Director/Producer/Editor – Jeffrey McHale
JEFFREY McHALE is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature film debut, YOU DON'T NOMI, is the zenith of what he calls his "Showgirls adventure." While McHale's inspiration for You Don't Nomi originated with the unexpected viral success of his 2010 trailer mashup of Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Nomi also synthesizes recurring themes in McHale's work, including the examination of queer subcultures and the exploration of how identities are articulated.
As a television editor, McHale's work includes acclaimed technology and science news series TechKnow for Al Jazeera English and most recently the groundbreaking World Cup docuseries Phenoms for Fox. Earlier projects, including documentary shorts and music videos, have screened at NewFest, Frameline, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. A native of Michigan, McHale began his career at WGN America after studying film at Columbia College Chicago.
Producer – Ariana Garfinkel
Through her company Carriage House Pictures, Ariana Garfinkel produced the feature documentaries Best and Most Beautiful Things (SXSW 2016, theatrical release, PBS’ Independent Lens, Netflix), I Am Maris (ro*co films, Netflix), Boys of Summer (Tribeca Film, ESPN), and two narrative shorts, Sea Meadow (SXSW) and A Juice Box Afternoon (Lincoln Center). She previously held positions at Miramax Films, Tribeca Productions, and Reno Productions. Garfinkel is a graduate of Stanford University.
Producer - Suzanne Zionts
Suzanne Zionts is a producer, writer, and classically trained journalist with a strong non-fiction background. She was an integral force in launching Fox Business Network and Al Jazeera America. She’s currently a producer and writer for Dr. Phil. Zionts has written for The New York Daily News, New York Press, Relix, and The Villager. She graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and creative writing.
Associate Producer - Zel McCarthy
Los Angeles-based journalist Zel McCarthy focuses on cultural stories with a specialization in music. He currently works on strategy and editorial for Tidal and content development for Happy Street Entertainment. Recent bylines include The New Yorker and The Advocate. as well as digital publications from Working Not Working and LNWY. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he previously held positions at Vice, Billboard, Phaidon/Cahiers du cinéma, and Taschen.
Composer – Mark degli Antoni
Mark degli Antoni, is a composer/performer based in Los Angeles. A founding member of the band Soul Coughing, he has scored films for Werner Herzog, Roger Ross Williams, Joe Bini, and Matt Ruskin premiering at Sundance, SXSW, and more. In addition, he has performed with David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Angélique Kidjo, John Zorn, among others.