Director Amy Nicholson is a commercial director living in New York City. Amy worked for years as an advertising creative director, conceiving campaigns for every imaginable product - including her personal favorite, “Wendy the Snapple Lady.” In 2002, she took up directing and shot her first documentary.
BEAUTY SCHOOL, a portrait of the New York School of Dog Grooming, appeared on the PBS program The Short List after screening at numerous film festivals including Hot Docs, The Atlanta Film Festival, The Woodstock Film Festival and Edinburgh International. BEAUTY SCHOOL has also aired on The Documentary Channel.
In the winter of 2003, Amy’s dad invited her to a muskrat skinning competition and the idea for her first feature-length film was born. MUSKRAT LOVELY premiered at The Hamptons International Film Festival and went on to screen at SilverDocs, The Florida Film Festival, Melbourne International and Brooklyn International. MUSKRAT LOVELY was broadcast on the 2007 season of the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Cinematographer Jerry Risius has an extensive resume of theatrical and television credits. He has photographed and produced films for National Geographic Television, HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and the BBC. He has recorded every conceivable subject matter from AIR FORCE ONE to WOMEN OF ROCKABILLY. Jerry has also done commercial work for MTV, PBS, Nokia and Toyota.
Jerry’s most recent documentaries include THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, an official selection of The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and The Tribeca Film Festival that won best cinematography at the United Nations Association Film Festival. He also shot THE PRICE OF SUGAR, which was shortlisted for an Oscar, and A WALK TO BEAUTIFUL for NOVA, which won IDA Documentary of the Year for 2007.
Jerry doesn’t wear musk cologne and although he likes muskrats, he doesn’t eat them. He lives in Brooklyn in a house full of women.
Sound recordist Felix Andrew has worked as location sound mixer on notable documentaries like MY GENERATION with Barbara Kopple, and UNZIPPED with Douglas Keeve. He has recorded soundtracks for Gus Van Sant’s GERRY, ELEPHANT and LAST DAYS, in addition to directing the behind-the-scenes documentaries for the DVD releases of those films.
Felix is an award-winning director, cinematographer and editor in his own right. In 2008 Felix shot and directed THE MAKING OF PARANOID PARK and A.K.A. NIKKI S. LEE, which was an official selection of the Berlin Film Festival. He was director and editor on EMPIRE OF THE PUSHCARTS and director of photography for MOTHER COURAGE: THE THEATRE OF WAR featuring Meryl Streep. Most recently, Felix was the sound recordist for MILK, and was caught on camera at the 2009 Academy awards.
Felix has the ability to be completely invisible in a locker room full of young girls, and can laugh a lot without messing up a take.
Editor John Young is commercial editor at Homestead Editorial. He has cut 30-second spots for major multinational advertising clients like MTV, ESPN, Chevrolet, L’Oreal and Verizon Wireless (“Can you hear me now?”).
His most recent work includes campaigns for Dell, the NHL, Project (RED) and Nationwide Insurance. Additionally, he recently completed a short film starring John McEnroe for American Express. His feature film credits include the Parker Cross comedy titled FORTUNES.
John has produced two children, although he gives his wife most of the credit. He can cut a film a lot faster than he can skin a muskrat.