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"Cutie and the Boxer" Filmmaker Info

Zachary Heinzerling (Director/Cinematographer) is a director and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He was the recipient of the Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for his feature film debut "Cutie and the Boxer." He has worked on several feature-length films for HBO, including three Emmy Award-winning documentaries as a field producer and camera operator. Zachary participated in the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus. He also was selected as one of 25 filmmakers for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFP’s Emerging Visions Program during the 2011 New York Film Festival. His films have received grants from Cinereach, Tribeca Film Institute, San Francisco Film Society, and the Jerome Foundation. Other cinematography credits include the forthcoming feature documentary Town Hall for PBS.

Lydia Dean Pilcher (Producer) has produced more than 30 feature films, most recently the upcoming release of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," based on the acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, directed by Mira Nair, starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schrieber and Kiefer Sutherland. She is presently in post-production on the feature films "The Sisterhood of Night" and "The Lunchbox," and is headed to production this year with Fela - Music is the Weapon with director Steve McQueen. Lydia’s other producing credits include HBO Films’s "You Don’t Know Jack," with Al Pacino, directed by Barry Levinson; "The Darjeeling Limited," directed by Wes Anderson; 10 films directed by Mira Nair including "The Namesake," based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. She is the founder and president of Cine Mosaic, a production company based in New York.

Patrick Burns (Producer) is a journalist and photographer based in New York. He began studying Japanese art and culture while living in Japan, where he became conversant in the language. As a reporter in the New York bureau of the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, he covered political and cultural events in the U.S. and Latin America. Patrick’s writing and photographs have appeared in several online and print publications such as the Huffington Post, the Guardian and National Geographic.

Sierra Pettengill (Producer) has worked on many documentary films, including as Associate Producer on the Peabody Award-winning "Triangle Fire" and the Emmy-nominated "Walt Whitman" for PBS. She was also the Associate Producer of HBO’s "Wartorn: 1861–2010." She is currently directing "Town Hall," a co-production with ITVS, and is the Archival Producer on Matt Wolf’s "Teenage."

Kiki Miyake (Executive Producer) is the founder and president of Little Magic Films, an independent film company that stands at the cross roads of East and West, developing and arranging international co-productions. She is currently producing "Angry Little God," a psychological thriller directed by Daniel Stamm ("The Last Exorcism"). Now in post-production, the film will be distributed by Dimension. Later in 2013, Kiki is scheduled to start production on "Adele’s Secret," the remarkable true story of Maria Altman’s struggle to reclaim five famous Gustav Klimt paintings, stolen from her family by the Nazis. Earlier in her career, Kiki spearheaded acquisitions for the Japanese distributor Amuse Pictures, later Toshiba Entertainment. Pre-buying films still in the script stage, she succeeded at acquiring over 50 titles, including the Academy Award and Palme d’Or winners "The Pianist," "Memento," "Pulp Fiction," "Once" and "Finding Neverland," as well as major commercial blockbusters such as "Resident Evil." Kiki’s previous production credits include Jonas Akerland’s "Spun," Julien Temple’s "Vigo," David Byrne’s "Ile Aiye," and "The Magnum Eye," a series of 18 video diaries directed by Magnum Photo Agency’s renowned photo-journalists.

David Teague (Editor) is a film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning, Oscar-nominated, and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He edited Cynthia Wade’s 2008 Academy Award-winning short documentary "Freeheld." He also edited Jennifer Redfearn’s "Sun Come Up," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. David edited and was a cinematographer on two other documentaries for Cynthia Wade: "Mondays at Racine" and "Born Sweet" (Sundance 2010). He recently completed the feature documentary "The Iran Job," which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and he directed and edited his own award-winning documentary, "Intifada NYC," which is currently playing festivals and broadcast outlets internationally. His documentary directing work also includes "Our House," co-directed with Greg King, which premiered at Hot Docs 2010 and is playing currently on the Documentary Channel.

Yasuaki Shimizu (Composer) is a composer, saxophonist and producer whose musical explorations range from classical to free improvisation. Renowned for his groundbreaking interpretations of J.S.Bach, Shimizu also collaborates on video, multimedia and dance projects, and scores music for television, commercials and film. His career took off in the 1970s as his saxophone playing gained notice. Since 1981 he has composed, produced or arranged for artists as diverse as jazz vocalist Helen Merril, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and DJ Towa Tei. In 1983 he launched the project Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes, which has since become the focus of his recording activities. From 1985 through 1991 he based himself in Paris and London, recording three albums with a host of international artists. His acclaimed Bach recordings—Cello Suites 1.2.3 (1996) and Cello Suites 4.5.6 (1999)—marked the first-ever rendition for tenor saxophone of the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, and in 1997 he released the Japan Record Award-winning album "Bach Box." In 2006 he relaunched the Saxophonettes as a saxophone quintet. Their latest album, "Pentatonica" (2007), is a collection of profoundly original compositions based on the pentatonic scale. In February 2010, Shimizu reaffirmed his passion for Bach by premiering in Tokyo the world’s first saxophone/double bass arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

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