Derek attended the University of Colorado's film school, where he studied under avante-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three student films took the university's top prize and earned him a Special Dean's Grant for Achievement in the Arts as well as the Independent Film Channel's top award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking. Derek went on to shoot and edit his first feature, BROTHER TIED, at the age of 23. The film made its American premiere at Sundance, where it was lauded as "one of the most striking American independent debuts in some time" by The Guardian's Jonathan Romney and hailed as a work of "visual genius" by Newsday's John Anderson. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at six of them.
With solid credentials in narrative filmmaking, Derek ventured into documentary work where he explored a wide array of subjects and characters for both theatrical exhibition and TV. His work has include profiles of such artists as Mos Def, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Run-DMC, Cassandra Wilson and Annie Lennox. He has also turned his lens on Mixed-Martial Arts fighters for CAGEFIGHTER, Vietnam veteran biker clubs for ROLLING THUNDER-RIDE FOR FREEDOM, teenage inner-city basketball players in MTV’s BATTLEGROUNDS series, and a look at the mysterious world of crime photography in SHOTS IN THE DARK, produced for Court TV and Britain’s Channel 4. Serving as director of photography, Derek revealed teen racing and Hispanic subculture in STREETS OF LEGEND for which he won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2003.
Derek has also directed numerous commercials and various high profile branded content work including the pioneering internet serial MEET THE LUCKY ONES which made Adweek’s Top Ten Ad Campaigns of 2004, and the award-winning internet documentary FORD: BOLD MOVES, which he co-directed with documentary legends Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
Currently Derek is filming the feature film METALHEAD that he plans to complete next year.
Jamie Patricof is the founder of Hunting Lane Films, a production company based in Los Angeles. He produced HALF NELSON, by filmmakers Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, which premiered in 2006 and went on to win three Gotham Awards, two Spirit Awards, and a “Best Actor” nomination for the film’s star, Ryan Gosling, at the 2007 Academy Awards.
Patricof has also produced the documentary film CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO, released in 2007, and SUGAR, the sophomore feature from Fleck and Boden, released by Sony Pictures Classics in April 2009, which was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2009 by AFI.
Patricof is an Executive Producer for the THE ACHEL ZOE PROJECT on Bravo and is in production on a documentary for ESPN’s 30/30 series, directed by Ice Cube and based on his personal journey as an LA Raider’s fan. Patricof executive produced PLAYERS: LUDACRIS and a tribute to the seminal hip-hop group RUN DMC AND JAM MASTER JAY: THE LAST INTERVIEW for VH1. Prior to that, he produced ESPN’s THE LIFE, a behind-the-scenes look at athletes’ lives off the field, which was nominated for an Emmy.
He lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.
Lynette Howell founded Silverwood Films in 2005 along with Doug Dey. In 2007 she and Mr. Dey were named to Variety’s “Ten Producers to Watch” list. Ms. Howell’s films include HALF NELSON, directed by Ryan Fleck and starring Ryan Gosling in a performance which garnered him a Best Actor Oscar nomination; STEPHANIE DALEY, starring Oscar-winners Tilda Swinton and Timothy Hutton, and Amber Tamblyn, written and directed by Hilary Brougher; THE PASSAGE, a thriller by renowned UK theatre director Mark Heller, starring Stephen Dorff and Neil Jackson, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival; PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, written and directed by Daniel Barnz and starring Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Elle Fanning, Campbell Scott and Bill Pullman, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by THINKFilm this year; and THE GREATEST, starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan, which premiered in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Ms. Howell’s upcoming projects include AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN, directed by award winning director Marilyn Agrelo, and starring Jessica Alba and THE SPACE BETWEEN written and directed by Travis Fine, starring Melissa Leo, Anthony Keyvan and AnnaSophia Robb. Ms. Howell is also producing the stage adaptation of the hit film THE FIRST WIVES’ CLUB, which premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.
Other recent films include MOMMA’S MAN, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by theatrically Kino International. He was an Executive Producer on Gerardo Naranjo’s VOY A EXPLOTAR, which premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and was released by IFC Films. Also premiering at the Venice Film Festival was Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, a short film called Eve, on which Alex served as Co-Producer.
Previous feature films include Ryan Fleck’s HALF NELSON, which premiered in August of 2006 and went on to win three Gotham Awards and two Independent Spirit Awards. Its star, Ryan Gosling, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Alex was also the producer of POINT AND SHOOT, which screened at the Tribeca and Hamptons film festivals.
Alex currently sits on the board of Artists Public Domain (APD), a non-profit organization dedicated to the production of innovative film and media projects, which recently was honored by the IFP for having donated over $100,000 dollars to supporting various grants administered by that organization. In addition to MOMMA’S MAN, APD recently premiered Josh Fox’s film MEMORIAL DAY at the 2008 Cinevegas Film Festival, and ZERO BRIDGE at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
In addition to his feature work, Orlovsky has produced fine art projects that have shown at some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in New York including the Mary Boone Gallery, the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art and MoMA. He has also produced music videos for artists as diverse as Animal Collective and Kid Cudi.
Carrie Fix is a NY based Line Producer collaborating with Directors and Producers bringing scripts to life and balancing the elements of creativity, time and money. Line Producing credits include “Julia” 2006 shot in Mexico City, “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” 2007 (NY Unit), “Off The Black” and “The Cake Eaters.” She worked as a Production Manager on Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” (2008) and “Julien Donkey Boy” (1999). Her experience also includes working as the 1st Assistant Director on award winning films “Girlfight” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2000), “Personal Velocity” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2002) “Raising Victor Vargas” (Deauville Grand Special Prize 2002), “Maria Full of Grace” (Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress 2005) and “Sherrybaby” (Golden Globes Nomination for Best Actress, Drama 2007.