Brian O'Donnell - Writer/Director/Producer
Brian, born and raised in Akron, Ohio, is a New York City-based writer, director and visual artist. He graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a major in Dramatic Writing. His plays include Cleaning House (Mercer Street Playhouse, 1993) and JF’nK (Here Theater, 1996) and his stage direction includes Judith (The Piano, 2000). His visual art has been exhibited at Bronwyn Keenan Gallery in NYC, Le Salon in London and Paris, Velocity Art and Design, Seattle. He is also the co-founder of the Legacy of Voices project, an archive of oral history interviews with gay and lesbian seniors over the age of 70. He is currently the executive director of The Calamus Foundation, overseeing the distribution of grants totaling over $2 million annually to LGBT support and equal rights organizations. For the past 15 years O’Donnell also has managed the National Grants Program at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, overseeing the distribution of over $4 million annually to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations.
Sasha King – Director/Producer
Sasha has worked as a Film and TV producer for over a decade in Europe and previously in London and New York City in various fields of music production with major and independent labels. She has won and acquired multiple funding awards for her programs from The Irish Film Board, RTE TV, TG4 TV, Norther Ireland Film Commission, Filmbase, The Arts Council and international funders such as Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema. In 2005 King was the unprecedented producer of two Irish Film Board-funded films in one round. Her short film Nostradamus and Me, with award-winning cinematographer Tim Fleming (Once), won the “Galway Festival Best Short Award” and awards at the Kerry and NYC Tribeca Film Festivals. Her controversial documentary Conrad Gallagher: A Flash in the Pan has been broadcast by RTE TV and has an international distribution deal in place. King has recently produced feature documentary Talking to My Father with The Arts Council Ireland that just premiered at The Jamesons International Film Festival and screens in NYC at the Architectural and Design Film Festival in the fall 2015. She is also a member of the SIPTU Union and has tutored film production at various colleges in Ireland. www.sashakingfilms.com.
Patrick Jordan - Director of Photography
Patrick is a Dublin based cinematographer. Working predominately on documentary, drama and advertising projects, recent work includes commercials for Tourism Ireland, and Talking to My Father, a documentary about Robin Walker and modernist architecture. Award winning projects include the Oscar nominated short film, Pentecost, the feature film, Stitches starring Ross Noble as well as a documentary on the Japanese American animator Jimmy Murakami. At the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh, Patrick won the Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film Volkswagen Joe.
Bill Snodgrass - Composer/Editor
Bill is the head music producer at Princess Pictures Film company and has written and scored various film soundtracks including a track for the feature film Once. He trained in classical music in NYC and was quickly signed to a major recording deal with Def Jam records and personally endorsed by Marshal Amplifiers for his exemplary rock guitar playing and style. He worked at the top recording studios in NYC including Unique, Big House and Countdown with producers including Steve Eigner (Nelly/Mary J. Blige). In 2008 he opened and managed the NYC music venue The Local 269 in Manhattan booking and working with such talent as Guns and Roses, My Bloody Valentine and Sebastian Bach. Bill coordinated a weekly guitar series that was sponsored by Samuel Adams and Guitar Centre NYC. He also set up a recording studio, the first of its kind in NYC, which could record the performing artists live for broadcast. He has recorded personally with Steve Albini (Nirvana) and has LA representation for his composing work, credits include E Network and NBC Sports.
Ellen Kollar - Executive Producer
Ellen is a founding member of Towpath Productions, LLC. Ellen is a lawyer who most recently worked as General Counsel of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. She is a film enthusiast and an active member of the Advisory Board of the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also actively involved with a charter school on Chicago’s south side and supports other education issues.
Tim Kollar - Executive Producer
Tim is a lawyer whose has worked most of his professional career in Washington D.C. and Chicago, both in government and the private sector. Tim has a passion for the arts, education and sports that has led beyond philanthropic support to serving on his local school board and developing athletic and training facilities. He is the founding partner of Kollar General Counsel, PC, a boutique law firm and EastBeach LLC, a real estate investment company. He also has a strategic investment in Baaron Inc., a wholesale distributor of fasteners and other industrial supplies.