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Leah Meyerhoff
Leah Meyerhoff
Writer / Director

Leah Meyerhoff has been shortlisted for the Student Academy Awards, nominated for a Gotham Award, and received grants from IFP and the Tribeca Film Institute. Her short film TWITCH has screened in over 200 film festivals, including Cannes, Palm Springs, Chicago International, Clermont-Ferrand, Newport International, Milan International and Woodstock. After winning a Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance and Best American Short at the Avignon Film Festival, TWITCH went on to become a finalist in the Student Academy Awards and win a dozen additional awards including Best of Fest at the Golden Star Shorts Fest, Best Female Director at the West Chester Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. TWITCH was distributed domestically by IFC and internationally by Reelport and Skandinavia Television. Leah has since directed a Converse commercial and several music videos including TEAM QUEEN for Triple Creme, ETERNAL FLAME for Joan as Police Woman and LIKE OUR FATHERS for Luff, which have screened at dozens of film festivals including Frameline, Reeling, NewFest, and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. TEAM QUEEN was a finalist for the Planet Out Awards, won Best Music Video at the Fort Worth LGBT Film Festival and is now airing on LOGO, while ETERNAL FLAME is on MTV Europe. Leah has received press coverage from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat and The San Francisco Chronicle among others. She was also profiled on the IFC docudrama series Film School, directed by Nanette Burstein. Leah graduated with Honors from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in Art-Semiotics. She continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before transferring to New York University where she is currently a Dean's Fellow in Graduate Film. Leah has taught film courses at New York University, Tisch Asia, The Art Institute of Chicago, New York Film Academy, and Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She has served on the jury for Slamdance and HollyShorts and is a current programmer for Rooftop Films. She was one of ten filmmakers chosen to participate in Emerging Visions at the New York Film Festival, is a Tribeca Film Institute mentor, and recently won the 2013 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant.

Heather Rae
Heather Rae
Producer

Heather Rae has worked for more than twenty years in the film industry. She produced the Academy Award nominated film FROZEN RIVER, starring Melissa Leo, Michael O'keefe and Marc Boone Jr, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, opened the New York Film Society's New Directors/New Film series and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. She won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for her production work on FROZEN RIVER. Heather also produced IBID starring Christian Campbell, which premiered at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival, and TRUDELL, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at more than 100 festivals, played theatrically throughout the world and was broadcast on PBS' Independent Lens series and the Sundance Channel. For six years Heather was a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute. After leaving Sundance she went on to work for Winter Films as Senior Vice President of Production. For the past seven years she has worked independently as a producer working on projects such as SAWTOOTH, starring Adam Beach, Gary Farmer and Udo Kier and WATER FLOWING TOGETHER about master ballet dancer Jock Soto. She co-produced BACKROADS, directed by Shirley Cheechoo, which premiered at Sundance in 2000. Heather has served as a consultant or advisor to The Sundance Institute, National Geographic, IFP, The Rockefeller Foundation, ITVS, PBS, Priddy Brothers Entertainment, Bioneers and more. She served as a Juror for the Sundance Film Festival, Taos Talking Pictures and numerous others. Heather's latest films THE DRY LAND, starring America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, and Jason Ritter, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2010 and was distributed by Maya Entertainment, MAGIC VALLEY premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2011 and MOSQUITA Y MARI premiered at Sundance 2012 Heather is currently in post-production on AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS, PLASTIC JESUS and WINDALKERS. She recently joined the Sundance Board of Trustees. She is Cherokee and a mother of three.

Allison Anders
Allison Anders
Executive Producer

Allison Anders made her directing debut with BORDER RADIO, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, followed by GAS FOOD LODGING, nominated for two Spirit Awards, the Berlin Golden Bear and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. She has since directed MI VIDA LOCA, GRACE OF MY HEART, SUGAR TOWN (two Spirit Award nominations), THINGS BEHIND THE SUN (three Spirit Award nominations, a Peabody Award and a Primetime Emmy nomination) and a segment of FOUR ROOMS. Her television credits include SEX AND THE CITY, GROSSE POINTE, IN THE ECHO, COLD CASE, THE L WORD, MEN IN TREES, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN and SOUTHLAND. She was an executive producer on LOVER GIRL and THE PACIFIC AND EDDY and is currently in post-production on STRUTTER.

Katie Mustard
Katie Mustard
Co Producer

Katie Mustard has overseen the production of 25 feature films and numerous shorts including SWALLOW (Sundance 2003), IN THE MORNING (Sundance 2005) and EVE (Venice 2008) directed by Natalie Portman. Katie's feature credits incude THE MISSING PERSON (Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan), MADE IN CHINA (Best Feature SXSW 2009), THE GREATEST (Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon), and THE SON OF NO ONE (Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, and Channing Tatum). She co-produced NIGHT CATCHES US (Sundance 2010, Spirit Award nom) starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie and in 201, Katie had her eighth Sundance premiere with RESTLESS CITY. Most recently, Katie line produced THE DEVIL INSIDE and co-produced A CASE OF YOU starring Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Brendan Fraser and Vince Vaughn.

Vinay Singh
Vinay Singh
Co-Producer

Vinay Singh is a co-founder of Small Coup Films, a NY-based independent production company dedicated to developing and producing films from filmmakers with strong, independent voices. In the fall of 2010, the company completed production on NANCY, PLEASE (Andrew Semans), winner of the 2010 Rooftop Films Production Grant. NANCY, PLEASE is currently in post production. He also recently produced THE MUSTACHE, a short film by Daniel Stedman, whose previous short won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Previously, Vinay was a Creative Executive at This Is That, the iconic NY production company founded by Ted Hope, Anne Carey and Anthony Bregman. While there, he was actively involved in development, production and post-production for ADVENTURELAND (Greg Mottola), THE SAVAGES (Tamara Jenkins), TOWELHEAD (Alan Ball) and TRAINWRECK: MY LIFE AS AN IDIOT (Todd Williams).

Mark G. Mathis
Mark G. Mathis
Co-Producer

Mark G. Mathis was a co-producer of the Oscar-winning film PRECIOUS and Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominated THE DRY LAND and produced the Sundance hit BRICK that was released by Focus Features. He was nominated for the 2006 John Cassavetes Award (one of the Independent Spirit Awards) for Best Producer. Mark's other producing credits include CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart, the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, BALL DON'T LIE, and UNDER STILL WATERS. Mark also worked as the 1st Assistant Director on the indie hit WAITRESS and John August's directorial debut THE NINES. During the course of his career, Mark has worked on over 30 feature films and more than 100 television commercials for clients such as McDonald's, Direct TV, Disney, and ABC television..

Jarin Blaschke
Jarin Blaschke
Cinematographer

Jarin Blaschke is an award-winning cinematographer and an alumni of the Sundance Directors' Lab. UNICORNS is his fifth feature film. His other film credits include BOMB, BITCH and THE DAWN CHORUS, which simultaneously screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Blaschke recently completed CRAZY BEATS STRONG EVERY TIME, a version of MEADOWLANDZ, directed by Moon Molson and workshopped at the 2008 Sundance Director's Lab. His commercial and promotional work includes clients such as Atlantic Records, Nautica, IKEA, International Olympic Committee, Amnesty International, Hearst Corporation and Intimissimi/ Victoria's Secret. Blaschke has designed celebrity and fashion lighting for publications Vanity Fair, GQ, Marie Claire, Allure and A Mag. Additionally, he recently directed live miniature photography for the New York Philharmonic on the ground-breaking New York premiere of "Le Grand Macabre" at Lincoln Center. Jarin's latest feature BABYGIRL is premiering at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Kevin-Messman
Kevin Messman
Supervising Editor

Kevin Messman is an accomplished editor who has collaborated with Todd Solondz on his last few films including PALINDROMES and LIFE DURING WARTIME. He has also edited numerous fine art pieces, including HIDDEN INSIDE MOUNTAINS written and directed by musician Laurie Anderson and THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN for Eve Sussman, as well as documentaries and animation for PBS and Nickelodeon. His music video credits include Leah Meyerhoff's LIKE OUR FATHERS. Kevin has taught film editing courses at the Edit Center in Manhattan and has a BA in Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. He recently edited Todd Solondz's DARK HORSE which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Eve Sussman's WHITE ON WHITE which premiered at Sundance 2012.

