Todd Louiso directed Love, Liza with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates (Sony Classics), and The Marc Pease Experience with Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller (Paramount Vantage). His first short, The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, starring Austin Pendleton, screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in many films, including Scent of a Woman, Jerry Maguire, High Fidelity, School for Scoundrels and Thank You for Smoking.
Sarah Koskoff studied Literature and Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating, she made the natural transition to working as an actress in episodic television. She also wrote plays for the Los Angeles theater scene. Unencumbered by audiences, she was free to develop her voice as a writer. HELLO I MUST BE GOING is her first screenplay. She was a 2009 Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Critical acclaim, commercial success, original writing, directing and breakout performances distinguish the work of New York-based independent film producer Mary Jane Skalski. Her most recent credits include Thomas McCarthy’s Win Win (Fox Searchlight) and Dee Rees’ Pariah, which sold to Focus Features at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and is currently in theatres. Skalski also produced McCarthy’s The Visitor, starring Richard Jenkins, The Station Agent, with Patricia Clarkson and Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Skalski began her career with producers Ted Hope, James Schamus, and Anthony Bregman at the NYC-based independent production company Good Machine. There, she worked on the breakthrough films of Ang Lee (The Wedding Banquet), Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen), and Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking). Her first projects as producer included Bart Freundlich’s The Myth of Fingerprints, starring Julianne Moore and John O’Hagan’s award-winning documentary Wonderland. More recently, Skalski produced Adam Salky’s Dare, starring Emmy Rossum and Peter Callahan’s Against the Current.
In 2003, Variety identified Skalski as one of “10 Producers to Watch.” A year later, she received the Independent Spirit Award (Producers). Skalski continues to serve as an adjunct in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University and recently began blogging for ifp.org.
Hans Ritter has produced many independent films over a long career, including the critically acclaimed Hard Candy starring Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson, and Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin, which was named one of the year’s top 10 films by the New York Times. Ritter also produced Araki’s Smiley Face, and An American Crime, starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener, who received an Emmy Award nomination for her work.
Ritter ran the physical production arm of First Look Studios prior to setting up his own Skyscraper Films to produce Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight, 2012) with Brit Marling. Between Us, starring Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs and Melissa George, is currently in post-production and will be released theatrically in 2012.
Susan Leber is a producer and line producer of independent feature films. She was named one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” in 2004. She has produced many Sundance premieres including Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone, which won Best Director and a Special Jury Prize for actress Vera Farmiga, Ilya Chaiken’s Margarita Happy Hour, Scott Saunders’ The Technical Writer and Emily Abt’s Toe to Toe. She also produced the cult horror The Roost by Ti West and Alexandra Brodsky’s Bittersweet Place. As a line producer, Leber has worked on many features including JC Chandor’s acclaimed Margin Call , Alfredo DeVilla’s Adrift in Manhattan, Ed Radtke’s The Speed of Life, Jeff Lipsky’s Twelve Thirty and Steven Williford’s The Green.
Los Angeles-based Julie Kirkwood won the 2009 Emerging Cinematographer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild for her work on Yuan Chien-Wei’s film Watchtower, a 1920′s period film about the making of a hit man. Her other credits include Martin Donovan’s writing/directing debut, Collaborator, produced by Ted Hope and Ham Tran’s Journey from the Fall (Sundance selection 2006), which won the Milan International Film Festival’s award for Best Cinematography. She is currently in production on the sci-fi drama After We Leave with director Aleem Hossain.
Tom McArdle edited Thomas McCarthy’s Win Win, the Oscar-nominated film The Visitor and the Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-winner The Station Agent. McArdle also edited Tenure with Luke Wilson, Nick Gomez’ Laws of Gravity with Edie Falco and Hi-Life with Campbell Scott.
McArdle graduated from Dartmouth College and currently lives in downtown Los Angeles.
