PLASTIC PALACE PEOPLE
who’s who on the crew…
director/producer: Stephen Kijak
A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, Stephen is an LA-based filmmaker who received universal acclaim for his previous documentary CINEMANIA, a portrait of five of New York’s most obsessive film buffs. Stephen Holden of the New York Times called it “a crisp, intelligent film.” and Screen International declared it “a perfect crowd pleaser.”
Co-directed with German filmmaker Angela Christlieb, it was a favorite at over 50 international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Locarno, Edinburgh, Tribeca, Melbourne, and the winner of the jury prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Hamptons International Film Festival. The film is now widely available on DVD in the US and Europe.
He recently coproduced Louisa Achille’s debut doc THE NAKED FEMINIST which picked up the Emerging Visions Audience award at the SxSW Film Festival 2004.
His first feature film, NEVER MET PICASSO, premiered in 1996. Starring Margot Kidder, Alexis Arquette, and Don McKellar (and with a haunting score by Kristin Hersh),the film enjoyed a specialized theatrical run after playing over 15 international film festivals, winning awards for both Best Screenplay and Best Actor (for Alexis Arquette) at OutFest ‘97 in Los Angeles. The film was released on DVD by Waterbearer Films. Reviewing the film in the LA Times, Kevin Thomas wrote that it was “a smart looking picture. Kijak is a director with a shrewd and amusing sensibility.”
In TV, Kijak has directed episodes of the hit Bravo series “Queer Eye” and has recently produced on the 3rd season of the award-winning Sundance Channel series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.”
director of photography & editor: Grant Gee
Grant Gee is a filmmaker and cameraman living in Brighton.
In 1998 he shot and directed the Grammy nominated feature ‘Meeting People is Easy’ about the band Radiohead and in 2003 the documentary ‘JC-03′ about John Cale.
In 2000 he filmed the entirety of the Scott Walker-curated Meltdown Festival on London’s South Bank.
He has directed music videos for amongst others Blur, Radiohead, Stephen Malkmus,
Sparklehorse, and Coldplay.
His experimental work including most recently 400 Anarchists, Cobra Bag and City Symphony
have been shown internationally by onedotzero, The British Council and others.
producer: Mia Bays
Mia Bays has over thirteen years experience in feature film marketing, distribution and sales in the UK, and produced her first film in summer 2004, a featurette by Olivier-winning playwright Martin McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson and Ruaidhri Conroy which premiered at the London Film Festival November 04. The film won the 2006 OSCAR and British Independent Film Award for Best Short, was nominated for a BAFTA and also won Best First Short at the Cork Film Festival Oct 04 and won Best Irish Short at the Foyle Film Festival.
Mia established her own production company Missing In Action Films in May 2003, and has a slate that includes projects with Oscar nominated/Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski, Neil Hunter, co-writer/director of the acclaimed LAWLESS HEART starring Bill Nighy, the feature debut of acclaimed cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, and projects with upcoming writer/directors Josh Appignanesi and Elbert van Strien.
She worked 1999-2003 as Head of Marketing & Distribution for The Film Consortium/Civilian Content, co-distributing such titles as 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE and CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MOVIE (with Pathe) and HIDEOUS KINKY (with UIP) in the UK. Prior to that, Mia worked as sales/marketing consultant for Granada Films, single-handedly releasing their film GIRLS NIGHT in the UK, which grossed over £650,000 and was the 10th most successful UK title that year.
Mia gained over 3 years international sales experience as an executive at Mayfair Entertainment International, selling such titles as RICHARD III starring Ian McKellen, and Merchant Ivory’s JEFFERSON IN PARIS. Mia started her career at Mainline Pictures, which is where she got a taste for auteur cinema, handling the UK PR on films by the likes of Ang Lee, Todd Haynes and Shekhar Kapur, and on one of the UK’s oldest and best indie cinema chains, the Screen cinemas.
For her role as a producer on “Scott Walker - 30 Century Man”, Mia was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 (the Carl Foreman Award).
Elizabeth Rose – Producer
Born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Graduated from Clark University with a BA in History and later earned a law degree from The University of Detroit School of Law. She went on to run the sales team for Ontime Software. She is currently an independent producer based in San Diego, and has provided a portion of financing for Scott Walker-30 Century Man and Bonneville, an upcoming feature produced by SenArt Films. Elizabeth is also in talks with Free to Choose Media and In the Classroom Media, which should result in a development partnership of programming designed to be distributed to US high school social studies teachers, and shown in their classrooms. Elizabeth sits on the Boards of The Heartland Institute (Chicago IL) and The Francis Parker School (San Diego CA.)
Mat Whitecross - editor
Mat Whitecross shared the Silver Bear for Directing at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006 for co-directing and co-editing the film “Road to Guantanamo” with Michael Winterbottom. He has worked with Michael Winterbottom on his films “9 Songs” (as editor) and “Code 46″ (as 2nd Unit Director). He has directed music videos for Asher D, Sway, The Magic Numbers and Coldplay. He is a part of the London-based production company Between The Eyes.