Sandra Luzzi-Sneesby | Director, Producer, Co-Writer
Artist Statement| My work is generated from the examination of a spiritual dimension, trying to discover how the divine is at work in human affairs. The subject matter that interests me is the discovery of what lies underneath the superficial surface, in particular, seeing beyond ugliness, disability or darkness. My projects are screened at film and video festivals, installed in museums, galleries, and distributed on the web.
Bio | SANDRA LUZZI-SNEESBY is a media artist whose work includes video and interactive. She has written, produced, directed and edited short and feature length films and videos. Her interactive work includes web development, multimedia kiosks, and enhanced music CDs. From binary to fps, her passions include both film and technology.
Sandra has always had an interest in the mechanical, technological and creative worlds. She grew up making models, building radios, clocks, robots and other devices. Her interest in media led her to exploring still photos and projects in 35mm, 8mm and 16mm film. Sandra earned a Bachelor in Science in Business Management, minor in Communications, from Rhode Island College. After graduation, she was accepted into the selective Program for Accelerated Computer Education at Rhode Island Hospital Trust Bank, one of ten acceptances out of 1,500 applicants. There, she programmed and managed large computer system development projects and quickly rose to become a Senior Programmer/Analyst and Project Leader.
She managed and worked on systems such as Commercial Loans, the PEP Federal Reserve interface system and Human Resources, and later served as a Data Base Administrator (DBA) for Network Six. Her large system work continued at Fleet Bank and then as an Independent Consultant for Textron Financial and Deloitte and Touche. Sandra also consulted and built systems for small and medium businesses, including EG&G Sealol, NAMI Rhode Island, Abby’s House, Learning Through Assisting, the Infection Control Professionals of New England. Saint Pius V School and others.
Sandra started expanding her programming into creating multimedia software, including a touch screen Kiosk retail system, an enhanced CD Turn it On! Turn it Up! for the Grammy Award winning Roomful of Blues band and many website projects. Her passion for video and film continued in her work as producer and editor on several independent feature and short films, including her own short narrative fiction film, Nativity. Her editing work led her to earn an ACI Academic certification from Avid Technology, which enables her to train a new generation of Media Composer editors.
She has taught computer technology courses and multimedia production at Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design and the Community College of Rhode Island, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She develops curriculum and teaches courses in Web Development, Video Production, HTML, Mass Communication, Video Editing, Computer Concepts and several software applications. She is a co-advisor to the New Media Group student club and serves on several college committees. Her work with web development students earned her an Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for facilitating construction of a website for FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. She also led students on construction of a large scale website for the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, including video commercials for broadcast and web.
Sandra earned an M.F.A. in Media Art from Emerson College, Boston and also holds an M.A. in Visual & Media Art, also from Emerson. Her work combines her dual background of technology and art and examines the intangible dimensions of human experience, particularly how we meet the divine presence in humanity.
A Rhode Island native, Sandra enjoys watching films, gaming, gardening, bocce and playing catch with her two Scottish Terriers. She volunteers in the community as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and for the RI chapter of the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI). She resides in Providence with her husband Frederick Sneesby and their two children.
Frederick J. Sneesby | Executive Producer, Co-Writer
FRED SNEESBY is a writer, and communications specialist based in Providence, RI. Educated at the oldest Catholic university in the world, molded by ministering to many different sorts of individuals and groups as a Catholic priest, enriched by starting a married and family life as well as a new professional life, Fred Sneesby brings an unusal mixture of education and experience to his writing.
Fred received a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He has written and taught about religion and faith for over 30 years and provided spiritual conseling to people of all walks of life. Fred is the author of A Believer's Christmas, a collection of short essays reflecting on the Christmas message.
Michael M. Luzzi | Producer, Casting, Still Photographer
MICHAEL M. LUZZI is a freelance author and poet, interactive media artist, actor, musician, and photographer. His authorship includes a continuing young adult series entitled The Witches of Angel Avenue, which consists of five novels. A screenplay called Moving, several short stories, including The Search, and The Storm, to mention a few, and he is currently developing and writing an intriguing romantic novel of love and loss titled, The Legend of Abigail Jones. He has also penned an extensive collection of romantic and abstract poetry, some of which has been methodically incorporated into his novels.
