The Team

Tony Grazia

PRODUCER

 

With over 30 years in the film and commercial industry, Tony Grazia has earned a reputation of the highest caliber for integrity, creativity, and cutting‐edge innovative filmmaking. He has worked as a producer and director of feature films, television programs, documentaries, and commercials over the course of his accomplished career.

 

Grazia most recently Line Produced and Second Unit Directed the feature film 21 and Over for Relativity Media, directed and written by the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Prior to that, Grazia Line Produced the reshoots of the feature film The Immortals for Relativity Media, starring Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill.

 

Grazia Line Produced the feature film The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll starring Jason Ritter, Peter Fonda, and Kelly Lynch, and Line Produced the New York segments of the Starz Original series Head Case starring Alexandra Wentworth and Jerry Seinfeld. He served as Executive Producer of the television program Jury Duty for Winged Victory Films, featuring well‐known attorney Bruce Cutler and an all‐star celebrity cast. In 2007, he co‐produced the feature film Noise starring Tim Robbins and William Hurt, directed by Henry Bean.

 

Grazia Line‐Produced the New York/New Jersey unit of director Wayne Kramer’s Running Scared starring Paul Walker, for Media‐8 Entertainment in 2004. In 2003, he Line‐Produced the feature film Charlie’s War starring Olympia Dukakis and Lynn Redgrave for Cristobel Films.

 

In 2002‐2003, Grazia Line Produced and Second-Unit Directed the critically acclaimed feature film Narc starring Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, and Busta Rhymes, for Paramount Pictures. In 1996, he Associate Produced the concert film Freebird The Movie documenting the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band before their tragic plane crash. Grazia was the Associate Producer and Second‐Unit Director for the feature film Painted Hero starring country singing stars Dwight Yoakam and Bo Hopkins, in 1994. Tony produced the New York Unit of Highlander Endgame for Dimension Films and In the Shadows for Cutting Edge Entertainment, both in 2000. Tony also produced two short films; The Dark Knight, a Silver Award Winner—Short Subjects, at the Houston Film Festival in 1994; and The Hour in which he co‐wrote and directed.

 

Grazia was Line Producer for the Discovery Channel/TLC reality show “Repo Man” starring Vincent Pasture. He has produced countless commercial spots and television programs including “ABC‐TV ABC 2000” Aerosmith spots, “ABC‐TV Good Morning, America Downtown” spots, “Save Our History” and “Mail Call” for the History Channel, “DYI” national promos, “Home & Garden Network” national spots and spots for the “Metro Channel.  Grazia was a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the 1988 Emmy Awards. He also worked in Public Relations for Hemming & Gilman in New York City, holding key positions in The Statue of Liberty Re‐dedication in 1984.  He is a member of the Producers Guild.  Grazia has several projects in production including Sidemen - Long Road To Glory, a feature-length documentary exploring the impact of blues music on the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll. The film features interviews with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, Twisted Sister, and members of the great Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, among others.  Most recently, Grazia was the Associate Producer and Second Unit
Director on Adam McKay's blockbuster film, Don't Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Jonah Hill. He was also the Executive Producer on the upcoming Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson drama, Stu

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Jeff G. Waxman

PRODUCER

 

Jeff G. Waxman has produced over twenty feature films in the last fifteen years including the Academy Award winning picture, The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. He has worked with some of Hollywood's most revered talent, including actors Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson, Wilem Dafoe, Casey Affleck, Christopher Walken, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke, and directors such as Sydney Lumet, David O. Russell, Michael Mann, Tony Kaye, Taylor Hackford, Scott Cooper, and Tarsem Singh.

Prior to producing, Waxman worked as a production executive at several production companies including Cabin Fever and Cutting Edge .

In 1996 Waxman directed and produced the concert film "Freebird" which documented the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The film covered the original members' heyday and continued through to the events leading up to the tragic plane crash in 1977.

Waxman was born in Queens, NY and graduated from Oswego College. He now lives in Long Island with his wife Lauren and their two children.

He is represented by Pete Franciosa of United Talent Agency.

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Karen Grazia

PRODUCER

Karen Grazia is a freelance writer with a diverse professional background which includes screenplay writer, educational writer, communications and marketing director, journalist and managing editor, and vocal dyslexia advocate and Orton-Gillingham Associate.


 

Passionate about education, women’s rights, and social justice, Karen is currently co-writing with her daughter, Sierra, and developing two screenplays for production. Graduating from Plattsburgh State University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Writing, Karen has pursued varied professional opportunities which have greatly enriched both her writing, her work, her vision, and her life.


 

Married to director and producer Tony Grazia, together they have four children and reside in Connecticut

Mike Ellis

PRODUCER | FIRST A.D.

