Theresa R. Corrao - Theresa Corrao has over 12 years experience in the independent and studio film systems. She is the director, writer, producer and editor of the 2006 film "Life Lottery"(2006) and director, writer, producer of "Couch" (2000) . She got her start at Industrial Light & Magic and has held a number of senior positions in visual effects including Senior Visual Effects Producer for such films as Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (2002). Additional credits include Jurassic Park III (2001), October Sky (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Contact (1997), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Twister (1996), Jumanji (1995), The American President (1995), and Congo (1995). Awards include Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture, Visual Effects Society Winner 2005 (Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban), Nominated 2006 (Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire).
Jeffrey Abramson - Jeffrey Abramson is an integrated marketing expert with substantial experience in aligning and activating brands (ideation through execution) within the world of independent film, fashion, music and the arts, as well as creating impactful branded content for corporate partners through engagement with emerging talent.
Jeffrey spent the past 12 years with Gen Art most recently as the companyís Co-President and previously as SVP of its Film Division where he oversaw the company's signature 5 City Gen Art Screening Series and annual Gen Art Film Festivals in New York City and Chicago. He has created and implemented many custom events, programs and content designed to bring brand's key marketing objectives to life in creative and unique ways. Such programs include Crest 3D White "Little White Wardrobe" competition, Delta Air Lines "Fly-In Movies," Starbucks Salon and Eco-Online Film Festival, Your Amazon Ad Competition, Nokia Sound Circle and Nokia Art In Motion, 7 For All Mankindís "7 Fresh Faces in Film," Kenneth Cole Black "Champions of Independent Film", Tic Tacís "Shake It Up" social media video initiative and Aquafina & MySpaceís "No Sleep Tilí Sundance" Beastie Boys music video contest and concert.
He has also overseen screening and premiere promotional partnerships between dozens of corporate brands and all the major film distribution companies including Fox Searchlight, The Weinstein Company, Sony Picture Classics and Paramount as well as many smaller companies and self-distributing films.
Jeffrey has served on panels and juries at festivals and conferences across the country (including Hamptons, SXSW, Woodstock FF, IFP Film Week) and has been actively involved in major festivals such as Sundance and Toronto for over fifteen years. He was featured as one of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine's "Innovators" in 2011.
He started his career at Miramax Films where he participated in the marketing of such films as Shakespeare in Love, Life is Beautiful and The Cider House Rules. He has also served as a trend consultant for companies such as Lambesis, The Intelligence Group and Sense Worldwide.
Sol Tryon - Sol produced his first feature film Bomb The System in 2002, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2003 and earned him a Spirit Award nomination for best first feature. In 2005 while continuing his work with Shirin Neshat on her video art film, Zarin (Sundance Film Festival 2007) Sol executive produced the feature film Weapons, (Narrative Feature Competition, Sundance Film Festival 2007).
The Living Wake, Sol’s directorial debut starring Mike O’Connell, Jesse Eisenberg and Jim Gaffigan, premiered at the CineVegas Film Festival in June 2007 where he garnered the Heineken Red Star Award for “the most innovative and progressive filmmaker”. The film also won the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival 2007, Comedic Vision Award at the Austin Film Festival 2007 and Best Feature Film Award at The Big Apple Film Festival 2008.
In 2007, Sol produced the narrative feature film Explicit Ills starring Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Lou Taylor Pucci and Naomie Harris, was executive produced by Jim Jarmusch and directed by Mark Webber. The film premiered at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival where it won the Narrative Feature Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography. Explicit Ills was released theatrically in the US in 2009.
Currently Sol is producing two feature length documentaries, 2012 Time For Change and Being In The World. He also has three narrative feature films that he is attached to direct in varying stages of development: Kick The Can, a coming of age comedy adapted from the novel written by newsman Jim Lehrer; as well as Wedding The Winterbottoms, and Eggy.
Michael Roban -
Michael Roban, founder of Cold Fusion Media, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Stone Village Pictures. He has overseen production, sales and/or finance of numerous films. His credits include "The Cooler", "13 Conversations About One Thing","Secretary" and "The Guitar".
Roban is the executive producer of "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr., "Sympathy for Delicious" directed by Mark Ruffalo starring Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney and "Hesher" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman(2010 Sundance Film Festival).
Abe Michael Shainberg - Executice Producer - is an intellectual property attorney specializing in entertainment law & independent film production. He has been a partner in four separate art galleries with works ranging from modern to antiques and masters.
As Associate Producer, Abe has recently completed principal photography on a full length feature film called, "SOUTH OF HEAVEN, WEST OF HELL", a western, written and directed by Dwight Yoakam. Producer Gray Frederickson, Academy Award winner for "THE GODFATHER, PART 11," was also nominated for producing "APOCALYPSE NOW" and "THE GODFATHER, PART 111."
"SOUTH OF HEAVEN, WEST OF HELL" stars Peter Fonda, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton, Vince Vaughn, Dwight Yoakam, Bud Cort, Paul Reubens, Michael Jeter, Natalie Canerday, Noble Willingham, Scott Wilson, and Bo Hopkins. Cinemaphotographer was James Glennon ASC, ("EL NORTE", "CITIZEN RUTH", "ELECTION") and was edited by Bob Ferretti, ("DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER", "ROCKY V", "UNDER SIEGE").
When Sidney Lumet filmed "A STRANGER AMONG US," with Melanie Griffith, John Pankow, Mia Sara, (Buena Vista, 1992), Abe was called upon to consult on shooting the scenes involving the diamond business, which were shot on location in New York's Diamond Center and in Silvercup Studios.
He has experience as an executive at a marketing & public relations firm and printing house, and serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Bar Association. He has worked for two bankruptcy law firms, handling personal as well as corporate filings.
A former television writer who wrote sitcoms, pilots, and movies of the week, Abe also composed and edited comedy routines for aspiring comedians in the 1970's.
Cleo Godsey -
Cleo Godsey of The Criterion Collection, formerly the Director of Business Affairs of First Run Features. Prior to The Criterion Collection and First Run, Ms. Godsey worked in sales and marketing for independent fashion designers and a fine art consulting company. She has worked as a producer, director, and actor on various off-off-Broadway theater and independent film projects since 1991. For example, she was a leading actress in the hit Polish feature, “Young Wolves” (1995), and recently was the Associate Producer of a children’s DVD, Hiroshima No Pika, narrated by Susan Sarandon (2005). Ms. Godsey holds a B.A. in Literature and Theater Studies from Yale University, a M.A. in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design.
Paul Borghese - Director/Producer/Actor – Paul Borghese has extensive experience as an accomplished Director, Producer, Distribution Executive and actor. By the 1990's, some of the almost two-dozen feature films he played an active producing and/or distribution role in by that year were George Romero's Document of the Dead , Beatle George Harrison's Wonderwall, Fatal Secret starring David Carradine, A Time to Remember starring Donald O'Connor, Prisoners of Inertia starring Amanda Plummer and John McGinley , Destiny to Order starring Michael Ironside, Fright House starring Al Lewis, and Lady Terminator.
Mr. Borghese recently directed a feature film that he Co-wrote the screenplay for, Searching For Bobby D (as in DeNiro), released by Monarch Home Video. Starring in the film are Carmen Electra, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Dobson, Mario Cantone, Tony Darrow, Michael Nouri, Tyson Beckford and Frank Pellegrino.
David Paterson - Award winning writer/producer. Feature film credits include, "Love, Ludlow", which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and has been released by Warner Home Video. Mr. Paterson is also the writer/producer of the 2007 film "Bridge to Terabithia", produced in conjunction with Walt Disney and Walden Media.
Aaron Levine - Coordinator of the Gen Art Film Division and organizer of the Gen Art Film Festival.
Sandra Gayle Jordan - Producer, writer, actress, singer. As president of S.G.Jordan Enterprises, produced, wrote, directed and acted in musical reviews for 15 years. SAG & EQUITY. Film and theater actress. Published author (penname Jordana Sands). Lectured on personal development as well as teaching the performing arts.
Erik Davis - Currently a film writer for Fandango. Formerly Editor-in-Chief for Cinematical.com, Erik has also worked for NBC and Getty Images. Last year, Erik co-wrote and produced the award-winning short film, See Ya Tomorrow. He's written numerous screenplays and, most recently, co-wrote, produced and directed the feature film "Making Love".
John Anello Jr. - Seasoned Business Development/Business-Legal Affairs/Marketing/Staffing/Sales Professional with 19 years of business experience and a Juris Doctor law degree with emphasis on Intellectual Property for Media. He is experienced in strategic development, market-share placement, marketing material creation, staffing and recruiting, sales, and business/legal issues relating to successful marketing, sales, and licensing. Having founded and developed Cexton Records and Productions in 1984, he created an international record label and content development company. He managed all sales and distribution of product to large retail companies, such as Wherehouse, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody, Tower Records, and many more. The company added consulting and advisement services to other companies, and John began to consult with such companies as Disney and Sony. He developed the business plans, administrated all business-legal affairs, and served as producer for Disney's Theme Park Records and Productions, a theme park brand for the Disney Company. In 1996 John received a Telly Award for video production.
From 1998 to 2000, John went on to become the VP of Licensing, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, and Business-Legal Affairs Advisor for NEC's Signafy Inc, an intellectual property/entertainment technology company.
He developed and oversaw the national and international roll-out of product and services. John has served as In-house Legal Affairs Director for a California-based corporation, handling all in-house legal matters, intellectual property management, HR, and staffing, and for a major New York City Firm, handling all National business development, marketing, and staffing.
Joey Reynolds - Joey Reynolds on Radio 710 WOR New York. Joey Reynolds is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as a Top 40-radio personality for his accomplishments in radio, television, and music. Joey worked for 20th Century-Fox and was instrumental in the development of the “Star Wars” marketing program. His memoir, “Let Your Smile Be Your Umbrella, But Don’t Get a Mouthful of Rain” is a best seller.
Adriana Shaw - Adriana Shaw is presently the Founder and CEO of herFlix.com, an online distributor and filter for the streaming and sales of women-centric movies and entertainment information herFlix has agreements with Women In Film International and The American Film Institute to distribute their selected movies online on the herflix portal and presently distributes to 36 additional channels including iTunes, Netflix, Fios, Blockbuster/Dish, Comcast, etc. Adriana has 28 years of experience as a successful executive in home video and film distribution. Called a "pioneer in the home video business" by Variety, she developed ground breaking and profitable mass marketing to women of video programs which included: Jane Fonda's The Jane Fonda Workout (#1 on Billboard), Debbie Reynolds' Do It Debbie's Way (#1 on Billboard), Shirley MacLaine's Inner Workout and the documentary Mother Teresa (garnering her a Billboard Award). She founded and was President of the publicly held company, Today Home Entertainment Video Company. She partnered in RGH International Film Enterprises, an independent distributor/agent/financier of feature films to the domestic and foreign markets, marketing and selling well over 300 films to a worldwide network of buyers and facilitating financing of independent features for other production companies, including Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures. Adriana oversaw the theatrical distribution of the Cannes award winning film Amy, which received a "thumbs up" from Roger Ebert. Adriana was recently an invited guest of the Chinese government at its second annual International Media Conference, where she spoke on the past and future of the American home entertainment business.