Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her recent film, Above the Ashes was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.
Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Michelle’s prior non-profit work experience with Free Speech TV includes collaboration with grassroots organizations and larger institutions including the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Roosevelt Institute, Human Rights Watch International, among others.
David J. Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS
David Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS is a music & dialogue editor and re-recording mixer. His most recent projects include mixing the documentary Above the Ashes. Bondelevitch won a Heartland Emmy as Associate Producer on the film, and was also nominated for Audio (as Sound Designer). The film was also nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award for Sound Editing. He also recently completed work on the mini-series Mile High Jungle, a National Geographic series about the Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, and their efforts to rescue abused circus lions from Panama and Bolivia.
He won a Primetime Emmy in 2000 for Sound Editing on the TNT movie The Hunley. He has also won MPSE Golden Reel Awards for his work on the Showtime musical Ruby’s and the Imax documentary Island of the Sharks. He has been nominated for Golden Reel Awards a record twenty-two times.
David is an Associate Professor in the Music department at the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media. He is Past President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and is Secretary of the Cinema Audio Society. David is also on the Board of Governors of the Heartland branch of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He holds a B.S. in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he holds a separate B. Mus. from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also holds an MFA in film production from USC.
He is a member the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the American Federation of Musicians (Local 47), the Audio Engineering Society, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Film Independent, the International Documentary Association, and BMI (Broadcast Music, Incorporated) as a writer/publisher.
Craig Volk received English/Theatre BS & MA degrees from the University of South Dakota and his MFA in playwriting/ screenwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He twice won the Molly Kazan Award for best play at YSD. He’s written over 40 stage dramas and his scripts have been selected three times for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He was the first American selected for the Russian National Playwrights Conference. Productions of his plays have been performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the George Street Playhouse, Yale Rep, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Dostoevsky Russian Drama Theatre and numerous others. His play Mayakovsky Takes the Stage won the 2007 PEN-USA award for best drama. He spent 12 years working in the television/film industry including a staff position on the Academy Award winning series Northern Exposure. He’s written 12 feature-length scripts, six television pilots, and had 25 episodes of network and cable television produced. In 2008-09 he created, executive produced and co-wrote with his students and colleagues a seven-episode television series entitled Good Grief. That series aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2009. His teaching includes having conducted creative writing workshops for grades schools and high schools throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Jersey, Manitoba, and a 6-year workshop for the South Dakota State Men’s and Women’s penitentiaries. He’s held academic posts at the University of South Dakota, Green Mountain College in Vermont, UC-Davis and UCLA-Extension in California. He’s taught creative writing workshops across the country including Ithaca College, the Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference, the American College Theatre Festival, and twice conducted a master class for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences summer internship program in Los Angeles. Currently, he teaches dramatic writing for the Department of Theatre, Film and Video Production at the University of Colorado Denver. This last venture includes creating and developing a two-semester sequence that instructs students in a comprehensive study of writing and producing for television and alternative broadcast platforms. To date this course has produced four web series productions, the 2012 series entitled The Mortal Coils won third place at the national College Television Awards.
Brandon Vaccaro is a composer, performer, and producer based in Denver, Colorado
As a composer, Brandon has received commendations, awards, and commissions from The Playground , ASCAP/SCI, Iowa State University Carillon Festival , New York Youth Symphony’s First Music program, the University of Denver, and the University of Colorado. His works have been performed by the the Tosca String Quartet , the Vinca Quartet , the Lamont Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Golan , carilloneur Todd Fair , vocalist Derrick Ballard , guitarist Jonathan Leathwood , and pianist María Fernanda Nieto-Pulido.
As a performer, Brandon has been active in chamber and popular venues and as an improviser in both solo and ensemble settings. Brandon was guitarist of the innovative bands Kallisti and Coefficient of Friction . He has also collaborated with S. Lyn Goeringer , Conrad Kehn (as MacroCephalic Cabal), Jesse Woods (as Ground), and Scott Schulz (as Shutter Trio). His group Free Love Ensemble was praised for its blend of “cutting-edge jazz with rock influences and motifs inspired by twentieth-century classical music” (Westword) .
From 2007-2008, Brandon curated a gallery series for music, sound installations, and audio/visual works in Denver titled Sound.scapes Presented by Mystery Cabal.
Members: Vern Springer, Ron Cousineau, Scott Brokaw, Dan Medwar
A Bluesy mix of Pop and Rock – Day 41 plays a blend of Original Music as well as Original versions of some classics. With an upcoming CD and a great live show,Day 41 brings the world a taste of what makes Detroit Great.
Day 41 is a Raw, Dynamic Group that’s roots and background covers the wholes of Early Rock and roll, Gospel, 80’s Hair Metal, Blues, Jazz Fusion, Country and Motown. The Boys have played it all. Now they bring this experience and their own styles and fused it into a Motor City Fueled Music Machine churning out working man’s rock and roll.
We all come from working class, big 3 type Michigan families, sons of the auto industry, kind of thing. Fans of Muscle cars and Detroit’s proud musical heritage.