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ADAM LEON, WRITER/DIRECTOR

Adam Leon was born and raised in NYC. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he has worked extensively in the New York film industry. Along with independently directing his own short films and music videos, he worked in association with the All Rites Reserved and Rough Cut production companies in various positions including writer, director, production coordinator etc, on film and video projects ranging from advertisements for companies including Nike, to award winning shorts, and several music videos.

Adam was an assistant for Woody Allen on set and in post-production for two years. Additionally, he has held positions at the Tribeca Film Festival as a Filmmaker Coordinator at the New York Film Festival, where as Production Manager he coordinated the Festival and supervised other special events, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, where he serves as a programmer, selecting films and creating series in addition to booking high level guests.

Under the alias SkinnySlim, he was a founder of the BadmintonStamps collective, whose members continue to thrive in the fine art, photography, film and music fields, and are best known for their “Found Your Stuff” street art project.

His most recent short, Killer, premiered at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center as part of their New Directors/New Films festival. It went on to play at over twenty festivals around the world, including in San Francisco, London, Woodstock, Los Angeles, and Nantucket, where, along with the Oscar winning feature The Hurt Locker and Oscar winning documentary The Cove, it won the award for outstanding film.

Gimme the Loot will be Adam’s debut feature film.

NATALIE DIFFORD, PRODUCER

Since moving to New York after graduating from The University of Sussex, Natalie has immersed herself in the city’s film industry. With work experience in production, fundraising, programming, distribution and film festivals, she has insider knowledge in virtually every field of the filmmaking process.   

Natalie produced the successful documentary film 11/4/08, which had it’s World Premiere at last year’s SXSW Festival and it’s New York premiere at Lincoln Center. The film, an award winner at the Chicago International Film Festival, received distribution from Cinetic and debuted in 20 U.S. cities.

As the Senior Program Officer for Chicken & Egg Pictures, a hybrid non-profit film fund that provides mentorship for women filmmakers, she oversees the operation of the organization, including managing the  $1million-a-year budget, relationships with over 92 grantees and maintaining a public presence at film festivals all over the globe.

Prior to her position at Chicken & Egg, Natalie held several executive positions in the industry, including at the Tribeca Film Festival, IFP market, the London Film Festival, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the This is That production company. In addition, she has worked directly in production management for the independent films Wedding Bros and The New Twenty among various other TV Series.

Natalie is a veteran of programming committees for various film festivals, broadcasters and funders. She can be regularly found on panels, workshops and other speaking engagements talking about a wide range of subjects from funding to the production of original content. She runs a screening series at the 92Y Tribeca, NY.

DOMINIC BUCHANAN, PRODUCER 

Born and raised in London (except two years living in the Bronx, NYC from ’87-’89), Dominic has forged an in-depth career in the UK film industry. After completing a BA Hons degree in film at Roehampton University, and graduating from the NYFA, he decided to obtain more on set experience. Dominic worked extensively on spec commercials and low budget shorts shot all over New York City, primarily in the outer boroughs. He returned to London in the winter of 2005, energized by his time surrounded by local talent, and began his executive career.

Dominic currently works at Qwerty Films, under revered UK film producer Michael Kuhn (ex CEO of Polygram Films, Executive Producer of Wild At Heart, Being John Malkovich, The Duchess), as head of development, amassing a quality slate to be produced into feature films.  He is a producer on Qwerty’s upcoming documentary feature film Carrying the Light which chronicles Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg‘s 350 mile walk through Germany and Holland.

Dominic joined Qwerty from Universal Pictures International (2009), in the co-productions and acquisitions department under Christian Grass, and before that, The Weinstein Company (2008) where he worked in acquisitions and production at the London office. Dominic’s previous film experience also includes the New York Film Festival (2006), the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (2008) as a Hospitality Coordinator, the London Film Festival (2007) in the press screenings department, and the Tribeca Film Festival as a Filmmaker Coordinator (2007, ’08, ’10). He is also on the screening committee for the British Independent Film Awards (2009, ’10, ‘11). 

Based in London but frequently to be found in NYC, Dominic brings his extensive experience from the international market to Gimme the Loot.

JAMUND WASHINGTON - PRODUCER

Jamund Washington received his B.A in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to study film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he completed his graduate course work in May of 2006. Since then, he has produced and directed many films, including Classified (Finalist at Hollywood Black Film Festival), and God Looks Like Me (Runner Up, International Festival Der Film). His directorial debut, GOOD MORNING MA, was official selections of Pan African Film Festival, and Urbanworld Film Festival where it was well received. His Film CRED was the 2008 recipient of the HBO Films Young Producers Development Award and the 2010 winner of Best Narrative Short at the Pan African film festival. He Assistant Directed PROJECT NIM with director James Marsh which debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2011, and he produced Sweet Little Lies, winner of both the 2011 Audience Award and Industry Award at Dances With Films Festival. He recently wrapped production on HARLEM 11.4, a documentary feature covering election day in Harlem, and PALOMA, a documentary chronicling the lives of 4 street kids in Santo Domingo. He is currently in development for a narrative feature based on stories from the documentary, PALOMA.

JONATHAN MILLER - CINEMATOGRAPHER

Born and raised in New Haven, CT Jonathan’s love of film started when he was 10; he and his friends would shoot action and horror shorts on VHS and Hi-8, editing tape to tape on VCRs and adding music from a tape recorder. His senior year in high school he won the state Shakespeare contest as an actor and was a semi-finalist in the National Competition at Lincoln Center. That same year he was questioned by the New Haven Police for his involvement in the local graffiti scene (he climbed and painted billboards on the Interstate), but wrote an article for the local paper to avoid prosecution.

Jonathan attended Haverford College outside Philadelphia graduating with honors in Comparative Literature, then studied abroad in Italy. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson, he took photographs all over Europe and Tunisia. In Italy he saw The Conformist (shot by Vittorio Storaro) and fell in love with the art of cinematography. After college, he moved to LA, where he got his start in the production world by working as an AD on commercials and shorts, and writing and directing shorts for Adam Sandler’s website.

In 2003, he moved to NYC and began to focus on camera work. He assisted under DPs such as Barry Ackroyd, Jeff Cronenweth, Ellen Kuras and Luke Geissbuhler and with directors such as Kathryn Bigelow and Julie Taymor.

He studied Cinematography at NYU and under Steve Fierberg ASC. He has served as DP in every format, including feature films, broadcast series, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. His films have screened at many international festivals including Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Rotterdam, and Melbourne. WARLORD won best narrative short at South by Southwest. From Moscow to Berlin, Italy, Austria, Cuba, and Japan, Jonathan has made images worldwide. His commercial and television clients include Covergirl, Starbucks, American Express, Discovery Channel, History Channel, NBC, ABC, and CBS.

He is currently shooting a documentary on the future of the Hudson Valley for PBS, directed by Jasper Goldman (CITY OF WATER). He recently completed music videos for The Freelance Whales and Geren Hoy.

Jonathan is committed to telling incredible stories that change the perspective of the viewer. As an artist, he works closely with directors to choose references from painting and photography, and decide what tone, film stock, style and movement will best serve the story. He aims to provide a shooting environment where acting and story take precedence.