“Sociographic topic was the main reason I came to filmmaking,” explains Adam Csaszi. “Not many filmmakers were willing to address what is going on in Hungary. I was upset about that. The role of the Artist is to comment on what is actually happening in their society. Nobody was addressing this in my country. Ever.”
An Emmy Award winning director, Rohrbaugh spent much of her career working in mainstream media and popular culture. After attending NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, she made an impact at MTV as a writer, director, and editor. However, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh always had a passion for narrative and documentary work.
After spending over a decade working in the fashion industry in New York, Thomas Bezucha embraced his passion and wrote his first screenplay. The project was Big Eden, a touching gay themed story about love and mending the past. After securing funding, Bezucha directed Big Eden and uncovered a new career for himself.
Director Norman René was born in Rhode Island in the early 1950s. After studying psychology at Johns Hopkins University, René opted to change his course of study and embarked for Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University. Discovering his love for directing, René spent three years running the Red Barn Theatre in Pittsburgh before he and three fellow CMU alumni fled for New York to found their own production company.
John Cameron Mitchell began his career with a variety of on and off Broadway performances, as well as some guest roles in popular television series. In 1998, Mitchell wrote, directed, and starred in his award winning Broadway musical and film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The project inspired Mitchell to pursue more writing opportunities, allowing him to pen and direct a number of successful film projects.
The award winning director Marçal Forés studied for his Masters of Arts at the London NFTS (National Film & Television School), and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Barcelona at the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Forés released his first short film shortly after graduation Yeah Yeah Yeah (2004) and Everlasting Love (Amor eterno), follows Forés debut full length feature, the fantasy horror Animals (2012).
A classically trained actor, Todd Verow’s adventure into filmmaking began at the Rhode Island School of Design and the American Film Institute. He took an interest in cinematography after realizing how much more comfortable he felt on the other side of the lens. Today a recognized veteran of New Queer Cinema, the openly gay Verow has built an impressive career for himself, often working underground on projects with little or no budget.