ALEX KARPOVSKY director/writer/producer/lead actor
Alex's directorial feature debut, The Hole Story, was completed in 2006. The critically acclaimed dark comedy screened at over 50 festivals, garnered numerous awards, and Filmmaker Magazine named Alex as one of its 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Karpovsky’s follow-up features, Woodpecker and Trust Us, This Is All Made Up, premiered at the 2008 and 2009 South by Southwest Film Festivals, respectively. His most recent feature, Rubberneck, a psychosexual thriller he wrote, directed and stars in, premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. As an actor, Karpovsky played the male lead in Beeswax, which premiered at the 2009 Berlinale (Forum); the voices of several Russian gangsters in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV; Mean Man Mike in Harmony and Me, which premiered at the 2009 New Directors/New Films Seriess, Paul Lucas in Lovers of Hate which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Vlad in Bass Ackwards, which also premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Jed in Tiny Furniture, which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival; Paul in The Grownups, which screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; Rookie Agent in Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Wally Combs in Wuss, which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival; Sasha in Almost in Love, which premiered at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Ian Gilmore in Sleepwalk with Me, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; Peter in Gayby, which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival; and Nick Berg in Supporting Characters, which will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. In April, Alex will play the role of Marty Green in Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film by Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as the character of Ray Ploshansky in the new HBO comedy series Girls, produced by Lena Dunham & Judd Apatow. For more information, please visit www.alexkarpovsky.com
ONUR TUKEL actor
Onur Tukel is a filmmaker, painter, illustrator and motion designer. He has written and directed five feature films, including Ding-a-ling-LESS and Richard's Wedding. He co-wrote the story for Michael Tully's Septien, as well as played the part of Amos Rawlings. He also painted 65 paintings for the film. His first children's book Little Friends is being published by Marshall Cavendish in April of 2012.
JENNIFER PREDIGER actor
As a writer, video journalist and director, Jennifer uses a balance of research and humor to communicate big ideas to diverse audiences. Jennifer has reported from locales as far-flung as Burkina Faso, Denmark and Iceland. She has interviewed Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Tom Hanks, Tom Friedman and many interesting people without the name Tom. She has produced videos on Newsweek, Nerve, Babble, Current TV, Onion News Network, the Washington Post and Barely Political. Her videos have been featured on The Huffington Post, NY1, The Onion A.V. Club, Yahoo, MySpace, YouTube, Pitchfork, KIAH-TV in Houston, Texas and NY1. She's appeared as a commentator on The Today Show and NPR's All Things Considered. Jennifer is the creator and face of Grist.org's popular video advice series "Ask Umbra." As an actress, Jennifer plays a leading role in the feature film Uncle Kent directed by Joe Swanberg, which premiered at Sundance 2011.
CAROLINE WHITE actor
Caroline is an actress and Twitter comedian with 81 followers. She stars in Joe Swanberg's critically acclaimed Marriage Material as well as Kentucker Audley's upcoming Open Five 2.
KEITH POULSON actor
Keith is a New York City-based musician, actor and filmmaker. He has spent several years working behind the scenes in the sound, casting and camera departments for independent filmmakers such as Andrew Bujalski, Joe Swanberg and Alex Ross Perry. As an actor, he played the lead role in Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012 SXSW), co-starring Nick Offerman and Jess Weixler. Poulson is also a touring multi-instrumentalist for the New York-based bands Bishop Allen and Air Waves.
DUSTIN GUY DEFA actor
Dustin’s feature Bad Fever premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and received glowing reviews during its Spring 2012 theatrical run. Distributed by Factory 25, the film will be released on DVD and VOD in September 2012. His short film Family Nightmare is in the middle of its festival run, recently playing at Sundance, SXSW, Dallas and Sarasota. As an actor, Dustin also plays a supporting role in Onur Tukel's Richard’s Wedding, opening in New York this summer.
ADAM GINSBERG camera/sound/edit
Adam shot and edited the award winning short films Gabe & Gene and Winter Lilacs. Most recently he shot the feature film Marvin Seth and Stanley and the short film ’92 Alonzo Mourning Skybox Rookie Card which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
MIKE BOWES producer
Mike has extensive experience as a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager. Splitting his time between independent feature films ( Rubberneck, Think of Me, The Mulberry Tree, Slip & Fall, Don McKay ) and PBS documentaries that feature dramatic reenactments (We Shall Remain, God In America, Becoming Hellen Keller, Mystery of Matter) for series such as The American Experience, Frontline, American Masters. Mike gets great joy from building productions that strike a balance between being pragmatic and lean while remaining creatively ambitious. He is co-founder of Central Productions, the Boston based film production support organization whose mission is to advance the emerging film community and to contribute alternative bodies of work within the culture of the moving image. While getting his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he was the President of its Film Society and the organizer of the Five College Film Festival. Mike also served for seven years as the Board Chair of the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA’s nationally-recognized repertory cinema.
TEDDY BLANKS original music / title design
Teddy’s debut solo EP, Complications, based on the writings of Atul Gawande and featuring six songs about strange diseases and medical trauma, was released in July 2009. He also provided the score for Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture. Previously, as lead singer of Richmond, VA synth-pop duo the Gaskets, he shared bills with a diverse group of artists, including Girl Talk, Camper Van Beethoven, Daniel Johnston, Violent Femmes, Mudhoney, and Weird Al Yankovic. As a partner at the Brooklyn-based graphic design studio CHIPS, he designed opening title sequences for such films as Tiny Furniture, Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, the Duplass Brothers' The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, Katie Aselton's Black Rock (Sundance 2012), Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks (Sundance 2012), and Todd Rohal's Nature Calls (SXSW 2012).