Appropriate Behavior

Desiree Akhavan

DESIREE AKHAVAN WRITER/DIRECTOR

Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the co-creator and star of the award-winning web series THE SLOPE, a comedy that follows a pair of superficial, homophobic lesbians in love.  She has a BA from Smith College and an MFA from NYU’s Grad Film Program.  She was featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film” and will appear in the next season of GIRLS. APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is her first feature and it has received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for First Best Screenplay.

CHRIS TEAGUE CINEMATOGRAPHER

Chris Teague is a writer, director, cinematographer, and graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program. Chris has been a cinematographer on three features and four shorts that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, films such as CHILDREN OF INVENTION, SALT KISS, MAN, ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING, and OBVIOUS CHILD. As a writer/director, Chris made the short film MONKEYWRENCH, won Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at the Eugene Film Festival. Chris was also credited with additional cinematography on the Academy Award nominated documentary IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT.

SARA SHAW EDITOR

Sara Shaw began her career at public television station WGBH and worked in Acquisitions at Sony Pictures Classics.  She was Director of Post Production at Gary Winick's pioneering independent film production company InDigEnt.  As a student in NYU's Graduate Filmmaking program, she has written and directed award-winning films, including Ballarat Ghost Town, which won the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the 2010 Fusion Film Festival.  She has edited commercials directed by James Franco and was Associate Editor on Christina Voros's The Director (Tribeca 2013).  Most recently, she edited Desiree Akhavan's narrative feature debut Appropriate Behavior (Sundance 2014) and Frances Bodomo's Afronauts (Sundance 2014, First Prize Wasserman Award at the First Run Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Dallas International Film Festival).

JOSEPHINE WIGGS COMPOSER

Josephine Wiggs is a founding member of the Breeders, who are currently on tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the classic Last Splash. She has released two solo records and, with Luscious Jackson’s Vivian Trimble, made the critically acclaimed album Dusty Trails and composed music for Brad Anderson’s film Happy Accidents. In 2013, she wrote and recorded the score for Built on Narrow Land, a documentary about Modern houses in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

KATIE MUSTARD EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Katie has worked as a Producer and Line Producer for the past twelve years and has overseen the production of 28 feature films. Katie’s most recent short film, EVE, premiered at the 2008 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL and was directed by Natalie Portman, starring Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara, and Olivia Thirlby. As a feature producer, Katie has overseen production of numerous films, including THE MISSING PERSON (Michael Shannon & Amy Ryan), MADE IN CHINA (winner BEST FEATURE at SXSW Film Festival 2009), THE GREATEST (Pierce Brosnan & Susan Sarandon), and THE SON OF NO ONE (Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, & Channing Tatum). In January of 2011, Katie had her eighth film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival with RESTLESS CITY, most recently, she premiered THE DEVIL INSIDE which top’d the box office scales as the largest grossing genre film of its time.

CECILIA FRUGIUELE PRODUCER

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Cecilia has been based in the UK since 2004. Since joining Parkville Pictures she’s produced a breadth of work including award winning shorts as well as online content for Time Magazine and Random House.
Cecilia was Associate Producer on Parkville’s first feature film BORROWED TIME (BBC Films/Film London), as well as Producer for the short RUFUS STONE, directed by Josh Appignanesi (The Infidel, Song Of Songs).  Most recently, Cecilia produced the feature film APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014.  Cecilia is next producing the FILM LONDON funded short film SOME CANDID OBSERVATIONS directed by John Howlett and written by Matt Charman (Suite Française). Cecilia is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2013).

ALLISON TWARDZIAKCASTING DIRECTOR

Allison is a New York based Casting Director. She recently cast the Sundance features “Appropriate Behavior,” and “My Best Day” The Berlinale & SXSW feature, "She's Lost Control," The SXSW feature "Fort Tilden," The Slamdance Feature "Faith Love and Whiskey," The Woodstock feature "Bastards of Young"  as well as the upcoming Black Dog Red Dog” starring James Franco, Chloe Sevigny, Whoopi Goldberg, Logan Marshall-Green and Olivia Wilde. She has cast over 30 shorts which have premiered at Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and The Clermont Film Festival. In addition to her film projects Allison works with House Casting, a bicoastal commercial sector of MILK studios. She cast the award winning play, “I Was Tom Cruise" and holds a B.F.A. from New York University, studying with The Atlantic Theater Company.

MIREN MARANONPRODUCTION DESIGNER

With over 10 years of experience raging from Film, commercials and art, Miren was most recently production designer on BBC Films/Film London BORROWED TIME (Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival) as well as LILTING, which opened the World Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2014.

OLIVIER KAEMPFER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

BAFTA-nominated producer Olivier founded the London-based independent production company Parkville Pictures in 2007, whose films have gone on to receive a string of international awards and nominations. Olivier’s first feature project BORROWED TIME, made as part of the Film London and BBC Films’ award-winning ‘Microwave’ production scheme, premiered at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 where it was selected as ‘BEST OF THE FEST’. BORROWED TIME was released in the UK theatrically and on demand in September 2013 via a Direct Distribution model, having successfully been the first in the UK to raise its distribution budget via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, and gaining further funding from the British Film Institute (BFI)’s ‘New Models’ P&A Fund. In Spring 2014, Olivier will go into production on SPACESHIP, his second feature as Producer. Written and directed by Alex Taylor, SPACESHIP is being made as part of the iFeatures feature production fund, in partnership with Creative England, BFI, and BBC Films.

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