Meet the Crew

Ece Ger

Producer / Director / Editor

Ece Ger is a filmmaker who graduated in Film Studies at Bilgi University, Istanbul in 2012 and received her Masters Degree in Film Studies at the University of Kent’s Paris program in 2015.

Meeting Jim is her first feature-length documentary. The film has been premiered with Jim Haynes’ attendance and nominated for “Best Documentary” at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018.

Since then it has been shown at various film festivals and special screenings in around 20 cities from different corners of the world. Meeting Jim was broadcasted on BBC Scotland in 2019/2020 and won the “Best Documentary” award at Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2019.

The film continues its journey on various VOD platforms and through Zweitausendiens’s DVD release in 2020.

Marta Benavides Hidalgo


Marta (a.k.a. Marta Moslw) is a Spanish artist and writer currently based between Abu Dhabi and Andalusia. She graduated in Computer Engineering in 2009 and received her MBA at the University of Almeria in 2012, spending a year at the University of Edinburgh.

In April 2015 she moved to Paris where she met Jim Haynes. A few months later, she moved to Istanbul and started working on Meeting Jim, her first feature-length documentary project.

Nowadays, Marta works as coach and advisor helping artists and creative entrepreneurs to turn their projects and ideas into reality.

Gilliam de la Torre

Co-producer / Cinematographer

Gilliam de la Torre (Gigi) is a Cuban visual artist focused on Cinematography and Photography as her preferred creative mediums. Having studied cinematography at University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana and completed DP workshops at EICTV San Antonio de los Baños and documentary studies at TISCH NYU. She was awarded a fellowship for the Flaherty Documentary Seminar on 2012.

Her cinematographic career has been centered on her passion for documentaries, working as DP in features like “Meeting Jim”, “Cuban Food Stories” (premiered at Berlinale Film Festival, featured on Amazon Prime, iTunes, DVD and Delta Airlines), “Me Japanese” (in post, winner of the Wave Maker Grant by Cannonball and Andy Warhol Foundation), “Garage Rendevouz” on the closure of the oldest flea market in Manhattan, NY and “Call me Lucky” (currently in post, sponsored by Women Make Movies). Read More

Oğuzhan Akalın

Co-producer / Sound Recording & Design

Oğuzhan’s interest into audio visiual arts began at a very young age. 

In 1999 he started to take acting classes in the Training Unit for Children and Teenagers of Istanbul City Theatre. He later began acting in some proffesional plays in the same theatre.

In 2001, after being successful in many interviews, he was chosen for Turkish dubbing of Harry character in Harry Potter movies for the whole series. In the meantime he also performed many voiceovers for commercials.

He finished his undergraduate degree both in Cinema and Music Department at Bilgi University. In 2012 with his graduation film, Turkish Dream, he received many awards including Best Film, Best Original Script and Best Director from many festivals he participated in at home and abroad. Read More

Rainer Kölmel


Rainer Kölmel studied history at the Universities of Munich and Heidelberg where he did his PhD. He taught at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and Edinburgh University from 1974 until 1989 during which time he also worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Together with his brother Michael he was involved in Kinowelt from its foundation in 1984, when he was first in charge of acquisition and television sales. Among the hundreds of films he acquired one can find titles like THE ENGLISH PATIENT and MARCH OF THE PINGUINS.

In 1994 Rainer Kölmel founded Kinowelt Filmproduktion GmbH which in May 2003 became a subsidiary of Starhaus Produktionen GmbH based in Munich. Kinowelt Filmproduktion changed its name to Starhaus Filmproduktion in July 2008.

Starhaus Filmproduktion is focused on producing and coproducing feature films and documentaries like István Szabó’s SUNSHINE, Todd Louiso’s LOVE LIZA, Ben Verbong’s THE SLURB, Dominik Wessely’s REVERSE SHOT – REBELLION OF THE FILMMAKERS, Mika Kaurismäki’s MAMA AFRICA and THE GIRL KING, Julian Roman Pölsler’s THE WALL and most recently Hans Weingartner’s road movie 303, Eva Trobisch’s award winning debut feature ALL GOOD and Jim Rakete’s documentary NOW, about the climate activists of our time.

Başak Othan Kocaoğlu


Başak began her journey in film working as a volunteer in the International Ankara Film Festival for three years while she was studying radio, TV and cinema at Ankara University. In her senior year, she received “The Best News Programme Award in Auditory Communication” in the 13th Young Communicator Awards. After graduating, she moved to Istanbul where she has worked in numerous commercials and hit TV series as 1st AD.

In 2006 she wrote and directed the short film “DJ” for Turkish National TV – Young Filmmakers Project. Along with her career in TV, she translated Mark Brown’s theatre play “Around the World in 80 Days” which was successfully staged in the Turkish State Theatre during the 2013 season.

Since 2015 she has been working as a Chief Drama Officer for two TV series airing on national channels Star TV and Fox TV. She currently lives between Istanbul and London where she has started working on the production angle of the business.

Nina Spilger

Creative Producer

Nina Spilger studied Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden and film at the French Film School ESAV in Toulouse.

Subsequent her internship at Starhaus Filmproduktion in 2008 and graduating her studies early 2009 she started working as Junior Producer for Starhaus. During this time she also worked as the production manager of the in 2011 released feature documentary MAMA AFRICA, directed by Finland’s Mika Kaurismäki.

In April 2011 Nina Spilger went to Australia where she worked at first as a freelance production manager.

In November 2011 she joined Melbourne based production company December Media as the producer’s assistant and production coordinator. At December Media she was involved in the first Australian produced 3D IMAX film HIDDEN UNIVERSE and ABC Australia’s high-rating series THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES.

Since her return to Germany in late 2014 Nina Spilger has been working as Creative Producer for Starhaus Filmproduktion. Read More