About The Filmmakers
Jonas Elrod (Director/Composer)
Jonas grew up in the south listening to people tell the most fascinating stories. Storytelling became his passion leading him to become a filmmaker.
After moving to New York, he got his start at the award winning production company Rockhard Films. During his time there, Jonas worked on all aspects of production ranging from Director, Producer and Editor. Focusing primarily on music videos and commercials, he worked with top artist and clients including Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Spike Lee, Nike and ESPN.
In the winter of 2003, Jonas began producing his first feature documentary BEARS. On this project he traveled across the country for two years, shooting over 200 hours of footage.
So after eight years behind the camera he certainly didn’t expect his next project to be his own story. His second documentary, WAKE UP, follows him on a personal journey looking for truth and meaning after experiencing a very radical and surprising spiritual awakening.
Jonas is currently signed with Grand Large Inc. as a commercial director and hard at work on his follow-up feature, a southern gothic spiritual thriller, JUNE’S LAST WISH.
Chloe was born and raised in the heart of the film industry in Hollywood CA. At 21, she left college and started working for commercial and music video directors full time. Chloe spent the next 4 years learning hands on, the ins and outs of directing from some of the top directors of the time (Michele Gondry, Marcus Nispell, Jake Scott, Jesse Dylan, etc.). Through her daily exposure to visual images, she also fell in love with photography, and took it as an opportunity to keep honing her visual eye and creativity. Chloe has been working as a professional photographer for the last 7 years in New York City. Her clients include Lucky, Esquire, Outside, Tatler, British Vogue, Latin Harpers Bazaar, Ocean Drive, Vanity Fair, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Teen Vogue among others. Her photography website is www.chloecrespi.com.
Steve Hutensky served as senior executive vice president and the head of business affairs for Relativity Media in Los Angles from June 2009 until September 2011. At Relativity, he oversaw all business and legal aspects of the company’s single picture business, including production, development, acquisitions, financing and distribution. Prior to joining Relativity, Steve worked as an independent producer based in New York City where he formed Walk The Walk Entertainment which he still runs today.
From 1995 to 2004, Steve worked as an executive at Miramax Films during the height of the studio’s success, holding a variety of top positions and serving as one of the principal advisors to the company’s co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein. At Miramax, Steve ran the business and legal affairs department for the Miramax label, served as a creative executive in the company’s production and development group and oversaw the company’s various non-film businesses including its book division and investments in magazines, real estate and restaurants. Steve served as executive producer on THE HUMAN STAIN directed by Robert Benton and staring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins and as executive in charge of production on COLD MOUNTAIN directed by Anthony Minghella and staring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
Christopher Seward (Editor/Co-Producer)
Christopher Seward is one of the premier editors in the documentary film world. Based in New York City, Chris served as one of the lead editors for Michael Moore’s hit films SICKO and FAHRENHEIT 9/11. Winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or, FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is the highest grossing documentary film in history. Chris has been nominated twice as best documentary film editor of the year by the American Cinema Editors Guild, winning in 2008 for SICKO. In addition to his film credits, Chris has worked as an editor in television for over 10 years on award-winning programming for networks such as A&E, Discovery, PBS, and The History Channel. Expanding his filmmaking skills and experience, Chris has co-produced the last three films he’s edited and has been a consulting producer / creative consultant on several others. His most recent projects, “2012: Time For Change”, and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” are scheduled for release in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Kurt Engfehr (Consulting Producer)
Kurt Engfehr is one of the leading talents in the documentary film world. He served as a main editor and co-producer on two of Michael Moore’s biggest hits – the box office smash FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (which he edited with Chris Seward) and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is the 5th highest grossing documentary of all-time with $21.5 million at the domestic box office and $58 million worldwide. In addition to his collaborations with Michael Moore, Kurt also co-directed THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD which premiered at Sundance and which also won the audience award at Berlin; edited and served as co-producer on TRUMBO and A LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN; edited AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, A PLACE IN TIME, and SEAMLESS; produced AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL and served as co-producer on BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER and TAKING LIBERTIES. He is currently serving as co-director on a FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD, a documentary about health and nutrition that’s part comedy road trip, part self-help manifesto. He’s also finishing up producing and editing duties on NO MANIFESTO, a rock doc about the UK band Manic Street Preachers.
Edward W. Stein (Associate Editor)
Edward W. Stein is an accomplished Freelance Editor and has a broad scope of experience in editing and post production in Television, Commercial, Corporate, Music Video, with a particular passion for Documentary Filmmaking. Edward has worked with various organizations including DCTV, 501 Films, TEDx, and Open Eye Productions. Edward has contributed to such notable projects as Wake Up, Main Street USA, Dirty Driving, Taking The Hill, and the award winning series Off To War. He began his career in post production after earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Film and Media Studies from Hunter College in New York City.