Emilie Upczak has an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Art; she is a Rotterdam Producers Lab alumni and a part of the EAVE Producers network. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she lived and worked, as a filmmaker and film festival director in Trinidad for ten years.
Her films reflect her interest in ritual practice and in sexual identity; interests that were first sparked after she spent two-years travelling throughout Southeast Asia when she was 19, where she encountered numerous religious traditions and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo. Her experiences have helped to shape a body of work that reflect groups or practices that are considered non-normative; her films aim to challenge and humanize those on the outskirts. She has made a number of short documentaries that have played at international film festivals and created a series of experimental work where she explored bodies in action, bodies of color and the female gaze. Following this, she departed into the narrative form and directed the short film Knockabout, distributed by Anansi Studios. Moving Parts is her maiden feature.
After graduating with a Master of Science in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, John Otterbacher moved to Chicago where he splits his time between teaching and filmmaking.
Otterbacher has mainly worked as a producer and cinematographer specializing in independent film/tv/new media and work for nonprofit organizations. As a college instructor, Otterbacher has taught at a number of institutions and is currently coordinator for the Cinematography program at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago. He is a board member and serves as Vice President for IFP Chicago and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Cinema/Chicago. More recently, John received his MFA in film from VCFA as part of the inaugural class there. Officially Limited and Father Burke’s Boss Battle are John’s most recent film projects. Moving Parts will be his fourth narrative feature.
Gabriel Coss lives and works in Puerto Rico. He is a Latin Grammy Award and a Regional Emmy Award-winner music video director. Coss also has credits for directing the documentaries Aljuriya (2004), Sonó, Sonó, Tité Curet!!! (2011) and Armonía (Doctv Latinoamérica 2014). In 2005, Coss launched 939 Films with Israel Lugo, which they merged with Rojo Chiringa Films in 2007.
Jon Gollner is an editor working in Chicago with experience in narrative film, documentary, advertising, corporate and brand videos, music videos, concert and event footage, and sketch comedy videos. He edited the feature film Something Strange in 2013. Officially Limited and Father Burke’s Boss Battle are Jon’s most recent film projects. His editing philosophy is that the edit should always serve the story, and prides working artistically and efficiently.
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Roma Zachemba is an assistant director with over 40 features, shorts, music videos and TV commercials to her name, including Lunch Date and London, Paris, New York, which were both picked up for international distribution as well as Keeping up with the Joneses, which was nominated for BAFTA. Since entering the industry in 2001, Roma has worked in the UK, Italy, Indonesia, Poland and the Netherlands. She is an accomplished scheduler and on set problem solver. She worked with such a names as Dirk Campbell, Gemma Chang, Sasha Collington, Joe Ferrera, Malcolm Maclean, Rossie Oddie among others. Roma recently relocated to Trinidad and Tobago.
Nancy Schreiber, ASC is an award-winning cinematographer based in both New York and Los Angeles. She was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers. She was recently the recipient of the ASC President’s Award, the first woman in the 98 year history of the organization.
Schreiber was honored with the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance for the film November. She also shared the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance for My America...Or Honk If You Love Buddha, and she garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography on the acclaimed Celluloid Closet for HBO. Well regarded in the industry, Schreiber was chosen as director of photography for Visions of Light, a stunning documentary on the art of cinematography, an early high definition film. Schreiber has filmed countless features, including Folk Hero & Funny Guy, directed by Jeff Grace, which premiered in competition at Tribeca, 2016, and is currently in theatrical release Other films include Fugly!, directed by Alfredo De Villa, written and starring John Leguizamo with Rosie Perez and Griffin Dunne, and It’s a Disaster, with America Ferrera, Julia Stiles, Jeff Grace and David Cross. Schreiber was also the director of photography on Neil La Bute’s Your Friends and Neighbors.
Rafael Attias is a multi-disciplinary filmmaker, professional designer, composer, curator, and educator. In 2015 he received an MFA in film from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2011 he was the music composer for an art film collaboration with actor/director James Franco and sound designer Neil Benezra called 3 Bad Men. Most recently he completed a feature length experimental doc film titled My Emo Life.
He has served as the Program Director for Pixilerations, a yearly new media showcase that investigates the state of new media arts through installations, concert performances, and film/video screenings. His work has been shown in New York City, Miami, Providence, Cambridge, Montpelier, as well as Caracas, Venezuela and Dublin, Ireland.
Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian filmmaker who returned to home to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity. She has focused on films surrounding social issues, the environment and culture. Rhonda received a Master of Arts degree in documentary filmmaking from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, where she co-directed, co-produced and served as principal editor on Unconditional (2013), a short human rights documentary that has screened at number of festivals in the United States. She was selected as a fellow with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013. Upon returning home, she directed Riding Bull Cart which won best local documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015, and also Quiet Revolution, which won the jury award at Green Screen, the Environmental Film Festival in Trinidad in 2016. She is currently developing an environmental micro-documentary series, and also a series on mental health.
Annabelle Mullen Pacheco is an attorney by profession and a producer by vocation. Currently, she is the executive producer of her own company, Belle Films. She is an expert in film finance, specifically tax credits, and serves as the local representative of Puerto Rico Production Capital. She has produced several feature films and documentaries including Elite, Witness-El Testigo, Desconocidos, Mi Verano con Amanda 2, Mi Verano con Amanda 3, Demented, Curiosity, Infame, Las Estupidas, Apartment 9 and Solo Aqui. Annabelle is a member of the Directors’ Guild of America, Production Manager.
Shannon Alonso is an alumna of the University of the Arts London, her creative vision has been equally influenced by her upbringing in the UK and her strong sense of Caribbean identity. Her project collaborations include design house Meiling Inc Ltd, the Callaloo Company, Costume Design for 3 Canal’s annual carnival productions, and Wardrobe Design for the feature documentary Pan! A Modern Odyssey. Recently, Shannon’s focus has turned to Visual Arts, taking on roles in Art Department for film. Along with Moving Parts, these have included Production Design for the feature Play the Devil and short film Salty Dog, in addition to several television commercials.