Andrew Mendelson: Executive Producer/Director
Andrew has been working in television production
in New York City for over 10 years. He's edited shows
for national broadcast on PBS, Comedy Central, Bravo,
E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network, Logo,
Fuse, TMC, Court TV, Lifetime, and BET Networks. In 2010, Andrew received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing for his work on The Electric Company for PBS. Another project, Stories of the Innocence Project: Broken
Words, which Andrew edited for Court TV, was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award.
In addition to his work on A Cricket in the Court of Akbar, Andrew
has produced and edited an independent documentary
feature entitled Nerdcore Rising, which premiered
to sold out houses at the SXSW Film Festival in March,
2008. The film chronicles the rise of Nerd rap and follows the first national tour of the movement's founder, MC Frontalot. Andrew also recently edited a short film called My Pantanal which aims to educate youth and local farmers about Jaguar conservation and sustainable farming in the Pantanal region of Brazil.
Andrew Mendelson is a devout student of Indian classical
music and has been playing the sitar for 12 years.
He has played at venues throughout the country and continues to perform at many New York City venues. He can be heard
in the score for the recent Mike Myers film, The
Love Guru, for which he composed the music for the opening credits. He is a disciple of renowned sitarist
Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt.
Negin Farsad: Producer/Writer
Negin earned her film chops as a producer and story
editor on the film A Cricket in the Court of Akbar
where she managed an 8 week shoot on location in Rajasthan,
India. She also acted as a consultant and story developer
for the documentary film Meeting David Wilson.
Her short film Iran-ing on Empty, which she
wrote, directed and appeared in, has been a selection
in comedy festivals around the country, including
the Chicago Comedy Festival and the New York City
Sketch Festival. Negin has provided original comedy
content for Pacifica and Sirius Radio stations and
has written sketches for an Oxygen network series
pilot. She has been an active comedian and producer
for over ten years earning a nomination in the Emerging
Comics of New York Awards. Her solo show, Bootleg
Islam, which she wrote and performed, has appeared
in the DC, Dallas, and Chicago Comedy Festivals. As
a standup comedian she has opened for the likes of
Al Franken and Bobby Lee (Mad TV). She has been seen
in venues ranging from the Laugh Factory and Town
Hall in New York to the Comedy Store and the Q Television
Network in Los Angeles. Her work has been called “smart,
funny, and fascinating” by the Wall Street
Journal, a Critic’s Choice by the Chicago
Tribune, “a shining exception,” by
the Dallas Morning News, and Backstage
cheered that it “doesn’t get much funnier
than this!” Negin is a grant recipient from
the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She also received
a Columbia University Fellowship where she obtained
a dual Masters degree from Columbia’s prestigious
School of International & Public Affairs focusing
her work on statistical analysis and city management.
Nadia Abji: Producer/Co-Director
Nadia Abji has over 5 years of experience in youth
documentaries, pro-social campaigns, political programming,
music videos, promos and artist profiles. Nadia is
currently working as a director and producer for MTV
World. She recently directed a music video for UK
pop-star, Raghav, that is now airing on MTV Desi and
Nadia has also produced for MTV News, MTV News and
Documentaries, VH-1 and Kenneth Cole. Her show credits
include: MTV's Choose or Lose Campaign, Fight
For Your Rights Campaign, My Super Sweet
16, High School Stories: Scandals, Pranks
and Controversies, and VH-1's Inside/Out:
Nadia received the prestigious Peabody Award for
her work on MTV's Fight for Your Rights Campaign
and was also presented with the Joel A. Berger Award
for outstanding broadcasting initiative. She holds
a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Dance
with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and a
minor in Art and Culture.
When Nadia is not working she makes time to perform
in New York City. Her dance credits include: Aretha
Franklin, Umoja Dance Company and Nathan Trice/Rituals.
Nichole Waymire: Producer’s Representative
Nichole is founder of DramaInk Pictures a writer-based
production company, which seeks to partner with and
empower the story-writer in film. She produced the
company’s first feature, Trust & Devotion
and is set to produce a film-adaptation of Andrew
Cope’s The Revenge of Sonya this year.
Nichole is also a writer and director and is currently
developing her own original feature entitled Sweet
Taste. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits
and creative accomplishments, Nichole has a seasoned
business background in production, accounting, sales,
and as a booking agent for non-profit performance
companies. Nichole also holds a B.F.A. from New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Michael Crain: Director of Photography
Michael Crain is a director of photography and Steadicam
operator who specializes in a “big budget look”
on a limited budget. He is a firm believer that limitations
of budget and time can give birth to originality and
creativity. His numerous credits include MTV, ABC,
NBC, Fox, CNN, Disney, Nickelodeon, The History Channel,
Discovery and Mark Burnett Productions.
Michael began young – as a gaffer at 16. At
20 years of age he was a director of photography on
the first of two feature films for New World Pictures.
He also served as director of photography on a winner
of the Best Film Award from the Academy of Science
Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. It was also an official
selection at the Avoriav Festival of the Fantastique.
His work on the A&E Biography Series (including
Michelangelo, Thomas Jefferson,
George Washington, Cleopatra, and
six others) won the Cable Ace Award for Best Documentary
Series. Michelangelo has been the number
one biography on Amazon.com.
Among Michael’s many accolades, his documentary
on the Blue Angels, a Disney project titled America’s
Flying Aces, is the perennial number-one aviation
documentary on Amazon.com. His music video, Cleopatra,
Queen of Denial, received multiple nominations
for Country Music Video of the Year.
Michael has filmed in widely varying locations –
from the Sistine Chapel, to castles in Transylvania,
to the ice cap above the Arctic Circle. He shoots
all camera formats from HD to DV and 16mm to 35mm.
He is also a talented Steadicam owner/operator, with
credits including Japan Airlines, Nickelodeon, MTV’s
Cribs and The Apprentice.
Michael’s work on a number of projects at sea,
including re-creations for The Killer Storm
(a documentary on The Perfect Storm story),
and his work on ten episodes of Masters at Sea
(for the History Channel), introduced him to his love
of the sea. He lives on a 48-foot sailboat.
Daniel Woolsey: Sound Supervisor/Assistant
Dan Woolsey was raised in Washington DC. He studied
in Austria, Spain, and Italy before receiving a Bachelor’s
Degree in Anthropology from The Colorado College.
After working as a corporate investigator in London,
he moved to New York to start a career in film.
From humble beginnings as an intern and PA, Dan quickly
pushed himself into the camera department of his first
feature film. From there he climbed the ranks of the
camera world from loader to 2nd AC to 1st AC, then
operator and finally as a Director of Photography.
As a specialist in all aspects of sound mixing and
recording for film and video, Dan has applied his
talents toward enhancing the audio for many productions.
Dan also started lighting for film, but has learned
that times and markets change and has lit for video
extensively as well. He has done several projects
on HD 24p – truly the threshold of the battle
between film and video.
Robin Nahas: Assistant Editor
A graduate of Georgetown University, Robin has been
involved in theatre and the arts since high school.
This led him to take a position with Magic Hour Productions,
where he is involved in the production of the Dirty
Dancing stage show, currently being performed
in Australia, Germany and soon to open on the West
End in London. Being Assistant Editor on A Cricket
in the Court of Akbar is Robin’s first
involvement in film and he is also Assistant Editor
on the forthcoming documentary Nerdcore Rising.
Robin has ambitions to use his science background
in future documentary film projects.