Michael’s lifelong interest in fictional stories is exemplified by his involvement in the film and television industry. In film, he has been credited as an Associate Producer on the motion picture Code of Ethics, where he was also credited as a Music Advisor and a Creative Consultant, and he is a Producer on the film installation The Women Who Loved Poe.
In addition to his Producing Credits, Michael has been acting for 17 years and joined the Screen Actors Guild in 2004 and is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA. He has acted in numerous film and television productions, including ABC’s Body of Proof, with Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan, Brotherhood, directed by Blake Masters, The Way, directed by Rod Holcomb, I’m Paige Wilson, directed by Rod Lurie, and the CBS pilot Waterfront, with Joe Pantoliano. He was cast in Code of Ethics, as a radio station engineer, with Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, and David Beecroft. He was in The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones, directed by John Wells, Hachi, staring Richard Gere, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington, 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigl, directed by Ann Fletcher. He also appeared in The Departed, with Jack Nicholson, directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, 21, with Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, Underdog, directed by Frederik Du Chau, Fever Pitch, with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon, directed by The Farrelly Brothers, and Gone Baby Gone, with Michelle Monaghan and Casey Affleck, directed by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck.
Michael is an avid musician and audiophile. He plays acoustic and electrical guitar, piano, drums and percussion. He was one of the original founders of The Oxford Circus, a popular Rhode Island rock band. As a musician, aside from playing various musical instruments, he has been credited on CD’s, and in the industry for his interactive work and audio adapting and mixing on Enhanced CD’s, and is a voting member of the Grammy division of The National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 1996 Michael was introduced to the director of the Boston Music Awards and since then he has been involved in the annual production of the show acting as a Performer’s Liaison, a Green Room, Stage, and VIP Room Coordinator; working side by side with a multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians, including, Grammy Award winners Carly Simon, Paula Cole, Patty Griffin, and Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton of the Grammy Award winning band Aerosmith.
Michael has successfully developed and managed several business enterprises in Rhode Island, and is especially skilled in communications, as well as sales and finance. He also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. He is a lifelong native of New England, which has been the inspiration, as well as the background, for all of his collective works and creative endeavors. He currently resides in the state of Rhode Island.
Michal Phillips | Producer, Editor
If you have seen a major motion picture in the last few years then you are, in a way, familiar with the work of MICHAEL PHILLIPS.
He is the co-inventor of Avid Film Composer, a software suite used for video editing that has become a Hollywood standard. It has been used on films such as “Transformers,” “Avatar,” “Inception,” and “Black Swan,” among many others. Phillips himself has many film credits as a post-production and digital editing consultant and won an Academy Award for technical achievement in 1995 for his work with Avid from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He first studied film at the University of Montana, inspired by his brother, Howard, who is also in the midst of an extensive film career. Phillips moved to Boston in 1986 and worked as a freelancer before being hired by the Avid Co. in 1990. The timing was fortuitous, as Avid was about to solve a major technical problem and revolutionize the film industry. The problem was this: Motion picture cameras using celluloid film operate at 24 frames per second and, in order to edit that footage, technicians had to convert to video, which operates at 30 frames per second. Conversion was a tedious process and it was tough for an editor to know, when making quick cuts, how the final product would look after conversion back to film.
An alternative was the even more time-consuming process of physically cutting and splicing reels of film, which required precise planning and organization and discouraged trying spontaneous ideas. This practice is the source of the idiom that unused parts of a project are “left on the cutting room floor.” Avid software allowed editors to work at 24 frames per second – the native speed of theatrical motion pictures – letting them see exactly how a finished product would look on a big screen. It also allowed for nonlinear editing: the ability, now taken for granted, to skip to any point in the footage without having to wind tape or film all the way there sequentially.
“It sounds easy enough but, back then, it was revolutionary,” Phillips said. Avid dramatically reduced editing time and greatly enhanced the collaboration between editors and directors. For the first time it was feasible for a director to stay in the editing room while changes were being made rather than give orders and return days later when film reels had been painstakingly cut or videotape tediously wound, rewound and re-edited. The Avid developers won an Academy Award plaque in 1995 and an Oscar statuette for continued development in 1998. About 80 percent of the film industry has adopted their product.
Phillips continues to stay active as a film editor, taking on many projects as a freelancer. He and his brother opened a firm called The Edit House in 1993 that gave independent filmmakers access to the expensive Avid software. They offered their services to the production of Neil LaBute’s “In the Company of Men” and worked with Wes Anderson on his first short film “Bottle Rocket,” which later became feature length. Phillips left Avid in 2011 and continues to teach and work on film projects. As chief technology officer for Cineworks, he recently finished post-production work in New Orleans for the upcoming crime drama “Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder and James Franco.
Jordan Salvatoriello | Co-Producer
JORDAN SALVATORIELLO is a media artist specializing in social issue documentary video and photography. Her work seeks to illuminate the human condition and ultimately evoke social change through education and entertainment.
Ms. Salvatoriello earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University in 1999, and her writing and photography has since appeared in various regional publications including the Boston Globe, Playbill Magazine and Examiner.com. To further nurture her creative voice, she combined her love of story with PR and brand strategy at Cone Communications in 2006, and has supervised major national accounts, including both for- and non-profit clients. She produced award-winning interactive media campaigns, marketing videos and web-based projects to effectively build brand-to-consumer relationships through artistic and innovative storytelling.
Ms. Salvatoriello earned her M.F.A. in Media Art, a three-year terminal degree program, from Emerson College in May 2012, and received Emerson’s Graduate Program Award for Creative and Academic Excellence. Her work is often drawn out of personal passions, as an activist, feminist, philanthropist and journalist.
Her acclaimed documentary short, Graceland Girls (2012) won the Director’s Guild of America Jury Prize for Women Filmmakers, the Gold Circle Award from the Caucus for Writers, Producers and Directors, the Maria Menounos of EXTRA’s “Take Action Hollywood” Award, and the Diamond Award from the California Film Awards. The film was an Official Selection at the Boston International Film Festival, Peace on Earth Film Festival, Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, Chicago International Social Change Film Festival and Women’s Independent Film Festival, where it won “Best of Feminism on Film,” “Best Director,” “Best Cinematography” and “Best Editor.” It’s a compelling story about Kenyan girls who struggle against familial, economic and societal pressures to escape child marriage and achieve academically, with the hope of joining the ranks of the next generation of Kenyan leadership.
Jordan is an avid traveler and adventurer, is one of eleven children and resides in Boston, MA. Currently, she is co-producing a documentary feature about a young girl with Asperger’s Syndrome as she completes her education at Perkins School for the Blind, the esteemed alma mater to Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.
Norm Grant | Co-Producer
NORM GRANT works as a video producer in the Department of Marketing and Communications at The Community College of Rhode Island. His duties at CCRI include digital video production for marketing and instructional purposes.
During his tenure at CCRI, Norm has received several awards for his work, including four Peg Awards for Best Public Access Program Produced with a Non-Profit Organization, Best Edited PSA and his graduate film project was awarded Best Student Produced Public Access Program. He also received CCRI’s Employee Recognition Award for his willingness to help students, faculty and staff beyond the requirements of his position.
Prior to joining the college, Norm began his career as a commercial photographer and as an award-winning photojournalist. His photographs have been published in the New York Daily News, Boston Globe, New England Magazine, Hartford Courant, and The Providence Journal via the Associated Press. 1n 1979 he was awarded First Place in the Spot News Photo category and in 1982 third Place in the Feature Photo category by the New England Associated Press News Executives Association.
His marine photography has been published in such publications as Sailing World, Sailing, Sail, Northeast Sailing Life, and Bloomberg Finance. His nautical photos have also been used for advertising by North Sails, Edson, and Hewlett Packard . Norm is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Photography.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a Communications minor as well as two Master’s degrees in Media Studies and Instructional Technology from Rhode Island College. Norm shoots and edits corporate video and has been involved in the production of television commercials in Southern New England. However, he feels most passionate when documenting other peoples’ stories.
Currently Norm is working on a documentary film about The Celebrity Club, Rhode Island’s first interracial night club.
To view samples of Norm’s photography and video visit the pages located at the following links:
YouTube Channel | Corporate Channel | Celebrity Club Channel
Shaun Clarke | Cinematographer
SHAUN CLARKE is a filmmaker based in Boston, MA. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, with a B.F.A. in Film & Television production, and received an M.F.A. in Media Art from Emerson College in May 2012. He also studied cinematography at the internationally acclaimed FAMU school in Prague, Czech Republic.
Shaun has worked as a cinematographer on numerous projects over the past 10 years. His work has ranged from short narrative films, to commercial spots, to feature-length documentaries. He’s known for his creative but disciplined approach to cinematography, and his professional approach to his work on productions and sets of all sizes.
