Originally from San Francisco, Russ grew up in both Japan and the United States, garnering an international viewpoint of the world throughout his childhood. After graduating from the University of Southern California to study Cinema-Television, International Relations and Japanese, and gaining more production experience at the UCLA Extension Program, he founded Russem Productions in 2002 to promote his shorts films including HER KNIGHT (2003) and the award-winning GIRL WITH GUN (2005). He also produced several shorts including MAVET (2004), the zombie-flick THE DIARY (2004), and most recently vampire film PERFECT RED (2006). Presently, P.J. and CHASING THE GREEN marks Emanuel's first two forays into feature filmmaking.
Acting since the late 1970s, Howard Nash starred in numerous independent films, notably THE MEETING in 2004. However, he is best known as an independent filmmaker, having co-produced the cult film CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT for Columbia Tri-Star in 1991. He also produced SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (MTI, 2002), which is available in most video stores throughout the US and Canada. In 2005, he completed TRACKS (where he appears in a cameo alongside CHASING THE GREEN actor Chris Gunn), which also starred John Heard, along with Ice-T. He also produced the television special FELLICIANO, THE LEGEND (for PBS) starring the legendary singer, Jose Feliciano, and has produced promotional videos for the Beijing Circus, Cirque du Soleil, and the original members of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO II). Most recently, he produced/starred in Russ Emanuel's P.J.
(Executive Producer, Story/Screenplay)
Residing in Texas, Craig Frankel has always been interested in films. CHASING THE GREEN marks his second foray into feature filmmaking, his first being Russ Emanuel's P.J.. He also has cameos in both films.
Living in New York, Richard Spitaleri worked with Howard Nash on early stages on CHASING THE GREEN (2008) thereby making it possible to be filmed. He also worked with Howard Nash on Russ Emanuel's P.J. (2007).
Currently residing in Washington D.C., Emilio Iasiello is originally a political speechwriter. He recently turned to screenwriting, writing the script for the feature film SAINT CHRISTOPHER (2002). Due to this success, Howard Nash approached him about writing the screenplays for both P.J. and CHASING THE GREEN.
Unit Production Manager)
Sandy Weiser is a veteran in the industry. He's worked on numerous films as a line producer/unit production manager, including TRACKS (2005) with producer Howard Nash and actor Chris Gunn.
(Director of Photography)
Seth Melnick is an accomplished Director of Photography and a business-oriented producer. Originally a technical consultant he managed projects with budgets of several million dollars and dozens of people such as Iwon.com and the first Internet ISP in Brazil, IG.com. Seth co-created SLM Production Group LLC with Lauzanne Nel as a venue to produce original and provocative works. As a production company they have been involved in the production of over a dozen feature films, many shorts, videos, trailers and animations. They are equipped to bring project from concept through pre-production, principle photography, editing, and other post-production to a completed product. He is currently deep into post-production on AMERICAN STANDARD, a clever comedy based on a never been done before concept. He is one of the producers and the director of photography for the project. He also recently was the Director of Photography for Russ Emanuel's first feature film, P.J.
Currently residing in New York City, Sergeo Levitas brings his own artistic style to every film he works on including the feature film AMERICAN STANDARD (2007), along with Director of Photography Seth Melnick. He also was production designer on the shorts EUTHANASIA (2005) and MUTATIONS (2006), and the features ALL SCREWED UP (2007) and DOORMAN (2007).
Lisa Faibish, a native of San Francisco, has currently been residing in NYC for the last 10 years. She also is a costume historian and a stylist, having worked at The Costume Institute and The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 8 years. Along with this film, she worked with Russ Emanuel on his first feature P.J. (2007).
(Key Makeup Artist)
Residing in New York, Lauzanne Nel has worked on many productions as a makeup artist. Her credits include: STANLEY CUBA (2006), SHOCKED JOCK (2006), PLASTERHEAD (2006), and THE SHANGHAI HOTEL (2006). Also, along with Seth Melnick, she is a co-founder of SLM Group LLC as a venue to produce original and provocative works including a film she also produced, AMERICAN STANDARD, which is currently in post-production. She also was the key makeup artist on Russ Emanuel's first feature film P.J. as well as having a cameo in it as the Pregnant Woman.
(Production Sound Mixer)
Living in New York, Andrew Prokopenko has worked on many films as a sound mixer including the short films PILLS (2005), LOVE AND/OR LAID (2006), and 5000 (2007), and the feature films INNER RAGE (2006), THE SPEED OF LIFE (2007), and the upcoming PLAQUE TOWN (2009).
ZEYNEP OGUZ CATAL
From Turkey, Zeynep Oguz Catal has worked in New York on many films in the Lighting and Camera departments. Her gaffer credits include: SEA OF DUST (2006), LET THEM CHIRP AWHILE (2007), and KARMA CALLING (2007). Her assistant camera credits include: SUBTERFUGE (1996) and COMPLETELY TOTALLY UTTERLY (2001). Along with this film, she worked with Russ Emanuel on his first feature P.J.
Residing in New York, Luis Armada's camera department credits in numerous roles include: MANITO (2002), CRY FUNNY HAPPY (2003), DEPRIVATION (2003), UNKNOWN SOLDIER (2004), and the upcoming ...AROUND (2008).
(First Assistant Camera)
Residing in New York, Aileen Taylor works in the camera department, specializing in focus pulling, having worked on numerous films with Director of Photography Seth Melnick, including Russ Emanuel's P.J. and CHASING THE GREEN.
Residing in New York, Ken Greenblatt is a veteran in the industry. His numerous credits include: SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY (1998) as associate producer, FLUSHED (1999) as producer, ACTS OF WORSHIP (2001) as associate producer, THIS THING OF OURS (2003) as co-producer, DESTINATION FAME (2004) as line producer, MARY (2005) as location manager (New York), PARZANIA (2005) as executive producer, and PARAISO TRAVEL (2007) as unit production manager (New York).
MICHAEL E. GOODIN
(First Assistant Director)
Mr. Goodin is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he studied drama and directing. Former Production Manager of the Little Theatre of Manchester, he produced several shows including JEKYLL AND HYDE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS and ON GOLDEN POND. He currently lives in New York City where he works as a Production Coordinator/Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director in film and television. Past onstage credits include Tom in NOISES OFF, Adam in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED and Spider in JEKYLL AND HYDE. Past Assistant Director credits include the short film PROOF OF BIRTH and the feature film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS.
Residing in New York, Zairi Malcolm has been working in the industry for several years beginning with the feature film DUMMY (2002) as a wardrobe intern. Multifaceted, she has worked in the wardrobe and art departments, and as a script supervisor. Her credits as a scrpt supervisor include the short film RHYME ANIMAL (2007), and the features WITCHES' NIGHT (2007), and SORDID THINGS (2007).
Residing in Westchester, New York, Don Elmendorf is an avid photographer. His website is at: www.donelmendorf.com. CHASING THE GREEN marks his first foray into still photography for films. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast, making a cameo in CHASING THE GREEN as one of the motorcycle riders.
Residing in New York, Joseph Notovitz is a professional poster artist and still photographer. He is also the founder of Notovitz Communications, Inc. (his company provided post-production services for SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (2002). He also worked as a still photographer and poster artist on Russ Emanuel's first feature film P.J. (2007), as well has having a cameo as the Homeless Dad in the first film.
An award winning actor, director and producer of such short films as THE INERMISSION MAN (2004) and SHAKESPEARE’S DEAD (2006), CHASING THE GREEN marks Scott's second foray into documentary filmmaking, Russ Emanuel's P.J. being his first. He lives and produces films from his home in Northern California, with several projects on the horizon including his latest short concept BLINK.
Ryan D. Hurst (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor who perhaps most notably starred as Gerry Bertier, an All-American linebacker in Disney's REMEMBER THE TITANS and as Alison's brother, Michael in the show MEDIUM. He also played the role of doofus football player Lump Hudson in THE LADYKILLERS, appeared in the movie WE WERE SOLDIERS as Sgt. Savage, and starred in the TNT show WANTED. Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candy Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor. Hurst attended the Santa Monica High School. He recently formed his production company Fast Shoes, which is handling post-production on CHASING THE GREEN (2008).
Living in Los Angeles, Molly Cookson works for Ryan Hurst's production company Fast Shoes, which is handling post-production on CHASING THE GREEN (2008).
Living in Los Angeles, Vijay Kumar works for Ryan Hurst's production company Fast Shoes, which is handling post-production on CHASING THE GREEN (2008).
