THOMAS BEZUCHA (Writer/Director) marks both his screenwriting and directing debut with Big Eden, for which he was chosen by Variety as one of the new "10 Screenwriters to Watch" in 2000.

He has since written Fucking Hate Her, a romantic-comedy about family, set at Christmas, which he plans to film in Amherst, Massachusetts in the winter of 2001.

Prior to embarking on his filmmaking career, Bezucha served as Vice President of Creative Services for COACH, where he reshaped the company's corporate image and stores. Before that he was Senior Director of Creative Services at POLO/RALPH LAUREN for eight years. There he set the visual direction for interiors, windows, and store design and conception worldwide.

In 1996 Bezucha designed and installed Sharon Stone's screening room in Beverly Hills for Ralph Lauren, which later appeared in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST. His own New York apartment was published in ELLE DECOR in 1995.

 

Jennifer Chaiken (Producer) produced the feature-length documentary Naked States, which recently broadcast as part of HBO's America Undercover Sundays series. Naked States received the highest rating for any documentary program to ever air on HBO. She is also the Executive Producer of another documentary currently in production, Witches in Exile, that looks at Ghanian women thrown out of their villages and exiled to witch communities.

Previously, Chaiken co-produced Restaurant by Eric Bross, released in 2000 and currently being developed into a television series. She was also the Executive Producer of I Love You, Don't Touch Me, distributed by MGM.

Chaiken began her film career with the First Look Screening Series at Tribeca Film Center. She subsequently served as Associate Producer of the documentary Family Name, which received the Freedom of Expression award at Sundance and an Emmy nomination after being broadcast by PBS as the kick-off to a three year documentary series devoted to issues of race.

 

JOHN D. VAUGHAN (Co-Producer), most recently wrapped production on Rikki the Pig, producing for director James Gavin Bedford. Through his Los Angeles-based Stonefield Productions, Vaughan has been acquiring and developing numerous independent and studio feature film projects. He has also consulted on the production, planning and financial structuring of projects for all the major studios, including work on Unforgiven, Nell, Meet Joe Black, Pushing Tin, and End of Days.

Prior to the launch of Stonefield Productions in 1990, Vaughan served as Director of Production at MCA Television Entertainment and MGM/UA Television Productions. Before that he joined Mary Tyler Moore Productions in series estimating for Remington Steele and eventually rose to Financial Manager of Budgeting and Finance.

Vaughan began his career working in various financial analysis and management positions in the Budgets and Forecasts Department of the CBS Entertainment Division at Television City in Hollywood. When he left in 1983 he was Assistant Director.

 

ROB SWEENEY (Director of Photography) is an award-winning feature film and music video cinematographer. He received the Sundance Film Festival's Best Cinematography award from the Dramatic Competition jury in 1996 for his work on The Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day, for which he also received and IFP Spirit Award nomination.

Most recently, Sweeney shot the films Abilene for director Joe Camp III, I'm Losing You for Bruce Wagner and If...Dog...Rabbit for Matthew Modine. His second unit credits include The River Wild and K2. He also photographed the music video for R.E.M.'s E-Bow the Letter, among others.

Sweeney received an M.F.A. in Cinematography from the American Film Institute.

 

STEPHANIE CARROLL (Production Designer) has contributed to the looks of numerous acclaimed feature films and television series as both a production designer and set decorator. Her most recent film work includes Ride With the Devil and Runaway Bride.

Carroll, previously worked on such celebrated independent films as The Ice Storm; Living in Oblivion; Kama Sutra; Fresh; The Ballad of Little Jo; Bad Lieutenant, and Johnny Suede.

In television, she counts HBO's hit series Sex and the City, Cosby Mysteries, and American Playhouse mini-series 3 Sovereigns for Sarah among her credits.

Carroll is a member of New York's Women in Film organization, and the Set Decorators Society of America.

 

ANDREW LONDON (Editor) has served as editor for numerous high-profile feature films ranging from Rambo III starring Sylvester Stallone, Link starring Terence Stamp and F/X2 starring Bryan Brown to Meteor Man starring Robert Townsend, Cloak & Dagger starring Henry Thomas and Psycho II starring Anthony Perkins.

