Veronica Nickel / PRODUCER
Veronica Nickel is an independent producer based in New York. In early 2011, Nickel wrapped production on her first feature, Nor'easter, starring David Call and Liam Aiken. In 2010, Nickel was chosen to take part in the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit. In 2009, she was awarded the Arthur Krim Endowment Award for Excellence in Producing at Columbia University. She continues her relationship with Columbia University as a staff advisor for the Columbia University Sloan Foundation grant. Nickel completed her MFA in film production at Columbia, where she produced numerous award-winning short films. Currently, Nickel runs her own production company, llluminaria Productions. Prior to embarking on a career in production, Nickel was an HR consultant based in the U.S. and Australia.
Jennifer Chikes / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jennifer Chikes is an independent film producer and industry consultant based in Los Angeles with over 10 years experience. She produced the cult hit The Foot Fist Way, directed by Jody Hill and starring Danny McBride in his first lead role. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed as one of the first films by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, in conjunction with Paramount Vantage and MTV Films. Her next production was the political documentary Convention, an exclusive behind the scenes look at the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) as captured by an award-winning team of filmmakers. Convention premiered as the Centerpiece Gala at the 2009 AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival. Sundance Selects and IFC released the film theatrically, on VOD, and broadcast. Chikes additionally works as a communications and industry consultant with established and inaugural festivals, independent filmmakers, and start-up ventures around the world. She began her career in New York City working for esteemed book publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux's licensing department, and then in publicity at Henry Holt & Company. Chikes graduated cum laude from Duke University.
Marcia Woske / CO-PRODUCER
Marcia is a native of New Mexico and has spent the last 14 years in the pursuit of independent filmmaking. After completing her degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe, Marcia immediately forayed into the profession of movie production management, first as a production assistant and then into the Assistant Director department as a member of the Directors Guild of America. Her numerous credits include work on major Hollywood productions such as Due Date and Terminator: Salvation, as well as independent films like The Dry Land, Crazy Heart, and the as-yet-unreleased Claire Danes film, As Cool as I Am. In the past couple of years, Marcia has used her acquired knowledge of the movie business to transition into the role of Producer for several short films and local commercials. In 2011 she wrapped production on Dead Man's Burden, her first feature film endeavor as Co-Producer.
Rob Hauer / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Rob Hauer was raised in the small surf town of Ventura, California. He trained as a cinematographer in New York while studying at the Tisch Graduate Film Program. Originally a still photographer, Hauer transitioned into moving pictures and has teamed with a wide range of directors on projects over the globe. From Monterey, Mexico director Cary Fukunaga and Hauer lensed the 2005 Sundance success Victoria Para Chino. Later that same year, Seven Miles Alone earned Hauer and longtime collaborator Topaz Adizes Best Cinematography at the Breckenridge Film Festival. In 2008, Sundance again awarded notice on Aquarium, Rob Meyer's "…pitch-perfect coming of age short." Relocating for a summer in Egypt, Hauer and Engi Wassef used the texture of Super-8 to bring Marina of the Zabbaleen to life, which took home the 2009 Best Feature Documentary at Dubai. That same year, Tribeca premiered two of his films: The Company Man, with DJ Qualls, and Blue Boy, adapted from the short story by Kevin Canty. In 2011, the indie feature Benavides Born marked Hauer's fifth film in competition at Sundance, and Boy debuted at Cannes Critic's Week.
Ruth De Jong / PRODUCTION DESIGNER
After completing several painting commissions and a stint in Italy, Ruth de Jong's artwork caught the eye of Oscar-nominated production designer Jack Fisk. Fisk encouraged De Jong to consider a career in production design. Ruth dove in headfirst, production designing the award winning indie film Swedish Auto, starring January Jones and Lucas Haas. Jack Fisk went on to hire De Jong to assistant art direct Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning film, There Will Be Blood. She followed that by production designing another award-winning indie film, Familiar Strangers. Soon after, De Jong took on the exciting challenge of assistant art directing legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick's Cannes Palm d'Or winner, Tree of Life.
In 2010, De Jong art directed three films: The Future, by award-winning writer/director Miranda July; Water for Elephants, by director Francis Lawrence; and again teaming with Terrence Malick on his Untitled Terrence Malick Project, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams.
De Jong most recently art directed Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated new film, The Master, alongside Jack Fisk and David Crank, and went on to production design Dead Man's Burden, a classic western set in the 1870's with first time director Jared Moshe.
De Jong is currently launching De JONG (www.designdejong.com) with her brothers, an interior design firm and handcrafted furniture line, along with art directing Terrence Malick's latest feature film, Knight of Cups. And in between all this De Jong continually keeps painting, her work can be viewed at www.ruthdejong.com.
Courtney Hoffman / COSTUME DESIGNER
Hoffman has worked in the costume department on major Hollywood films for the past five years. Most recently, she has been a costumer on Terrence Malick's latest as-yet untitled film starring Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, and Javier Bardem; and Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. Her other credits include Snow White and the Hunstman, starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart; Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp; You Again, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kirsten Bell; The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Death at a Funeral; and Tekken.
Danielle Aufiero and Amber Horn / CASTING DIRECTORS
With over nine years experience in casting, Danielle Aufiero and Amber Horn started their own company in 2010 when working on Zal Batmanglij's Sound of my Voice. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it received rave reviews and was acquired by Fox Searchlight. Since then they have been busy casting numerous indie films including: Freelancers, starring Robert Deniro and Forrest Whittaker; Jamie Babbit's Breaking the Girl for Myriad Pictures; and currently in the process of casting "Battlecreek," to be directed by Alison Eastwood and starring Hayden Christensen and Marcia Gay Harden. Many of their indies have been accepted into festivals throughout the country. In conjunction with another casting director, they also cast MTV's breakout comedy, Awkward, which just wrapped it's second season and has been named one of the top shows of 2011 by the New York Times and Huffington Post.
H. Scott Salinas / COMPOSER
Scott is graduate of Princeton University and Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz guitar, composition and film scoring. In 2002, Scott was the youngest composer to be named Grand Prize Winner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition and was commissioned to compose several original scores to classic silent films such as Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) starring Lon Chaney and Loretta Young; and the dark Parisian romance The Red Lily (1924). In 2003, Scott moved to Los Angeles where he has since composed music for commercials, television and over a dozen feature films. His most recent film work includes: the all-time most-viewed film on Hulu, Strictly Sexual; the heart-wrenching HBO documentary, The Kids Grow Up; and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival darling, Hello I Must be Going.
Jeff Israel / EDITOR
Based in Los Angeles and originally from South Carolina, Jeff Israel is an Editor, Director and Screenwriter. For over ten years, Jeff has worked in post-production in television and feature film. His post-production credits include: the Emmy winning television series Friday Night Lights (NBC), In Treatment (HBO), and Loggerheads (Sundance 2005 Dramatic Competition).
Jeff also co-directs with his twin brother James Israel. Their short films The Tourist and Face Value premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. They currently have various feature film and TV projects in development.