Deniz Demirer was born in Warsaw, Poland, and spent his youth as a refugee in Austria, finally coming to the East Coast of the United States with his family at the age of ten. Though always interested in film, he did not attend film school, concentrating instead on philosophy and psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nocturnal Jake, Demirer’s 2009 feature debut about a saxophone player who’s lost his vision only to find it again through his deceased mother, was named by Focus Features as one of the best films ever made in San Francisco. Not I (2010) is an unremitting portrayal of two immigrants who struggle to connect as lovers. Demirer’s third feature, American Mongrel (2012), made in collaboration with actor/producer Daniel da Silva, is ostensibly a road movie. It ranges as wide as the American West, following the ad hoc journey of a group of escapees from a life that has cornered them. His continuing 13- year collaboration with mentor-filmmaker Rob Nilsson has led to the exhibition and recognition of Deniz Demirer's work in international film festivals on a regular basis.
Deniz Demirer: demirerfilm.com
Josh Peterson was born in Vermont in 1969, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the Washington, D.C. area, and overseas in Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating from Harvard in 1991, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he worked with legendary maverick filmmaker Rob Nilsson for several years as an actor, assistant director, and editor. Peterson has worked as a freelance editor on documentaries and corporate projects since the early 1990s. He began producing and directing his own films in 2010. His short film Forest Born won the Best Short Drama at the New Hampshire Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Portland Film Festival. He was also nominated for an Emmy in Outstanding Achievement in Editing for the film Soldiers of Conscience. Josh lives with his wife and children in Berkeley, California.
Josh Peterson: sweepshutter.com
Jeff Kao, after pursuing a career as a fine artist for over twenty years, turned to motion pictures to better express his thoughts, emotions, and visions. While studying painting as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the 1980s, he minored in film and became dedicated to the highly technical processes involved in 16mm film production and post-production. This technical side of film-making was a good fit for Kao’s pre-disposition for craft, but it was the time-based aspect of film that sealed the transition for him, allowing him to channel his creativity more directly into linear, narrative story-telling."One of my main inspirations in making movies is to recapture the sensation, felt as a child, in seeing or experiencing something for the first time in my life. It is through these instances that we built our memory banks. And it is through these clusters of memories that we view each new thing that happens to us in life. I think it is an early intense curiosity about the way people relate to each other that most informs my films. The distance between people and how each of us deals with the resulting vertigo fascinates me and seems mirrored directly in the relationship between filmmaker and audience." Jeff's "Knowing Nothing Cold" was completed in 2016 with a cast of teenagers, including his daughter.
Jeff Kao: evershiftproduction.com
Aaron Hollander is a distinguished cinematographer, still photographer, lighting designer, filmmaker, film writer, documentarian, hiker, naturalist and traveler. Following his experience in the film, broadcast, and advertising fields he helped establish Bricolage. Select film accomplishments include his black and white photography on the internationally acclaimed film A Trip to Swadades; the stylized, modern adaptation of The Oresteia; the critically praised Raise Your Kids on Seltzer; the forthcoming Rob Nilsson film, The Forth Movement;as well as producing the South by Southwest winning short film Cheap Extermination. He was a contributing programmer to the Philadelphia Holocaust Film series, and curated the One Night Only Philadelphia Film Festival. In 2015 he took six months off from civilian life to fulfill a lifelong ambition of walking the Appalachian Trail. Recent work includes an article concerning the efficacy and primacy of the horror film and a photo-essay on the existential quandaries of travel. This year he will begin work on a documentary-essay, chronicling his formative years as an artist, shot entirely in his childhood home, as well as his first feature based on a dream from his youth. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Aaron Hollander: hollandercinema.com
Kris Caltagirone has been esteemed for his work as an actor in such films as American Mongrel and Ezer Kenegdo. The inherent gravitas which he brings to such character performances is unmistakable. Behind the camera, Kris has written for film as well as the stage, and has put his skill with dialects and accents to good and humorous use in voiceover work. Kris was born in the Hudson Valley to a Frisian/German mother and a Polish/Sicilian father. He has spent a considerable amount of time in the American South, the American West, Germany, and Austria and is able to approximate almost all American accents as well as the accents of many foreign countries and regions.
Kris Caltigirone: vimeo.com/176539753
Daniel Kremer attended Temple University's film program in Philadelphia. In 2007, he directed his first feature-length film, Sophisticated Acquaintance, and was presented with four Best Documentary prizes for Yarns To Be Spun on the Way to the Happy Home (2007), a personal essay film about having grown up with a severe stutter. In 2008, he helmed A Trip to Swadades, which was shot on black-and-white super-16mm film and won three Best Film awards at international festivals, including the International Festival Rotterdam and the Fantasporto Film Festival in Porto, Portugal. He then moved to New York City, where he lived for almost seven years. He completed his acclaimed follow-up feature, The Idiotmaker's Gravity Tour, in India in 2011. Subsequent to that, he directed Raise Your Kids on Seltzer (2015), Ezer Kenegdo (2017), and Overwhelm the Sky (coming 2018) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kremer has screened work at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Joseph Conrad Festival in Krakow, Poland, the Maryland International Film Festival, and numerous other venues. In the fall of 2015, the University Press of Kentucky's Screen Classics Series published his first book, a critical biography of filmmaker Sidney J. Furie. He wrote and is now editing the first book to cover the life and career of Joan Micklin Silver and is prepping a bio on indie film icon Henry Jaglom With David Thomson and Tom Luddy, he is assisting in the editing of an anthology of Susan Sontag's writings on cinema, and has previously been published in Filmmaker Magazine, Keyframe, CineSource Magazine, and Twilight Time. As a film scholar and historian, he has provided commentary tracks for Kino Lorber Classics releases. Five of his films are available to view on Fandor.
Penny Werner is a naturalistic actress influenced by the realism depicted in films by John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh. Werner has been described by Cinema365 as being "completely authentic" and by Rogue Cinema as giving "profoundly moving performances". She began studying acting with Rob Nilsson in 2011, and continues to work with him on a number of his films. She has collaborated with the other members of Bricolage in various capacities - acting, directing, writing, producing, and marketing. She is currently co-directing and producing Odds, in which she also plays the lead role.
Penny Werner: oddsmovie.com