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
Editor

Michael Taylor recently edited HATESHIP LOVESHIP starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce (Toronto 2013), PRICE CHECK starring Parker Posey (Sundance 2012) and The Comedy starring with Heidecker (Sundance 2012). Previous feature editing credits include ABOUT SUNNY, THE LONELIEST PLANET, THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE, A DOG YEAR and AGAINST THE CURRENT and the documentaries ORDER OF MYTHS, FREAKONOMICS and YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN. Michael began his career as a script supervisor on films such as Ang Lee's EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, Todd Solondz's HAPPINESS, Kenneth Lonorgan's YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, Marc Forster's MONSTER'S BALL, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, Mike Mills' THUMBSUCKER and Julie Taymor's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

Becky Laks
Rebecca Laks
Editor

Rebecca Laks has worked on a number of feature narratives and documentaries alongside award-winning directors. FIGHTING FOSTER, SOLARIZE THIS, THE PUNK SINGER, STRONG LIFE and FAIRHAVEN are among the features she's worked on as additional and assistant editor. Becky has also edited several short films and music videos, one most recently for The Rapture, and teaches editing at The Edit Center in New York City. Before focusing on editing full-time, Rebecca produced short videos for large international organizations and companies, including the World Health Organization, Columbia University and BD.

Katherine Rusch
Katherine Rusch
Production Designer

Katherine Rusch was born in Northern California and raised in Southern California. She has enjoyed making delightfully strange things since the age of 5, when she furnished her entire dollhouse with her own creations. Katherine went on to study film and television in New York, Paris, and London. When she discovered teh field of art direction, she gave up directing and went back to her love of making strange things. Katherine's art has been broadcast, printed, and exhibited by: The BBC, Partizan Entertainment, Le Monde, Interview, Time, Women's Wear Daily, 2wice Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, Johnson and Johnson, NYC Recycling, Paris' Colette Gallery and more. She is the production designer for NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING, HAPPY NEW YEAR, KILL ME LATER and Leah Meyerhoff's ETERNAL FLAME and art director for KALAMITY, BUZZKILL, and ACHCHAMUNDU! ACHCHAMUNDU!

Emily Batson
Emily Batson
Costume Designer

Emily Batson is a Los Angeles based costume designer and stylist. Her film credits as a costume designer include THE LIE (Sundance 2011), TREATMENT (Tribeca 2011), FOOTSTEPS, HAPPINESS RUNS, BENEATH THE DARK, SAN SABA, CARELESS and SCHOOLED. She has also worked in the costume department of several television series including DEADWOOD, FIRST DAY and HOLLYWOOD IS LIKE HIGH SCHOOL WITH MONEY. A northern California native, she found her way to Los Angeles via Santa Barbara where she studied film, costume design and easy living. Her eye for detail reflects an aesthetic both natural and stylized which she has refined since childhood. Her broad visual influences include the bold simplicity of French New Wave, mundane oddity of William Eggelstein photos, and the un-constructed beauty of Nature. With a keen understanding that every person, moment and setting possesses beauty her style translates across a multitude of genres.

Sasha Gordon
Sasha Gordon
Composer

Sasha Gordon was born in St. Petersburg, Russia where she began studying piano at the age of five. After immigrating to the United States, she continued her musical studies at the Mannes School of Music. Later, as a student at Brown University, Sasha composed an original musical and began scoring independent films. She also continued studying piano and performed several piano concertos with the Brown symphony orchestra. Upon graduation, Sasha pursued her Masters degree at the Mannes College of Music and was commissioned to write an original score to William Wellman's 1927 Oscar-winning WINGS. The score was debuted live in New York City and Paris. Sasha has scored several independent films and documentaries as well as co-directed an operatic short film that debuted at the Avignon Film Festival. She recently received an MFA in Film from New York University.

Colby Trane
Colby Trane
Music Supervisor

Colby Trane recently worked as the music supervisor on THE GOOD HEART and as a music consultant for the James Mottern film TRUCKE. Previously, he spent several years working with music supervisor Tracy McKnight at Commotion Music and Film as a music soundtrack coordinator working on projects such as ADVENTURELAND, COLD SOULS, and AGAINST THE CURRENT. While at Commotion he was also the soundtrack coordinator for THE GOOD NIGHT, PURPLE VIOLETS, THE TEN, DEDICATION and BROKEN ENGLISH. Other feature music coordinator credits include: TENDERNESS, DIMINISHED CAPACITY, THE GUITAR, CARRIERS, OLDER THAN AMERICA and THE PROMOTION; as well as the documentaries: LIVING IN EMERGENCY, THE CARRIER PROJECT and BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES. He graduated with a BFA from New York University.