Cinematographer, director and producer, AI was born 21.06.1949 in Rakvere, Estonia. A professional carpenter, graduate of the VGIK department of cinematography (1976), worked at the episodes of Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker, shot near Tallinn (1977-1978), studied antropology and held a seminar Cinema in Totalitarian States at the Montana State University, USA (1992). Director of photography for 7 full-length feature films (including Tuulte pesa, 1979 by Olav Neuland, The Ideal Landscape, 1980 and Arabella, mereröövli tütar, 1982 both by Peeter Simm), for about 15 short documenatries and fiction films, organized 4 photo-exhibitions that travelled many countries. Director of 5 feature films - Well, Come On, Smile (1985, with Leida Laius - included in the Arsenals 1986 programme), The Observer (1988, Arsenals 1988), Only for Crazy (1991, Arsenals 1992), The Heart of the Bear (2001, Arsenals 2002, also an Academy Awards nominee), made the feature film Karuzmari / Kružovnik (2007) in Russia. Worked as a lecturer at film institutes in Finland and Sri Lanka. Head of the Estonian Cinematographer's Union (1992-1993). Head of the self-established department for training of directors and cinematographers at the Tallinn Pedagogical University, later at the private international university Audentis, and since 2006 - at the Baltic Film and Media School.