Michael Polish (Director/Co-Writer/"Francis Falls") won recognition as a director for his second short film, "Bajo del Perro" ("Under the Dog"), a film about Mexican boxing that played in festivals around the US and received five awards: Best Short at the San Antonio Cinefestival, Honorable Mention from the Director's Guild of America, the Young Filmmakers Award at The Walt Disney Company, Finalist at the South by Southwest Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the Rochester International Film Festival. "Bajo del Perro" can be seen on both Bravo and The Independent Film Channel. Michael's first short film, "Clown," is the story of a clown showing up on a day Coney Island is closed. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) with a BFA in visual communications.
Mark Polish (Writer/"Blake Falls") and his identical twin brother Michael have written three screenplays together, all of which are named after Northwest American towns. "Twin Falls Idaho" is the first in the series. Mark also co-wrote, co-produced and played the part of Poncho in the award-winning short film directed by his brother, "Bajo del Perro" ("Under the Dog"). He began acting in elementary school and continued acting and studying film production through high school.
Marshall Persinger (Producer) is partnered with Joyce Schweickert in The Fresh Produce Company, formed to produce intelligent and thought-provoking feature films and to cultivate the talents of both new and established filmmakers. She produces the company's slate of films, including the recent "Still Breathing" and "Kill the Man." Prior to starting Fresh Produce, Persinger teamed up with Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson and also worked on larger-budget films including HBO's "Don't Look Back" (aka "The Gulf") and Twentieth Century Fox's "The Great White Hype." Her other film credits include John Singleton's "Higher Learning," the Berlin Film Festival hit "A Boy Called Hate," "Amos & Andrew," which she co-produced, and the short film "Tick, Tick, Tick," which was well-received at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
Persinger began her entertainment career in 1986 in New York under the mentorship of Academy Award-winning producer Ed Saxon and producer-director Jonathan Demme. The first feature she worked on was Spalding Gray's art-house hit "Swimming to Cambodia," followed by "Married to the Mob" and "Miami Blues." She was post-production supervisor on her last Demme film, the multiple Academy Award winner "The Silence of the Lambs," before moving to Los Angeles to continue her career.
Rena Ronson (Producer) is co-head of WMA Independent, the independent film packaging and financing division of The William Morris Agency. Formerly executive vice president of Lakeshore International, Ronson spearheaded the sale of the Trans Atlantic Library to Lakeshore and launched the company in October 1996, positioning it as one of the leading independent foreign sales companies. Among the diverse productions she handled were "Arlington Road," "200 Cigarettes," "The Real Blonde" and "Polish Wedding." She has also spearheaded the acquisition of highly regarded independent films such as "Kissed," "Dream with the Fishes" and "Manny & Lo," and was responsible for bringing "Eva Luna," based on the Isabel Allende novel, to Lakeshore. Ronson served as executive producer on independent features including "Female Perversions," "Tollbooth" and "Murder In Mind."
Prior to Lakeshore, Ronson was senior vice president of Trans Atlantic Entertainment where she was instrumental in acquiring the foreign rights to 17 equity feature films from Columbia/TriStar, including "One False Move," "Gas, Food, Lodging" and "The Music of Chance." She also served in a similar post at New York-based Fox Lorber Associates and, previously, with Nickelodeon/MTV Networks.
Steven J. Wolfe (Producer) is chairman and CEO of Sneak Preview Entertainment, the production and management company, where he develops and packages new projects with partners Lynette Prucha and David Cohn and represents nearly 20 writers, directors and actors. Wolfe continues making films which examine the human condition in a less than conventional manner, among them: "Relax.. It's Just Sex," starring Jennifer Tilly, Mitchell Anderson and Lori Petty, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night selection of LA's Outfest '98, and "Bird of Prey," also starring Academy Award-nominated actresses Jennifer Tilly and Lesley Ann Warren.
Wolfe produced the off-beat romance "Tollbooth," which had its world premiere at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. He co-produced "The Clean and Narrow," director Eetty Thomas' first feature, "Only You," starring Andrew McCarthy, Kelly Preston and Helen Hunt, and David Beaird's "Scorchers," starring Faye Dunaway, James Earl Jones, Emily Lloyd and Jennifer Tilly.
