a production of Big Sky Film Productions Inc., in association with:
executive producers for CBC — Diane Rotteau, Catherine Olson
supervising producer for Sundance Channel — Ann Rose
executive producer for Sundance Channel — Lynne Kirby
executive producers for BBC — Nick Fraser, Greg Sanderson
director, producer Kimberly Reed
After studying cinema at UC Berkeley (B.A.) and San Francisco State University (M.A.), Kimberly Reed was looking forward to a promising career as a filmmaker. She was a young, award-winning filmmaker, had worked as a commercial editor, had traveled the world directing and producing travel documentaries, and had become an early expert in the nascent field of digital filmmaking and post-production. But then she transitioned genders and did what transsexuals are encouraged to do: She disappeared. Sequestering herself in the world of publishing, she applied her filmmaking knowledge to her position as editor-in-chief of DV magazine, and established her reputation as a frequent speaker and oft-quoted digital filmmaking expert in publications like the New York Times and USA Today. Prodigal Sons, which SF Weekly calls a "whiplash doc [that] heralds an exciting talent," is her first feature-length documentary film, and marks her coming-out, in more ways than one.
Kimberly Reed was selected for the Yaddo Artists' Community, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, and Al Gore's Current TV Symposium on the Future of Non-Fiction Film. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
producer, director of photography John Keitel
John Keitel is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals from Sundance to Berlin and aired on MTV, HBO, Showtime, A&E, and BET. Current projects include JUSTLY MARRIED (Producer, Director) featured on Advocate.com, SAVING THE BOOM (Producer, Director) and YOURS TRULY MISS CHINATOWN (Executive Producer). He is also a frequent contributor to Current Television. Additionally, he produces, shoots, and edits many behind-the-scenes specials and features for studios. He has collaborated on two documentaries with Drew Barrymore, and is the writer/director of the award-winning feature film DEFYING GRAVITY, as well a the editor of LATTER DAYS and KISS THE BRIDE. His documentary, AN ALL-AMERICAN STORY was an official Sundance selection and received the Gold Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival and won The David L. Wolper Certificate from the Independent Documentary Association. He is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A.) and USC Film School (M.A.)
International sales, co-producer Louise Rosen
Louise is a documentary specialist with 25 years experience in international film and television. She has set up co-productions and pre-sales on a wide variety of projects, including Oscar, Emmy, Sundance, Prix Italia and International Emmy winners. Current projects include THE PRICE OF SUGAR from Uncommon Productions, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE from triple Sundance-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong, Unity Productions Foundation's highly acclaimed MOHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET and CITIES OF LIGHT: ISLAMIC SPAIN, SO MUCH SO FAST (West City Films), AL OTRO LADO (Altamura Films), KILLER POET (Northern Light Productions), SECRECY (Robb Moss, Peter Galison), VOWS OF SILENCE (Jason Berry) and THE POWDER AND THE GLORY (Arnie Reisman, Ann Carol Grossman). Louise is also a co-producer on several projects including SIR! NO SIR! (David Zeiger), and ZERO (Jan Egleson and Michael Williams of Scout Productions). Louise teaches and tutors each year at Europe's Discovery Campus Master School, is a featured speaker at the Real Screen Summit, a moderator at the HotDocs Doc Forum and guest lecturer at Emerson College.
executive producer Robert Hawk
Hawk, a venerable member of the indie film world for over 20 years, has his own business, ICI (Independent Consultation for Independents, www.filmhawk.com). Recent producing credits include Dayna Goldfine & Daniel Geller's BALLETS RUSSES, Jim Fall's TRICK, Alex & Andrew Smith's THE SLAUGHTER RULE, and Kevin Smith's CHASING AMY. Hawk has been credited with discovering and/or nurturing the talents of such filmmakers as Rob Epstein, Kevin Smith (beginning with CLERKS), Ed Burns (THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN), David Siegel and Scott McGehee (BEE SEASON, THE DEEP END), Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT) and Geller & Goldfine (Emmy award, KIDS OF SURVIVAL). He has consulted on many narrative films and hundreds of documentaries, including Oscar winners/nominees such as COMMON THREADS, REGRET TO INFORM, IN THE SHADOW OF THE STARS, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER and TROUBLESOME CREEK. He served on the Advisory Selection Committee (1987-1998) of the Sundance Film Festival and on juries for many domestic and international festivals. Hawk has also curated special film series for, among others, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the International Documentary Congress in Los Angeles, and Sundance Film Festival.
executive producer Gail Silva
Gail Silva is an advisor and curator for arts organizations, individual artists and filmmakers. With nearly 30 years of service to the independent media field, Silva has garnered a reputation as midwife to countless film projects, maverick consultant and curator, and gadfly to the establishment. She currently serves as the President of the Board, California Newsreel, the leading distributor of films on the African American experience, films from Africa and globalization; Treasurer of the Board, Shadowlight Productions, a shadow puppet performance group. Advisory Board, San Francisco Cinematheque; screener for Sundance Film Festival (World Docs), AFI Silverdocs; Nominating Committee, National Coalition of Independent Public Television Producers 1987-2008; Director & President, Film Arts Foundation 1979-2005; Director's Award, California Arts Council 2002.
associate producer Israel Ehrisman
Israel Ehrisman co-produced Michael Aker's PHOENIX, which screened at the 2006 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. He has also been the Director of Logistics for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and has worked at NewFest, the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.
editor Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy edited THE TRIALS OF DARYLL HUNT, which was short-listed for an Oscar, won 15 awards, and aired on HBO in 2007. In A WALK INTO THE SEA: DANNY WILLIAMS AND THE WARHOL FACTORY she applied her background as a visual artist to an exploration of Danny William's disappearance from Andy Warhol's Factory. The film won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival, and the New York Loves Film Award at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
composer T. Griffin
T. Griffin is a songwriter, composer and producer working in Brooklyn, New York. Alone and with his band The Quavers he has released four critically acclaimed CDs of songs in a homespun electronic style that's been described as 'porch techno'. He has scored films for Michael Almereyda, Esther B. Robinson, Peter Sillen, Kimberly Reed and Jem Cohen, plays for Anne Bogart, and created live soundtrack shows for Cohen, Brent Green and for an international tour of the late Danny Williams' Warhol Factory films. As a producer, player and arranger he's worked with musical luminaries including Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine & members of godspeed you! black emperor, Fugazi and The Ex.