RICHIE ADAMS

Director / Co-writer / Producer

Richie Adams is an award-winning filmmaker who cut his teeth as a title designer (’Babel,’ ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ ‘Water for Elephants’) first under the mentorship of legendary title designer, Richard Greenberg (’Alien,’ ‘Untouchables,’ ‘The Matrix’), and for the past 12 years, under his own company banner, Louisiana-based River Road Creative.

 

As a title designer, Adams has worked with many of the great players in the motion picture industry, including Alejandro González Iñárritu, as well as newcomers like Ryan Coogler, for whom Adams designed/produced the titles and special graphic sequences (cell phone sequences) for Coogler’s Sundance Grand Dramatic winning ‘Fruitvale,” and later Coogler’s follow up hit, ‘Creed.’

 

Richie’s recent feature film ‘Of Mind and Music,’ starring Joaquim De Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis and 2017 Oscar-Nominated Ruth Negga, played the 2014/2015 film festival circuit earning numerous audience and juried awards, as well as a nomination for the Best New Director Award for Adams at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

 

 

NICOLAS BAZAN

Co-writer / Producer / Executive Producer

 

Dr. Bazan wrote the novel on which the film is based. He is a medical doctor, neuroscientist, author, educator and mentor. He is Director and Founder of the LSU Neuroscience Center of Excellence, New Orleans, Boyd Professor (the highest rank in the LSU System) and Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Chair of Retinal Degeneration.  

 

He has made seminal discoveries that illuminate our understanding of stroke, age-related macular degeneration, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic head injury.  He is also an entrepreneur and has advocated for a local knowledge-based economy during the last few decades.  Currently he also sits on the Senate of the German Alzheimer’s effort, the DZNE, and on the Board of the New Orleans Opera Association, Bureau of Governmental Research and others.

 

 

BRENT CABALLERO

Producer

 

Caballero has worked as a casting director on over 60 features, including ‘12 Years a Slave,’ and box office hits, ‘Pitch Perfect 1 & 2’, and ‘The Maze Runner,’ along the way working with award winning directors, such as William Friedkin (‘The Exorcist,’ ‘The French Connection’), Gary Ross (’Pleasantville,’ ‘Hunger Games’) and Jason Moore (Tony Winner)

 

As a producer, Caballero, made his independent feature debut with Cummings Farm, which premiered at Slamdance in 2009, teamed up with Richie Adams on his first feature, ‘Inventing Adam,’ which premiered at the Vail Film Festival.

 

Caballero and Adams teamed again on the award winning feature ‘Of Mind and Music,’ which opened its theatrical run in 2016 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and other art-house theaters across the U.S.

 

 

TOM LEMBCKE

Director of Photography

Tom Lembcke graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a film history degree in 1999, and has since trained alongside many leading cinematographers, including Haskell Wexler, Rodrigo Prieto and Franz Lustig. Building on his deep understanding of film history, Tom brings vision, passion and intelligence to the intensely collaborative work of filmmaking.

Lembcke recently completed his third feature film, ‘Of Mind and Music,’ which has garnered much recognition on the film festival circuit, including 5 audience awards and several juried awards, and in addition to his feature film work, Mr. Lembcke’s camera work has helped several successful marketing campaigns for clients including, Samsung, Ace Hardware, McDonalds and Audi.

 

 

CARLOS JOSÉ ALVAREZ

Composer

 

With a lifelong passion for music and a deep love of cinema, Carlos José Alvarez was destined to compose music for the screen. As a child in a Cuban household, he was exposed to a spectrum of music, ranging from the Cuban masters to the great sympho- nies, and his formal musical training began at age twelve when he was accepted into a performing arts school where he studied symphonic percussion, music theory and piano.

 

He then continued his studies in percussion and composition at Florida State University, and was later awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Film Scoring. Before moving to Hollywood, he was honored with a year long fellowship to study conducting in Athens, Greece under maestro Michalis Economou (Athens Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra).

 

His first composing break came in 2009 with his acclaimed score to the supernatural-thriller ‘Deadline,’ starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch. He has since scored director Richie Adams first feature ‘Inventing Adam’ and ‘Exposed’ (Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino), as well as contributed music to the Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning drama ‘Still Alice’ (Julianne Moore), ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ (Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline), ‘Pedro’ (MTV Films) and collaborated on such notable films as ‘One for the Money’ (Lionsgate), ‘Fame‘ (MGM) and Tim Burton’s ‘9’ (Focus Features).

 

Alvarez and Adams teamed up again on ‘Of Mind and Music’ which earned multiple awards and accolades on the festival circuit, along with an Honorable Mention Award for his music at the 2017 Jerry Goldsmith Awards.

 

 

PETER CUMMINGS

Co-Producer

 

Peter Cummings is a Vancouver based film producer and one of Canada’s leading clearance and product placement experts. After studying creative writing in University, Peter worked as a floor trader on Vancouver’s venture capital stock exchange before moving to Vancouver Island to work on fish boats and write his first novel. His first novel became his first optioned screenplay and soon he was working as a story editor for William Vince (AIR BUD, CAPOTE). While assisting producers on numerous television series and feature films, his creative collaborations with fine arts filmmaker Stan Douglas led to three important artworks now in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The Guggenheim and The Art Institute of Chicago.

As a writer/producer, his short film BAD BLOOD starring Alan Cumming, based on a story by Irvine Welsh premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win many awards.

Peter Cummings has worked as a (creative & legal) researcher, clearance and product placement consultant on over fifty major motion pictures. He is currently completing a double-feature for Universal Pictures, with projects like BIG EYES, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, CREED & RACE recently released or still in theatres - with BIRTH OF THE DRAGON just wrapped.

 

 

NANCY GREEN-KEYES

Producer

 

Nancy Green-Keyes came into the industry as a talent agent, representing actors such as Alfred Molina, Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hawkes and Angela Bassett. In 1996 she and casting partner Matthew Barry opened Barry/Green Keyes Casting. 

 

During 17 years together they have cast such notable films as Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 (Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan), Family Man (Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni), The Notebook (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams), Alpha Dog (Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin), Friday After Next (Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Katt Williams), The Other Woman (Leslie Mann, Nikolai Coster Waldau, Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj) and the pilot for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Brotherhood (Jason Clarke, Jason Isaacs, Kevin Chapman, Annabeth Gish). 

 

She continues to enjoy her long standing casting association with Tony and Olivier Award winning producing partners David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. Together with her producing mentor Chris Brinker, she was involved as a producer in the indie films Bad Country (Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Tom Berenger) and Lonely Street (Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr, Katt Williams).

 

 

JOEL C. HIGH

Music Supervisor / Co-producer

 

Joel C. High has worked on more than 100 films and television projects and also is chief executive for a company he co-founded in 2006. 

 

Over the last decade, he has created and supervised the music departments for two of the leading independent studios in the industry: Trimark Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment. He built the publishing division for both companies and started the boutique soundtrack label Lions Gate Records. 

In addition to his acclaimed work in motion pictures, with directors such as Tyler Perry, Marc Forster, Peter Bogdanovich, Don Roos, Roger Avary, James Foley, Bill Paxton, Billy Ray, Mario Van Peebles, Duane Adler and Rob Zombie, he oversaw the music for the growing Television group at Lionsgate, including The Dead Zone and the Golden Globe-winning series Weeds. 

 

Joel is the music executive behind such films as Saw, Girl with a Pearl Earring and the Leonard Cohen documentary I'm Your Man. He oversaw Lionsgate’s first Academy Award® nomination in the Original Song category, for Best Picture winner Crash and the Golden Globe nominated score from Girl With A Pearl Earring by Alexandre Desplat.

 

“Una Vida was truly a labor of love for me.  It was a chance to work on a meaningful project where the music and the people of New Orleans are intrinsic to the story telling.  It is the kind of film that you read the script and you can already hear the music. I was privileged to be involved.”

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