Executive Producer/Director – Dorsay Alavi
has worked in the independent film industry for over 20 years. She graduated from UCSD with a degree in Visual Art and Film Production.
Dorsay made her entry into narrative features through film finance and distribution where she sought and connected equity investors to independent producers. Her first screenplay entitled A Page of Madness captured the attention of the Creative Artists Agency and David Lynch who was executive producer of the film and later became her mentor. Dorsay directed commercials and music videos for Epic, Verve and Atlantic records. Her second screenplay entitled Sweet Underground premiered at the Los Angeles film festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.
She created and produced two television pilots, a one hour supernatural drama The Ravens and a comedy series entitled Better People. In 2012, Dorsay completed another original screenplay entitled White Martyr that was a finalist at the Sundance Writers Lab with her mentor David Lynch attached as Executive Producer. Dorsay has been collaborating with Wayne Shorter on Zero Gravity since 2013.
Co- Producer – Matthew Flint is the Senior VP of Picture Head, LLC. In the year 2000, Flint was the first post-production Producer hired to run and develop a start up company funded by four of the largest movie trailer houses in the business. Flint helped build Picture head into one of the leading post-production facilities, specializing in motion pictures and television. Clients include: The Walt Disney Company, Netflix, STX Films, Open Road Pictures, Lionsgate and CBS Films. He helped expand the company’s presence in the industry. Picture Head has recently expanded with two other companies, The Formosa Group and Picture Shop for feature films, VFX, episodic television and sound mixes. Matthew Flint currently sits on the advisory board of the 2010 Hollywood Reporter Key Arts Awards. He is also a partner of Working Artists Collaborative, a non-profit laboratory/workshop for up and coming filmmakers.
Executive Producer – Carlos Santana is a world renowned guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader who helped to shape the concept of “world music” by his experiments with blending many styles of music from a multitude of ethnic sources. Carlos has collaborated with Wayne Shorter for many years and has helped finance this project and remains as a consultant.
Executive Producer – Joseph Walker
has been Vice Chairman of investment banking of JPMorgan Chase & Co. since May 23, 2012. Mr. Walker has been a Senior Advisor to General Motors since February 2001. At General Motors, He advises on a variety of corporate finance and development issues, including investment and balance sheet strategy, performance metrics, and the restructuring of investments in Hughes, Fiat, Isuzu, GMAC, and Onstar. He spent 22 years with J.P. Morgan & Co., thirteen as a Managing Director and The final four years, he served as a Senior Investment Banker; as well as a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee, J.P. Morgan Capital Allocation Committee, and 60 Wall Street Funds Advisory Board. From 1998 to 2000, he served as global head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Investment Banking. From 1989 to 1997 he served in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at J. P. Morgan. He served as Co-head of Advisory and Mergers and Acquisitions at J. P. Morgan and Co. since 1994. Mr. Walker held a number of senior positions within J. P. Morgan, including Head of the Basic Industries Group in the Advisory and Merger and Acquisitions Department and Head of the Restructuring Advisory Group. He serves as a Director of Liquid Environmental Solutions Corporation. He serves as a Director of Liquid Environmental Solutions of Texas, LLC, Roulette Intermedium, Inc., Meet the Composer and Pratt Institute. He served as a Director of The Hertz Corporation. from 1997 to 2001. He holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Consulting 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. As a producer’s representative, Dana’s credits include 2012 Spirit Award nominee We Were Here, and 2012 Sundance winner The Invisible War. Recent producing and executive producing credits include Ballets Russes and Kill the Irishman, recently named as one the 100 Best Gangster Films of All Time. Dana was an initial investor and supervised the launch of the online indie film community Withoutabox.com. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA and a PhD from Stanford. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Supervising 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 and The Hunting Ground.
Editor – Kevin Klauber is a film editor and writer who has edited numerous award-winning documentary features and series. He is most known for editing the Oscar®-Winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom for which the American Cinema Editors (ACE) awarded him an Eddie Award. His debut into the world of feature editing came under the direction of Academy Award®-Winner Cameron Crowe on the film Pearl Jam Twenty. Kevin worked as an additional editor on the critically-acclaimed film Cobain: Montage of Heck, the Rolling Stones Documentary Crossfire Hurricane, and the 2016 Oscar®-Nominated documentary Winter On Fire. Kevin also co-wrote and co-edited the indie favorite Beauty is Embarrassing, which critics called “a future perennial favorite on the order of Crumb.” And most recently the editor of the Sundance Award winning documentary and record breaking sale at Sundance of Icarus.
Director of Photography – Rob Sweeney
has photographed numerous independent features. A self-taught fine art photographer, Rob assisted several luminary cameramen including Robert Richardson, Robby Muller, Frederick Elmes and Bill Pope, before embarking on his career as a DP. Rob has shot three films for Christopher Munch, including Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, for which he was awarded the Sundance Cinematography Award and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography. Sweeney has also shot the directorial debuts from Thomas Bezucha’s Big Eden and Karen Moncrieff’s Blue Car. Rob lensed the final season of HBO’s Six Feet Under, including its acclaimed final episode directed by Alan Ball, and has just finished his first season on the critically acclaimed HBO series Entourage and Big Love, as a cinematographer. He is currently the DP on the show Blackish.
Consultant – Michelle Mercer – in addition to producing regular essays and reports for National Public Radio, Michelle 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 Seminar.