Nana Mensah (writer/director) is a Ghanaian-American New York-based multi-hyphenate and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. As an actress, she has appeared onstage with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Kline, LaChanze, Mandy Patinkin, Anthony Mackie and Jonathan Groff. As a writer, her work can be found on season 2 of hit series, An African City. She is currently in development with NYU MFA writer Ayanna Maia on Koforidua Flower, a historical biopic set in 1940s and 1950s Ghana. The Madam (pilot for cable TV written by comedienne Rachel Axelrod). Selected Theater Credits Include: The Bacchae featuring Anthony Mackie and Jonathan Groff (NYSF/Joanne Akalaitis, dir.), Mother Courage and Her Children starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline (NYSF/George C. Wolfe, dir.), Inked Baby starring Tony Award winner LaChanze (Playwrights Horizons/Kate Whoriskey, dir.), The Tempest starring Mandy Patinkin (CSC/Brian Kulick, dir.), A Question of Impeachment featuring Alec Baldwin, Denis O'Hare and Annabella Sciorra (Culture Project).
Anya Migdal (producer/music supervisor) has often guest starred in the L&O franchise as well as appearing in independent films, including the upcoming feature Hunter&Game. In addition to co-developing and producing "Queen of Glory", Anya recently produced "Dead Hairy Hipster" - a short written/directed by Ashlin Halfnight. She is currently working on translating a book of short stories, "Aetherial Worlds", by renowned Russian writer Tatyana Tolstaya, as well as collaborating with Ms. Tolstaya on an adaptation of Alexander Vampilov's "Last Summer in Chulimsk". Anya distrusts umbrellas and capital letters.
Jamund Washington (producer) received his B.A in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to obtain his M.F.A. in film at Columbia University. Since then, he has produced and directed many films, including Classified (Finalist at Hollywood Black Film Festival), and God Looks Like Me (Runner Up, International Festival Der Film). His directorial debut, GOOD MORNING MA, was an official selection at the Pan African Film Festival, and Urbanworld Film Festival where it was well received. His Film CRED was the 2008 recipient of the HBO Films Young Producers Development Award and the 2010 winner of Best Narrative Short at the Pan African film festival. He most recently produced GIMME THE LOOT (Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival-Un Certain Regard, Grand Jury Prize winner at South By Southwest Film Festival), which was released to critical acclaim in March 2013.
Baff Akoto (producer) was born in London, England. Baff’s feature documentary Football Fables (2010) was a critically acclaimed, award-winning debut before he was picked up to helm numerous network television dramas in the UK for both BBC1 (including EASTENDERS) and Channel 4 (COMING UP). His colorful youth as a door-to-doorsalesman, strip cabaret DJ and haute cuisine chef, imbued him with a distinct view of the world, which is evident throughout his directing work.
Jessica Landaw (editor) Jessica is an award-winning editor and director. Directing credits include the TV dramas BONES, COLD CASE, ONE TREE HILL, and JUDGING AMY. She edited and directed HOUSE POOR WITH MINDY KALING, and all 63 episodes of the Michael Eisner-produced series THE BOOTH AT THE END, which sold to Fox International in the largest deal in new media content history. She began her career in feature film editing rooms, and continues to cut movies, feature and short documentaries, and scripted and unscripted programs. She was awarded a Women in Film “Mentor Award” and was a “Top 4 Director” for the 2nd season of HBO’s “Project Greenlight.” Jessica has an MFA in Directing from The American Film Institute and a dual BA in English and Film & Video Studies from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the DGA, and Costco.
Cybel Martin (cinematographer) is the first and only African American woman to receive an MFA in Cinematography from New York University. Perhaps because she was named after 1962 Oscar winning film, "Sundays and Cybele". this native New Yorker has set her sights on her own golden statue. She served as the Cinematographer for Dee Rees' "Orange Bow" which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and for "Sangam" which was recognized for its deeply moody and textured palette and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her feature work has included “Flora’s Garment Bursting into Bloom”, winner of the Showtime “No Limits” Award at the New Festival, additional photography for the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner “On The Outs” and the edgy criminal dramas “Dregs of Society” and “No Problema”.
Gene Pritsker (composer) has written over five hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. His compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of the eclectic ensemble, Sound Liberation, as well as being the co-director of Composers Concordance. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." Classical Music Sentinel writes: "His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day Renaissance man."