Hackney Wick FC, London | Nike "From the Grounds Up"


Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020


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Jess Kohl is the rising star directing talent behind a motivational film shot for the first episode of Nike’s new ‘From the Grounds Up’ series of films. The director captures the moving story of Hackney Wick FC founder Bobby Kasanga.

The film starring Bobby Kasanga and members of his football team Hackney Wick FC, forms part of a campaign to launch a new Nike app. The Production Company was Girls in Film and PRETTYBIRD UK.

After being released from prison in 2015, Bobby Kasanga decided to change his life and his community through football. Bobby founded Hackney Wick FC with the help and support of Hackney’s residents. The club has grown from one men’s team to nearly two dozen teams for men, women, and youth in less than five years.

Director: Jess Kohl @jess.kohl
Producer: Nikola Vasakova @nikolavasakova
Executive producer: Juliette Larthe @juliette_larthe
Production company: Girls in Film @girlsinfilm_gif & PRETTYBIRD @prettybirdpic
1st AD: Eno Enefiok @enoleawesome
DOP: Steve Annis @steveannisdop
Steadicam: James Burgess @jamesburgess3
Focus Puller: Eira Wyn Jones @caws_a_cracyrs
2nd AC: Kairo Jones @kairofilm
Cam Trainee: Joe Medlock @joemedlock
Gaffer: Alex Gibbon 
Grip: Aaron Porter @aa.ron.porter
Sound: Bridgitte Bradshaw 
DIT: Ashley Hicks @i.love.hue
Runner/drivers: Ben Cole @benxcole
Sophie Nejad @sophienejad
Photographer: Blue Laybourne @bluelaybourne
Driver: Anthony Bugge
Editor: Gary Forrester @thequarryedit
Online editor: Kit Harwood 
Grade: Simon Bourne @framestore
Music: Roger Goula @mannersmcdade
Additional cinematography: Thomas Hole @thomas_.hole
Camera assistant: Jerome James King @jeromejamesking
DIT: Ellie Bright 
Additional sound: Chi Limpiroj @chi_limpiroj
Runner / Driver: Josh Govett
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