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Brock Labrenz

Director

Artist Brock Labrenz brings a visceral, sensory-rich perspective to every project he creates. Among other venues, Brock’s work has been presented by PERFORMA, the premier visual art performance biennial; Frankfurt’s Das TAT, Germany’s leading avant-garde theater presenter; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

Born in Hickory, North Carolina, Brock developed the tactile aesthetic that characterizes all of his work early on. He studied the mechanics of acting and dance at Columbia University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, and The Juilliard School, from which he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, Brock joined Ballett Frankfurt as a soloist, where he worked with world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe.

Brock then brought his unique perspective and performance experience to bear on the craft of filmmaking. While still a performer with Ballett Frankfurt in 2004, the company produced his first short film, Full Quote Bergman, which premiered at Das TAT, Frankfurt/Main, and later in Bologna, Italy. In 2005, he collaborated with William Forsythe to create the six-hour solo performance installation piece Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time for PERFORMA 05 produced by Creative Time.

In 2006, Brock made the experimental dance film Heute Nacht. Then, in collaboration with New York’s Moving Theater, he produced and directed a suite of five short films called Impermanent Collection: The Films (2007), which were presented by the Whitney Live at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Brock was selected as a Movement and Dance Theatre Artist-in-Residence in 2007, during which time he choreographed and directed the 23-minute short film Naked Product, which premiered at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. He has also directed six short films with producer Jonathan Stack for the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund.

Brock is currently co-producing, Devoted to Dance, a film about Hungarian dancer and choreographer Ivan Marko, as well as directing and producing a series of operatic documentaries for the Greenwich Music Festival, including Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse and Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. His dance film Vesper premiered at the Sans Souci Film Festival in both Barcelona and Colorado.  He is currently co-creating a film with Jonathan Stack, entitled Fighting Malaria, a documentary project about the global effort to eradicate malaria by 2015.

Natalie Thomas

Producer

Natalie Thomas’s theater credits include Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at The Kitchen, Untitled Mars (This Title May Change) at PS122, The Wooster Group’s House/Lights at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Lucid at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Her film and TV credits include Month To Month, Payback, Heute Nacht, Sunday, The Guiding Light, and Law and Order. Natalie is a actor and producer with An Films. Natalie is a former company member of Nederlands Dans Theater II and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. www.ntprofile.com

James McKay

Producer

James McKay has worked on the production of multiple film, television and video projects.  In 2010 James production managed Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground, which will be released by Sony Picture Classics.  He spent the letter part of the year shooting on location with Mariachi Gringo, a feature length musical feature film set in rural India, USA and Guadalajara, Mexico.   Other film credits include  Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean II & III and Dreamworks Pictures’ Road to Perdition, The Farm: 10 Down for National Geographic, television productions for Discovery Channel, TLC , DIY Network, The Food Network, Sony Entertainment’s web series Behind the Star, Project Rebirth – a  documentary for the 9/11 Memorial Museuam, and numerous other documentary and independent film projects.

Bradley Grant

Cinematographer

Bradley has worked in various capacities on the following films:

The Sorcerers Apprentice (dir. Jon Turteltaub), The Taking of Pelham 123 (dir. Tony Scott) The Dark Knight (dir. Christopher Nolan), The Pirates of the Caribbean II and III (dir. Gore Verbinski), Déjà Vu (dir. Tony Scott), Minority Report (dir. Steven Spielberg), Big Fish (dir. Tim Burton), Master & Commander (dir. Peter Weir), and Road to Perdition (dir. Sam Mendes). His television credits include Bored to Death, Nurse Jackie, Law and Order, and Law and Order: SVU.

He is pleased to be the Cinematographer-in-residence at An Films, helping to create works like Chair Story and The Edward Vilga Documentary.