Writer/Director
Bryan Wizemann
Biography
Bryan Wizemann is an award winning writer and director of film. His short film work includes BUTTON SOUP (Johnson Museum, Cinema Village NY), THE MORNING SUN (Rooftop Films, IFC), the television pilot COOKLYN, and FILM MAKES US HAPPY, which documents the last fight he will ever have with his wife about making films (Hamptons, IFF Boston, Rooftop Films, DocPoint, Wholphin).

His film LOSING GROUND (Cinequest, CineVegas, Santa Fe) was called “fascinating filmmaking that gets to the core of humanity” by Film Threat and is available from Netflix. His film ABOUT SUNNY, featuring Lauren Ambrose, Audrey Scott, Dylan Baker, and Penelope Ann Miller, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where Rex Reed called it a wrenching but admirably unsentimental film about the bravery of the human condition. HUMOR ME, a romantic comedy written with Andrew Semans, was recently optioned out of the IFP Independent Film Week and is currently in development. Bryan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Producer
Mike S. Ryan
Biography
Mike S. Ryan is an Independent Spirit "Producer of the Year Award" Nominee and one of Variety's 2007 "10 Producers to Watch." His films have garnered nominations and prizes from the Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and many more. JUNEBUG, starring Amy Adams, made its international premiere at Cannes in 2005 and went on to be the lowest-budgeted feature film ever nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress, 2005.) His credits include Todd Solondz's PALINDROMES and LIFE DURING WARTIME; Kelly Reichardt's OLD JOY (winner, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006) and her recent MEEK'S CUTOFF starring Michelle Williams; Ira Sach's 40 SHADES OF BLUE (winner, Sundance Film Festival 06); Hal Hartley's FAY GRIM, starring Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum; LAKE CITY, starring Sissy Spacek (premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2008); Ilya Chaiken's LIBERTY KID (Winner of HBO's Latino Film Festival in 2007 and in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival); and LOSERS TAKE ALL (in competition at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival). He just wrapped BETWEEN US starring Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs and is currently shooting a drama starring comedians Tim and Eric. Mike is a New York City native and NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate.

Producer
Blythe Robertson
Biography
Blythe Robertson is an independent producer based in Boston, MA. Most recently, she line-produced two segments of the upcoming PBS series, GOD IN AMERICA, an American Experience/Frontline co-production. Prior to that, she was production manager for the historical documentary, THE PEOPLE V LEO FRANK, winner of the Special Jury Award at History Makers 2010. Blythe started out in the business as a production coordinator, involved in feature films and documentaries, such as Lionsgates’ MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, starring Kate Hudson, THE GOLDEN BOYS, with Bruce Dern, Rip Torn and David Carradine, and The History Channel’s Emmy-nominated, DESPERATE CROSSING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER. She is a member of Women in Film/Video and the Massachusetts Production Coalition.

Producer
Lauren Ambrose
Biography
Ambrose is most known for her critically acclaimed work on the HBO series "Six Feet Under" as Claire Fisher. In the five seasons the show was on the air, Ambrose received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002 and 2003). Other film credits include WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, by Spike Jonze, LOVE AND OTHER POSSIBLE PURSUITS directed by Don Roos and starring Natalie Portman, Cold Souls opposite Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson and David Strathairn, A DOG YEAR, opposite Jeff Bridges, STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, opposite Frank Langella and Lili Taylor, DIGGERS, opposite Paul Rudd, and Can't Hardly Wait. Ambrose won the OutFest L.A. Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress for her lead performances in both SWIMMING and PSYCHO BEACH PARTY. On Broadway she has appeared in "Exit the King," opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush, Clifford Odets "Awake and Sing!" opposite Mark Ruffalo and the London National Theatre production of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child." Ambrose can currently be seen on the critically acclaimed Starz series "Torchwood: Miracle Day". This fall, Ambrose will be seen in David Wain's WANDERLUST with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and son.

Co-Producer
Alicia Van Couvering
Biography
Van Couvering's first film as a producer, TINY FURNITURE, won the SXSW Film Festival in 2010 as well as accolades from the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Awards and many more. Other production credits include Barbara Kopple's MY GENERATION, Phil Morrison's JUNEBUG, Todd Solondz's PALINDROMES and LIFE DURING WARTIME, Steve Kessler's PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE. She is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine and in 2010 was named a Creative Producing Fellow of the Sundance Institute.

Director of Photography
Mark Schwartzbard
Biography
Mark Schwartzbard studied film at Ithaca College, then moved to New York and spent a decade working as a camera assistant on films including Woody Allen’s HOLLYWOOD ENDING, and Martin Scorsese’s THE DEPARTED, as well as LITTLE CHILDREN, RENT, HITCH, POLLOCK, and, the most fun of all, BORAT, which led to work as a camera operator on director Larry Charles’ next few projects, including RELIGULOUS and BRUNO.  He has a vague memory of working on a pile of music videos for artists he can’t remember and on dozens and dozens of commercials he’d mostly rather forget. As DP Mark has shot eight narrative feature films, including Alison Bagnall’s THE DISH & THE SPOON with Greta Gerwig and Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY with Tim & Eric, three documentary features, a healthy pile of shorts, and the Showtime series “La La Land.” His documentary work has taken him to Israel, England, Holland, Italy, Jordan, Romania, Mexico, Honduras, Hungary, and Los Angeles. He’s worked with every film format from Super-8 to VistaVision. He used to say he’d worked with every video format available but these days they’re popping up so quickly that by the time you read this sentence there’s probably a new one.


Casting Director

Ellen Novack
Biography
Ellen Novack is a producer, casting director, director, coach and teacher, Ellen has been in the entertainment business for over 25 years. Working for five years with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, she cast over 25 major projects. She has been Casting Director for the daytime drama "Another World" and, more recently, "One Life to Live" for which she won two Artios Awards for Best Soap Casting. She cast the show for four years, became its Coordinating Producer and then Producer.

Ellen ran her own casting office where she cast TV pilots, independent films and worked for most of the larger regional theatres in the country. She was also the Managing Director of the Classic Stage Company in New York City. She continues to cast (most recently, the future CBS series, "Redemption"), produces films independently, and is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama, where she teaches Film Acting Technique and Professional Preparation to third year graduate acting students. She also teaches at The Juilliard School, American Conservatory Theatre, and The New School. She is a member of NY Women in Film & Television and the Independent Feature Project.