meet The Team
A Dream to Die For is being executed by a team of creative professionals located in West Africa including:
DAVID A. MASTERWILLE
David Masterwille is the founder and managing director of AdomiBridge Studios, a content producing company in Accra, Ghana. He is a writer, director and producer. As a screenwriter, he has written nearly a dozen screenplays since he ventured into screenwriting 20 years ago whilst a student in Canada. He wrote, directed and produced the 2012 movie The Most Beautiful Hour, which was acquired by Africa Magic. He has also written, directed and produced several acclaimed documentaries including the award winning documentary Gold Is Here, 2014 (Ghana), Gilberte’s World, 2016 (Mauritius) and Scapegoats, 2017 (Ghana).
Masterwille’s films have screened at several film festivals around the world including Durban International Film Festival (Durban, South Africa), Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar, Tanzania), AfryKamera Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland), and Africa International Film Festival (Lagos, Nigeria).
He led AdomiBridge Studios to produce the videos for Ghana’s successful year-long campaign, the Year of Return where he directed nearly 50 videos for this important national campaign in 2019.
David Masterwille studied at Vancouver and Toronto Film Schools in Canada as well as National Film and Television Institute in Ghana.
MARIE IPAUD GBAGBO
Marie Patrice Gbagbo Ipaud was born in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 1981. Since childhood, she was always drawn to the never-ending story-telling world, reading books and watching as many movies as she could. In 1999, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia for her college education and saw in Filmmaking an excellent tool to contribute to forge mentalities and motivate entire African generations.
Fond of animation, she opted for 3D modeling and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Animation from the Arts Institute of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. She then moved onto Filmmaking and graduated from the LA Film School in Los Angeles, California. There, she wrote, produced and directed a short film, Meg’s Rings in 2009.
A writer, director and producer, she is also the founder, Managing and Creative Director of MAREEP ENTERTAINMENT LTD, a Video Production company based in Ghana since 2013 through which she has written, produced and/or directed short movies, features, mini series, documentaries, music videos, corporate videos and educational programs both in Ghana and Nigeria. Her company’s slogan “Because Africa Needs Heroes” conveys the passion she has to bring Africa’s heroes to the light.
Since then, she’s applied herself to bringing to her work the international standards of filmmaking. An experienced dedicated, passionate filmmaker who strives for excellence in anything she aims to achieve and intends to raise the quality of the filmmaking industry in Africa to the international standards. Knowledgeable, problem solver, innovative and adaptable to any work environment, Marie is a born leader, has accumulated her 10 years of experience in filmmaking across several African countries.