BOBBY LEIGH, Director
Bobby Leigh is a twelve-time Award winning Filmmaker and also has over twenty years in the Music and Entertainment Business where he has produced and/or toured with such major Rock-N-Roll multi-platinum legends as AEROSMITH, GUNS-N-ROSES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, KISS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, QUIET RIOT, NIGHT RANGER, SKID ROW, JOAN JETT, THE SPECIALS, SOCIAL DISTORTION, THE OFFSPRING, and STAIND.
As the personal manager for 4 NON BLONDES he catapulted their careers to 12 million records sold world-wide in only 9 months.
As an actor, Bobby landed several roles for television: playing Larry Miller's henchman "Lefty" for Sony Pictures Television/WB sitcom "The Mayor”, playing Kate Hudson's inmate boyfriend "Lee", for Touchstone Television/ABC's "That Was Then" and a Guest staring/Recurring role on the ABC/Family Pilot "East of Normal, West of Weird".
Leigh served as a producer on THE GIFT…At Risk starring Vince Vaughn and Randy Travis, which debuted at the Monaco Film Festival. Bobby was also a producer on the Visualiner Entertainment’s Award Winning feature film STRIPPED DOWN staring Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210” and “Dancing with the Stars,”) The film, which took four awards at the Silver Lake Film Festival, including “Outstanding Achievement in Production”, has been sold to twelve European markets and had it’s American theatrical release in May 2009. Bobby also produced THE GUITAR PLAYER’S GIRLFRIEND, winner of the “Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition sponsored by KODAK and PANAVISION” in 2006. The film has played numerous film festivals including Cannes “Festival de Cannes 2007 Short Film Corner.” With Filmmakers Alliance, Leigh produced PLUS or MINUS: A Few Things I Thought I Should Consider with director Amanda Swikow.
Leigh also recently directed the Children’s film IT’S ALL AN ILLUSION for Christopher Coppola’s Project Access Hollywood. The film, which took 3rd place in the “Best Picture” category, is currently on the festival circuit. Leigh also produced the award winning film DADA directed by close friend Bradley Jones that also was the winner of “the Los Angeles Screenwriting Competition sponsored by KODAK and PANAVISION” in 2007. Bobby recently directed the documentary feature film HOLODOMOR, an expose on the Ukrainian genocide perpetrated by Joseph Stalin. The short film version of the 93 minute feature film won the, “Best Documentary” award at the Hoover Dam Film Festival, and was nominated for “Best Documentary Film” at the British Film Festival and also just took home the “Grand Jury Award for Best Feature or Short for most Outstanding Movie” at the Monaco Charity Film Festival. Bobby also served as a producer on the LIONS GATE Horror film EXPERIMENT IN TORTURE released in 2007. Leigh is also slated to direct UNRAVELED in Baton Rouge, LA. Unraveled also has a LIONS GATE Domestic release. Leigh is also directing and producing a Reality TV Pilot called “The RockDocs of Orange County” about Orthopedic Surgeons that treat Celebrity Sports Stars. Leigh also wrote and will direct GOGOTHA, a modern day Sweeny Todd film in Eastern Europe. Other film credits include INFIDELITY, CHILDREN IN VIOLENCE, BURNING MAN, BROKEN and BUTTERFLY SKY.
Leigh also served as a producer for three “MTV Video Music Awards” Television shows, two in New York City and one in Dublin. Bobby also worked for the SILVER LAKE FILM FESTIVAL as the Operation Manager 2006. Leigh also produced “VISIONFEST/The Vision Awards” for Filmmakers Alliance and the Directors Guild of America for 4 years in a row. Vision Award honorees include such renowned filmmakers as Mike Figgis, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, Allison Anders, Alexander Payne, David O’Russell, Werner Herzog, Michael and Mark Polish and Laura Dern.
He's an active member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America),) FIND (Film Independent), CAA (Creative Actors Alliance), NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), IP (Independent Producers), IFF (International Film Finance,) IDA (International Documentary Association and Filmmaker's Alliance.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Steven Adams; Agent/Manager
MARTA TOMKIW, Producer
Marta Tomkiw is a filmmaker of Ukrainian descent who has dreamed of making films since the age of 7. Today she is living in Los Angeles and living her dream. Marta is a Detroit native, daughter of Ukrainian born Irena and Zenobius Tomkiw, and grew up attending Ukrainian schools (Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Grade School and High School, Ridna Shkola – Ukrainian Saturday school), was a member of PLAST (a Ukrainian girl scout organization) and briefly studied Ukrainian dance.
