Executive Producers and Producers of “The Gambling Man”
Gita Pullapilly is an award-winning television journalist and film producer. She has produced films in the U.S., Jordan and India. Her stories have aired on CBS, CNN, and ABC. Gita has received a number of grants for her projects including from ITVS, CPB, POV, MacArthur Foundation, Fulbright, and Fledgling Fund. In 2006, Gita was selected as a participant in the Sundance Producers Conference at the Sundance Institute for THE WAY WE GET BY. In 2007, Gita was selected as a WGBH Filmmaker in Residence. In 2008, Gita received a Kaiser Mini-Fellowship for Global Health Reporting and was inducted into the Royal Society of the Arts. Gita produced the national Emmy-nominated film, THE WAY WE GET BY, which was released theatrically in July 2009, playing in over 60 cities across the U.S. It aired on the critically acclaimed, independent television series P.O.V. on PBS. Gita was the producer and interviewer for INDIA: A NEW LIFE (a WGBH-Frontline World production). In 2008, INDIA: A NEW LIFE was the recipient of three Telly awards. Gita was also the producer for a Fulbright funded film, and was the first filmmaker chosen as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Jordan.
Gita is currently producing and directing BLUE POTATO, a narrative film set for release in 2013.
Aron Gaudet made his feature directorial debut with the national Emmy nominated documentary, THE WAY WE GET BY — a heartfelt story about three senior citizens finding purpose in their life. The film had its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and won the Special Jury Award. THE WAY WE GET BY won 18 festival awards. It was released theatrically in July 2009, playing in over 60 cities across the U.S. It aired on the critically acclaimed, independent television series P.O.V. on PBS as a primetime special. AARP’s “Movies For Grownups” Awards honored THE WAY WE GET BY as “Best Documentary” of 2009. Aron was chosen as a 2007-08 WGBH Filmmaker in Residence. He has also received a number of grants for his projects including from ITVS, CPB, PBS’ POV, MacArthur Foundation, Fulbright, and Fledgling Fund.
Producers of “The Beast and the Angel”
Adam McKay is a writer, director, and producer whose film credits include ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS, STEP BROTHERS, and most recently THE OTHER GUYS. He is a former head writer of SNL and one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Other past credits include writing for Michael Moore’s show THE AWFUL TRUTH and co-founding the comedy website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell. Adam also produces HBO’s hit comedy series EASTBOUND AND DOWN, now in it’s third season, through his and Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions. In 2009 he took to the stage, directing the Tony nominated Broadway show “You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.
Shira Piven’scurrent film FULLY LOADED recently won the Audience Favorite Feature award at Palm Beach International Film Festival as well as Best Feature at both River’s Edge International and Carmel Art and Film Festival. She has also taught acting extensively for stage and film, from coaching the sons in TALLADEGA NIGHTS to her current work with the Actors’ Gang Prison Project where she teaches Commedia dell’Arte to inmates at the CRC (Norco) Prison. Ms. Piven also teaches the same program at Homeboy Industries with former gang members in Los Angeles. Shira developed and directed the plays Little and All Cake No File at the Actors’ Gang Theatre and Fully Loaded at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
“The Beast and The Angel” Credits
Producers of “Sparkle”
Julia Reichert was nominated three times for the Academy Award for her documentary work and is winner of the Primetime Emmy Award. She has directed both documentary and fiction features. Her films have screened in major film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, New York, Telluride, Cannes and Rotterdam. Her first five documentaries GROWING UP FEMALE, METHADONE – AN AMERICAN WAY OF DEALING, UNION MAIDS, SEEING RED and A LION IN THE HOUSE were all broadcast on national PBS. THE LAST TRUCK, her most recent film (with Steve Bognar) premiered at Telluride and was an HBO special. She is a proud co-founder of this distribution co-op, New Day Films, a founder of the Independent Feature Project, a professor of film production at Wright State University, and a mom.
Steven Bognar has premiered four films at the Sundance Film Festival, and screened his films on P.O.V., HBO, Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel and IFC. His writing on digital SLR cinematography has appeared in Documentary Magazine, and he has guest lectured at Harvard, Yale, American and Stanford Universities. With Julia Reichert, he produced & directed the Emmy-winning A LION IN THE HOUSE and the Oscar nominated THE LAST TRUCK.
Carol Varney is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition. Previous to being the Executive Director, she was the Managing Director – a role she had held since January 2011. As Managing Director Carol managed the overall development of the Lifecasters project, and daily oversees all of BAVC’ program areas. From 2008-2011 Carol was BAVC’s Director of Development, and before joining BAVC worked for many years in development at cultural organizations such as Stanford Lively Arts, Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum of Art. Carol serves on the Board of the Camden International Film Festival, and is a past Board member of SPACE Gallery, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Project Inform, and the Bay Area Chapter of the NAMES Project.
Sunny Side Up Films Producer
Kavita Pullapilly is a seasoned business leader with over eighteen years of experience in business, specifically in turnaround management and corporate finance. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America, leading the repositioning and growth of a range of businesses and operations.
Currently, Pullapilly serves as the chief operating officer for the award-winning film production company, Sunny Side Up Films, Inc. and oversees the finance, marketing and distribution divisions. Kavita was a consultant with Sunny Side Up Films since 2004 and advised them on the development of the business model and marketing plan for their highly acclaimed, Emmy nominated film, The Way We Get By. Due to the success of the film and business model, Sunny Side Up Films is considered an innovator in the business of independent film.
Kavita graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In addition to her work on Lifecasters, Kavita is also helping to produce Sunny Side Up Films’ second feature film, Blue Potato.