Genevieve Anderson, Director
Genevieve is an artist, filmmaker, and producer who has been working with puppets for almost 20 years. Her films have played at over a hundred festivals worldwide and have garnered awards in Berlin, Chicago Int’l, Seattle, Palm Springs, among others, and have been broadcast on IFC (US) and ARTE (France, Germany). She is a Rockefeller Media Arts Grant recipient and an Annenberg Fellow (USC). She was the producer for acclaimed video artist Bill Viola for many years, producing projects for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, the Saint Paul Cathedral, London and the Tate, New Doha International Airport, Qatar among numerous others. Too Loud A Solitude is her first feature film with puppets, the development of which was generously funded by Heather Henson and Handmade Puppet Dreams and the Jane Henson Foundation.
Steve Gaub, Producer
Steve is an accomplished producer whose recent credits include Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, Oblivion with Tom Cruise, Tron Legacy with Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde, Terminator Salvation with Christian Bale, and Traitor with Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. In addition to many additional feature film credits, Steve has also served as Associate Producer on a number of television projects including The Paul Reiser Show. Steve got his start in the industry in the Development Department at Outlaw Productions. He produced the scene sample of Too Loud A Solitude and is excited to be helming the feature.
Kelly Miller, Producer
Kelly Miler – A graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s Film Studies program, Kelly Miller joined the New York film production company Good Machine in 1993, and as the Director of Production, cut her teeth working with such filmmakers as Jill Godmilow, Nicole Holofcener, Edward Burns, and Ang Lee. Transitioning into the sales division (Good Machine International) in the late 90s, she worked as a Production Executive on productions by Kristian Levring and Alfonso Cuaron amongst others. In 2000 she turned her attention to freelance producing and post supervising working with Alan Rudolph, Campbell Scott, Rose Troche, Justin Theroux and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2006, a feature film she produced (FORGIVEN) was in narrative competition at the Sundance Film Festival. For the past years, Kelly works primarilyn as a development and post production consultant, while raising two daughters in Brooklyn, NY.
Frank Rehak, Historical and Literary Consultant
Frank is a photographer and educator who has taught photography and film studies, specializing in Central Eastern Europe, extensively at the University of Maryland, The School for Photographic Studies in Prague (which he co-founded), The Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Goucher College, and Essex Community College. Rehak was a Fullbright Fellow and holds both a Masters of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. His works, both visual and written, have appeared in the publications of Eastman Kodak, Ilford, and Polaroid Corp. Additionally, his photographs have appeared in the New York Times, The Baltimore Sunpapers, Photographers Forum, and the News American. His books include In Service: A Documentary of the Baltimore City Fire Department and Of Work and Solitude.
Rehak has worked with the director Josef Lustig and Academy Award-winning cameraman Gary Griffin on the documentary project The Immortal Balladeer of Prague (Lampafilm 2007), as well as with award-winning stage and film designer Wally Coberg on the script for a major documentary film, The Mystery of Poe. He is producer on a recent documentary film Becoming Dr. Q. directed and filmed by award winning cinematographer Richard Chisolm, which is in post-production.
Alex MacInnis, Writer/ Editor
Alex has been shooting and editing documentary multi-media for twenty years, with clients including National Geographic and Discovery, on platforms ranging from web to IMAX. As a videographer, he has witnessed an erupting Caribbean volcano, joined US Marine recruits in learning how to shoot a M16, and been locked out of his car two hundred yards from an approaching tornado. He recently completed the video documentation of MOCA's four-year social art series Engagement Party. His radio reporting has been featured on This American Life and Los Angeles' Madeleine Brand Show. In the non-documentary world, his screenwriting collaborations include Signs of Life--recipient of the first Sloan Foundation Feature Production Grant--and Down to the Bone, which won the Directing Award and a Special Jury prize at Sundance, was nominated for the John Cassavettes Independent Spirit Award, and was directed by Academy-Award nominee Debra Granik. He has also worked extensively with Bill Viola and Peter Sellars on their on-going opera collaboration The Tristan Project, as video editor and technical director. As a director, he has studied Virgin Mary apparitions in the Mojave desert, made a zombie musical, used a fake documentary to pay tribute to his very real love of ducks, and is currently exploring Stoic philosophy through a study of house cats.
