#OccupyWallSt came out of nowhere with new ideas and created a media revolution. Through ingenuity, guts and resourcefulness #OWS media challenged main stream media and told their own story. New York City, the country, and the world looked up and listened.
#OWS created citizen's media. With little or no training, press passes, press releases or money, they pumped out their story day and night . Using second hand gear, cheap digital cameras, computers. texts, tweets, Facebook, live streams and a newspaper, the world learned about Zuccotti Park and We Are The 99%... We witnessed a new dawn with the power of social media.
Kevin's recent documentary "Living for 32" is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre at Virginia Tech. Living for 32 premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2011. It is a Showtime film and BBC film internationally.
Kevin's first short film, "A Smile Gone, but Where?" premiered on the Oxygen Network along with Breslin's second short film, "Women of Rockaway", which won the 2003 Gracie Allen Award for best TV documentary. Other television credits include Heartbreakers, an Oxygen exclusive television show. Kevin directed a series of PSA's for the "Made in New York" campaign, for which he won a New York City Film and Television Award in 2007. The PSA's featured Will Smith, Debra Messing, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Ed Burns, and Rachel Ray.
Other works include an "Exclusive XMen3 Confessional" with director Brett Ratner for Mercedes, and a short film for The Boys' and Girls' Club of America featuring President Bill Clinton.
Commercials. Chevy Sonic, Chevy Silverado "This is Our Country" PGA, IBM, The Seminole Hard Rock, Guinness, Brady Anti-Gun Campaign, Sprint and many branded content films for the internet.
Current documentaries include "The Other Side of the Street", a story about the life of Jimmy Breslin and newspapers . "NewYork Vertical" with the German Photographer Horst Hamann. "Always The Children." an educational film highlighting the skills of a great educator and humanitarian, Richard Soghoian.
Mike is a Producer based in Sydney. In 1998 he founded 8com, the production company he still runs today. 8com is one of Australia's most established and respected advertising Production Companies having won awards at all major award shows around the globe over the years. 8com produces web content through it's sister company Infinity2 and produces documentary work through 8 Docos. The last documentary he produced was based on a famous schizophrenic Australian surfer, Michael Peterson. “Searching for Michael Peterson” screened at numerous film festivals and was nominated for best short doco at the Independent Film Awards in Sydney in 2009.
A 2008 graduate from the University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts, Garrett Sergeant has distinguished himself as a storyteller with a unique sensibility for non-fiction narratives.
While still attending USC, Garrett lent his talents to Michael Johnson's Brothers Incorporated (2009), based on the true story of the short lived Philadelphia Black Mafia, helping the film nab the film Winner Best Short at Detroit Windsor International Film Festival and Best Student Film at The Hayti Heritage Film Festival. That same year, The Maltese Murder Mystery (2008) won Garrett the Crystal Reel Film Festival Best Editing Honor for a Feature Under $1 Million.
In 2010, working with director Kevin Breslin, Garrett helped bridge a gap between gun owners and advocates in Living for 32, now playing on Showtime. Shortly thereafter Garrett worked with the editorial team on James Moll's Back and Forth, the official documentary for rock legends, and one of Garrett's favorites, The Foo Fighters.
Garrett's work has also been seen on Animal Planet and HRTV, where he edited features for the Emmy-winning series Inside Information. Garrett is currently developing a short film and an outdoor adventure series.
Karen has spent her life in music/film production, media, branding/marketing. Attending Bennington College, Karen spent her early years writing/recording/singing and acting/production film/TV. Working at Unique Recording Studio, NYC, earning her S.A.G card and stepping into production at 19 on an Alan Pakula film. She learned from the best of the best in the music and film industries in NY and LA . Karen has produced several fund raising events; among them The Juvenile Diabetes Association with Mary Tyler Moore, American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross. The past 4 years Karen has been working with Director Kevin Breslin in production and creating content, including post on ‘Living for 32’. Karen is a visionary bringing a lifetime of vision into the media industry. Karen has recently launched her new company StardustBlue Media,LLC.
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Luca Fantini is a Director of Photography of film, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. His work is defined by a unique style and versatility, and a passion for light and composition. It is his goal to create images that will not only tell the story, but affect the viewer. He has worked on projects all over the world for clients such as, Dolce&Gabbana, Alfa Romeo, Samsung, Target, Cadillac, Campari, Ikea, and even the United Nations. And most recently his work in, Living for 32, a documentary directed by Kevin Breslin, was honored with being shortlisted at the 2011 Academy Awards, and was an official Sundance selection among many others. As an educator and author, Luca has taught cinematography in private film schools in Italy and was a visiting professor at DAMS Universita’ di Padova. His book, “Fare un documentario,” (Making a Documentary), guides readers into the world of making a career in documentary film, and is still used as a textbook in many major Italian film schools and Universities. As a new member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild (IATSE 600), Luca continues to travel and discover new artistic opportunities, and will be hitting three continents before the end of 2011.
Thomas W. Brookins is a Writer, Director and Digital Cinematographer based in New York City. Best known for his work on award-winning documentaries such as "Shadows of the Same Sun" and "Living for 32", shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2011, Thomas' passion for his craft comes to life building emotional and inspirational moving imagery. Recognized as "Best Debut of a Director" at the 2010 New York International Film Festival, his commitment to finding the ideal situation, accentuated by perfect lighting, have earned him a reputation as a "one-man production crew". Patience and determination are his trademarks.
Thomas' passion transformed him from a barefoot child running through the streets of the south to a sought-after film professional in New York City. He has had the privilege and honor of working with some of the most influential Directors in the industry. His inspiration for art and film stem from his own world travels and unique life experiences. Thomas continues to receive acclaim for his forward-thinking perspective and ability to reach across cultural boarders in his films.
Conor Byrne Cinematographer
Conor Byrne is a 22-year-old NYC-based filmmaker. He is a 2011 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied under renowned film historian Jeanine Basinger, and finished with High Honours in film studies. His thesis film, "Merry," made with a grant awarded by the National Board of Review, won the prestigious Frank Capra Prize for Comedy as well as Best Picture, and is currently in submission to festivals around the world.
Conor recently became a 2011-2012 fellow of the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. Currently, he is in post-production on his new short film, a screwball comedy homage called "First Mate," to be released in early 2012, and is also writing a feature film. Conor enjoys working on projects of all shapes and sizes.
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