Susanna was raised by Sicilian and German immigrants but is nominally from New Jersey. Her background in political science and working with non-profits has proved oddly useful in the film industry. She writes about film for HTN and the music site Tiny Mix Tapes, and has also made and produced several short films. She is currently developing her first narrative feature, about a writer gone berserk, as well as a documentary on modern conceptions of fertility. For more info visit www.vonderenfilms.com or Twitter: @vonderenfilms.
Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest—http://blogs.indiewire.com/tully—for more sporadic personal updates.
Nelson Kim is a writer and filmmaker living in New York City. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and his MFA from Columbia University's Film Division. His short films have screened at Urbanworld Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and Asia Society. He teaches film history and screenwriting at Columbia University and Fordham University.
Tom Hall is the Artistic Director of the Sarasota Film Festival (2005- present) in Sarasota, FL and Programming Director at FILMnewport in Newport, RI (2009-present). Formerly, Hall was Programmer for The Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, MA (2002-2005) as well as a former Director of New Media for Bravo/The Independent Film Channel (1997-2000). He has also worked in the Industry and Guest Services Offices at The Hamptons International Film Festival (2002-2003). In January of 2010, Tom was named one of Spring Board Media’s 20 under 40 in Film. Tom has directed short films for Bob Mould's Carnival of Light and Sound Tour and is a member of the indieWIRE blogging community with his blog The Back Row Manifesto. A graduate of the University of Michigan (’94), Hall resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
Jesse Klein is a Montreal-born filmmaker and writer. His first feature film, Shadowboxing, premiered at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and the Lone Star Film Festival. He is the senior contributor to This Recording and contributes to ION Magazine, Hammer to Nail, and IONCINEMA. He holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from The University of Texas at Austin, and is an Assistant Professor of Film and New Media at Middle Georgia State College.
John Lichman is a writer that accidentally became a TV producer and then just decided he may as well just run a podcast out of a bar in the East Village. He also does a pretty good Armond White impression when it comes to dropping truth bombs.
Daniel James Scott is a freelance journalist and filmmaker. Based in Brooklyn, he writes for Filmmaker Magazine, Documentary Magazine and other publications. As a filmmaker, he most enjoys working in documentary, but also has his hand in music videos, performance, and event videography.
Paul Sbrizzi is a features programmer at Slamdance Film Festival, and one of the main hosts for their screenings in Park City. He headed the shorts programming team at Slamdance for many years, and is currently a shorts programmer for the L.A. Film Festival. His short films have played at major international film festivals. He runs the weekly Sexylake Writers Group in Los Angeles, and writes tragicomic screenplays, fiction, and movie reviews. He was born in Los Angeles at the Queen of Angels Hospital—now the Dream Center—and grew up in Italy and Orange County.
Mike is a New York City native who hasn't left the city, despite the city having left long ago. He was lucky enough to catch the final hurrah of NYC's film rep theaters in the mid '80s by working as projectionist and co-programmer at Bleecker Street cinema. He still prefers the analog experience of light passing through celluloid, vinyl records and conversation eye-to-eye. When he's not out of town producing a film he can be found lurking in the basement of Cinema Village or yelling at the old codgers at MoMA to stop snoring. Mike has produced many award winning films including JUNEBUG, FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, PALINDROMES, OLD JOY, MEEK'S CUTOFF and recently THINK OF ME, THE COMEDY and THE TURIN HORSE.
Michael Nordine also writes for Not Coming to a Theater Near You, Slant Magazine, and Reverse Shot, having also contributed to Film Threat, LA Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.
Brandon Harris works nebulously in the world of American Independent Film as a critic and journalist, producer and director, writer and educator. The Cincinnati, Ohio native is a Contributing Editor for Filmmaker Magazine and teaches part time at the New York Film Academy. You can catch his reviews here at H2N and over on his site Cinema Echo Chamber. He resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which is also the setting for his forthcoming feature film debut, Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa.
Pamela Cohn is a Berlin-based media producer, film programmer, writer and creative consultant. She authors a well-regarded blog on international nonfiction and experimental film called Still in Motion, and is an arts journalist for other publications and sites where she covers film festivals, posts film reviews, and conducts in-depth interviews with artists.
