Joel de la Fuente (Aaron) was a lead on FOX’s "Space: Above & Beyond" and has had recurring roles on NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU," "E.R.," "High Incident," "Canterbury’s Law," and "100 Centre Street" and has appeared on "Rescue Me," "Nurse Jackie," and "A Gifted Man." Films include "The Happening," "Personal Velocity," "Heights," "Return to Paradise," and "The Adjustment Bureau." On stage, he has collaborated with theater artists in the U.S., Vienna, London, Rome, and Paris. Active with the National Asian American Theater, he appeared in their productions of "Cowboy v. Samurai," "Ivanov," "Othello," "Fuente Ovejuna," and "Air Raid." He also appeared in "The Winter’s Tale" at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and Shakespeare in the Park’s "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." Recently, Joel portrayed World War II internment opponent, "Gordon Hirabayashi" in the Epic Theater’s critically acclaimed production of "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata. And soon he can be seen in Netflix’s horror-thriller series, "Hemlock Grove" from executive producer Eli Roth.
Alexie Gilmore (Lea) can be seen with Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Tobey Maguire in Jason Reitman’s "Labor Day"; with Sarah Paulson and Chris Messina in Tom O’Brien’s "Fairhaven"; with Robin Williams in "World’s Greatest Dad"; with Jane Lynch in "I Do and I Don’t"; as the love interest to Matthew McConaughey in "Surfer Dude"; and with Erika Christensen, Scott Caan, and Dylan McDermot in "Mercy." Other film credits include "Definitely, Maybe," "The Babysitters" with Cynthia Nixon, "Descent" with Rosario Dawson, and Erica Dunton's "27 Club." She was the romantic lead on FOX’s drama "New Amsterdam," directed by Lasse Hallström and other television credits include "Medium," "Ghost Whisperer," "Burn Notice," "Cupid," "Nurse Jackie," "Rescue Me," "Love Monkey," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Conviction," "Hope & Faith," "CSI," "Hawaii Five-0," "House M.D.," "Svetlana," and a cross-over guest star role on "Private Practice" and "Grey’s Anatomy."
Scott Shepherd (Teddy) has performed frequently on stage throughout the world as a leading member of the legendary Wooster Group theater company. Also a member of the Elevator Repair Service theater company, he starred in their highly acclaimed production, "Gatz" at The Public Theater. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley described Scott’s performance there as “astonishing” and ranked the production as “the most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.” He has also been cited for his roles in The Wooster Group’s "Vieux Carre," "La Didone," "Hamlet," and "The Emperor Jones." And in 2004, Scott won both a Bessie Award and an Obie Award for his performance in "Poor Theater." Other recent film appearances includes Hal Hartley’s "Meanwhile."
Francie Swift (Gitta) recently played recurring roles on "House of Cards," as Anne Archibald on "Gossip Girl," and as A.D.A. Sherri West on "Law and Order SVU." She has also had recurring roles "The Good Wife," "Damages," and "Nero Wolfe." Other TV credits include "Law and Order Criminal Intent," "White Collar," "Law and Order," "Six Degrees," "The Great Gatsby," "CSI Miami," and "Person of Interest." Film credits include "Cop Out," "All Good Things," "World Traveler," and "Two Weeks Notice."
Writer, Director, Co-Editor
John Daschbach is a writer, director, and editor whose films have appeared in festivals, movie theaters, and on television throughout the world. His award-winning short, "Waking Dreams," starring Ben Shenkman and Tina Holmes, can be found on TLA Releasing’s DVD collection, "Celebrity Mix." John was grateful to be the first filmmaker to receive the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award from the award-winning theater and film producer. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MFA in film from Columbia University. Brief Reunion is his first feature film.
Producer, Executive Producer
Ben Silberfarb’s interest in film began at an early age when his parents frequented art films brought to Dartmouth College by film scholar and advocate Bill Pence (originator of the Telluride Film Festival). His interest continued through college where he studied under the screenwriter John Michael Hayes ("Rear Window," "To Catch a Thief") and Bill Phillips ("Christine," "The Beans of Egypt, Maine"). His film career began in the mid-1980’s working at MTV’s On Air Promotion department. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990, majoring in Drama and Film Studies. Shortly after graduating, Ben produced a documentary in Kenya, Africa. This experience, along with work at The Nature Conservancy, prompted him to complete a Masters Degree at Yale University. Ben spent the next eight years working in private equity and conservation while also producing numerous short films. In 2007, Ben co-founded his own investment company. Currently Ben focuses full time on film production.
A filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew Lund is director of the Integrated Media M.F.A. Program at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. and B.A. degrees. He is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including "The Hungry Ghosts," written and directed by Michael Imperioli, "Vanaja," named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and "Arranged," an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch.” He has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically.
Michael Gunther started out in feature films after directing and producing commercials in Europe for almost a decade, with such highlights as a commercial series collaboration with Academy Award winning DP Russell Boyd (Master and Commander, Liar Liar) in Australia. He then turned his sights to documentary and feature films and started producing TV documentaries with his own company, among them a portrait of acclaimed painter Hans Falk, and a harrowing account of the devastating 1999 earthquake in Turkey. He also wrote and directed "The Honeytrap" starring acclaimed British actress Emily Lloyd. He went on to produce and line-produce a number of independent, New York based features and prize winning shorts. He was co-producer of the film "Anamorph" starring Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Peter Stormare and Clea Duvall. Returning to his roots, Michael also directed the 2nd Unit shoots on "Anamorph." The movie is theatrically distributed by IFC in the US and has sold in over 35 overseas territories. Michael has structured tax credit and finance deals in both Europe and the US and has been involved with film sales and marketing campaigns, including festival and film market outings in Cannes, Berlin and London.
Director of Photography
Joe Foley has been working as a Cinematographer for over twenty years shooting feature films, television shows, commercials, and music videos. His work has taken him across the world to Helsinki, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong; Fez, Morocco; and Accra, Ghana. He has shot over a dozen feature films including two that have premiered at Sundance. The first feature he shot, "Dogs: The Rise and Fall of an All-Girl-Bookie Joint" was the sole American selection at the Rotterdam Film Festival. It sold two weeks later at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to have theatrical distribution in Europe and the US. Another feature, "Killing Time" was in competition at Sundance in 2002. Both were reviewed in American Cinematographer. He has shot music videos working with a wide variety of artists including Leonard Cohen, U2, M Ward, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jennifer Hudson, The National and The Fiery Furnaces. Music videos he shot in Africa won several awards, including Song of the Year for Becca’s "African Woman" to Best Rock Music Video for Samini’s "Dadiekye." He has also shot and produced a reality television show called "The Next African Hollywood Star" for BET Africa. This show will be premiering in the spring of 2013. His documentary work includes Art Jones’ "The Blood In This Town" and the political film, "Anytown, USA."
Supervising Sound Editor