Evan Jacobs, Visual Effects Supervisor
Evan is an experienced industry veteran, who has helmed visuals in effects-driven films such as Captain America: Civil War, Olympus Has Fallen, Alice in Wonderland, Resident Evil: Extinction, and Ben 10: Alien Force, which was nominated for an Emmy Award for visual effects. He has contributed to blockbusters such as The Mummy, Dinosaur, Armageddon, and Titanic. On the other end of the spectrum, he has contributed “invisible effects” to projects such as Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hollywoodland and 16 Blocks. He also supervised visual effects for the indie feature What the #$*! Do We Know?! which became the third highest grossing documentary of 2004. He served as miniatures supervisor on the Tim Burton film Ed Wood and also co-founded Vision Crew Unlimited, a company specializing in miniatures and mechanical effects. Serving the story is always his primary focus, and his extensive background in physical visual effects techniques such as miniatures as well as modern tools like CGI allow him to tailor his approach to the filmmaker’s vision while maximizing the available resources.
Darin Moran, Cinematographer (Feature)
Darin has worked as a cinematographer and camera operator making feature and documentary films for 20 years. He studied photography and cinematography at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His style of photography is reflective of his experience working with filmmakers that value well-crafted, naturalistic images. He has had the privilege of collaborating with a wide spectrum of directors in cinema including Michael Mann, Terence Malick, Tony Scott, and Francis Lawrence. He has won a Cinematographer’s Guild Showcase Award of Excellence for Genevieve’s short film ola’s box of clovers, and been nominated for an Emmy. He is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild.
Isidore Mankofsky, Cinematographer (17-minute version)
Isidore Mankofsky, ASC, received his formal photographic training at the Ray Vogue School of Photography and the Brooks Institute of Photography and counts forty-three years as a cinematographer.
Isidore‘s credits as Director of Photography on feature films include ‘The Muppet Movie’, ‘Somewhere In Time’, ‘The Jazz Singer’, ‘One Crazy Summer’, ‘Better Off Dead’ and ‘Skin Deep’, among others. Included in the TV credits are: ‘The Burning Bed’, ‘Broadway Bound’, ‘The Heidi Chronicles’, ‘The Oxsana Baiul Story’ and many more. Network credits also include the BBC-NBC joint production 'The Inventing of America' (1976, directed by Claude Whatham, hosted by James Burke and Raymond Burr). He has received the prestigious ASC cinematographers’ award for ‘Love, Lies and Murder’ and four Emmy nominations as well as one further ASC nomination for cinematography, and best cinematography award from the Atlanta film festival for the feature ‘Suzanne’.
He is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Greg Bachar, Literary Advisor/ Outreach Coordinator
Greg Bachar earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His writing has appeared in Conduit, Rain Taxi, Indiana Review, Redactions, Litro, Sentence, Arroyo Literary Review, Southeast Review, Pontoon: An Anthology Of Washington State Poets, and Maintenant: A Journal Of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art. He is the author of the books Curiosisosity, Dumb Bell & Sticky Foot (& Other Indulgences), Beans (& Other Sundry Items From The General Store), The Amusement Park Of The Mind (Essays On Thought, Feeling, And Experience), The Writing Machine (Occasional Ruminations On An Intangible Legerdemain). He is an Executive Producer of the 2015 documentary Elstree 1976.
MJ Mynarski, Composer
MJ is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in what he calls “the big sound of the small ensemble™”. MJ’s scores include A Deadly Adoption with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, Lost Boy with Virginia Madsen and Sosie Bacon (giving MJ a Bacon Number of 2) and High Times and Gotham Award Winning Holy Rollers starring Academy Award winner Jesse Eisenberg. MJ has also written several original songs for movies including Darkness Before the Dawn which was on the short list for the Best Original Song Academy Award. He was the composer for Genevieve Anderson’s shorts - ola’s box of clovers and Too Loud a Solitude. Most recently he received an EMMY for his work on the award winning PSA, How to Survive an Active Shooter. MJ is a NYC transplant in LA and doesn’t miss the summer subway or the winter’s snow.
Yevgenia Nayberg, Costume and Graphic Designer
Yevgenia Nayberg is a painter, illustrator and stage designer.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, she graduated from The National School of Arts.
Nayberg's paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Moscow as well as in numerous international group art shows. She designed sets and costumes for over 40 theatrical productions and received a number of prestigious awards for her stage designs. Her illustrations appeared in magazines and children's books as well as on album covers, book covers and theatre posters. Yevgenia lives in New York City.
Eli Presser, Lead Puppet Design
Eli Presser began his study of puppetry in 1996. In puppetry he found a means in which to explore his internal struggles with existential dread and saudade through an external discourse - focused primarily on the observation and deconstruction of movement vocabularies exhibited by the animate and the inanimate. Notable work includes puppetry for Basil Twist's “Arias with a Twist”, Genevieve Anderson's "Too Loud A Solitude", Jessica Yu's "Protagonist”, and Kevin McTurk’s “The Mill at Calder’s End”. In his current role as Technical Coordinator for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's Performing Arts Program, Eli continues to work towards the creation of performances that fulfill the public’s need for artistry, education, and inspiration.