Writer / Producer / Director
"AUDITION" marks Herron's feature film directorial debut. By day, the award-winning filmmaker is the Vice President, Executive Producer of Viacom's Catalyst: Creative + Strategy group, where he oversees the creative direction of a diverse range of award-winning video and motion graphics projects for Viacom's channels and internal departments. Raised in rural Maine, the New England native has been making independent short films and motion graphics under his production banner, milesperhour, since 1984. He has produced broadcast animation for such companies as American Express, NBA, Jaguar, Disney, and AT&T. From 1993 to 1995, Herron served as Narrative Director of The New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, and created SINEMA, a monthly showcase for independent and student filmmakers that took place in popular New York City nightclubs. Herron received his degree in film studies and photography from Northeastern University in Boston.
Christopher Ernst is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer, and musician. Ernst's films and cinematographic works have screened in numerous international festivals and venues, including Anthology Film Archives, the Tribeca Film Festival, Cine Lumiere–Institut Français in London, the Toronto Urban Film Festival, the Antenna Festival in Paris, the Fargo Film Festival and the Fondazione per l'Arte Contemporanea in Milan. He has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a New York State Council on the Arts Grant, and his advertising design work has been recognized with a PromaxBDA Award. He has been making films, cinema art, and commercial videos for more than 10 years for broadcasters and clients such as MTV Networks, the National Crime Prevention Council, Madwell Inc., Nickelodeon, the March of Dimes, Pixability, and Viacom. He is a member of the instrumental post-rock band BELLS≥, whose album "Solutions, Silence, or Affirmations" was voted a top 10 album of 2012 by The A.V. Club. Ernst has taught filmmaking and cinematography at several institutions, including the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo and The New School Department of Media Study. He is presently Assistant Professor of Cinematography in the Department of Film and Moving Image at Stevenson University in Maryland. Ernst received a B.A. from Hampshire College and holds an MFA (Dean's Fellow) from the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study. His production company, Bright Rectangle Films, is comprised of a group of like-minded art and film collaborators.
Anu Schwartz has been art directing and designing in the film, television, and commercial industries for over a decade. Films include "The Reader," After.Life, Awake, The Savages, Desert Flower, and, most recently, David Chase's "Not Fade Away," Wayfare Entertainment's "The Europa Report" and Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." Studios include: Fox Searchlight, HBO, The Weinstein Company, and Paramount. Schwartz has worked on countless commercials from M&Ms, Toyota, JCPenney, and Motorola, as well as Public Service Announcements. He has worked with commercial production houses such as Partizan, Washington Square Films, Hungry Man, and Anonymous Content.
John Como is a New York City-based editor who has worked with a variety of clients including Viacom, MTV Networks, Discovery, DIY Network, Destination America, the National Hockey League, and the March of Dimes. Adept at both scripted and unscripted entertainment, John has worked on a number of television shows and feature films. He has a B.A. in Communications from Duquesne University and a Master's in Media Studies from The New School.
Angela Wendt is a New York/Los Angeles based costume designer working in theater, film, opera, music videos, and commercials. She received the American Theater Wing Design Award and a Drama Logue Award for the Broadway musical "Rent," for which her groundbreaking design was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Dora Movar Award, and an Italian Musical Theater Award. Wendt has designed music videos for LL Cool J, C&C Music Factory, Sheila E, Right Said Fred, Nina Hagen, Sevendust, and many more. She designed the world premieres of the operas "A Flowering Tree," directed by Peter Sellers, and "I Fioretti in Musica," directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte. She has also designed dozens of plays at The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, the Roundabout Theatre Company, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her feature film credits include "Love, Ludlow," an Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival, "Katya," a short film directed by Mako Kamitsuna, and many more European projects. She designed the Emmy Award-winning TV series "We Are New York," and has an extensive list of commercials clients, including Coca-Cola, AT&T, and McDonald's. Wendt studied Set and Costume Design at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and is now an adjunct professor for Costume Design at Pace University.
Todd Thaler is a New York-based casting director whose credits include more than 100 films and television shows. Thaler's films include "Billy Madison," "Mad Dog and Glory," "Maid In Manhattan," "Cop Land," "Running on Empty," and "The Professional," in which he cast Natalie Portman in her first film role. He cast Marcia Gay Harden in her Oscar-winning role in Ed Harris' "Pollock," and Jackie Earle Haley in his Oscar-nominated role in Todd Fields' "Little Children." Thaler also worked with Barbra Streisand on "The Mirror Has Two Faces" and John Turturro on "Romance & Cigarettes," "Mac," and "Illuminata." Thaler was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for "Ed."
