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FILMMAKERS

MUSTAPHA KHAN
Director
Mustapha Khan is an Emmy Award-winning film, television and commercial director. His credits include: the multiple award-winning documentary House on Fire, the critically-acclaimed PBS film Reflections of a Native Son, the primetime NATURE Series Wild TV, the Emmy-Nominated Sesame Street's 25th Anniversary Special and dozens of other films and specials for HBO, ABC, PBS and Nickelodeon.

Mustapha's commercial credits include national television spots for clients such as: Coca-Cola, Honda, Burger King, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Children’s Defense Fund. Actors he has directed include: Bill Cosby, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Mya, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, Maya Angelou, Sean Kingston, Savion Glover, Elmo, Big Bird and all of the Sesame Street Muppets.

Central to all of Mustapha's work is the heart and soul he brings to his films. As he puts it: “My work is about embracing humanity. Whether I'm filming a movie or a commercial, kids or adults, muppets or manatees, celebrities or everyday people—my job is to illuminate what’s beautiful inside of us all.”

Mustapha Khan is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rotary Scholar anthropologist in East Africa before becoming a filmmaker. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and has been a film professor at Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications.
STEPHEN HAYS
Executive Producer / Writer
Stephen Hays is an executive producer and Managing Member of 120dB Films, a finance company specializing in gap, tax credit and related loans to the independent film industry. Founded in 2004, 120dB has executive produced over 40 films and television series. Stephen was co-founder and General Partner of Seneca Capital, a New York-based hedge fund (1996-2003), where he remains a partner and adviser. Prior, he was a Managing Director at Furman Selz, a NY-based investment bank where his focus was proprietary risk arbitrage and event-driven investing (1987-1995). Stephen's first position on Wall Street was at Laterman and Co., an arbitrage-focused hedge fund (1985-87). He received a BA in history from Kenyon College in 1983 and gained a Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics in 1985. Stephen is a founding sponsor and Board member of the Woodstock Film Festival, serves on the Board of Directors of Green Chimneys School for disadvantaged youth and is a member of Oxfam America's Leadership Council. He is an active supporter of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations including Doctors without Borders, Physicians for Human Rights and Save the Children.  Stephen is an extreme sports addict (wake, kite and snowboarding), enjoys creating electronic music and drumming, and was co-writer and executive producer of "Rocksteady", which is presently in post-production.
ANNE CHAISSON
Producer
Anne Chaisson, a producer since 1995, has produced several feature films including the award winning ROGER DOGER (2002 Winner Best First Feature at Venice International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, NY Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics and National Board of Review) and P.S. (Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals) starring Laura Linney and Topher Grace.  In addition, Ms. Chaisson is President of Dirty Rice, a New York based production company which she formed in 2002.  Dirty Rice has produced DIGGERS (Toronto and SXSW Film Festivals) starring Paul Rudd and Maura Teirney, is in post production on ROCKSTEADY by first-time director Mutapha Kahn and is in development on MY LOST PITTSBURGH directed by Fran Drescher, BEAUTY ON THE VINE starring David Straithairn and Olivia Wilde, and will shoot BLOODLINES starring Olympia Dukakis in Greece 2011. Ms. Chaisson co-founded The Reel School, is a member of New York Women in Film and TV, the Independent Feature Project Producers Group and Advisory Co-Chair of the Hamptons International Film Festival.  Ms. Chaisson also runs a Youth Filmmaking Workshop at Guild Hall in East Hampton each July.
ANTHONY MOODY
Producer
New York City-based producer Anthony Moody founded Indalo Productions in 2002 to develop, finance and produce independent feature films.  Prior to Rocksteady, Moody most recently executive produced The Steam Experimentstarring Val Kilmer. Prior to that Moody produced Day Zero (starring Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, Jon Bernthal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elisabeth Moss, Sofia Vassilieva, and Ally Sheedy), which world-premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by First Look Studios. Moody has several other projects in various stages of development including Tales From the Town of Widows (writer/director Gabriela Tagliavini attached), and the noir classic Black Wings Has My Angel (with Elijah Wood as producing partner).

 Moody’s first feature was 2005's Turning Green (starring Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, and Colm Meaney) which he executive produced in association with Curbside Pictures.  The film world-premiered at the 2005 Cinevegas Film Festival and was released theatrically by New Films International.  He also produced 2005's Rock The Paint (original music by Wyclef Jean) which world-premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festiva and was released in 2008. Moody left behind a successful career in finance to follow his passion for film.  After receiving his BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, Moody joined Wall Street powerhouse Merrill Lynch as an institutional equities trader. After Merrill Lynch, he moved on to strategic advisory services and development at Register.com, where he pursued and closed partnerships, investments, and corporate acquisitions.  After earning his MBA in Entertainment Finance at NYU's Stern School of Business, Moody built a thriving consulting practice, offering strategic financial advice to angel investors and corporations, including a $500 million healthcare company. Today, he brings all of those deal-making and entrepreneurial skills to the world of filmmaking.

Moody also has a strong sense of community and in that spirit he teaches a Producers’ Roundtable at the New York Film Academy. He has also guest lectured at Temple University Film School, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the New York University School of Continuing Education.  He is a member of the IFP Producers Group.
ADRIAN CORREIA
Director of Photography
In 1997, Adrian Correia abandoned his doctoral studies in History after working on an independent film for a summer.  He began work as an assistant to NYC cinematographer Salvador Bolivar, working on music videos, short films and features. For the better part of the last decade Adrian has been applying his own particular taste to the visual realization of dozens of films and stories.  Regardless of format or budget, Adrian’s belief in the foundation of story and character that illuminates imagery has enabled him to work in an endless variety of genres from fantasy romance to science fiction.  In 2009 alone he shot three features and numerous short films including Chris Kublan’s post 9-11 New York Drama “Zerosome”, Stephen Marro’s dramedy police story “The A.D. Project” and the Stella Artois/Triggerstreet Grand Prize winning science fiction short film “The Perfect Time” for award-winning director Jason Mustane Klein. In 2010 he is slated to shoot the drama “Paper Dolls” for director Peng Robroo, the thriller “One Night Stand” for writer/director Gorman Bechard and the fantasy film “Johnny Postal” for director Frank Calo.