|William J. Saunders, Director
William J. Saunders has written, directed, edited and produced features and documentaries for broadcast and cable networks such as HBO, FOX, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, NFL Network and the BBC. As a Director, Mr. Saunders has received many awards including an EMMY award for his documentary “Big Charlie’s”. After obtaining a B.A. in cinema from Southern Methodist University, William pursued his Masters degree in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. His most recent work, short film “Dash Cunning,” won the Audience Choice Award at the Columbia Film Festival, and received the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Award for outstanding achievement in comedy. William J. Saunders is a partner in Anywhere Films LLC.
|Maya Anand, Producer
Maya Anand was born and raised in New York. After receiving her B.A. in English from Harvard University, Maya remained in Cambridge to study filmmaking with director Hal Hartley. In 2004 she returned to New York and worked for producer Robert Greenhut on several feature films, including Sidney Lumet’s “Find Me Guilty.” Recently Maya completed the 2008 Academy Internship, providing development assistance to Bennett Miller (“Capote”). She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at the Film Division, Columbia School of the Arts. Maya’s last film “Anjali,” screened internationally at several festivals, including the 2008 Palm Springs Shortfest. Maya is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Student Development Award for her short film, “Iris,” which screened at the 2009 LA Shorts Fest. In 2008 Maya produced William J. Saunders’ award-winning short “Dash Cunning.” Maya is a partner in Anywhere Films, LLC.
|Justin R. Begnaud, Producer
Justin R. Begnaud is Managing Partner of Old City Entertainment, which he Cofounded in 2005 with William J. Saunders. Over the past three years, he has developed and produced narrative and documentary films, including “Another Day,” “Tabitha’s Aquarium,” “Sinkhole,” “Peking 2 Paris,” “An Afghan Adventure,” and the award-winning “Dash Cunning,” which he produced with Maya Anand and was directed by William J. Saunders. Mr. Begnaud wrote and produced for such networks as A&E, The History Channel, MTV Networks, VH1, NFL Films, USA Sports and NBC Sports. Previously, he worked for Scott Rudin Productions, and wrote grants for the Tribeca Film Institute. Mr. Begnaud is a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA/BID), Columbia University (MS) and the University of California, Los Angeles (MFA Film, Producers Program, Expected 2010).
|Edward Blythe, Director of Photography
Edward Blythe grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where he worked as a musician, lawyer, actor, and camera salesman. Ed moved to NY to pursue an M.F.A. from Columbia University’s Film Division. Four years later Ed has dozens of credits as a Producer, Director, and Director of Photography on films shot in locations as varied as NY, Jamaica, Australia, and Palestine. He was the recipient of the Columbia University Faculty Fellowship for Producing in 2006. His work recently won Best Film and the Student Choice Award (Producer, Director of Photography, “Chicken Heads”) at the 2009 Columbia Film Festival. His entry into the 2008 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Competition won the 2009 Student Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. Ed is a partner in Anywhere Films, LLC.
|James Windeler, Writer
James Windeler was born in the US but grew up in the UK, with a three-year stint in Melbourne, Australia, and a year in the remote Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga. He completed his undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. Before embarking on a writing career, he produced international touring theatre and worked in film production and development in the UK. He returned to New York in 2005 as an MFA candidate in Screenwriting at Columbia University, graduating in 2010. His feature script Sweet Little Lies reached the semi-finals of the Academy-run Nicholl Fellowship the same year. He has also penned a number of award-winning short films such asDandelion Fall, released on DVD by Wolfe, and Boffin and Boffin.
|Michael Louis Hill, Editor
Michael graduated with honors in History and Film Studies from the University of California, Irvine and earned his MFA in Film at Columbia University. His thesis film, “La Juerga” screened in several film festivals throughout the country and was awarded a McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant. He edited “The Hirosaki Players,” which was named best dramatic short film at the Sonoma International film festival, Best Narrative Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival, and won the audience choice award at GenArt Film Festival. Michael is currently working in reality TV and editing a short documentary. Michael is proud to have something in common with David Lynch and Steven Spielberg, his Eagle Scout Award.
Duncan Raitt & Jon Marsh, Animation
Duncan and Jon both graduated from Central St. Martin's College in London with BA Hons in Graphic design. They co-founded Plastic Milk, an independent design and animation studio in 2006. The studio creates animation, graphics and interactive pieces for broadcast, the internet and beyond.
Their debut short film 'Ant & Len' was screened around the world as part of the Onedotzero film festival as well as being shown at a variety other festivals throughout Europe and Canada. It won Shooting People's 'Film of the Month' award and a cash prize at Babelgum's Animatron festival, before being broadcast on BBC HD in February 2011.