 

Mike Ellis has had a prolific career working in film, music videos, and commercials. His over three decades-long work with Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee consists of nearly two-dozen films and stretches back to 1989's classic Do The Right Thing and also includes Crooklyn, Summer of Sam, The 25th Hour, Inside Man, and BlacKkKlansman. He has also produced the films Jim Brown: All American, and The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll.

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Carlos Sandoval

PRODUCER |DIRECTOR

Carlos Sandoval is an Emmy nominated filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning, nationally-broadcast documentaries:  The State of Arizona, A Class Apart and Farmingville. His latest film, Bad Hombres, was commissioned by LatinoJustice to anchor its Decolonize Justice initiative.

A sometime lawyer, Carlos is currently on faculty at the Columbia School of Journalism and writes a monthly column for Long Island’s Express News Group. He serves as an advisor on several film boards and is currently working on a sweeping family memoir.

Of Mexican American and Puerto Rican descent, Sandoval grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago School of Law 

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Jasin Cadic

PRODUCER | WRITER

 

 

Jasin Cadic is a Film Maker, Musician and Artist based out of New Jersey. 

In 2009 Cadic co-wrote Red Hawk Film’s Feature film debut The Perfect Age of Rock n Roll it was later released in 2011 which stars Kevin Zegers, Lukas Haas, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning, and the iconic Peter Fonda. 

In 2014  Cadic rejoined Scott Rosenbaum, co-writing and producing the award-winning feature-length documentary film, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory which after a year-long festival run in 2016 it was released theatrically in 2017. The film explores the lives and legacies of some of the last original Chicago and Delta bluesmen; Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. These men were sidemen in the great Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands. In addition to capturing iconic live performances and some of the last interviews with these legends (they all passed in 2011), Sidemen features interviews with members of The Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Doors and artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Shemekia Copeland and Joe Bonamassa. 

 

Starting in 2011 Cadic has also been directing and producing music videos in NYC, the highlight being Sirius XM DJ  Tommy London’s ‘Make You Love Me” which was shot in the heart of Times Square NYC in 2018. Other featured acts include The Dirty Pearls, Blak Emoji, Star KIller and Panzie. 

 

Cadic has been a fixture on the New York City music and art scene for the past 20 years. He has been the driving force and lead singer behind hard rock bands, Handful of Dust, Star Killer, and Panzie all known for their over the top presentations and production.  As an artisan, Jasin specializes in set design and painting, His work has graced the sets of NYC Fashion Week for the past 15 years, both as a freelance artist and at Kadan Productions. Over the last several years he has been responsible for the design and production of the annual infamous star-studded Halloween Party which takes place at Second,849 6th Ave in NYC. 

In 2019 he had his first Solo Art Exhibition of his original paintings at Dollhouse Gallery then later that year his work was featured in Art Basel Miami at the Patricia Field’s Gallery. 

 

Cadic is currently working on several Documentary Films , all in different stages of development. 

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Bo Mehrad

EDITOR | PRODUCER

 

  

Bo Mehrad has edited documentaries and narrative films, music videos for artists such as Diana Krall, short-form content for St. Martin’s Press, as well as various shorts and web-­‐based media.  His film credits include THE PUNK SINGER, a documentary about musician and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna. The film won numerous awards at festivals around the globe and went on to theatrical distribution in the US and other countries, as well as the multi-award-winning documentary, Sidemen: Long Road to Glory which chronicles the lives and legacies of three of the legendary Muddy Waters and Howlin'Wolf side musicians Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes Smith, and Pinetop Perkins. 

 

Mehrad also has an extensive background in production, working on features, commercials, music videos, and short films before moving into post.  

 

Mehrad was born in Iran and educated in the U.K. He holds a B.A.

in film from the California State University at San Francisco.

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Emmett James

PRODUCER

 

 

Emmett James has over 25 years in the film industry, both in front of, and behind of the camera.

 

He spent his childhood in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 90s to pursue an acting career in film and television. He worked extensively over the course of a decade with roles in blockbuster films such as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and James Cameron’s TITANIC. His varied career saw him voicing a number one video game franchise CALL OF DUTY to having a recurring role on America’s oldest running soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL among other things.

Moving to behind the camera with a desire to tell meaningful stories, Emmett most recently produced John G Avildsen: KING OF THE UNDERDOGS, a documentary highlighting the unsung Academy Award winning director of Rocky and The Karate kid who unfortunately passed away shortly after filming was complete. Other films he’s produced include: A SHOT IN THE DARK an inspirational story of a champion blind wrestler; 40 YEARS OF ROCKY, a documentary that Stallone personally approached the King Of The Underdogs team on after a screening of the Avildsen doc and also STALLONE (Frank That Is), a documentary on the multi talented Grammy award winning artist that knocked Michael Jackson off of the top spot on the charts at the height of his popularity but who still struggles for recognition purely as he’s seen only as the younger brother of Sylvester.

