Crazy Wisdom

Johanna Demetrakas, director

With her first documentary, Womanhouse, about a ground-breaking feminist art installation, Demetrakas won the AFI Independent Filmmakers Grant, a place in the Whitney Museum's New American Filmmaker Series, and international recognition at festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Paris, and New York. Her second art doc, Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, was broadcast on PBS and the BBC after acclaim at the London and Berlin Film Festivals. Her art documentaries have been in many museum shows, including the major exhibit, "Los Angeles 1955 - 1985," at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, 2006. The Pompidou recently bought a print of Womanhouse for their permanent collection. Since winning the Discovery Program Award and making the dramatic short Homesick in 1989 (Sundance, Houston Fest winner, Showtime broadcast), Demetrakas has turned her energies to writing and directing dramatic fiction as well as documentaries. Her credits include LA Law, Doogie Howser, MD, and the Lifetime television feature Out of Line, starring Jennifer Beals. In 2004, Demetrakas produced, directed, and edited a two-hour special Biography of Richard Gere for A&E. It was the first A&E Biography without a narrator. Well known for her editing prowess, her credits include The World According to Sesame Street and Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony. That epic documentary, edited by Demetrakas, won both the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at Sundance, 2002, as well as being nominated for five Emmys, including editing for Demetrakas. She Co-Directed and Edited Busrider's Union with the legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. She has collaborated with Renee Tajima-Pena on several films, including My America, or Honk if You Love Buddha, the PBS special My Journey Home, and the P.O.V. film, Calavera Highway. Demetrakas has served on several awards juries including the Director's Guild of America, the IDA, The Student Academy Awards, and The Greek Film Festival. She taught writing and directing at Cal Arts and is now on the faculty at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.

Producer - Lisa Leeman

Lisa Leeman writes, produces, directs and edits documentary films. She most recently directed the feature doc, One Lucky Elephant, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, is currently in theatrical release, and will be broadcast on Oprah Winfrey's new network OWN in late 2011. Lisa directed the feature doc Out of Faith, and the feature Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman, which won the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy, and aired on PBS's POV series. Leeman has collaborated with many acclaimed filmmakers, including the renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, with whom she co-directed and edited Who Needs Sleep. Lisa is currently co-directing, with Paola di Florio, a feature doc on the life and teachings of the renowned swami Paramahansa Yogananda, a modern mystic who brought yoga to the West in the 1920s. Lisa has served as a judge at the Sundance Film Festival, the president of the International Documentary Association, and on the boards of the IDA and the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasting Producers. She sits on the faculty of USC and has taught documentary filmmaking in Beijing, China & Amman, Jordan. Honors include the Sundance Film Festival's Filmmaker's Trophy for her groundbreaking film Metamorphosis: Man into Woman; an Emmy nomination; and the once-in-a-lifetime American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant. Leeman spent a decade editing award-winning social issue documentaries, including the acclaimed Made in LA, and films for Renee Tajima-Pena; Michele Oyahan; Micha Peled; Stanley Nelson, and others.

Editor - Kate Amend, A.C.E

In December 2005, Kate Amend received the International Documentary Association's inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for her work which includes two Academy Award-winning documentary features: Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home. Amend also received the 2001 American Cinema Editors' Eddie award for Into the Arms of Strangers, and edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom. Her collaboration with Michele Ohayon, Steal a Pencil for Me (2007), screened at the United Nations, South by Southwest, Berlin and Kagali Film Festivals. Man from Plains also released in 2007 and directed by Jonathan Demme, was a triple- award winner at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. The Brothers Warner was presented on American Masters in the fall of 2008. One Lucky Elephant, directed by Lisa Leeman, received an editing award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, about the late actress Beah Richards and directed by LisaGay Hamilton, received the Grand Jury award at the 2003 AFI Film Festival, aired on HBO in February 2004, and received a 2005 Peabody Award. Cowboy Del Amor received both the Audience and Jury Awards at the 2005 South by Southwest Festival and was broadcast on Showtime in April 2006. Other credits include; Thin (2006), and The World According to Sesame Street (2005) which both premiered at Sundance 2006; Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines (PBS, 2004); Pandemic: Facing AIDS (Moxie Firecracker Productions, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and HBO, 2003); and Bataan Rescue and The Great Transatlantic Cable for PBS' American Experience. Amend is a frequent advisor at the Sundance Institute Editing Lab and the NALIP Academy. She has served as a juror at the Sundance, AFI, and Riverrun Film Festivals. She is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors.

Director of Photography - Pablo Bryant

Pablo Bryant has been the Director of Photography on four feature documentaries, and has shot additional photography on many other projects, including the upcoming HBO film Cinema Verite. In 2007 he filmed in India and Nepal for the National Film Board of Canada's Tulku, which has just been released, and just finished shooting on Crazy Wisdom, in the US, the UK, and Tibet. In addition to his work as a cameraman he has produced and directed a short documentary film about the epidemic of homeless children in the US called Stand Up For Kids. Bryant was a staff cameraperson for LTN, a Los Angeles lifestyle network, and before that on Savvy for the WE network, and has shot extensively for ReelzChannel. He recently finished shooting the DVD special features for Mad Men and he is currently working on a documentary called When the Iron Bird Flies about the influence of Tibetan Buddhism on western culture.

Composer - Sean Callery

Sean Callery is best known for his composition work on the worldwide television hit series 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland. He has received three Emmy(R) Awards for Outstanding Music Composition for the series, the most recent of which was for the season finale in September of 2010.    He has also received eleven ASCAP Top Series honors, for his work on 24 and for CBS's Medium.    He began composing the score for the Fox TV series, Bones in 2008. He is currently completing work on an 8 hour miniseries, The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes, which will premiere in March of 2011 on The History Channel. Mr. Callery lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Debbie.