"the winds that passed over my dwelling were such as sweep over the ridges of mountains, bearing the broken strains of terrestrial music."
Alex Harvey, Director
Alex Harvey is a Colorado-born director, writer, filmmaker, musician, teacher and producer now based out of Brooklyn. Regional live theatre credits include O Lovely Glowworm (A.C.T.), Underneath the Lintel (The Alley), premieres of Will Eno’s Oh, The Humanity and Mr. Marmalade (Stages Rep.), I Am My Own Wife (Stages Rep), and his own radical adaptation of The Mock-Tempest (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). In New York, he helmed the 5-person staging of Macbeth for Mirror Rep and co-directed Balm in Gilead with the acclaimed Lake Lucille company for whom he is also Associate Artistic Director. His production of Waiting for Waiting For Godot won the Overall Excellence award at the New York Fringe Festival in 2013 and he directed General Desdemona in Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Fringe Theatre Festival. He has developed work at NYTW, Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center and Long Wharf. Alex also works for the Graduate Acting and Design programs at NYU Tisch as a director and adjunct to the MFA candidates. For NYU/MFA he wrote and directed The Humans Are in Trouble, Careless Marjory, his own two-space adaptation of Nabokov's Pale Fire and an adaptation of Peer Gynt with Keith Reddin called peer@me. He has taught as a guest lecturer in theatre and neuroscience at UCSD and UC Berkeley and is a member of Neurite – a program that pairs Columbia university neuroscientists and artists. In 2009 he adapted Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire into an Opera as a part of the Berkeley Arts Research Center initiative. Film/TV: Alex co-directed the hybrid narrative/doc version of Lake Lucille's The Seagull (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4067012/) which is currently in post-production. He was apprentice director under master director Allen Coulter on Boardwalk Empire's Fourth Season. He has helmed various music videos and shorts one of which (Sonnet23) screened in May 2015 at the Festival Cine Futuro in Salvador, Brazil. Alex is currently in pre-production for his cinematic adaptation of Walden. An accomplished musician and composter, Alex co-composed the live score for Buster Keaton's The Balloonatic for The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, as well as a song for the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Documentary, Weiner. Alex can be heard around NYC playing with his dixieland band, 5000 Jazz Assassins (www.5000jazzassassins.com). He can also be seen playing his mandolin nationally on Geico’s "Happier Than" campaign.
Mitch Dickman, Producer
Recently named “Top 10 Documakers to watch in 2015” by Variety, Mitch is an award winning producer and director. Recent credits include ROLLING PAPERS (2015 SXSW premiere set for international release in 2016), BEING EVEL (line producer, 2015 Sundance premiere directed by academy award winner Daniel Junge and produced by Johnny Knoxville) HANNA RANCH (NY Times Critics Pick2014). Mitch has also been a part of over 20 other feature films serving in nearly every capacity from the PA getting coffee to the above mentioned producing/directing credits. Mitch has also worked extensively in theatre, museum installation, and with non profit event production. After shooting all over the world he has recently made a focus of Colorado based productions following a film-to-table model where funding/production/post and even distribution are based in his current home state. Mitch is the founder of Listen Productions. Mitch formed Listen out of a deep passion and dedication to create art that promotes communication and makes a positive impact in society.
Shane Boris, Producer
Shane Boris is a creative producer, focusing on films that push the boundaries of conventional forms in order to tell timeless stories. His most recent, ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (2016), premiered at Sundance where it won Best Directing in the International Documentary Competition. The creative nonfiction, OLMO AND THE SEAGULL (2015), co-produced by Zentropa Entertainments, premiered at Locarno, won Best Documentary at the Rio International Film Festival, and enjoyed wide theatrical release in multiple territories. FUCK FOR FOREST (2013) screened at festivals such as Rotterdam and SXSW, won Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival, and was the most screened Polish Documentary of 2013. His first feature documentary as a producer, YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME LIKE I LIVE HERE AND I DON'T (2010), appeared on several seasons of PBS's Independent Lens and continues to be used as an educational resource across the world. In addition to making movies, Shane has been a startup cofounder, served as a writing consultant for authors, academics, and musicians, and has worked in strategy for global healthcare technology businesses, Native Alaskan non-profits, and Indian social enterprises. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Alison Greenberg, Co-Producer
Alison is an Oscar-winning film producer and Advancement Director for the Denver Film Society. Her primary focus has been documentaries and Saving Face was her first producer credit, which won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short in 2012 and an Emmy for Best Documentary. It aired on HBO on March 8th, 2012 to over a million viewers and since then has aired in 30 different markets around the world. She has four other documentaries currently in production including Rolling Papers which was purchased by Alchemy in 2015 at the South by Southwest Film Festival and will premiere in theaters in February 2016. Alison holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, where she studied communications, film and political science. Upon graduation in 2007, she moved to New York City and worked as executive assistant to the CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute. Missing the fresh air, she returned to her home state of Colorado in 2009 and lives there with her husband, daughter Lawson and golden retriever Butters.
