Producer/Screenplay writer: Deborah Allen
Deborah comes to this project as an artist returning to her roots. Her relationship to the script is highly personal, as it is based on a true story. She has her master’s degree in theater arts and spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area theater community, as an actress and director. From 1984-88 she served as the Executive Director of Theater Bay Area. She’s worked with Trap Doors/Puertas Dissimuldas at Watsonville High School with the Bear Republic Theater and Teatro Campesino. She was an artist in residence at the National Theatre of Uganda and directed August Wilson’s Fences at the National Theatre. Deborah is an educator, training mid-life professionals with in-depth psychology, complementary medicine, and trauma education. Her writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Callboard Magazine, American Theater Magazine, Tikkun, and African Farmer.
Producer: Ike Jablon
A Daytime Emmy-nominated producer with a background in nationally and internationally syndicated television for both the CBS and ABC Networks. His training is in film production, which includes producing and assistant directing numerous award-winning shorts. Ike is a native of Santa Cruz, CA and has been living between Los Angeles and New York City over the past six years.
Production Manager: Cristen Carr Strubbe
Cristen Carr Strubbe Has worked as a producer and production manager for countless projects including the academy award willing film American Beauty. Also she has been a principle crew member for No Strings Attached, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Prestige, Hollywoodland, In Her Shoes, Catch Me If You Can, Ali, and many more. She produced Drag Me to Hell (co-producer) Susan’s Plan (line producer) Dinner and Driving (producer) Lipstick Camera (line producer) Every Breath (line producer) Cristen on imdb.com
Producer: Mike Buffo
Michael Buffo brings his passionate life as an artist to digital film, television and video productions as a director, teacher, cinematographer, actor, and editor. Michael recently finished principal photography as writer, director, and producer of the fantasy-comedy web-series Camp Hero-Time with Spring 2013 distribution through Koldcast.tv. He has directed two features, Instructions Not Included and A Long Shot and the short films Global Heart Ignition, I Love Me, and Quantum Sexy-Time. He serves as a mentor for teenagers as the full-time artistic director and instructor for the after-school filmmaking program he and his wife, Brittney founded, HARA Motion Picture Conservatory. Trained at the Lionheart Institute in Los Angeles, Michael has a keen ability to work with the emotional life of clients and actors, allowing a level of compassion and inner exploration mandatory for understanding JANE. He holds a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.
Producing Partner/Actress: Brittney Buffo
Brittney is an actress, writer and teaching artist with a BA in Theatre from Cal Poly, Pomona. She as performed in dozens of classical and contemporary plays in Los Angeles, as well as in independent films she has also produced, “Instructions Not Included,” “Carnation” “A Long Shot” and “Camp Hero-Time.” She is a co-founder of HARA Motion Picture Conservatory in Monterey, CA with her husband, Michael Buffo. She serves as program manager, creating the unique curriculum for HARA and teaching classes in acting and ensemble screenplay writing. She produced and directed her first short, Truant Moon last year.
Associate Producer: Carole Dean
Carole Dean has produced over 150 television programs, including the popular cable program HealthStyles where she interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Carolyn Myss. She also produced the historical show, Filmmakers, now housed in the National Archives. As President and CEO of From the Heart Production, Carole’s Roy W. Dean Grant Foundation has sponsored: All Power to the People (Starz) A Chance to Grow, (Discovery) Save a Man to Fight, (History) The Flute Player (PBS) Miss Navaho (PBS) Stolen (Court TV); Salvages Lives, (Discovery) Homeland (ITVS) Shakespeare Behind Bars (ITVS) In My Corner (PBS) Bam 6.6, Wakefield Convicted: Sentenced to Die, BURNED, and many more. www.fromtheheartproductions.com
Co-writer, story: Elizabeth Roden
Elizabeth Roden was a scholar in residence at Stanford’s Institute for Women and Gender. Her plays produced in San Francisco include: Maude Gonne Says no to the Poet, Monteagle, Dorothea, and Bernhardt at Belle Isle.
Director of Photography: Bob Elfstrom
Bob Elfstrom’s vision as a documentary cameraman is defined by a confident, clear ability to focus on the essence of any given situation. He has an intuitive sense of story, a feature film feel for lighting, and an athletic agility with a handheld camera. His work commands attention with its visceral beauty, fluid grace and basic human compassion. Among the best in his field, Elfstrom has earned awards not only for himself as Director of Photography, but also for countless productions he’s worked on over the years. Credits include Director of Photography on scores of PBS specials, American Masters, Frontline, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. His own films include Johnny Cash/Gospel Road and a tribute to Pete Seeger. www.bobelfstrom.com
Editor: Steve Cohen
Steve Cohen began his career using traditional film tools, in the early ’90s he worked with Montage, Ltd. and then with Avid, helping them build a user interface and feature set that was to become the gold standard for professional editing. He edited the first studio feature to use Media Composer (Lost in Yonkers) and the first TV movie that used Avid to conform a film negative (Teamster Boss). He introduced Media Composer to the technical wing of the Motion Picture Academy, which led to Avid’s Academy Award. In the late ’90s Steve became The Chairman of Editing at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, one of the only schools in the world that offers a Master’s Degree in motion picture editing. He has won various awards over the years including an Emmy for LBJ: The Early Years and an A.C.E. Eddy for Don King: Only in America. In 2007, he received the American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award for Journalistic Illumination of the Art of Editing. www.splicenow.com
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