Michelle Memran is a journalist, artist and filmmaker. For nearly twenty years she’s worked as a Reporter-Researcher in New York City, primarily for Vanity Fair magazine. She’s also written about theater for Newsweek, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail and American Theatre magazine. The Rest I Make Up is her first film, for which she has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, Frameline, Astraea, piece by piece productions, and numerous individual donors. After spending two years editing in residencies at Brown University and the MacDowell Colony, Michelle began working with editor Melissa Neidich (Dark Days, Two Towns of Jasper), and together they have just completed a rough cut of this feature-length documentary.
piece by piece productions
piece by piece productions is a not-for-profit producing organization started in 1999 by Wendy vanden Heuvel. Productions have included: Medea, directed by Deborah Warner with Fiona Shaw on Broadway (associate producer); The Tricky Part by Martin Moran (2004 Obie award and two Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Play); All The Rage by Martin Moran, produced with Rising Phoenix Repertory and The Barrow Group (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show 2013); The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh, Mabou Mines DollHouse, Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter, and Let The Right One In, all in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse; My Name is Rachel Corrie in association with The Royal Court Theatre; Slipping in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Elective Affinities by David Adjmi, co-produced with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Soho Rep; Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse, La MaMa ETC, Mabou Mines, and Dovetail Productions; Hundred Days by The Bengsons and Kate E. Ryan, co-produced with Z Space (TBA Outstanding New Musical 2014). piece by piece productions has been a producer on The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project since 2010 (Ivanov, Seagull) with co-creators Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman. Film: The Seagull: The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project, directed by Brian Mertes.
Melissa Neidich is an award-winning documentary editor, working in the field for twenty years. Notable documentaries she has edited include: Soul in the Hole, which won an Independent Spirit Award; Dark Days, which also won an Independent Spirit Award and a Sundance Audience Award; and Two Towns of Jasper, which won a Dupont Award. Her latest feature—Out of the Clear Blue Sky— opened to rave reviews.
Max Avery Lichtenstein
Max is a New York-based film composer whose melodic sensibilities, understated arrangements and creative recording techniques infuse a special character into the movies his music accompanies. He has written scores and songs for critically-acclaimed narrative features such as The King, Jesus’ Son, and Far From Heaven. His scores can be heard in documentaries such as the Emmy-nominated feature War Don Don and the Academy Award-nominated short Mondays at Racine. Most recently, Max wrote the score for HBO’s Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists.
Heather Winters is an American film producer, director, writer and a two-time Sundance winning executive producer. She executive produced Morgan Spurlock’s Academy Award-nominated and Sundance-winning documentary, Super Size Me, and Anthony Haney-Jardine’s Sundance-winning dramatic feature, Anywhere, U.S.A. Heather executive produced AJ Schnack’s documentary, Convention, and is the co-writer and producer of the documentary, Class Act. Her directorial debut, TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro, released by Virgil Films and Morgan Spurlock presents, premiered on Netflix in 2014 and garnered several awards, including the HBO Hometown Hero Award. Heather is the founder of White Dock and Studio-on-Hudson production companies and is a film consultant, producer’s rep and guest professor of film at Sarah Lawrence College.
Shelby Siegel is an Emmy-award winning editor working in both narrative and documentary film. Being particularly drawn to documentaries that experiment with form and style, her past films include Tarnation, Capturing the Friedmans, Helvetica, and Urbanized. She’s also consulted on several films, including the Oscar-nominated Cutie and the Boxer, and recently received Emmy and ACE awards for her editing on Andrew Jarecki’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, a six-part documentary series for HBO.
Roberto Guerra was an international documentary film director, producer and cinematographer originally from Lima, Peru. His films are often portraits of artists and profiles of international personalities in the worlds of design and fashion, and have included: Frida Kahlo, which won the first prize at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art; Oskar Kokoschka; Hans Haacke; Henri Langlois; Chanel, Chanel (a portrait of the fashion designer); and The Beauty Queens (a three-hour series profiling Helena Rubenstein, Elizabeth Arden and Estée Lauder). Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, his most recent film, made with his longtime collaborator and partner, Kathy Brew, is currently in distribution (www.designisonefilm.com). Brew and Guerra also won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Fine Arts programming.
Katie is a collaborative theater artist and author of new performance for both traditional and alternative spaces. She is co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award winning PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour. Recognition for PearlDamour includes two NEA Our Town grants, four MAP fund awards, and a 2009 Creative Capital artist award. Katie will be a 2016/17 Anschutz Fellow at Princeton University, where her teaching and research will focus on the concept of the Artist-Citizen. Katie’s play Arnie Louis and Bob recently had its world premiere at Trinity Rep in Providence.
After spending a magical semester at the University of Havana while in college, Alison joined the team in 2004 and facilitated our two-week trip to Cuba—effortlessly handling endless logistics in both languages. If she had to pick one Irene quote to re-read every day, it would be: “I would like to do this job the rest of my life. It is pleasant and I earn enough to live well. Or well enough as I do not necessarily want to lead a life of great luxury. I do not need to have my own swimming pool.”
Stefanie has worked on the post-production phase for several documentaries and feature films, including The Kids Are All Right and the crowdfunding phenomenon My Reincarnation, for which she received an Emmy nomination as Coordinating Producer. She is currently assisting in the development of the feature fiction film, The Tale, directed by Jennifer Fox and executive produced by Oren Moverman.