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SCOTT D. ROSENBAUM – Writer/Director/Producer

Scott D. Rosenbaum is an independent writer/director/producer based in New York.

A Long Island native, Rosenbaum attended The George Washington University.  While at GW, Rosenbaum worked in the media and press offices both in The US Senate and The White House.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. 

After graduating, Rosenbaum engaged in several careers while writing screenplays and studying directing at various New York City Workshops. First, working in the financial industry and then in his family business developing childcare centers in and around the New York metropolitan area. Over that time, Rosenbaum had the good fortune to study under legendary Director Gene Frankel at his lower Manhattan Theater until Frankel’s death. He continued studying directing with former NYU Professor Adrienne Weiss who produced Rosenbaum’s first film, the short, “Coda.” Rosenbaum also studied directing under Lenore DeKoven of Columbia University Film School.

In 2002, Rosenbaum began the seven-year process, writing and developing the story and screenplay, which ultimately became his debut feature film, “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” During this time he started Red Hawk Films, which produced, “Coda” and “Perfect Age.” In 2007, Rosenbaum met Oscar winning director Spike Lee who, after reading the screenplay for “Perfect Age” and viewing his short film “Coda,” invited Rosenbaum to apprentice with him during the filming of his World War II epic, “Miracle at St. Anna.” This experience took him to Rome and Tuscany for three months, where “Miracle” was filmed on location. After returning to New York, Rosenbaum finalized rewrites on “Perfect Age” and went into pre-production for the film. “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” stars Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning and the iconic Peter Fonda.

STEVE CONTE – Musician

Steve Conte is a New York City musician; guitarist and singer of the band Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth. Their eponymous, critically acclaimed, Steve Conte-produced debut album was released on October 20, 2009 on Varèse Sarabande Records. He was also lead singer/guitarist/songwriter of The Contes, along with his brother John Conte, both formerly members of the band Crown Jewels.

He is perhaps more popularly known for being former lead guitarist of the New York Dolls. Conte also plays guitar in Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe‘s new band —along with fellow New York Doll and bassist Sami Yaffa, and guitarist Ginger of The Wildhearts.

Conte first became known to the music industry in the early 1990s as the songwriter and guitarist of the band Company of Wolves (Mercury Records) and has since worked with artists such as Peter Wolf, Willy DeVille, Maceo Parker, Phoebe Snow, Billy Squier, Suzi Quatro, Jill Jones, Chuck Berry, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, David Johansen & The Harry Smiths, Willie Nile and Eric Burdon & The Animals.

His songs appear in many feature films including The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Growing Pains and network television shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Smallville).

Conte often works with composer Yoko Kanno and lyricist Tim Jensen, performing on soundtracks to anime series, such as Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain and Ghost in the Shell. He sings lead on “Stray,” the opening theme to Wolf’s Rain as well as the tracks “Heaven’s Not Enough” and “Could You Bite the Hand?” All three appear on the OST albums. Conte’s vocals can also be heard in many episodes of Cowboy Bebop as well as the 2001 film. most notably, the songs “Call Me Call Me,” “Words That We Couldn’t Say,” “No Reply,” and “Diggin’.” He also sang the OST CD version of “Rain,” which is sung by Mai Yamane in the series. He would later sing alongside Shanti Snyder on “Living Inside the Shell,” the ending theme to 2004‘s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.

He also performed on the duet “The Garden of Everything” with Japanese singer Maaya Sakamoto on her RahXephon-related single “Tune the Rainbow.”

He provided the vocals for the 2007 video game Sonic and the Secret Rings closing credits song titled “Worth a Chance,” as well as the game’s main theme “Seven Rings in Hand.”

ANDREW HOLLANDER – Composer/Songwriter

Andrew Hollander is a uniquely gifted film composer, songwriter and producer whose work is driven by his innate melodic sensibility. From lush orchestral arrangements to old-school, organic pop songs, this convergence was never more evident than in his work on the critically acclaimed feature film Waitress (Fox Searchlight), directed by the late Adrienne Shelly and starring Keri Russell, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, and Andy Griffith. For Waitress, a smash hit out of the Sundance Film Festival, Hollander composed the score and co-wrote with Shelly Baby Don’t You Cry (The Pie Song). Waitress marked their fourth collaboration and has proven to be the breakout hit of Hollander’s career.