Russell Barnes began his creative career in New Zealand where he owned a prop fabrication business. While in Auckland, Barnes designed several commercials and music videos, and he soon relocated to New York City to continue his career in film. After art directing Howl and All Good Things, Barnes designed his first feature film The Best and The Brightest, starring Neil Patrick Harris. He then went on to design his first 3D film The Mortician, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year. Barnes followed the success of this film with another 3D independent titled Hellbenders, directed by J.T. Petty and starring Clancy Brown. His next film, In Our Nature, directed by Brian Savelson and starring Jenna Malone and John Slattery, wrapped this past summer.
Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs has said that she didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during her youth.
Attending Carleton College in rural Minnesota, Veirs latched onto feminist punk rock from the Pacific Northwest, eventually starting an all-female punk band called “Rair Kx!”. Laura studied geology and Mandarin Chinese. After college, she embraced older country and folk music. Her first foray into songwriting started with a geological expedition in China, where she served as translator. She was miserable and immersed herself into writing lyrics as a way of coping.
She put out her own self-titled album Laura Veirs, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. She has since made seven highly acclaimed records with producer/husband Tucker Martine. Veirs’ seventh album, July Flame, was released in January 2010 on her own record label, Raven Marching Band Records. Her most recent album, “Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children,” was released in November, 2011 to rave reviews both in the mainstream and parenting press.
Veirs tours frequently in Europe and North America and is currently writing songs for a new album. She lives in Portland, Oregon with Martine and their young son Tennessee.
A Music Supervisor for the past 18 years, Mary Ramos has helped create the musical elements for over 100 films and televisions shows. She has worked with many gifted directors such as Thomas McCarthy on The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and the Grammy-nominated soundtracks for Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 and Inglourious Basterds, Richard LaGravenese on Freedom Writers, and P.S. I Love You, Robert Rodriguez on From Dusk Till Dawn, Helen Hunt on Then She Found Me and Allison Anders on Grace of My Heart, to name a few. In addition to film music, Ramos worked with legendary music producer Rick Rubin to create the platinum selling “South Park: Chef Aid” soundtrack for Comedy Central and she has provided music for ad campaigns for the Gap, the NFL and “Entertainment Tonight.” The song “Think You Can Wait” which The National wrote for Thomas McCarthy’s film Win Win is now in consideration for a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination.
Holly Adams has an extensive background in music. Working for the past decade in soundtrack marketing & brand development, as well as label producer for the films of Quentin Tarantino, the Austin Powers & The Matrix film franchises. Currently, Adams works with indie label MOM + POP Records, producing creative release & branding campaigns for artists such as Sleigh Bells, Metric, Ingrid Michaelson & Andrew Bird. Adams is also working as creative consultant to Amnesty International for the release of “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” which celebrates Amnesty’s 50th year and features 75 artists (Adele, My Morning Jacket, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus) covering Dylan’s catalogue.
Bobby Frederick Tilley’s film credits include The Green, Four Lane Highway, Little Kings, Rubout and as Assistant Designer, Jack Goes Boating.
His extensive stage work includes “All New People” (Second Stage), “Thinner Than Water” (LAByrinth Theater Company), “Captors,” “Sons of the Prophet,” “Circle Mirror Transformation” (The Huntington Theatre Company), “The Pinter Plays: The Collection” and “A Kind Of Alaska,” “Body Awareness,” “Birth and After Birth,” “10X20,” and “The Butter and Eggman” (Atlantic Theatre Company), “The Aliens” (Company One), “Body Awareness” (Speakeasy Stage Company), “The Aliens” (Rattlestick), “Lizzie Borden” (The Living Theater), “Top Girls; Act 1″ (The Biltmore-MTC), “Mel and El: Show and Tell” (Ars Nova), “The Betrayal,” “Rhinoceros” (The Mighty Theatre), “Gaugleprixtown,” “The Most Lamentable and Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons” (Studio 42), “The Ontological Detective” (Blue Heron Arts Center), “Red Angel” (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Len Jenkin’s “The Country Doctor” (Marymount College), “Further Than The Furthest Thing” (MTC), “Tallahassee,” “The Lesser Magoo,” and Mac Wellman’s “Dracula” (The 78th Street Theatre Lab).
Tilley garnered the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design in 2011 and nominations for Drama Desk and Henry Hewes awards in 2010.