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Crew Biographies

Nevessa Production, Inc.

Established in 1978 by Chris Andersen. Nevessa provides a diverse set of production services for the music and corporate industries and has a diverse client list.

Nevessa Clients and Credits include: Woodstock ‘94, Pete Townsend, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, NRBQ, HBO, BBC, Four Tops, Pennebaker-Hegedus Films, John Sebastian, Pete Seeger, Louisiana Red, Jimmy Vivino, AI Kooper, NPR, Catskill Mountain Festival, Arlo Guthrie, David Johansen, Warren Zevon, Spin Doctors, Crash Test Dummies, Utopia, Ziggy Marley, Ten Years After, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Blind Puff Daddy, Stevie Wonder, ABC-TV, Rory Block, Tom Chapin, Jorma Kaukonen, Roger McGuinn, Happy Traum, Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra, and many more.

  • Chris Andersen: President and Engineer, Nevessa Production, Inc.
  • Josh Telson: Director and Editor, Nevessa Production, Inc.
  • Preston Repenning: Shop foreman and logistics, Nevessa Production, Inc.

Bernadette Gillota

Bernadette Gillotta is the co-founder, and Executive Director, of Independent Pictures in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University, where she studied Geography and Spanish. After graduation and returning to Cleveland, Bernadette pursued studies in Art, Photography, Design and Dance. Since beginning her work in film, Bernadette has worked on several feature films and commercials. She has also been an invited guest speaker at several universities and libraries and has curated special film programs for the Akron Art Museum, the Twinsburg Library, and many other venues. She is a frequent guest on WCPN — a local affiliate of National Public Radio. Bernadette was a nominee for the 1999 Northern Ohio Live Artistic Achievement awarded in film, TV and Radio. Currently, she is writing for Clevetian Glass Magazine on Art and Film. Bernadette’s film projects include the Ohio Film Festival Trailer (1999 and 2003) that she wrote and directed and several 16mm short films (one that was shown at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio). She was recently awarded a prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Media Arts.

Robert Banks

Robert Banks

Robert Banks attended The Cleveland School of the Arts and has taught film at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University. His best known work is the 1992 film, X: The Baby Cinema, a 4.5 minute, 16 mm short film which chronicled the commercial appropriation of the image of Malcom X. The movie appeared on a compilation video, The Best Of The New York Underground: Year One. The 1994 feature documentary film, You Can’t Get A Piece Of Mind, explores the world of Cleveland musician and Vietnam veteran, Dan “Supie T” Theman. Robert has had his films shown at the Sundance Film Festival, was named Filmmaker of the Year at the Midwest Filmmakers Conference, and in 2000, he was the honored guest filmmaker in London, England at the BBC British Short Film Festival.

Tom Common

Tom Common

Tom Common is an independent video artist whose 20 years in the business have formed a career of diverse experiences, from syndicated television and corporate/industrial video, documentary and independent film, to working in the Cleveland Arts and Non-Profit communities. Tom’s corporate clients include Greyhound, American Medical Response, Laidlaw Transportation, Veolia Transportation, The Sally Beauty Company, and the Arras Group, for whom he has done projects for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Moen Faucets. Tom continues to work with area theatres, dance groups, musicians and filmmakers, promoting the arts and educating Cleveland’s young people on the positive role the arts can play in their lives. Most recently, Tom has been working with the students of the new Cleveland School for the Arts, guiding them through the process of filmmaking.

Diana Bryan

Diana Bryan is an award-winning artist/illustrator/animator whose paper-cutout work is currently on exhibit as steel sculptures and prints at the Colony Arts Center, Woodstock, NY. She has created 30 foot-long murals for Walden Books and the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue. Her work has appeared in many galleries and museums including The Smithsonian, The Society of Illustrators in NYC and The Library of Congress. She has been a faculty member at Parsons School of Design for 20 years and of the Syracuse University Master of Arts Program. Diana is a researcher and Board of Directors member of the Arts, Crafts, Theater, Safety (A.C.T.S.) Organization. She has created videos for Rabbit Ears/Sony narrated by Raul Julia and Jodie Foster. In addition to a very large client list, Diana’s work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, Web Pages, packaging design etc.

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