Lillian LaSalle – Director, Producer
First time director, Lillian LaSalle is the recipient of the 2016 Peabody “Futures of Media” Award for Producing the web-series, Halal In The Family, starring Aasif Mandvi, which garnered wide spread media attention for taking on Islamophobia through the use of comedy and parody. The web series received over 580 Million Media impressions. Halal in the Family is currently being developed as an animated series. This series will mark America’s first portrayal of a Muslim family on television. Currently, LaSalle is in negotiations with 20th Television to Executive Produce Today’s Special, the television version of the Sweet 180 feature film, which she produced.
LaSalle is the Producer of several feature films including, Loggerheads, which premiered in competition at The Sundance Film Festival and Sweet Land, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for writer/director, Ali Selim. LaSalle’s other notable feature Producing credits include: Today’s Special, Just Like the Son, Find Love, Heavy Petting, and Mentor, as well as Southern Belles and American Cannibal: The Road to Reality.
Also as a producer, LaSalle is currently in development on a self contained Sy-Fy featured, entitled, I CAN CHANGE, from writer, Amy Starbin, (Kelly and Cal) . In development is feature film, Madcap: The Half-Life of Syd Barrett, about the life of the legendary front man for Pink Floyd, based on the optioned book by the same name and a television series, with Sundance Channel’s hit series “Hap and Leonard” co-creator, Nick Damici, based on a series of Russian Detective novels, optioned by Sweet 180 and written by Stuart Kaminsky. Also in development is LaSalle’s follow up feature documentary, THREE BROTHERS, a personal exploration into the her own family, and specifically severe mental illness.
LaSalle is the President of the highly lauded, Sweet 180, a New York based management and production company which she has fiercely grown over the last seventeen years.
A Brooklyn native and the daughter of Egyptian immigrants, LaSalle is an honors graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in theatre and an honors graduate of the music conservatory program at The State University of New York at Purchase, where she was the first female student admitted into the classical guitar department.
My Name is Pedro, will mark LaSalle’s directorial debut.
Jonathan Clasberry – Producer
Jonathan began his film career in his hometown of Austin, Texas where he co-founded Benberry Media. After producing a number of projects and short films he moved to New York City in 2011. His recent work includes Alive Inside, a documentary about music and Alzheimer’s, and the winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance film festival; North Blvd, an indie feature starring Amy Esacove and Mackenzie Phillips; as well as a variety of producing roles on multiple documentary series for CNN, A&E, Telemundo, and Lifetime. He works and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Michael Fowler – Executive Producer
Michael Fowler is President of Affordable Housing Partners, Inc (AHP), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. AHP provides equity for the development of affordable apartments (including assisted living facilities) for low income residents. It also provides equity for the preservation of Historic properties.
Fowler is the financial backer of SingFit, which is turning music into medicine. SingFit™ PRIME is a music-therapist-designed cognitive and physical stimulation program crafted especially for the senior living industry. SingFit PRIME incorporates singing, movement, trivia and reminiscence for a fully engaging mind/body workout.
Fowler is also the financial backer of Re-Borne which is a colostrum-based supplement which enhances performance, recovery and health, as well as several musicians: Jensen Reed, Christian Hand, and Alexa Melo.
His motto: I like doing good while doing well.
Monica Cohen – Co-Producer
Monica is a passionate Colombian filmmaker and music composer. She started her career as a social worker, working with ex-combats from illegal armed groups in Colombia, guiding them through the process of returning to a civil life away from the guerrillas and the paramilitary groups. After two years, Monica realized that in order to achieve peace, people from all sectors of society must be aware of and mobilize to solve the rooted problems of Colombian people, a goal that couldn’t be achieved without communication and understanding. Monica then turned her path and found in art the tool to open channels of communication between contrasting realities. She moved to New York City in 2010 and since then has collaborated in a wide variety of social documentaries. She has also worked in film distribution for dGenerate Films, as an assistant producer for Cine Institute and Crowing Roosters, and as an editor for HBO and Big Fish Entertainment. She is now the owner of a production house dedicated to composing and producing music for film and television, as well as producing creative video content for the web for organizations and artists.
Jillian Sczesnak – Associate Producer
Jillian is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied film with the hopes of becoming a writer/director. Shortly after graduation she moved to New York City to pursue that dream and has been learning the odds and ends of the entertainment world ever since. When she isn’t working one of four jobs, she enjoys improv and eating delicious slices of New York pizza.
Mary Manhardt – Editor
Mary Manhardt is a documentary film editor and consultant, specializing in verite. Her work has been screened at Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Hot Docs, SXSW, AFI/SilverDocs, Vancouver, Tribeca, LA and IDFA, and broadcast on HBO, PBS, MTV, ABC, and A&E. Among her credits:The Farm;The Execution of Wanda Jean; girlhood; Farmingville; Street Fight; American Teen; Racing Dreams; Mystic Ball; Monica & David; Love, Etc.; Wham! Bam! Islam!; A Son’s Sacrifice; Bronx Princess; Camp Victory, Afghanistan; Pelotero; American Promise; Medora; Tough Love; Do You Dream in Color?; The Babushkas of Chernobyl; Tigand several episodes ofMaking a Murderer,the Emmy-award Netflix series. She is currently editing My Name Is Pedro.
Mark Demolar – Additional Editor/Co-Producer
Mark Demolar is a musician and film editor based in Brooklyn, New York. His work as a musician includes the release of multiple records as well as national and international tours with the band Woodsman. When not working on music he has helped bring documentary films, music videos, and commercials to life through his experience in video editing. Most notably the Sundance audience award winning film Alive Inside.
Antony Barkworth-Knight – Animator
Antony Barkworth-Knight is an animator from Manchester, UK. Knight makes films, music video and live performances using animation and video. His recent work includes Counterpoint, an audio visual collaboration with four of Manchester’s leading musicians; All Res a vimeo staff picked music video for Manchester’s GoGo Penguin; Evolution: Seeds and Streams, a live audio visual performance at manchester jazz festival, 2015; Nicola Dale: Not so firm as faded ink, a film that featured as part of Nicola Dale’s touring exhibition in 2015.