Nancy Glass is a six-time Emmy Award-winning producer and writer. She started Nancy Glass Productions in 2003. The company has produced over 2,000 hours of programming, feature documentaries, phone apps, web channels, and educational and corporate videos. She landed her first on-air job at WBZ-TV in Boston while she was a senior at Tufts University. She went on to anchor and report for several national television shows including "Inside Edition," "American Journal," "Sneak Previews," "This Evening," "The Miss America Pageant," and "Attitudes" on Lifetime.
Brandon Litman co-founded One Day on Earth and is responsible for business development, including partnerships and project financing. In 2010, he forged an unprecedented partnership with the United Nations, giving One Day on Earth global access through diplomatic relationships. In 2012, he produced the world's most global film premiere, with a record-setting 160 countries participating. Over the past several years, Litman and his team have focused the One Day on Earth community on developing shows for broadcast TV, including a series on the future of the American city to be distributed by PBS in 2016. Litman founded a post-production company called Alien Kung Fu in 2006, where he served as an Executive Producer until 2014. During his tenure at Alien Kung Fu, he produced on-air marketing efforts for various television networks, including Discovery, FX Networks, MTV, and HBO.
Michael Boczon's early career as an award-winning advertising art director at TBWA led him to pursue filmmaking and editing as a career and art form. As a pioneering digital filmmaker, Boczon partnered up with the Beastie Boys to shoot the groundbreaking music videos "Triple Trouble," "Right Right Now Now," and "Open Letter to NY," as well as their futuristic Sundance award-winning feature film "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!" He has worked on many short films ("A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hornblower," starring David Cross), and documentaries (Jenny McCarthy, Jerome Bettis, Jenna Jameson, Morgan Webb). He has had recent work exhibited in Mr. Brainwash's Art Show 2011 in Los Angeles and is featured on the cover of the book "Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art" (Rizzoli). Boczon currently works as Technical Producer in Viacom's Catalyst: Creative + Strategy group, where has worked on such prestigious projects as the March of Dimes and Hope for Haiti Now. Boczon earned a B.A. from Kutztown University in 1998 and currently lives and works in New York City as an artist and filmmaker.
Sabine Schenk is a producer and line producer based in New York City. Among the dozens of projects Schenk has produced over the past decade, she served as co-producer on the documentary "Ferry Tales," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, and as a line producer (with the New York unit) for the Academy Award-winning "The Reader." Schenk completed her M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University and spent three years as an event coordinator at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1998, she founded Schenk Productions, Inc., which offers production services for local and international film and media projects in New York and throughout the United States.
JARED J. SMITH
Jared J. Smith is a New York City-based film and video producer/editor. He has worked with a variety of networks, agencies, and post houses, and is currently a Senior Producer/Editor at Viacom's Catalyst: Creative + Strategy group. He completed his B.S. in Cinema & Photography at Ithaca College, and was a featured filmmaker at the 2006 Queens International Film Festival. Smith has written, directed, and produced numerous short films and web videos.
Matt Bockelman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and cinematographer. In 2011, he was awarded a Cinereach Film Fellowship to create "You Have the Right to an Attorney," a documentary about public defenders in the South Bronx. Previously, Bockelman produced and shot the documentary series "Meet the Gardeners" for Madison Square Garden and "The Unofficial House Band," a short doc about the rehabilitative power of art and music inside Sing Sing prison. His freelance camera work has been featured in museums and festivals around the world and has been broadcast on PBS, MTV, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, ESPN, NBC, The Sundance Channel, Trio, NYCTV, and BCAT (Bloomington Cable Access Television).
Kelly Loudenberg is a producer and director based in New York City. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Journalism and Cinema Studies in 2006. Loudenberg's short-form documentaries explore and illuminate the pursuits of mavericks, visionaries, and seekers, and feature personal interviews that aim to portray the human condition. Her work has screened at the Guggenheim Lab, Exit Art, AIA SF and Albuquerque, SIFF, the Architecture and Design Film Festival NY & Chicago, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Loudenberg has produced and directed documentaries for Hulu, Morgan Spurlock, Audi, Columbia University, Vice TV, CNN, Viacom, BBC, Reuters, Current TV, Elizabeth Arden, Louis Vuitton, and L'Oreal. Currently, she is working on her first feature-length documentary on the suburbanization of poverty in America.
Genevieve Vincent is a producer, composer, vocalist, and music supervisor. Vincent composed the soundtrack to "Yellow Sticky Notes," one of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival's most well received shorts. She was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Musical Score in a Documentary for her work on the highly lauded "One Big Hapa Family." Vincent has music supervised independent films as well as produced music for advertising campaigns for brands such as Nike, Bose, Coca-Cola, and ESPN.
