|It’s Not You, It’s Me|
Writer/Director – Nathan Ives
A native of Ashville, North Carolina, Nathan came to California 18 years ago to play music. While songwriting and touring he began co-writing screenplays with Ashley Scott Meyers and found his passion for storytelling on the big screen. In 2000, Ives co-wrote “Dish Dogs” starring Sean Astin, Shannon Elizabeth, Brian Dennehy and Mathew Lillard and then headed out to tour with his band for several years. Once he returned to beautiful Los Angeles in 2008, he co-wrote “Man Overboard” which sold overseas to HBO. In 2010, he put his focus into launching his own production banner, Mule Films. The following year, he co-wrote and optioned the screenplay, “The Unnatural” to Andrew Lauren Co. (The Squid and the Whale). Most recently he wrote, directed and produced the brutally humorous relationship comedy, “It’s Not You, It’s Me” starring Ross McCall, Joelle Carter, Vivica A. Fox and Beth Littleford.
Ives resides in Los Angeles and plays with his band in his free time.
Producer/Creative Development – Marie Rose
Marie Rose was graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Arts degree in Theater from The University of Texas at El Paso and she is an alumna of the American Film Institute’s renowned Directing Workshop for Women program. She has written, produced and directed award-winning short films starring such talent as Dakota Fanning. Marie studied improvisational comedy and sketch writing at The Groundlings Theater during the same period as SNL alumni Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan. Her improv studies at The Groundlings were interrupted when she won a yearlong Walt Disney Studios Fellowship in Screenwriting for her first screenplay, “Divine Intervention,” which was also a Nicholl Fellowship finalist in that year. In 2009, Marie competed and was selected for participation in the Producers Guild of America Diversity Workshop where she honed her producing skills under the expert guidance of seasoned film, television and reality producers and show runners.
A proud member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Alliance of Women Directors, Screen Actors Guild, and IATSE Local 700 Story Analysts Guild, Marie has over sixteen years of professional story development experience as both a union story analyst and a private script consultant. She has made development contributions to such major motion pictures as “L.A. Confidential,” “Poseidon,” “Ransom,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “The Game Plan,” “The Proposal” and many more for studios and production companies including Walt Disney Studios, MGM/UA, The Disney Channel, Icon, New Regency Productions, Village Roadshow, John Wells, and Force Entertainment (Parent Stuber) at Universal Studios.
In 2011, in addition to providing her creative development and producing services at Mule Films, Marie went under contract with Marza Animation Planet (Sega Games) to write a feature animation screenplay for the company’s new feature animation branch.
Producer/Unit Production Manager – Mark Heidelberger
Mark Heidelberger began his career working for such companies as Outlaw Productions, Film Roman and Ken Sherman & Associates. He co-founded Beverly Hills-based Treasure Entertainment in 2000 and ran it until 2011 before becoming a freelance producer. He has produced music videos for dozens of artists, including Janelle Monae and Snoop Dogg, as well as commercials for Reebok, Con Air and Lamborghini. His feature producing credits including “Flintown Kids,” “Harsh Times,” “Man Overboard,” “It’s Not You, It’s Me” and Hallmark Channel’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” He also developed and packaged the thriller “Don McKay” and produced the “Chopper” web series. He holds a BA in Film Studies from UCSB and a MFA in Producing from UCLA.
Producer – Kerith Lemon
Producer Kerith Lemon is a former MTV Networks executive with an extensive background in non-traditional marketing and production where she was responsible for the successful creative development of entertainment projects across multiple media platforms including: film, television, live broadcast, special events, and social interactivity. A thought leader in this space, she enjoys bringing her unique experience to the creative film process and helping filmmakers extend their vision to connect with their future audience across multiple online touch-points. She most recently worked on the soon to be released dramatic thriller, “Blaze You Out” and marketing consulting for independent film distributors. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Consulting Producer – Romell Foster Owens
Romell Foster-Owens is an Emmy Award winning Producer, and award winning filmmaker who has been in the business of Writing, Producing and Directing award-winning television series, made for TV movies, documentaries, and independent feature films for more than 20 years. Ms. Foster-Owens is a graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute (Directing) and San Diego State University (Theatre). Ms. Foster-Owens is an Alumnus of the 2009 Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop and a 2004 Alumnus of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca All Access Program.
