Bodies

Director: Reena Dutt

Executive Producer: Penelope Wong

Co-Associate Producers: Barbara Tomber, Don Mathews

Producers: Puppett, Reena Dutt, Whit Spurgeon, We Make Movies

Co-producers: Nancy Dobbs Owen, Danielle Phelan

Music and Lyrics: Alex Mackey

Cinematography: Daphne Wu

Choreography: Nancy Dobbs Owen

 

Sponsors:

 

Seed&Spark, The Camera Division, Capital Arts Productions, We Make Movies, Quixote, Edge Performing Arts Center, The Performing Arts Center, This Bar Saves Lives, Cartoon A Day

 

Team:

 

Penelope Wong (Executive Producer): has been a storyteller since she was ten and wrote a Chinese-American version of “Little Women.” She has since used her imagination and problem-solving skills to help organizations and individuals hone their brands and tell their stories with conviction and authenticity. As Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather Direct/West and CEO of Wong•Wong•Boyack, she headed innovative, award-winning launches and campaigns for such clients as Nike, Cisco Systems, Intuit, American Express, Intel, and Charles Schwab. At the Franklin Mint, she personified the brand of Jennifer Wong Limited, where her family stories inspired jewelry and home décor products. Now as a filmmaker, she is Associate Producer of two award-winning documentary shorts: “Forever, Chinatown” (PBS) and Academy Award-nominated “Last Day of Freedom.” She is currently working on a short narrative based on her father’s “Other Wife,” as well as reworking her first full-length, Diane Thomas Award-winning screenplay entitled “Shanghai Café,” (based on the true story of how her grandfather was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit). She is also serving as Associate Producer of “Oakland Roots,” a new creative media series built around 90-second stories that celebrate Oakland as an “open canvas” in which creativity, economy and community flourish. A writer of books and articles on everything from food to fitness, film to fashion and financial planning, Wong finds time to serve on the boards of SFFILM, San Francisco/Marin YMCA Association, and Oakland Museum of California.

 

Barbara Tomber (Co-associate Producer): Barbara Tomber was Executive Vice President of First Hawaiian Bank in charge of corporate lending with an emphasis on media and communications. She has supported film companies, radio/television, print media, and cable, and was an original lender for the formation of Dream Works. She went on to become a fellow at Betsy Magness Women in Telecommunications. Selected from a large group of women in the television and film industry, she was the only banker selected. She spent a year in a fascinating course involving an accomplished group of women in leadership roles that included such luminaries as Katharine Graham, the longtime publisher of the Washington Post. Tomber is interested in promoting film as a way to bring people together and help create a more livable world. She is an Associate Producer on the full-length documentary Strange Culture with Lynn Hershman, a story of a professor involved in genetically-modified food and issues of science and public policy who was wrongly accused of bioterrorism, and a film that was instrumental in getting him exonerated. She has been involved in climate change for several years, and feels that gun violence is our most important issue that must be dealt with immediately, leading her to join the team of BODIES: Place Called Us. She has served on the Board of SFFilm for 17 years and has fulfilled many responsibilities including that of Treasurer, and is a board member of the Mountain Play in Marin and of Trevor TCR. Tomber is an alumna of the Theater department at Indiana University and received an MBA from USC.

 

Don Mathews (Co-associate Producer): Don graduated from UC Berkeley and had a career in accounting and finance. He and 4 partners started a company that organized and operated incentive travel events for big companies that rewarded top sales personnel with high-end trips to desirable destinations, with clients that included Oracle and Sun. He was the VP Finance. Since they sold the company he has been writing a big picture manuscript on environmental, climate and political issues, and he manages to get out often to hike in the beautiful outdoors to write and appreciate and enjoy nature. He also loves to travel, and he and Barbara Tomber attend many film festivals each year and share the conviction that film has enduring power, especially documentaries, and can help us learn, grow and adapt together to create a healthier, safer and more sane world.

