Triptika Studios is a collective of freelance filmmakers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs with interest in psychedelics. We belong to the psychedelic movement, and we come together to create a unique and in-depth portrayal of the psychedelic renaissance.
Anya Oleksiuk – Director/Producer
Anya is a Co-Director of the Psychedelic Society UK, leading on video production and campaigning for the decriminalisation of psychedelic plants and mushrooms. She is associated with the Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands and volunteers as a consultant for the Polish Psychedelic Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Psychodeliczne). Love of documentary films and music videos led Anya to study MA Documentary and Experimental Filmmaking. After completing her masters, she joined the End-Of-Life Care charity, Marie Curie, running their video department. She set off as a freelancer in 2016 and specialized in not-for-profit videos, music videos and documentaries. In 2017 she founded Triptika Studios, which is a collective of independent filmmakers with interests in health, science, innovative solutions, mental health, drug advocacy, social and racial justice and environment-friendly lifestyles. Anya aims for Triptika Studios to work on projects oriented towards social change and improving human wellbeing.
Haya Huasca – Co-Producer/Co-director
Haya is an enthusiastic advocate of psychedelic literacy who intends to help catalyse the psychedelic movement globally. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and wrote a senior thesis titled “Ask Your Doctor If Psychedelics Are Right For You: A Closer Look At The Clinical Uses Of Psychedelics.” Since obtaining her degree in psychology, she has branched out to work in different fields ranging from NGOs to film sets. She was formerly involved with community development at The Third Wave and is an active member of the French Psychedelic Society. In the future, Haya has plans to pursue a masters in clinical psychology to develop the skills needed in providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
Camille Barton – Co-director/Choreographer
Camille is an artist, diversity consultant, researcher of somatic social justice and a drug policy reform consultant. She has written for the MAPS Bulletin and currently works as an advisory board member for the MAPS public benefit corporation to ensure that MDMA assisted Psychotherapy will be accessible to marginalised communities. She brings her passion for social change to life through a variety of art mediums, including dance, film and clowning. Her art practice fuses improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities inspired by the creativity of the African Diaspora. In June 2018, Camille’s film Space is the Place was shown at Sheffield Doc Fest, and in August she curated The SanQtuary, an intersectional safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community at Shambala Festival. In late 2018, Camille co-produced RE:GENERATE an arts festival on the intersections of drug policy, racial justice and liberation.
Mareesa Stertz – Co-director [SERIES]
Creator of the Seeing Machine, Mareesa Stertz, is a Director, Producer who has worked in the industry for over 13 years. She’s the creator/director/producer of a documentary series about healing for mental health that’s screened on GAIA TV. Her work focuses on redesigning of systems, discovering innovative solutions, and celebrating of the human condition. Mareesa’s work has been featured by Viceland, GAIA TV, CBS, IFC, SPIN, INDIE NATION, 60SecDocs and has been shown in numerous film festivals around the world. Clients include Gaia, Participant Media, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, TEDX, Nylon, Ableton Live, New York Film Academy, and more.
Mercedes CA Grant – Co-producer
Mercedes is a healer, activist, writer, Witch and community organiser. She is dedicated to creating dynamic, inclusive, healing, and educational spaces that encourage people to engage in paradigm-shifting dialogue while building safer, compassionate and supportive communities both online and in-real-life. She holds 500+ hours in traditional yogic education, with a focus on substance abuse recovery and trauma recovery through a justice-informed lens, producing educational programs for wellness professionals from around the world. With over a decade of combined education and experience in documentary film production, public relations, communications and crowdfunding strategy, she has collaborated with social entrepreneurs and organisations including MAPS Canada, Extinction Rebellion, Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery, the award-winning documentary feature, Fractured Land. She is currently on the steering committee of the 2020 Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum in unceded, ancestral territories of the Coast Salish people in so-called British Columbia, Canada, as well as holding space in her community for exploring Deep Adaptation in the face of climate and ecological collapse.
Jonas Di Gregorio – Co-producer/Director of Strategic Partnerships and Fundraising
Jonas is a writer, speaker and event producer, with a successful track record in a diverse range of projects. He presented at international conferences like Beyond Psychedelics, Psychedelic Science, the World Ayahuasca Conference, and the Breaking Convention, worked with psychedelic harm reduction organizations such as the Zendo Project and Kosmicare, and co-authored The Manual of Psychedelic Support published by MAPS. Jonas is passionate about contributing to the advancement of psychedelic research and therapy. He graduated in Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome. He currently lives in San Francisco, California
Sara Velimirović – Consultant
Sara is a cannabis consultant, speaker and drug policy reform advocate. As the Head of Outreach at Cannabis Europa, Europe’s premier medical cannabis conference, Sara worked with industry partners to help plant the vision for the medical cannabis industry in Europe. Today, Sara advises companies on strategy and entry into the EU market. As an advocate, Sara co-founded the French Psychedelic Society and the French Patient Roundtable ‘Espoir Impatient’ which amplifies the voice of patients in the policy debate. In 2016 and 2019, Sara addressed the United Nations and the International Narcotics Control Board in Vienna on the topic of youth and drug policy. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris.
Ana Sabolić – Director of Photography
Ana Sabolić is a visual artist and filmmaker working in the field of independent film production and contemporary visual art. She graduated with an MA in Art in 2015 focused on graphics and video art. Interested in psychogeography, Ana explores problematics through moving image and art workshops. Many of her workshops where founded and supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and shown as solo exhibitions in galleries. It is an on-going project about exploring the identity of space and effects of the geographical environment on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. In the context of film and video production, she works on experimental and documentary projects which often go beyond the boundaries of the traditional state of a movie in cinemas and integrates into modern gallery spaces. Currently, she is an MA Film Production student at London School of Film, Media, and Design at the University of West London focused mostly on the experimental and documentary film. She is working as a freelance Art Director and Editor and is a Co-director of Triptika Studios.
Stefano Sgarbi – Music Composer
Stefano is a musician, sound designer and workshop leader based in the Netherlands. His interests, starting from a general attraction to art and particularly music, grew specifically towards electronic music and sound therapy. He studied electroacoustic composition at the Institute of Sonology (Royal Conservatoire of The Hague) in a prolific and inspiring artistic environment. His artistic practice is now oriented towards festival/club and healing/spiritual settings. As a sound therapist and workshop leader, he has been developing Playing The Voice: a therapeutic and meditative method for a guided and mindful use of the voice and the body. This interest is rooted in a personal journey of discoveries and studies of spiritual practises, particularly alternative singing techniques (e.g. overtone/throat singing), didjeridoo, yoga and tai-chi.