Black Helmet Productions has produced a number of documentaries since forming in 2007. It’s largest current project is Spied Upon, a documentary about social activists targeted by undercover police, and exposing today’s complex international spying apparatus.
The Black Helmet team
Jason Kirkpatrick began directing film in California in the 1990’s with 8mm and has filmed documentaries in Asia, North American and Europe. His films have shown in over 15 countries. Jason co-founded Black Helmet Productions in 2007 and is BHP’s main fire-starter. He co-produced the dvd Action in Asia, and has been active in various libertarian social movements since 1989, including the anti-G8 Dissent! Network. He holds a M.A. in Globalisation Studies, and also served as Vice-Mayor of Arcata, California. Jason is Director and Writer of Spied Upon.
Francesca Andrade’s lifelong political activism helped ignite a passion for documentaries, and reinforced her commitment to making genuine and provoking films such as her first feature documentary NOISE AND RESISTANCE, released by Neue Visionen. She completed her camera training in Berlin and has filmed in Spain, Holland, Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Russia, and the UK. She is the Co-Director and Director of Photography for Spied Upon.
Heino Deckert is the German Producer for Spied Upon. In 1991 he founded Majade Film Production, he runs Deckert Distribution, and has produced over 70 films which have premiered at international festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, IDFA Amsterdam, DOK Leipzig, Visions du Réel in Nyon, and Cinema du Réel in Paris. Deckert was Chairman of the European Documentary Network from 2006-2008.
Agostino Imondi received a Crystal Bear Prize for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlinale International Film Festival with his NEUKÖLLN UNLIMITED. Released by Indi Film, Neukölln Unlimited has also received numerous other prizes and shown at multiple international film festivals from Europe to Vietnam. Imondi is the Film Editor for Spied Upon.
Hans Hafner Berlin based Composer for Spied Upon. He wrote music for the award winning series “Danni Lowinski” (German Television award 2 times), and “Allein gegen die Zeit” (International Emmy nominee). He composes electronic music, orchestral music and songs, and is also on the board of the Composers Club.
Ramtin Zanjani was born in Tehran, Iran, and graduated from the University of Pune, India, where he studied documentary film, fine arts and architecture photography. He has also worked in the fields of advertising and industrial photography. Ramtin is the Graphic Designer for Black Helmet Productions and Spied Upon, and runs Digital Lie.
Daria Samokhvalova is the web-master for both Spied Upon and Black Helmet Productions. She has a degree in Literature, and is currently studying Film, with a focus on sound. She moved to her current residence of Prague originally to work for the World Carfree Network.
Contact Spied Upon via Jason( at )blackhelmetproductions.net