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Shari Rothfarb
Director, Co-writer, Editor
 Shari Rothfarb is an artist and filmmaker of both narrative and documentary films. Her 1998 award-winning short film, FUR, has been screened at numerous international film festivals, including the renowned AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival (as well as it’s 1998-99 national tour of over 30 cities), and the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Her art has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at galleries in NYC and around the United States. She holds a BFA in Fine Art from The Cooper Union, NYC, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University, NYC (‘99), where she studied with Tom Kalin, Janet Roach, Bette Gordon and James Schamus.

D.H. Resnicoff
Co-writer

 D.H. Resnicoff is completing her MFA in Screenwriting (Oct. ’99) at Columbia University, where she studied screenwriting with Janet Roach. During this time, Debra won a scholarship from New York Women in Film and Television. A graduate of Playwright’s Horizon’s certificate program in playwriting, Debra’s comic one-act plays have appeared on Theatre Row and at Manhattan Class Company. Recently she completed a screenplay for a New York production company and was the Story Editor on an independent feature shot in NY. Debra taught playwriting for the Young Playwright’s Festival, Inc. and teaches creative writing for Columbia University’s Pre-College Summer Program. She makes her home in NYC with her husband Stanton Wood.

Nancy Schwartzman
Producer

 Nancy Schwartzman is a film producer and a photographer. She was the assistant to the internationally acclaimed producer, Christine Vachon, during the films: I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, HAPPINESS, and VELVET GOLDMINE. She was also the Assistant Director at International Film Seminars, home of the Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, one of the premiere international film and video documentary festivals. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in Art History and Film Studies.

Milton Kam
Cinematographer

 Milton Kam’s cinematography can be seen in there feature films including "I Think I Do," a Strand Release of a Brian Sloan film, a "1930’s style screwball comedy" which enjoyed good reviews and a limited theatrical run in New York. Milton also shot the upcoming "ABCD," an honest and humorous look at the gender and generation clash experienced by an Indian family wrestling with tradition, Americanization, sex and other difficult topics. Milton’s credits also include over 30 short films, commercials and music videos. His work on Giovanni Morricone’s "Photo" won the 1998 Columbia University Reel Award for Best Cinematography and the short film "Teeth" by Elzbieta Litwin was recently screened at the Cameraimage ’98 Festival for the Art of Cinematography in Torun, Poland. Milton was born in Suriname, South America and came to New York City in 1987 to study film at the City College of New York where he earned his BFA in 1993.

Madeline Lee Gilford   SAG, AEA, AFTRA
Casting Director

 Producer, Casting Director (Norman Lear’s NY Consultant), Broadway Associate Prod: RAGS, BUT SERIOUSLY; Co-produced with Lee Guber THE WORLD OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM, CBS Cable: Co wrote and co-produced THE VERY SPECIAL JACK GILFORD SPECIAL. Devised, Packaged and Produced CHARITY BAILEY Children’s TV Music Program- NBC and PBS; Co-writer, Co-producer JACK GILFORD’S ONE MAN SHOW, MY LIFE IN THE THEATER OR HOW I BECAME AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS IN 40 YEARS. Interviewed on DONAHUE, TODAY SHOW, FRANK FIELD, JOE FRANKLIN. Teacher, panel moderator: Actors’ Institute, Video Associates, NYU, Womanschool, New School, SUNY, Richard Brown’s film class, O’Neill Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute. Produced many all-star benefits. Partner, Director of Development, Lee/Gilford Enterprises, Ltd. Listed Who’s Who Women in the World, Assoc. Producer of Off-Broadway THE FOOD CHAIN by Nicky Silver, Assoc. Producer of BAND IN BERLIN 1999 Helen Hayes. Ms. Gilford, a former Rockette, has apepared in movies and musicals and on radio since 1927.

Author:
With Kate Mostel, 170 YEARS OF SHOW BUSINESS. Random House Listed
Who’s Who Women Authors.

Recipient Grant:
National Endowment for the Humanities to develop film THE SECRET JEWS

More current:
Mad About You
Isn’t She Great
The Bird Cage
Law & Order
The Cradle Will Rock

Karen Lynn Gorney
"Luna Singer"

 Karen starred in the mega-hit, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (PARAMOUNT), as John Travolta's dancing partner, "Stephanie Mangolo," the gum-chewing, yuppie secretary who said "no" to him .

Karen just finished a successful run of the hilarious Off Broadway one-woman show, LATE NITE CATECHISM as "Sister."

Miss Gorney first came to national attention in ABC's award-winning ALL MY CHILDREN by originating the role of "Tara" and playing it for almost a decade. She returned to AMC last fall to reprise her famous role.

Karen has guest-starred on NBC's award-winning LAW & ORDER and returned recently from an international tour of LOVE LETTERS.

Films include: MEN IN BLACK, THE HARD WAY with Michael J. Fox, and RIPE with Daisy Egan. As a child, Karen's first film, DAVID AND LISA won the Cannes Film Festival. Karen's voice can be heard in the upcoming THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, directed by Tim Robbins for Disney.

Favorite Off Broadway performances include: "Ophelia St. Clare" in UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (Mint Theatre), HOPE'S STORY (Ensemble Studio Theatre), "Gertrude" in HAMLET, "Queen Elizabeth" in RICHARD III (West-Park Theatre), "Escalus" in MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Raw Space), "Constance" in KING JOHN (West-Park Theatre).

In Regional theatre, Karen has starred for Studio Arena in Buffalo, NY, in Tom Dudzick's OVER THE TAVERN, and at the Wright Theatre, in Vermont as "Faustus" in an all-female production of DR. FAUSTUS.

Karen has released a CD of her own original songs. Included is YOU'RE MY THRILL, the sultry standard by her father, Jay Gorney, who wrote the famous, BROTHER , CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? She is completing a new CD of her Dad's songs called ALL DADDY'S SONGS.

Visit Karen's website at www.karenlynngorney.com

Alexis Brentani
"Miriam"

  Regional: American Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

Off-Off Broadway includes: Naked Angels, New York Art Theatre, Blue Coat Repertory Theater [OOBR Award/THE WAY OF THE WORLD], Miranda.

Film and Television include: MICKEY BLUE EYES, Warner Bros./Castlerock, WANNABE, independent film; recent national commercials, McDonald's, Olive Garden; ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS; The Food Network.

Alexis is a graduate of the University of Toronto and studies in New York with Michael Howard.