In 2008 Ms. Foster-Owens had the rare distinction of two films that she produced being “Official Selections” of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. Ms. Foster-Owens has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award, NAACP Image Award, the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame Award for Best Independent Film and the National Council of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, a 2008 Platinum Aurora Award, 2009 and 2010 Gold Aurora Awards, 2009 and 2010 Telly and Addy Awards and a 2009 Women In Film Spotlight Award for the Gang Alternatives Program PSA she produced to name a few.
Recent television pilots produced and or directed by Ms. Foster-Owens includes “ALOHA: The Paige Hurd Show,” “Comedy Camp,” “Rallye Star” and “Alakazia Live!.” Ms. Foster-Owens produced the 2011 release of Lyndon Barrois’ film “The Lift” and is developing a slate of feature films for Jowharah Films that includes “Colored Waiting Room” by Patricia Pope and “Forever Yours” by Melvin Moore.
Ms. Foster-Owens has signed on to produce and direct the feature film “Seoul USA” about the 1988 Olympics written by Cherrelle Robinson. This fall Romell will produce and direct her passion project a true story about the Vietnam War, “The Jungle Warriors” based on her screenplay adaptation of the book of the same name by Sgt. Bobby Briscoe (US Army retired).
Ms. Foster-Owens is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Women In Film, is a Board Member of the Gang Alternatives Program and a Board Member Emeritus of The American Film Institute’s Center for Advance Film Studies. Ms. Foster-Owens is the President of Jowharah Films with offices in Hollywood, California.
Director of Photography – Kennith Stipe
Having spent most of his youth on a small island in the Caribbean, Kenneth Stipe draws upon a vast array of imagery and color, contributing to his unique outlook regarding light and composition.
Upon his arrival in Los Angeles and his subsequent acceptance into the American Film Institute’s cinematography program, Ken soon began working within various crew positions for a number of Directors of Photography, including Januz Kaminski, ASC.
Ken ultimately made the move behind the lens as a Director of Photography, blending his proficiency at creating cinematic lighting with skillful camera movement to shoot a multitude of independent and studio feature films, notably Sony Pictures’ motion picture, “Motives” (2004), starring Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day,” “Kill Bill”) and Shemar Moore (“Criminal Minds”). Impressed with the cinematic style of “Motives,” Sony brought Ken back to shoot the sequel, “Motives 2 Retribution” (2007). A partial list of Ken’s other notable works include “Epoch,” a high-rated SciFi Channel Original Pictures premiere starring Ryan O’Neal (“Love Story,” “Paper Moon”) and David Keith (“Officer and a Gentleman,” “Lords of Discipline”). “Cinema of Vengeance” (“1994,” “Bruce Lee,” “Jackie Chan”) is a documentary on the history of the Hong Kong martial arts action cinema that continues to be a hot seller and a fan favorite.
When not shooting feature films for majors and indies, Ken currently travels the world shooting extensively in the television documentary format for networks such as History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Spike TV and Discovery Channel. Some of the shows he’s brought to visual life include “The Universe,” “Life After People,” “Planet Green,” “Biblical Mysteries Explained,” “Seven Deadly Sins” and “Stuff Happens with Bill Nye.” In addition, Ken has worked behind the camera on popular shows such as “American Idol,” “The Academy Awards,” TV Land’s “Most Unexpected Moments” and AFI’s “Top 100 Movies.”
Ken’s dedication to studying the nuances of light, cinematic composition and the new film, HD and 3D technologies is unwavering and ever evolving.
Production Design – Mercedes Younger
Merce is a Scenic/Production Designer with BA and MFA in production design and member of IASTE Local 800. Ten years ago she created her own production design company, MerceDesigns, a company that designs for film, theater, music videos, and print and creates work that is provocative, elegant, innovative, and cost effective.
MerceDesigns television work is extensive, they just wrapped several new shows for Food Network: “Sweet Genius,” “Next Food Network Star” and “Rachel Ray vs. Guy Fieri,” plus a new show for Lifetime called “Catwalk.” They also designed seasons 1 and 2 of “Newlyweds” for ABC, as well as “High School Musical: Get in the Picture,” and “Shaq vs.” for VH1. They designed “You’re Cut Off” season’s 1 and 2 and “Scott Baio is Single and 45.” TV land commissioned “She’s Got the Look” and they just finished BET’s “Sunday Best” and “Family Crews.” They also worked on “Biggest Loser” seasons 1-6, the Emmy winning “Endurance,” “Dr. Phil’s Road Show,” and seasons 4-9 of Hell’s Kitchen.”
