The Team

Lillian LaSalle – Director, Producer

Director Lillian LaSalle is a recipient of the 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.

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 the feature film, from writer/director Tom Gilroy (Spring Forward, The Cold Lands), entitled Our Lady Of The Snow, which will shoot in Winter 2020 amd will star Isabella Rossellini. Also in development is LaSalle’s follow up feature documentary, THREE BROTHERS, a personal exploration into 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 Sczesnak grew up in the Chicago area. She developed a love of film and storytelling at a young age, which led her to study Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University. She moved to New York after graduating,  where she has worked as a Production Coordinator, Producer’s Assistant, and Associate Producer on various projects, while pursuing her passion of screenwriting on the side. She aspires to become a successful Showrunner.

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.

Anthony Barkworth-Knight – Animator

Antony Barkworth-Knight is a filmmaker from Manchester, UK. As a filmmaker he produces diverse work encompassing artist film, documentary, music video and live performance. Central to his work is a strong interplay between audio and visual. This interplay is driven by use of a wide variety of techniques such as hand drawn animation, abstract video, field recordings and intimate interviews. The end results are tapestries of sight and sound. Recent work includes: Homage to the Rain – Lighwaves Festival, 2019; The Remnants Parade – Stock Gallery, 2019; Utah Dream – Random Acts, Channel 4, 2018; Blackburn – Blackburn Museum and art Gallery, 2018; Bardo / Window – Music videos, GoGo Penguin, 2018; New North and South – Manchester Art Gallery, 2018; Lasagne Rhythm – Music video, Lavender Worm, 2018; The Nature of Nano – Manchester Science Festival, 2017; Counterpoint – HOME Cinemas / Manchester Jazz Festival, 2016.

Nix Nought Nothing – Music

Nix Nought Nothing is a songwriting moniker from composer Bart Warshaw.  In addition to being an accomplished songwriter, he writes music for a diverse range of media including films, radio and exhibitions, and makes highly immersive radio documentaries. Haling from London, now based in New York, his work is published by Cavendish Music and has been featured in numerous productions across the world.

Ali Walsh – Creative Executive – Sweet 180 Productions

Ali Walsh has been with the Sweet 180 team since July 2017. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island, with a dual degree in film media and journalism. While at URI, she met her “Pedro,” film production professor Keith Brown, and her passion for filmmaking was born. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to NYC four years ago to pursue a career in the film industry. She has also written, directed and produced her own short films.

Evie Freeman – Creative Executive – Sweet 180 Productions

Evie, originally a Brit with a degree in Musical Theater from Bird College, moved to NYC to pursue her aspirations of Producing and Casting Film/TV. She started assisting Lillian and the Sweet180 team where she was introduced to My Name is Pedro. She’s passionate about the message behind the documentary and hopes that people all over the world will soon be able to learn about the incredible man that is, Pedro Santana.