Eric Steel / director, producer
Eric Steel began his career as a creative executive at Walt Disney Pictures after graduating from Yale University in 1985. Later he worked as a Vice President at Cinecom, at the time the leading art film distributor. Shifting gears, he took a position as an Editor at Simon & Schuster and then as a Senior Editor at HarperCollins, where he published many noted and award winning books of fiction and non-fiction.
In 1995, he became Senior Vice President of Scott Rudin Productions. Along with the acquisition and development of many of the company’s most prominent feature projects, he was the Executive Producer of Angela’s Ashes, and Co-Producer of Bringing Out the Dead and Shaft.
In 2003, Eric Steel formed his own company, Easy There Tiger.
The Bridge, Eric Steel’s directorial and documentary debut, premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival in 2005 and was released theatrically across the United States and around the world in 2006. Stephen Holden, in The New York Times, wrote The Bridge is “one of the most moving and brutally honest films about suicide ever made.” MTV selected The Bridge as the best documentary of the year.
Eric Steel optioned, developed and produced Julie & Julia–directed by Nora Ephron and starring Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams. The film was a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture.
Kate Swan / producerKate started her career as a film festival organiser, documentary researcher, and producer of short drama films, co-founding Crash Films with Andrea Calderwood and Douglas Mackinnon in 1988. Kate produced the BFI/Channel 4 feature films PLAY ME SOMETHING, written by John Berger, directed by Timothy Neat and starring Tilda Swinton. She also produced BLUE BLACK PERMANENT, written and directed by Margaret Tait, starring Gerda Stevenson, Celia Imrie, James Fleet and Jack Shepherd (co-produced with Barbara Grigor). As Director of the Scottish Film Production Fund, Kate founded the Tartan Shorts film scheme, whose first production, Peter Capaldi’s FRANZ KAFKA’S IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE won an Academy Award for Best Short Film. At the Fund, she established a development slate that included the feature films SHALLOW GRAVE, CARLA’S SONG and SMALL FACES, and was Executive Producer of ACOUSTIC ROUTES, Jan Leman’s documentary film about legendary guitarist Bert Jansch. For BBC Television Drama, Kate produced Paul Murton’s THE BLUE BOY, starring Emma Thompson and Adrian Dunbar, and SPLIT SECOND, starring Clive Owen and Helen McCrory, written by James Mavor and directed by David Blair. As a Development Producer at BBC Scotland Drama, Kate worked with a diverse range of talent, including Ashley Pharoah and Andrew Kotting. She also produced BACKPACKER ORPHEUS written and directed by Tinge Krishnan, a play devised from the experiences of the Asian Tsunami which starred Enzo Cilenti. Kate is a graduate of the National Film and Television School and The University of Edinburgh, and a former member of the BFI Production Board.
Andrea Calderwood / executive producerAndrea began her career as a freelance production manager in Scotland, producing documentaries, short dramas and music videos with independent company Crash Films, before being appointed Head of Drama at BBC Scotland. She then joined Pathe Pictures as their Head of Production, executive producing eight feature films including AN IDEAL HUSBAND, RATCATCHER, and THE CLAIM. Through her own production company, Slate Films, Andrea’s producer credits include Mike Figgis’ experimental digital film HOTEL; Shane Meadows’ ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS; Kevin Macdonald’s THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (winner of 3 BAFTAs and the Oscar for Forest Whitaker); HBO’s acclaimed GENERATION KILL: I AM SLAVE, directed by Gabriel Range and written by Jeremy Brock; executive producer on two series¹ of David Kane’s THE FIELD OF BLOOD for the BBC; and Eric Steel¹s fly fishing documentary, KISS THE WATER. Andrea has recently completed producing HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, based on the Orange prize winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Joseph Mawle and Anika Noni Rose, the film has been written and directed by Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele. Andrea is currently producing A LITTLE CHAOS, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Slate Films joined forces with Potboiler Productions in 2009.
Sabine Krayenbühl / editor
Sabine Krayenbühl is an award winning editor with over 20 theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit, many of which have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world. Her work includes Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominated My Architect for which she received an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award nomination. Other credits include Mad Hot Ballroom, one of the top twenty highest grossing documentaries, The Bridge produced by IFC, Picasso and Braque go to the Movies, produced by Martin Scorsese, Ahead of Time and most recently Jennifer Fox’s acclaimed My Reincarnation. Krayenbühl has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a long-term member of New York Women in Film and Television.
Em Cooper / animatorEm Cooper is a British director and animator specializing in combining oil painted animation with live-action film. She is particularly interested in experimenting with film form and use of subjective perspectives within her work. She has found the technique of combining paint with film particularly useful for expressing inner experiences, emotional realities or memories within films. Recently she has also found this to be useful within documentary, as well as fiction film and experimental pieces. She is particularly interested in experimenting with film form and use of subjective perspectives within her work. She has found the technique of combining paint with film particularly useful for expressing inner experiences, emotional realities or memories within films. Recently she has also found this to be useful within documentary, as well as fiction film and experimental pieces. Em’s films have been screened internationally, including at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her work has also shown at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and been discussed at various psychoanalytic conferences including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival in London and the International Ferenczi Conference in Budapest. Em graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and her film Confusion of Tongues was shortlisted for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film. Prior to her MA, Em worked as an Editor and Associate Producer at Current TV, UK, after graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University.
Ole Birkeland / cinematographer
Ole Birkeland is a Norwegian DoP based in London. He mostly works in commercials and Feature Films. Some of which include: Helen, (Best Cinematography Durban International Film Festival); The Arbor (dir: Clio Barnard – winner of the Guardian First Film Award; Sutherland Award, Douglas Hickox Award) and Up There (dir: Zam Salim – Scottish Bafta for Best Film). His recent Television Dramas includes Shirley for BBC2, and the critically acclaimed Utopia directed by Marc Munden for Channel 4. He is represented by Casarotto Marsh and Associates.
Paul Cantelon / composer
Paul Cantelon began his musical career as a violinist, making his debut at the age of thirteen at Royce Hall. He spent years of intensive piano studies at the Juilliard School, the Paris Conservatory and Trinity College in Cambridge. After releasing two solo piano records with Capitol Records, Paul formed the eclectic band, Wild Colonials, with singer Angela McCluskey, and performed with artists such as Joe Cocker, The Kinks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rickie Lee Jones, and many more.
In 2005, Paul began his venture into film with Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated. He went on to score such films as the award winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W. (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), Oscar Winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s upcoming release Violet & Daisy, and Effie, the upcoming feature written by and starring Emma Thompson. Paul has also recently contributed original music to Jonathan Demme’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, called Fear Of Falling.