Joseph Graham (Writer/Director)
has produced and directed several short films, including Breath, The Lady's Foot, Sin Corazon, Unfinished, Pornography, and award winning animated commercials for MTV. His transgender video Feminine Image vol. 1 was inducted into the Lucas Library, incorporated into the Gender Studies curriculum of several major American Universities, and was used by Felicity Huffman as part of her preparation for Transamerica. His short feature Vanilla, inspired by the writings of Jean Genet and Dennis Cooper, played in festivals worldwide and won the Best Short Feature Award at the Berkeley Film Festival and the Viewer's Voice Award at Cinequest. TLA Releasing distributed Vanilla on DVD, and the film will air on pay-per-view in 2007. Graham has acted in, stage managed and directed over a dozen plays in San Francisco, and his frequent collaborations with the performer Dan Carbone have won awards and critical praise. He is collaborating with the poet Richard Siken on a movie musical about street hustlers. Graham studied filmmaking with George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute and acting and directing with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab, where he currently teaches film acting.
Robert Hawk (Associate Producer)
has been on the independent film scene since 1983. Producer credits include Jim Fall's romantic comedy Trick, Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy, and Alex & Andrew Smith's The Slaughter Rule staring Ryan Gosling. Hawk has been credited with discovering and/or nurturing the talents of such filmmakers as Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk), Kevin Smith (beginning with Clerks), Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen), David Siegel and Scott McGehee (The Deep End; Bee Season), and Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) among others. He has consulted on films as varied as Terry George's Some Mother's Son, Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God, Tom Bezucha's Big Eden, Jon Shear's Urbania, and Smith's Dogma. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, including Oscar winners/nominees Common Threads, Regret to Inform, and In the Shadow of the Stars. Hawk founded the San Francisco Film Arts Festival and has served on the Advisory Selection Committee of the Sundance Film Festival.
Matthew Boyd (Cinematographer)
has shot over 10 feature films and 30 shorts, commercials & music videos. Boyd graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco and set to work immediately, beginning with Rafael Cabrera's feature film, Double Deuce. Boyd "paid his dues" working as 1st AC, grip, gaffer and camera operator under such luminaries as Hiro Narita, ASC, on Night of Henna, and Rodney Taylor. More recently, Boyd worked as cinematographer on the 35mm action/musical feature Rockin' Meera with writer/director Parampal Gill, shot on location in India. Boyd recently completed production on the horror feature Harvest Moon with director Brent Nowak. In 2003, Boyd began collaborating with Joseph Graham on his short feature Vanilla, which proved to be one of his most rewarding and praised projects to date. Boyd then worked as cinematographer and editor on Graham's Feminine Image vol. 1. Currently, Boyd is in pre-production on several music videos and short films, as well as the feature These Woods with director Michael Caradonna. Beautiful Something will be Boyd's third collaboration with Joseph Graham.
Sharon Franklin (Editor)
is a film editor of both artistic and technical expertise, as well as one of the top Final Cut Pro experts in the country. In 1998, she began collaborating with Greek filmmaker Christos Dimas, editing his award-winning short films Breath and Amerikanos. This collaboration brought her to Athens, Greece to edit Dimas' feature, The Cistern. In 2003 Franklin edited several films, including Joseph Graham's Vanilla and the feature Night of Henna, shot on HD by acclaimed cinematographer Hiro Narita. That year Franklin also edited Quality of Life, shot on 16mm, on-lined on HD, then transferred to 35mm. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004, where it won a Special Mention Award. Franklin's other narrative credits include The Deep End, Iris' Last Nerve, and The Great Detective's Last Case. She was a contributing editor on the award-winning documentaries Climb Against the Odds and Live! Nude! Girls! Unite! and has edited a number of television shows and DVD behind-the-scenes featurettes, including Timecode 2000, Men in Black 2, and the critically-acclaimed piece for the new release of The Little Mermaid. Franklin recently completed editing Poetic License, a documentary for the Sundance Channel directed by Mario Van Peebles.
Ben Leon (Production Designer)
Ben brings his passion for independent filmmaking, design, and photography to the project. Work includes " Strange Cutlure" an official Sundance Selection 2007, and "Soledad is Gone Forever" which was shown at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes International Film Festival. His past work also includes "Save It for Later" (2003) which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and "Vanilla," a short film also by Joe Graham which screened at numerous film festivals world-wide and landed a distribution deal with TLA. Ben served as Art Director on "Una Pelicula de la Mission," which garnered a Best Feature Award at the New York International Latino Film Festival. His video work includes extensive shooting, editing and directing.
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