“The People Speak,” a commission from producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore headlined Bruce Springsteen, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Viggo Morison, and Marissa Tomei. It aired on the History Channel 2009–2011.
Clients include: Sony, Philips, Teen Magazine, Moby, Boys to Men. “Hungry Hearts,” the latest of eight independent features, won Best New Film at the Hollywood Film Festival. Commercials include Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5, Philips widescreen television, the Salvation Army, and KB Homes.
MerceDesigns largest theater commission was Van Sun Entertainment, “The Miss Vietnam America Pageant,” where sixty women descended two spiral staircases around a 40-foot Liberty torch. Built in Los Angeles, a crew of twenty-five and two semi-trucks were required to assemble and transport it to San Jose and on to the national pageant in Houston. They created the Exterior French Street for Sony’s American Independent Commercial Producers Party in the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Airport attended by some 3000 guests.
Editor – Robin Katz
Robin Katz began her career as a documentary editor in her native New York. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has had the good fortune to work in a great variety of genres as both a film and music editor. Some of her credits include television shows such as Lipstick Jungle, Dirt, Strong Medicine and NYPD Blue. Feature credits include the 2006 Sundance Grand Prix and Audience Award winning indie, Quinceañera. In addition Ms. Katz has music edited major features, White Men Can’t Jump and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Composer – Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory began his obsession with composing back when he was ten years old, when he discovered Jerry Goldsmith’s scores to PATTON and A PATCH OF BLUE. After a busy high school career composing for the student orchestras, in addition to the Denver-based chamber ensemble Up Close and Musical, Austin went on to study at NYU and USC with composers Morten Lauridsen, Charles Fussell, and Erica Muhl. Never satisfied with working in a single medium, Austin has seen success in the concert world, film music, video games, and miscellaneous others. The Boulder Symphony named Austin their Composer in Residence for the 2011-2012 seasons. In March 2012 was the release of “Journey,” a PlayStation3 game that Austin labored over for 3 years, which features the Macedonia Radio Symphonic Orchestra and a lineup of top soloists. Austin’s previous PlayStation 3 game, ‘flOw,’ made him the youngest-ever recipient of a British Academy Award nomination, and also won him a wide variety of other game industry accolades. This music, originally entirely electronic and deeply interactive, was re-concieved as an orchestral work which has seen several performances including an upcoming performance at the Smithsonian Museum as a part of their “Art of Games” exhibit opening in spring 2012. Austin has also scored about 35 feature films, and his first major film score, for the Sundance Festival-winning film ‘Captain Abu Raed,’ was shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Original Score. Shortly afterward, the Hollywood Reporter named Austin “One of 15 Composers Primed to Join the A-List.” Passionate about education, Austin is a regular public speaker at schools, in addition to pre-concert talks and workshops. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Education Through Music – Los
Music Supervisor – Jen Malone
Jen Malone began her career in the music industry working at Formula PR in NYC, representing Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Portishead, The Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, Placebo, and many more. After her experience in NYC, she moved to Boston to start her own agency, Black & White Entertainment. She steadily built her business representing renowned national and international artists and labels, including The Hives, The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, The Wildhearts, Gearhead Records, and Hydra Head Records, among many others.
Her remarkably successful run in PR led her to find a second passion in the industry - music supervision. Jen moved to Los Angeles and began working with some of the most reputable film supervisors in the field, Dave Jordan and Julia Michels. She collaborated with them on high profile, music-intensive films including Iron Man 2, When In Rome, Sex and the City 2 and The Blind Side (2010 Best Picture Academy Award).
Ms. Malone has come into her own as a Music Supervisor and through her creative work on the MTV groundbreaking series The Vice Guide to Everything, she quickly rose to the position of Music Coordinator for all of Vice’s non-MTV projects, including The Creators Project, various Vice Broadcasting System TV Shows, and the promising new global venture, Noisey, a video-driven music discovery platform, documenting the most talented emerging musicians from around the world. Currently, she is working alongside legendary tastemaker Nic Harcourt on the new Doug Liman (Swingers, Bourne franchise) production I Just Want My Pants Back, based on the best-selling novel by David Rosen and the U.S. remake of the British hit The Inbetweeners, both for MTV.