William Miller, Director / Producer / Director of Photography
WILLIAM MILLER is a graduate of NYU where he received a BFA in Film Production, winning a CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD for his film In The Ether at NYU’s First Run Film Festival. In addition to the film with musician Bobby Bare Jr., William currently has another feature documentary, Time Bomb, in post-production, is in pre-production on a feature documentary with the non-profit organization Education for the World, edited the independent feature film Happy New Year which includes two tracks from Bobby Bare Jr. and premiered at SXSW 2011, and recently produced and directed a live show with legendary host Dick Cavett.
D. A. Pennebaker, Advisor
D.A. (DONN ALAN) PENNEBAKER is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of cinema verite filmmaking. In 1967, Pennebaker released the seminal film Don’t Look Back, which followed Bob Dylan’s last acoustic concert tour in England. The film broke box office records and is considered a classic of both documentary and rock filmmaking. Pennebaker’s next film, Monterey Pop, was a record of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival that launched the careers of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. A critical and commercial hit, Monterey Pop was the progenitor of a host of rock documentaries. In 1976, the filmmaker began his long collaboration with his partner and future wife, Chris Hegedus. Together, they have co-directed a host of acclaimed films. The team has also made numerous music films including rock music videos for such artists as: Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Victoria Williams and Soul Asylum. Their feature-length film, Depeche Mode 101, about the popular British pop band, went platinum upon video release.
Currently, the Pennebaker Hegedus team is working on The Collar, a film about the prestigious French pastry competition the Meilleurs Ouvier de France.
Erin Nordstrom, Editor
ERIN NORDSTROM started her career in 1997 at a small editorial company called Look Mom No Hands. In 1999 she became the staff editor for Ground Zero Advertising where her clients included ESPN, California Department of Health (Anti-Smoking) and Activision among others. Her work for ESPN garnered her numerous awards including 4 Beldings, 4 One Show Awards and an Effie.
Erin’s love for story telling sparked a move in her career to include longer format and independently produced projects. She began her freelance career in December of 2001. It began with the critically acclaimed feature documentary on the band Wilco, entitled “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”. Her instinctual timing and story telling skills shine when allowed the freedom of the long form genre. Her work includes music videos for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Damien Rice, and Avril Lavigne as well as several short and feature length documentaries. One of which won the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the documentary category at the 2009 Cannes film festival.
The commercial work has also continued, cutting for Rubin Postaer and Associates, DraftFCB and Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners with clients including Taco Bell, Columbia Sportswear and Honda to name a few. Erin signed with Optimus in February of 2009 where she is currently staff.
Soopum Sohn, Director of Photography
SOOPUM SOHN writer/director/cinematographer
As director/writer, Soopum’s short films include Island to Island, winner of a 2002 Student Academy Award, and Fish in the Sea Is Not Thirsty, an official selection of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (Quinzaine). Make Yourself at Home, Soopum’s first feature film as a director/writer, was invited to the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation, Oldenburg Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, Chicago Asian American showcase and Athens Film Festival. As cinematographer, Soopum’s films include Michellville (dir: John Harkrider), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 (American Spectrum); and SA-KWA (dir: Yi-Kwan Kang), winner of the International Critics Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2005. Soopum holds MFA’s from American Film Institute (cinematography) and New York University (film directing).
Joe Rudge, Music Supervisor
After 10 years+ of experience, Joe Rudge knows music supervision is about more than music. An experienced licensing pro, his motive is always to enhance the moving image – film, TV, commercials and multimedia – and help the director’s vision come alive. As seen from an expansive list of credits, Rudge’s expertise is increasingly in demand. His work on films like George Harrison: Living In the Material (directed by Martin Scorsese) Blue Valentine (starring Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams), Terri (starring John C. Reilly), Margin Call (starring Zachary Quinto & Kevin Spacey), Brick (directed by Rian Johnson), and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) demonstrates the necessary ability to take a diverse approach to each individual project. Joe Rudge resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Lee Baker, Producer
LEE BAKER is a graduate of NYU where she received a BA in Media Studies. She has worked in various areas of broadcast and television production, from news to scripted shows, including LIVE productions. Lee has produced a wide range of both long & short format shows while overseeing areas of post-production at SPIKE TV (MTV Networks). Currently, Lee is in pre-production on a feature documentary on the non-profit organization Education For The World’. Lee recently produced and wrote a live show with legendary host Dick Cavett.