Cornelia Ravenal

Co-Founder|Producing Partner

Cornelia RavenalCornelia has worked as a producer, scriptwriter, speechwriter and journalist with work at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and regional theaters, in media worldwide and at 25+ festivals. For Wilderness Films, she identifies projects and opportunities, often supplying the original vision and bringing together resources and teams.

Her work as a producer began with the offbeat doc Feelings About Food (2005), winner of 5 “Best” Awards, and the award-winning short The Other Woman (2006). She was also a lead producer of the off-Broadway NY Times Critics Pick Nirbhaya (2015). Upcoming projects include a TV series with Piodor Gustafsson from creator Yuri Sivo and the documentary Moving Stories with Sundance winning director Rob Fruchtman.

She writes for producers in the US and Sweden. Original scripts include The Initiation (to be produced by Mike S. Ryan) and A Midsummer Night's Moose Story, top 2% Semi-finalist for the 2016 Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep.

Previously, she was a journalist and cultural critic, published in The New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and Asia Pacific, reporting from New York, Delhi and Mumbai on subjects as diverse as business, modern Indian culture and South Asian art. From 1996-98 she was a US Correspondent for India’s leading news magazine, India Today.

She began her career with Of The Reach Of Children (wrote book, music and lyrics), winner of the Seagram’s Award and the longest running play in New Playwrights Theater history.

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Mikael Södersten

Co-Founder|Producing Partner

Mikael SöderstenMikael has over 20 years experience in the Nordic film and television industries. Widely known as a script doctor an dramaturg, he’s worked on over 60 projects in Denmark and his native Sweden.

Films include Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let The Right One In, Felix Herngren’s 2014 Swedish box office hit The 100 Year Old Man Who… Disappeared, and Mikael Marcimain’s Gentlemen, nominated for a record 13 Swedish Oscar (Guldbagge) Awards.

As a scriptwriter, he’s co-written the TV mini-series Raoul Wallenberg for SVT and I Love You: A Divorce Comedy with director Johan Brisinger which opened nationwide in Sweden in fall 2016. He’s also adapted novels, including Gondolen for Karin Fahlen’s Stockholm Stories and the story for Astrid Lindgren’s classic The Brothers Lionheart for Tomas Alfredson.

He’s directed two novella-length films, broadcast on Swedish National TV: Pass starring Michael Nyqvist and Fissura, which he also shot and edited, called “the best Swedish short of the decade” as well as three award-winning shorts.

In production, Mikael has worked with prominent Nordic film companies Metronome, Nimbus and Sandrews, on projects with director Tomas Vinterberg (Celebration) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

He’s currently teaches Directing Actors and The Tools to directors at the Columbia University Graduate Film Program.

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Wendy Sax

Producing Partner

Wendy SaxWendy has worked as an executive in the film industry for over 25 years. Most recently she developed and served as Associate Producer of the acclaimed, award-winning documentary Particle Fever, distributed worldwide. In 2016 the film was among the first recipients of the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.

Previously, Wendy served as Artistic Director of the prestigious IFP Market (aka Independent Film Week) from 2003-2007, curating fiction and non-fiction films as well as screenplays. During her tenure at IFP she discovered new films including Born Into Brothels (2004 Academy Award for Best Documentary), Mad Hot Ballroom (Paramount Classics), and Sundance winner Frozen River (Sony Classics). Prior she served as Co-Producer of the Sundance award-winning film Songcatcher (distributed by Lion’s Gate Films) and performed as VP of Production and Development at Rigas Entertainment, where she also helped develop Letters to Juliet, among other feature films.

Earlier, she worked in Creative Development for director Martin Scorsese and producer Barbara De Fina, including production work on The Age of Innocence, Casino and Kundun. Early in her career, Wendy served as a development executive for Christopher Reeve at Warner Bros., and for John Badham and Rob Cohen at Universal Pictures in Los Angeles. She began in the film industry at ICM.