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PRODUCTION TEAM

 

JERRI SHER
Director, Writer, Producer

Jerri, a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) is an award-winning filmmaker and author. She wrote and produced the retrospective film: A TRIBUTE TO KATHRYN BIGELOW in honor of Kathryn Bigelow for the DGA’s 75th Anniversary Gala in March.

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Her documentary SOUL OF AN EMPIRE that she wrote, produced and directed won two Best Documentary Feature Awards as well as the Special Jury Award at the Savannah Film and Video Festival. MIRACLE on 42nd ST. was a finalist in the Derby Film Festival in Louisville this past year. Her short film LIVE LIFE A-Z was a finalist and third place winner in the MY HERO International Film Festival as well as a finalist in the KIDS First International Film Festival. She produced THE AUTUMN HEART, staring Ally Sheedy and Tyne Daly that was in the Sundance Dramatic Competition. INTERMEZZO, produced by Jerri, won the Bronze for Best Dramatic Film at the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Education from Springfield College (former college professor), Jerri has taught and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad. She then entered the transportation industry and worked in sales and marketing for eighteen years. Her third career of screenwriting, producing and directing emerged when she wrote a screenplay about a woman in the trucking business. Then her creative writing skills continued and she wrote the novel, THE TWIG PAINTER www.twigpainterbook.com. During the past couple of years Jerri has guest lectured on cruise ships in the U.S. and abroad with her book and her films. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women’s Director (AWD) and the Independent Documentary Association (IDA) and is in pre-production on the film LIVE LIFE, a story about healing, physically and emotionally through alternative medicine.

EMMETT MILLER, MD
Executive Producer

Emmett Miller, MD, one of the fathers of mind/body medicine, is a physician, scientist, musician, and master storyteller, whose multicultural heritage has given him a unique social, medical, and spiritual perspective.

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A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Miller has served as lecturer/preceptor at Stanford University, the University of California, and other universities and medical schools. He was a founder and medical director of the Cancer Support and Education Center in Menlo Park (1977), California, and a co-convener of the groundbreaking California State Task Force on Self-Esteem (1988).

He is probably best known for his invention and development of the first deep relaxation/guided imagery tapes (1973), combining music, nature sounds and his unique voice. Now on CDs and DVD's, these healing products are recommended and used by top health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and the May Clinic and by health professionals, business people, performers, and athletes, including the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Teams. He is the author of Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine and a frequent speaker at professional and corporate conferences and universities.

His most recent projects include LIGHT (Leadership Institute for Global Healing and Transformation), and a project to help give veterans returning from the war access to deep healing, as well as being the Producer of the documentary feature film LIVE LIFE.

HENRY COLEMAN
Associate Producer

Henry Colman has been a working Producer/Writer in television for many years. Among his top-of-the-line credits are “The Love Boat," "Hotel", "Dr. Kildare" and "Peyton Place." He has also supervised major television series as Vice-President at Paramount TV and Screen Gems and as an Executive Producer at CBS Television.

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Henry also has extensive theatrical background which includes the Barter Theatre of Virginia, the Broadway production of "Richard III" starring Richard Whorf, and “Galileo” starring Charles Laughton which premiered in Los Angeles. Henry has produced a number of television movies with well-known stars most notably Elizabeth Taylor who has remained a life-long friend. He has also been a Video Interviewer for the Hollywood Television Academy, setting up a television archive with some forty icons of television history. Currently Henry is Associate Producing LIVE LIFE, the documentary feature about determination, the human spirit and its ability to heal.

KATHRYN BOSTIC
Composer

Kathryn Bostic has composed music for numerous plays, films and concerts. She is a recipient of the Sundance Fellowship for film scoring and has worked with award winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson on two of his film, "Marcus Garvey" and "A Place of Our Own" both of which aired on PBS American Experience. She has also scored the music to "Taking the Heat" which recently aired on PBS Independent Lens about the first female firefighter of New York. Her work has been heard in several independent features, shorts and television commercials including spots for the 2006 World Cup Series.

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She composed music for award winning playwright August Wilson; writing music for his last play "Radio Golf" which premiered at the Mark Taper in Los Angeles and has toured several regional theaters prior to its Broadway run. She also wrote the music for his Broadway production "Gem of the Ocean." Other theater productions include The Kennedy Center, The Goodman Theater, The Public Theater, The London Royal Court, Seattle Rep, and Centre Stage.

As a vocalist and pianist Kathryn has toured and/or recorded with a variety of artist including k.d. Lang, Ryuichi Skamoto, John Hiatt, Rod Stewart, The Manhattans, and David Bryne. She is currently working on a CD of her own music. She has performed as a vocalist and pianist in various clubs and festivals including London's Ronnie Scott's, The Blue Note (Tokyo and Osaka), The Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Cape May Jazz Festival, Birdland, The JVC Jazz Festival NY, and Catalina's in Los Angeles.

Bryan Duggan
Cinematographer

Bryan Duggan's career as a Director Of Photography spans 26 years, with expertise in both Film and Video formats.

He began as a Cinematographer/Editor at Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. in Boston. Within two years, Bryan headed up the Documentary Film Unit, responsible for producing one-hour monthly shows.

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In 1980, Bryan moved to Los Angeles where he shot, edited and wrote segments for the first network "Reality TV" series, "Real People". Before the successful series ended, Bryan had emerged as a Director of Photography in the avant-garde arena that eventually led to the 'rock video' channel, MTV. In the early 1980's, Bryan photographed over 50 music videos, including Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Elfman, and George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone". Bryan expanded his talents by becoming a Director/Cameraman in commercials. His credits include McDonalds and Pepsi-Mountain Dew. At the same time he also began shooting feature films.

By the mid-90's Bryan had completed seven feature films as a Director of Photography, including an HBO premiere movie as well as the quirky, theatrical release, "Rubin and Ed" (Crispin Glover). Bryan also worked with John Water's on his film, "Cry Baby", and recently on the opening sequence of "Paycheck" with John Woo. In addition to features and commercials, Bryan has shot numerous TV specials, reality and re-enactment shows, including the Emmy-award winning series, "Unsolved Mysteries".

In 2002, Bryan formed Big Life Entertainment, a company dedicated to developing fresh ideas in Television and Film. The company's first venture, "TWINE", is a feature documentary on the World's Largest Ball of Twine. At the same time, Bryan also continues working as a Director of Photography. His most recent work includes a feature documentary on his Holiness, the Dali Lama. Currently, Byran has joined the team of LIVE LIFE as their cinematographer.