Scott Macaulay, Executive Producer
Scott Macaulay is a film producer and co-president of the production company Forensic Films. With his partner Robin O’Hara, he has produced or executive produced many award-winning features, including: Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas; Harmony Korine’s Gummo (as co-producer) and julien donkey-boy; Alice Wu’s Saving Face; Tom Noonan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning What Happened Was and his follow-up feature, The Wife; Jesse Peretz’s The Chateau; Bryan Barber’s Idlewild; John Leguizamo’s Undefeated; James Ponsoldt’s Off the Black; and Mark Jackson’s War Story. As a company, Forensic Films has been involved as a co-producer in many European productions, including Olivier Assayas’s Demonlover and Clean. Most recently, Macaulay developed, with director Alix Lambert, and Mark Harris and Mike Knowlton of the digital studio Murmur, Hello Fat Larry, a “fast storytelling” mobile app that won the 2015 POV Hackathon. Currently, Macaulay is producing the debut feature of experimental filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin, A Woman, A Part (in post-production), and is in production on Alix Lambert’s Goodbye, Fat Larry.
Macaulay is also the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Filmmaker Magazine, a quarterly print publication and website devoted to independent film. For Filmmaker’s publisher, IFP (Independent Filmmaker project), Macaulay created and continues to teach the IFP Narrative Labs, still the only filmmaker mentorship program specifically focused on post-production, festival strategy and distribution. He has lectured on independent film and taught seminars for filmmakers at CPH:DOX Lab in Copenhagen, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Venice Biennale College Cinema. Previous to his work in film, Macaulay was the Programming Director of the video and performance center The Kitchen in New York. He still occasionally works in performance and was a producer of Candice Breitz’s New York, New York for Performa in 2010. Macaulay and O’Hara are also recipients of an Independent Spirit Award for their work producing independent film.
John Finn - Executive Producer
John B. Finn has been in the film and entertainment industry for over two decades, working on such films as Lost In Translation, You’ve Got Mail and Garden State early in his film career.
John is currently the Director of Calico Holdings, a dynamic company with a diverse portfolio of interests in film and television services, financial services, consumer goods, music and entertainment with a focus on social responsibility.
Companies founded by John under the Calico umbrella include JFA Production Accounting and Indiepay, the fastest growing provider of payroll, tax credit and financial services for the entertainment industry. The firms’ credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Broken Flowers, Carol, All Is Lost, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Station Agent.
A desire to further refine entertainment industry accounting processes led John to collaborate on and develop Indieware™, a multi-platform, double-entry accounting software system. This innovation further highlights John’s commitment to working with production executives, producers and production accountants to help manage payroll, budgeting, accounting and tax compliance on thousands of independent and major studio productions.
John also founded The National Association of Productions Accountants (NAPA), an organization dedicated to educating and guiding its members in the policy and procedures of production accounting within the entertainment industry.
John plays bass guitar and fronts Esquela, an American rock band. His deep love and appreciation of music led to the founding of the much beloved annual Livestock Music Festival in the Catskills region of New York.
Laura Goldhamer - Composer / Animator / Builder
Laura Goldhamer draws from a variety of purely American traditions; however, Laura’s ability to merge traditional Americana with the avant-garde, fusing inventive homemade technologies with earnest folk, is one element that has earned her numerous accolades, including Westword magazine’s 2010 Mastermind Award, awarded to her for being a “cultural visionary” in the Denver arts community. During musical performances, she projects her intricately composed stop-animation films which illuminate and illustrate her spirited song delivery.