A graduate in both Writing and Film from Long Beach State, it's all about making movies for this enthusiastic individual. Haris, together with Yos Park produced the sci-fi short FRAKIE DIED (2000), which they put under their production company, Atomicgum Productions. Next, he teamed up with USC graduate Russ Emanuel and created HER KNIGHT (2003), a contemporary romance with strong fantastical as well as historical elements. His editing credits include: MAVET (2004) which he also wrote/directed, and most recently GIRL WITH GUN (2005), PERFECT RED (2006), and P.J. (2007).
Josh started his editing career 10 years ago by working for a small independent network station in Phoenix, run by the Phoenix Fire Department. After work, Josh would spend hours working and refining his skills on their Avid editing system. There he learned the in’s and out’s of editing and creating music videos, learning how to capture and create dynamic video content. From this point, Josh took his skill and started his own business at the age of 19 creating industrial videos for local companies in Salt Lake City and California. Over the next 6 years he expanded his clientele over the region focusing on editing as well as took part in directing a project for AT&T wireless. His drive for filmmaking never left him, and he soon realized that he needed to make the move to California. While living here, Josh continued to grow his business, working commercially with such clients as CASINO MORONGO, THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LEIGH ADAMS, and THE KEYCLUB HOLLYWOOD.
THOMAS L. WENTWORTH
Originally from Tennessee and residing in Los Angeles, Thomas L. Wentworth is a gifted artist. Not only has he produced Josh and Cole Summers' first short film SPOONFED, but he also co-edited CHASING THE GREEN.
Classically trained, Neil Argo's dramatic and provocative scores have been heard all over the world. From the TV series WILD AMERICA, THE NEW MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, and BEVERLY HILLS 90210 among others, he has composed for many noteworthy projects. More recently, he teamed up with director Russ Emanuel, composing scores for his films HER KNIGHT, GIRL WITH GUN, and P.J. (which he and Emanuel both shared a Bronze Music For Excellence Award at the Park City Film Music Festival). He also won 2 Emmy awards for the SURVIVORS OF THE SKELETON COAST National Geographic episode and A COMMUNITY OF CARING documentary for the Directors Guild of America.
As a composer and conductor, Jason Livesay, along with his twin brother Nolan, is currently scoring feature films, writing commissioned works, and musical directing and conducting theatrical productions. They both hold conducting positions with the Golden State Pops Orchestra, and have composed for Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, MGM, Warner Brothers, FoxFaith Films, Nickelodeon, CBS, and MTV, earning Gold Classic Telly Awards for their work in television. They have premiered original concert works with the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra, the Sonus Quartet, the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the APU Symphony Orchestra, and the Michael Skidgel Singers. Among over 40 film and television credits, recent projects include the HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE DVD video game, the original score for the feature film western BOUNTY, original music for the film series 36 PARABLES, original music for the award-winning documentary DEAR FRANCIS, and additional music arranging and orchestration for J.A.C. Redford's epic score for the feature film ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING starring Peter O'Toole.
Residing in Los Angeles with his brother Josh (who is the CHASING THE GREEN co-editor), Cole Summers is a talented artist - using his expertise to complete the visual effects required and poster art. He also recently co-directed his first film (with his brother Josh), the short film SPOONFED.
(Post Sound Mixer)
Residing in Los Angeles, Michelle Garuik is an experienced sound mixer. Working in post sound since 1988, her credits include: NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES (2000), TALES FROM BEYOND (2004), and STONE & ED (2008).
(Final Sound Mixer)
As a Re-recoding Mixer and Editor with 13 years of experience in Post Production and Production industry working on Reality TV, Features, Television, Trailers, Music, On-Air Promo's, Radio, and DVD Authoring. Providing clients with more and with better than they may expect almost anywhere else. Southern California-based audio post Production Company for film, television, and multimedia. On the leading edge of technology which is why Sound Design Digital Post clients enjoy the complete scope of superior sound prep, pre-lay and mixing services-All under one roof. Benefiting from an extensive sound effects library, Foley, ADR, Music mixing, Music editing. Every Client is assured of receiving personal service that is dedicated and responsive all the way through in a friendly client oriented studio with free DSL Service and gourmet coffee. He previously worked with Russ Emanuel on GIRL WITH GUN (2005) - which was nominated for Best Sound, PERFECT RED (2007), and P.J. (2007).
CLICK HERE FOR FULL CREW LIST