Shirley (born 1923) had been an active member of Raging Grannies for about 10 years when the organization reached Seattle. Raging Grannies is an activist organization that endeavours to raise awareness about issues regarding peace and the environment, amongst other things. Shirley has been arrested several times as a result of her actions with regards this organization. Raging Grannies is, however, not an issue in this film - Shirley and Hinda act on behalf of themselves only. Before she retired, Shirley worked as a pre-school teacher at a kindergarten. She has also done some work in the theatre business. Shirley has five children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is divorced, and her ex-husband died some years back. She used to be a conservative, but after her divorce she was free to express her liberal left-wing beliefs


Hinda (born 1929) and Shirley have known each other for thirty years. They met at the improvisational theatre group "Playback", of which they were both members. Hinda was brought up in a Jewish family in New York, her parents having fled from Russia to the US during the Russian Revolution in 1917. She has also been a political activist for many years.

Håvard Bustnes

Håvard Bustnes is a multi award winning director and producer. He holds a degree in Directing for Television from the College of Film and TV at Lillehammer, Norway. His two latest documentaries Health Factory and Big John have traveled around the world on cinema, TV and in the festival circuit. The feature documentary Big John won the prestigious Norwegian Amanda Award as best theatrical documentary film. It was also awarded the Best Nordic Documentary Prize at Nordic Panorama. His films have been broadcast on NRK (Norway), TV2 (Norway), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), TV4 (Ireland), TVP (Poland), Aljazeera Documentary Chanel (Qatar) and NHK (Japan) and been screened at festivals in Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, USA, South-Korea, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Christian Falch

Christian Falch received his degree in filmmaking at Idefagskolen in Norway and has since 2003 been the manager of the production company Gammaglimt AS. He also produces documentaries for Faction Film AS. He has produced several documentary films for cinema and national and international TV and films have been screened at festivals such as, Fantastic Fest in Austin, Sitges in Spain, CHP:DOX in Denmark, Volda, BIFF, Red Carpet, Minimalen and Kosmorama in Norway as well as appearances at MipDoc in Cannes, Latin Side of the Doc in Argentine and DocPoint in Finland. His recent productions are The Exorcist in the 21st Century, Treason and Sabotage and Street of Dreams.

Jesper Jack

Jesper Jack (Fridthjof Film) graduated from the Danish Film School in 1997. Since then, he has worked both as a director, editor, format developer and editor on series and one-off documentaries. His film Armadillo recently won the Emmy award as best documentary. Jack previously worked as a film consultant for short films and documentaries for the Danish Film Institute.

Viggo Knudsen

Viggo Knudsen is a cinematographer residing in Trondheim, Norway. He started his career working as an assistant cameraman on commercials and feature films in Oslo, Norway. In 2007 he graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles with an MFA in Cinematography. Since then Knudsen has shot several feature documentaries and worked as a co-cinematographer on even more. To mention a few: Mali`s Mom, Liv & Ingmar, The Exorcist in the 21st Century, The Final Member, Skywatchers, The Temptress.

Anders Teigen

Anders Teigen (1973) is the editor of awardwinning winning documentaries like Big John (Best Nordic Documentary 2008), From Prison to Parliament (Gullstolen, Best Documentary 2008), and The Armwrestler from Solitude (Swedish Guldbagge, Best Documentary, 2004). In 2009 Teigen was nominated for Best Editing at the Amanda film awards. From his editing room he has been involved in everything from boxing to an exorcist, a Kenyan politician, a Sami journalist on the Russian tundra, and a homeless couple in the worlds happiest country. He has edited over 30 documentaries since his graduation from the Norwegian Film school in 2000, and he has contributed in bringing interesting characters and important topics to small and big screens.

Paolo Pallavidino

Eurodoc graduate in 2007 and founder of EiE film. Up to now he produced 8 international documentaries, pitching at Hot Docs, IDFA, DocBarcelona and Thessaloniki and world premieres at Hot Docs and Berlinale. He has worked with 14 broadcasters and regularly he’s involved in co-productions supported by Media. He took part in two crowdfunding campaigns.

Lars K. Andersen

Script Consultant
Lars K. Andersen finished his education from the Danish Film School in 1996. Since then, Andersen has written or co-written more than 12 scripts for TV-series, features and documentaries. One of his most famous works is the Danish feature film Flame and Lemon where Andersen wrote the full script.

Line Halvorsen

Outreach and Impact Producer
Line Halvorsen has worked as a director and editor on more than 20 documentaries and travel series for Norwegian and International television. Her most recent films are A Stones Throw Away, USA vs Al-Arian and Living Without Money, which have all won multiple awards. She is a non-traditional thinker and a great fan of using social media, networking and innovative ways of distributing documentary film.

Faction Film

Company Profile
Faction Film is an award winning production company based in Trondheim, Norway. Over the years, Faction Film has produced a wide range of documentary films. We shed light on stories of human interest, and on social- and cultural issues from Scandinavia and other back alleys of the world. Faction Film is active in the international documentary market. Our documentary A Beautiful Tragedy, which is set in a ballet school in Russia, received acclaim from around the world, has won several awards and has been broadcast on television worldwide. Our four part documentary series Abraham’s Children - Lovers and Neighbors in the Middle East premiered nationally to critical acclaim, and is now in the international distribution circuit cured by Cinephil in Tel Aviv. Our feature documentary Big John won the Amanda Award for best theatrical documentary. It also won the Best Nordic Documentary Prize at Nordic Panorama. Now it screens at festivals throughout the world.

We are presently developing and producing a number of films for an international market. Raging Grannies will require major commitment from the company in the time to come.