Hollander first garnered attention in the film world for his work on the feature Wrestling With Alligators, a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Other notable credits include The Photographer starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the dark comedy Serious Moonlight starring Meg Ryan and directed by Cheryl Hines, and the upcoming Anchor Bay release Meet Monica Velour starring Kim Cattrall.

Hollander has also worked with many acclaimed recording artists and musicians from the iconic Yusef Lateef to New York Dolls frontman David Johansen. His eclectic musical tastes and versatility are reflected in a diverse range of projects that include UK band Your Vegas (Universal/Republic), Say Hey Record’s White Rabbits, Atlantic recording artist Shanna Crooks, and Dana Parish’s debut album Uncrushed, which Hollander co-wrote and produced, including the hit single Not My Problem which debuted at #23 on the Billboard charts. Most recently Hollander completed producing the upcoming EP from acclaimed Brooklyn recording artist C. Gibbs (Lucinda Black Bear).

Hollander was recently named one of Hollywood’s “Composers On The Verge of The A-List” by the Hollywood Reporter as well as being featured in Variety Magazine alongside Oscar winning composers Michael Giacchino and Hans Zimmer. No stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, he was invited to sit on the festival’s prestigious BMI Composers Panel with George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur, and Don Davis. He has been a featured panelist at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference where other speakers included Sean Penn, Eddie Vedder, Judd Apatow, and Marco Beltrami.

Having just wrapped An Invisible Sign, starring Jessica Alba, Blayne Weaver’s 6 Month Rule, and HBO’s Emmy Award winning series Classical Baby, Hollander is currently scoring the HBO documentary Love, Families and Divorce and is in the studio with Gillian Rivers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Silversun Pickups).

Hollander is the founder of Sugarbox Studios and currently splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

JOSEPH WHITE – Producer

Joseph White brings diverse experiences to his career as a filmmaker.  A graduate of William Paterson University with a degree in Communication and a concentration in film discipline, Joseph served for six years in the US Marine Corps while simultaneously earning his degree.

Joseph began as an actor in regional theater and appeared in a variety of Off-Off Broadway productions.  An opportunity to assist in the casting process for the indie film The Town Diary introduced Joseph to his first film production.  He was tapped by director Jack Kenny to become his assistant.  By the end of the production, Joseph had earned his first producer credit.  A variety of key experiences followed as he served as location manager on a number of films and commercials, a second unit director, production manager and a cinematographer.

Having established a name for himself in the New York film scene, Joseph received an inquiry from Francis Ford Coppola’s producer.  He was offered the coveted role as the legendary director’s apprentice while Coppola developed the now mythic unfinished film, Megalopolis.  Joseph worked closely with Coppola to create an innovative technical team shooting experimental High Definition (HD) footage on location throughout New York.  This afforded Joseph the opportunity to work directly with world-renowned filmmaker and cinematographer Ron Fricke.  Together, White and Fricke became frontrunners in the HD cinematography movement, shooting for various TV pilots, specialty films and effects units, including George Lucas’s ILM.  Chief among their other work together was the filming of a documentary based on the life of Octavio Paz, shot entirely on location in India.

Joseph has enjoyed a ten-year collaboration with Academy Award Nominated director Spike Lee on such films as 25th Hour, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, She Hate Me, Jesus Children of America, as well as numerous commercials.  In 2008, Joseph met director Scott Rosenbaum while preparing to shoot the movie The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ RollPerfect Age is their first collaboration.   As partners in the production company Red Hawk Films, White and Rosenbaum are currently involved in the development of several follow-up projects together.

 

NEIL CARTER – Producer

Neil is a newcomer on the Hollywood scene.  In just four years, his eight film credits include Inside Man, The Brave One, The Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster, Righteous Kill and Miracle at St Anna.  He has also produced two movies, including You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You.

 

MICHAEL ELLIS – Producer

Michael Ellis has produced and served as first assistant director for several renowned Hollywood directors including Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, Hype Williams and F. Gary Gray.  He has also assistant directed and produced over 2,000 music videos.

 

THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BLUES BAND

In July of 2008, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Sugar Blue, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Bob Stroger assembled in New York City to work with the crew of the film The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to appear in a short sequence of the film and add a song to the soundtrack.  The experience went so well that they nailed the songs on the first run and several of the guys were given speaking roles.

