|Susan Kirr, Producer
Susan worked as a journalist for several years in Tokyo, Dallas and Austin before segueing into the film industry. She received her MFA in film production from New York University and has worked in the film industry in Texas for 15 years. She produced the independent features Only in America, The Keyman and Husband for Hire, and production managed Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, Doug McGrath's Infamous, John Sayles' Honeydripper, and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. She was also a co-producer on Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me. She produced the documentary Bike Like U Mean It with her partner Rusty Martin, which screened at many festivals and on cable.
|Rob Hauer, Director of Photography
Originally a still photographer, Hauer transitioned into moving pictures while attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. He lensed Cary Fukunaga's 2005 Sundance short Victoria Para Chino and in the same year received the Best Cinematography award at the Breckenridge Film Festival for Topaz Adizes's Seven Miles Alone. He returned to Sundance again in 2008 with Rob Meyer's Aquarium and again in 2010 with Sara Colangelo's Little Accidents. Rob's other cinematography credits include two Tribeca premieres, The Company Man and Blue Boy, the 2009 feature documentary Marina of the Zabbaleen, and Jeff Büler's thriller, Insanitarium. For more, go to www.robhauer.com.
|Jade Healy, Production Designer
From stylized psychological thrillers to independent comedies, Jade has designed an incredible range of acclaimed films. In 2008, she designed Ti West's The House of The Devil which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews, including praise for its production design. The following year, Jade collaborated with Joe Swanberg's romantic and seductive Alexander the Last, which premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival where another of Jade's films, Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, won the Jury Prize. In 2010, Jade had two films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease which won the audience award and Zeina Durra's The Imperialist Are Still Alive!. This past summer, she designed Detachment for director Tony Kaye starring Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and William Petersen.
|Andres Santamaria, Editor
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he majored in Film and Video Production, Andres's passion to capture other people's journeys and stories led to his involvement in over 20 projects for television broadcast and leading non-governmental organizations such as Canal + and Human Rights Watch as a producer, editor, director and/or cinematographer. In 1998, Andres traveled to New York and earned a certificate in Filmmaking from NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He was the Director of Photography on the upcoming ITVS-funded documentary Wham! Bam! Islam! which will be airing on PBS's Independent Lens in 2011. His first foray into editing feature films, Sacred Game, was awarded the Best Thriller Feature at The New York International Independent Film Festival in 2009.
|Amy Maner, Costume Designer
Amy Maner, a Texas original and twenty-year film veteran, is a true director/actor's designer. With an MFA in directing/acting and a background in fashion, Amy's international experience and knowledge creates a foundation for a well-balanced design. Some of her recent credits include, Seven Days in Utopia (Robert Duval), Beneath the Darkness (Dennis Quaid), Predators, Push, Spy Kids, Miss Congeniality, and Leap of Faith. Amy utilizes an analytical, hands on approach and an unparallel attention to detail in the design process. When not on a film set, Amy enjoys triathlons, organic cooking and hula hooping to 80's music.
|Pam Garcia, Associate Producer
Born and raised in South Texas, Pam Garcia has taught Theater Arts and Speech at San Diego High School in San Diego, TX for 17 years. She has directed her students in the Texas State One Act plays every year, twice competing at the regional level. Before dedicating her career to arts education, Pam acted in, directed, and choreographed a number of local and regional productions often at the Harbor Playhouse in Corpus Christi, TX. For 10 years, she was a member of a bilingual theater company in association with Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX that traveled throughout Mexico and the U.S. performing in schools, prisons, hospitals, and other state agencies. Garcia became involved in Benavides Born during its early development, introducing the filmmakers to the community. She later helped workshop script ideas with local students, assisted with casting, and served as a local liaison for the project during development and production.
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