FINCH NO WORRIES is an independent production company, producing creatively ambitious documentaries with a focus on the most iconic figures in music and popular culture.

Our work has been recognised with honours including the Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize, the Grammy Award® for Best Music Film, the Critics Choice Documentary Award, an Emmy® Award, an Academy Awards® Nomination, the Tribeca Audience Award, the African-American Film Critics Award, and the Cinema Eye Audience Award. Our films have premiered at some of the world’s most lauded film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, SXSW, Doc NYC, Sydney, and Melbourne.

We collaborate with filmmakers and production partners across the globe who share a passion for bringing extraordinary stories to the screen with uncompromising craft and execution.

Awards

 

Team

Al Hicks
Director, Producer

Al Hicks is a Grammy Award-Winning filmmaker based in Sydney and Los Angeles. After working as a musician in and around New York, Hicks transitioned to filmmaking, directing his first feature documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, winning both the Audience Award and Best New Director honors at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film also won awards from the IDFA, AFI, Cinema Eye, Seattle Film Festival, Palm Springs, Hamptons Summer Docs and went onto be shortlisted for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature in 2015. Hicks then co-directed the documentary feature film QUINCY, following music legend and icon Quincy Jones. QUINCY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, before a worldwide premiere on Netflix. The film received the Critics’ Choice Honor for Best Music Documentary, the African American Film Critics Award for Best Documentary. QUINCY was included in the Doc NYC Short List, the Hollywood Reporter’s Top Ten Films of 2018, was honored as a New York Times Critics’ Pick and won the Grammy for Best Music Film. Most recently Hicks directed the feature documentary My Sister Liv (Karlovy Vary, Doc NYC 2022), and Executive Produced Porcelain War which was awarded the 2024 Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize.

Camilla Mazzaferro
Managing Director, Producer

Camilla began her career at PWC and RadicalMedia, producing a prolific number of award winning commercial campaigns, music videos, and short films such as HOMEBODIES which premiered at SXSW 2016. Most recently, she produced the 2024 Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner, Porcelain War. Her other producing credits include feature documentaries My Sister Liv (Karlovy Vary, Doc NYC 2023), A Fire Inside (Sydney Film Festival 2021), MACHINE (MIFF 2019), and NETFLIX Original Chef’s Table. Other projects include The Meddler – El Metido (MIFF 2020), Uluru & The Magician, The Swimmer with Ian Thorpe, and Girls Can’t Surf (Tribeca Film Festival 2021).

Luke Mazzaferro
Head of Development, Producer

Luke began his career at RadicalMedia when he was seventeen, working as a Directors Assistant collaborating closely with acclaimed filmmakers, eventually becoming a VP of Development. Most recently he was an Executive Producer on the 2024 Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner, Porcelain War. He co-wrote/co-directed the feature documentary ‘A Fire Inside’ about Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ (Sydney Film Festival 2021). Other credits include co-writer/producer on the feature documentary MACHINE (MIFF 2019), producer on the Webby Award winning FacebookWatch exclusive documentary-short Losing Lena and as development producer on Girls Can’t Surf (Tribeca Film Festival 2021), and El Metido: The Meddler (MIFF 2020). He has previously worked with director Patrick Hughes on a variety of drama projects including Hughes’ feature debut Red Hill (Berlinale 2010), the acclaimed short film ‘Signs’, and The Expendables 3.

Paula DuPre’ Pesmen
Producer

Paula DuPre’ Pesmen is an Emmy Award® and Grammy Award Winning producer who produced the Academy Award® Winning feature documentary The Cove. In 2010 Paula was named Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America. Paula launched her film career on the producing teams of such narrative features as: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Rent, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 2, and Stepmom. She has produced the renowned documentary features: Chasing Ice (Emmy Award® Winner Best Documentary, Cinematography Award Sundance, Audience Award SXSW), Keep On Keepin’ On (Audience Award Tribeca Film Festival, IDFA, Palm Springs Film Festival). For her philanthropic work starting and running the non-profit ‘There With Care’, which provides daily support to families and children facing critical illness, she was named a Local Hero by Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine. In 2019 Paula produced the feature documentary QUINCY, which won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film. It was made over three years with music and film icon Quincy Jones. Most recently, she produced the 2024 Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner, Porcelain War.

Rob Galluzzo
Executive Producer

Rob Galluzzo has been fundamental in financing and creative shepherding numerous documentary projects, and has a passion for championing emerging talent. His credits include feature documentaries Porcelain War (2024 Sundance U.S Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner), A Fire Inside (premiered at the Sydney Film Festival 2021), Girls Can’t Surf (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2020), MACHINE (premiered at MIFF 2019), El Metido: The Meddler (premiered at MIFF 2020), Uluru & The Magician, television specials The Swimmer (ABC), Tough Conversations With Henry Rollins (Network TEN), The Art of Walking (National Geographic) and Patrick Hughes’ narrative feature debut Red Hill. 

Louise Smith
Producer, Executive Producer

Louise Smith is a celebrated Producer who most recently served as a Commissioning Editor at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where she helped develop and Executive Produced scripted series such as Bay Of Fires, Significant Others, White Fever, Ladies In Black, Plum, and Mother and Son. She developed and is an Executive Producer on the upcoming StudioCanal feature film ‘Kangaroo’. Louise’s producing credits include the drama series The End for See-Saw Films, created by Samantha Strauss, Feature film The Square, directed by Nash Edgerton and written by Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner, the AACTA Award winning movie RIOT, directed by Jeffrey Walker and written by Greg Waters. She co-produced the feature film The Rage In Placid Lake, written and directed by Tony McNamara (Poor Things, The Favourite) and was an executive producer on the Dance Academy feature film. 

Louise has worked with companies such as See-Saw Films, Werner Film Productions, Porchlight Films, Fulcrum Media, Transmission Films, and served as a Production Executive at Screen NSW. She has been a regular guest lecturer to aspiring producing students at the Australian Film Radio and Television School (AFTRS).