Filmmakers

Claudine Oriol

Director, Writer, Producer

Claudine is a Haitian-American actress, entertainment host, director and global philanthropist. She has appeared in films such as: the critically acclaimed, independent Haitian film Pluie d’Espoir (Rain of Hope); As Good As Dead; My Girlfriend’s Back; Blonde Ambition; and she shot Norah’s Hair Salon II, starring Mekhi Phifer and Tatyana Ali. Following the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Claudine was moved to write and direct her first-ever film, the documentary, Resilient Hearts. She spent the three years after the earthquake interviewing survivors, hearing their stories, surveying the destruction and witnessing the strength, unity and opportunity for her fellow Haitians to grow and rebuild as a country.


Kweku Mandela

Excutive Producer

Kweku is a partner and the president of one of South Africa’s largest film and television production companies, Out of Africa Entertainment. He has credits for producing the acclaimed The Bang Bang Club and Fanie Fourie’s Labola. In 2009, he and his cousin, Ndaba Mandela, co-founded and launched the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization that strives to change the global perception of Africa and showcase positive development and growth throughout the continent.


Gilbert Hippolyte

Excutive Producer

Gilbert is Haitian businessman involved with several profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations. He is the vice-president and CEO of Panexus Haiti S.A., chairman of HT360, co-founder of Technique ET Construction and a global board member and Director of Haitian Affairs for The Brewer Group. In addition to funding Resilient Hearts, he has invested in and and supported Haitian film projects, including: Pluie d’Espoir, 2005; and La Rebelle, 2005.


Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

Editor

Jean-Philippe is a Haitian-American Emmy Award-winning documentary editor and producer with more than 20 years of experience. His most recent project, Cesar’s Last Fast, was an official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Notable projects include: American Blackout, a film he co-produced and edited, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film. He edited Citizen King, which had a special screening at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. He co-produced and edited Secret Daughter, for which he won an Emmy Award and a Dupont-Columbia Awards Gold Baton. At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Jean-Philippe was a juror in the ‘Documentary’ category and served as an advisor at the Sundance Documentary Story and Edit Lab from 2004 – 2007.


Garcelle Beauvais

Producer

Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. She co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” and for four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” She is also a co-host on various television shows. She has been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled ‘I AM,’ addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. Garcelle supports the ‘Step Up Women’s Network’, she is also active with ‘March of Dimes’ and ‘Fonkonze Foundation’.


Jean-Pierre Vertus

Producer, Camera

Jean-Pierre is an actor, model and devoted humanitarian. His most recent project, Nixon in Haiti, was featured in the Short Film Corner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and his lead role in Sebastian Ingrosso’s (Swedish House Mafia fame) international hit music video, Reload, has received more than 25 million views online. His television and film work includes appearances on the series, Heroes, as well as in independent movies such as Nora’s Hair Salon II. Despite a gratifying career in Hollywood, Jean-Pierre’s heart belongs to his homeland, Haiti. Resilient Hearts marks his debut work behind the lens.


H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer

Co-Producer

H.E. Ambassador Jack Brewer was known as an exceptional special teams player and versatile defensive back during his NFL career. Since retiring from the game, he has added international entrepreneur, philanthropist and UN Ambassador to his resume. In 2009, he founded The Brewer Group, a diversified global advisory firm that offers private client, specialty finance and corporate advisory services. He was recently named as Ambassador for Peace and Sport for the US Federation of Middle East Peace (UFMEP) / United Federation of Peace and Development (UFPD) at the United Nations. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation, which focuses on the empowerment of women and children living within impoverished and underdeveloped communities.


Sarodj Bertin

Co-Producer

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sarodj Bertin, is an Actress, TV host, Attorney, and Goodwill Ambassador, who was crowned the first Haiti Miss Universe in 2010, as well as "Reina Hispano-Americana" in 2012. She is fluent in four languages. Her philanthropic endeavors led her to establish her foundation in 2011 "Sarodj For a Purpose" which main objective is to work and provide education for orphans in Haiti. In 2010 she starred in her first film, " The Voodoo List", for the Italian director Angelo Rizzo; from then on she has participated in various projects such as, “One Night In Vegas”, “Kinky” the documentary “Sweet Micky For President”, and the television show, “Aquí Se Habla Español” to name a few.


Andre Berto

Co-Producer

Andre Berto is the first-ever Haitian Olympian in the sport of boxing and a two-time professional boxing world champion. He created his own philanthropic organization, the Berto Dynasty Foundation, in 2010 following the devastating earthquake in his family’s native Haiti. Since that time, Berto has worked with BDF and partner organizations including Project Medishare and The Brewer Foundation to provide relief efforts and improve the quality of living in Haiti. He continues an active boxing career which includes bouts against some of the biggest names in the sport, including Floyd Mayweather, Jr., while engaging in regular philanthropic work.