ROBERT BRINK   writer-director

Brink began his filmmaking career as an actor, appearing in Michael Mann’s Academy Award nominated film The Insider, E.R., and Law & Order:  SVU — and many independent films, including Jon Weiss’ adaptation of JG Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition.  Now completing his thesis work in Columbia University’s film directing program, Brink has been awarded the prestigious University Writing Fellowship and won the Columbia Television Competition for his pilot Grand Central.  His first short film, Insecurity, won Best Short Film at Detroit’s Trinity International Film Festival and Best Student Film at the Rockport Film Festival.   He has taught as an adjunct professor in the film program at Trinity College and in the Interactive Technology Program at University of Southern California.  This fall Brink is writing an entire issue of Film Comment with celebrated writer-director Paul Schrader (Light Sleeper, Auto Focus), surveying the history of technology in film.

TALVIN WILKS    co-writer

Wilks’ plays include Tod, the boy, TodThe Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych. He has served as co-writer/co-director/dramaturg for ten productions in Ping Chong’s ongoing series of Undesirable Elements,including the groundbreaking works Brooklyn ’63 (2013), Women of the Hill(2009), Delta Rising! (2008), and Secret Histories/Charleston (2002); and co-writer/dramaturg for five collaborations with the Bebe Miller Company, Going to the WallVergeNecessary Beauty, A History, and Landing/Place for which he received a 2006 Bessie Award. He is currently writing a book on black theatre,Testament: 40 Years of Black Theatre History in the Making, 1964-2004.

ANDRES KARU    director of photography

Known in the New York independent film scene for both his master cinematography and his chemistry with great actors, Mr. Karu has worked with Susan Sarandon, Kelsey Grammer, Christy Turlington, Whoopi Goldberg and Adriana Limon.  He has shot music videos for Kanye West, the Deftones, Jessica Simpson and Tyra Banks – and in the past three years, Karu has photographed over a dozen films, screening at major festivals such as Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festival.