During his seven-year tenure at Crown International Pictures, Wolfe produced the highly successful Crown International Pictures release "My Mom's a Werewolf" and "Hunk." His vast production background includes diverse credits on such films as the critically acclaimed "My Chauffeur," as well as 15 other features, numerous short films and commercials.
Joyce Schweickert (Executive Producer) functions as executive producer over The Fresh Produce Company's projects, with the goal of producing intelligent and creatively exceptional films. Last year she made her big-screen debut with a small role in "Still Breathing," followed by appearances in "Twin Falls Idaho" and "Kill the Man," all of which are Fresh Produce films. In June 1998, she had a part in the Broadway production of "The Scarlett Pimpernel."
The Fresh Produce Company operates under Seattle Pacific Investments where Schweickert is a manager and has been actively involved in the family-run business for the past 16 years. She is known for her philanthropic and charitable activities for organizations such as Big Brothers of Seattle, which presented her with the 1997 Seattle Matchmaker Community Award. Other volunteer activities include supporting the United Way, Leukemia and Muscular Dystrophy organizations in Seattle. Schweickert is a former board member for the Seattle Seahawks Foundations and divides her time between Los Angeles and Seattle.
M. David Mullen (Director of Photography) has shot numerous independent feature films, including "Soulmates," winner of an audience award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, "The Last Big Thing," "The Clean and Narrow," "Captured" and "Time Shifters." Other film credits are "Night Caller," "The Fiancé," "Cupid," "Daddy's Girl," "Dead Cold," "Ritual," "Lipstick Camera" and "The River Bottom." Mullen's work also includes commercials, a music video, the EPKs for "Toy Story" and "The Lion King," and numerous short films. He photographed the Polish brothers' award-winning short film "Bajo Del Perro." Mullen studied cinematography at the California Institute of the Arts.
Leo Trombetta (Editor) is a noted editor in independent film, having worked on many films in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including "Going All the Way," "Female Perversions" and "Amongst Friends." He also edited the feature film "Saints and Sinners" as well as Bon Jovi's recent longform video "Destination Anywhere."
Warren Alan Young (Production Designer) has been art director on the film "Street Corner Justus," the recent play "This Poetry Thing" and, in television, the programs "Pacific Blue," for USA Network, and "Watch Me." He was production designer on the recent feature film "Sara's Life before It Became a Movie" and assistant art director on 1995's "A Thin Line between Love and Hate." Young was also art director on music videos from the artists Mic Geronirno, Queen Pen, Joe and Dru Hill. A furniture designer, interior designer and photographer, Young has also worked in product development and is a graduate of the American College for the Applied Arts.
Bic Owen (Costume Designer) has been a major force in the fashion world for years. Owen designed in England before moving to the US where her signature collection was well received in Barneys New York.
Stuart Matthewman (Composer) has performed, written and co-produced with the Sade band since they released their first album in 1984, picking up two Grammys along the way. In addition to music used in the films "Sea of Love" and "Indecent Proposal," he has composed and performed music for the short films "Bajo Del Perro" by Michael Polish and "To Be a Black Man" by Nelson George. Matthewman co-produced and co-wrote tracks with Maxwell on the multi-platinum album "Urban Hang Suite," which earned him a Grammy nomination for the song "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever," and co-produced and wrote tracks with Maxwell for his new album "Embrya." With Andrew and Paul of Sade, Matthewman wrote, produced and performed on the critically acclaimed "Sweetback" album. Currently he is working with new artists Olu and Santessa on their first albums, as well as on various projects under the name Cottonbelly. For the score of "Twin Falls Idaho," Matthewman worked with members of the New York Philharmonic as well as Mark Anthony Thompson ("Chocolate Genius") for the end-titles song "Don't Grow."
Gary J.Tunnicliffe (Special Effects) is the make-up artist and designer behind many of today's most popular horror films. His credits include such films as "Blade," "Wishmaster," "Greystoke: Tarzan & Jane," "Hellraiser 2, 3 and 4," "Candyman I and 3," "Children of the Corn 2 and 4" "Aliens - The Ride," "American Cyborg," TNT's "Frankenstein," "Phantom of the Opera," "Halloween 6," "Interview with the Vampire," "Highlander 2: The Quickening," "Mars Attacks" and "Lair of the White Worm." On television, his work includes "FX - The Series," "Clueless," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict."