|EXECUTIVE PRODUCER||GEORGE M. ELISH||imdb|
|DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY||DAVID A. ARMSTRONG||imdb|
Mr. Wittlin is known throughout the motion picture industry for producing top quality films with reasonable budgets. As a producer, Mr. Wittlin’s projects have attracted a multitude of talented directors and actors. His producing style has been described as both “hands on” and “patient”. A creative visionary with a focus on results, Mr. Wittlin delivers with a winning combination of artistic merit and business acumen.
In 2009, Mr. Wittlin became a TONY Nominated Producer for the Broadway smash hit ROCK OF AGES. ROCK OF AGES is still on Broadway while touring worldwide.
Mr. Wittlin began his career in the film industry when he partnered with actor, writer and director, Corbin Bernsen as vice president of Public Media Works. After collaborating on many projects with Mr. Bernsen, Mr. Wittlin went out on his own where he co-founded and was President/CEO of Smithfield Street Productions in Pittsburgh, PA.
Prior to his film making career, Mr. Wittlin held senior-level executive positions in the real estate, financial services, and technology industries. He co-founded an award-winning enterprise level technology company and under his leadership, the company formed strategic alliances with Toshiba, Compaq, Fujitsu, Siemens and Microsoft. Mr. Wittlin successfully raised more than $54 million dollars of venture and angel capital for the company which was recognized for its excellence in more than 40 technology publications.
During his tenure as president of Pittsburgh-based Metro Real Estate Services, Mr. Wittlin was responsible for unprecedented growth where the company more than doubled its size in three years. The company produced an annual sales volume of more than $350 million dollars and was sold to Coldwell Banker in October of 1997.
Born and raised in Mount Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, he is a graduate of Penn State University.
Michael Rachmil’s producing career spans three decades working predominantly with the major studios including Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Morgan Creek, and Original Films.
A sampling of Mr. Rachmil’s producing credits include QUICKSILVER, starring Kevin Bacon and Jami Gertz, ROXANNE, starring Steve Martin, PUNCHLINE, with Tom Hanks and Sally Field, LA STORY, with Steve Martin, and MO MONEY, with Damon Wayons. His executive producing credits include FLATLINERS, with Julia Roberts, the Jean-Claude Van Damme thrillers, NOWHERE TO RUN and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER III, the action packed Steven Seagul hit, THE GLIMMER MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY, with teen star Hilary Duff, RUMOR HAS IT, starring Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner, GRIDIRON GANG, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and SPRING BREAKDOWN, with SNL’s Amy Poehler.
Mr. Rachmil recently completed the film, ON THE INSIDE, starring Nick Stahl and Olivia Wilde, his first independent film with producing partner Jamie Kennedy. His son, Bart Rachmil is the film’s editor and one of its co-producers.
Jamie Kennedy, a multitalented comedian-actor-writer-producer, is a true hyphenate. He may be seen acting in a film one minute, and on stage doing stand up the next. Kennedy skyrocketed to fame with a groundbreaking performance and scene-stealing rants in Wes Craven's “Scream” and “Scream 2”. His portrayal of Randy Meeks, the video-store-clerk-turned-horror-hero with a knack for pop culture, secured him a place in the annals of horror movie history. He has gone on to work with some of Hollywood's biggest names, including George Clooney, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Will Smith.
Currently, Kennedy can be seen starring on the syndicated TV show “Ghost Whisperer” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. Kennedy and Hewitt can also be seen starring opposite each other in “Café,” an Indie drama they recently completed shooting. In September 2008 Kennedy released “Heckler,” a documentary which he produced with Michael Addis. The film played at both the Tribeca and AFI Film Festivals and has been met with critical acclaim. Variety calls it “Hilarious!” and the New York Sun hails the film “A Must-See!” Heckler is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in, and asks some interesting questions of people such as Jon Voight, George Lucas, Bill Maher, Mike Ditka, Rob Zombie and many more.
Kennedy was last seen on the big screen in his starring roles in Yari Film Group's “Kickin' It Old Skool”, and the Warner Bros. film “Malibu's Most Wanted”. The film, which he also co-wrote, is based on the fictional Malibu rapper Brad Gluckman, one of the characters Kennedy created and often portrayed on “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” He will next be seen in the upcoming film, “Finding Bliss” opposite LeeLee Sobieski and Denise Richards which is currently making a name for itself on the festival circuit and will be released this Spring. He is also the executive producer of CBS’ game show entitled "Splitsville" in which divorcing couples battle over their personal possessions. Kennedy produced the psychological drama, “On The Inside” starring Nick Stahl. In 2002, Kennedy triumphed on the WB when he created the hit show “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”. He was writer, producer, and star of the series, portraying a myriad of characters each week during the show's three seasons. Returning to the WB again, Kennedy served as a co-creator and executive producer on the WB series “The Starlet” and “Living with Fran.” In the summer of 2006 Kennedy also brought “Blowin' Up” to the small screen; a comedic reality series for MTV. The show followed him as he and sidekick Stu Stone attempted to achieve their lifelong dream of becoming rappers. They released their first album also titled “Blowin' Up” in July 2006.
