CHRIS EYRE (DIRECTOR)
Chris Eyre is an award-winning director and producer of film and television. Chris Eyre's directing career has crossed film and video and all formats from documentaries to commercials; feature-films to docu-dramas; and episodic-television to movies for TV.
Most recently, Mr. Eyre has worked in what he has described as the fastest and most-fulfilling work of his career – episodic-television. Chris Eyre has directed episodes of two prime-time NBC shows, Law and Order-SVU (2009); and the critically-acclaimed hit show Friday Night Lights (2009)(2011) where he was invited back twice after his first-episode in 2009.
In 2008, Mr. Eyre directed We Shall Remain (2009), a five-part PBS mini-series on the history of Native Americans. We Shall Remain went on to become the highest-rated Native American series-ever on television and won numerous awards.
Prior to his television work, Chris Eyre began his directing career by making the independent film Smoke Signals (1998)Miramax Films, starring Adam Beach, Irene Bedard and Gary Farmer. Smoke Signals, about two young men that travel to Phoenix, Arizona to retrieve the cremated remains of one of the young men's father became a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and Filmakers' Trophy Winner. Smoke Signals won numerous awards worldwide and a screening at the White House. Smoke Signals made Eyre a unique figure by becoming the first Native American filmmaker to ever make a movie to receive a national-theatrical release – "In theaters everywhere!!"
Chris Eyre began his passion for storytelling by attending the prestigious Graduate Film Program at New York Universities' Tisch School of the Arts. Eyre received his Master's Degree in 1996, and in 1995, before graduating Eyre's short film Tenacity (1995) won the coveted Mobile Award for "best film" at NYU. Eyre was also a Graduate School Teaching Assistant for the Masters' Film classes. Chris Eyre has done university residencies at Portland State University and lectured through the country.
Mr. Eyre has directed and/or produced eleven feature films for either theatrical or television.
MMC JOULE FILMS (PRODUCERS)
President and Founder: Sally Jo Effenson
Vice-President and CFO: Jeffrey A. Honeck
Head of Development: Carl Effenson
Founded in 2007, the company endeavors to produce films that stretch the boundaries of cinema today. A return to classic storytelling, and a home for filmmakers who have a unique and refined voice for personal movies, MMC joule Films is currently developing a slate of films funded with private equity. HIDE AWAY is the company's debut presentation.
SALLY JO EFFENSON (PRODUCER)
Sally Jo began her entertainment career with director Peter Masterson (Academy-award winning The Trip to Bountiful) with formation of an independent film production company. She also served as Vice-President to an entertainment division of a capital venture firm in Austin, Texas. She was responsible for acquisition and development of film properties and identified such projects as Restaurant, Eve's Bayou and A Slipping Down Life for investment. Sally Jo also implemented a marketing project for a film project, Greendale, created by musical artist Neil Young. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2003 where it received key critical acclaim. Sally Jo also produced an independent film project Mexican Sunrise, written and directed by Rowdy Stovall. The film has gone on to receive numerous awards on the film festival circuit, including Best Feature: Breckenridge Film Festival and Worldfest Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the California Independent Film Festival.
CARL EFFENSON (CO-PRODUCER)
Carl Effenson was exposed to the film industry at an early age, as he watched his mother, Sally Jo Effenson, forge her place in the film industry in Texas. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he moved to Los Angeles and took his place in the office of MMC joule Films as a production assistant. He dove into the project Hide Away and cemented his position as a Co-Producer on the project by securing the final piece of financing, and was instrumental in the attachment of key crew personnel such as Elliot Davis, Susanna Puisto, and Sharon Lomofsky. Carl is currently developing three projects for the company.
PETER VANDERWALL (SCREENWRITER)
Peter Vanderwall is a native of upstate New York. After earning a BA in English from SUNY College at Plattsburgh and an MBA in Accounting & Finance from University of Rochester, he became a licensed CPA and worked in financial management with such companies as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gannett.
Changing careers, Peter completed the screenwriting program at the American Film Institute. His screenplays have won honors and awards in the Nicholl Fellowship, Final Draft, CineStory, Fade In, Screenwriting from the Soul, and American Accolades competitions.
His produced screenplays include HIDE AWAY, a drama starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell and directed by Chris Erye. This independent film was produced by MMC Joule Films and premiered in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW Film Festival where it won the Jury Award for Best Cinematography. The movie has also been well-received at the Heartland, Starz Denver, Napa Valley, and Savannah Film Festivals. It will be released theatrically in May of 2012.
