, Wandile is responsible for assisting in UCT TV studio productions, preparing and checking equipment for film production students, assisting the Chief Technical Officer with gear maintenance and any other duties assigned to him.

Email Wandile: / Call Wandile on: 021 650 3985/5736

Molly Maunganidze

 Senior Secretary

Molly studied journalism and public relations, and worked as a communications officer in the Gender, Media and Development non-governmental sector in Zimbabwe. She also doubled up as an administrative assistant in many cases. Molly is driven, and passionate about people. At UCT TV, she handles administration portfolios,studio & post-production facilities bookings and manages the CFMS 's production equipment pool.

Email Molly :  / Call Molly on: 021 650 3985 (between 08h30 -13h30)

Kay-Lee Simmers

Studio Producer

Kay-Lee is a qualified filmmaker who has a deeply rooted passion for directing, producing and editing.

With a BA degree in Film and Media Production, she is currently working as a producer at UCT Television Studio, all while studying towards her Honours in Film Theory and Practice with the Centre for Film and Media Studies at University of Cape Town.

She is also a freelancer and has produced and edited multiple film projects for various creatives in the Cape Town Film Industry.

Email Kay-Lee / Call Kay-Lee on on: 021 650 3985/5727 Office HoursMON: 11am-5pm Wed: 11am-5pm Fri: 11am-5pm

Lisa Drennan

Stepping Stone Programme Head Trainer

Lisa teaches non-fiction storytelling and narrative structure, as well as advising on concept selection and basic principles of production for non-fiction and/or talk show content.  

She has just completed her MA in Documentary Arts at the University of Cape Town whilst working at UCT TV as the content producer and has been involved in the Stepping Stone programme from the onset in various roles.

Lisa is passionate about youth training and skills development and hopes to further her studies in Learning Theory and Practice.

 Email Lisa at: / Call Lisa on: 021 650 3985/5727

 Samkelo  Donisi

Impact Producer Intern – Impact Producing Resource Unit

Born in the rural area of Idutywa in Nopoto Location, in the Eastern Cape. Samkelo is a contentious, hardworking and diligent individual who shows admirable dedication to his tasks. Given the intense level of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, his poor background of education in public schools in the rural areas was not an impediment. Instead, it has equipped him to be working hard to conduct intense research and other tasks very well.He is currently studying towards a Masters in Political Communication with the Centre for Film and Media Studies.

He considers himself as a thinker, strategist and innovator. He continues to be conscientious, displaying a keen interest in media and applying knowledge he has gained to the work required. He has ten years of working experience in different sectors such as administration, research, content producing, and he is joining UCT Television Studio as an Impact Producer Intern setting up the Impact Producing Resource Unit. 

Back at home, he assists students with career guidance and to get them to tertiary level. Samkelo does this because he believes with enough will-power any child can succeed, no matter their living conditions and background. He believes these factors never define anyone, or are limiting factors when it comes to a child's potential.

He spends his spare time with family and friends. He recently committed to staying healthy to boost his energy levels.

Email at Samkelo: / Call Samkelo on: 021 650 3985/5727