Triptika Studios is a collective of freelance filmmakers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs with an 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/DOP/Editor
Love of documentary films and music videos led Anya to study MA Filmmaking (documentary and experimental) at the University of West London, which she graduated from with Distinction. After completing her masters she joined the End-Of-Life Care charity, Marie Curie, running their video department for a year and a half. She set off alone in 2016 to found her own production company Spelt Productions that specializes in not-for-profit videos, music videos and documentaries. Currently she is awaiting release of her debut feature film ‘Take The Crown’ – a documentary about the UK Beatboxing scene. Anya’s current focus is her independent research in psychedelics. She considers herself part of the contemporary psychedelic movement and she believes the current drug laws should be renewed to allow for further research on psychedelic substances and to allow these substances into psychotherapy. In 2018 she set up a psychedelic art collective Triptika Films and joined The Psychedelic Society as a Co-Director and Video Lead.
Marta Kaczmarczyk – Co-Producer
Marta has graduated from MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London and Post-Msc (PDEng) in User System Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is an expert in persuasive science and technology. She had researched this topic in the medical and well-being field for two years during her Post-MSc course and during her work as a UX researcher at the TU/e. She is a co-founder and a coordinator of Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands (PSN); a non-profit organization focused on advocating a safe use of psychedelic substances. She has trained and worked as a carer/sitter for the psychedelic emergency during psychedelic festivals. At the moment she is working with the PSN on preparing safety guidelines for participants of retreats and ceremonies taking place in the Netherlands. She is interested in demystifying the psychedelic experience and creating a scientific framework that would be more accessible to the Western mind and more relevant than the shamanic or new age framework which is popular in the psychedelic community.
Haya Huasca – Co-Producer
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 is currently involved with community development at The Third Wave and is a 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.
Akua Ofosuhene – Associate Producer
Akua has produced, directed and shot documentary films in Europe and West Africa, including the commemoration of the life of filmmaker Ousmane Sembene for Aljazeera TV. She directed ‘Keep Her’ a short drama that won the 2nd best new comer award at the Images of Black women Film Festival. She also created the Film London funded ‘Closing the Gap’ film education Project which takes positive films about African life into UK schools. She produced directed and shot Yaa Asantewaa & the Golden Stool (30 min) documentary. It is the story of the Asante / Ashanti warrior queen Yaa Asantewaa I and the last war between the Asante and the British in 1900. During the making of the documentary she came across Shaman Anokye, the co creator of the Asante / Ashanti peoples. This was the start of Akua’s interest in Shamanism, plant medicines and psychedelics. In 2010 she relocated to Ghana for 5 years and worked as a consulting editor on ‘Hotline’ a weekly documentary series on Joy FM radio in Accra. In 2015 Akua returned to the UK to help look after her mother who was suffering from a degenerative illness. This has led her to a deeper exploration of plant medicines, and alternative therapies.
Camille Barton – Assistant Director
Camille Barton is a movement artist who brings her passion for social change to life through a variety of art mediums, including dance, film and clowning. Her art practise fuses improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities inspired by the creativity of the African Diaspora. Camille has recently launched a workshop series fusing somatics and dance to explore issues such as sexism and racism by focusing on its impact on the body.
Camille is the founding director of the Collective Liberation Project (CLP). CLP designs educational experiences to help people understand oppression, and how it relates to their lived experience, so they can stop behaving in ways that reproduce oppression, such as racism and sexism. This work is inspired by Camille’s ongoing research into somatics and social justice: exploring how trauma from oppression is rooted in the body and how it can be healed with movement and mindfulness.
Ana Sabolić – Camera/Editor
Ana Sabolić is a visual artist and filmmaker working in the field of independent film production and contemporary visual art. She graduated with a 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 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 experimental and documentary film. She is working as freelance Art Director and Editor.
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.
Jose Montemayor – Visual Artist
Jose is a multidisciplinary visual artist and psychonaut based in London, currently exploring immersive technologies as a medium to plant seed of awakening in peoples consciousness. He obtained a diploma of independent digital photography at Seneca college of applied arts in Toronto, Canada, while assisting leading photographers in Toronto. He then further developed on refining his skills at the university of the Arts London, where he received an masters degree in photography. Jose began a search for deeper meaning in his work and life, which lead to a self-discovery expedition to the mountains of Nara, Japan, which transformed both himself and his work. His first book, “Walking series vol. 1 Japan”, made him realize the power that photography has when push past aesthetics and evokes a deeper connection to the viewer. Through the use of his own artwork and creations with photography, video, projection mapping, installations, live visuals for music and virtual reality, Jose aims to plant seeds of awakening within the minds of the viewer. Since 2015, Jose has been dedicating big part of his time for the creation of Virtual Awakening an emerging visionary platform that brings art and futuristic technology together providing immersive, therapeutic, mind expanding virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences, that gives access to transformational knowledge that will ultimately lead people to an awaken perception of life.
Cherece Lucina John – Event Co-ordinator
Cherece Lucina specialises in community outreach events using art and music as a way to connect the world to psychedelics.
She has graduated University of Sussex with a BS degree in Psychology and focused her dissertation on the presence of mindfulness constructs in those who use psychedelics and those who don’t. She was very pleased to find an effect and this encouraged her to learn more about these peculiar substances that sprout from our earth. She has a background working in the mental health care industry as a recovery worker and have long connected with the idea of helping people become their best selves. Ultimately, her aim to find a way to use both passions for the betterment of people.
Since then she has been working with the Psychedelic Society and Triptika Studios to put on events or an artistic and informative nature. She plans to continue producing events that engage with all corners of the psychedelic community.