Caitlin FitzGerald (co-Writer, Actress) grew up in Camden, Maine and began her career in acting as Bessie the Cow in Jack in the Beanstalk at the Camden Civic Theater. Certainly it was such roles as these that bred in her a life-long desire to be an actor, and it was the support and encouragement of the community in which she was so lucky to be raised that made her believe it was possible. It has long been her dream to return to Maine to make movies, to tell Maine stories, to share the beauty and magic of Maine with the rest of the world, and to express her gratitude to the state that in her heart she still calls home. Caitlin graduated with honors from Tisch School at New York University where she studied drama at the Stella Adler Studio. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York and has a foot both in the theater and the film/television worlds. Some theatrical credits include Hedda in Hedda Gabler (directed by John Gould Rubin) and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Her Film credits include It’s Complicated, in which she played Meryl Streep’s daughter (directed by Nancy Meyers), Taking Woodstock (directed by Ang Lee), Damsels in Distress (directed by Whit Stillman), and the female lead in Ed Burns’ newest film, Newlyweds, which will close Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011. Her television credits include, ‘Law and Order SVU’, ‘Mercy’, ‘How to Make it in America’, ‘Blue Bloods’, a recurring role on ‘Gossip Girl’, and a pilot for FOX entitled ‘Most Likely to Succeed.’ She is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company.
Caroline von Kuhn (co-Writer, Director) is thrilled to return to gorgeous Camden, Maine, where, as a child, she attended Alford Lake Camp. This poetic personal narrative is crafted from her love of theatre, art and cinematic storytelling. Caroline is a theatre director and works for the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). She received her BA in Finance from the University of Virginia and her MFA from University of Manchester (Sotheby’s Institute) in London, writing her dissertation on the psychology of the fathers of modern theatre and art, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch. Her current work in film is as a Pre-screener in Programming and a Publicist for TFF in New York and the Panels Producer for TFF in Doha, Qatar. Caroline worked for Bob Berney’s film distribution start-up Apparition and before that worked in Press & Marketing at Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films). Caroline is also currently working as producer/co-director with John Gould Rubin of her creation, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt project (a UK/US/Norwegian co-production currently with the Private Theatre Corporation in New York (where she is Producing Director) and Old Vic (UK)’s Old Vic / New Voices). Recent directing projects have included Hedda Gabler (Dir. John Gould Rubin), Miss Evers’ Boys (Red Fern Theatre, dir: Melanie Williams), Sounding (HERE Arts Center, dir: Kristin Marting). Caroline studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London) in 2007 and in London with Duke (2004) and Chapel Hill (1999). She was the youngest playwright produced in Columbus, Ohio at age 10 and her most recent work has appeared on the Old Vic Theatre’s stage in 2009.
Emily Best (Producer, Actress) has spent the end of every summer of her life wishing she never had to leave Maine. In and around the small cabin her great-grandfather built in 1911 is where she has learned most, if not all, her important life lessons. Emily studied jazz singing at the Taller de Musics, a jazz conservatory in Barcelona, Spain. Life intervened with a job offer not to be refused and Emily returned to California as the General Manager of various restaurants, and she eventually put her business knowledge to use with Best Partners, her father’s scenarios-to-strategy consulting firm in New York. Performance drew her back, and she was swept up by International WOW Company’s Surrender (dir. Josh Fox), co-producing the Drama-Desk nominated second run. Deciding that producing good work would create the culture of abundance in which she hopes to work, she co-founded ABroad Stage Company (ABSCo) with several of her cast-mates. With ABSCo, she produced a brand new re-write of Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot in July of 2009 directed by Pippin Parker; originated the roles of Lela in Freakish, and Bridget in Ghost Light, both staged readings of new works. She has collaborated with her father, producing and narrating a children’s animated short called “The Deep,” which most recently screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Outside of ABSCo, Emily originated the role of Gertrude in the musical Oh My! (IRT Artist in Residence), played Luscinda in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s workshop of Cardenio directed by Gregory Doran, and Thea in a site-specific production of Hedda Gabler directed by John Gould Rubin. She is currently a Managing Member of The Private Theatre Corporation with several other theatre and film artists. www.emilybest.com
Salomé M. Krell (Actress) is a tri-lingual actress, producer and creative coordinator. She was born in Germany to a Honduran mother and a German/Irish-American father. Her multi-cultural family experience encouraged her love for travel, languages, people and cultures. Her parents also cultivated her passion for the arts and she began her acting career playing the crossing guard in her first grade play. Safety first! Many years and adventures later, she threw caution to the wind and embraced life in New York City. She has since performed in numerous theatrical productions in NYC and Europe including the role of Aphrodite in Per Bacco, Anfiteatro Eos, Stromboli, Italy, and the Off-Broadway premiere of My Wandering Boy directed by John Gould Rubin. Television credits include Law & Order, SVU. Salomé’s deep curiosity and commitment to collaboration inspired her to co-found and produce the Santorini Voice Symposium 2009 which brought together an international group of actors, philosophers and world-renown voice teacher Kristin Linklater. The group worked together on the Greek island of Santorini exploring theory and practice of the voice. Salomé has published two essays on the Santorini experience in the acclaimed Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, University of Manitoba, Canada. She is thrilled that her commitment to collaboration is realized once again with the opportunity to work on this film in Camden, Maine. She is deeply honored to be working with such a fiercely inspiring team! Other upcoming projects include the title role in Electra Awakes/Despierta a bi-lingual production to be directed by John Gould Rubin. Salomé has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is a graduate of the theater program at Northwestern University. She is a Managing Member of the Private Theatre and serves as its Director of Artistic Development.
Susan Main (Actress, Voice Coach) cannot wait to work on this project with this particular group of women in Camden. Susan is an actress and Designated Linklater Voice Teacher based in New York City. She currently serves on the faculties of the Actor’s Studio MFA program at Pace University and the Linklater Center for Voice & Language. Susan is the co-founder and co-director of the Stromboli Project, a summer theatre institute on the Aeolian island of Stromboli, Italy. She also works actively as a private vocal coach in New York City and abroad, regularly conducting voice workshops and classes in New York City, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Susan’s students include politicians, corporate executives, Broadway, film and television actors. Her recent credits include serving as vocal coach for the Off-Broadway production of Hedda Gabler, directed by John Gould Rubin and coaching the art dance piece, A Quarreling Pair, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary Season, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As an actor in New York she has appeared at Joe’s Pub, LaMama, and the Blue Heron. She has taught voice and/or movement on the faculties of New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson College and Boston Conservatory. She has worked as a voice coach for theatre companies in Italy and Portugal. In 2005, she co-produced and served as script supervisor on the documentary Giving Voice – Kristin Linklater, 15 Actors and 7 Tales from Ovid, filmed in Stromboli, Italy, featuring world-renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. Susan has published an essay on her experience at the Santorini Voice Symposium 2009 in the acclaimed academic journal Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, published by the University of Manitoba, Canada. She holds an MFA in Theatre Education specializing in voice and movement from Boston University. Susan is a managing member of The Private Theatre.
Emily Alexander-Wilmeth (Production Manager) learned early on how important project planning and management is when she spent the night in the Portland, Maine airport in the late 80s after her laid-back parents neglected to make hotel reservations. President George Bush the First was vacationing at Kennebunkport and the international media had taken every room in the state. She organized every family vacation from then on. And she can’t wait to return to Maine this summer to make this film (albeit with lodging guaranteed). Originally from Texas, Emily attended universities in Chicago, Austin and Perth, Australia before moving to New York upon graduation. She has coordinated commercial, political and branded content projects independently and through Moxie Pictures, including the feature-length documentaries Running to the East, which followed Native American high school runners during their senior year, and Zero Percent, about the wildly successful prison education program Hudson Link to Higher Education in the NY State prison system. Emily has remained active in theater since she was young, working as a stage manager and sometime actress. Just last summer, she met and fell for this group of people while stage managing the Off-Broadway production of Hedda Gabler. Emily has worked with John Gould Rubin of The Private Theatre Corp as well as Visible Theatre and Verse Theatre Manhattan.
Eve M Cohen (Director of Photography) was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She fell in love with cameras early on, and then moved on to dark rooms and the development process of negatives and prints. Eve continued her photography education at the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA where she received a bachelor’s degree in fine art. At UCLA the black and white darkroom of her youth turned into color. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s idea of “The Decisive Moment” fueled her throughout her undergraduate years. One summer at UCLA she discovered a cinematography course where she worked with a motion picture camera, and she has never wanted to let it go. It led her to UCLA’s School of Film and Television where she received a master of fine arts in cinematography. During graduate school she received training in every aspect of filmmaking by some of the most well respected filmmakers in the industry. She participated in master classes taught by Rodger Deakins, Vilmos Zisgmond, Stephen Burum, Joan Churchill, Janusz Kaminski and Brad Silberling. As she moved from still cameras to moving cameras she maintained “The Decisive Moment” throughout her work.
Eve works on many various projects in the film industry: including feature films, documentaries, online media, digital and narrative shorts. She is based in Los Angeles, but works on projects in Hawaii and in Pennsylvania as well. She currently lives by the beach in Venice, CA where she is completing post-production on her feature documentary. When she is not filming she is out on the ocean sailing, surfing or diving.
While still in film school Eve began working as a cinematographer on various short films and narrative projects. Since graduating she has shot many types of projects with all cameras on all formats. A horror feature “The Frankenstein Syndrome” that Eve shot on the RED ONE won best feature at the Oklahoma Horror Film Festival in 2010 and was an official selection for 9 other film festivals. She recently finished post-production on her first independent documentary, “Mana’olana: Paddle for Hope.” It is the only project she has ever worked on single-handedly – producing, directing, filming, sound recording and editing. “Mana’olana: Paddle for Hope” is currently in submission at film festivals. www.evemcohen.com
Liam Brady (Assistant Director) is an award-winning writer and director from San Francisco, CA. He grew up playing with Legos with his brothers, making movies with the camcorder, and building haunted houses for Halloween in his family’s backyard. He attended college at Stanford University, where he earned his BA in English and Creative Writing, followed with an MA in English, also from Stanford. The years after college took him from one adventure to another, and for several wonderful years he worked as a carpenter, inadvertently developing a specialty in barn building. In 2006, at work in his father’s mechanical engineering office, Liam began assembling the films he’d been shooting with his friends on the weekends. He moved to New York City in 2008 to attend NYU’s prestigious graduate filmmaking program, where he has directed and assistant-directed numerous films, videos and commercials. In 2010, the film department granted him the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmaker Award, and he is currently preparing for his thesis film Fog City, which received a grant from the Spike Lee Production Fund. More at www.liambrady.com
Mikaela Shwer (Editor) Mikaela started editing sports segments for the local NBC affiliate while studying Media Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After a brief time in New York with Madison Square Garden, she moved back to San Diego to be closer to friends and family. While in San Diego, Mikaela worked as a Production Manager and Junior Editor for local agency Aviatech, working on commercials, marketing videos, documentaries and music videos. In 2007, she packed her bags and went to Australia for another year of study, where she participated in many film competitions and immersed herself in learning every aspect of the industry. In 2008, she participated in a film competition on the ground at the Cannes Film Festival where she won for “Emerging Editor” for her film. Once back in the U.S., Mikaela realized she had a passion for documentary film and moved back to New York to pursue working in this field. In her time back in New York, Mikaela has worked on numerous documentaries including the award winning series Brick City, which aired on the Sundance Channel and Running to the East, a film currently in festival submission. Recently, she has broadened her work to narrative television and film working on the critically acclaimed comedy Louie, and editing multiple independent films currently in submission at festivals.