Despite coming from a family of film professionals going back 2 generations; Jeremy Profe is self-taught in the fields of both writing and directing. He spent years working as an amateur filmmaker cultivating both his craft and a reputation as an interesting new voice prior to making the transition to a professional career. Profe’s first film An Anomaly of the Theory made its world premiere in the Short Film Corner of the 2010 Festival de Cannes. After returning to the US, the film was highly successful on the festival circuit, garnering him awards as both a writer and a director.
The Lennon Report is Profe’s first foray into feature filmmaking. The screenplay for the film marks his first collaboration as a writer with Walter Vincent. The film also marks his 3rd film with Francisco Productions and producers Gabriel and Rafael Francisco.
Twin brothers Rafael & Gabriel Francisco were born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and raised in poverty. They moved to the U.S. at age 12 unable to speak any English. By age 18 they had grown into fluent speakers, perfectly native to American culture.
They began their careers in film as actors but were soon drawn to working behind the camera. Gabriel focused his career on finance, sales, and eventually small business management. Rafael moved to LA in pursuit of greater exposure to the industry landing his break working on several projects at Sony and Marvels Studios. In 2009 Rafael moved back to New York to join Gabriel in founding Francisco Productions.
Following The Lennon Report the Francisco brothers have 2 feature films in development.
Sirad is an independent film producer based in New York City. She has production managed Anamorph directed by Henry Miller, starring Willem Dafoe, and line produced The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup. Balducci produced Roadie, directed by Michael Cuesta, starring Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy and Bobby Cannavale (which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Feature Film at Stonybrook Film Festival 2011). Balducci co-produced Growing Up & Other Lies starring Josh Lawson, Adam Brody and Wyatt Cenec and produced The Man On Her Mind, directed by Alan Hruska (Reunion) and You Must Be Joking that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival 2014.
Balducci is producing Mapplethorpe, and developing other projects through her company Sirad, Inc. Balducci is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and New York Women in Film, and has two young daughters.
Louis started his career in the film industry at the age of 19 as an actor. He has been seen in feature films and TV pilots over the years but in late 2010 he decided to move behind the camera and become a film producer. He made the switch because he was always intrigued by the extensive amount of work that it takes to make a feature film and felt that it was important to his craft to understand both sides of the lens.
Peduto has produced shorts and feature films prior to The Lennon Report. Currently he is working on several new projects and is planning a release in the second quarter of 2016.
Lisa Rinzler has had a long career as a Cinematographer shooting feature films, documentaries, music videos and short form work. She has been awarded 2 Independent Spirit awards for Three Seasons and Menace to Society, an Emmy for The Soul of a Man, and won the Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award for Three Seasons. Among her other narrative feature work are such films as Pollack directed by Ed Harris, The Hughes Brothers’ Dead Presidents, Love Liza, and Tree’s Lounge.
Rinzler has been working in the joint disciplines of both still and motion photography throughout the years and remains enchanted with the quiet power of the still image as well as with the continuum of movement. She was awarded a still photographic commission by New York State for The Lives they Left Behind, documenting patients suitcases discovered in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, which was exhibited at The Albany State Museum. Rinzler exhibited The Grass is Green, a continuation of this photographic work printed on glass panels at Frank Pictures Gallery in Los Angeles in fall 2010.
Rinzler collaborated as a Co-Director on two projects with Peter Stastny involving social issues in the mental health field from which a short film In the House was made, and a video piece called Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Kaet graduated from Temple University in 2007 where she studied Film and Psychology. Afterwards she moved to New York to pursue her career as a production designer. Since then she has had the pleasure of working on several notable films, including Blue Ruin, which was awarded at Festival de Cannes and saw a successful theatrical release.
Outside of her film work, Kaet is an avid writer, currently editing her most recent manuscript. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her faithful dog companion, Dashiell Hammett.
Before settling down in New York, Kama Royz lived and worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Warsaw, Poznan, Boston and LA. She holds a master’s degree in costume design from the Australian Film and Television School. Her love affair with the magic of theater began when her grandmother, a dance teacher, took her to see a performance of the ballet Coppelia.
Royz became a dancer. Connected to a vibrant local regional theater, she then regularly sneaked in without a ticket, and secretly watched plays after rehearsals. Soon she realized that her passion for stage can be married to her love for fashion. She learned to sew and became a part of the costume shop at The Huntington Theater in Boston. She has been designing costumes for film and stage ever since. One of her recent projects, the Michael Almereyda directed biopic Experimenter, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in January.