Composer / Sound Designer
Andrew Pomeroy is a New York City-based Sound Designer and Composer. He studied Music Recording Technology in college, and is trained in both Classical and Jazz with a concentration in Guitar. After college, Andrew spent time in Nashville and Philadelphia writing and recording for local acts. Since relocating to New York, Andrew has been providing sound design and music composition for corporate videos and commercials at Viacom, as well as providing post sound and music needs for numerous short and feature length films, including "AUDITION."
Todd is the proprietor of LEAF Bar & Lounge located on the roof of the Hyatt Place Hotel in Flushing, New York. LEAF is the first craft cocktail lounge to open in Flushing, a rapidly growing predominantly Chinese community in Queens, New York. His business partners are the area's major real estate developers. It is their vision to transform Flushing into the dining and entertainment focal point for Queens and Western Long Island. LEAF is one of a collection of restaurants and bars located at One Fulton Square, Flushing's newest retail and hospitality development. Todd also co-produced the LUCKYRICE Festival with his wife Danielle Chang, a well-known New York event producer. Together, they have created events that celebrate the wealth and quality of Asian foods in America. They have introduced thousands of Americans to new Asian dishes and have created a forum for new dialogue about Asian culinary traditions. LUCKYRICE has won thousands of fans and received millions of media impressions for its work. World famous Michelin Three Star Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Eric Ripert have lent their names for the prestigious LUCKYRICE Culinary Council which also includes chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Susur Lee, Anita Lo, Marcus Samuellson and David Chang. In addition to culinary event and television news production, Todd has also held sales and project manager positions with one of Taiwan's largest technology companies, the ASE Group, where he managed sales accounts as well as business development initiatives. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and his Master's degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rebecca Razzall has produced a wide spectrum of global film content. Her projects range from a pro bono short film promoting education for girls in India, to video ad campaigns for Jim Beam, Rockstar Games, Fab.com, Atari, and Canon. In total, her clients have entrusted her with managing over $50 million of resources. Razzall is also currently a core team producer on Wyatt Neumann's upcoming feature "Time It Was."
Naomi Brockwell is an actress, opera singer, and the CEO and Founder of "Rainsworth Productions." She was Executive Producer, Producer, and Casting Director of the 2013 feature film "Subconscious" (2015), producer and lead of the series "Cap South" (2013), and in preproduction as Producer and co-Director for "Frog in the Water." She is a fellow at the Moving Picture Institute in both the filmmaking and the scriptwriting divisions, the media liaison officer for the Principality of Hutt River, and is a host and correspondent with JagTV. Last year, she had her off-Broadway debut as a lead in the musical, "Man with a Load of Mischief," and, in 2013, performed with the New York Lyric Opera in "Suor Angelica." Brockwell has a Bachelor of Arts in acting, Bachelor of Arts in classical music, with a major in opera, and Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre, and a Certificate I in Musical Theatre.
Temur Mamisashvili is a martial arts actor, action director, and stunt coordinator based in New York City. A former Soviet wushu martial arts team member with 26 years of training experience, Mamisashvili has worked in China and the United States on a variety martial arts movies and television shows, including "The Last Kung Fu Monk," "Blooming Flowers," and the CBS crime drama "Unforgettable."
Amanda Pecharsky is a motion graphics designer based in New York City, as well as the Senior Video Designer for Viacom's Catalyst: Creative + Strategy group. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts Computer Art Department, her animation "Modern Romance" won an Outstanding Achievement Award in Computer Art from SVA and went on to be selected for SIGGRAPH MetroCAF 2005, among other international film festivals. Pecharsky has created animations for Lavazza Coffee, Crunch Gym, Minute Maid, and Miller Lite, and with Viacom she has worked with a range of clients including (RED), Hope for Haiti Now, and the March of Dimes. She also designed and created the opening title sequence for the award-winning feature film "Sneakers & Soul" by Emergency Poncho Productions.
JUSTINE JACOB / BLYTH, LEE & ASSOCIATES
Justine Jacob's practice focuses on independent filmmakers and their needs from development through distribution. She has been an attorney for over ten years and during this time made two feature length award-winning documentary films. "Runners High" and "Ready, Set, Bag!" won several awards on the festival circuit and are now being self distributed. Her services include setting up LLCs and non-profits for films, deal memos for crew and cast, releases, title searches, E&O review, and review of distribution contracts. Jacob is legal counsel to the Bay Area Women in Film & Media and on the board of Lunafest Film Festival. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology and received her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1998. She clerked for the honorable Judge Sheila Sonenshine at the California Court of Appeal and worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton in the Employment Litigation Department.