William VanDerKloot grew up in Chappaqua, NY and is an independent director and producer whose 30-year career includes short films, television documentaries and theatrical features. Over the years he has traveled the world producing films on a range of subjects from public sculpture to ethnic history; from southern blues to environmental science.
He has won over one hundred international film and television awards, including twelve CINE Golden Eagles and the George Foster Peabody Award. He created of the award-winning Little Mammoth Media children's programs, The BIG Adventure Series®, which are licensed in over 30 countries. VanDerKloot's projects have been distributed on such venues as PBS, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, HBO, Showtime, domestic and international homevideo, as well as VOD and theatrical release. Based in Atlanta, VanDerKloot is the founder and president of Magick Lantern, a full service, 22,000 square-foot post-production facility that offers editorial, design, CGI, compositing, animation, and audio services, along with a fully-equipped sound stage and television production studio. He is also the founding director of the Atlanta Film and Video Festival and he has written about filmmaking for such industry publications as American Cinematographer.
Head Researcher and Field Producer
Monique Tobin is a writer and journalist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and has worked in documentary production for over a decade. In 2001 Monique began researching the ferrying of US-built bomber aircraft to the UK during WWII: her comprehensive research on the subject of RAF Ferry Command has included Canadian, British and American public and private archives and extensive field research. Since 1991 Monique has worked on countless CBC Radio and TV history and current affairs productions as a writer, broadcaster, associate producer and researcher, in addition to work on independent film projects. Monique has written for The Financial Post and numerous other print publications.
Carlo Rota was born in London, raised in Italy, Hong Kong, the Bahamas and Canada and now lives in Los Angeles. He is best known to American audiences as Morris O’Brian on “24,” where he has filmed 27 episodes. He is also known for his five seasons as Mick Schtoppel on the USA Network's smash hit "La Femme Nikita" (1997). Carlo also appeared on Showtime's "Queer as Folk" (2000), The Boondock Saints (1999) and in numerous other television shows and movies. Carlo also stars in the Canadian hit, “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” as Yasir Hamoudi. He also co-created, hosted and directed the popular series, ”The Great Canadian Food Show” - a program where he travels across Canada in search of the country's best culinary delights. Carlo was recently nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award for excellence in culinary journalism.
American composer James Oliverio has created hundreds of original soundtracks and orchestral scores for film, television and the stage. In addition to numerous national grants, commissions and world premieres, he holds five Emmy Awards for music composition from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition to performances of his orchestral scores by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Oliverio has produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of “All Rise”, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur and enjoyed subsequent performances at the Concertgebouw and with major international ensembles including the London and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Boston and Chicago Symphonies. Additional special recognition includes the Inaugural “Peoria Prize for Creativity” (2005) for producing the globally-distributed performing arts collaboration entitled “Hands Across the Ocean” and the “Most Courageous and Creative” Award in the High Bandwidth Challenge at the 2001 Global SuperComputing Conference. Oliverio’s work in real-time globally-distributed arts has been featured on CNN International and the BBC. He currently serves as Professor of Music & Digital Media and as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida.