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Alex Halpern (Director / Producer)
Trained as a juggler in Italy, Alex Halpern attended the Instituto De Science Cinematografice in Florence, Italy and NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, where his short film Zelda, Catwoman of Queens won awards at the NYU Film Festival, as well as a Student Academy Award for Best Experimental Film. His writing and directing credits for television include MTVs You Wrote It, You Watch It, as well as commercials and music videos, including Tripping Daisys Blown Away, the first stop-motion animated music video. Alex lives in New York where he owns Pickled Punk Pictures and Post Factory, a downtown editorial facility specializing in both commercials and feature films, and is a founding partner (with Alex Winter) of Hyena Films, a commercial production company. Nine Good Teeth, a portrait of an extraordinary 104-year-old Brooklyn-born Italian-American matriarch (who happens to be his grandmother) is his first documentary feature.
Corrao, A.C.E. (Editor)
Angelo Corrao was born in Sicily and immigrated to New York with his family as a boy. He served as apprentice editor on Elaine May's A New Leaf (1971), followed by a long association with Carl Lerner including Klute (1971) and editor Dede Allen, collaborating on almost all of her films for over fifteen years, including Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Reds (1981). She in turn introduced Angelo to photographer-filmmaker Bruce Weber to edit his Oscar-nominated profile of Chet Baker, Let's Get Lost (1989). Bruce and Angelo have continued to collaborate, on the series of Eternity commercials, and most recently the film Chop Suey, (nominated for an A.C.E. award for excellence in documentary editing). Another long-term collaborator is director Mike Nichols; Angelo worked as an editor on both Silkwood (1981) and Primary Colors (1998). Award-winning TV films include Kevin Spacey's Darrow (1991) and another Oscar-nominated documentary, The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996).
Teese Gohl (Composer)
Born and raised in Switzerland, Teese (Matthias) Gohl has produced film scores for Elliot Goldenthal (including Titus, Butcher Boy, Interview with a Vampire, Heat, Alien 3) Carly Simon (Postcards From The Edge, This Is My Life), Dave Stewart (The Ref, Beautiful Girls) and the Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin by John Corigliano. Orignal soundtrack work includes documentary films by Ken Burns (The West, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jazz series), Roger Sherman's Alexander Calder and Richard Rodgers. Most recently, he produced (for Elliot Goldenthal) film scores for Neil Jordan's The Good Thief and the 2003 Oscar-winning score for Julie Taymor's Frida.
Madeleine Leskin (Associate Producer)
Madeleine Leskin is a producer, director and researcher for independent documentary and feature films, music videos and commercials. Her short films and music videos, made exclusively from found footage and homegrown super-8 and 16mm, have been exhibited at museums, broadcast channels and film festivals around the world. "El Magazo" was saluted at the 2002 Oberhausen Short Film Festival as one of the best international music videos and was showcased on the Sundance Channels Sonic Cinema. Her most recent film, "Ibid, desmarches Ibid" (from a track by DJ Spooky the subliminal kid) premiered in the international competition section at the 2003 Dresden Festival for Documentary and Animated Films.
Starring "Nana" Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere
Produced and Directed by Alex Halpern
Edited by Angelo Corrao, A.C.E.
Caryn Maria Horowitz
Commissioning Editor for
Laura H. Congleton
Post Production Facility
Main Title Design and Visual Effects
Music Recorded by