Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of SBDNY, is currently a Master Lecturer at University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a degree in history from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She has been awarded a 1st Place Award for Choreography by the 15th Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart Germany (2011).
Her critically acclaimed company and work has been seen through the United States and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, and Greece. She has received many commissions for new work from internationally renowned companies and institutions. She is a sought after master teacher and has taught her unique approach to movement, improvisation, and technique at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States.
Ceiri Torjussen’s music was described by the Los Angeles Times as a “sudden bolt of creative lightning”, and he was hailed in a UK newspaper as one of the brightest British musical talents in recent history. Based in Los Angeles, his credits run the gamut of independent films, documentaries, network TV, animation and numerous large-budget studio films.
Among Torjussen’s recent projects was the 2011 Slamdance, London Film Fest and HBO hit documentary, Superheroes. He composed additional music for Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker, heart-thumping action music for blockbuster Live Free or Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis and full orchestral action comedy music for Scary Movie II.
He received a 2007 Daytime Emmy Nomination for Best Original Score for his work on animated series Dive Olly Dive. Torjussen is also an accomplished composer of concert music, having been commissioned by groups such as the BBC National Orchestra, The Arts Council of Wales, The Vale of Glamorgan Festival and the Henry Mancini Institute. His work has been recorded and released commercially and performed worldwide, including the USA, UK, Germany, France and India.
Director of Photography
Daniel Marks received his master’s degree in cinematography from the American Film Institute in June 2012. He is a graduate of Amherst College, where he pursued his love of cinematography by studying physics and photography. He wrote, shot, and directed the short film Milked, which was selected to play the Queens International Film Festival and the New York City Downtown Shorts Film Festival. He has shot short films, music videos, and commercials including a viral advertisement for Sony and a commercial by American History X director Tony Kaye. In addition to film, Daniel is passionate about music. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Kristen McCullough is a Tennessee native that graduated from American InterContinental University in Los Angeles in 2004. Since then, she has worked on numerous professional projects for The Atlanta Opera (GA), Nike (GA), The Woodruff Arts Center (GA), 7 For All Mankind (CA), West Elm (CA) and Pottery Barn Teen (CA). Her last position was as a seamstress for Cirque du Soleil's Ovo, where she toured nationally. She has worked as a seamstress, stylist, designer and freelance consultant on numerous additional projects. She is currently the Wardrobe Stylist for Indigo Films, styling for nationally airing TV shows, such as I (Almost) Got Away With It, Nightmare Christmas and is currently shooting Wives with Knives, all airing on The Discovery ID channel.
Test was Kristen's first feature length film.
Chris Martin is a San Francisco-based producer with over eight years producing experience in film, television, commercials and the web. Film and television production credits include Peter and Benjamin Bratt’s La Mission,The Heartbreak Kid, Mistress of Spices, I (Almost) Got Away With It, Big Ideas for a Small Planet, and others. Commercial clients include Digital Kitchen, The Orphanage, BSSP, and Goodby-Silverstein. In 2009-10, he was operating producer for the online short film festival IndieRoar.com. A former freelance journalist (SF Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer), he has a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU.
Elizabeth Pang Fullerton
Elizabeth Pang Fullerton is an award-winning independent and documentary film producer. Her films have appeared throughout the United States and at a wide variety of international film festivals, as well as at the De Young Museum and other nonprofit organizations. Her primary focus is social problems and social change, and she enjoys collaborating in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from pre-production through distribution and marketing. Elizabeth is also a community activist, philanthropist and social entrepreneur for a private foundation.
San Francisco movie maven Jenni Olson has been an advisor and production consultant to dozens of filmmakers and is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history. She is director of e-commerce at WolfeVideo.com, a co-founder of PlanetOut.com and sits on the advisory board of Outfest’s Legacy Project. Her producing credits include the Sundance and SXSW hit, By Hook or By Crook and Guinevere Turner’s recent short, Late, as well as her own work as writer/director: Jenni’s debut feature, The Joy of Life, premiered at Sundance 2005 and her latest short, 575 Castro Street, premiered at Sundance 2009.
Ian Reinhard is a San Francisco based independent TV, film and documentary producer. Film credits include: 24 Hours on Craigslist, My Movie Girl, The Blood Shed (the Citizen Kane of inbred, hillbilly cannibal movies); television credits include Hollywood Uncensored. Ian works with local non-profits to promote education, women and children's safety, and health-related scientific research.
photo credit Robert Ferrone
Rick Clark grew up immersed in music in his hometown of Memphis. His long and varied early career includes work as a DJ, a sessions musician, a producer of major and indie label albums, a writer of liner notes, and an independent curator, consultant and talent scout with a variety of clients including museums, magazines, films and major labels.
In 1997 Rick began producing, compiling and doing legal clearance for what would be the first of seven volumes of the award-winning Oxford American Magazine music CDs. In 2012, The Oxford American brought Rick back on board to produce more music issues and CDs. He is also the author of The Expert's Encyclopedia of Recording and Mixing as well as Recording and Producing Techniques of the Pros, now in its third edition.
As a Music Supervisor, Rick's credits include Jason Reitman's Up In The Air, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (a film about the critically acclaimed band Big Star), the AMC episodic Western Hell On Wheels, For the Love of Money, and Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car.