Reverse Angle, Peter's action thriller starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, was produced by Incendo Media and premiered on Lifetime. Shadowheart, his Western starring Angus Macfadyen and William Sadler, was produced by Anchor Bay Entertainment and airs frequently on Showtime.
Peter resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife and son. He has several feature scripts in development with Hollywood producers. Peter is represented by Rhonda Bloom of Plumeria Entertainment.
ELLIOT DAVIS (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Elliot Davis brings a unique vision to film by incorporating his background in architecture. Most recently, Davis completed The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep and is currently in China working on Keanu Reeves' directorial debut MAN OF TAI CHI. He received the Best Cinematography Award at SXSW Film Festival for his work on A YEAR IN MOORING, directed by Chris Eyre and starring Josh Lucas. And also served as Director of Photography on TWILIGHT directed by Catherine Hardwicke, with whom he also did Thirteen, Lords of Dog Town and The Nativity Story; Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde; White Oleander starring Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Peter Kominsky; and I Am Sam, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn, directed by Jessie Nelson. He has photographed four films for acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, The Underneath, and King of the Hill. He received an IFP Spirit Award nomination for his work on The Underneath.
Davis shot the Alan Rudolph films Breakfast of Champions, Equinox (another IFP Spirit Award nomination), Mortal Thoughts and Love at Large. His feature credits also include 40 Days and 40 Nights, Happy Campers, The Next Big Thing, Light it Up, Forces of Nature, Lawn Dogs, Get on the Bus, Larger Than Life, Things to do in Denver When You're Dead, The Glass Shield, Bright Angel and Harvest: 3000 Years, which won the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. For television Davis shot the pilot for AMC's new series Hell on Wheels, Charles Burnett's Night John, the mini-series Cruel Doubt and six episodes of Oasis in Space, a PBS Jacques Cousteau series.
SHARON LOMOFSKY (PRODUCTION DESIGNER)
Originally from South Africa, New York based Sharon Lomofsky first received international acclaim for her production design of Milcho Manchevski's Oscar-nominated Before the Rain. Since then her diverse portfolio includes award-winning arthouse indies such as Lodge Kerrigan's Claire Dolan, James Marsh's The King (Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, Cannes), and Hilary Brougher's Stephanie Daley (Waldo Salt Award, Sundance), starring Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton; Hollywood blockbusters such as Bring It On and Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife; and even the Oscar-winning documentary Man on a Wire. Her most recent work includes Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground (Sony Classics), Robot and Frank, starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon, premiering Sundance 2012 and the History Channel miniseries , The Men Who Built America, which is scheduled to be broadcast in the season of 2012.
SUSANNA PUISTO (COSTUME DESIGNER)
A native of Finland, Susanna Puisto has brought her style and vision to the silver screen since the early 90's. She started out styling music videos and commercials for many of the hottest directors including Gore Verbinski. Her leap into the world of feature films came in a Matt Le Blanc starrer called Looking Italian, Susanna's other film credits include the recently completed From the Rough starring Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan, MacGruber (Will Forte, Kristin Wiig, Ryan Phillippe), Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (Michael Douglas Cleaner (Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes), American Venus ( for Rebecca de Mornay), Shade (Gabriel Byrne, Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith, Thandie Newton, Stuart Townsend), Under the Hula Moon (Steven Baldwin, Chris Penn, Emily Lloyd), Still Breathing (Brendan Frazer), Gunshy (William Petersen, Diane Lane), Primary Suspect (William Baldwin, Gregg Araki directed Splendor , Pilgrim (Ray Liotta), "Fascination" (Jacqueline Bissette) amongst others.
Susanna's television credits include creating the looks for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" the ultra hip "Dead at 21" for MTV and the CBS hit "How I Met Your Mother".
DEVIN MAURER (EDITOR)
When I was five, my parents moved my three siblings and I to the small fishing community of Gig Harbor, Washington. We grew up on the water, fly fishing and kayaking, forbidden from watching television except for the occasional PBS special. Then one day I discovered a kid down the street had HBO and everything changed. I began using his bus stop, sleeping over on weekends, devouring anything with an R rating. My parents couldn't understand why we always gravitated to his house to play basketball, when we had a perfectly good hoop at ours.
Early in high school, I petitioned my friends to help me make a movie. They weren't interested, opting instead to go fly fishing. Figuring I had no other choice, I armed myself with an old video camera and an early version of Final Cut Pro and began making renegade fly fishing videos. Then one summer, my brother, actor Josh Lucas, invited me to Savannah, Georgia to be a Production Assistant on David Gordon Green's 'Undertow'. I brought along my little DV camera and as production began I started filming anything and everything that transpired on set. By the time the film wrapped, I had over 200 hours of footage and spent the next month shaping together what would become "Under the Undertow" – a warts-and-all look at the making of a David Gordon Green film. United Artists later bought the piece and included it on the films' DVD.
Moving to LA in 2005, I worked as a trailer editor for the next several years, dissecting the films of Joe Wright, Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Wang, and David Gordon Green. In 2009, I was fortunate to land my first feature, editing Predrag Antonijevic's Little Murder, a psychological thriller set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Hide Away marks my second feature.
In many ways, Hide Away forced me to return to the editing style I had developed back in Gig Harbor, making renegade fishing movies. Because the dialogue is so sparse, I couldn't rely my usual array of techniques and devices to keep the pace and rhythm. Never are we directly told what is or has happened. Instead, the story unfolds largely through the juxtaposition of images; the mood dictated by the composition of a particular shot or scene or images of nature as they relate to this solitary figure. Frankly, it was unlike anything I've ever worked on.
During filming, the camera crew sought to capture images that spoke to them, regardless of their content or relevance to a particular scene. As winter set in early, and the snow began to accumulate, the writer scrambled to rework the script. Entire sequences were improvised on the day. What emerged was a series of events, scenes, and images that hardly resembled the original script. Fortunately, I was able to spend considerable time with cinematographer Elliot Davis who really challenged me to step outside my normal routine. While I'm often preoccupied with dialogue, story lines, or continuity, Elliot merely wanted to know how a given shot made me feel. The director, Chris Eyre, was intent on giving me the time and space to play and try new things, which was both refreshing and bit daunting.
Ultimately, because there is so little dialogue, and many of the story lines are left open-ended, I believe the audience must interpret the film through a filter of their own life experiences. I'm often surprised at how viewers have projected their own morals and morays on the lead character when discussing the film. I know I had to every day in the editing room. After all, isn't the point of film to transport us and allow us to place ourselves in another man's shoes?
Editor Devin Maurer is currently on the feature When The Bough Breaks starring Andie MacDowell, Milo Ventimiglia, and Gabriel Macht. A supernatural thriller set in Savannah, Georgia directed by Peter Antonijevic.
JONATHAN LUCAS (EDITOR)
Jonathan Lucas has been in the film industry for over 25 years. He startedas a production runner at Twickenham film studios in the U.K. before deciding to try his hand in the cutting rooms. Working his way through the ranks he was a first assistant on many studio films including, 'The Fast and the Furious', 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' and 'Troy'. He also was a visual FX editor on both '101' and '102 Dalmatians' and an associate editor on 'Waterworld' and 'The Postman'. He moved to Los Angeles when he got his break as an editor on 'Tim Burton's Corpse Bride' before returning to edit live action films that include the Weinstein's movie 'Dirty Girl' and most recently Hide Away starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell.
WIKE MUSIC (MUSIC SUPERVISION)
Wike Music has supervised the music for films for director David Gordon Green, Rick Linklater, Michael Cuesta, and the HBO television series Hung and FX's Damages.
Mark is founder of WIKE MUSIC, a music supervision, music editing, and original composition company based in glorious Los Angeles. After touring as a member of the New York rock band, The Bogmen, Mark has since worked on notable projects such as L.I.E., Undertow, Hung, Damages, NCIS-Los Angeles, and most recently, the David Gordon Green comedy, The Sitter starring Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell.
Mark produced the original soundtracks for The Sitter, Hung, Damages, and is currently working on the upcoming soundtrack for NCIS-Los Angeles. Through his recording and production work, Mark has had the opportunity to work with outstanding artists such as Raphael Saadiq, DJ Premier and Slick Rick, Cults, Bill Laswell, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) LL Cool J to name a few.
The source music for Hide Away is identified in a current Northeastern regional musical style of revival of classic folk rock. Featured in the movie is the music of the band Delta Spirit and Proud Mary.