Andy Lawless is a 30 year veteran of theater, film and television production. His career began in San Francisco with Colossal Pictures where he worked as a Camera and Lighting Technician on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Wim Wenders film, Until the End of the World, and various MTV Top of the Hour
spots. After Colossal Andy went on to serve as an Assistant Camera Operator and Lighting Technician on Disney’s animated feature film James and the Giant Peach. Other credits include Assistant Camera Operator on Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, and Monkey Bone, First Assistant Director on the
Warner Brothers’ animated series, Phantom Investigators, and Shoot Supervisor for animation on Wes Anderson’s film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
With the intention of pursuing engaging human interest stories, Andy started his own production company, Hipshot Productions in 1999. Through Hipshot he has garnered Telly Awards and had the opportunity to make documentary films on global health issues in South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda,
Uganda and Mozambique. In addition to pursuing engaging human interest stories, Andy is also producing, directing, editing and shooting for Idaho Public Television.
Ellen Moore is a writer/director. She has worked at NYU Tisch, the American Conservatory Theater, Encore Theater, Theatreworks, Word For Word, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, the Denver Theater Center, and at Teatro Zinzanni, a circus cabaret. She’s won a Chesterfield Fellowship, a California Arts Council Screenwriting Fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Ellen has written multiple screenplays and English adaptations for Japanese animation including Animatrix, and Vampire Hunter D. She worked with Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the feature films Bugsy, The American President, Love Affair, Mars Attacks, Bullworth, and Richard III. In addition, she’s worked with author Amy Tan on a television series for PBS/Sesame Workshop, an opera production for SF Opera, and on a feature documentary, Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, which aired on PBS in 2008. She holds an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater.
Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctor of Music degree. Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, plus the London, San Francisco, Chicago, National Symphony, BBC Symphony, Oslo, Helsinki and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. He premiered Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Erskine — Concerto for Drumset & Orchestra” with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and has performed it with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl plus Helsinki and Bochum symphony orchestras. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter is an author with several books to his credit; his latest “No Beethoven” is an autobiography and chronicle of the band Weather Report. Peter is currently Professor of Practice & Director of Drumset Studies at the University of Southern California, and conducts masterclasses worldwide. His latest endeavors include several innovative musical education apps for iOS, and his newest album is titled “Dr. Um.”
Mary Trunk, Director/Producer, Ma and Pa Films
Monica Lam, Producer Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter
Wren Arthur, Producer, Olive Productions, NY
Katherine Michiels, Katherine Michiels School Founder and Open Mind Board President
Jack Fletcher, Director
Cool Campers, past and present
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