Backyard is excited to announce a new addition to the team: filmmaker and editor, Pauls Kesteris.
Pauls comes from Riga, Latvia and is a former TBWA/Latvia creative whose thesis film, "Personality Shop" (2011) received a nomination for Best Debut at the Latvian National Film Awards in 2012. So note: He's kind of a big deal in Latvia.
We are enthusiastic about his arrival. Kesteris is the recipient of a prestigious grant from CIEE, a non-profit and non-governmental international exchange program working to diversify students, graduates and companies around the world. The goal is for participants to “develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”
Last year, Latvian Zanete Skarule was the first intern from CIEE to work with us. She spent six months assisting the production team and our directors on various projects, and she brought a unique perspective and energy to our company. Backyard EP Kris Mathur’s mother is from Latvia, where he maintains his old family home, visiting each summer solstice. Several years ago, Kris developed a relationship with the organizers at CIEE, which has proven to be a wonderful tool for building relationships across continents.