Born, raised, and currently residing in Denver, CO, Goldhamer has often toured her multi-faceted shows, whether solo, with a backing band, or accompanied by “The Roboctopus”, an eight-channel robotic percussive ensemble she made from speakers, drums, christmas lights, and doorbells positioned to hit cymbals. Additionally, she has traveled as a member of a handful of other Denver based bands, such as Dovekins, which toured as the core musical act of New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Tour de Fat for two consecutive years. Other bands of which she has been a member include Princess Music (progressive indy-rock), Harpoontang (a hilarious all-girl punk/rap act), and New Denver Orchestra (an amorphous super-group of Denver musicians, including members of Paper Bird, Ian Cooke, and Dovekins, which Goldhamer co-ordinated within a community art space she started in 2007 within a historical church building in Denver’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood). During that time of cohering music community in Denver, Goldhamer helped found an organization called Long Spoon, an artists’ collective espousing the ideal that through nourishing one another, we are ourselves nourished. Under the Long Spoon banner, Goldhamer recorded and helped release countless albums, not only of her own music but of burgeoning performers like Patrick Dethlefs, Papa Bear, and Dovekins. Goldhamer’s knack to connect people, organize, and work creatively and tirelessly has made her a vibrant fixture in the arts of the Mile High City, and beyond.
Out of honing her animating habits on her own projects has come a fruitful career in directing music videos for other kindred musicians. Video commissions include Sean Hayes’ “One Day the River” (2010), Jonny 5 of Flobots’ “Elixor” (2013), Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Amsterdam” (2014), and Trout Steak Revival “Brighter Every Day” (2015).
In addition to musical and artistic blossoming, Goldhamer is committed to the empowered cultivation of artful living, which includes imagining and building structures that nurture that lifestyle. In the fall of 2015, Goldhamer began constructing a “Panel Pull-Apart” Tiny House, which she designed to be modular and come apart in 4”x8” panels. The first prototype of the structure was erected in a public demonstration advocating for homeless rights, which helped to spur on fruitful dialog in the media and public eye on issues of human dignity, criminalization of homelessness, legalization of tiny homes, and preservation of low-income and affordable housing in the face of gentrification.
Goldhamer boldly brings all of herself to the table. As a folk songwriter, guitarist, old-time banjo player, stop-motion animator, instrument and architectural inventor, Goldhamer continues to enliven her audiences with laughter and awe, conveying her intimate and focused energy in a unified and immersive musical, visual, & kinetic experience.
Adam Chanzit - Screenwriter
Adam Chanzit is a Colorado-born, Los Angeles-based screenwriter and playwright. He has written scripts for U.S. and Chinese studios, independent producers, and theater companies. His original screenplay became the basis for the film 3 Nights in the Desert, which premiered at Palm Springs, and was bought and distributed by Monterey Media. Other screenplays include the co-written adaptation of The Piano Tuner, based on the bestselling novel, slated for a 2017 release. Adam sold a China-set pitch to Universal Pictures International and Marc Platt Productions. He also developed and wrote an English-language, Buddhist-inflected fantasy film for the Ningxia Film Group, a Chinese studio.
Stage plays include Down to This and The Great Divide, both premiering in the Bay Area. Honors include a commission from the Shotgun Players in Berkeley, a UC Berkeley Consortium for the Arts Playwriting Grant, a visiting artist residency at Sonoma State University, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the 2011 San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Award which included a Djerassi Colony Residency.
Fluent in Mandarin, Adam was awarded a fellowship from Yale to study Daoist religion in China. While based at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, he traveled to and lived in Daoist temples in Shaanxi province. He has taught at UC Berkeley and with Prison University at San Quentin. Adam earned a BA in literature and theater at Yale and a MA in Chinese literature with a designated emphasis in film from UC Berkeley.
Miklos Buk [hsc] - Cinematographer
For the last sixteen years Miklos Buk has been living and working as a cinematographer in New York, Los Angeles and Budapest. He has shot several projects since with Michel Gondry, Tim Blake Nelson, Joan Stein. He was a DP on feature films such as John Harkrider's Mitchellville (2nd Camera, 35mm, 2003), Tony Spiridakis’ Noise (2nd. Camera, 16mm, 2004), and George Pinter's The Dump (35mm/DV, 1998), also Pearl Gluck’s The Divan. Before moving to New York he directed the photography on several shorts including Ambulance (16mm, Film Academy of Budapest, 1996), which won awards at the Bologna Short Film Festival and Milan Film Festival. He graduated at The American Film Institute Conservatory with an MFA. He was trained and received a BA at the Academy of Theater and Motion Picture Arts in Budapest, Hungary, 1995 - 2000, and was selected to be part of the Kodak Master Class of Worldwide DP Students in 1997 in Budapest. Miklos just finished a film based on THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov with Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey.