Photo by Heidi Hartwig
ALEX MAR is a director/producer based in New York City. She draws on a background in journalism, production, and video art. A New York native born to Cuban and Greek immigrant parents, Mar graduated with a degree in social theory from Harvard University, where she studied documentary and video art with Richard Rogers and Joan Jonas. Previously a producer for MTV News and an editor for Rolling Stone, she has contributed to New York Magazine, Slate, Artforum, and others; and has been a guest correspondent for CBS, ABC, National Public Radio, and the BBC. In 2008 Mar co-founded Empire 8 Productions, where she is developing For Your Entertainment, a dark psychological thriller directed by Fabrice Du Welz, set to shoot in New York this year. Mar is also currently preparing to direct a self-penned horror film in early 2011. AMERICAN MYSTIC marks her feature debut.
NICHOLAS SHUMAKER is a producer based out of New York City. A Georgetown graduate, he began his career working with Emmy Award-winning journalist Mike Cerre on a State Department-funded journalist exchange between the U.S. and the Middle East. Shumaker then moved to Cuba to produce the award-winning documentary Boxers and Ballerinas. While previously an executive at film-finance fund White Buffalo Entertainment, he was instrumental in the development, production, and sales strategies of Theater of War (Tribeca ‘08 premiere, Sundance Channel), Lovely, Still (Toronto ‘08 premiere), and Racing Dreams (directed by Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry). As a partner in Empire 8 Productions, he is currently developing For Your Entertainment and Skinny Dip, starring Danny Trejo; and in post-production on the sci-fi film Another Earth, with producer Paul Mezey (Maria Full of Grace, Half-Nelson).
JACK TURNER has worked as a studio Development and Production Executive for over nine years. Having started out in Acquisition and Development at October Films and USA Films (both subsidiaries of Universal Pictures), he was most recently Vice-President of Acquisitions and Production heading up the New York office of United Artists. Turner was involved in the development, production, and distribution of such films as: Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, and Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood For Love. Turner was specifically involved in the acquisition of Golden Globe-winning Osama and Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine; and the development of Terry George’s Hotel Rwanda and Bennett Miller’s Capote. The library of films he has been involved with has garnered over 20 Golden Globe nominations; 25 Academy Award nominations, including four for Best Picture; and grossed over $500 million in worldwide box office and over $225 million in historical international TV deals.
GREGORY MITNICK is a director of photography based in New York City. A recent graduate of New York University’s film program, he has shot numerous documentaries, including the 2008 release Frontrunners. Mitnick also directs with partner Nat Livingston Johnson as Peking. Together, they have shot and directed music videos for indie bands Here We Go Magic, Glass Ghost, and Extra Life, and received Kodak Vision Awards for two of their commercial spots in 2009.
ANDY GRIEVE edited Manda Bala (Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2007) and Errol Morris’s controversial, internationally acclaimed film about Abu Ghraib, Standard Operating Procedure (2008). He also cut The Carter (Sundance 2009), the audience favorite rap superstar Lil Wayne tried for months to prevent from being released. In 2008, Grieve was presented with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing.
Formerly a member of seminal 90s indie rock band Shudder To Think, NATHAN LARSON went on to score several acclaimed independent films, including the Academy Award-winning Boys Don’t Cry, Todd Solondz’s Storytelling, Lukas Moodysson’s Lilya 4-Ever, The Woodsman, and Academy Award Nominees Dirty Pretty Things and The Messenger.