Andrew Jacobs, Director

Andrew Jacobs has been a staff writer at the New York Times for the past 10 years, where he has covered a wide variety of beats, from the American South and the aftermath of Sept. 11, to New Jersey politics and the New York City Police Department. The idea for Four Seasons Lodge grew out of a five-part series Jacobs did for the Times about summer life in the Catskills. This is his first film. Jacobs owns an old dairy farm in Ulster County, NY, not far from the Four Seasons Lodge. He is currently a correspondent in the Beijing bureau of the Times.

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Albert Maysles, Cinematography
Albert Maysles is a pioneer of Direct Cinema who, along with his brother David, was the first to make nonfiction feature films (Grey Gardens, Salesman, Gimme Shelter) where the drama of life unfolds without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. With his first film, Psychiatry In Russia (1955), he made the transition from psychologist to documentary filmmaker. In 1960 he co-created Primary. His 36 films include What’s Happening: The Beatles in the USA (1964), five films of the projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1972 to 1995), and three documentaries for HBO. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1965), a Peabody, an Emmy, five Lifetime Achievement Awards, the award for best cinematography at Sundance (2002) for Lalee’s Kin, which was also nominated in 2001 for an Academy Award and most recently, the Columbia Dupont Award (2004). In 1999 Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the 100 world’s finest cinematographers.

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Matthew Lavine, Producer
Matthew Lavine was the coproducer of the critically praised Tying The Knot (2004), winner of 11 festival awards, including best documentary at the Frameline International Film Festival. The film was received as “a revelation” and “wrenching” by the New York Times and “brilliant” by the Boston Phoenix. The film was distributed theatrically nationwide by Roadside Attractions, played in over 70 cities, 110 festivals, and 21 countries. Tying was aired nationally on television, and is now widely available on DVD. Matt was an associate producer and field producer on reality and lifestyle series for the Fox and Fine Living networks, including the highly rated Real Scary Stories. He has also produced and edited a number of short videos, including pieces on deaf education and children growing up in squats. Additionally, Matt has ten years of experience in management at non-profit media arts and education organizations.

Kim Connell, Writer/Editor/Postproduction Supervisor
Kim Connell is the founder of RAINLAKE Productions and an award-winning Senior Preditor (producer/editor) with over 15 years of hands-on experience creating films, television programming, and content for the digital world. Recent projects include Odd Ones Out, an original hour for Granada recently awarded a 2009 Telly and Volkswagon’s Racing Under Green television hour for Radical Media airing this month on Discovery Channel.

She is currently directing and editing Mariachi High, a documentary with support from LPB, Chicken and Egg and NEA. She produced and edited Follow My Voice With the Music of Hedwig featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Yoko Ono, Rufus Wainright along with many others (official selection 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance Channel broadcast), critically acclaimed Crossing Arizona (official selection 2006 Sundance Film Festival and CINE Master Series Award winner), TLC’s Black Las Vegas (Telly Award and 2004 New York Festival Winner), Religion: A Pop Culture History for VH1, We Are Family a post 9/11 documentary featuring Spike Lee and Diana Ross among many others (2002 Sundance Film Festival premiere and Trio Channel broadcast), and was honored with a Silver and Bronze Telly for the half-hour series Children First for ABC hosted by Diane Sawyer, Elizabeth Vargas and others.

Career highlights include sold out premieres at Sundance, Tribeca and Silverdocs, winning her eighth Telly and filming her two daughters Maeve and Beatriz growing up.

Kelly Sheehan, Executive Producer
Kelly Sheehan is a long-time producer of documentary film and television projects. At Rainlake, she guides the development, production, distribution and marketing efforts for independent feature documentaries that are televised and screened around the world. Recent films include the critically-acclaimed feature documentary Crossing Arizona (2006, The Cinema Guild), which premiered in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Sundance Channel, and Follow My Voice with the Music of Hedwig (2006, Wolfe Video), produced in association with Sundance Channel and featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Yoko Ono, Rufus Wainright along with many others. Working with director Nathaniel Kahn, Kelly also developed the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary My Architect, released in 2003 by New Yorker Films and HBO.

Rhoda Herrick, Coproducer
Rhoda Herrick is the president of the Herrick Theater Foundation, which produces plays and is involved in a range of charitable projects. The foundation is currently producing The Black Monk, starring Orson Pendleton, and Garden of Earthly Delights, by Arthur Clarke.

Matthew Wilson Pond, Coproducer
Matthew Pond is pursuing a Master’s Degree in documentary film production at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, one of the most highly regarded film schools in the world. Matthew, a former lawyer, was an associate producer on the feature length documentary Tying The Knot, which had its theatrical premiere in 2004. He created a short doc on the Naked Cowboy, in New York City. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew Federman, Cinematography
Andrew Federman is currently a freelance cinematographer, lighting designer, producer and photographer working on documentaries for the BBC as well as independent films in New York City and beyond. He has worked on a wide variety of BBC projects ranging from a biography of Patricia Highsmith to an architectural program shot atop New York’s Chrysler building. He recently directed and shot a small documentary with Craig Newmark, founder of Craig’s List, a profile of the U.S. Olympic Luge team, and a concert film and interview with Kanye West; all for Verizon’s Broadband Stories. He has shot two short films in the last few years for Raw Impressions’ RIPFEST and has recently completed work (cinematography/lighting) on John Bruce’s feature film Danger Island.

