Charles Evans, Jr. (Director)
At age nine, Charles Evans Jr.’s first film work was clearing 16mm trim bins (reconstituting picture and sound scraps) for his mother, documentarian Frances Evans, while she edited.
Evans earned his undergraduate degree at UC-Berkley with a major in “Short Story Writing.” His thesis, a collection of short stories, won the University’s Eisner Prize For Literature.
Evans went on to complete the production program at University of Southern California’s film school. He wrote, produced and directed his thesis, “Second Son”. Shot in 35mm, the film went on to win twelve awards including the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand’s competition.
Evans worked for two years at Touchstone Pictures as Director of Development for Randall Kleiser Productions, before founding Acappella Pictures in March, 1993.
Evans produced Johnny Depp’s directorial debut, THE BRAVE, based on the novel by Gregory Mcdonald. Johnny and Marlon Brando starred. The production was an official selection for competition in the 1997 Cannes film festival.
Evans’ enduring commitment to produce a film on the life of Howard Hughes resulted in THE AVIATOR (2004, BAFTA, Golden Globes).
In his directorial debut, ADDICTION INCORPORATED, he tells the true story of how Victor DeNoble’s unexpected discovery of an addiction ingredient in tobacco leads to both more addictive Marlboro cigarettes and Congressional testimony. The public revelation of long held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistle blowers into an unexpected alliance, that achieves the first ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry.
Charmaine Parcero (Executive Producer)
After graduating college, Charmaine started her career in the Los Angeles entertainment industry as an intern at Oxygen Media and the Sundance Institute. She next joined Acappella Pictures, first as an assistant to producer Charles Evans, Jr., working alongside him on various projects, including THE AVIATOR, through developing and producing ADDICTION INCORPORATED. A native San Franciscan, Parcero received a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California – Irvine, and she currently lives in New York City.
Devorah started her documentary career as Michael Moore’s personal assistant in 1996. She went on to work as AP, PM, Line Producer and Producer on feature films, reality TV and feature documentaries. Her film highlights include THE BIG ONE (Michael Moore), ME AND ISAAC NEWTON (Michael Apted), HELL HOUSE (George Ratliff), ESCUELA (Hannah Weyer), and FACTOTUM (Bent Hamer), and SUMMERCAMP! (Bradley Beesley, Sarah Price) She has taken the amateur mahout course 3 times at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center.
Kate Dean (Line Producer, Recreations)
Kate Dean began her career producing two of three features directed by Ramin Bahrani, hailed by Roger Ebert as “the best new American director.” She has since worked with Muskat Filmed Productions (ALL THE REAL GIRLS), Big Beach (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), and most recently Anonymous Content (BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND). A maverick of the micro-budget, each film has been more critically acclaimed than the last. She is currently line producing Max Winkler’s first feature starring Uma Thurman.
Peter Nelson (Director of Photography, Interviews)
Peter has photographed a wide variety of feature films, commercials and documentaries in a multitude of film and video formats. His signature naturalistic style has taken him around the world to capture life as it happens for fiction and non-fiction films. Feature credits include ART & COPY, SICKO, A TALE OF TWO PIZZAS, PIPE DREAM, SUITS and the cult New York romance ED’S NEXT MOVE that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He has done domestic and international documentary work for PBS, HBO, BBC and Granada Television. Recent commercial work includes campaigns for Dell, BlackRock, PBS, Stop and Shop, and Goldman Sachs. Other commercial credits include spots for Merrill Lynch, Lifetime, Coca-Cola, Champion, and Calvin Klein. Peter received a BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Igor Martinovic (Director of Photography, Recreations)
Igor was a director of photography on MAN ON WIRE, winner of ACADEMY AWARD – OSCAR for a documentary (2009); BAFTA for best British Film (2009), SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 and numerous other awards. In the Dramatic Competition of Sundance Film Festival 2008 Igor had another entry – feature film Pretty Bird starring Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup.
John Miller-Monzon (Story Producer)
A New York-based producer, researcher and development consultant, Miller-Monzon’s current projects include THE GREATER GOOD, HUNGRY IN AMERICA, and MISSION BLUE. Past credits include Oscar winner THE COVE, Indie Spirit Award winner CRAZY LOVE, and the cult classic sitcom STRANGERS WITH CANDY. Additional credits include the Peabody Award winning doc miniseries BLACK MAGIC and the Emmynominated miniseries MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS THE BLUES: A MUSICAL JOURNEY and A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. A former film industry analyst, Miller-Monzon has edited several film-related books, including PAST IMPERFECT: HISTORY ACCORDING TO THE MOVIES. He trained extensively with the American Conservatory Theater before earning a B.A. at San Francisco State University and M.F.A. from Columbia University’s prestigious M.F.A. program in filmmaking.
The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was twelve, a music teacher placed a western flute in his hands setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists. Samite immigrated to the United States in 1987, and now he and his wife Sandra make their home in Ithaca, New York. Today his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world.
Samite has released eight CDs internationally and in 2009, the film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, which features his original score, debuted nationally on PBS.
Samite is the subject of the documentary, Song of the Refugee, distributed by PBS in 1998. It was while filming this that Samite’s work as a humanitarian began. In 2002, he founded Musicians for World Harmony, and in that capacity he travels to sing, play music, and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. He has traveled extensively in the war-torn and distressed countries of Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire to work in refugee camps, with former child soldiers and AIDS orphans. In his role as Founding Director of Musicians for World Harmony, Samite is fortunate to bring his message of peace to a wide audience including several performances for the Dalai Lama and various United Nations events. Visit Samite’s Site: www.samite.com