Among his many television movie and miniseries credits are A Memory in My Heart starring Jane Seymour, Murder at 75 Birch starring Melissa Gilbert, Before He Wakes starring Jaclyn Smith and Don't Talk to Strangers starring Pierce Brosnan.

 

JOSEPH CONLAN (Music) has composed the scores for numerous feature films and more than two dozen movies made for television, including Mortal Sins starring Christopher Reeve, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or Special.

Among Conlan's feature film credits are The Proposal, Stick and The Wrong Guy and the animated feature Alice and the Mystery of the 3rd Planet. His television movie credits for major broadcast and cable networks include Jackie (mini-series), The Last Brickmaker in America, Noah Dearborn, Down Will Come Baby, Netnapped, Holy Joe, Dark Waters and Lovestruck.

 

BRIAN ROSS (Music Supervisor) most recently served as the Music Supervisor on Fine Line's Tumbleweeds starring Janet McTeer. Other film credits include 30 Days and the upcoming Table One.

Prior to moving into film, Ross founded Family Tree Productions, involving him directly with the career development of such artists as Blue Traveler (A&M), Lisa Loeb (Geffen), Ruth Ruth (RCA), Black Lab (Geffen), Sister 7 (Arista), Drivin and Cryin (Island) and Jackpierce (A&M).

In 1995 Family Tree Productions merged with Entourage Talent (David Bowie, The Cure), and, shortly thereafter, Ross sold the remainder of his stake in the company to start his own Ross Artists Management.

 

SAM HAMILTON (Costume Designer) worked closely with the quintessential American designer Ralph Lauren for ten years before becoming a costume designer. During her tenure at POLO/RALPH LAUREN, she worked with several costume designers on various films and theatrical productions including Jeffrey Kurland on Woody Allen's Alice, and Marilyn Matthews on Peter Weir's Dead Poet's Society. Hamilton also costumed the Off-Broadway production of Speed the Plow.

While at POLO/RALPH LAUREN, Hamilton worked in numerous capacities. She served as the Creative Director for Women's Advertising in which she produced and styled all women's, children's, and accessory campaigns for both international and domestic advertising. In addition, she was responsible for producing all fashion shows for these lines.

Prior to this, she was one of three people designing the Double RL line of men's clothing, and was also the Public Relations Director for the company, in which she was responsible for styling fashion editorial and wardrobing notable figures for personal as well as public appearances.

 

RENE HOLGUIN (Costume Designer) brought twelve years' experience in fashion design, merchandising design, and advertising to styling Big Eden, his first feature film. He is currently working on a second feature, Rikki the Pig.

Most recently, he was Senior Director of Visual for CLUB MONACO, where he created display and merchandising concepts that were implemented in stores worldwide.

Prior to this, Holquin was the Fashion Director at J.CREW where he worked closely with Emily Woods, overseeing the art direction, casting and styling of photo shoots. Also at J.CREW, he was responsible for putting looks together for such celebrities as Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, and Uma Thurman.

Before his time at J.CREW, Holguin worked at POLO/RALPH LAUREN in numerous capacities, among them, as Creative Director for Retail and as Director of Creative Research for Home Collection.

 

DAVID BLOCH, c.s.a. (Casting, with APRIL WEBSTER) cast the feature films, The Patriot, and Godzilla for director Roland Emmerich. He cast The 13th Floor for Josef Ruznak, To Hell and Back for Jim McBride, Rikki the Pig for James Gavin Bedford, and co-produced The Grail for Joie Gharrity and Angels, Baby for Jeff Fisher.

Bloch and his partner, April Webster, were nominated for an Emmy Award and the Artios Award for the HBO movie, Grand Avenue, and the Artios Award for the original television pilot of Providence. Additional television work includes The Visitor, Soldier of Fortune, The Sentinel and Viper.

Bloch has cast many theatrical productions in New York and Los Angeles, including Mack and Mabel, The Boys from Syracuse, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and EFX in Las Vegas.