Rona Mark grew up in Pittsburgh in the
1980’s- a dismal time in the Pennsylvania rustbelt city from which she couldn’t
wait to escape. So she did, and went from frying pan to fire when she moved to
Jerusalem in 1988 at the beginning of the first intifada. She studied
Literature and History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she earned a
BA and was begrudgingly drafted into political life, representing the Civil
Rights/Socialist Workers’ Party in the student government. She suspects she has
been on the FBI watch list ever since.
Rona graduated with honors from Columbia
University's MFA Film program where she was a directing concentrate. While at
Columbia, Rona directed several films including The Final Days of the Ministry of Tea, which won the Filmmaker Magazine Audience Choice Award and the
Faculty Choice for Best of the Night at the Columbia University New Works
Festival of 1998.
Rona’s thesis film, Finbar Lebowitz, which
she wrote, directed and edited, was the recipient of the HBO Producers’
Development Award and The Polo Ralph Lauren Award for Best Comedy. Finbar was also a regional finalist in
the Student Academy Awards in 2001, played widely on TV (Cinemax, HBO,
SkyMovies, IFC and Sundance Channel) and was featured in numerous film
Girls is Rona’s first
feature length film and, after 20 years, marks her return to the Steel City.
She currently lives in Queens and teaches a class on video production at Sarah Lawrence College.
Julian and Rona met while film students at the
Pittsburgh Filmmakers school. Since then, Julian has been a working Location
Scout and Manager in both the Pittsburgh and “Philly-wood” scenes. He has
recently relocated to Brooklyn.
Julian Ruhe’s latest credits include Peter Jackson’s
The Lovely Bones, Our Lady of Victory,
Rocky Balboa, Shooter, Annapolis and
seasons one and two of the CBS TV series Hack
starring David Morse and Andre Braugher.
Other films Julian has worked on include: M. Night
Shyamalan’s Signs, and “The Buried
Secret of M. Night Shyamalan” for the Sci-Fi network, Curtis Hanson’s Wonder Boys, Keith Snyder’s Killing Emmet Young and Melissa Martin’s
The Bread, My Sweet among others.
Stephen Chbosky is a screenwriter whose recent credits
include Rent and the CBS TV series Jericho. He recently was the executive
producer on the Dowdle Brothers production of The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Jericho.
Stephen and Rona are old high school buddies from Pittsburgh.
Weinstein’s work as location manager includes Homecoming, The Bread, My Sweet; The Mothman Prophecies; and The Que Creek Miners’ Story as well
as several commercial shoots (UPMC,
Children’s Hospital, Apple Computers, State Farm Insurance and The Pennsylvania Lottery to name just
a few). David has worked as an assistant director on innumerable films and
commercials such as; Lift, 84 Lumber, Chevy Trucks, Iron City Beer, and several regional campaign ads. He was also Second Assistant Director on
such major motion pictures as Wonder
Boys, Inspector Gadget, Fakin’ D’ Funk, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Terminal Velocity. He also produced the
TV mini series I Remember Chloe.
A former cinematography instructor at Columbia University, Rick
López has filmed more than 80 features, shorts, commercials, and documentaries
including Swedish Auto, Filmic
Achievement, El Coyote, and XY.
Variety magazine has described his work as "expert." His work has
screened at festivals around the world including the Berlin Film Festival,
Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival,
CamerImage: the International Festival for the Art of Cinematography, and
Reed Robins has scored films such as Tommy's starring Steve Buscemi, ]ack and the Northwest Wind, The Boyfriend, Luna, Coming to Town,
Gary Auerbach's The Painter, Sweater Yarn, Finbar Lebowitz and others. He has composed for theater productions
such as the New York premiere of Clive Barker's Crazyface, Yeat's The Hawkes
Well, Mike Bencivenga's Single
Bullet Theory, The King Stag, In the Place Where We Live, The Eye Generation, Ingress, Crosswalk,
Court of Conscience and many more. His musical compositions and
arrangements include "Mnemosyne" for Orchestra,
"Earthward", a choral cantata, "A Short Adventure" for
piano, "Oscillations" for Flute, "A Vision in a Dream" for
three players, and an orchestration of the Prokofieff piano piece
"Diabolical Suggestions". Songs of Jimi Hendrix for
Solo Jazz Piano is a
special of project of Reed's- cd released by Changing Tones Records.
Tolin began working on movies while a student at the Art Institute of
Pittsburgh (The Murder; Greg Rempel Productions, The Bread My Sweet; Who Knew Productions). It was also at AIP that
he began an internship with a Halloween mask making shop called Spector
Studios. In 2001, Steve started his own FX shop, TolinFX, for the movie Project Valkyrie. TolinFX has since
gone on to do the artwork on several local film projects (Playhouse; Yeti Brothers Productions, Swarm of the Snakehead; Little
Grey Productions, and The Traveler;
Black Boot Productions.) He was also the production designer on the TV mini
series I Remember Chloe.
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