Crew Bios

Crew Bios

Life After Footy – Legends of the Pacific has been proudly brought to New Zealand screens by a Pacific team of television makers.

Samoan Kiwi director and editor Damon Fepulea’i's debut short — Watermark — was invited to 20 international festivals, including Rotterdam and Locarno. By then he had won an achievement award during film studies at Unitec, and edited a wide range of projects. Fepulea’i has gone on to direct many award-winning documentaries (including the Pasifika doco Dawn Raids), comedy Jono’s New Show and Jono and Ben at Ten, short film Karma, and multiple episodes of South Auckland-set drama The Market. Damon also worked on Pacific Island youth shows Pacific Beat Street and Fresh and directed Forensics NZ, South Pacific Pictures factual series exploring the world of forensic science in solving real crimes from New Zealand. He has been a finalist in the 48Hour Film Festival every year he has entered and has won the Peter Jackson ‘wildcard’ award six times.

One of New Zealand’s most experienced television producers, Samoan Kiwi Dana Youngman has been a key figure behind some of Aotearoa’s most recognised television programmes over the past 20 years. From producing live entertainment series Dancing with the Stars and NZ’s Got Talent, to heartland favourites Country Calendar, Taste NZ and NZ House & Garden, through to the Bafta nominated Inside Nature’s Giants - The Giant Squid, Dana has also brought many of her original concepts to the screen, including the collaboration of Life After Footy - Legends of the Pacific.

Lisa Taouma has directed and produced several documentaries on the Pacific region including Nothing to Declare showcased at the ImagineNative festival, the DNZ doco Otara Markets, Tatau a Journey funded by Goldsmiths Museum London, Clothing the Pacific, Taualuga - the dance of life, and Adorn - stories of our hair. Director of Tikilounge Productions, Lisa is one of the most experienced director/producers working actively in the Pacific and has a wealth of knowledge and contacts around the region. Passionate about this documentary, Lisa is the driving force behind bringing stories of Pasifika to mainstream television.