For more than a year, Australian filmmaker and journalist Emma Masters and Canadian filmmaker and artist Adrian Buitenhuis have dedicated themselves to bringing the story of Gabarnmung and the Jawoyn people to light.
In 2010, the two documentary filmmakers were granted special permission to film on Jawoyn country and have been adopted into the Jawoyn tribe to capture the unfolding moments of discovery and excavation on their lands.
In 2009, producer and director Emma Masters, a former journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, first told the world about the discovery of thousands of rock art sites in Arnhem Land, including the uncovering of Gabarnmung. She has been working with the Jawoyn people since that time. Emma has worked as a journalist, multimedia producer and communications specialist in Australia and Southeast Asia.
Producer and director Adrian Buitenhuis is a visual artist and filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada with an MFA in fine art from Simon Fraser University. He has travelled the world extensively producing, directing and shooting films and exhibiting large-scale documentary photography projects.
Behind the lens is Canada's top up and coming director of photography, Chayse Irvin. Chayse's distinctive approach to cinematography and his technical prowess create a high demand for his work. Now living in Los Angeles, Chayse has shot numerous feature-length films and has been recognised for his craft by respected peers.
The Jay Whitney Brown Gallery is a newly-formed private contemporary gallery and fine arts projects business based in Los Angeles. The gallery sells paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and special commissions. It also has an ambitious program to spearhead and organise travelling photography exhibitions and documentaries as art projects.
The gallery is launching a program to nurture young artists – painters, photographers and filmmakers. It believes in the filmmakers Emma and Adrian, and the compelling story of Spirits in the Stone.