Andrew Shea (Director, Producer, Screenwriter) is a versatile, award-winning director and screenwriter who has enjoyed success in film, television and theatre. He teaches directing and film production in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Andrew’s third feature film, Forfeit, a heist flick starring Billy Burke, Sherry Stringfield, Gregory Itzin and Wayne Knight premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. His other features, The Corndog Man and Santa Fe, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His short film, Take My Breath Away, premiered in the Critics’ Week section at the Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, film editor Melissa Shea, and their two children.
David D'Arcy (Producer, Screenwriter) is a critic and journalist who has been writing about disputes over art since the 1980s. He is a correspondent for The Art Newspaper of London, and a contributing editor at Art + Auction, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and Vanity Fair. David D'Arcy is also a film critic for Screen International and a frequent commentator on the arts for the BBC Radio program, "Front Row." For many years he covered the cultural scene for National Public Radio.
Barbara Morgan (Producer) co-founded and is currently the executive director of the Austin Film Festival. In 2000, Morgan produced the feature film, Natural Selection, starring David Carradine, Michael Bowen, Stephen Root and Bob Balaban. The film aired on Showtime and the Sci-fi channel. It is also distributed in DVD and has been released internationally. In 2005, Ms. Morgan co-produced the feature documentary Antones: Home of the Blues, which is available internationally on DVD. Last year, Ms. Morgan produced the feature-length documentary, Ya Basta, and in 2007, the feature documentary, Teaching Austin: 125 Years of Public Education.
Sam Henriques (Cinematographer) shot The Farm, the Academy Award nominee about inmates at Angola State Penitentiary for which he won a Prime Time Emmy for Non-Fiction Cinematography. Highlights of his work include the widely-acclaimed Riding the Rails, a film about teenagers on the road during the 1930s which won a Peabody Award; Harlem Diary, a documentary about eight children constructing positive lives as they face the challenges of growing up poor in one of America’s most famous African American communities; and Rocks with Wings, the chronicle of the Lady Chieftans basketball team at Shiprock High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. He also contributed to the notable documentary My Architect.
Melissa Shea (Editor) has collaborated with director Andrew Shea for many years. Their first success was Take My Breath Away, a short that they produced as students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Take My Breath Away was invited to screen at the International Critic’s Week at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. They also collaborated on two narrative features, Andrew’s first feature film, Santa Fe, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and Forfeit, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2007.
Gary Lionelli (Composer) is a two-time Emmy winning composer and recently completed scoring on HBO's new dramatic television series Luck, helmed by Michael Mann and David Milch, and starring Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina. He greatly enjoys working with live musicians - one of them being himself (he is an accomplished guitarist) - and also draws on an ever-expanding collection of unusual acoustic instruments for his scores. Among the other films and feature-length documentaries he has scored are Least Among Saints, The Ghosts of Flatbush, Billy the Kid, Stonewall, Oswald's Ghost, Kinsey, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, and The Medallion.
Lewanne Jones (Archival Producer/Research Director for audio-visual productions) has worked on many independent, network and public television projects as well as multimedia installations for on-site and web-based exhibitions. Her expertise includes visuals and general research, project management, database design, and permissions/copyright clearance. Among the many projects to which she has contributed are Eyes on the Prize, ABC’s Century, PBS Frontline and American Experience, (recently Freedom Riders) and Fahrenheit 911. She is currently the Archival Producer on a number of documentaries including one on the Black Panther Party soon in production by Firelight Films.