Avi Kastoriano, Cinematography
Avi, a native of Israel who now lives in Brooklyn, is a director, producer, cinematographer and screenwriter. In Tel Aviv, Avi directed, shot and wrote scripts for major network television series on topics including nature, science, sports and historical sites; he received similar credits for television commercials and industrial films. Other works include his film shorts The Experiment (2002) and Question Of Mercy (2003). Avi received his degree in Film Directing and Cinematography from the School of Visual Arts in 2002, and was a Silhas Rhodes Scholarship recipient.

Justin Schein, Cinematography
Justin Schein, a director, cinematographer and sound recordist, has shot more than 45 films all over the world for broadcasters including A&E, National Geographic, BBC, The Discovery Channel, HBO, The Learning Channel, MTV and PBS. His most recent film, an hour-long documentary about young gun owners, aired on MTV in January of 2006. Justin spent seven months in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks chronicling the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero for the PBS film America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero. He is currently shooting in Israel and the West Bank, where he has been documenting six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls, and for a documentary about people who have suffered major brain trauma, for HBO. Justin’s films about street heroin won the Golden Apple at the National Educational Film Festival and Grand Prize at the Mexico City International Student Film Festival. Shadowbox Films, the film company he founded in 1998 with David Mehlman, co-produced The Moon And The Sun which won the Academy Award for best animated short, 2006. Learn more about Shadowbox films.

Todd Dayton, Sound
Todd Dayton is half of Fallout Pictures, a NYC-based production company specializing in documentary film and television. Todd’s sound credits include work on documentary features and television series, including Bravo’s “Tabloid Wars,” “Garden Story” on PBS, History Channel’s “Tactical to Practical,” and “Coma” on HBO.

Aaron Soffin, Editor
Aaron’s feature documentary editing credits include two award-winning films about the war in Iraq, The Blood of My Brother and When Adnan Comes Home. He has also worked with D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on The Return of the War Room, their look back at The War Room, the inside take on Bill Clinton’s winning campaign in 1992. After completing Four Seasons Lodge, Aaron spent a year in Rwanda recording the stories and testimonies of Rwandan genocide survivors for the oral-history archive, Voices of Rwanda.

Elyssa Hess, Coproducer, Assistant Editor
Elyssa Hess graduated from Bard College in 2006 with a degree in Film and Media Studies and a concentration in Documentary Production. In 2005 she studied at the PCFE Prague Film School where she completed one short narrative piece and one short documentary. She spent a year as a production assistant at Follow Productions assisting in the post-production of the Food Network shows “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking” and “Follow That Food.” She worked as a production assistant for the documentary The Mormons directed by Helen Whitney, which aired on Frontline in 2007. She is a regular film reviewer for the Record Review, as well as Pulse Entertainment, both local papers in upstate New York.

Nina Lavin, Associate Producer, Production Coordinator
Nina Lavin currently works freelance on independent films and television commercials. She assisted on the independent feature film Greetings from the Shore (currently in post-production) and has worked on television commercials for production companies including Flying Dreams and Warnick and Co. Inc. Her goal is to focus on documentary filmmaking. Nina, formerly a custom-design goldsmith specializing in the technique of granulation, had her own jewelry design business for thirteen years. She is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, where she also studied film.

Alana Range, Associate Producer
Alana Range is a journalism graduate from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. She has worked as a radio reporter and producer for CKCU-FM in Ottawa, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 2005, she worked on the television production of the drama Murder in My House. She continues to freelance from New York. Four Seasons Lodge is Alana’s first feature-length documentary film.

Nicole Cosgrove, Associate Producer
Nicole Cosgrove is a graduate of the University of Colorado Film School. She has spent the majority of her career working in Camera department and Art department on a variety of narrative films. More recently she has become involved with documentary films working as an Associate Producer on Sita a Girl from Jambu, a feature documentary that follows the life of a young Nepalese girl who is kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Sita was screened at more than 30 film festivals worldwide and won several awards including the Humanitarian Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Nicole also was an Associate Producer on Beauty Mark, a documentary feature that follows the life of a tri-athlete as she struggles with her own personal image and body weight.

Lazer Mishulovin, Translator (Yiddish and Hebrew)
An expert Yiddish and Hebrew to English translator, Lazer Mishulovin is a Yeshiva graduate and holds a BA in Judaic Studies and English Literature. In 2005, he created a website, where he offers his services as a translator, transcriber and researcher. Lazer translated thousands of old Yiddish family letters, including those of Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir, journals, manuscripts and Yizkor book articles. He also worked for individual research projects as a transcriber and translator of old Yiddish plays for The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, audio testimonials of Holocaust survivors and Talmudic lectures from Dr. Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik for The Toras HoRav Foundation. Lazer also writes for the Yiddish-English weekly The Algemeiner Journal.

Produced in Association with Rainlake Productions

Rainlake is an innovative full-service production company specializing in feature documentaries. Founded in 2001 by President and Executive Producer Kim Connell to bring non-fiction storytelling to the widest audience possible, Rainlake’s award-winning filmmakers have written, directed and produced over 300 projects, including feature documentaries, television programs for cable and broadcast, commercials, industrials and web spots.

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