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Barbara Muschietti - Toma 78 and Mama

Barbara Muschietti is a an Argentinean executive producer of the Cannes Golden Lion Award Winning production Toma 78 in Barcelona, Spain.

Toma 78 provides General Production, casting, location scouting, styling, hair and make up, set design and prop rental, accommodation and logistics in a variety of creative advertising spots and film.

Their clients include: Coca Cola and BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films).

Barbara and brother writer and director Andy Muschietti have created a horror short called Mamá that has been raved about in a number of film festivals in Europe.

Mama is about two girls, Victoria and Lily, who are on the run from a ghostly woman who appears to be their mother in a Gothic home.  A feature version of the film has attracted interest by Guillermo Del Toro.

Direct download: BarbaraMuschietti.mp3
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Patrick Smith - Artist and Animator

Patrick Smith has written, produced, animated, and directed a variety of award winning animated films. 

He also directed the Emmy nominated MTV series Downtown and continued on to direct the popular animated series Daria.

Patrick has created many creative commercial spots providing his signature style like Zoloft to the Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days series.

Patrick's bizarre, morphing style tells symbolic stories of identity and emotion, and has extended beyond film. His unique paintings and public art installations have earned him accolades outside the world of animation; his fine art has been represented internationally by CVZ Contemporary Gallery in New York.

Patrick is a Senior Thesis advisor at the Pratt Institute in New York, a fellow with the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a curator for
multiple international film and animation festivals.

Direct download: PatrickSmith.mp3
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Liliana Greenfield-Sanders - Ghosts of Grey Gardens, Miriam, Anna, Samantha, and Adelaide

Liliana Greenfield-Sanders is a New York City director of a number of award winning short films including Ghosts of Grey Gardens, Miriam, Anna, Samantha, and Adelaide.

She has worked for Anthology Film Archives, Fine Line Features, and Maysles Films. She graduated with honors from the Art-Semiotics department at Brown University.

Before attending NYU Graduate film school, her first film Ghosts of Grey Gardens premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and made its television debut on PBS

Anna won first prize in the LMN TV Student Filmmaker Contest and made its television debut on Lifetime TelevisionSamantha won Best Director, Best Graduate Film, and Best Film at the Fusion Film Festival

As a short film, Adelaide has won a National Board of Review Award, a SAG/Indie Audience Award at DGA Los Angeles and both the Audience Award and Best Short at the Gen Art Film Festival.

Direct download: LilianaGreenfield-Sanders.mp3
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Tze Chun  - Windowbreaker and Children of Invention

Tze (pronounced "Z") Chun is a filmmaker working out of NYC and LA. He was born in Chicago and raised outside of Boston, and received his bachelor's degree in film studies at Columbia University.

As a painter and visual artist, Tze has been represented at CVZ Contemporary gallery in Soho, and has commissioned portraits in private residences in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans.

Tze also painted the original artwork for the Academy-Award nominated Half Nelson as well as the children's book drawings used in the film.

Tze's short film Windowbreaker, made for $600, was selected to play at mant high-profile film festivals including Sundance. A feature length version of the film Children of Invention has also screened at Sundance and has won awards at film festivals worldwide.  It is about two young children living outside Boston that are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears.

Tze has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." He is working on a number of projects including, You're A Big Girl Now, a film about his mother's childhood growing up in a Singaporean brothel, based on two years of research and interviews.

Direct download: TzeChun.mp3
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