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ILONA, UPSTAIRS

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ILONA, UPSTAIRS: THE TEAM

Melissa Hammel Producer/Director/Cameraperson
Albert Maysles Cinematographer, Advisor
Joan Wooters-Reisin Editor
Dina Guttmann Editor
Eric Korte Music Director
Low Original Score
Hampton/Adair Original Score
John Vanco Advisor
Jan Rofekamp Advisor


Albert Maysles Cinematographer (16mm), Advisor

Albert Maysles is often credited with inventing the documentary style known as "direct cinema," creating a body of work based on the random energy of life. He and his brother David launched a collaboration that would last successfully for many years. It began with Youth of Poland (1957) went on to films including Showman (1962), What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A (1964), Meet Marlon Brando (1965), and A Visit With Truman Capote (1966). Then came Salesman (1968), a feature-length study of four door-to-door Bible salesmen and Gimme Shelter (1970), a spellbinding record of the Rolling Stones performance at Altamont. Albert's most recent film, Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton, was a 2001 Academy Award® Nominee. www.mayslesfilms.com


Joan Wooters-Reisin Editor

Joan Wooters-Reisin's professional years as an actress included performances on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film and TV appearances. She studied film editing at New York University, The New School University and The Edit Center. Joan has worked in both documentary and narrative formats editing such films as "Synchronicity," "Roost," "Phase," and "Spare the Rod." She also edited and co-produced "This Corrosion" by Academy Award winning Mitch McCabe, Joan co-produced "Rocks With Wings," a feature length documentary that aired on BBC, PBS nationwide and screened at 20 film festivals, earning an HBO Best Documentary Award at Urban World Film Festival. http://reellifefilm.com/


Dina Guttmann Editor

Dina Guttmann has been editing documentary films for the last six years. She has cut such films as "Independent Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley", a film following the lives of the Oscar Award winning animation duo, which aired on PBS in 2001 and won the 2002 Audience Award at Film Festival New Haven. Her lastest project, "Prom Night in Kansas City", premiered at the 2002 AFI Film Festival. She has also worked on "The Amato Opera", which premiered at the 2001 Doubletake Documentary Film Festival, "Cornerstone", which premiered in 1999 at the Taos Talking Picture Festival and aired on HBO Signature, and "Out of the Past", which won the Audience Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Dina received a BA in Architecture with a specialization in film from Columbia University in 1994.


Eric Korte Music Director

A staff music producer at Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising since 1984, Eric Korte has been VP Director of Music for the agency since1991. He has worked on numerous major television and radio campaigns for Proctor and Gamble, PaineWebber, Delta Airlines, General Mills and others. Prior to 1984 he worked as an audio engineer for film, television and record projects, including Paul Simon’s ‘Hearts and Bones’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s historic ‘Concert In Central Park’.


Low Original Score

The band Low has been on the road playing their music and making records for over ten years. They have enjoyed a strong but hidden audience, but have been critically acclaimed in publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, and the Village Voice's Pazz and Jop awards. With a new record out on Sub Pop at the beginning of 2005, the band will be on the road for much of the year. Low have toured with Radiohead, been on a few films, had two children, and managed to eek out a living in a business that's not known for it's stability. Members are Mimi and Alan, who are married to each other, and Zak on bass. The band is known for it's minimalist, ambient pop, and though they have been called the slowest, quietest band on earth, they have also been called the heaviest. http://chairkickers.com/


Hampton/Adair Original Score

Hampton/Adair Music Founded by composers Steve "Bone" Hampton and John Adair, Hampton/Adair Music creates music for film and television. Current film projects include the indie films Ilona Upstairs and Almost:Round 3. TV projects include the hit ABC series 8 Simple Rules as well as the NBC reality series Last Comic Standing. Hampton/Adair's work on the NBC comedy Just Shoot Me brought it four BMI Music Awards as well as an ASCAP Award for NBC's Stark Raving Mad. Its credits also include the indie films The Murder in China Basin and Snake Skin Jacket and the television series Sex in the City, Tracey Takes On, My Big Fat Greek Life and Greg the Bunny. http://www.emotomusic.com/


John Vanco Advisor

Through his leadership roles in film distribution over the last decade, John Vanco has strived to connect great works of cinema with appreciative audiences. As one of the founders of Cowboy Pictures, Vanco led the marketing, publicity and distribution efforts on behalf of dozens of foreign language, documentary and American fiction features, including works by Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green, Catherine Breillat, and Shohei Imamura. Cowboy also programmed and marketed an innovative film calendar at a Manhattan cinema and managed the theatrical libraries of Janus Films and Pennebaker/Hegedus films. Previously, Vanco held positions at Miramax, New Yorker Films and Fine Line Features.


Jan Rofekamp Advisor

Founded in 1982 by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit is one of the worlds leading international distributors of quality documentaries, specializing in the worldwide release and marketing of high profile, theatrical long-format documentaries. Films Transit is based in Montreal and has now offices in Amsterdam and in New York.
www.filmstransit.com


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