The Filmmakers

Jamie Meltzer
Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. They include OFF THE CHARTS: THE SONG-POEM STORY (Independent Lens, 2003) about the shadowy world of song-poems, WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD, an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry (PBS broadcast, 2008), and LA CAMINATA (2009), a recent short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction, screened at Silverdocs and True/False, among others. Mr. Meltzer teaches in the Documentary Film and Video M.F.A. Program at Stanford University.

Frazer Bradshaw
Director of Photography
Frazer has shot over 200 films as a Director of Photography. These include Jamie Meltzer’s first documentary feature, OFF THE CHARTS: THE SONG-POEM STORY, as well as Margaret Brown’s THE ORDER OF MYTHS and BE HERE TO LOVE ME. EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW, a fictional feature film Bradshaw shot and directed, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

John Kane
John Kane is a San Francisco-based editor and documentary filmmaker. LEFT IN BAGHDAD, a film he co-directed, was broadcast nationally on the PBS series “Independent Lens” in 2008, and his work has screened at numerous film festivals including Silverdocs and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. John edited THE MOST DISTANT PLACES — a film about doctors working in remote areas of Ecuador — for director Mike Seely and was assistant editor on EXPLORER: INSIDE GUANTANAMO BAY for National Geographic Channel/Actual Films. He also co-edited LA CAMINATA for director Jamie Meltzer.  John lived and worked in Mexico City for two years and speaks fluent Spanish. He holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University.

George Rush
George M. Rush is a producer, producer’s representative and attorney who has practiced law since 2001. He is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers, stewarding them in the business and legal issues to make films both commercial and artistic successes. George has served on the board of the Film Arts Foundation and is an active member of the San Francisco Film Society. George recently represented several films at various major festivals including Amy Seimetz’s NO MATTER WHAT (SXSW 2012), Adele Romanki’s LEAVE ME LIKE YOU FOUND ME (SXSW 2012)) the Ross Brother’s TCHOUPITOULAS (SXSW 2012), Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s WONDER WOMEN! (SXSW 2012) Michael Tulley’s SEPTIEN (Sundance 2011), Megan Griffith’s THE OFF HOURS (Sundance 2011); Sofia Takal’s GREEN (SXSW 2011); Lynn Hershman Leeson’s WOMEN ART REVOLUTION (Toronto 2010, Berlin 2011)); David Robert Mitchell’s THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (SXSW 2010, Cannes 2010); Jim Guyer’s FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE (SXSW 2010); Frazer Bradshaw’s EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW (Sundance 2009) and Barry Jenkins’ MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY(SXSW 2008). He also produced 4TH AND GOAL (2011), a football documentary directed by Nina Gilden Seavey, and is currently (along with Steve Bannatyne) producing Michael Tully’s new narrative feature, PING-PONG SUMMER.

Steve Bannatyne
Stephen Bannatyne is co-founder & president of Lucky Hat Entertainment, a production and development company based in Los Angeles, California. Lucky Hat has produced such acclaimed films as IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT (dir. Marshall Curry), nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; THE ORDER OF MYTHS (dir. Margaret Brown), winner of a 2009 Peabody Award; GOODBYE SOLO (dir. Ramin Bahrani), named one of the top 10 films of 2009 by Roger Ebert and EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW (dir. Frazer Bradshaw), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Other notable projects under the Lucky Hat banner include P STAR RISING, ENTRE NOS, and the short films PLASTIC BAG, UTOPIA PT. 3, and SINKING STATE. Steve is currently producing a documentary about the former undisputed heavyweight-boxing champion Lennox Lewis as well as a 1980’s hip-hop comedy called PING PONG SUMMER. He lives in Eagle Rock with his wife, daughter and their two hound dogs.

Adam Spielberg
Executive Producer
Adam Spielberg is a Brooklyn based producer and founder of the new production and development company Filament Productions. Filament’s first production ARCADIA starring John Hawkes premiered at the 2012 Berlinale, winning the Crystal Bear. Adam was an executive for six years with Gigantic Pictures where he produced PLASTIC BAG from director Ramin Bahrani (Opening night short film Venice; Telluride; New York Film Festival); Co-Produced THE NORMALS; NIGHT CATCHES US (Sundance ‘10); Associate produced DARE (Sundance ‘09), Oversaw post-production and theatrical release for FLANNEL PAJAMAS (Sundance 06); SATELLITE (Tribeca); and GOODBYE SOLO (Toronto). Adam also Co-Produced REUNION starring Christopher McDonald and Jamey Sheridan, line produced the feature film BLUE ROAD directed by Oliver Cukor, and worked on Comedy Central’s iconic CHAPPELLE’S SHOW.