Alicia Slimmer’s debut feature film, CREEDMORIA, took home the juried prize of Best Narrative Feature Film Comedy at Cinequest Film Festival, in March 2016. CREEDMORIA is a film Slimmer produced and wrote, borrowing many elements from her own life growing up in Queens, NY, in the 1980s. Her previous short film, MY FIRST CAR, premiered at Dances with Films Festival in LA and won Best Comedy at the 24th Annual New School Invitational Film Show. In 2015, Alicia joined two prestigious groups of women filmmakers: NYWIFT and Film Fatales. She has worked on many independent films as an actor, assistant director, set dresser, and producer. Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive sneak peek of CREEDMORIA in February, 2016, and Slimmer was recently interviewed for the San Jose Mercury News exploring the hot topic: women filmmakers. Her indie approach has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal online, Pulse, and Indiewire. CREEDMORIA is fiscally sponsored by IFP and part of Indiegogo’s pilot program, InDemand. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Clifton Leaf, a magazine journalist and author, and their daughter.
Clifton Leaf is deputy editor at Fortune, where he directs the editorial content of the magazine and oversees the print staff. Previously, he served as a guest editor for the New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review, and was executive editor at both the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and Fortune. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It, which was recently named by Newsweek as one of “The Best Books About Cancer,” and which earned Cliff a Lifetime Achievement Award for cancer reporting from the European School of Oncology. A winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award, and a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Cliff has received several leadership honors for his efforts in the cancer fight. A keynote speaker at more than three dozen scientific conferences around the world, he has presented testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel three times and delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute—the only journalist to have ever received the honor.
Doneen was recently named Executive Vice President, Head Of Marketing For Columbia Records. In her new role, Doneen will oversee the Columbia Records’ marketing team, leading marketing campaigns for artists signed to Columbia Records and their affiliates. Previously, Doneen was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Columbia, guiding the latest campaigns for Adele and One Direction. Prior to that, she also headed Columbia’s TV Platform Marketing realm, handling the music campaigns for the hit GLEE franchise and EMPIRE. Appointed Senior Vice President of International Marketing for the Columbia/Epic Label Group in 2010, she helped develop and integrate global campaigns for artists including Beyonce, Shakira, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Sara Bareilles, and others. Doneen joined Columbia’s marketing department in 2006, leading the emerging artist team and developing breakthrough projects including Adele’s 19, The Avett Brothers, and MGMT. Prior to joining Columbia, Doneen was Vice President of Marketing for Virgin Records. Doneen began her career in the music industry at Capitol Records in Los Angeles after graduating from Boston University.
DEREK ANTHONY WELTE
CO-PRODUCER / PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Derek is a creative director, filmmaker and photographer based in New York. His work is centered on narrative; encompassing elements of music, fashion, design and technology with unique strategy. This includes work on multiple independent feature and short form films, including CREEDMORIA and the upcoming scripted series DON’T KILL MARY. As a producer, his focus is on building clear visual direction and cohesion into a production in order to help create indelible multi-sensory experiences that can survive this media dense environment. Derek is set to re-launch his agency HalfmanHalfmachine this year as a multi-faceted communication company that will have arms in television, web and print. He continues to work as a visual strategist for artists and brands, specifically in the entertainment space, music, art and fashion.
BRANDON (MACHI) DAVIS
A New Yorker to the core, Machi was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and schooled in Manhattan and Yonkers. Creedmoria was the first feature film project he worked on after graduating from Sarah Lawrence with a B.A. in marketing (dreams do come true!). Machi spends his days project managing at Pilcrow (a full-service production and branding house) and his nights developing indie games.
Silvia is a New York City–based fashion designer. Upon receiving her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1991, she immediately began working as a design assistant. Her resume also includes being an Account & Product Development Manager for a large private label manufacturer as well as being the designer of her own Signature Clothing Line carried by upscale shops Fred Segal, Santa Monica and Steven Allen, New York, among others. Silvia's hands–on experience also includes fittings, pattern making and sewing. She has a keen eye for detail and an unfaltering love of vintage clothing. With an inventory of modern to classical clothing and accessories, she also has the ability of working within small budgets.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Raised in Boston, Boa Simon is an LA–based cinematographer. His narrative work has earned him awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; his commercial work is broadcast internationally, and has won Imagen Awards & Webby Awards. Boa's cinematography for video artist Christopher Richmond has shown in galleries in Austria, Spain, Germany, and the U.S. Boa has taught a Cinematography course and has worked one-on-one with directors at the Manhattan Film Institute production program. In 2014 he joined Holotrope VR, developing a professional workflow to capture motion picture for virtual reality.
Ben is an award-winning filmmaker who has been editing, directing and producing motion pictures and television for the past eleven years. His television and commercial projects have aired on SpikeTV, Fuse, Food Network, IFC, ESPN and HBO online, with his narrative and documentary films screening in theaters and numerous festivals around the globe. A New York native, he currently lives in Marina Del Rey, CA, where he has been excitedly cutting CREEDMORIA and developing a number of new projects.
Beck began working in Off-Broadway theater bringing her unique vision to companies such as The Naked Angels and Blue Light Theater Company. Her credits also include costuming for the Lucy Moses program at Lincoln Center. Between 2008-2012 Beck co- owned a children’s Musical Theatre program in Los Angeles where she designed original costumes for over 18 musicals. Presently, she is designing costumes for Crossroads School for the Arts.
A native of New Jersey, Angelo Panetta graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music. Since forming the Radio Repertory Company of America, Angelo has produced and composed many episodes for the popular sci-fi series "Anne Manx,” which stars Claudia Christian (Babylon 5). In 2015 "Anne Manx" was selected as an Audie Awards finalist for Best Audio Drama by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). For the past 25 years Angelo has been designing sound effects, sound editing, re-recording mixing and composing music for TV, feature films, short films, commercials and video games. Angelo has supervised and directed talent such as, Eric Roberts (THE EXPENDABLES), Tom Bosley (HAPPY DAYS), Claudia Christian (BABYLON 5), PatriciaTallman (BABYLON 5), Andy Hallett (ANGEL), Katey Sagal (FUTURAMA and MARRIED WITH CHILDREN), Marina Sirtis (STAR TREK—THE NEXT GENERATION) and dozens more.