THE TEAM

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Executive Producer/Director -Dorsay Alavi graduated from film school at the University of California, San Diego where she studied with French New Wave filmmakers, Jean Pierre Gorin, Babette Mangolte, film critic Manny Farber and Warhol colleagues, David and Eleanor Antin.

Dorsay made her entry into narrative features through film finance and distribution where she sought and connected equity investors to independent producers. While helping producers secure financing on independent films, she wrote her first screenplay entitled “A Page of Madness” which captured the attention of the Creative Artists Agency and David Lynch who offered to executive produce the project and later became her mentor. In order to get more experience in directing, Dorsay began directing music videos for Epic, Verve and Atlantic records. While directing commercials and short form projects, she had the privilege of working with legendary jazz musician Wayne Shorter and the seeds where planted to develop a documentary on his life and music.

In 1999, Dorsay wrote, produced and directed her second screenplay entitled “Sweet Underground” that premiered at the Los Angeles film festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.

In 2002, she created the organization, Working Artists Collaborative, an artistic community for filmmakers and actors to collaborate on original scripts using improvisational methods. She created and developed two television series using this method; a one hour drama “Pearl” and a comedy series entitled “Better People”.

In 2010, Dorsay completed another original screenplay entitled “Free” that was a finalist at the Sundance Writers Lab. Aside from producing and directing ZERO GRAVITY, Dorsay has created and written another pilot for a one hour supernatural drama entitled “The Ravens”.

Screen shot 2013-03-20 at 2.21.04 PMCo- Producer – Matthew Flint has over 20 years experience working in the film and television industry. He began his career working in the theater as an actor and director in San Francisco. In 1989 he founded the Citadel Theatre Company producing and directing plays. Moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Flint continued his acting career with numerous roles in film and television including a role in Woody Allen’s 1992 film, “Husbands and Wives”. He began producing films and commercials that include “Sweet Underground”, an independent film that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and screened at many other festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival.

Flint currently serves as the Senior Vice President at Picture Head, one of the industries leading post-production facilities. He has played an instrumental role in a number of initiatives at Picture Head to grow services and expand its market share, including the development of a sophisticated, data-centric DI workflow for film and television projects, the expansion of its 3D services, and the company’s acquisition of the historic sound stages that became Audio Head. He has also helped the company maintain its long-standing leadership in motion picture marketing.

Flint is a founding member of Working Artists Collaborative, an organization of actors and filmmakers, created to develop original scripts using improvisational methods. He also sits on the advisory board of the Hollywood Reporter Key Arts Award and is an active member of the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Jonathan DanaConsulting Producer – Jonathan Dana has been a pioneer in the independent film business since 1971. He served as Director of Acquisitions and Development at The Samuel Goldwyn Company, President of Motion Pictures and Television at the Atlantic Entertainment Group, and President and CEO of specialized distribution company Triton Pictures.

His recent films include: Academy Award nominee and spirit award winner The Invisible War, Golf in the Kingdom, The Irishman, Noel, Ballets Russes, and You Kill Me. His other credits include the dramatic films The Spitfire Grill, Stormy Monday, Patty HearstPalmettoA World ApartMindwalk, ExtremitiesAmerican Heart, and Wish You Were Here; comedies Valley Girl, Teen Wolf, Night of the Comet, Drowning Mona, and Scorched; foreign language films Toto the Hero, The Hairdresser’s Husband, and Soldier of Orange; and feature documentaries including A Brief History of Time, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Oscar-nominee Colors Straight Up, and multiple Grammy winner Standing in the Shadows of Motown.  Mr. Dana was an initial investor and supervised the launch of the online indie film community Withoutabox, recently acquired as an operating division of Amazon.com’s IMDB.

JurorHSDougBlush-239x300Supervising Producer/Editor –  Doug Blush has worked in documentary filmmaking for over fifteen years, as a director, editor, producer and DP. His previous editorial work includes WORDPLAY, IOUSA, DUMBSTRUCK, BEER WARS, OUTRAGE, and FREAKONOMICS, he edited and co-wrote THESE AMAZING SHADOWS on Independent Lens and edited and executive produced SUPERHEROES on HBO. THE INVISIBLE WAR, which he edited and associate produced, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sundance 2012 and most recently he edited the Oscar winning documentary TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM.

 

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Director of Photography – Matthew Williams attended film school at UCLA. For the past 3 years, Matt worked as the DP with Elliot Caplan and dance choreographer Merce Cunningham on the documentary Changing Steps.  He also shot and collaborated with John Cage on Beach Birds for Camera a 35mm theatrical dance performance film.  Matt served as a Director of Photography at the Sundance Lab, shot several TV series for the A&E channel, HBO and CBS. He was also the DP for Touched by an Angel and Lifetime’s State of Mind.For decades, he has shot feature films, TV series, 70mm IMAX films, commercials and is versed in broad production formats such as 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, the latest 24p High Definition and Digital formats.

In the expanding digital realm, Matt was one of seven cinematographers chosen to shoot Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory, the official film of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  He also shot Saving Sarah Cain for Fox and Lock and Roll Forever for Sony. In the television commercial world, Matthew has photographed numerous spots and promos ranging from Spike TV, Oxygen, TBS, NBC and Fox’s fX cable channel, to winning PSA spots for Children’s Miracle Network, the American Heart Association, Salvation Army, United Way, Foundation For A Better Life, and various Anti-Smoking campaigns, along with commercial spots for Subway, Iomega, Cadillac, Earthlink, McDonald’s and Q-Lube.

In the IMAX arena, Matthew has lensed several 70mm films; Hearst Castle: Building the Dream followed by NSYNC: Bigger Than Live,  India: Kingdom of the Tiger, and the dramatic segments for the Tour de France film, Wired to Win. He also lensed the IMAX films Stephen Hawking’s: Beyond the Horizon in England and recently finished Journey to Mecca in Morocco. In the theatrical film world, Matthew recently  completed the Japanese-American WWII feature film, American Pastime, as well as a musical for MTV, The American Mall, both finished with the Digital Intermediate process for theatrical release.

 Screen shot 2013-03-20 at 2.27.29 PMConsultant – Michelle Mercer –  produced regular essays and reports for National Public Radio. She is the author of Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter (Penguin) and Will You Take Me As I Am, a biography on Joni Mitchell (Simon & Schuster). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice and numerous magazines. She has been awarded research and writing residencies by Kristiansand, Norway, the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Center for the Arts. Michelle holds an MFA in Literature and Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars.