MELISSA JOHNSON (Writer, Producer & Director)
Melissa has taken leadership roles in documentary film, television, web production, and digital marketing over the past ten years. With the launch of High Hip Productions in January 2008, Melissa directed and produced the short documentary film, Act As If, about Harvard women's basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith and her positive life philosophy. Act As If played in 10 film festivals nationwide with acknowledgement in The New York Times and The Boston Herald.
Alongside director John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood) Melissa recently co-produced a documentary for ESPN's acclaimed 30 for 30 series about former track star Marion Jones which premiered on November 2, 2010 called Marion Jones: Press Pause.
As Senior Producer and Digital Director for Comedy Central, BBC America, and Spike TV, Melissa ran websites for hit television shows including The Colbert Report and Top Gear. She also directed and produced over 100 shorts and segments for these networks, earning a 2009 Webby Honoree for BBCAmerica.com.
Melissa worked as Assistant to the Director and Assistant Editor on the documentary film, Class Act, directed by Sara Sackner and Executive-Produced by Morgan Spurlock following his Academy Award Nominated film, Super Size Me. Class Act won the Best Feature at the Artivist Film Festival and First Place, Best Documentary at Rhode Island Film Festival in 2006.
Keeping in touch with her digital media roots, Melissa co-created an original web series called, The Worst Speeches of All Time that premiered on ComedyCentral.com in August 2009 and has garnered 900,000 views to date. Melissa's personal essays have appeared in the New York Times and Salon.com:
SARA SACKNER (Executive Producer)
Sara Sackner has been making documentaries for 20 years. She is currently executive producer of the feature documentary, NO LOOK PASS. Sara recently produced and edited Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner about the visionary mid-century architect. Prior, she directed Class Act, which explores the crisis in arts education in America's public schools. Class Act was released in Fall 2007 under the "Morgan Spurlock Presents" label.
Sara is the executive producer and co-editor of the feature-length documentary, Tie-Died: Rock 'N Roll's Most Deadicated Fans, about the loyal followers of the Grateful Dead, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. Sara also produced and co-edited the critically acclaimed documentary, Painting The Town, about New York artist and party crasher Richard Osterweil. Concrete!, a chronicle of the world's largest private collection of word and image art, which Sara produced and directed, was released on DVD in January 2007.
AMANDA HUGHES (Editor)
After graduating with honors from New York University's highly competitive Film and Television program, Amanda quickly became the top editor at Editional Effects, a boutique post-production house in Times Square. Her clients there included Nickelodeon, MTV, Food Network, ESPN, Noggin, and Comedy Central. Her creative and technical skills led her to manage and supervise other editors on complex, high profile projects.
After nine years at Editional Effects, Amanda brought her clients to Bionic, another elite editing studio in New York City. As one of the most sought after young editors in Manhattan, Amanda is constantly adding to the roster of loyal clients clamoring to get onto her schedule, including SciFi, and USA Network.
In addition to her post-production experience, she assisted on the blockbuster feature film, The Siege, starring Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington with legendary producer Lynda Obst, as well as on independent features such as Macbeth in Manhattan and the documentary series The Century for ABC News.
Also, Amanda was the editor on the short documentary, Act As If, directed by Melissa Johnson.
STEFAN GLIDDEN (Director of Photography)
Filmmaker Stefan Glidden recently shot the upcoming authorized feature documentary on former president George H.W. Bush and did additional camera work on The Wonder of it All about the Apollo-program astronauts. Wonder recently won The Houston Worldfest International Film Festival and The Rhode Island International Film Festival. Stefan has shot dozens of long-form narrative and short commercial pieces for clients including Pepsi, Nike, BBC America, Myspace, and Frito Lay. He is also in charge of directing, shooting, and producing all American content for the European cable channel Fashion TV.
Stefan has directed numerous music videos and short films and has won Best Short Film at the New Hampshire Film Festival and Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director at the New England College Film Festival. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in film.
ELLIOTT GOLDKIND (Composer)
Elliott Goldkind has composed music for diverse media, ranging from orchestral and chamber music to film, television, and commercials. Elliott's classical/concert music has been performed throughout the United States and Western Europe. His film scoring work has led to collaborations with Jeff Buckley, David Mamet and many talented young directors.
Elliott received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teachers include Chester Biscardi, Meyer Kupferman, Stephen Dembksi and Joel Naumann. At the UW-Madison, he helped revive the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that is dedicated to performing the music of Wisconsin students/composers.
Stylistically, Elliott's music ranges from lyrical to nails-on-blackboard. Ideally, he writes with pen and paper, leaving it up to "real musicians" to perform. However, for film and commercial applications, he has come to embrace various electronic/digital approaches.
Elliott was a founding member of the almost legendary New York rock bands Bones Jones and the Jones Tones, Hodgepodge Lodge, and Freak of Nature. A native New Yorker, Elliott lives in Los Angeles.
MARQUEE features singer/songwriter and guitarist Elijah Behar, Nathaniel Hartnett on bass, and Eduardo Alvear on keyboards. Based in Ojai, California, their first album will be released in early 2011.