Key people

The beauty with documentaries is that the characters in the film actually are real people.
Let us introduce some of them to you. (more soon) 


Alex Rivera, film director

Alex is a digital media artist and filmmaker who has over the past fifteen years directed satirical animations, straight-forward documentaries that tell surreal real-life stories, and fictions that he hope to illuminate larger truths. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Award. 

Dan Koeppel, author


Dan Koeppel is author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World. Now in a fourth US printing and translated into five languages, Banana was described by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman as "essential reading" for understanding the global economy. His writing appears in Wired, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, and Popular Science and other magazines. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. 

David Magdael, publicist


Owner and founder of  David Magdael & Associates, Inc., Magdael has been providing PR expertise for over 11 years in the area of documentary film, independent films and studio releases.  He is instrumental in providing strategic public relations planning and implementation for theatrical distribution, awards campaigns, television broadcasts, film festivals and directors. Magdael is considered to be one of the go-to firms in the industry. Films include BANANAS!*, Last train home, Super Size Me, Wasteland, The Oath, Mad Hot Ballroom, Trouble the water, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The Interrupters, Being Elmo and more. 


Ken Silverstein, journalist, PR & lobby specialist

Ken Silverstein is an Open Society Foundation fellow, conducting research on corruption in the global energy business. Until 2010 he was the Washington Editor for Harper's Magazine and writes Washington Babylon for Harper's online. His feature stories for the magazine include a profile of Barack Obama as well as major investigations into arms trafficking, money laundering and corruption in the international oil business. Silverstein has broken numerous stories online, including one piece that forced the CIA to conduct a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq.


Lincoln Bandlow, lawyer

Lincoln specializes in litigating media, First Amendment, intellectual property and other entertainment related matters. He represents clients in the motion picture, television, publishing, broadcasting, internet and advertising fields. He has litigated and tried cases in both state and federal courts in matters involving claims for copyright infringement, defamation, right of publicity, right of privacy, trademark infringement and related claims. He also acts as clearance counsel for studios, documentary filmmakers, publishers and other entities and individuals in the entertainment and media communities.

Sven Hughes - Big Boys Gone Bananas!*Sven Hughes, strategic communications consultant

Sven Hughes is a strategic communications consultant. His client list includes prime ministers, militaries and multinational corporations. He is an acknowledged authority on using advanced verbalisation techniques to win the 'war of words' for his clients.  

Tim Burt, Strategic Communication & Reputation Consultant


Tim Burt is Managing Partner of StockWell Group, an international strategic communications Times, where he spent 16 years as an industry specialist writer and foreign correspondent. His firm that advises global corporations. As an adviser, he has represented companies such as AT&T, Google and Toyota. He is also a former award-winning journalist with the Financial worked has been published by the Wall Street Journal, IHT, Economist and he is a
former programe contributor to CNBC. 


Bart Simpson, filmmaker

With an interest in films that entertain, evoke, and engage public debate,  Bart is best known for producing the Sundance Award-Winning documentary "The Corporation" with his former company in Vancouver, Canada. The film has won over 26 international awards and commendations. He is a former National Chairperson of the Documentary Organization of Canada/Documentaristes du Canada. Bart's interest in the Nordic countries was nurtured at a young age, and this led him to co-produce "Bananas!*" with WG Film. He currently juggles two loves: telling unique and entertaining stories with a variety of collaborators, and playing with his multimedia dance band, Phat Tank.

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The true story about a Swedish filmmaker and a banana corporation. Dirty tricks, lawsuits, manipulation, and the price of free speech.

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