Lisa Robinson & Annie J. Howell, Directors
Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s debut feature, SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2011 and went on to play Mill Valley, Starz Denver, Hamptons, Cleveland, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cinequest and Phoenix Film Festivals, amongst others. Awards include the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Audience Award at RiverRun Film Festival. Garnering praise from Variety, NPR as well as the late Roger Ebert, the film then opened theatrically at Cinema Village in New York and went on to play several other markets. In 2013, the film had its television premiere on PBS, and is now streaming on Netflix and Hulu.
Howell and Robinson have each directed other short work, including TIA AND MARCO and HOLLOW respectively for the vanguard ITVS series Futurestates. Robinson’s awards include Martin E. Segal Prize, the Mitsubishi Digital Media Lab Award for Excellence, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Howell’s awards include a 2005 Screenwriters' Colony fellowship, a 2008 IFP Grand Prize for an original script, and a 2010 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant. Robinson lives in New York City with her family; Howell in Appalachian Ohio with hers.
Jenny Deller, Producer
Jenny Deller is a writer-director and producer living in Columbus, Ohio. Her debut feature, FUTURE WEATHER, stars Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor and Perla Haney-Jardine. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and took home several honors on the festival circuit including Best Feature from the Napa Valley Film Festival. It went on to premiere theatrically in 2013, screening in over fifteen cities. The script for FUTURE WEATHER received the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting. The project also received three production grants from the Sloan Foundation for its unique portrayal of climate science. It can now be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Starz and HBO Europe. Named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by The Independent, Jenny has attended the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony; IFP’s Narrative Lab and Emerging Visions; and Film Independent’s Producers Lab and Fast Track Market. Her most recent work, the short documentary CONTAINING ADDICTION, was commissioned by the Sloan Foundation and the Science and Entertainment Exchange.
Andreas Burgess, Director of Photography
In 2014, Andreas Burgess received an Emmy for his work on the period murder series A CRIME TO REMEMBER. Other narrative credits include ABC's innovative crime series FINAL WITNESS, and the Independent Spirit Award-Winning feature CONVENTIONEERS, directed by Mora Stephens.Burgess' documentary credits include Johanna Hamilton's 1971, Elizabeth James' ethereal biopic IN SO MANY WORDS, and Sadia Shepard's portrait of modern Pakistan THE OTHER HALF OF TOMORROW, which was the Opening Night film at the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival. Other festival screening include TriBeCa, Full Frame, Sundance and Cannes. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Andreas is a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and an avid barbecuer of marinated meats. He lives in New York with his wife and small daughter.
Emmeline E. Wilks-Dupoise, Production Designer
Emmeline E. Wilks-Dupoise is an artist and activist based in New York City. While studying film and television production at NYU's Tisch, she immersed herself in the art department. As a production designer she enjoys creating atmospheres and exploring new neighborhoods of visual storytelling. Her work focuses on a conversation between subject and their environment. Since 2009, she has production designed eight award-winning independent features, and countless shorts and music videos. Most recently, she production designed King Jack which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and took home the audience award. Emmeline has also designed reenactment television series for Animal Planet, Discovery ID, and the Travel Channel as well as pilots for MTV and Lifetime. In her free time she can be found gardening, writing and painting.
Yael Melmede, Executive Producer
Yael Melamede is the co-founder of SALTY Features - an independent production company based in NYC whose goal is to create media that is entertaining and enhances the world. Yael's film Inocente, directed by Sean and Andrea Fine, won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her last film Desert Runners, directed by Jennifer Steinman, won multiple awards in the US and around the world. Other producing credits include: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Dir: John Krasinksi), The Inner Life of Martin Frost (Dir: Paul Auster), and My Architect (Dir: Nathaniel Kahn). Yael recently directed as well as produced (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies - a collaboration with renowned social scientist Dan Ariely. Yael is a recovering architect and lives in NYC.
Naomi Wolff, Costume Designer
Naomi Wolff is a native New Yorker and has been designing for Film and Theater in New York City since 2003. She designed the costumes for the features Stones in the Sun (Patricia Benoit, Director. Winner Best Feature, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival) and Forgetting the Girl (Nate Taylor, Director. Audience Award Winner, SoHo International Film Festival).
She is currently beginning her 5th season as Assistant Costume Designer on CBS’s Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan and has been the Assistant Designer on over a dozen TV series and Motion Pictures. Naomi has her MFA in Costume Design from Brandeis University and her BA from Queens College. She was the 2003 recipient of the Ruth Morley Prize for Excellence in Costume Design and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.