William Haugse, Co-Director of Song of the Dunes, is a highly acclaimed film editor, director and writer. His editing credits include Hoop Dreams, a feature documentary for which he is an OSCAR™ nominee. He is an ACE EDDY winner, for editing Assassinated: the Last Days of Kennedy and King. His collaborations include with John Cassavetes, a rock documentary on Blondie, and with Orson Welles, William (Bill) edited a promotional film for his feature, F for Fake, as well as major portions of his doc about teaching Shakespeare, Teaching. For 5 years, Bill was an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Film School of USC. Some of his Selected Credits include No Impact Man; A View From the Bridge; Adjust Your Color, Pageant; Bad Boys of Summer, Not in God’s Name (PBS); Sunset Story (ITVS/PBS), Naked In Ashes; Stevie; Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election; Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song; Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire (PBS); Pearl Harbor: The Other Tragedy (History Channel); and many other fine film and TV productions.
Paula Fouce directed and produced the award winning Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama, (PBS), which was recently screened in New Delhi by the Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility, funded by his Nobel Peace Prize winnings. Paula is completing the book, Not in God’s Name, featuring an interview with Mother Teresa. Paula co-directed Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies (PBS), with Academy Award nominee William Haugse, and produced and directed the theatrically released Naked In Ashes, a critically acclaimed feature on the Yogis of India. Paula directed and produced Origins of Yoga: Quest for the Spiritual, and co-authored with Denise Tomecko the book Shiva (1996, White Orchid Press.) She produced Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, a live multi-media theatrical performance co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by Stephen Spielberg. She is directing and producing the film, The Gypsy Poem. Paula is currently producing No Asylum: The Family of Anne Frank, the emotional story of the desperate quest of Anne Frank’s father, Otto to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust. Academy Award winner Maria Florio is the Creative Producer. Paula is President of Paradise Filmworks International, a production company in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Chris Tufty, Director of Photography has been operating a camera ever since first volunteering to be the cameraman for a film school project at Ithaca College in New York. His first full time camera television job was Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Michael Gershman as DP. He currently is working on The Closer with David Harp. He is currently President of the Society of Camera Operators. Chris has won three EMMY™ Awards for his excellent work, and countless others in film festivals worldwide. Chris is in high demand for his work on films, television shows, documentaries, music videos and commercials, including Spirit of Yosemite, Unsolved Mysteries, NOVA, Nightmare on Elm Street, California Forever and California Future.
Lisa Leeman writes, produces, directs and edits; she directed One Lucky Elephant, which screened theatrically, aired on OWN, Oprah Winfrey's network, and was selected for the U.S. State Dept's American Documentary Showcase. Lisa produced Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa. She is co-directing and co-producing, with Paola di Florio, a feature on the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. Leeman co-directed with Haskell Wexler, and edited Who Needs Sleep (Sundance, 2006). Lisa directed Out of Faith (PBS.) Lisa's writing credits include the theatrically released feature Naked in Ashes; Origins of Yoga; and Not in God’s Name. (PBS) Lisa co-wrote and edited Made in LA, (Silverdocs 2007; Los Angeles Film Festival 2007; POV/PBS 2007). Leeman served as a judge at the Sundance Film Festival, as president of the International Documentary Association, and on the boards of the IDA and the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasting Producers. She teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Honors include the Sundance Film Festival's Filmmaker’s Trophy for Metamorphosis: Man into Woman; an Emmy nomination; and the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant.
Vanessa Abbott is a documentary film editor and writer working in Los Angeles, whose credits include Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama, Holy Wars, Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies, Heal Yourself, Emoticon, and The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe. Vanessa also edits for several television shows, including projects such as The Real World, and Miss America: Reality Check.
Timothy Kettle has worked in many roles in the entertainment field. He is a Producer, Post Production Supervisor, Director and Assistant Director. His film producing credits include Not in God’s Name (PBS), Origins of Yoga, Naked in Ashes, theatrically released, and Song of the Dunes (PBS). As Post Production Supervisor, and Assistant Director, Tim has worked on CNN Heroes, 14 Academy Awards™, 8 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fames, 10 Comedy Central Roasts, The Critics Choice Awards, BET Honors, 8 Prime Time Emmys, Day Time Emmys, the People’s Choice Awards, 4 Kennedy Center Honors, and many others. Tim has been Producer, Director and Editor of Psychic Chronicles and Home for the Holidays.
Producer/Director Maria Florio, President of Earthworks Films, Inc. has been an unstoppable force in the documentary world ever since Broken Rainbow, the film she co-directed and produced with Victoria Mudd, on the plight of the Navajo Indians, won the Academy Award™ for Best Documentary Feature in 1986. She co-produced Truth in the Booth, was Creative Consultant on Project Return - with Leslie Neale and John Densmore for Chance Films, as well as Naked in Ashes, Not in God's Name, and Song of the Dunes for Paradise Filmworks. Maria co-created SOS, an episodic series produced by the United Nations. Her award winning, Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion, has been theatrical released, and won numerous festivals and great acclaim. Big River Man, garnered a 4 star review from the New York Times and won awards at Sundance and other festivals, which Maria Produced with Olivia Newton-John and Amazon John Easterling Executive Produced.
Italian-born, Award-Winning Composer Luciano Storti was awarded a Swiss state scholarship, obtained Diplomas in Piano Performance from the Konstanz Music Conservatory, Germany and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in Filmscoring & Songwriting at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Boston. Relocating to Los Angeles, Luc studied contemporary composition under Daniel Kessner and Liviu Marinescu at the California State University Northridge, obtaining a Master of Music in Modern Classical Composition. He has since scored numerous films, including the multi-award winning underwater series Water Colours (dir. Guy Chaumette/Liquid Motion Film) for National Geographic Television, Kali Ma (dir. Soman Chainani/No Pressure Productions) and Song of the Dunes in collaboration with filmmaker Paula Fouce and Oscar winner Maria Florio. A classical background, love for rock/pop and a passion for new musical landscapes enable him to perfectly compose and orchestrate to picture, capturing the essence of a film with a tailor-made and emotive score.
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