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, Big Apple Film Festival, Coney Island 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 in 2013. As a writer and filmmaker she was awarded residencies at Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center. Her screenplay Lust Life was a quarter-finalist in Austin and BlueCat Screenplay Competitions. She wrote, produced and starred in the web-series Lust Life for You Tube (60,000+ 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) is a Columbia MFA writer/director/producer, Ben's films have screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Outfest, Frameline, DC Shorts and dozens of other festivals, and have been distributed worldwide through companies such as Shorts International, Ouat! Media, Mini Movie Channel and OML, as well as having 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 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 to coordinate one of her projects through principal photography. Mad Women went on to screen in multiple cities, including NY, LA, Seattle, and Portland. It is available on Amazon Instant Video for viewing. Prom King, 2010, shot in 2016, recently won the “New Visions” award at Cinequest Film Festival, and is currently continuing festival rounds. Alena will be producing two other films in 2017, with three others in development.
SOLA FASEHUN (Co-Producer) graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a BHA degree. After CMU, Sola moved to LA, where she worked under Academy Award winning producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, The Sting) and began an independent production company: Fasehun Films. In NY, Sola was an Associate Producer of the Broadway show: Godspell (starring Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba) and produced a feature documentary in Africa. Sola was one of the producers of Broken Badge, executive produced by Oscar nominated Michael Hausman (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain). Sola produced The Women of Dev Saab, recipient of the Panavision/Columbia University Production Grant, and Zenith, winner of the Columbia University/Breaking Barriers Grant. Awards include Best Student Film winner at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (Foreign Sounds) and Best Drama (Student) Film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards for Lunch Lady, which Sola produced and wrote. Sola also produced the film Uniform, starring Laura Gomez (Orange is the New Black). Currently Sola is a Sales & Distribution consultant at Submarine Entertainment / Deluxe (Winter’s Bone, Tangerine). During Sola’s time at Submarine the following repped movies received Academy Awards: Citizen Four, 20 Feet From Stardom, and Searching For Sugarman, and Life Animated received a 2017 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Sola is an Associate Producer on the feature film: Fire Music, soon to be released with Submarine Entertainment. She has an MFA from Columbia University. 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 DP with recent feature credits including Landing Up and Prom King, 2010 (Cinequest New Vision award 2017). His approach puts story first for rich and engaging visuals that feel alive and communicative. Ari has also color timed over thirty features including Bone Tomahawk, Always Shine, and Fort Tilden. His experience allows him to take full responsibility for the image from set through post. 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.
NIKOLAI METIN (Editor) is an editor who works on features, shorts, documentaries, corporate, and commercial projects. His latest feature Prom King, 2010 is currently enjoying a successful, award-winning festival run. www.nikolaimetin.com
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) 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, the directional debut of lauded Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen. Other film work includes Selling Isobel about sex trafficking, based on Frida Farrell’s true story (Best Indie film, 2016 Raindance). 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 Here will have its TV debut early 2018 on Starz. In 2016 Suzanne had the pleasure designing costumes for actress Jennifer Morrison’s directorial debut Sun Dogs with Melissa Benoist, Michael Angarano, Ed O'Neill, Allison Janney and Jennifer Morrison herself. Most recent film work includes Hex with Rudolf Buitendach and Lust Life. 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