Filmmakers

 

Photographer:  Sheena M. Joyce

Photographer:  Sheena M. Joyce

Photographer:  Don Argott

Photographer:  Don Argott

 

Don Argott and Sheena Joyce – Co-Directors

Director and cinematographer Don Argott formed 9.14 Pictures with producer and director Sheena M. Joyce in 2002. Together with editor Demian Fenton, they created ROCK SCHOOL, the company’s first feature-length documentary, about the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philadelphia. After screening at Sundance and South by Southwest, and given rave reviews by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Ebert & Roeper, ROCK SCHOOL was released worldwide theatrically in June 2005, on DVD in September 2005, and on A&E Television in 2006. TWO DAYS IN APRIL, 9.14’s second feature-length documentary, followed four college football players as they entered the NFL Draft. The film was commissioned by Red Envelope Productions (the distribution arm of Netflix), aired on the Documentary Channel and is currently available on Netflix.

Their third film, THE ART OF THE STEAL, chronicled the long struggle for control over the $30 billion Barnes collection of Post Impressionist and Early Modern art. It was acquired by IFC Films’ Sundance Selects division at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, went on to screen at the New York Film Festival and AFI Fest, and was named by Roger Ebert as one of the Best Documentaries of 2010. It aired on Showtime, the Sundance Channel, and is available on DVD. LAST DAYS HERE hit theaters in March of 2012, after a world premiere at 2010’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Acquired by IFC Films’ Sundance Selects division, the doc told the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram. Intimate, raw, and unexpectedly funny, the doc won awards at many festivals, including the IDFA PLAY Award for Best Music Documentary at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA takes the viewer on a journey to reactor communities around the country and explores the truths and myths of nuclear power. It made its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and screened in festivals worldwide. It is currently available on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, and other digital outlets. AS THE PALACES BURN, featuring heavy metal band Lamb of God, is a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats. Total Film said “...ends up as gripping and unexpectedly moving as anything John Grisham's ever scribbled,” and Film Threat said “...it is one of the best rock docs in recent memory.” After a successful run in over 400 theaters worldwide, the film continued to screen on Vimeo on Demand, cable VOD, and. VH1 Classic.

Don and Sheena are currently working on a documentary about Kurt Vonnegut, with Academy Award nominated and Emmy and Golden Globe winning filmmaker, Robert Weide. The definitive Vonnegut doc, the film will recount the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.

SLOW LEARNERS is their first narrative feature, and their daughter Maeve’s first role as a baby.


Tammy Tiehel-Stedman – Producer

Academy Award-winning film producer Tammy Tiehel-Stedman is a Philadelphia native with a BA from Washington College and an MFA from the American Film Institute.  In the early years of her career, Tammy learned the ins and outs of the film business while working as a production assistant on music videos, commercials and independent films; as a casting assistant to notable casting directors Allison Jones and Aisha Coley and as a script writer on educational documentaries.  While attending AFI, Tammy produced a short called My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York.  The film earned top honors at many prestigious film festivals around the world.  In March of 2000, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded it the Oscar for “Best Short Film – Live Action”.  In addition to film work, Tammy has production managed and/or produced over 100 hours of television programming for the Discovery Channel and TLC.  Through her production company, Ridley Park Pictures, she has produced several non-profit videos and two award-winning shorts


Jamie Lokoff – Producer

Jamie is a businessman by way of the arts. Upon earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami in 1987, he began his career composing music and designing sound out of Times Square Studios in New York. His clients included household names such as 800 Collect, The National Shakespeare Conservatory Theatre and Comedy Central.  In 1997, Lokoff partnered with Tommy Joyner to run recording studio MilkBoy Recording. Over the years, they have served many clients including Dave Matthews, Usher, fun., Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne as well as numerous local acts and commercial accounts.  MilkBoy can boast of many Grammy-nominated albums including Usher’s winning Raymond v. Raymond in 2011.  Lokoff continues to write original scores for commercials and features including, most recently, Century 21’s 2013 Super Bowl campaign.  Jamie is also a trained actor, having studied at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York.


Tommy Joyner – Producer

Tommy Joyner, a graduate of The University of South Carolina (BA Government and International Studies), was producing punk and hip-hop records at his rough and tumble North Philly studio, MilkBoy Recording, when his film career began as a dialog re-recorder on indie film The Demo Crew. That job led to a creative partnership with composer Jamie Lokoff and numerous other film post-production jobs, most recently as surround mixer for the upcoming Lionsgate horror-comedy Creep Van.  As head of MilkBoy’s engineers, Joyner is responsible for post-production on numerous films, commercials and records each year.  In 2012, MilkBoy Recording moved and became MilkBoy the Studio, a world-class recording studio where artists such as Justin Timberlake, Pink, AC/DC, Rihanna, Dave Matthews and Jennifer Lopez have recorded.  Joyner and Lokoff have leveraged the MilkBoy brand to create two successful music venues in Philadelphia.  Joyner, an accomplished musician himself, played drums for the alternative hip hop group Digable Planets.


