Cast & Crew
RUEDI GERBER (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)
The Swiss filmmaker Ruedi Gerber began his career as a professional theatre actor, performing in over 30 plays throughout Europe. He also wrote, directed, acted, and toured with his own one-man show “Spiwit of Spwing.” A chance encounter in 1982 with dance pioneer Anna Halprin would eventually inspire Gerber to pursue a career as a filmmaker.
Upon graduating with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1990, Gerber produced and directed a series of award-winning fictional shorts, including CAFÉ MECANIQUE, a dreamlike tale about an evening encounter between a man and a women that is played out to the music of Carla Bley, MIDNIGHT BARBEQUE (Best Director Award, NYU), a thriller spoof inspired by William Burroughs’s infamous ‘William Tell’ experience, and COMMUNICATION AT YOUR WORKPLACE, an award-winning, commissioned series of short comedy films about miscommunication.
Transitioning into feature film and feature length documentaries, Gerber’s films continued to garner acclaim and adoration. They include LIVING WITH THE SPILL, a classic anti-corporate film told from the unique point of view of Alaskan residents, produced for Channel 4 in London and aired repeatedly in 24 countries, and META-MECANO, a film about Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle’s move into the Tinguely Museum (awarded Best Architecture Documentary, Paris 1997)
Gerber then directed his first narrative feature in the U.S., HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL, starring Patricia Clarkson, John Shea, Demain Bichir, and Diane Venora — a romantic comedy and spoof about the blurry lines between reality and fiction. Soon after, Gerber reconnected with Anna Halprin and his theater roots. In 2005, he started to work on what would become BREATH MADE VISIBLE, a feature length documentary about Halprin’s inspiring, trailblazing life and work.
2009 BREATH MADE VISIBLE (Director, Producer)
2002 HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL (Director, Producer and Writer)
1997 META-MECANO (as Rudolf Gerber – Director, Producer and Writer)
1992-94 COMMUNICATION AT YOUR WORKPLACE (Director)
1991 MIDNIGHT BARBEQUE (Short Film, Director, Producer)
1991 LIVING WITH THE SPILL (Short Documentary, Director, Producer)
1990 CAFÉ MECANIQUE (Short Film, Director, Producer)
MARIO GRIGOROV (COMPOSER)
Mario Grigorov has composed scores for such prestigious films as the Academy Award winning documentary TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE and the upcoming, Sundance award winning PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE. As the son of a concert pianist and trumpeter, Mario traveled as a young boy with his family throughout Europe and the Middle East, enabling him to experience and absorb many rich and unique cultures, languages, and musical styles. He has lived in Tehran, Iran (where his father performed in the Shah’s symphony orchestra), the former East Berlin, Austria, Australia and now, the United States. Grigorov has seamlessly incorporated these life experiences and musical travels into his music, melding them beautifully into his own distinctive style. While playing the piano in a music store in Los Angeles, Mario was signed on the spot to a record deal by Warner Brothers Records’ A&R executive Bob James. The Warner signing led to the release of “Rhymes with Orange” and later to the number four Billboard Magazine charter “Aria.” Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, Grigorov continued his exploration and application of classical, jazz, and world music while composing over thirty original film scores in Australia. Since landing in the U.S., he has continued to write original music and as well as score films, some of which include TENNESSE, SHADOWBOXER, 29 PALMS, THE INSURGENTS, THE ATTIC, and THE THIRD WAVE.
ADAM TEICHMAN (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Adam Teichman has been working as a director of photography in film and TV for over 25 years in both dramatic and documentary films. His documentary credits and work as a contributing cinematographer include THUG ANGEL, THE LIFE OF TUPAC SHAKUR, WELCOME TO DEATH ROW RECORDS, STAND AND BE COUNTED, THE LIVING CENTURY, and HEALTHY BABY GIRL. His work can also be regularly seen on many prime time network shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Dr. Phil Show,” and “The Doctors” as well as numerous archival documentaries for the Grammy Foundation, NARAS, with much of his work on display in the new Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. He is the owner of the LA based AT Productions.
MIKE KING (CO-PRODUCER)
An award-winning graduate of New York University’s Graduate Tisch School of the Arts, Mike King has been working in the New York film industry for over 15 years. He has worked on numerous films from Robert Redford’s QUIZ SHOW to Stephen Gaghan’s SYRIANNA, as a location manager on various TV shows, including THE SOPRANOS and MAD MEN, has line produced segments of Hal Hartley’s FAY GRIM and Tamara Jenkins’ THE SAVAGES, and Co-produced LIBERTY KID, winner of the New York Latino Film Festival, recently broadcast on HBO.