DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & FOUNDER – CREATIVE ARSON
(2001 – present)
Full suite production services, brand awareness campaigns, igniting a digital conversation.
Partial client and collaborator list:
Wired Magazine Central Park Summerstage WNYC.org (NY Public Radio) Livestream River to River Miranda July Rolling Stone Celebrate Brooklyn Sufjan Stevens Thirteen/WNET New York Public Library Gloria Estefan MuchMusic Times Square Alliance Tracy Chapman Manhattan School of Music Lladro PEN American Center Village Voice Brooklyn Public Library Maison Martin Margiela Food Network HBO Jonathan Caouette
FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (director, producer, camera, editor)
Last Summer at Coney Island (93 min, 2010) – Feature-length documentary about Coney Island’s roller coaster relationship with redevelopment. Aired on PBS stations in 2011-2013. Nominated for a NY Emmy Award. (distributor: IndiePix Films)
Up on the Roof (58 min, 2008) – Urban wildlife film about the transformation of Brooklyn, as seen thru the experiences of neighborhood pigeon keepers. Aired on PBS stations in 2012-2015. (distributor: IndiePix Film)
Danielson: a Family Movie (105 min, 2006) – Award-winning documentary about five siblings from New Jersey & their psychedelic-gospel-folk-rock group. Co-starring Sufjan Stevens. In theaters across the U.S. December 2006. (distributor: HomeVision/Image)
Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke (74 min, 2001) – Rock doc on musical ambitions, nostalgia, and wish-fulfillment.
INDEPENDENT CAMERA / CREW / PRODUCTION credits include:
> Associate Producer for Travel Channel of China (2015)
> Freelance cameraman for Livestream (2009 – present)
> Video Producer-at-large for the Time Square Alliance (2009 – present)
> Coordinating Producer + cameraman: “HBO Taxicab Confessions” (2009)
> Producer / Director / Editor of The Pontani Pages podcast (2010 – present)
> Fieldwork filmmaker for Global Nomads Group in Haiti (2010)
> Video Producer for RollingStone.com (2006-2008)
> MUSIC CHOICE (broadband and digital cable TV network) Director, Editor, Cameraman (2004 – 2007) producing & shooting interviews & performances with artists including Sarah MacLaughlin, Slipknot, Trail of Dead, Ludakris, Metric, Sean Lennon, Flaming Lips
University of California Santa Cruz, New York University, Parsons School of Design, Randolph-Macon College, SUNY Purchase
MARKETING & WRITING
CMJ Media (April – Nov. 2000) > Writer, Editor, Art Director, Publications Coordinator for music festivals and conferences
KNITTING FACTORY (1997 – 1999) > Marketing and Media Relations Director for the world-renowned music club and festival production house. Also responsible for writing and editing a bi-monthly program guide.
FREELANCE WRITER for such publications as the VIllage Voice, Time Out New York, Curator Magazine, Mountain Record
UC Santa Cruz — B.A., Political Science and Media Studies (1996)
Grants: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) regrants through Brooklyn Arts Council; Puffin Foundation
Film Festivals: Chicago Underground Film Festival, Northampton Independent Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, ACE Film Festival
> Software (partial list): Final Cut Pro Studio, FCP X, Photoshop, Office, DVD Studio Pro, After Effects (somewhat), Compressor
> Camera experience: wide and varied; if it has a lens and a record button, I can work with it.
> Languages Studied: Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, French