Richard Linnett, director/producer. Richard is a journalist/filmmaker from New York who lived in Los Angeles for over a decade working as a screenwriter and first assistant director on television shows, commercials and music videos, notably Michel Gondry’s ground breaking clips for Foo Fighters (Everlong), Bjork (Bachelorette) and Beck (Deadweight). He co-authored a non-fiction book about a mutiny on an American ship during the Vietnam War, The Eagle Mutiny, recently optioned for film by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) and he was the consulting producer and one of the subjects in the 2010 Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival selection The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, directed by Henry Corra and produced by actor Danny Glover. He spent years on Madison Ave. as a director of branded content production at Havas’ Media Planning Group and Omnicom’s Fathom Communications, where he developed and produced the documentary feature Drive and Deliver directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture). Drive won a Bronze Pencil at the One Show Entertainment Awards in 2008. Richard now lives in Naturita, Colorado.
Geoffrey O’Connor, cinematographer/producer. Geoffrey is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker and was one of the original creators with Louis Theroux of the hit British satirical series Weird Weekends, which won two BAFTAS, pulled-in huge audience numbers (4 to 5 million viewers), and ran for over a decade on BBC 2. He produced and directed a film about an Amazonian tribe on the brink of extinction, At the Edge of Conquest, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Geoffrey was a long-time freelance producer for the CBS News with Dan Rather (1989-1995), producing over 50 news reports from the Amazon. He also produced and directed Four Simple Rules, a short comedy film that was nominated for Best Short at the Deauville Film Festival. He is a graduate of Columbia University and The London School of Economics and attended The American Film Institute’s Director’s Fellowship Program.
Jonathan Simon Smalheiser, editor Jon is one of the industry’s top editors and sound designers. His lengthy resume includes music videos for REM, Neil Young, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down and content for top directors such as Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Dayton & Faris, Baker Smith, George Jecel, Marcus Nispel, Peggy Sirota and more. He began his career at a very young age at the legendary post house First Edition in New York and then rose to prominence as a first class editor while working at Cabana Films. Later he started his own companies, Three Fingered Louie, then some years later, Chickonkey. Jon currently works for GoodPenny TV in New York, an artist-owned collective of talent ranging from editors, designers and composers to visual effects artists and content developers.
Tom Barham, titles design and direction. Tom Barham has over twenty years experience as a creative director/director with agencies, networks and brands in the creation, direction and post-production of commercials, broadcast, VFX, and feature film/television titles. He has worked as a creative director and director for Jim Henson Assoc., The Walt Disney Company, Yu+Co, Digital Kitchen, R. Greenberg Assoc. His recent title work for HBO’s Bored to Death won him a second Emmy, BDA Gold and Art Director’s Club Silver awards. He has also received New York Film Festival, AIGA, BDA, NCGA, Monitors and a host of others accolades. He currently is on staff at Curious Pictures, a leading New York-based multi-platform production and entertainment company with extensive production, animation, digital and commercials expertise.
Jeremy Baron, cinematographer. Jeremy is a globe-trotting freelance photographer/cinematographer from Brooklyn, New York. His work has been featured in art galleries, internet publications, newspapers and magazines around the country. New York City based production company Woo Arts International, frequently employs Jeremy for photo assignments overseas. When he is not behind a camera, Jeremy works an instructor for Mudd Butts Mystery Theatre troupe, an international children’s theatre organization. He also is celebrated bluegrass band leader, mandolin player, a radio DJ with an eclectic ear for music and finally, he is the proud owner of a vintage screaming-red American-LaFrance fire engine, which he drives in his hometown 4th of July parade and pilots to Burning Man every year. Check out his site www.jeremybaronphotography.com
Bill Morocco, consulting producer. Bill has over a decade of experience in film editing, financing, management and cinematography. He ran several production companies in New York City, directed and edited a series of independent short-films and has designed and taught courses in film theory and production. Bill was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously based in New York, Morocco was recently hired as operations manager and broadcast engineer for an international film distributor in Los Angeles. He helped launched Paradox Valley USA and continues to work on this epic project as a troubleshooting consulting producer.
Lynn Appel, post-production producer. Lynn is a VP, executive producer at Saatchi & Saatchi. Her clients include well known brands such as Tide, Cheerios, Head & Shoulders, JC Penney’s, Olay and many more. When she is not producing commercials, and feeding or wrangling her teenagers and their friends, she runs her own company Primal Pictures, writing, directing, producing and shooting public service announcements with a focus on public awareness and underserved children in her community – @lynnappel.com.
Trevor James, additional cinematography.Trevor is an accomplished architect, designer, photographer and an occasional video cameraman. He hails from New Zealand but currently lives in New York. He and his wife, journalist Karen James, lived for many years in a tent on Hastings Mesa in the San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado.