Lust Life Production Team
STEPHANIE SELLARS (Writer / Co-Director / Producer) is a New York-based filmmaker, writer, and performer. She has written, produced, directed, and acted in many films, which have won awards and played festivals including Outfest, Frameline, DC Shorts, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and Mexico International Film Festival. Her first film, Twenty Minutes of Immortality, aired on IFC for three years. Stephanie studied film at La Femis in Paris and Columbia University School of the Arts where she received a MFA. As a writer and filmmaker she was awarded residencies at Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center. An early screenplay draft of Lust Life Love was a quarter-finalist in Austin and BlueCat Screenplay Competitions. She wrote, produced and starred in the web-series Lust Life for You Tube (100,000+ views). From 2006-2007 she wrote a weekly column of the same name for New York Press. In 2006 she founded Immortality Productions, which produces film and theatrical projects, exploring art, sexuality, and spirituality, and how the intersection of these things can bring about human transformation. stephaniesellars.com.
BEN FEUER (Co-Director) A Columbia MFA writer/director/producer, Ben's films have screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Outfest, Frameline, DC Shorts and dozens of other festivals, have been distributed worldwide through companies such as Shorts International, Ouat! Media, Mini Movie Channel and OML, as well as have been viewed over half a million times online. In 2012, Ben produced The Skinny (2012), starring Jussie Smollett (Empire) written and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, creator of the popular Noah’s Arc series on Logo. The Skinny was an official selection of BFI London and Outfest Fusion, won Best Director at Outfest and is distributed worldwide by Wide Management. Ben's film and television writing has been optioned to major production companies and honored dozens of times, including 2nd place in Scriptapalooza and Top 100 in Tracking Board, and his scripts have been developed at Madhouse (Prisoners) and Maven Entertainment (Black Nativity). Ben has worked as a freelance story editor on projects including Being Mary Jane and A Dog’s Purpose (2017) and has taught film at the undergraduate level at Columbia and Curry College under professors such as Annette Insdorf and Andrew Sarris. benfeuer.com
ALENA SVYATOVA (Producer) is a New York based producer. She started her career in filmmaking as part of the development team at Alumeta Creative, budgeting and packaging projects. Alena moved on to production when she was brought on as part of the producing team for Mad Women, which went on to screen in multiple cities, including NY, LA, Seattle, and Portland. It is available on Amazon Instant Video. Prom King, 2010, shot in 2016, won the “New Visions” award at Cinequest Film Festival, and is continuing festival rounds. Alena recently produced the fiction documentary American Trial, about the Eric Garner case, and she has several other projects in development.
SOLA FASEHUN (Co-Producer) Sola Fasehun is a producer, writer, actress, and musician based in NYC. She graduated undergrad with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a BHA degree. After CMU, Sola moved to LA and worked under Academy Award winning producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver,The Sting) in Beverly Hills. She also began an independent production company: Fasehun Films. In NY, Sola was an Associate Producer on the first Broadway revival of Godspell(starring Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba) and was one of the producers of Broken Badge, executive produced by Academy Award nominated Michael Hausman (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain). In addition, Sola is an ASCAP writer and Executive for Danceaholic Records/Noizy Neighbors/Universal Music Group. She produces music videos, writes music, and coordinates TV & movie music deals for the label. For five and a half years, Sola was a Sales & Distribution consultant at Submarine Entertainment / Deluxe (Winter’s Bone,Tangerine). Fasehun Films assisted Submarine with consulting on many feature films. During Sola’s time there, several Submarine-repped movies received Academy Awards: Citizen Four, 20 Feet From Stardom, and Searching For Sugarman. Another Submarine film, Life Animated, was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award. For the last four years in a row Submarine’s films won the Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival: Wolfpack, Weiner, Dina, Kailash. Sola is a Co-Producer on the feature film: Fire Music, which will soon be released in collaboration with Submarine Entertainment. She has an MFA degree from Columbia University. Currently, Sola works at United Talent Agency (UTA). fasehunfilms.wordpress.com
JENNIFER PERALTA-AJEMIAN (Casting Director) is a professionally trained ballet dancer who studied extensively with legendary coach Maggie Black. Her background as a performing artist would later translate into directing talent. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Journalism, Jennifer transitioned into the entertainment field. From 2004-2010, Jennifer assisted talent agents Jerry Hogan and George Lutsch, followed by casting directors Avy Kaufman, Bernard Telsey, Cindy Tolan, and Liz Lewis. In 2011, she began a collaboration with casting director Robin Carus under the banner of J&R creative, which cast 50+ film and theatrical productions. In 2014, Jennifer opened a full-service casting office serving film/tv, advertising, and animation clients in New York and Los Angeles. Jennifer’s films have screened at various festivals including the Academy-accredited Atlanta Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Indy Film Fest, Long Island International Film Expo, LA Shorts Fest, Maryland Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Schnit International Shortfilmfestival, Slamdance Film Festival, SOHO International Film Festival, and Tribeca. Her commercial and digital campaign work for clients including Comcast, Jersey Mike's, Speedo, Swiffer, and Western Union, have been seen worldwide. Jennifer conducts a variety of educational programs that provide private & group coaching to actors and business professionals, and a full breakdown of the casting process to directors and producers. She is a Jury Member of the Socially Relevant Film Festival and the Burbank International Film Festival.
ARI ROTHSCHILD (Director of Photography) is a Brooklyn based DP with seven feature credits including Cinequest New Visions winner Prom King 2010 and American Trial. He got his start shooting a Bollywood feature while living in India and he continues with the same playful and open exploration in all his work. Drawing on his experience as a colorist (Fort Tilden, Always Shine, Bone Tomahawk) he brings a rigorous approach to the technical side of lighting and exposure, turning digital images into beautiful films. possibleimpossible.com
CAROL MAZZONI (1st Assistant Director) was born and raised and Brazil and based in New York City, Carol Mazzoni is a 1st Assistant Director known for the feature films The Great & The Small, bwoy and The Stockroom. A film and television professional for over a decade, Mazzoni has been a part of the production team of some the biggest sports events in the world, such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and a handful of Super Bowls, to name a few. She has also Produced and 1st Assistant Directed of over 30 critically acclaimed films, series, commercials and new media content all around the United States. carolmazzoni.com and imdb.me/carolmazzoni.
AYELET GIL-EFRAT (Editor) is among the top-acclaimed editors in Israel, working on narrative feature films, episodic television, and documentaries. She was the editor of Israeli episodic dramas that were remade or sold for development in the US, including "Eagles" (HBO), and "The Children of the Prime Minister" (The CW). She was also editor of two award-winning feature films, No Exit, winner of Best Film at Jerusalem International Film Festival 2006 and most recently Harmonia, official selection of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and others including Jerusalem International Film Festival 2016 where it won the Jewish Experience Award. Lust Life Love is her first U.S. narrative feature film.
T.V. ALEXANDER (Production Designer) is a production designer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She studied traditional scenic design at Syracuse University and has dabbled in fabrication, puppet making, interior design, and event design among other things. tvalexander.com
SUZANNE BARNES (Costume Designer) Suzanne Barnes has over 20 years experience in both the UK and US film industry. After receiving her BA in costume design from London's prestigious Wimbledon School of Art, she worked in theatrical costume design. Suzanne developed her taste for features in 1997, while assisting Oscar-winning designer Sandy Powell on Todd Haynes' The Velvet Goldmine. Since then she has designed many award-winning films including Dark Hearts and Where the Road Runs Out with director Rudolf Buitendach, and In Embryo and Gutterbee with lauded Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen. Other film work includes award winning Selling Isobel, based on Frida Farrell’s true story about sex trafficking. In 2014 Suzanne co-designed the New York thriller Never Here, written and directed by Camille Thoman, with a stellar cast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Vincent Piazza and Goran Visnjic. Never Heredebuted early 2018 on Starz and was released theatrically. In 2016 Suzanne had the pleasure designing costumes for actress Jennifer Morrison’s directorial debut Sun Dogs, a Netflix Original, with Melissa Benoist, Michael Angarano, Ed O'Neill, Allison Janney and Jennifer Morrison herself. Recent work includes a supernatural thriller Hex with long term collaborator Rudolf Buitendach. Hex had its World Premiere at the 26th Raindance Film Festival. Another recent film, prison drama Clemency was written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, and Lust Life Love, was shot in NYC. Suzanne is a member of the Costume Designers Guild. suzannebarnescostume.com
JODI KING (Hair and Make-Up) is a New York City based hair and make-up artist. For information about Jodi visit her website: jodikingmakeup.com