Meet the Filmmakers

 

HENRIETTE MANTEL - Director


Henriette is an Emmy-award winning writer, director, actress and former stand-up comic. She most recently wrote and directed the Indie Film  “Pink and Blue". She has extensive experience in documentary and reality television as a writer/director/producer. In 2008 Henriette directed a short documentary titled “Blood Run Dry: Child Soldiers in Africa” for the television show "24". She also worked on producing a docu-television pilot about Media Responsibility for IFC and as a consultant for Discovery Channel on "Wreckreation Nation". In 2007, "An Unreasonable Man", a critically acclaimed documentary about Ralph Nader that she co-wrote and directed with fellow-comedy writer Steve Skrovan, was an official selection in Sundance 2006, made the “short-list” for Academy Award consideration, was released in theaters across the country and later shown on PBS. In 2007, “Democracie En Francias”, a French documentary about the most recent presidential election was also co-directed by Henriette. She has had four of her plays professionally produced. Her favorite project, “Midge and Buck,” an expose on the life of her longtime feline companions, was originally produced on stage, and is now a series on Icebox.com. Her critically acclaimed “Girl Talk”, a play about one women’s journey in New York City after September 11, was featured at the 2002 Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2006 she was a consulting writer for HBO's "The Comeback" and co-authored the book "Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood" with Teri Garr. Since 2000 she has worked on such shows as the Emmy Award winning "The Osbournes", and "The Awful Truth." She won her first Emmy for writing on "Win Ben Stein's Money.”  She recently was supervising producer on NBC’s The Marriage Ref.   During this time she dreamt of making this documentary. 




MARK BERMAN - producer, music supervisor, composer


Mark has extensive experience playing piano in NYC Broadway pits. His observations and real encounters have deeply inspired this piece.


He has conducted orchestras for Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Blood Brothers and played lead piano on The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, The Life, 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar. But he didn’t truly enter pop culture glory until he played piano on the world famous theme to HBO’s“Sex And The City.”


Berman has written for, played and recorded with the proverbial who’s who of jazz, pop and rock. His fun to read resume reads like a history of modern music: Illinois Jacquet, Jackie McLean, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Wycliff Gordon, Mark Murphy, Betty Buckley, Hillary Cole, Houston Person, Nana Mouskouri, Petula Clark, Leslie Gore, Gladys Knight, Hugh Jackman, Ben E King, Buster Poindexter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Richie Havens, Helen Reddy, Jennifer Holliday and Phil Ramone.


He has always thought that most interesting show is actually beneath the stage. This microcosm, full of wit, brilliance and drama has intrigued Mark for many years.

 




ELLIN BAUMEL - producer


Ellin has produced, line-produced and consulted for many acclaimed documentaries. Among her projects are “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood & the Holocaust” directed by Academy Award nominee Daniel Anker and “The Young and the Dead” directed by Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini.  She also line-produced “The Last Days of Chasens”, also directed by Berman and Pulcini, and “The Living Museum” directed by Jessica Yu.  She was the NY line- producer on Yu’s “In the Realms of the Unreal”, and consulted on the Academy award nominated films “An Unreasonable Man” directed by Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan, and “Life and Debt” directed by Stephanie Black.   In addition, Ellin produced the Emmy nominated television series “The Awful Truth with Michael Moore” and the feature film “Whatever” directed by Susan Skoog and released by Sony Pictures Classics.  She has worked on a variety of television programs for HBO, PBS, MTV, VH1, AMC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel and Channel 4 Great Britain and was the director of programming and production for Paramount Domestic Television.  Ellin lives in New Jersey with her musician husband and daughter. 



John Hadity - executive producer


John is the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television.  With over 20 years of studio experience, Mr. Hadity most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films.  During his 12-year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion.  Mr. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company’s structured finance and off balance sheet transactions.  He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels, both domestically and abroad, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories.  In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Mr. Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, EMMA and RESTORATION.  Mr. Hadity is the Chair of the Producers Guild of America East, has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Yale University, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, and New York University’s Stern School of Business.  His board service includes Independent Feature Project (IFP Programs Advisory Board), Tectonic Theater Project (Director), Gedi Systems, Inc. (Director), Hamilton College (Alumni Council) and is a former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  Mr. Hadity recently participated in the financing of THE READER and MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS on which he serves as an Executive Producer, in addition to several other films in various stages of production which he is also executive producing.



Paul Marchand - editor


Paul has edited award winning films such as Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR (Sundance Special Jury Prize & Image Award Winner) and the acclaimed experimental documentary, BIG RIVER MAN (Sundance Cinematography Award).  He is currently cutting director Stephen Kijak’s (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) next documentary feature entitled, VIEWS OF A SECRET, a Passion Pictures film about the virtuoso electric bass player, Jaco Pastorius.  Between documentary projects Paul edits the work of world-renowned film artist, Kenneth Anger, high-profile music videos, and primetime television (HBO, NBC, DISCOVERY, IFC).