 

Reena Dutt (Director/Producer): Dutt is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors’ Lab in New York City, and an experienced producer. Her most recent producing credits include the Sundance premiering AKICITA: The Battle of Standing Rock (2018), John Legend’s “Penthouse Floor” (over 10M views on Youtube), and a PSA in support of the #MeToo campaign (As seen on Huffpost, NowThis, and USA Today coming soon). As a director, Dutt was a finalist for the NewFilmmakers On Location competition with her short, SNAPSHOT!, her short films 3 PUFFS OF GOLD travelled the festival circuit internationally, and TALL as seen on Evite.com. www.ReenaDutt.com

 

Puppett (Producer): Puppett is a director, editor, and producer who loves big and small stories that center on the human experience and deal with grey areas of morality. Based in Los Angeles, Puppett originally hails from the suburbs of Washington, DC. Puppett is the Distribution Delivery Coordinator at Seed&Spark. Her parody trailer #HiddenFences, inspired by the Golden Globes errors of 2017, was viewed over 3k times in its first 24 hours online. Puppett began making films in 2002. While she has helmed numerous short narrative, documentary, and experimental films, her passion lies in narrative work. Wedlocked marks Puppett’s directorial debut since earning her BFA in Film and Digital Video from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Finished in October 2015, Wedlocked was accepted into over 40 film festivals worldwide and won four festival awards. Puppett followed Wedlocked immediately with another short film, Glenda, which went on to premiere at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Puppett is currently developing several projects, ranging from a suburban goth drama to a large scale fantasy film, all of which put a female protagonist at the front of the action.

 

Alex Mackey (Artist): In Audela (meaning “beyond”) was originally set to be a single acoustic piece of early writings of Alex Mackey who’s musical influences range between folk musical acts such as Damien Rice, Justin Vernon, Jack White, Brand New, and many more. He began in the winter of 2014 while living in Tokyo Japan, Alex stumbled upon a few basic chords he had learned that we’re unfamiliar to him and set in a series of events leading him to leave Japan and come back to Los Angeles. Once he returned to his previous home he has since then been In the process of building his catalogue of writings in hopes of completing his first albumn “Flowers In The Attic”.

 

Nancy Dobbs Owen (Choreographer/Co-producer): Nancy Dobbs Owen began her professional career with the Joffrey Ballet, danced with numerous ballet and modern companies then joined the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Recent work includes Crazy Ex Girlfriend, John Adams’ Nixon in China with the LA Philharmonic and a feature film choreographed by Ryan Heffington. She’s a prolific director /choreographer for theater, film, video and commercials, earning numerous awards for both choreography and direction. She choreographs music videos, commercials and concept films. Her most recent project was the debut dance film for Blended.TV. Credentials include BA in Dance from UC Irvine, Music Center’s Teacher Artist Training Program, Directors Lab West, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. www.NancyDobbsOwen.com

Danielle Phelan (Co-producer): A love of acting is what originally drew Danielle Phelan to Los Angeles, CA. Since moving to CA from the New England area with a BFA in theatre from Roger WIlliams University, Danielle has appeared in such film and tv as ‘Sand Against Evil’, ‘Zoey 101,’the pilot of ‘Defamation America,’ SAF3, ‘The Prince,’ ‘Life as Your Social Network,’ and ‘Without Disguise.’ Ms. Phelan has decided to put her acting career on hold in order to pursue her career of being a producer. Her goals as a producer are to create content that are both diverse and inclusive. To make sure all types of persons are represented on both big and small screens.

Daphne Wu (Cinematographer): Daphne Wu is an award-winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Since her graduation from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2011 she has accumulated a full repertoire of narrative features, shorts, music videos and fashion films as a director of photography. Her active approach to cinematography is to constantly innovate and challenge how a narrative can be translated visually onto the screen. She loves to take creative risks and enjoys working with directors and producers that are just as fearless in their vision. www.DaphneWu.com

 

 

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