Director of Photography
Born and raised in Los Angeles and of Cantonese descent, Sheldon first discovered his greater passion for films in his mid-teens when he was introduced to the Criterion Collection DVDs. Sheldon was inspired by the power of storytelling when he learned of his parents’ tale of survival during the Fall of Saigon in which they fled the country in an arduous journey en route to America.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and finding a natural enthusiasm for visuals and camerawork, Sheldon decided to fully pursue cinematography as an MFA student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the winner of the prestigious 2015 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography and a 2013 Kodak Cinematography Scholarship nominee. He recently wrapped production on a road trip feature in 2015 as well as an NYU short film in Senegal.
Featured as one of 2015 ASCAP's Composers to Watch, Ariel Marx is a New York City-based composer and multi-instrumentalist for film/tv and multimedia. Her scores have premiered alongside films at national and international film festivals, such as Sundance, Tribeca and LAFF, winning awards at several for her musical contributions. Ariel draws from many different genres and often combines orchestral and folk instruments with electronics to create unique worlds of sound.
She is the recipient of the 2015 Henry Mancini Fellowship (ASCAP), the 2013 Women in Music Scholarship from The Sorel Organization, and was one of five composers selected for the prestigious 2015 Columbia/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Ariel earned her Master of Music degree in composition with a concentration in film scoring from New York University's Steinhardt program.
THE DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
I feel that this film has an important message, but also succeeds in telling the type of stories that I love to tell, which is a story about two women finding their way through different moments in life.
I hope that somehow, this film can open up even just one person’s mind, help one person to understand someone else just a little better. That is why I became a filmmaker and a storyteller. We thrive in our stories. In our ability to relate to each other, and to acknowledge that the human condition is a shared condition. And even if our struggles don’t compare directly, we can all understand that we are all, in fact, struggling. And I think that this is part of the solution. To understand that we all struggle, we all have points of view.
Jon Rua: Hamilton (Charles Lee/Ensemble, Hamilton u/s), Hands on a Hardbody (Jesus Pena), In The Heights (Sonny & Grafitti Pete) Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Kung Fu, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Damn Yankees (Encores!). Regional: Old Globe’s Somewhere (Alejandro-Craig Noel Leading Actor Nom.), Bring It On The Musical (Twig), La Jolla’s Hardbody (Jesus), Muny’s West Side Story (Chino). Film: Fall to Rise (Magic) TV: Law & Order. Digital: Mas Mejor. As a Choreographer, credits include Phish, Aida (MUNY), SpongeBob The Musical(Creative Consultant), Freedom Riders (NYMF), ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, Jackson Harris, The Clippers, The Brooklynettes, Broadway Bares, Emmy-Winning Webisode ‘Chaos Theory’, Capezio A.C.E. Awards. He’s assisted Tony Award-Winners Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Gattelli, & Olivier AwardWinner Sergio Trujillo. Jon is a Contributing Choreographer to Broadway’s Hamilton, On Your Feet, Bring It On-The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody, In The Heights, & NYCC’s The Wiz. He has also danced for Mariah Carey, PHISH, Don Omar, Soulja Boy, Target, BillBoard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, Panasonic to name a few. Instagram @jonrua1 | Twitter @jonrua | www.JonRua.com
writer | director | producer
Ashley Michel Hoban
Storytelling is vital to Kate. She believes that is how humans find, and make meaning in their journey through life. A native to the west, she grew up in Idaho, and Montana. She then brought her mountain energy along to live in London, Los Angeles, and for the last nine years, New York.
She has worked on many projects over the years as an actor, writer, and collaborator. Favorites include productions at the beautiful Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, CA, various Sci-Fi films killing robots, and being attacked by jellyfish monsters, the hilarious web series Uncharted, being a half animated Mad Scientist in Cartoon Network's Team Toon, many short films including Jackie Doesn't Wanna Get Married, Lilith, Inviolate Rose, Dark and Light Leo, and Big Girl. She also hosting the Britney Spears show at Madame Tussaud's in London, and had a recurring role in the HBO pilot Spring/Fall. She is delighted to be reunited with Ashley Michel Hoban for the making of The Things We Do They Don't Understand.
Calla is an NYC-based filmmaker and theatermaker. She is the Creative Director of Sightline Arts, a production company committed to creating original, interdisciplinary media and performance work. Calla graduated from Harvard with BA in Physics and Theater and received her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and her MFA from Tisch Graduate Film.
She has received grants and awards from the Puffin Foundation, Tofte Lake Center/Jerome Foundation, Culture Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Women in Film and Television, and Harvard, including the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts. She was named a Person of the Year by NYTheatre in 2011. Her writing and directing work has been presented at Culture Project, the Living Theatre, HERE, Ice Factory/New Ohio Theatre, Theater for a New City, soloNova, Ars Nova, and Dixon Place. In her work as a producer and strategist, Calla has worked at Complicite, The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Harvard Medical School, NBC News, DIRECTV, and BET Networks.
A short film about a young woman who finds herself having breakfast with the Spanish-speaking mother of her one-night stand.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Yvette Mercedes was a part of Lee Strasberg for over 25 years. She has an acting degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Yvette taught the young actors at Strasberg for over 20 years. Yvette worked with Natalie Portman and Zack Braff in Garden State, Andy Garcia in Night Falls in Manhattan, Jack Black and Billy Crudup in Jesus’ Son, Sean Penn, Dennis Hopper Holly Hunter and Samantha Morton in Jesus’ Son. Woody Allen in Sweet and Low Down and Sidney Lumet in Night Falls In Manhattan. The New York Department of Health awarded Yvette for her portrayal of a mother living with AIDS and bringing awareness to the community. Yvette's TV credits include numerous episodes of Law and Order, the Sopranos, The Conan O'Brien Show to name a few. She was also a regular on As the World Turns for nine months. Yvette was also a regular in a pilot called The Big Apple. Yvette has done over 16 commercials and appeared in Off Broadway plays. Yvette has been a mentor to youth groups and has written, produced and directed plays to inspire young people.
Friday, June 9 @ 7:00 PM | Founder's Hall Theater, St. Francis College | Brooklyn, New York
Art of Brooklyn Film Festival | http://www.theartofbrooklyn.org/
The Things We Do They Don't Understand is a short film about a girl who wakes up after a one-night stand, and finds herself alone in the man’s apartment -- with his mother. Who only speaks Spanish. The two women have an awkward and sometimes emotional breakfast together, while trying to find a way to communicate with each other, both verbally and emotionally.
The film has moments of humor, but it also deals with deeper issues of understanding, compassion, and the human condition. Living in New York, I am lucky to be exposed to every different walk of life, and being a part of this world means learning about others, what drives them, and how we are alike.