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American Furry
Life, Liberty, and The Fursuit of Happiness

  • TEAM
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  • Director
  • Marianne Shaneen
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  • Editors
  • Marianne Shaneen; Enat Sidi
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  • Producers
  • Marianne Shaneen; Tory Lenosky
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  • RedCam DP
  • Sean Kirby
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  • Composer
  • Zach Layton
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  • Associate Producers
  • Esther Robinson; Lucila Moctezuma
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  • Executive Producers
  • Parts and Labor Films: Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy; Asa Greenburg
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  • Consultant
  • Joe Bini
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  • Peggy Awesh
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  • Production for Use
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  • BIOS
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  • Editors: Marianne Shaneen; Enat Sidi
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  • Enat Sidi has been nominated for an Academy Award and is a member of the Academy screening panel for documentary. This year she received an Emmy Award for Best Editing for her work on 'Detropia', directed by her frequent collaborators Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. She has edited most of their nonfiction feature films including The Boys of Baraka (2005 Emmy nominee), Jesus Camp (2006 Academy Award nominee), HBO's 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and most recently Detropia for which Enat won the editing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Enat has worked on many prestigious films for a myriad of diverse filmmakers including Ellen Kuras (The Betrayal) and Jennifer Vendiiti (Billy the Kid). She recently acted as the consulting editor on Bully, the high profile doc released in 2012 by the Weinstein Company. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Producers: Marianne Shaneen; Tory Lenosky
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  • Tory Lenosky is a New York based producer, who most recently produced the feature film THE HAPPY SAD for acclaimed director Rodney Evans (BROTHER TO BROTHER) and line produced Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Dramatic Competition and won the Teddy Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Collaborating with Parts & Labor Films, she has produced short films such as Dan Kern's EXHUME and Sarah Daggar-Nickson's THE LIGHT IN THE NIGHT. She is currently is set to produce Sarah's first feature film FROM THE SHADOWS IT WILL COME and co-produce acclaimed actor Ben Foster's directorial debut ANGELHEAD with Parts and Labor.
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  • RedCam Cinematographer: Sean Kirby
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  • Sean Kirby's DP credits include The Tillman Story (2010), Against the Current (2009), Lovely, Still (2008), Zoo (2007), and Police Beat (2005).
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  • Composer: Zach Layton
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  • Zach Layton is a guitarist, composer, curator, educator and visual artist working in Brooklyn and Troy, NY. His works have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and members of the ICE Ensemble and he has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, the Kitchen, MoMa/PS1, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Eyebeam, Experimental Intermedia, Performa, Exit Art, Transmediale Berlin, Audio Art Festival Krakow, and many other venues in New York and worldwide. Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, 'Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde' (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the PS1/MoMa WarmUp music series and a former curator of ISSUE Project Room, a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist award and the 2015 award for Music/Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
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  • Associate Producers: Esther Robinson; Lucila Moctezuma
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  • Esther Robinson
  • Esther Robinson is an award-winning filmmaker/producer (with a film and television degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts). Chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine's '25 to Watch' in 2006, her critically acclaimed directorial debut A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory took top prizes at The Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals; is currently on The Sundance Channel, Netflix and I-tunes. She is also currently a board member of Women Make Movies and Co-Chair of the Cinema Eye Honors. She was Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation, 1999-2006. She is the founder of ArtHome, an organization that helps artists build assets and equity through financial literacy.
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  • Lucila Moctezuma
  • Originally from Mexico City, Lucila Moctezuma has collaborated with New York's independent film community since 1996. She is currently the Executive Producing Director at the acclaimed UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY. Before that, she was manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, a program that provides support to women filmmakers in the development of their media projects. Formerly, she was director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, a highly prestigious program that supported media artists in the U.S. and Latin America, and she founded and was coordinator of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund for the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucila sits on the founding executive board of Cine Qua Non Lab, a residency for international filmmakers based in Michoaca'n, Mexico, and is vice-president of the board of trustees of The Flaherty. She has frequently collaborated with international film festivals including the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico and the Huesca Film Festival in Spain, and with media organizations such as Cinema Tropical. She has served on selection panels for the Jerome Foundation, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, the International Emmy Awards, the Gucci Ambulante Fellowship (Mexico), and Cinergia Foundation (Costa Rica) among others. Her work as associate producer includes the documentary series 'The New Americans' for Kartemquin Films, and 'Shocking and Awful' for Deep Dish TV, which was part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial. She studied Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
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  • Executive Producers: Parts and Labor Films: Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy; Asa Greenburg
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  • Producing partners Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy met in 2000 while working for award-winning producer Scott Rudin. In 2004, they established Parts & Labor, an independent production company dedicated to director-driven, collaborative filmmaking. They have since gone on toproduce over 15 films, including Mike Mills' BEGINNERS (for which recently won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Julia Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET, Braden King's HERE, Cam Archer's SHIT YEAR, Aaron Katz's COLD WEATHER, David Barker's DAYLIGHT, Nik Fackler's LOVELY, STILL, Kelly Reichardt's OLD JOY Cruz Angeles' 'Don't Let Me Drown' So Yong Kim's 'Treeless Mountain'; and many more. They are is currently in post-production on photojournalist Shaul Schwarz's documentary NARCO CULTURA and Andrew Dosunmu's second feature MA' GEORGE. Robinson Devor's YOU CAN'T WIN starring Michael Pitt is currently filming in Washington State, and David Lowery's film AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster was released in 2013.
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  • Consultant: Joe Bini
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  • Bini is the editor for Werner Herzog's films including Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Encounters at the End of the World, and Grizzly Man. He also edited We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008).
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  • Director: Marianne Shaneen
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  • Marianne Shaneen is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn. Her short films have screened in various venues including the Museum of Modern Art ('Big as Life: A History of Super-8 Film'), Anthology Film Archives, and the Chicago and New York Underground Film Festivals. She has curated experimental film and video programs at the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema series in NYC and Ocularis in Brooklyn. She has read her fiction and poetry in venues all over NYC, and her fiction and essays about art and film have been published in numerous small presses, books and magazines, such as BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and University of Manchester Press. American Furry: Life, Liberty and the Fursuit of Happiness is her first feature.

  • Consultant: Peggy Awesh
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  • Peggy Ahwesh is an experimental filmmaker and video artist, and Director and Professor of the Film & Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. Ahwesh's films Martina's Playhouse (1989), The Deadman (made with Keith Sanborn, 1989), Strange Weather (1993), and Nocturne (1998) are in the permanent collection of the MOMA. Ahwesh has received grants from the Jerome, Creative Capital and Guggenheim foundations, and NYSCA, and in 2000 she received the Alpert Award for film/video. Numerous prominent venues have recently mounted retrospectives of her work. Among them are the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (2009); The New Media Festival, Seoul, Korea (2009); PDX, Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival, Portland, Oregon (2009); Rodina Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia (2008); Whitney Museum of American Art (1997); and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2006).

  • Consultant: Production For Use
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  • pro4use.com

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