LINDA YELLEN

Writer/Director/Producer Linda Yellen’s projects have received numerous awards, including two Peabody’s, seven Emmys, one Luminas, one Silver Nymph and two Christopher’s. Her films have been selected to be shown at the Cannes, Monte Carlo, New York, Aspen, Banff, Palm Springs, Hamptons and Deauville film festivals. As a director/writer, Ms. Yellen’s films include The Simian Line (William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly, Harry Connick Jr., Cindy Crawford), Northern Lights (Diane Keaton, Maury Chaykin), End of Summer (Peter Weller, Jacqueline Bisset), Parallel Lives (Jim Belushi, Ben Gazzara, Liza Minelli, Dudley Moore, Gena Rowlands, Treat Williams), Chantilly Lace (Ally Sheedy, Martha Plimpton, Helen Slater, Talia Shire, JoBeth Williams, Jill Eikenberry, Lindsay Crouse) and Prisoner Without a Name (Liv Ullman, Roy Scheider). Films Ms. Yellen produced include Playing for Time (Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander), Mayflower (Anthony Hopkins), Everybody Wins (Nick Nolte, Debra Winger), Hard Hat and Legs (Sharon Gless), Sweet Bird of Youth (Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Harmon) and Second Serve (Vanessa Redgrave, Louise Fletcher). Linda’s films have been released through Columbia Pictures, Disney, Universal, Showtime, CBS, NBC, ABC and others.

MICHAEL LEEDS

Michael collaborated with Linda Yellen on The Simian Line and was choreographer for her film End Of Summer.  For the stage, a few of his many directing credits include writing and directing the Tony nominated Broadway musical Swinging On A Star, directing the Award winning European Premiere of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time, directing and choreographing the Houston Grand Opera production of A Little Night Music starring Frederica Von Stade and the Florida Grand Opera production of Regina starring Lauren Flanigan.  Michael is Associate Artistic Director of the critically lauded theatre company, Island City Stage where his productions have garnered numerous Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards.  His latest projects co-written with Linda Yellen include the comedy thriller Monochrome, and The Hive, the incredible true story of five struggling artists who lived and bonded in a ramshackle building called The Hive - before the world came to know them as Picasso, Chagall, Rivera, Soutine and Modigliani.

MAURICIO RUBINSTEIN

Mauricio was born and raised in Mexico City, studied film in England, and worked for many years in Holland and Argentina with the director Alejandro Agresti on such films  as The Cross, 1996 International Film Festival Un Certain Regard, and Wind with the Gone, 1998 winner of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.   Mauricio moved to New York in 2003 after working with director John Sayles on Casa de los babys in 2002.  His other films include Sorry, Haters by director/writer Jeff Stanzler, nominated for 2 Spirit Awards,  Puccini for Beginners  from director Maria Maggenti, and Fatih Akin’s segment of New York I Love You.  He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Cinematography for Bernard and Doris, an HBO film from Bob Balaban starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes.  Mauricio’s television credits include the second season of the HBO series In Treatment, two full seasons of Gossip Girl for the CW Network, Us and Them for Sony, and Ron Fortunato’s  Elementary episode “End of Watch.  Mauricio was an adjunct professor of Cinematography at Columbia University School of the Arts in the MFA film program in New York City from 2010 to 2013.  

PATRICK SEYMOUR

Patrick Seymour (often credited as Pat Seymour) is a classically trained British songwriter and keyboard player. He has worked as a live and session musician with various artists, and was most notably part of Eurythmics' backing band in the 1980s. After completing a degree in classical music at Oxford University, he first arrived on the UK music scene as part of the British funk band UK Players, whose debut album No Way Out was released on A&M Records in 1982. Changing record labels to RCA in 1983 brought him into contact with the RCA duo Eurythmics, who he joined as keyboard player for their world tour in 1984. He continued to record and tour with Eurythmics until the end of the decade, and also co-wrote tracks for their albums Revenge (1986) and We Too Are One (1989). Seymour's other collaborations include:The Pretenders - Get Close, Mick Jagger - Primitive Cool, Bob Dylan - Knocked Out Loaded, Culture Club - Colour By Numbers, Daryl Hall - Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, Belinda Carlisle - Live Your Life Be Free, Bob Geldof - Deep in the Heart of Nowhere, Kiki Dee - Angel Eyes. Seymour composed the song "Sleep Like A Child" that was recorded by Joss Stone for her 2004 album Mind, Body & Soul. He was also co-writer of the 1989 Shakespears Sister hit "You're History". He has also composed music scores for film and television, including Anne Rice's Feast of All SaintsThe Simian LineMe and Isaac NewtonThe Johnsons, and also arranged and conducted the music score by Badly Drawn Boy for the film About a Boy and now The Last Film Festival.