Shaun has also produced a number of projects over the years. Most recently, he was the Associate Producer of “Give Me the Banjo,” a feature-length documentary broadcast nationally on PBS in November 2011. Narrated by Steve Martin, “Give Me the Banjo” was viewed in over 3 million households during its premiere broadcast.
Shaun also has extensive experience teaching film and video production to a diverse mix of students. He is currently an adjunct professor at Emerson College, teaching an introductory-level film production course. He has previously lectured and taught both adults and teens at New York Film Academy, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Bentley College, Cambridge Community Television and Cambridge Ringe & Latin High School.
Ross Matthei | Sound Designer
ROSS MATTHEI is an audio engineer specializing in film and television sound recording. He holds a M.F.A in Media Art - focus in Audio Production from Emerson College, Boston and a B.A. in Film.
His credits include: Home Depot and Glidden Paint (2013) – Commercial and How-to-Video – Directed by Newfangled Studios Drive Clean (2013) – Google Web-Series – Produced by Chase Studios You Should be a Model (2013) – Reality Series – Produced by All Star Media Studios.
Thanks For Laughing (2012-2013) – Directed by Eric VanDervyncht, Night Surf (2012-2013) – Stephen King – Directed by David Humphreys, Scientists in the Woods (2013) – Directed by Toddy Burton, The Outsider (2012) – Directed by Lawrence Sampson, Weird Things - Pickles (2011-12) – Directed by Ericka Nelson, Fish (2011) – Directed by Qinshu Zu – Winner of Best Film Boston International Student Festival, Early Morning (2013) – Directed by Harlan Bosmajian Plan B (2009) – Produced for Rhythm Method, Our Favorite, Mistake (2013) – Produced by Ross Matthei for Rhythm Method.
Terminal A (2011-12) – Directed by Robert Giordani A Civil Disturbance, The Walls (2012) – Directed by Neil Murphy, Presence of Light (2011), Short-film - Directed by Jeff Soyk, Diaoyu Island (2012) – Directed and animated by Xia Sheng, The Royal Ballet (2012-13) – Directed by Tatyana Bronstein, Drink With the Moon (2012) – Directed by William Rogan and Pinwen Lien.
Matthew Glover | Sound Recordist
MATTHEW GLOVER is a sound recordist, boom operator, foley arstist, sound designer and mixer. He has worked on corporate productions for Best Shot Productions, Crowley Davis Brand Films, ACME Packet Office SITCOM Advertisement, United Way, Centerboard, Synk Monkey, Advanced Aircraft Instructors, Echo Box and Heart Punch Studios, Inc.
He has worked on the short films "Leave the Pieces", "Unabashed", "All the Lights are on Here", "The 3 Suicides of Paul Hamilton", "Save State", "The Safe Maker", and "The Traveler MacWhirr", and the feature film "Harvest Moon".
Matthew has worked in Technical Support for Mark of the Unicorn, Sound Engineer for Arsenal Center for the Arts, Audio Visual Techician for Harvard University, Electronics Technician for Bose Corporation, Backline Technician for Bergsten Music, Sound Engineer for The Skybar, and Intern Sound Engineer for Marblehead Arts Festival.
Matthew holds a B.S. in Audio and Media from the New England Institute of Art, Brookline, MA.
Marilyn Salvatore | Costume Designer
MARILYN SALVATORE is a freelance theatrical costume designer as well as a custom clothing and jewelry designer. From 1984-2004 she was one of the designers for Trinity Repertory Company, working on over 180 productions with artistic directors Adrian Hall, Anne Bogart, Richard Jenkins and Oskar Eustis. During that same period, Marilyn was also the costume designer/coordinator for the Trinity Rep Conservatory, now the Trinity/Brown Consortium, where she designed over 80 productions.
In 2007, Marilyn designed MEMORY HOUSE, directed by Curt Columbus, Trinity Rep’s current Artistic Director. Her dance, opera and drama designs have been seen throughout Rhode Island, as well as in New York City, Alaska, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Marilyn’s most recent designs have been RIGOLETTO and LA CENERENTOLA for Salt Marsh Opera where she will be designing DON PASQUALE this fall, Arlene Violet’s THE FAMILY: A MUSICAL ABOUT THE MOB, MARVIN’S ROOM and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for URI Theatre, GOD OF CARNAGE for Theatre-by-the-Sea, FOOLS for Ocean State Theatre Company, WHEN MAHALIA SINGS for Mixed Magic Theatre, and RED and THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE for The Gamm.
