Leslie McCleave – Writer/Director
Leslie McCleave wrote, produced and directed the award-winning shorts “Avenue X”(starring BrÃan F. Oâ€™Byrne), “Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots”(starring Michael Imperioli) and “Meeting Marty,” the first film to be production-financed by Sundance Channel. Her films have screened at over 60 film festivals and venues worldwide including the Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Lollapalooza, Sundance Channel and FilmFour (UK) and received top awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW and the Kudzu Film Festival. She has an M.F.A. in film production from New York University, and is a Sundance Institute screenwriting and directing fellow.
Leslie is currently working on a feature-length documentary about the seminal gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama for which she received a 2005 IFP Radziwill grant and the narrative feature film “The Shamrocks.” “The Shamrocks” was developed at the Sundance Institute and has received partial funding from the Irish Film Board.
Zachary Mortensen – Producer
Zachary Mortensen has been a producer in NYC for nine years, producing features, award-winning music videos and commercials. In 1997 – 1998 Mortensen was the Director of Production at Caipirinha Productions where he supervised the post-production and distribution of the critically acclaimed documentary feature “Modulations.” In 2001 he produced the feature documentary â€œHell Houseâ€ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically in fall 2002. Mortensen is an associate producer on the theatrical documentary â€œStoked: The Rise and Fall of Gatorâ€ directed by Helen Stickler.
Recently Mortensen has produced the award-winning documentary features “Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box, ” “The Federation of Black Cowboys,” and the narrative feature “Road”with Leslie McCleave starring Catherine Kellner and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Mortensen just wrapped production on “Choking Man” by writer/director Steve Barron, starring Mandy Patinkin, Eugenia Yuan and Octavio Gomez.
Antoine Vivas-Denisov – Cinematographer
Antoine Vivas-Denisov has worked on films and commercials both in the United States and abroad. Of both Venezuelan and Russian descent, Vivas-Denisov spent his youth between Caracas and Moscow. He discovered his love of photography while taking a two-year Artistic Photography Workshop with Ricardo Armas in Venezuela. This study inspired Antoine to move to Poland and attend the University of Lodzâ€™s five-year graduate program in Film History and Theory. Upon completing the program, Antoine went on to undertake the four-year graduate Cinematography Program at the Polish National Film School.
Most recently Antoine shot the feature films “Love in Concrete” by Franco de Pena, “Road” by Leslie McCleave, “Four Corners of Suburbia” by Elizabeth Puccini and “Ghost Dance” by Allen Blumberg. His commercial “Hours” for Cell Phones Digitel was nominated this year for Best Cinematography by the Venezuelan National Association of Advertising (ANDA).
Chris Brokaw – Composer
Chris Brokaw began his recording career in
1990 as drummer and guitarist for New York City band Codeine. Since then he has recorded as a member of Come, The New Year, Pullman, Consonant, and The Empty House Cooperative, as well as backing up Evan Dando and Steve Wynn. He has recorded four solo albums, including the soundtrack to Roddy Bogawa’s ‘I Was Born, but…'(2004), and created music for the Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick, Ireland, 2005) and Kinodance (Boston, Mass, 2006). He has collaborated with playwright Rinde Eckert on the new opera ‘Highway Ulysses’ (2003, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge Mass.) and with actor Johnny Depp on the Jack Kerouac tribute ‘Madroad Driving’ (1996, Rykodisc). Chris has performed extensively in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Russia and Australia, and will be touring throughout 2006 to support his most recent cd ‘Incredible Love’.
Jane Rizzo – Editor
Jane Rizzo’s editing credits include “How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and enjoy it)” a feature-length documentary on Melvin Van Peebles which premiered at the 2005 Double Take Film Festival, screened in the Tribeca Film Festival and is a competition entry in the Los Angeles Film Festival. Other credits include: â€œFreedom: A History of Usâ€ (edited six episodes of 16 episode series for PBS), “Justice Files” Discovery Channel (edited 3 episodes of 4 episode series), “Joni Mitchell, Woman of Heart and Mind” PBS (associate editor), “Judy Garland: By Myself” PBS (associate editor), “Tanner on Tanner” director Robert Altman (additional editor). Jane graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking.
Adam Lichtenstein – Editor
Adam Lichtenstein’s film editing credits include: “Scotland, Pa,” “Oxygen,” “Mercy,” “Mexico City,” “Scrapple,” “Origin Of The Species,” “City Of Thieves,” “I’ll Take You There”(additional editing), and documentaries that include, Fernanda Rossi’s “Inventing a Girl: A Journey in Home-Schooling,” Rick Mueller’s “Barney Berlinger: A Sporting Life” and “Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at The World Trade Center” (contributing). Lichtenstein recently completed “The Staircase,” a cinema-verite documentary about the Michael Peterson murder trial, for Academy Award-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Denis Poncet and ABC News.