JEFFREY SCHWARZ (PRODUCER / DIRECTOR)
Jeffrey Schwarz is the President & CEO of Automat Pictures, a Los Angeles based entertainment company specializing in the production of narrative and documentary films, original television programming, DVD Added Value and studio EPKs (electronic press kits). Jeffrey launched Automat in the early days of the DVD format, realizing the potential for compelling documentary programming in the tried-and-true "behind the scenes" genre. Jeffrey has since contributed to the success of dozens of major studio releases, producing such documentaries as "You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of Hairspray," "No Day But Today: The Story of Rent," "Blonde Poison: The Making of Basic Instinct," "Inside of the Labyrinth: The Making of The Silence of the Lambs," and "Mysteries of Love," profiling David Lynch's masterpiece Blue Velvet, and dozens more. Jeffrey's documentary, "People Like Us: Making Philadelphia," premiered at the 2003 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He was executive producer of "Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig," which has enjoyed a life beyond DVD at film festivals around the world.
In television, Schwarz brought "Reservoir Dogs Revisited," a celebration of Quentin Tarantino's classic, and "Still Swingin'," a retrospective on the indie favorite Swingers, to the Independent Film Channel, as well as several episodes of "HBO First Look." Most recently, Schwarz produced two original documentaries for the Encore Network, "Shooting the Police: Cops on Film" and "Hitchcocked!" Automat's first feature film, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, was produced in association with Ariztical Entertainment and received its theatrical premiere in 2006. He is currently in production on Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, a documentary portrait of 1970s porn legend Jack Wrangler, and in development on several feature films, including a biopic of notorious underground filmmaker George Kuchar.
A New York native, Jeffrey attended SUNY Purchase's Film Department, earning a BFA in Film. His senior thesis project was the documentary "Al Lewis In The Flesh," which profiled Al "Grampa" Lewis, octogenarian star of TV's The Munsters. This film observes the American pastime of celebrity adulation and led to Jeffrey's on-going interest in producing films about popular culture and Americana.
PHILIP HARRISON (CO-EDITOR)
Philip Harrison has collaborated as editor with Jeffrey Schwarz on the documentaries "No Day But Today: The Story of Rent" and "Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street." He has also edited the narrative feature films Bam Bam and Celeste, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, and Die Mommie, Die! winner of a special jury prize for best performance at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. He co-edited The Politics of Fur, named Best North American Feature at Outfest 2002, as well as Kelly Reichard's short film "Ode," which was presented at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. Previously, Philip collaborated as assistant and associate editor on such films as Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil, Mary Harron's American Psycho, and David Duchovny's House of D. Philip recently participated as editor at the 2006 Sundance Director's Lab. He is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Film Department.
MICHAEL "THE MILLIONAIRE" CUDAHY (COMPOSER)
Michael "The Millionaire" Cudahy hails from the frozen wastes of New England. He paid his dues with Matador recording artists Christmas, but made his real mark as the leader of the avatars of modern music, Combustible Edison. The Mil's tenure with CE included a national and international tour (including the opening slot for Bryan Ferry's 1995 tour), three CDs with Seattle's Sub Pop label and a string of TV and radio appearances. CE's music appeared in "Sex and The City", Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Mercedes-Benz television ads. CE composed and performed the original score for Quentin Tarantino's anthology comedy Four Rooms. The Millionaire's recent projects include a stint as musical director for the Velvet Hammer Burlesque, leading a 13-piece Bollywood orchestra, recording as one half of the electronic duo SuperCasanova, and performing DJ duties at LuxuriaMusic.com and The Standard hotel. The Millionaire is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music for Film Scoring. He also has the dubious distinction of having set the record for the largest amount of "winnings" ($52,440.00!) ever racked up by a non-winner on "Jeopardy."
GRANT NELLESSEN (GRAPHIC DESIGN)
Grant Nellessen grew up in central Illinois, and after several years of working as a graphic designer, he earned a degree in Film and Video from Columbia College in Chicago, and then moved to Los Angeles and the American Film Institute, where he studied film title design and animation. While at the AFI, he wrote and directed the animated short, "IDOL," which played at such film festivals as Outfest in Los Angeles, and the Frameline Festival in San Francisco. Grant has worked as a title designer since 2001, contributing to such films as Dreamgirls, Flightplan, The Covenant, Final Destination 3, and Die Mommie Die! He also designs graphics for trailers and television, and regularly contributes title design and motion graphics work for DVD supplementary material produced by Automat Pictures. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Radar.