CAST AND CREW BIOGRAPHIES

CREW BIOGRAPHIES:

MESH FLINDERS – Writer/Director/Producer

Mesh Flinders is the co-creator of Lonelygirl15, a groundbreaking web-series that recieved national and international press coverage by TIME, Newsweek, The Times of London, The New York Times and Wired. On television, Lonelygirl15 was covered by NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show and MTV News. Further Lane is his second short film. It premiered at the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival and is having its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Mesh has received numerous awards for his work, including a Panavision New Filmmaker Award and a Briarcombe Fellowship.

He has written screenplays with director Ariel Vromen (Danika, Rx) and for the production company Blue Omega (Dark Ride.) He is a social media consultant for advertising agencies and frequently speaks on new media panels, including South by Southwest, Hollywood Film and Games Conference and IFP Filmmaker Summit. He holds a B.A. in Art History from Occidental College.

NIKHIL MELNECHUK – Producer

Nikhil is based in New York and runs Wanderlust Pictures, which specializes in international co-productions. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and studied film at India’s National Institute of Design. In India he owns Midwife Films, a VFX/post house and production company. Recent projects include: Searching for the 4th Nail, an insider’s look at the life of an American Gypsy, The Sumo Wrestler, by Israeli filmmaker Amos Kollek, and the forthcoming Adam Underground, the story of a secret high school cheating society. Nikhil is currently producing British director Flemming Fynsk’s Mott Street, Romany director George Eli’s American Gypsy, and Baby Lamb, the untold story of the tragic friendship between Lena Pepitone and Marilyn Monroe.

BENT-JORGEN PERLMUTT – Producer

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt directed and produced Lumo, a feature-length documentary that won a 2007 Student Academy Award® and the President’s Award at the 2007 Full Frame Film Festival, and was broadcast nationwide on PBS.  He served as the co-producer and additional editor of Control Room (Magnolia Pictures, 2004), as well as the associate editor of Valentino: The Last Emperor (Acolyte Films, 2009).  He wrote, directed and produced Les Vulnerables the closing night short of the 2007 New York Film Festival and an official selection of the 2008 Berlinale, as well as a grand jury prize-winner at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival and the “Focus Features Best Director” winner at the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival.

JOANNA LACK – Producer

A native of New York City, Joanna works in education reform. Further Lane marks her film producing debut. A graduate of Brown University, she has always loved film and when she received a desperate phone call from her boyfriend (writer/director Mesh Flinders) on the second day of production she happily changed her weekend plans and joined the shoot. Over the five days of principal photography, she proved herself to be an indispensable member of the crew, organizing meals, scheduling transportation and providing much needed moral support to an over-worked and under-slept cast and crew.

CHRIS HARVEY – Editor

Chris Harvey is an award-winning filmmaker who has over a decade of experience in post-production. He has edited a wide range of projects from independent features to cable network programming to web content. His work has appeared on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Fox Movie Channel and MTV, among others. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

KIT PENNEBAKER – Director of Photography

Kit Pennebaker was born with a love of cinema.  A New York City native, Kit has been working professionally in film since he was a teenager.  In 2004 Kit graduated from New York University’s prestigious Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at The Tisch School of the Arts, with a concentration in cinematography. Today, Kit works as a director of photography on a variety of music videos, commercials, concerts, and narrative projects. His work can be seen presently on the web series Working Class Foodies (www.hungrynation.tv/wcfoodies).

KAI GROSS – Composer

Originally from Philadelphia, Kai Gross moved to New York six years ago and has been writing music for a variety of mediums, from film and theater to television and the web.  A graduate of Williams College and Berklee College of Music, his credits include scores for the short film The Second Line (Sundance 2008), theme music and underscores for the Reuters TV show And Finally, and music for No Reservations: Uruguay on the Travel Channel.  He has also played and composed for the Chelsea Symphony, and teaches music at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan.

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