KEITH BOYNTON (Director/Producer) was born and raised in Lakeville, Connecticut, the child of an Olympic canoeist and a greeting-card artist of some renown. An English and Theater double major, Keith graduated from Amherst College in 2005 with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, but without sufficient Latin to really understand what that meant. Since then, he has written and directed two feature films – The Now and Keeper – as well as producing two of his own plays (Walls and The Quotable Assassin) off-off-Broadway, prompting The New York Times to label him “a talent worth watching.” He is far too modest to argue. Keith spent last summer making 12 films in 12 weeks with some of the most wonderful collaborators on the planet. He is starting to really like deadlines.
MIKE LAVOIE (Writer/Producer) is an actor, writer and filmmaker in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA in English, Psychology, and Theater from Georgetown University and later studied at Yale, the William Esper Studio, the LAByrinth Theater and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He was an Associate Producer on the hit Off-Broadway show, Sleepwalk With Me, spent the summer of 2009 producing twelve short films in twelve weeks, and puts the over/under of cans of Red Bull he will drink in the month of August at 50. Much more at his webzone.
DEREK VAN GORDER (Director of Photography) is an NYC-based director of photography and editor. His credits include the indie feature Local Warming, the documentary web series Courtside Jones, and the Keith Boynton-directed short film Spirits, which won Best Cinematography at the 2009 Blackout Film Festival. A veteran of 12 Films 12 Weeks, he has extreme confidence in the team Keith has assembled, and is looking forward to the unique challenges and opportunities of shooting a four-week feature film. To see his work, visit his website. FillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFillerFiller
SUMI LEE (Producer/Production Designer) was raised in South Korea and Colorado, although she “grew up” mostly on the East Coast, starting with her time at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, with Keith Boynton. She received a B.A. in English and Government in 2006 from Georgetown University and was awarded the Mary Phelam Poetry Prize at graduation for her collection of poems. Sumi recently graduated from law school and is exploring beyond the boundaries of her aptronymic career. With12in12 and two film-race experiences under her belt, Sumi is excited to take on the challenge of tolerating and motivating her friends for 28 consecutive days as Production Manager in her first feature-film endeavor.
MICHAEL REDFIELD (Composer) is an actor, director, composer, pianist, lighting designer, air traffic controller, and HVAC technician living in Los Angeles. (OK, not the last two, but he’ll learn anything to make a buck.) He has appeared in episodes of Days of Our Lives and Hannah Montana, and the feature films Bewitched and ID. He has theatre credits and award nominations too numerous to list. He directed the 12in12 film “Hero by Proxy” and scored three others, and apparently liked everybody so much that he’s abandoning his wife and one-year-old daughter to do this movie. He met Keith doing gonzo improv theatre in school, but cannot remember which of them played the backpack in that one sketch. Educated at Amherst College, he can make dinner conversation about anything.
LEE GILLENTINE (Gaffer) was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States at when he was 10 years old. Fascinated by international politics, he began perusing academic work in political economy and journalism and was internationally published by age 17. After attending the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, he moved to New York to begin a career in film. His previous feature film production, “…Around”, is currently represented by Cinetic Media (Little Miss Sunshine, Waking Life, Napoleon Dynamite).
CLINT BYRNE (1st Assistant Camera) is a stage-trained actor from Buffalo, NY, where he trained with James Fauvell under the infamous Gerry Trentham. After college he continued his studies in Vancouver and NYC, and started the Action Theatre Company, where he was a part of Slow Night (an original play based on Charles Bukowski’s poetry) and wrote/produced Nell Carter is Dead. Today he works both onscreen and behind the camera, always looking to craft the perfect shot, moment, light, and edit. His onscreen credits include television pilots, short films, and a yet unreleased feature film in which he portrays fictional serial killer Ryan Carver. In production, Clint has worked as a PA, Grip, Editor, AD, Photographer, and DP. His first DP credit came under a year ago when he shot ”Outfits” under the direction of Keith Boynton, and since then he has been shooting numerous shorts, commercials, and reality TV. He is happy to be a part of this team; he loves to collaborate, and is very excited to be working with everyone involved. To see some of Clint’s Work, visit his Vimeo Channel.