Brian O’Connor – Producer

Brian O’Connor has spent the majority of his career in the music business, most prominently in online music retail.  Beginning in 1994 he was part of the development team for early online  music retailer, Music Boulevard.  In 2001, Brian became a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of ArkivMusic LLC (www.ArkivMusic.com), a successful classical music website and retailer.  In 2008, ArkivMusic was acquired by Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. (NYSE: LVB) .In 2011, Brian stepped down as COO of ArkivMusic in order to pursue other opportunities in the film and music business.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millersville University and a Master of Science in Information Studies from Drexel University.


Chase Bowman – Cinematographer

Chase started his career as the Michel Gondry of his high school TV station. “The Morning Announcements" were a perfect venue for videos such as his crude and confusing claymation music video of Bob Dylan's "The Hurricane.”  

During a college semester abroad in Rome, Chase took film photography and art history classes. The thrill of watching an image magically appear in a tub of chemicals, combined with the experience of seeing light fight its way out of darkness in an original Caravagio, made Chase decide he wanted to dedicate his life to learning how to see.

Back in the U.S., determined to photograph movies, Chase worked on every film project that would tolerate him on set. Shooting constantly, he took breaks only to sleep. Today, Chase no longer takes breaks to sleep but he has made some headway in his career. He has shot over a dozen feature films on five continents. His work has been screened at film festivals such as Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca and Shanghai International and a children’s IMAX film he shot will soon have residency at the Smithsonian Museum. In addition, he has shot musical artists such as The Roots, Common, and Katy Perry.

Chase now lives in Los Angeles, but was thrilled to return to his hometown of Media, PA to shoot this film.


Allison Jones – Casting Director

Allison Jones, a graduate of Pomona College and the American Film Institute, began her casting career in Los Angeles in 1986.  Starting out as an associate, Allison worked her way up to casting director on such popular television comedies as The Golden Girls, Family Ties and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  In 1999, Allison cast the critically-acclaimed Freaks and Geeks, which marked the beginning of a creative partnership with renowned comedy director, Judd Apatow.   Additional television casting includes:  Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office.  In 2000, Allison received the “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series” Emmy Award for her work on Freaks and Geeks and was Emmy-nominated another six times between 2004 and 2009.  Allison’s film casting includes: The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Borat, Knocked-Up, Superbad, Step Brothers and Bridesmaids.


Susan Jacobs - Music Consultant

Susan has provided the music supervision for Academy Award-Winning films such as Silver Linings Playbook, Inside Job, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as Oscar Nominated films Wild, Foxcatcher, American Hustle, Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, GasLand & Short Cuts. With a career spanning over twenty years, Susan has received two Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination, a Guild of Music Supervisors Award and Nomination and has worked on more than one hundred films, including  The Jinx doc series, Catfish, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Kansas City, Basquiat, 54, Happiness, Unbreakable, The Village, Everything is Illuminated, Capote, Lady in the Water and others.

Susan started her career in music at Island Records. She was the assistant to Chris Blackwell for a number of years before going into artist/composer/producer management; her clients were Hal Willner, Gavin Friday and Evan Lurie. She is currently managing up-and-coming composers.


Jackie Mulhearn - Music Supervisor

Jackie has worked on over fifty films throughout her career. Alongside veteran supervisor, Susan Jacobs, she has assisted on Academy Award-Winning/Nominated films such as American Hustle, Wild, Foxcatcher, Silver Linings Playbook, GasLand & Inside Job, and has worked with accomplished directors  such as Jonathan Demme, Geoffrey Fletcher and M. Night Shyamalan. She has also built  a solo career as a music supervisor on more than twenty-five feature films and  documentaries, including Michael Walker’s The Maid’s Room, Nancy Savoca’s Union  Square, Adam Rodgers’ At Middleton and many more.


The Wellspring - Music Composers

Photographer Credit:  Michael Bernard

Photographer Credit:  Michael Bernard

 

The Wellspring is an LA indie folk-pop duo that releases original records, performs shows around the country, and composes for tv/film. Their music has been described as a “byproduct of the Troubadour era that breathed life into Carole King and James Taylor, soft-speaking musicians who carry big sticks.” Talia Osteen and Dov Rosenblatt met in New York in 2009 when Dov had a chance meeting with Talia, then VP at a film production company, about placing his band’s music in her films. Talia fell in love with Dov’s music, Dov discovered that Talia had sung in a band for years prior to her career in film, and months later as new mutual fans of each other, the pair decided to take a stab at writing together. Within their first year together as a duo, The Wellspring landed a 40 city tour across North America opening for Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller to promote their debut self-titled EP, which was dubbed the #1 “Indie Album of the Year” by Examiner.com. Their music has been featured on FOX’s hit TV series House, MD amongst other shows and in 2012 they scored all original music for Brad Copeland’s Coffee Town, currently on HBO.