Born in Philadelphia in 1978, Noah Buschel grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village. After spending some time as a contributing editor for Tricycle Magazine, he made his feature film debut with Bringing Rain, starring Adrian Grenier and Paz de la Huerta. Bringing Rain was produced by Belladonna Productions, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, and was released by Plexifilm. His second feature, Neal Cassady, was produced by Jean Doumanian Productions. It starred Tate Donovan and Amy Ryan, and was released by IFC Films in 2008. His third film, The Missing Person, starred Michael Shannon and premiered at Sundance. Buschel was nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director and the film was on IFC.Com's 2009 Ten Best List. His upcoming film is Mu, starring Jena Malone, based on Maura O'Halloran's Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint.
Cullen Gallagher is a Brooklyn-based film and literary critic who also writes for The L Magazine and Not Coming to a Theater Near You. An active composer and musician, he has also written music for films, and directed several music videos. More information on his music is available at www.myspace.com/modernsilentcinema. He also has a dish named after him at Jimmy’s Diner in Williamsburg.
Lena Dunham was born New York City in 1986 and she's still there. She left briefly to attend Oberlin College (she graduated in 2008 with a degree in creative writing). She has worked as a dog groomer, comedienne, babysitter, hostess, and contributor to adolescent girl magazines like Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Now, she writes about film, web tv, and interesting individuals for various publications. As a filmmaker, she has directed one feature, a couple of web shows and a whole mess of shorts. You can learn more at www.pistolskillponies.com.
David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His short work, including the award-winning short A Catalog Of Anticipations and the acclaimed essay film Some Analog Lines, has screened at festivals worldwide, including Slamdance and SXSW, as well as on IFC, PBS and at Wholphin. He is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus and a two-time recipient of a TFPF Production Grant. His first feature film, St. Nick, will premiere at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. Much of his work, in both film and print form, can be found at his website, www.davidpatricklowery.com.
Evan Louison comes from many generations of New Yorkers, going back to the 1800s. He holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY. In recent years he has acted in a number of short films, most recently the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival official competition selection “Nowhere Kids," by Eric Juhola (Off the Grid). His first appearance onscreen was in David Woolner's "Advent," which won special recognition from the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Best Short Film prize at the Silverlake Film Festival. His next film will be Nadia Szold's "Joy de V." As a director, his first feature film is "A Light in the Window Lost," produced by Brandon Harris. He most recently directed a short promotional film for Abel Ferrara’s “Mary,” entitled “Abel Ferrara: You are in Heaven, You are in Hell.” He is a member of the Palazzo Xhupame theatre workshop. His video work has been shown online through Filmmaker Magazine.
Holly Herrick works as a Programmer for the Newport International Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Hamptons International Film Festival. She has also served on the Screening Committee for the Project Forum of the IFP’s Spotlight on Documentaries. She likes all kinds of films, but has a penchant for innovative non-fiction, regional cinema and narratives that are both structurally compelling and vividly emotional. Holly was born and mostly raised in central Maryland, and after extended sojourns in France, Manhattan and Florida, she now pays her rent in Brooklyn, NY. She is a proud graduate of the New College of Florida.
Alexandra Roxo was raised in the depths of Georgia to a Brazilian father and American mother. She fled the south to attend acting school at NYU's Tisch where she quickly decided it would be more fun to not only act, but also write plays, make films, and take photos. Alexandra's short experimental films and photos have been in many festivals and galleries, and won multiple awards. She has worked on numerous feature films in production and post including: THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE, HOUNDDOG, THE AGE OF STUPID, THE NORTH FACE, and P-STAR RISING. She is currently finishing her first feature film MARY MARIE, which she co-starred in, co-wrote, and directed. Alexandra writes about films she loves for a couple of blogs including the Tribeca Film Blog and HTN. More can be found at www.alexandraroxo.blogspot.com and www.alexandraroxo.com.
Tom Russell makes films in equal partnership with his wife, Mary; their latest, Son of a Seahorse, will be released on DVD in July 2009. He edited five issues of Russell's Quarterly, a magazine devoted to video game design; a collected edition will be released in book form in September 2009. His novel Jolt City is currently available at Amazon. He has run for political office only once and has never gone to college. You can visit him at turtleneckfilms.blogspot.com.