Producer/Director - Steven Gladstone is a director, cinematographer, and producer of narrative
films, documentaries and the owner of Gladstone Films, an independent production
company. He has been working in the film business since 1989 in the United States and
Steven started out by shooting the "It takes two" music video in the dark
underbelly of the New York Indy music scene. He was Director of Photography of four
feature length films as well as numerous commercials, music videos and short films. He
spent 18 months videotaping interviews with Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg's
Survivor of the Shoah Foundation.
He has traveled the world as a sound recordist on "The
Race to Save the Planet" documentary series. He worked at Broadcast Arts, a commercial
animation and effects house, where he was the primary animation camera assistant for the
first two Bud Bowl commercials, as well as being the motion graphics cameraman for
Broadcast Arts, and Eye Design, before leaving animation for live action.
Steven has a
master's degree in communication arts from the New York Institute of Technology, and
spent four years teaching editing and production at the Gibbs school in Long Island. He spent two years as
the primary D.P. on the Stonestreet studios web series "The 47th Floor." Steven has
received the Communicator Award for his P.S.A. - "Save a Tree", and has had a technical
article published in "Show Reel" magazine.
Steven's latest screenplay is "Resurrection of Blake House" a haunted house film. Currently he is polishing his Indie Chick Flick feature screenplay
Steven is the creative force behind the blog Indie Kicker
His professional website is: Gladstone Films
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Producer - Adam Cruz began his love affair with the movies at an early age. As a young boy dreaming about the
celluloid world, Adam was determined to cultivate, and master his screen
writing skills as well as school himself in the art of film making.
Adam's first major entree into
the business came in 1988 with an opportunity to work at Broadcast Arts - a
New York based commercial/SFX production house. Broadcast Arts was well
known for producing a variety of high profile commercials (Bud Light- Super
Bowls) and music videos (Madonna's "Who's That Girl") and the first season
of the television series "Pee-Wee's Playhouse."
Between 1994 and 1995 Adam was a media teacher for four semesters at the
state run institute named Neon, Inc. (a not-for-profit organization). As a
teacher he taught his students to study and understand media in all its
forms and guided them in producing independent projects by training them in
all the aspects of film and video production including editing.
During this time, he also served as the associate producer on "Palante!
Siempre, Palante!" a 60 minute documentary centering on the history of the
social activists group known as the "Puerto Rican Young Lords."
In 1996 Adam became the assistant to the CFO at Curious Pictures. During
his time there he oversaw aspects in both the financial and production
divisions of this entertainment/production company, while it produced
television commercials and original programming, which have included "Sheep
in the Big City", the animated Christmas special "Little Spirit", "A Little
Curious" for HBO , "Kids Next Door" for Cartoon Network and "Little
Einstein" for the Disney Channel.
Most recently, Adam was part of a team in developing a web-based production
accounting software for the entertainment industry. Working closely with
teams in Los Angeles and India Adam assisted in the design, testing and
implementation of the LAjit software application to a number of production
Adam is currently running his production company Thunder Child
Productions, with his business partner Ruth Cruz. Thunder Child currently has a number
of projects in development including "Nightingale & Co", "Midnight Waltz" -
two features and a sci-fi/western web series entitled "Montana Wilde."
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Productions Manager - Chris Barra can trace the initial
spark of his love for the visual arts back to a little camera shop from in his youth in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Visiting his Grandmother who worked there.
Working as an EMT, Chris put himself though college where he obtained a B.A. in film production with a minor in art.
Chris got his first job in the industry as a camera operator for a prominent animation house that
produced television commercials for clients such as Budweiser, MTV & Kraft foods. He also worked
various crew positions while freelancing on music videos, short films and industrial videos, including
creating political videos & charity projects with politicians such as David Dinkins, Christie Todd
Whitman, Rudolph W. Giuliani & Michael R. Bloomberg, and has served as Associate Producer at Thunder
Child Productions on indie film ventures.
Chris then spent many years working for equipment rental houses in New York City, were he regularly
advised production companies with his extensive knowledge of lighting and rigging procedures &
requirements for major motion picture productions (the Sixth Sense, Signs, I Am Legend) and television
series? (Law & Order, Rescue Me, 30 Rock). At that time, as the manager of Xeno Lights, he hosted
educational seminars in lighting and grip for film students from Baruch College, CCNY and Brooklyn College.