Neil Berkeley, Director
Neil Berkeley has been working in film and television for over ten years, and has developed content and packaging for some of TV’s most popular shows including Project Runway, Top Chef, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, America’s Next Great Restaurant, Bravo’s Work of Art and many more. Berkeley has also been design producer for several documentaries including The Cool School, Johnny Cash’s America, Air Guitar Nation and Respect Yourself: The Story of Stax Records.
Berkeley has been operating his design-based production company, BRKLY, since the summer of 2009. As owner and principal creative Berkeley directs all of the company’s live action productions and acts as creative lead on their various projects.
Neil and Wayne met while working at the same design studio and while that project didn’t last long, they were able to maintain contact over the years. Shortly after starting his production company, Neil started inviting Wayne to lunch and after a few meetings he finally got up the courage to ask Wayne if he could “follow him around with a camera for a while.” After a few rejections Wayne warmed up to the idea and what was originally going to be a short film based on Wayne’s word paintings has grown over two years to a feature length documentary about the life and current times of a brilliant artist.
Eddie Schmidt, Executive Producer
Eddie Schmidt is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Twist of Faith) who has produced four documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which he co-wrote) and the Emmy-nominated, all-star music documentary, Troubadours. His films have appeared on HBO, IFC, PBS, BBC and Sundance Channel, as well as theatrically and at other major film festivals around the world. For television, Schmidt has directed, written and produced documentary and comedy series and specials for HBO, IFC, NBC/Universal, Lionsgate, PBS, E!, A&E, and Current. He is a frequent on-air contributor to programs such as Current’s 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die, the Starz/Encore documentaries In The Gutter and Sex In The Cinema, and NPR’s This American Life. Recently, Schmidt was executive producer of the pop documentary Candyman, distributed Harry Shearer’s documentary The Big Uneasy, and has been producing a new feature documentary with Emmy-winning BMP Films (Autism: The Musical). For three years – the maximum term – Schmidt served as Board President of IDA (International Documentary Association). He will soon join Steve James, Barbara Kopple and others in directing a short film for Morgan Spurlock’s Focus Forward initiative with Cinelan and GE.
Chris Bradley, Producer/Editor/DP
Chris Bradley has directed, photographed and edited feature-length films including Pittsburgh (Starz- Anchor Bay Entertainment) a feature length mockumentary which premiered at the Tribeca film festival and starred Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr., Illeana Douglas and Moby, Fired! (Showtime- Shout Factory) a comedic documentary starring Tim Allen, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Jeff Garlin, Illeana Douglas, and others, and Jon E. Edwards in Love, a documentary winner of the SXSW Special Jury Award as well as Santa Fe Film Festival’s Creative Spirit Award.
Morgan Neville, Producer
Morgan Neville is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced a variety of shows for clients such as PBS, A&E, VH1, BBC, Channel 4, CMT and many others. Neville specializes in producing and directing documentaries that focus on cultural and historical subjects. Neville’s directing credits include ‘Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied’, ‘Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story’, ‘The Cool School’, ‘Johnny Cash’s America’, ‘Troubadours’, ‘Ray Charles’ America’ and many others. Most recently Neville served as producer director Cameron Crowe’s ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ documentary.
Kevin Klauber, Editor
Kevin Klauber has spent the last 5 years working on feature documentaries. He has edited projects on behalf of PBS, the National Science Foundation, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Sean Penn. Last year, he worked with Cameron Crowe to shape over two decades worth of footage into the feature documentary, Pearl Jam Twenty. While frequently working in the mainstream, Kevin has also fostered credibility in the independent film market, as well as critical acclaim. 2012 has brought his second nomination for the Golden Reel Award by the MPSE, as well as the programming of his latest documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing into South by Southwest. Kevin graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in film production, as well Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.
Tim Rutili, Composer
Tim Rutili is a singer, guitarist, and keyboardist, and frontman/lyricist for the American rock band Califone. Originally from Chicago, Rutili now lives in Los Angeles. He was raised in Addison, IL. After moving into Chicago in 1988, he found success with the band Red Red Meat. The band was signed to the Sub Pop label, where they received high praise and moderate success. He was also a member of the Indie rock supergroup Ugly Casanova, which included Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock, producer and former Red Red Meat bandmate Brian Deck, and others. He also appears on Joan of Arc’s album Guitar Duets, performing a duet with Jeremy Boyle.
Rutili directed his first feature length film All My Friends Are Funeral Singers in tandem with the creation of Califone’s 2009 release of the same title. The film was accepted for competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR, ANIMATION
Gentleman Scholar is a multimedia production studio based in Santa Monica, California. The studio is helmed by directors William Campbell and Will Johnson. Their work runs the gamut of live action, motion graphics and CGI for advertising and film. See more work from from the gents at gentlemanscholar.com.
GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR CREDITS
Will Johnson, William Campbell
Heather Aquino, Will Johnson, William Campbell, Joseph Chan
Heather Aquino, Johnpatrick Rooney, Nicole Smarsh, Rachel Yonda, Joseph Chan, Sang Shin