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Crew Bios

Marc Landas (Director)

Marc Landas is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. He has written and directed three short  films, the latest of which is currently in post-production. He is also the author of The Fallen: A True  Story of American POWs and Japanese Wartime Atrocities (John Wiley & Sons; 2004). He has worked as an online and print journalist for over  fifteen years, contributing to an eclectic collection of news sources ranging from Fox News to the  Los Angeles Times. He has directed a number of short films.

Marc Landas IMDb

The Fallen by Marc Landas

Leigh E. Carlson (Producer)

Over the past ten years, Leigh E. Carlson has worked in broadcast media as a graphic designer, animator, and story producer for the ABC and PBS affiliates in Cincinnati, and has produced commercial projects, television series, independent feature films, local media broadcast projects, new media and documentary pieces for both independent production companies and networks such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and History Channel. She recently co-produced the  feature film “The Grover Complex”, is currently producing a part live-action part animated family film, “The Paper Castle”, and is the Media Director for Getting Out By Going In (GOGI) a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of at-risk and incarcerated men, women and children. Leigh received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Electronic Media from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California.

Leigh Carlson IMDb

Gregory Cassagnol (Producer)

Gregory Cassagnol made his foray into the arts in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s while a student at New York University. He began writing for a then fledgling Source Magazine, Spin Magazine, , and as a record reviewer, news reporter, and columnist before turning to film as a medium of expression.

What began as a hobby, first doing short films with his NYU counterparts, quickly turned into a stint as an independent news producer and assistant to BET correspondent David Dent.  Gregory then shifted towards documentary filmmaking eventually landing a deal with Win Media/Ventura Distribution for his 2003 Hip Hop Odyssey Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Hip Hop 101:The Game.

Gregory has also served as a researcher and proof writer for the Natives’ Guide to New York by Richard Laermer, Broadway Books, 1997 and Get On With It by Richard Laermer, Broadway Books, 1997.

Hip Hop 101:The Game – Greg Cassagnol

Trina DeMattei (Line Producer)

Trina DeMattei originally hails from Northern California where she spent twenty years in the theatre as an actor, director and stage manager. She attended The Los Angeles Film School graduating in August 2008 with an emphasis on Producing. She has produced/coordinated 3 independent features and over a dozen short films. Her current credits include the new JJ Abram’s TV Pilot, “Alcatraz” and a upcoming independent feature shooting in Ghana March 2011. AFter shooting in Port-au-Prince with “Conversations” in October of 2009, she fell in love with Haiti and its people. She is looking forward to the time when the “Conversations” crew can return.

Trina DeMattei IMDb

Robert Dannin (Advisor)

Robert Dannin holds a doctorate in ethno-linguistics and anthropology from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. He worked many years as a journalist and served as the director of Magnum Photos. His teaching appointments include positions at Brown University, New York University, and Suffolk University. He is the author of Black Pilgrimage to Islam (Oxford University Press, 2002) and other publications on the Muslim-American experience. His recent scholarship examines communitarian movements in New York’s Lower East Side and the school-choice controversy in Ohio. He is currently writing a biography of noted philanthropist and tycoon Jacob Schiff.

Robert Dannin – Black Pilgramage to Islam

Bernard Moor-Jankowski (Director of Photography)

Bernard Moor-Jankowski is a Director of Photography whose credits include working with The New York African Museum of Art, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Court TV, TLC, Outdoor Life Network, Fuse TV, MTV, and VH1. During the last 4 years he worked on a self-funded human rights documentary in Mauritius, Africa (

As a field producer and cameraman, he has international experience in reality and documentary production and has worked in many different countries and environments from the Sahara Desert to the rain forests of Colombia and most recently in Mali, Africa for the New York African Museum of Art. Bernard has a BA in Documentary Filmmaking and Eastern European studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Bernard Moor-Jankowski IMDb

Brandon Huus (Sound Mixer)

While attending school at The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brandon worked as a sound technician for live music acts. After graduating he moved to Orange County California, where he began work as a live sound technician and technical director for 2 theaters, and as a Boom Operator in film and television.  After relocating to Los Angeles, he began work exclusively in film and television productions as a Boom Operator and Sound Mixer. His projects range from web series, short films, and television pilots to television series and feature length films. He has seen and heard a lot through his experiences, and can’t wait for the next adventure!

Brandon Huus IMDb

Mithun Gangopadhyay (2nd Unit DP)

Mithun or Mitch as he is popularly known is a Cinematographer and Photographer based in Los Angeles.

Hewas raised in India, Europe and Africa as his family led a nomadic lifestyle before eventually settling down in Delhi, India. He got his Bachelors degree in Business before relocating to Bombay towork in the Hindi film industry also known as Bollywood. After a 4 year stint where he worked on blockbuster films, the genetic wanderlust kicked in and he moved base to New York which he credits as one of the most incredible experiences of his life. After an intense 18 months where he immersed himself in films, art and photography he hungered for a new challenge and in 2008 made the move to Los Angeles.

For the past 3 years he has been working in the Camera and Lighting Dept while racking up numerous credits and gaining valuable experience learning from the best in the business. He is currently working as a Cinematographer on documentaries, music videos, narrative shorts and video art installations. An accomplished photographer himself, he credits his abiding love for the magical medium of photography as his primary influence.

Mithun Gangopadhyay IMDb


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December 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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