TEAM





ALEX STEYERMARK  

Alex Steyermark’s feature films, Prey for Rock & Roll (2003), One Last Thing… (2006), Losers Take All (2013) and documentary The 78 Project Movie (2014) have been acclaimed at dozens of US and International film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, SXSW and BFI London, and are distributed throughout the world. He is a creator, producer and the director of the ongoing critically acclaimed music documentary web series, The 78 Project, which was an official selection at the inaugural Cannes Cross Media Corner and the British Film Institute's Power to the Pixel Cross Media Forum. Steyermark started his filmmaking career as a documentary cameraman and editor. Prior to directing, he distinguished himself as a film music supervisor and music producer working with a wide array of recording artists (including David Bowie, Public Enemy, Michael Jackson, Dave Grohl and more) on films by Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Jonathan Demme and Robert Rodriguez, among many others. He is also an adjunct professor in the graduate film program at Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he is the founder of the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop.



BENJAMIN WIESSNER  

Over a decade ago, in a Georgia high school, ornana was born as a fake smoothie company (orange+banana=ornana). Danny Madden and his friends started making neighborhood films with the name, and the tradition kept going. At Emerson College the group added producers Jim Cummings and Benjamin Wiessner. Depending on the film ornana flips between hand drawn animation and live action films, always maintaining the neighborhood spirit. New stories told with new techniques, being worked on every day. Benjamin Wiessner has been praised for his wily producer’s finesse with fire extinguishers, and a well above-average throwing arm.



JAMES BELFER  

James is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cartuna – a digital media brand focused on animated comedy for adults. Cartuna is currently producing 11 animated series and the R-rated animated comedy The Adventures of Drunky starring Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Dave Attell, and Tyler The Creator. The company’s first project, NUTS!, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Amazon Studios. In 2009, James founded Dogfish Pictures. Film credits include Prince Avalanche (Magnolia Pictures, Sundance 2013, 2013 Berlinale Best Director Winner) starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and directed by David Gordon Green, Compliance (Magnolia Pictures, Sundance NEXT 2012), Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage, 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner), Amy Heckerling's Vamps (Anchor Bay), Salvation Boulevard (IFC, Sundance 2011), and The Romantics (Paramount Famous, Sundance 2010). In 2013, James launched the Dogfish Accelerator business development lab providing indie content creators with seed capital and entrepreneurial mentorship to set up sustainable business ventures and more easily secure capital. James is an investor in the MESA+ fund for media focused tech startups in NYC through MESA Global Bank. In 2013, James received his MBA from NYU Stern. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch Undergrad and a Consultant for the NYU Cinema Research Institute.



SHELLI SONSTEIN  

Shelli Sonstein, now in her 13th year with Q1043/iHeartMedia, is co-host/news director on the Jim Kerr Rock n’ Roll Morning show. Shelli has been teamed up with Jim Kerr for better part of 40 yrs- longer than any other NYC male-female radio team EVER. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, ran 5 marathons, and regularly kayaks and ocean swims down The Shore. In her spare time she loves to watch movies and dirty her hands in her ever expanding vegetable garden. Shelli has rescued two middle age shelter cats, and drives to work from The Shore. This December, she will marry her fiancé John.
Shelli has previous radio experience with WDHA / WMTR, WPLJ, and ABC Radio.



SYLVIA CAMINER  

Sylvia Caminer is an Emmy® Award-winning director with extensive credits in theatre, film and television. Over the past twenty years she has filmed on five continents, beginning her producing career in the independent New York film scene. Her most recent feature-length documentary which she Directed/Produced traveled the festival circuit garnering many awards and held a command performance for the President of Tanzania and distinguished guests at the White House in Dar es Salaam. The film opened in theaters in the USA in April/May 2014 and is currently available on VOD/DVD. Her directorial feature documentary debut, AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART, received top awards at its first four film festivals and opened theatrically to critical acclaim in NYC in 2012 before wide release on Television, VOD and DVD. It chronicles the unique relation- ship between pop icon Rick Springfield and his intensely devoted fans exploring the impact fan adoration has on several families. For television, Sylvia won the Emmy® Award for directing the popular Discovery/ Travel Channel program GREAT HOTELS (which she also produced and co- wrote). She earned a third Emmy nomination for directing PASSPORT TO EUROPE and produced and directed PASSPORT TO LATIN AMERICA (all hosted by Samantha Brown). She has also produced various programs for TLC, WE, Lifetime & PBS and also directed/produced several web series. Sylvia’s production company, DolGer Films, most recently acted as the U.S. pro- duction company for the Harvey Keitel film, CHOSEN. DolGer Films currently has two films in release. AFTERMATH (Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn, Frank Whaley, Lily Rabe, Elisabeth Rohm & Tony Danza), which opened theatrically with Freestyle Releasing and the multi-award winner, GRACE. (Annika Marks & Sharon Lawrence.) Sylvia’s latest award winner, DUTCH BOOK, will be released later in 2016 and stars Keith David & Richard Edson. Additionally she produced LOVE ‘N DANCING starring Amy Smart, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch and Betty White; BREAKING POINT starring Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes and Armand Assante; DOORMAN starring Jackie Long and Gary Dourdan. The critically acclaimed feature romantic fable BLUE MOON, starring screen legends Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno, di- rected by John Gallagher. She previously teamed with Gallagher on the popular cult comedy THE DELI, (Mike Starr, Gretchen Mol, Jerry Stiller, Ice T, Iman and Michael Imperioli.) Other producing credits include MIXING NIA (Karyn Parsons & Isaiah Washington) and THE ANIMAL ROOM (Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Peet & Matthew Lillard). Through her active production company, DolGer Films, Sylvia is beginning work on her latest feature documentary, TWO BE ME, shooting in the USA and Canada. She is in development on the crime series, THE HUNTER AND THE MYSTIC, recently selected by WeForShe as one of the top 16 un-produced teleplays written by women. Sylvia is slated to make her narrative feature directorial debut with CHICK- ADEE starring Chris Cooper, Raoul Bova and Julie Kavner based on a controversial 1920’s landmark case. She is also developing several other projects as a director/producer THE EXCHANGE, an urban drama she penned with John Gallagher and BLACKOUT GIRL based on the award-winning, critically acclaimed memoir tackling the relevant topics of youth, addiction and sexual violence.