She produced several independent films, including a documentary titled HIGH TECH SOUL, about the history and evolution of techno music in Detroit. She also works as a Location Manager on Hollywood feature films and television shows some of which include: TV show “House”, FASTER, STARSTRUCK, THE SOLOIST, HANCOCK starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron (for which she was nominated for Location Team of the Year for the COLA Awards – California on Location Awards), GET SMART starring Steve Carrell, TRANSFORMERS (for which she received a COLA Award for Location Team of the Year), “Ghost Whisperer”, “West Wing”, RED EYE and CURSED (both films directed by Wes Craven), MILLION DOLLAR BABY (directed by Clint Eastwood), S.W.A.T., KILL BILL (directed by Quentin Tarantino), 8 MILE (directed by Curtis Hanson), the HBO film 61* (directed by Billy Crystal), HARDBALL, NARC and many others.
After graduating from high school, Marta moved to New York City where she studied film at the School of Visual Arts and also worked at Rockamerica Video, a music video production and distribution company, where she worked with various recording artists.
A sojourn in London, England led her to Big Features, a television commercial and music video production company, where she worked with directors Andy Morahan and Matt Forest. During her time abroad, Marta also worked as a European correspondent for Rockamerica Video’s magazine, Videofile. Her love of travel and quest for adventure led her to Paris, Rome and Ibiza, where she lived, worked and traveled extensively. While in London, Marta also worked for Independent International, a music management company that represented various recording artists that included Tears for Fears, Big Country, Specimen, Randy California and others.
Back in the States, Marta earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, Radio and Television from Wayne State University. Television became the next step and included stints as assistant producer for a local Detroit TV station and Executive Producer and Production Manager for Sparkle Films, a television commercial production company. She also worked as a press and publicity coordinator for a British based music management company whose clients included recording artists Innercity and Fine Young Cannibals.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Marta lived in Miami and worked for the television show “World Business Review” hosted by former Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberger, where she was a Production Coordinator and Production Manager, coordinating, organizing and planning location shoots worldwide and was in direct contact with various Chief Executive Officers of Fortune 500 companies. She later moved to working at AFI Filmworks where she founded and headed the automotive television commercial division and honed her skills as a Production Estimator, Executive Producer and Producer.
After 3 years at AFI Filmworks, Marta moved to freelancing and producing television commercials that included Florida Marlins, Make A Wish Foundation, National Organization for Women and others.
In addition, she has also worked as a consultant for SKY TELEVISION, and as a Media Director for Fireworks Motion Media and Director of Acquisitions of American films for EUROCINEMA and served on the board of directors of the Women of the Motion Picture Industry in the Miami Chapter.
Marta is a member of the LMGA (Location Manager’s Guild of America), the Local 399, and the International Documentary Association. Marta enjoys making films that inspire, uplift, educate and entertain, attending film festivals, meeting with new talented filmmakers and traveling. As a person who is dedicated to excellence and meets challenges head-on and whose dedication and love for her work remain anabated, Marta is committed to making her mark in the world through film.
PROFESSOR TARAS HUNCZAK PHD, Researcher
Professor Taras Hunczak PhD is the film's expert, historian and researcher. Professor Hunczak is a world-reknown scholar whose primary fields of interest include Ukraine, Russia, Poland and national minorities of Ukraine. He received his PhD from the University of Vienna in 1960 and has authored and edited twenty-seven books on the subject of Ukrainian, Russian and Jewish-Ukrainian relations including 63 Articles and chapters.
His other activities included serving in November 1993 as consultant to the CSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and Preventive Diplomacy in Hague, The Netherlands. Professor Hunczak also received numerous awards in the United States and in Ukraine for his academic accomplishments as well as for his contributions to building civic society in Ukraine.
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT KNELL, Editor, Visual Effects, Music Supervisor
Born on New York City's Lower East Side, Christopher Scott Knell began his career in the 1970's at Pacifica Radio's WBAI-FM as an apprentice / intern / volunteer who worked his way up to assistant producer and board op for Bob Fass' "Radio Unnameable". He was the engineer of many memorable radio moments including the live reading of "The Nixon Watergate Transcripts" and many "Live from Studio C" concerts at the famous Church Headquarters on East 62nd street in Manhattan. Regular in-studio guests included Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Wavy Gray and Abbie Hoffman.
Christopher continued his education by exchanging his radio expertise for credit at many colleges and universities during the late 70's including WYBC-Yale Broadcasting, WGVL-University of Florida, and WRPI-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also graduated in the top of his class from the NYU affiliated Institute of Audio Research [IAR] in New York's Greenwich Village.
In the early 1980's, Christopher set out to become a staff member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and became a member of the staging crew for SNL, "The Today Show", "David Letterman", and the "NBC Nightly News" among others. During SNL's summer hiatus', he joined the crews of many Broadway plays and The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.