She has designed for many of Rhode Island’s universities and high schools and for independent films, as well as for Nova, The History Channel and the Discovery Channel; worked in set dressing for two Disney films shot in Rhode Island –UNDERDOG and DAN IN REAL LIFE; was Lauren Bacall’s assistant on MR. NORTH, a film shot in Newport, Rhode Island; and worked as the ambience coordinator for Luther Vandross on a three-city tour of Las Vegas, Houston and Los Angeles.
Her custom clothing client list includes Anthony Edwards of The Edwards Twins and actress Renée Taylor, as well as personal and professional work with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. She is an adjunct professor of theatre at the University of Rhode Island where she teaches theatrical makeup, and at Salve Regina University where she teaches a class in the history and use of costume for the stage.
Marilyn holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, the union for professional costume designers, as well as a member of IATSE 481, and a Resident Artist for The Gamm.
Brendalee Peckham-Bell | Graphic Artist
BRENDALEE PECKHAM-BELL has more than 20 years experience in the graphic design industry. Most recently, she served as senior graphic designer at Gilbert Design Associates in Providence. At Gilbert Design, she created many successful pieces for non-profit and educational clients, including RISD, Brown, Agnes Scott and Bryant University.
Her responsibilities at the Community College of Rhode Island include the design of the college's course catalog, departmental fliers and brochures, posters, the school's commencement program, logos, ads and various publications.
Brendalee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Swain School of Design/SMU Dartmouth.
Anna Baxter-Pine | Make-up Artist and Hairdresser
Caleb Tineo | 2nd Assistant Director
CALEB TINEO is a New Media Communication student at the Community College of Rhode Island. His specialties include video production and video editing. He won a Knightie Award for Best Documentary Narrative Youth Worship Promo at the 2012 CCRI Film Festival.
Caleb is the President of the CCRI New Media Group where he leads a group of student filmmakers in running events, weekly meetings and technical instruction in video production and post-production. One of the top student filmmakers at CCRI, he also assists the college Videographer, Norm Grant on various productions.
Caleb has been a valuable assistant to the director of The Women Who Love Poe project.
Lydia Rogers | Social Media Consultant
LYDIA ROGERS helps organizations and businesses develop their websites, create content for those websites, and plan social media strategies. In addition, she teaches Professional Development classes for adults on topics ranging from various Microsoft Office Applications to maintaining a website to creating content for a website. Lydia has a Masters Degree in Media Studies (New and Traditional Media) from Rhode Island College and a B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.
Her experience includes the New Media of Websites and Social Media as well as the Traditional Media of Radio Broadcasting. A supporter of WordPress, she was one of the organizers of the WordPress Providence WordCamp 2013. Her software and computer skills include HTML, CSS, WordPress, Adobe (Audition, Contribute, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro Video Editing, Soundbooth), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), Garage Band, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), Final Cut and Audacity.
Phill Naylor | Editing
PHILL NAYLOR is an award winning, multi-faceted audio visual content creator and editor based in Haverhill, MA. He is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art where he earned a B.S. in Media Sciences with a concentration in Sound Design.
By day he is a Customer Success Expert and College Relations Manager at Avid Technology in Burlington, MA. In this role he manages content creation and production for a revolutionary new offering called "The Survival Guide Video Series" designed to educate current and future clients on various aspects of Avid's workflow. He has engaged with customers ranging from Sony to DreamWorks to the production crew of "The Hobbit" providing technical assistance and guidance throughout projects large and small.
By night, Phill is an internationally touring musician who has shared the stage with acts ranging from Alice in Chains to Buckcherry. Phill is also a DJ, known world-wide in the dance music scene for his crazy beats and intense remixes. Phill always has an active side project ranging from Sound and effects for multiple independent films and is currently working on a solo Acoustic/ electronic rock album due sometime next year. When he's not immersed in film or audio editing, Phill enjoys spending time with his wife Jenna and their three rambunctious boys Tristin, Jonah and Reese.
Gordon Lucaj | Production Assistant
Brent Henderson | Production Assistant
Eric Hanson | Additional Sound Recording