 

Emmett still lives and works currently in Hollywood.

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Brian McAward

DP | CINEMATOGRAPHER

 

 

 

 

DP, camera op, videographer, photographer, cinematographer and aerial cinematographer, not too long ago these jobs had distinctly different responsibilities. Today the lines between them are all blurred and if you're looking for someone who has filled all those positions and a few more, you've found him.

Brian McAward is a long-time member of the International Cinematographer's Guild and has created engaging and inspiring imagery for clients for over 30 years.

For documentaries, he has shot interviews with presidents, governors, senators, CEO's, rock stars, movie stars and people on the street.

His commercial clients include Ethan Allen Interiors, Bank of America, AT&T, T-Mobile, Wendy's, Goodyear Tires, Movado Watches, Benjamin Moore Paints, Fine Home Building and many more.

Whether its grass growing, cement drying, paint falling, popcorn popping, watches ticking, tires turning or furniture just sitting there.

The one thing they all have in common is that they all look their best and his images always punctuate the narrative.

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Fabrizio Grossi

PRODUCER| COMPOSER

 

Fabrizio Grossi is an Italian-American bassist/producer and music consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he started playing as a teenager with several Italian bands before moving to New York in 1990, where he formed the instrumental trio Conspiracy with guitarist Anthony Bambino and drummer John Macaluso. He also served as a US representative, developer, and A&R associate for a number of European and Latin American record and entertainment companies, such as East/West-Warner Italy, Self Spa, Frontiers Records, Edel, EMI ItalyMascot Label Group etc. 

Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 1996, he joined punk icon Nina Hagen for the recording of her acclaimed album on BMG "Bee Happy", followed immediately by a studio collaboration with Grammy Winning guitarist-composer  Steve Vai for his SONY Records album Fire Garden. In the following years, Fabrizio produced several recording (both in-studio and live) that would feature Vai’s performances. Worth nothing Vai’s performance with Russian Rockers Pushkin, with Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘ Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes,  for the Deep Purple mega stars tribute Machine Head, and  Vai’s solo European Tour with the Evolution Tempo Orchestra (The Romanian State Radio Orchestra ) immortalized on a live DVD & album. In a loving and respectful way, Since then Fab always referred to Vai as his career true enabler &  “wise” older brother!

After the release of Fire Garden, Fab signed a production deal with East-West Warner Italy developing upcoming artists such as Laura Smiraglia, and served as consultant executive producer for other major Italian recording artists, most notably Laura Pausini. Additional significant production collaborations include Billy F. Gibbons  Leslie WestSteve VaiEric GalesSteve LukatherGlenn Hughes,  Alice CooperGeorge Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and many more.

Between 1999 and 2006, Fab was the man behind an extended list of releases for the Italian based Rock label Frontiers Rec.. Worth mentioning Mickey Thomas (Starship), House of LordsJoseph Williams and Steve Lukather of Toto fame, Glenn HughesDave NavarroJames ChristianRobin Beck etc. Proficient in different styles, he then produced live audio-video releases for Ice T - Body CountPat Travers-Carmine Appice   & TM Stevens, & many more,  for the Swedish label Escapi Music. These were the years when Fab met and worked with year another major influence of him, the man that “thought him the funk”, and that Fab’s never failed to credit as a major influence on his playing and sound: George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic.

In 2005,  he joined singer Tony Harnell, Swedish guitarist/composer Magnus  Karlsson, and drummer John Macaluso, to form the hard rock ensemble Starbreaker, whose self-titled debut album (on Frontiers Rec) was very well welcomed by fans and critics.

In 2010 he teamed up with long time friend & inspiration, multi-Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Steve Lukather, drumming legend Kenny Aronoff and keyboardist wizard Steve Weingart, to form the rock-fusion-funk jam band Goodfellas, for a series of European & N.American shows sponsored by a pull of music instruments manufacturers and distributors.

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Max Lauren

DIRECTOR| CINEMATOGRAPHER

 

From a young age, Max Lauren Rosenbaum has had an eye for beauty, and a mind full of stories to tell. 

Her inquisitive nature led her to graduate from Lehigh University with a BA in Journalism with a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. Now, Max working towards an MFA in Film Production and Directing at Dodge College of Media Arts at Chapman University.

Her sharp eye as a cinematographer is featured in the award-winning documentary Life & Larry Brown. Her short film Messy is currently nominated for several awards at festivals around the world including the nomination for best young filmmaker at the Cannes World Film Festival.

 

Max has always been captivated by the arts and early on discovered that having an artistic outlet was the perfect way to express her thoughts, creativity, and imagination. In every project, she uses her unique vision to understand, develop, and direct every scene and every character. Take a look at her site and get in touch with questions, comments, or if you're looking to collaborate.

https://www.maxlauren.com

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