Kennedy also conquered the book market with the release of his autobiography “Wannabe...A Hollywood Experiment” in the summer of 2003. In the book, Kennedy shares his good and bad times, from his boyhood in Philly to his current Hollywood experiences.
As a teenager growing up near Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Kennedy got a taste of Hollywood working as an extra in “Dead Poets Society”. A year later, he moved out to Los Angeles at age 18 and began performing improvisational comedy and stand-up at open-mike nights.
After years of paying his dues, Kennedy got his first big break in 1996 with the role of Sampson in Baz Luhrmann's “Romeo + Juliet”. Soon after, he was a breakout star of Scream and next appeared as a street hustler in James L. Brooks' “As Good As It Gets”. The roles continued and in 1999 Kennedy co-starred in the Persian Gulf War movie “Three Kings,” directed by David O. Russel, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. That same year, he starred as a wannabe cinematographer opposite two of his biggest idols, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, in the comedy “Bowfinger”. In “Boiler Room,” Kennedy teamed up with Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel to expose the dark side of Wall Street.
Kennedy's expansive list of movie credits also includes the animated feature Robots, Enemy of the Stat, opposite Will Smith and Gene Hackman; Bait, starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse; Max Keeble's Big Move; Clockwatchers; Sol Goode; and The Specials, with Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church, a film he also produced.
Kennedy currently tours the country doing stand-up comedy. He resides in Los Angeles.
Ms. Ramo is an entertainment attorney, representing many corporate clients as well as individual writers, directors, and producers in the entertainment industry. Elsa graduated from University of San Diego School of Law, and began her career Davis Dixon Kirby LLP as an associate establishing their Los Angeles Office. She founded her Beverly Hills based firm in 2005 when she was approached by several clients to handle their independent productions at the Universal Studios backlot.
Her specialties span the spectrum of entertainment legal needs: Corporate/Entity Representation, Contract Negotiation, Review and Drafting, Producer/Writer Representative Services, Trademark and Copyright filing and litigation, and Corporate Formations, Acquisition, and Mergers. The focus of her practice is to be a legal resource to film financiers, producers and other creative individuals in the film, music and television industries. Her firm’s attorneys and staff have provide production legal services to television, feature film, short film and documentary productions, including: Weinstein’s, TOXIC and SUFFERING FOOLS, starring Alan Cummings and Anne Heche; ACROSS THE HALL, starring Brittany Murphy; LOADED, starring Jesse Metcalfe; Jamie Kennedy's documentaries UNWASHED (featured on Comedy Central) and HECKLER; BORDER; Sony Picture’s, CHASING GHOSTS, with Michael Madsen; Lions Gate’s, GENE GENERATION; CREEP SHOW 3; televisions series, THE DL CHRONICLES featured on Here!; and THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, directed by Blair Underwood.
As a Producer, Ms. Ramo’s credits include GHOST GAME and CULT, with Taryn Manning. She was an associate producer for THE LAST SENTINEL and co-produced A WOMAN CALLED JOB (Adam Garcia), ON THE INSIDE (Nick Stahl, Olivia Wilde), and HECKLER (Jamie Kennedy). In addition to her membership in the California, American, Beverly Hills, & Los Angeles Bar Associations, Elsa is a member of Film Independent, Women in Film, and California lawyers for the Arts, and is the founder of PEFA (a professional organization for female attorneys in the entertainment industry).
Ms. Ramo has been a panel speaker at the Boston University School of Law, the San Diego Film Festival, University of San Diego Law School and the University of Southern California. Additionally, she has lectured on film financing for the California Lawyers for the Arts and IIFF (institute for international film financing).
More information about Elsa Ramo can be found on her firm's website: www.entertainmentattorney.biz
Mr. Rachmil has been an editor on a variety of projects, ranging from low budget independents to major studio films. He received his start in post-production and was mentored early in his career by Paul Hirsch, the Academy Award winning editor of Star Wars. Mr. Rachmil soon rose through the editorial ranks working as an assistant editor on a number of feature films produced by Adam Sandler’s company, Happy Madison, based at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The films include JOE DIRT, starring David Spade, and THE MASTER OF DISGUISE, starring Dana Carvey.
Mr. Rachmil was first assistant editor on a number of other films such as the Amanda Bynes comedy, SYDNEY WHITE, for Morgan Creek; the poker drama, DEAL, for Seven Arts Entertainment; and the re-make of the thriller, THE STEPFATHER, for Sony Screen Gems, starring Penn Badgley of the WB’s television hit, “Gossip Girl.”
Mr. Rachmil’s work as a lead editor started with the coming of age Indie comedy, 29 & HOLDING. He also was one of a talented team of editors on the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award winner, MADE IN CHINA. The film has been a huge success with festival audiences and juries around the world, garnering awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Oldenburg International Film Festival. MADE IN CHINA was acquired for distribution by IFC Films in 2010.
Mr. Rachmil most recently completed editing the feature drama, ON THE INSIDE, starring Nick Stahl, Dash Mihok and Olivia Wilde. He also co-produced it.
