Mentors and Team
Given the ever shifting sands of schedules and obligations, it is impossible to say precisely which mentors will be at any particular Lab or Retreat. With that said, here is a partial list of Stowe Story Lab mentors:
Robyn Greene Arrington is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in the media industry. As VP of Programming & Production at TV One, she is an integral part of the team that shapes the network’s creative vision which includes scripted, digital, factual and reality content. Greene Arrington also serves as an Executive in Charge of Production for the network. Her current projects in that role are ”Bobbi Kristina," an innovative biopic; and "Two Sides of the Truth," an investigative crime & justice series that award-winning actress Viola Davis will narrate and executive produce.
Alex Boden – Creative Producer: Alex’s production company Pistachio Pictures launched in London in 1999. The goal has always been to work with the most exciting screenwriting and directing talent in the industry and to produce projects with a clear target audience. Recent credits include the Wachowskis’ Netflix Original series Sense8, Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and a journey into Scandinavian noir as Co-Producer on the Intrigo Trilogy. With 500+ festival selections to date, other films include Susan Jacobson’s Fantasporto-winning thriller The Holding and Florian Habicht’s NME Best Music Film winner PULP. A Drama and German Honors graduate (Exeter, UK), Alex is a graduate of Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and the first ever Berlinale Talent Campus. He enjoys working internationally, regularly collaborating with the USA, Germany, France, Australia and beyond. Fluent in French and German, Alex is the only UK producer member of the German French Film Academy. He is on the boards of organizations including Stowe Story Labs and the Production Guild of Great Britain..
Austin Chick – Screenwriter, Director, Creative Producer: As a teenager Austin Chick spent summers hitchhiking the United States. He lived for a time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and later, in Hawaii, snuck into Schofield Barracks and lived there posing as a private in the US Army. He studied filmmaking at Purchase College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. For over a decade he's been writing, directing, and producing critically acclaimed films. He has worked within the Hollywood studio system, as well as producing independent films which have premiered at Sundance and been distributed worldwide.
Chick’s first feature film was XX/XY, starring Mark Ruffalo. It premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2002, was released theatrically in 2003 by IFC Films and was distributed worldwide. The London Financial Times hailed it "One of the best American independent films of the year."
Chick co-produced BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Marisa Tomei. It was released in 2007, the same year Chick directed AUGUST, starring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Rip Torn, and David Bowie. AUGUST premiered at Sundance in 2008, had its European premier at the prestigious Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival and was release theatrically by First Look. Chick also wrote and directed GIRLS AGAINST BOYS which premiered at SXSW 2012 and was purchased by Anchor Bay for theatrical release.
Chick is Founder and President of TWO BRASS BRADS, a New York based nonprofit dedicated to the financing and production of socially relevant and commercially viable content. It is 2BB's mission to provoke dialogue, ignite awareness and encourage advocacy of social, cultural, and environmental issues through artful storytelling. Recently 2BB partnered with Killer Films to acquire screen rights to the internationally best-selling YA novel, ONLY EVER YOURS.
Scott Collette is a writer and story consultant with a background in pre-sales film financing and international distribution.
Scott started his career working for legendary producer Mark Damon at Foresight Unlimited, where he worked his way up to Executive Director; Sales and Distribution and was responsible for the international sales of Foresight’s titles in multiple territories in East Europe and Asia. In addition to sales, Scott negotiated the majority of Foresight’s international licensing agreements and helped facilitate all production finance closings. These titles include Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, 2 Guns, The Ledge, Flypaper, Blind, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and Rob Cohen’s upcoming Hurricane Heist.
In 2015, Scott shifted gears with his career when he was hired as lead writer by Hydra Entertainment to help a creative team develop a big budget, special effects-heavy feature (the details of which are currently under wraps) and has since been writing features for multiple companies on assignment.
Chris Deckard - Prior to co-founding the management/production company Fictional Entity, Chris Deckard spent over seven years working with and representing talent at major agencies such as ICM Partners and WME. He has worked closely with traditional and new media buyers to find and develop content for domestic and international audiences. In addition to helping cast and package numerous features and series, he has evaluated thousands of scripts for actors and directors. Chris enjoys helping creators achieve the full potential of their ideas through character and story. Chris graduated from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.
Luke Durett - Screenwriter and Head of Development - Luke is a screenwriter and Director of Development at David Magee's company, Brass Mantle Entertainment (FINDING NEVERLAND, LIFE OF PI). Prior to joining Brass Mantle, Luke worked in the Development Department at DreamWorks Animation, where his projects included HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, DIATRUX, and VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER. He has experience developing television series for ABC, Freeform, Comedy Central, and the BBC. The current slate of projects is is working on includes MARY POPPINS RETURNS (Dir: Rob Marshall), THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR, LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, EUPHORIA (Dir: Michael Apted), and numerous unannounced projects.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the National Director of SAGindie, an educational resource for independent filmmakers looking to hire professional actors for their films. Darrien is an M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California and was formerly Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures, where she shepherded such films as Gridlock’d and How to be a Player. As National Director of SAGindie, Darrien is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the organization and acts as a liaison between filmmakers and SAG-AFTRA, the actors union.
Jonathan Gray - Creative Producer and Production Counsel - A practicing attorney since 1990, Jonathan is a dedicated advocate for emerging and established producers, production entities, directors, writers, financiers and distributors in film, television and other media. He has served as production counsel for a vast number of independent films and television shows, guiding clients from rights acquisition through distribution. Jonathan as well has produced and executive produced several independent film productions.
Lauren Haber – Creative Producer: Lauren Haber is a producer and head of film and television development for production company Parts & Labor. She has overseen the production of critically-acclaimed, award-winning films including Robert Eggers' THE WITCH (currently in release worldwide, and winner of the 2015 Sundance award for Best Director), Josh Marston's COMPLETE UNKNOWN, Matt Ross's FRANK & LOLA, Ira Sachs' LOVE IS STRANGE, Bob Edwards' WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN, David Lowery's AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Shaul Schwarz's NARCO CULTURA, Julia Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET.
She also spearheads Parts & Labor's television division, and is producing and developing several feature films, including Shaul Schwarz's hard hitting documentary TROPHY about the American big game hunting industry (currently in production), Russell Harbaugh's upcoming debut feature LOVE AFTER LOVE starring Chris O'Dowd and Andie MacDowell (currently in post), and Robert Eggers' upcoming feature and television projects (currently in development). Prior to working at P&L, Haber spent five years as a Local 600 camera assistant, working on feature films, docs, television shows, music videos and commercials around the world. She is based in Brooklyn, NY and the proud parent of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a brand new baby boy.
Alexandra Hannibal - Documentary Programmer - Alex manages the submission, review, granting, and professional development process for the Tribeca Film Institute's documentary programs, with a particular focus on TFI's domestic workshops and artist development initiatives. She received her undergraduate degree from NYU and worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts before pursuing a career in documentary film. After a brief stint with TFI in 2011 as a Program Coordinator for Tribeca All Access, she worked with various documentary film editing and producing teams, including Apograph's production of The Abolitionists, the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning three-part docuseries for PBS's American Experience. In 2013, having completed her Master's in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement, Alex joined TFI's Documentary Team full-time.
Amy Hobby – Creative Producer: Academy Award® Nominee and a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Amy has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature film and television producer. With ten Sundance premieres to her credit (including Secretary, Nadia, Hamlet), Amy more recently began producing high-profile documentary films, which include Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine about monologist Spalding Gray; Let's Talk About Sex, a large-scale educational documentary on sex education in America filming in 10 cities over 2 years; Academy Award® nominated director Liz Garbus’ HBO documentary about Marilyn Monroe called Love, Marilyn and more recently Garbus’ documentary about the incomparable Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premiered at Sundance on opening night, was nominated for an Academy Award®, won a Peabody Award and was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards. Amy and her business-partner Creative Producer Anne Hubbell run their female-driven production company, Tangerine Entertainment. Tangerine’s vision is to produce character-based features directed by women. Amy is also the Vice-President, Artist’s Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversees grants for documentary and scripted storytellers and will develop filmmaker programs, labs and workshops worldwide for the the Institute.
Jay Van Hoy – Creative Producer: Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy established Parts & Labor, a production company dedicated to director-driven, collaborative filmmaking in 2004. Parts & Labor has produced 20 films that have brought emerging auteur filmmakers into the limelight. In 2013 the producers premiered three films in Competition at Sundance: David Lowery’s Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster; photojournalist Shaul Schwarz’s documentary NARCO CULTURA; and Andrew Dosunmu’s second feature MOTHER OF GEORGE. NARCO CULTURA also premiered internationally at the Berlin Film Festival in February, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. All three films will be released theatrically around the world this fall. In 2008, they signed a First Look / Development deal with Scott Rudin, and now have an overhead deal with renowned German international sales agency K5. In 2014 Parts and Labor produced and executive produced Ira Sach’s LOVE IS STRANGE, Zachary Wigon’s THE HEART MACHINE and Adam Wrapp’s LOITERING WITH INTENT.
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Anne Hubbell – Creative Producer: Anne Hubbell is a respected film industry veteran with 20 years of extensive corporate, not-for-profit and production experience. As VP of Motion Picture at Kodak, she negotiates contracts and consults on studio and independent movies, episodic content, commercials and music videos, and is a liaison to the film community at large. She co-founded Tangerine Entertainment, the first production company and community builder focused on media by women directors. Her producing credits include KEEP THE CHANGE (2017), THE LAST LAUGH (2016), PAINT IT BLACK (2016), GAYBY (2012), LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE (2004), seasons of IFC’s Independent Focus (2001) and iFilm@IFC (1999), along with independent shorts and web content. She began her career in not for profit programming and management as Managing Director of The Theater Offensive in Boston and Executive Director of IMAGE Film & Video Center in Atlanta, and consulted for dozens of domestic and international film festivals and events. She currently serves on the boards of NY Women in Film & Television, the NY Production Alliance and Rooftop Films, and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.
Lucas Joaquin is an independent creative producer working with the production company Parts & Labor in New York City since 2008. In that time he has produced seven feature films, working with some of the most celebrated directors working in American independent film today.
His most recent features are Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston and starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, and Little Men directed and co-written by Ira Sachs, starring Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia, and Jennifer Ehle both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer.
Joaquin also produced Sachs’s last feature, Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed in North America by Sony Pictures Classics. Past films with Sachs include Keep the Lights On and the short film, Last Address.
Previous features include The Heart Machine written and directed by Zachary Wigon and One More Time directed by Robert Edwards and starring Christopher Walken and Amber Heard.
Joaquin was also the 2nd Unit Producer on Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin.
Upcoming films include Love After Love, a Sundance Lab project directed and co-written by Russell Harbaugh and starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd; and Zachary Wigon’s I Will Never Leave You.
Joaquin is a Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellow, was a participant in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Venice Biennale College, and IFP No Borders Co-Production Market. Since 2008 he’s worked closely with Parts & Labor, where he has been involved in all aspects of production – development, financing, physical production, post-production, and sales.
Peter Katz is an award-winning producer/manager. As a producer, he has been involved with several critically acclaimed feature films that have premiered at festivals around the world, including AFI Fest and the Rome Film Festival. These films include Mortuary, helmed by legendary director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Poltergeist), and Pop Skull, directed by Adam Wingard (You're Next; The Guest). Katz has also produced a variety of short films, including Already Gone, starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men; The Following TV show) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), and a segment for the anthology film ABC’s of Death 2, directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills).
Katz also hosts Hollywood 2.0, a podcast covering innovation in the entertainment industry.
Press outlets that have covered his work include Mashable, Wired, and CNN**
Julie Keck is a writer, filmmaker, and the head of education and outreach for Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and streaming destination for independent filmmakers. She has written or produced more than 20 original series for the web, most recently F*ck Yes: Season 1 is available on Seed&Spark; Season 2 will knock your socks off this fall. Julie is co-author of Social Media Charm School. Find her if you wanna talk low budget producing, digital distro, producing as a writer, and crowdfunding. Play with her on social: @kingisafink
Chris Kratt - Screenwriter, Director, Creative Producer: Chris, the founder and co-CEO the Kratt Brothers Company, is a writer/producer, wildlife filmmaker, author, biologist, and educator. Dedicated to introducing people to wild creatures and the natural world, Chris Kratt’s main focus is to educate audiences, primarily children, through all forms of media. Chris is co-founder of the media studio Kratt Brothers Company and co-creator and co-host of several hit television series including WILD KRATTS and ZOBOOMAfOO on PBS and BE THE CREATURE on the National Geographic Channel, as well as markets worldwide. He has executive produced over 270 episodes of television, with numerous writing and directing credits. His projects have garnered such industry and educational honors as Emmy Award, Parents’ Choice Award, Kidscreen, and Canadian Screen Award. Chris co-founded the not-for-profit conservation organization Kratt Bros. Creature Heroes and is honored to have the newly-discovered Amazonian praying mantis, Liturgusa krattorum, named after he and his brother.
Elizabeth Kaiden – Development Executive and Dramatist: currently serves as Head of Development for Tangerine Entertainment, a NY film production company dedicated to producing films directed by women. She has evaluated scripts for a wide range of writers and directors, from New Dramatists, to Hamptons International Film Festival, to Moxie Firecracker Films, to Miramax. Prior to her work in dramaturgy and development, Elizabeth was a theater and film critic and arts journalist for The Straits Times of Singapore, American Theatre Magazine, The Forward, Metropolitan Magazine, Stagebill and others, and studied Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama.
Morgan Long is a native Texan and proud Longhorn and got her start in television at Televisa USA in scripted development, where she also worked closely with Lionsgate under their joint venture on shows like Devious Maids and Chasing Life.
She later moved to the representation side (the dark side) of things at The Gersh Agency, where she served as the Coordinator in the TV Literary Department, representing TV writers, directors, and non-writing producers.
Morgan recently founded her own management company, Requiem Entertainment, which focuses primarily on television writers and directors. She is also actively looking for feature projects for a faith-friendly film fund.
Besides development and representation, Morgan has also worked with festivals such as Austin Film Festival and South by Southwest, as well as in production. She is passionate about helping talented voices navigate their way through the business.
David Magee – Screenwriter: BAFTA and Academy Award Nominee, David wrote the screenplay for director Ang Lee’s film, Life of Pi, based on the award-winning novel by Yann Martel. The film received nine BAFTA nominations and 13 Oscar nominations, including nods from both academies for Best Adapted Screenplay. Magee also wrote Finding Neverland, directed by Marc Forster and starring Johnny Depp, which went on to be nominated for eleven BAFTA nominations and seven Academy Award nominations, including nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. His film, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starred Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, and was written with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). Current projects include Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Sony Films, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair with producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan).
Paul Miller - Creative Producer and Financier: Paul Miller is an independent producer working in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently based in Amsterdam. Until 2014 Miller was Director of Film Financing at the the Doha Film Institute in Qatar. Miller oversaw an education training programme, a global grants fund and managed a $40M international film financing portfolio. In 2012-2013, Miller produced The Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley, and Babygirl, produced with Samson Films and the Irish Film Board. Prior to this Miller produced the documentary, Poor Consuelo Conquers the World, with Les Films d’Ici /ARTE. Miller also Exec-Produced the documentary, The Man Who Drew the Future (2011) with Una Films/ARTE. From 2002 - 2010 Miller was Head of Film Production at Crossroads Films, where under a first look deal with United Artists/MGM, he produced Snow Angels (2006), written and directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckisnale, and the Golden Globe nominated, A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004) starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. During this period Miller raised and ran a $3M film and television development fund. Previous films include Prozac Nation (2000), directed by Erik Skjoldbaerg (Insomnia) and starring Chistina Ricci, Jessica Lange and Michelle Williams; John Sayles’ Golden Globe nominated Men with Guns (1997); the Academy Award nominated Lone Star (1996); and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994). Miller was educated in England and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School in the U.K. He is a member and consultant with Ateliers du Cinéma Européen, (A.C.E.) and a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producer’s Guild of America.
Chris Millis – Screenwriter, Novelist: Chris Millis is a bestselling author, screenwriter, producer and cartoonist. He adapted his prize-winning debut novel into the cult film “Small Apartments”, directed by Grammy-winner Jonas Åkerlund and starring Billy Crystal, Matt Lucas, James Caan, Rebel Wilson, Johnny Knoxville, and many more. The film made its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and is distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures. Upcoming feature film projects include his adaptation of his novel God & California and his politically-charged satire “Mega Takedown: The Truthy Adventures of Kim Dotcom” – both produced by Steve Golin (“The Revenant”, “Spotlight”). Chris is working on a wide variety of film, television, and book projects and is represented by Anonymous Content. Having taught full-time this past year as a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence, Chris is now faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. Learn more about Chris Millis.
Anson Mount - Screenwriter, Actor: Anson is an accomplished actor and writer widely known for his role as Cullen Bohannan on AMC’s hit series HELL ON WHEELS. He will next be seen as Black Bolt in MARVEL’S INHUMANS on ABC. Mount made his feature film debut as Tully Coats in the independent film, Tully (2000). He received widespread critical praise for the performance and the film won several film festival awards and numerous Independent Spirit Award nominations. In 2009 Mount starred in and produced COOK COUNTY. Other films include NON-STOP, CITY BY THE SEA, POOLHALL JUNKIES, BURNING PALMS, HICK, SAFE, SUPREMACY, THE FORGER, and MR. RIGHT. On television, Mount starred in NBC drama series CONVICTION as Deputy District Attorney Jim Steele. He also starred in the ABC series LINE OF FIRE, touted by the Miami Herald as, “the best new drama of the year.”
Anson Mount’s writing has been equally acclaimed. He made the finalist list for the American Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill in 2008 for his full length play "Atomic City", which was also selected in the Great Plains Theatre Conference as well as Last Frontier Theater Conference. Mount won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize for his one act "Love Liza?" produced at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. He is also the author of "Colonus" detailing the friendship and collaboration of Charles Laughton and Bertolt Brecht, as well at the screenplays "Pure Fantasy" and co-author of "Hysteria.”
Born in White Bluff, Tennessee, Mount holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University, where he now serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor. He is also executive producing THE WELL, a podcast set to debut in the Fall. He currently resides in New York.
Beatrice Neumann — Sales and Distribution: Beatrice currently splits her time between consulting as a sales and distribution specialist for various clients including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rotterdam Cinemart, Creative England, various filmmakers and teaching Sales and Distribution at Sheffield Hallam University as a visiting lecturer. She is also in early development with her distribution platform VoDdities. Her career in the UK film industry started in 2003 with a brief stint at Nik Powell’s Scala Productions. She went on to join Content Media where she took on the role as acquisitions manager in 2005, while also serving as production executive on various productions financed by the company including FISH TANK and OUTPOST. In 2008 Beatrice joined The Works as acquisitions manager, there she has played a crucial role in acquiring content for the company including I AM LOVE, Oscar-winning THE COVE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, BAFTA-winning KELLY + VICTOR and ROAD. Beatrice speaks regularly on international panels and advises and participates as a trainer on international training programmes including ACE, EAVE, Transatlantic Partners, Get It Seen, Rotterdam Lab and the EIFF Talent Lab. Her latest project is Distribution Rewired, a 2-day event on emerging distribution models and methods in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Additionally she is an Executive Producer on documentary Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story and script editor on ANY GIRL WHO LOVES THE BEATLES WILL BREAK YOU HEART.
Molly O'Keefe is the Director of Scripted Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Prior to joining TFI, Molly was the Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. During her time at Sundance she produced Isabella Rosselini's Green Porno Live which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival and then on the Ovation network. Before returning to New York, sheworked for Ben Stiller's Los-Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble's critically acclaimed play Girls Talk starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She's a graduate of Emerson College and happy to be back in her native New York.
Kristin Overn - Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Kristin moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and began her film career working as an assistant and script reader in the development departments at Davis Entertainment and Bonneville Worldwide. Since that time she has continued collaborating with writers and providing private consulting and development services for dozens of writers, producers, and production companies. Kristin has also worked extensively in production. She produced the feature films The Heart Specialist and Academy Boys, as well as two original sitcom pilots, several award-winning short films, television commercials and video projects. She was the line producer/production manager on the Bollywood comedy Americanizing Shelley and the festival hits Never Trust a Serial Killer and Across the Line, and she was the US Segment Producer for the BBC Docudrama The Swagman. She currently has several feature film projects in development. Kristin is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
Ellen Parks, C.S.A – Casting Director: Ellen has thirty years of professional casting experience. She has done casting for Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Joel and Ethan Coen, George Romero, David Letterman and Debra Granik, in addition to working with numerous emerging talents. Ellen’s work is represented by high-profile ensemble casts (Grey Gardens, Flirting With Disaster), as well as for the introduction of new, lesser known and re-emerging talent (Sideways, Secretary, Down to the Bone, Spanking The Monkey, Manny & Lo, SongCatcher) giving actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Emmy Rossum and Bryce Dallas Howard their first important film roles. Actors from her casts have garnered more than twenty-five acting awards and nominations. Ellen won a 2005 Artios Casting Award for Sideways, a 2004 Artios Casting Award for Secretary and an Artios nomination for Flirting With Disaster. In 2009 she was nominated for an Emmy and won an Artios for Grey Gardens. Recently she cast Girls Against Boys and The Last Exorcism 2. In Fall 2014 she joined the adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch at the Stonestreet Studio, an advanced screen acting conservatory that delivers a full on-set experience, including directing, screenwriting, and film/TV production.
Mark Piznarski – Writer, Director, Producer: Mark is a prolific award winning director who has shot over 20 television pilots. Long-running series to his credit include, Everwood, Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, 90210, In Plain Sight and The Lying Game. Recent work includes Mad Dogs for Amazon and Good Behavior for TNT.
James Rogan is an award-winning producer and director. He has produced and directed three international documentaries for BBC Storyville: Amnesty! When They Are All Free, The Trouble with Pirates and Blog Wars. Recently he co-directed with Roger Graef OBE the acclaimed feature documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live about the legendary comedy group's last performance, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been distributed all over the world.
Through his company Rogan Productions, James has produced a diverse portfolio of work for broadcast including: Young, Clever and Libyan - a BBC series about young Libyans trying to rebuild their shattered country, Waiting for Invasion - a film commissioned by Al Jazeera and the Lithuanian Film Fund about the re-introduction of conscription in Lithuania, The Confession – a BFI & BBC Storyville commission about the Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg (the film had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 and was nominee for the Grand Jury Award). James is also currently overseeing two new projects: One Night in 2012, a BBC Imagine special about the Olympics opening ceremony, and GunShop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US which will form part of Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand this autumn.
Jason Rosenfield, ACE — Editor: Jason is a three-time Emmy Award-winning film editor recognized for his storytelling and stylistic skills in character-driven long-form documentaries, feature films and television series. Jason’s narrative credits range from Robert Altman’s classic Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean to the improvisational television comedy Free Ride. His documentary credits include the Oscar-nominated Blues Highway, HBO’s Emmy-winning Memphis P.D. and Teen Killers, Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking NBC series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment, this year’s CNN series The Seventies and numerous feature documentaries including Joshua Rofe’s and three-time Oscar-winner Mark Jonathan Harris’s Lost for Life and the soon-to-be releasedSwift Current, as well as Harris’s current Ukraine project. Additional production awards have included an RF Kennedy Award, DGA Award and Peabody Award as well as Emmys and Emmy nominations. In 2001, Jason was elected to membership in American Cinema Editors [ACE], an honorary society of distinguished editors. He has served as Associate Director of the ACE Board and three terms as Governor of the Television Academy, where he has developed, produced and occasionally moderated a number of one-off symposiums and several ongoing panel series. An Adjunct Professor at Columbia College – Hollywood, he has been a guest lecturer and critic at UCLA, USC and the New York Film Academy.
José Rodriguez - Documentary Filmmaker and Educator: José is the Director of Documentary Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, where he oversees the growth and funding for all the documentary funds, and has led the TFI Latin America Fund's Filmmaker Workshop series. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for movies that led him to Syracuse University, where he wrote a feature script and directed two shorts. After interning as an assistant to producer Amy Hobby, he settled in New York City and became a script/book reader for Overture Films while also working on commercials, short films and features, including Tze Chun's Children of Invention and the documentary Pour Consuelo Conquers the World.
Anne Rosellini — Creative Producer, Screenwriter: Anne began her career in film working in film programming for festivals and then did a short stint in acquisitions before turning to writing and producing. She is the Academy Award nominated producer and co-writer of Winter's Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Anne and co-writer Debra Granik were Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Anne produced Granik’s first feature film, Down to the Bone, which won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Fred Seibert – Producer: Fred is a revolutionary in television and film production and distribution. In 1981 he was asked to help launch MTV, where he served as the founding Creative Director. In the ’90s he served as President of Hanna-Barbera. Beginning in the ’90s as well Fred began creating and distributing filmed content for distribution on the Internet. He is currently Founder and CEO of Frederator Networks, where he makes original cartoons and television networks and is launching a film production and distribution company.
Deanna Shumaker is a television writer who got her start by working for several years as an assistant, first in reality on the short-lived Crash My School, and then the pilot of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She was then hired in the post production department of CSI, where she remained for eight years. She ended the show’s run as writers’ assistant, with two freelance scripts under her belt. Soon after, Deanna’s pilot Long Lost won first place in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival Drama Teleplay Competition and was also selected as a winner in the Lifetime Writers’ Project at the New York Television Festival. She got her big break when she was one of nine writers accepted into the prestigious WB Writers’ Workshop and was subsequently staffed on NBC’s Blindspot. Deanna is currently developing a new original pilot (between trying to get her DVR capacity below 50%).
David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. Working with Stowe Story Labs alumni, David will shoot his next short film, WHERE IS HOME?, in Rome, Italy and New York City in 2018. He has three feature scripts optioned. In 2016, he conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and the first element of a series about guns in America aimed to begin true dialogue (and dialogue starts by listening). David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and in addition to screenwriting, writes short fiction and for twenty years has written a column for central Vermont newspapers. He lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.
David Pope – Co-founder: David is a consultant on training and professional development for the international, independent film industry, a screenwriter and a director. In addition to consulting with Stowe Story Labs, David is the annual consultant / moderator for the Rotterdam Lab at CineMart. David is the director of Advance Films, with whom he has slate of projects as screenwriter and director and is currently in final development with his feature film THE BELONGING. Directing credits include the award winning feature film MILES FROM NOWHERE. Script development and / or training design and delivery clients include: BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, British Council, Creative Europe, Cannes Cinefondation, Warp Films, Allfilm, Wajda School, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Polish Film Institute, Media Business School, Cannes Film Festival, Film London, Lionhead Studios, Xingu Films, Irish Film Board, FAS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, MEDIA, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, New Horizons Studio, Estonian Film Institute, London Film Academy and London University amongst many others. David works as well as a script consultant on single projects and slates worldwide, including work with Academy Award and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters.
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