Producer-Director: Erik Greenberg Anjou
Erik Greenberg Anjou is a graduate of Middlebury College (1983, B.A. American Literature), Northwestern University (1985, M.A. Film) and the AFI’S Center for Advanced Film Studies (Directing Program). Prior to his professional career as a writer and director, Mr. Anjou worked in L.A. as a grip, a story consultant and reader for International Creative Management, and most significantly as sound person and Assistant Director on the documentary, “The Arid Choice” about famine and desertification in sub-Saharan Africa. He subsequently doctored several scripts for Cinetel Productions and then wrote the romantic comedy “Road To Ruin,” starring Peter Weller and Carey Lowell, produced by Canal Plus. His feature directorial debut was “the cool surface” starring Robert Patrick, Teri Hatcher and Ian Buchanan, and released by Columbia TriStar. Mr. Anjou relocated to New York in 1996, where his passion for both Judaism and documentary filmmaking were reignited. His first documentary effort as a Producer (also Director) was “A Cantor’s Tale” (2005), which screened at nearly 100 international film festivals, captured six top festival prizes, and was acquired by distributor Ergo Media. His next documentary as Producer-Director was “8: Ivy League Football and America” (2008) featuring Brian Dennehy, Tommy Lee Jones, George Shultz, Calvin Hill and many other Ivy luminaries. It has been aired ten times on NESN, received its PBS premiere in autumn ’09, and recently began a partnership with American Public Television in Boston. “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground” wrapped in April 2010 and received dual World Premieres in Toronto and Warsaw later that month. Erik’s current screenplay, “You Shall Not Kill,” is in development with Producers Rony Yacov and Thomas Schühly. He is currently hard at work on a new narrative screenplay, as well as in production for his next documentary entitled “Deli Man.”
Ralph Marash, Producer
Ralph Marash was Co-producer of Erik Greenberg Anjou’s 2005 film “A Cantor’s Tale.” Two recent award-winning feature documentaries he is proud to have supported are “Four Seasons Lodge” (2009) directed by Andrew Jacobs and “Tying the Knot” (2004) directed by Jim de Seve.
Tom Case, Concert Producer
Tom Case graduated in 1992 from the prestigious music conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, with a B.M. in jazz piano performance. From there he embarked on a career in music film and television, finding himself working behind the scenes rather than behind the keyboard. In 1995 Tom’s first documentary line producing project, “BLOOD BROTHERS: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND,” was nominated for a Grammy Award. The 1998 independent film, “FISHES OUTTA WATA,” featuring HBO Entourage star Adrien Grenier, pushed the limits of technology simultaneously acquiring in film, digital, and immersive 360 degree VR formats. Tom continues to produce a full range of film and television: Broadway – Natalie Merchant Live to 42nd Street the Musical, Rock ‘n’ Roll touring – Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne to Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Awards shows – VH1’s Hip Hop Honors to The Jammy Awards, TV Series – Live From Central Park SummerStage. Tom’s wide range of music experience made him a natural choice for capturing The Klezmatics’ live performance at The Town Hall.
Lisa Palattella, Editor
A graduate of the NYU film school, Lisa Palattella has been a documentary editor for 30 years. She has edited everything from natural history docs to independent features – and all genres in-between. Lisa has worked with Bill Moyers, Tia Lessin, Eve Ensler, Meredith Monk, Peter Yarrow, Terry Wrong, HBO, Discovery Channel, A&E, WNET, the History Channel and ABC, among many others. A feature documentary she edited, “Walt and El Grupo,” opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles in September 2009. The film explores a goodwill trip to South America during World War II that Walt Disney and a select group of his animators made at the behest of the U.S. government. Another feature she edited, Thirteen Grandmothers, about a group of internationally diverse women elders, healers and shamans who draw on their traditional ethnic backgrounds to promote environmental consciousness, is scheduled for theatrical release in spring 2010. Lisa’s projects have won Emmy awards, Gracie awards, Peabody awards, and captured many film festival prizes. She has been personally honored with the Karl Malden Award for Editing Excellence. Lisa recently completed cutting the feature documentary, “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground,” about the Grammy Award-winning band.
Sam Henriques, Cinematographer
Sam Henriques started his career after graduating from NYU as Assistant Camera to veteran documentary cinematographers Marise Alberti, Jean De Segonzac, and Don Lenzer. He learned his craft on such films as, Paris is Burning, Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt, U2: Rattle and Hum, & Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. His first feature documentary, Riding The Rails, premiered at Sundance and went on to win a Peabody award, finding a home at American Experience. His next film Angola: The Farm, won him a Prime-Time Emmy award for Cinematography while being nominated for an Academy award and winning The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Since then he has globe trotted for UNICEF and done countless commercial image and arts films. His latest films are: A Cantor’s Tale, Burning The Future, Nursery University, & The Good Soldier. It was his successful collaboration with Director Erik Anjou on A Cantor’s Tale that led to the Klezmatics project. Sam loves making films about musicians. His next film is about Brazilian born composer and musician Caetano Veloso.
Dave Sperling, Cinematographer
Dave Sperling comes to the Klezmatics documentary with more than twenty years experience as Director of Photography for both film and video productions. His credits include more than a dozen feature films, the award-winning television series “Remember WENN” and “Mathnet,” and numerous documentaries including the Peabody and Emmy award-winning “Billy Strayhorn: A Lush Life.” He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and often speaks at conferences and seminars as a member of the Sony ICE (Independent Certified Experts) Team. A graduate of the NYU Graduate Institute of Film and Television, he is also the creator of the OnSet Software computer programs for theatre and film. More information about David can be found at www.hdvDP.com and www.onsetsoftware.com.
Wayne De La Roche, Cinematographer
Wayne De La Roche is a renowned and well-respected cinematographer whose assignments have taken him from the foothills of the Himalayas to the subterranean caves of Iwo Jima. Known for his fluid verite style, he specializes in documentary camerawork and shoots regularly for National Geographic Television, PBS, the Discovery Channel and HBO. He has garnered numerous Emmy Awards for excellence in cinematography and is adept at shooting in uncontrolled environments, capturing dynamic footage that penetrates deep beneath the skin of life with intimacy and respect for the human drama in all its forms. His long list of credits include “War Code: Navajo” (National Geographic 1995, Emmy Award), New York At Night” (WNET 1998, Emmy Award), “Prescription For Death” (HBO 2001), “A Ring of Their Own” (PBS 2001), “A Panther in Africa” (PBS 2004, Cine Golden Eagle), “Married in America” (A&E 2006, Director: Michael Apted), and “Down Town Dream” (ITVS, current), as well as his seminal work on “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground.”
Wayne holds a Ph.D. in English Literature plus an M.S. in Architectural Preservation from Columbia University and brings a keen eye for the humanities to his work in film.