D.W. Brown began his life in the dramatic arts at the age of six when he saw his doctor father in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” He has subsequently been involved in over seventy theatrical presentations, ranging from playing a singing shepherd boy, to writing and producing major feature films.
As an actor, D.W. starred in FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, his own series, “Jo’s Cousin,” and recently A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, opposite Virginia Madsen. He can be seen on YouTube in a short he wrote and directed, FIELD BOTANIST.
While continuing to act in the theater, D.W. Brown turned his attention to writing and directing. With The Ensemble Studio Theater, he developed plays for production and received awards for directing his own works as well as others. He wrote and directed, ON THE INSIDE, a feature film starring Nick Stahl, Dash Mihok and Olivia Wilde. He also has written and directed the short films: ONE CLEAN MOVE, honored at The Taos Film Festival and purchased by The Sundance Channel; THE NEED FOR FLOWERS that received a “Best Actor” nomination at The Method Fest Film Festival, and CHLOE, a Palm Beach Festival and Rhode Island International Festival selection. He has co-produced the feature films: ALLIE & ME, and PERFUME, a Sundance Festival selection.
D.W. is the head instructor with his wife, Joanne Baron at one of Los Angeles’ premiere acting schools, The Joanne Baron/DW Brown Studio (www.baronbrown.com). He has taught around the world in London, Paris, Dublin and Edinburgh, and conducted seminars with actors such as Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Susan Sarandon, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Sheen, and directors and writers such as Sidney Pollack, Sam Raimi, Oliver Stone, David Mamet and Tom Shadyac. He has coached major stars on numerous major films and provided the first and only acting instruction for many who are now professional actors. D.W. wrote “You Can Act! A complete guide for actors,” a definitive book on acting published by Michael Wiese Productions (“Shot By Shot,” “The Writer’s Journey”); D.W. loves dogs, has a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Rickson Gracie; and he sculpts.
DAVID A. ARMSTRONG started working in films when he was 18 years old. His first project was a UCLA graduate thesis film. He walked onto the set offering to do any position to gain set experience. He never looked back after that and continued to work on student shorts and low budget independent films. He later was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts where he graduated with a BFA in cinematography in 1988. He joined I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 (International Cinematographers Guild) in 1990 as an assistant cameraman.
In 1996 Mr. Armstrong was accepted into the world-renowned American Film Institute (A.F.I.) where he earned a masters degree in cinematography in 1998. His first project earned him the Mary Pickford Foundation Award for Cinematography. During his second year in 1998, he won the American Film Institute's “Franklin J. Schaffner” Fellows award. Mr. Armstrong was the first student to receive the Inaugural (ASC) American Society of Cinematographers Heritage Award at the 26th Annual Student Academy Awards in 1999. His short film, JOHN, also won the Student Academy Award Gold and was under Academy Consideration (the final 10) for the 72nd Academy Awards. This led to an opportunity to shoot the feature film, P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD, directed by and starring Steve Guttenberg.
Mr. Armstrong has also been featured in the International Cinematographers Guild (I.C.G.) Film Showcase. In addition, two of his two short films were featured at the Cannes Film Festival/American Pavilion in 2000 and 2001.
As the visual designer and cinematographer for the SAW motion pictures franchise, Mr. Armstrong is one of the original members of the team who helped to create the largest-grossing film franchise in history with revenue in excess of a billion dollars. His experience also extends to producing films such as 2:thirteen.
Mr. Armstrong has turned his attention to directing and is currently attached to direct multiple films scheduled for production in 2010 and 2011. A few of the titles are: PAWN (Imprint Entertainment), PURSUIT (Dark Castle Entertainment), BLOOD LETTER (Chill Entertainment), and THE VINES (Cool Hand International).
ON THE INSIDE is Mr. Mazar’s first solo credit feature film. From 2008-2010 he worked closely with world-renowned film composer John Frizzell (OFFICE SPACE, ALIEN-RESURRECTION) with whom he co-produced and orchestrated the epic score for Screen Gem’s film LEGION, starring Paul Bettany. Mr. Mazar also has been an orchestrator, music programmer and pianist for other titles including SHELTER, starring Julianne Moore, THE ROOMMATE, starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kell, and the hit TV show, “The Office.”
Mr. Mazar discovered music at the age of 5 followed by extensive classical piano training at the Givataim music conservatory in Israel, where he graduated with honors. While working and touring with Israel’s top artists as a session keyboardist and musical director, he continued his musical education at the Katzanelson High School music program, and the Rimon School of Music. Mr. Mazar relocated to Boston, MA in 2005 to complete his college education at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with BA degree Film Scoring. Mr. Mazar won many awards at Berklee for outstanding musical achievements and has been involved with many high profile projects as a composer, conductor, arranger and pianist around the US, including performances and TV appearances with artists such as Christopher Guest, Gloria Estefan, Jeffery Osborn and U2 guitarist, The Edge.
See Mr. Mazar’s score documentary on his website: www.haimmazar.com.