Since his arrival in L.A., he has continued to hone his craft while editing and creating visual effects on numerous features, concert videos, commercials and documentaries. Christopher has also frequently taken the positions of Camera Operator and Field Sound Engineer. Some of Christopher's projects include: "US vs John Lennon" Sound recordist. "Tranced" 2nd Assistant Camera, Editor, Visual Effects and Visual Effects Supervisor. "Jessica Simpson - Reality Tour Live" Titles "Macy Gray - Live in Las Vegas" Titles, HD Online Editor "Fat Joe - Live at Anaheim House of Blues" Event Stage Manager, Titles, Assistant Editor "Dean Martin Duets" Produced by Phil Ramone. 1st Assist. Camera / Utilities Christopher constantly has his nose in the technical trade papers and is on the staff of and/or consultant to numerous educational organizations in the LA area including HDExpo [http://www.hdexpo.net] where he is the "Virtual HD Expo" video compressionist and the Digital Cinema Society where he is on the advisory board.
AARON I. YAMAMOTO, Consultant,
AARON I. YAMAMOTO was born on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. He was voted “Most Likely To Succeed” from the Kapaa High School graduating class of 1983. He attended Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii Manoa before transferring to the prestigious film production program at the USC School of Cinema/Television, where he graduated Cum Laude with both Bachelors and Masters Degrees. At USC, Yamamoto's student films garnered many accolades such as a Student Academy Award and Cine Golden Eagle Award as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary short subject.
Aaron has become a Feature Film Editor and post-production supervisor working on such classic studio films as Universal's Oscar-nominated DRAGONHEART starring Dennis Quaid and Sean Connery; Oscar-nominated DAYLIGHT starring Sylvester Stallone; KULL THE CONQUEROR with Kevin Sorbo; Dimension Films' PHANTOMS with Ben Affleck and Disney's family film TOM AND HUCK starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
He has also been involved in the editing and post production of numerous award-winning independent films such as THE BLACK MAGIC , in which he also served as Second Unit Director; ROCKET'S RED GLARE starring Chris Potter and Andrea Thompson; THE FAIR with Bridgid Brannagh; THE CURVE with Matthew Lillard and Keri Russell (Sundance Official Selection); NO EASY WAY starring Khandi Alexander and Academy Award winner Chris Tashima's narrative short film DAY OF INDEPENDENCE , which has won multiple awards from film festivals around the world as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2004 Academy Award race and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee.
Yamamoto has also edited and post supervised the feature film, STRIPPED DOWN , starring Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame. The film has recently garnered four awards at the Silver Lake Film Festival and has screened as an Official Selection of The Monaco Film Festival, that also won “The Best Actor” award. He is also developing a magical fantasy film entitled ONCE IN A LIFETIME which will be his feature directorial debut. Yamamoto resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Maureen, and big fat cat, Cotton.
DIMITRY KUZMENKO, Director of Photography
Born in Kyiv , Ukraine , Dimitry discovered a passion for photography and cinematography as early as at the secondary school. After moving to Canada he continued developing his skills in photography, but he soon realized that he was more fascinated by video. Dimitry currently works as a freelance videographer and editor for commercials, live entertainment shows, marketing videos, and documentaries.
Dimitry's recent work includes "Arriba de La Bolla" – an entertainment show for TLN channel, corporate videos for Symantec, Bombardier, Volkswagen; multi-camera shoots for live events such as concerts and shows, and numerous shorts. He is also currently working on two documentaries – "Enlightened" and "Holodomor: Ukraine's Genocide"
FRANCISCO BULGARELLI, Additional Camera Operator
Originally from Costa Rica, Francisco Bulgarelli enrolled in an arts conservatory at the age of nine. His early exposure to diverse artistic disciplines such as music and painting have had a strong influence in his creative aspirations. He studied Film and Still Photography at UCLA Extension where he graduated in 2001 with a certificate in Cinematography.
Francisco has shot music videos, commercials, short films, and features. His music videos include” “Blow It Away” for the band Screaming Soul Hill, “Pretty Girls” for the band Kids of Witney High, and “Death is a Flower” for the band Budhi Brown which played at Coney Island Film Festival and the ION Film Festival.
His commercial work includes “I-Tunes” for Apple and “Cryogenic” for Budweiser. The short film TEL ALIV that he shot for director Richard Goldgewicht won best short film at the New York Brazilian Film Festival in the summer of 2004. Other films include SECLUSION, and BOXER CRABS, which was featured at the Los Angeles Chicano Film Festival in 2001.