Michael Caplan (Director)
Michael Caplan is an independent film director, producer & teacher. His most recent film, A Magical Vision, is a feature length documentary that spotlights Eugene Burger, a magician and guru of the magical arts, which has shown in festivals from Chicago to India and won an Audience Award at the Spirit Enlightened Film Festival. Caplan also directed Stones from the Soil, a documentary on his father that showed on national PBS in 2005. He is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Art + Science Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Nicole Bernardi-Reis (Producer)
Nicole Bernardi-Reis has produced television series and films for a wide range of broadcast outlets including A&E, E!/Style, HGTV and the Science Channel. She honed her skills as a staff producer for Grand & Noble Productions (Thea Flaum Productions) where she handled every aspect of production and post, from series development and sales to final output and deliverables. As a freelance producer she has worked with a variety of networks on reality and factual television series in a primarily creative capacity. She is also the producer of Radical Grace, a feature length documentary from Interchange Productions, in association with the Kindling Group.
Gail Sonnenfeld (Producer)
Gail Sonnenfeld has worked in the LA film industry before returning to her native Chicago to produce and teach at Columbia College. In LA and New York she worked for Academy Award-winning production designers Eugenio Zannetti, Dick Sylbert, and Tony Walton. Companies she has worked for include Sony, HBO, PBS, MTV, and VH-1. Currently Gail produces independent features and documentaries. Gail produced the 2001 documentary, The Optimist, which won the Peace Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. She received an MFA from the AFI and MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, New York.
Wayne Kramer (Composer)
Wayne Kramer’s reputation writing music for film and television risks supplanting his legend as one of the world’s stellar guitarists. As leader of the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal, he was also the first to incorporate a nod to free jazz. His songs have been featured in a wide array of TV shows and feature film such a “Jackass,” Judging Amy, “Millennium, Almost Famous,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “I Shot Andy WarholPump Up the Volume.” Wayne has scored a variety of films and television series ranging from the iconic Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Concrete Blondes to HBO’s East Bound & Down. His documentary work includes the acclaimed Let Fury Have The Hour and HBO’s controversial documentary Hacking Democracy. He recently completed the theme for Kristen Wiig’s new movie Welcome to Me and a new song for Anchorman 2.
Drew Hall (Editor)
Drew got his start in independent filmmaking and honed his skills in the high pressure, high volume, tight-deadline world of advertising. The result is a perceptive storyteller with an arresting visual style that spans brand-work (Vitamin Water, Budweiser, Panera, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Firestone, Courvoisier, Symantec, True Value and Captain Morgan), short films, web series (The Onion), music videos (the Arctic Monkeys), and feature length documentaries.
Gunther Sonnenfeld (Strategic Producer)
Gunther is a globally recognized technologist and thought leader in the digital media, content and analytics spaces; he has co-developed more than a half dozen transmedia projects (WB Music, NRDC, Toyota, Sony and Rockstar Games), and has garnered an X-Dance Award for Best Feature Documentary (Flow, 2006), as well as a Forrester Groundswell Award (Best Enterprise Listening for Adobe, 2010), and several interactive Emmy nominations (including work on Coincident TV and Fox’s 2nd screen platform for “Glee”). Gunther has also advised on numerous digital innovation projects, including CODOC (an interactive storytelling platform incubated by the Virgin Media Lab in London) and StoryLabs-Screen Australia (an incubator that turned the country’s top 10 independent films into interactive franchises). Gunther is also a team member of the first-ever IoTheatre project, a Montreal-based initiative that merges interactive storytelling with wearable technologies in public spaces.
Art Shay (Associate Producer)
Legendary Chicago-based photographer Art Shay has taken photos of kings, queens, celebrities and the common man in a 60-year career. After World War II, Shay joined the staff of Life magazine as a writer, and quickly became a Chicago-based freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and other national publications. He photographed seven US Presidents and many major figures of the 20th century. Shay’s long friendship with the writer Nelson Algren led to the publication of Shay’s Nelson Algren’s Chicago. Shay and Algren met in 1949 and collaborated on many projects, including photos and an essay for Holiday Magazine that Algren later turned into his book Chicago, City on the Make. As associate producer of Algren, he has opened his vault, sharing thousands of photos – some never seen before – that document the last 65 years of American culture, as well as the intimate life of his close friend Nelson Algren.
Katherine Deutch Tatlock (Associate Producer)
Katherine Deutch Tatlock has written, produced, and directed dozens of award-winning dramatic and documentary films and videos in a variety of markets. Her first documentary, Pista – The Many Faces of Stephen Deutch, is a searching portrait of her noted photographer/sculptor father which helped win her a coveted invitation to the Sundance Institute. Under the guidance of Robert Redford and legendary screenwriter Waldo Salt, she developed her first feature screenplay, directing Christine Lahti and Peter Coyote in leading roles. A champion of independent filmmaking, Kat has also consulted on short and long-format projects, coached actors, led seminars on screenwriting, producing, directing, and acting for camera, and was Founding VP of Women in Film & Video New England. Her awards include the New England Emmy, Cine Golden Eagle, ITVA Golds & Silvers, Tellys, American Film, New England Film, EFLA, and Mercury. Her father shared a soulful friendship with Nelson Algren, reflected both in Pista and Deutch’s revealing portraits of Algren.
Margaret Saadi Kramer (Music Supervisor)
Margaret Saadi Kramer is the co-owner of Antic Inc., a successful Los Angeles-based music licensing company that provides and represents carefully selected music and images for television, video game and feature film campaigns. Her clients are major and independent studios, networks and post-production houses around the globe for such high-profile film campaigns as “The Matrix”series, the “Harry Potter” series, the “Spiderman” series, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, the “Batman” series,”Iron Man,”
The Mummy” Series, “Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Wall-E.” As a music supervisor, notable work includes: the stop-motion feature film “Hell & Back; Fully Loaded“(Shira Piven, Director), the controversial documentary”Narcotic Farm (PBS),“Let Fury Have The Hour”(Antonino D’Ambrosio, Director) and “Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of The MC5A” for Channel 4 (UK). Upcoming projects include the new Kristen Wiig film “Welcome to Me.”
Larry Kapson (Production Sound Mixer)
Larry Kapson has over 30 years of experience in recording, music composition, performance, photography and illustration. A Columbia College alumni (Class of ’99) with an emphasis on production sound applications, he began recording sound for the Stradivari Society in 2003. Along with Geoffrey Fushi, an expert in the tonal qualities of rare Italian stringed instruments, they started a continuing project to document many of the most valuable and unique violins of Antonio Stradivari, Guiseppe Guarneri and other master craftsmen. He has since produced, directed and recorded hundreds of hours of master classes, recitals and performances of many talented artists in many major cities around the world including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Zurich, Paris, Vancouver. He is a proud member of I.A.T.S.E. Studio Mechanics Local 476, providing sound services for feature films, narrative, documentary, commercials and episodic television.