The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues Band will be joined by Muddy Waters Band alumnus Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin in 2010 as a touring entity.  Collectively, this band represents over 300 years of touring history.  They have won several Grammy Awards, have had over 60 Blues Music Award nominations, and over 30 wins.  These veteran performers, whose ages range from 60 to 96, embody the history of the blues.  Together, they will continue to make history onstage for one great run over the next year.

 

HUBERT SUMLIN – Guitar

Hubert Sumlin was born on November 16, 1931, in Greenwood, Mississippi, and raised in Hughes, Arkansas.  He was taken by the great blues players he heard—Charlie Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell and Son House.

When Sumlin was about 10, he snuck into the local juke joint and stood on a pile of Coca Cola crates to see Howlin’ Wolf.  Drawn in by the music, he fell through the window and landed right on the stage.  The club owner tried to throw out the underage boy, but Wolf insisted that Sumlin stay and sit on the stage while he played.  He later took Sumlin home to his mother and asked that he not be punished.  Wolf recognized that Hubert was born to play the guitar.  His passion started with plucking steel wire against a soda bottle nailed to the side of a barn.  He “had to recreate those sounds.”

Years later, Wolf invited Sumlin to join his band, bringing him to Chicago in 1954.  It was on Howlin’ Wolf’s early-to mid-‘60s recordings for Chess Records that Sumlin’s guitar playing crossed the line from impressive to legendary, with such tracks as “Built For Comfort,” “Shake For Me,” “300 Pounds of Joy,” “Louise,” “Goin’ Down Slow,” “Killing Floor,” and “Wang Dang Doodle.”

Sumlin’s playing was a vital catalyst for the British blues boom, providing a link from the acoustic blues of the Mississippi Delta that was more accessible to electric guitarists.  Many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmy Page, credit Sumlin as a major influence.  Jimi Hendrix used to say that Hubert Sumlin was his favorite guitar player.

 

PINETOP PERKINS – Piano

Pinetop Perkins, 96 years young, is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing.  He began playing blues around 1927 and is widely regarded as one of the best blues pianists.  Perkins created a style of playing that has influenced three generations of piano players and is widely considered to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists will continue to be measured.

Born Willie Perkins in Belzoni, Mississippi, in 1913, Perkins started out playing guitar and piano at house parties and honky tonks, but dropped the guitar in the 1940s after suffering a serious injury to his left arm.  Perkins worked primarily in the Mississippi Delta throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, spending three years with Sonny Boy Williamson on the King Biscuit Time radio show on KFFA, Helena, Arkansas.  He also toured extensively with slide guitar player Robert Nighthawk and backed him on an early Chess Records session.  After briefly working with B.B. King in Memphis, Tennessee, Perkins barnstormed the South with Earl Hooker during the early ’50s.  The pair completed a session for Sam Phillips’ famous Sun Records in 1953.  It was at this session that he recorded his version of Pinetop Smith’s “Boogie Woogie,” after whom he was nicknamed.

Perkins is best known for holding down the piano chair in the great Muddy Waters Band for twelve years during the highest point of Muddy’s career.  Replacing the late, great Otis Spann in 1969, Perkins helped shape the Waters sound.

In 1980, Pinetop and other Waters alumni, including Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, went out on their own to form the Legendary Blues Band.  Several of the group’s critically acclaimed albums were nominated for Grammy Awards.  The group also backed up Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, and Junior Wells, and toured with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.  They played behind Muddy for the soundtrack of the movie The Last Waltz, and appeared in the movie The Blues Brothers, where they played street musicians backing John Lee Hooker.

Pinetop eventually left Legendary to concentrate on a solo career, releasing 15 solo records in 15 years beginning in 1992.  Several of these albums were nominated for Grammy’s, and in 2005, Pinetop was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2000 he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.  In 2008, Pinetop received yet another Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas, together with Henry James Townsend, Robert Lockwood, Jr, and David Honeyboy Edwards.

www.pinetopperkins.com

 

WILLIE “BIG EYES” SMITH – Drums

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was born in Helena, Arkansas, in 1936.  At age 17, he ventured to Chicago where he heard Muddy Waters for the first time—an experience that got him hooked on the blues and persuaded him to stay in Chicago.

In 1954, Smith, playing harmonica, formed a trio with drummer Clifton James, building a following in Chicago and performing gigs around the area for a few years.  During this same time, he played harp with several other artists including Bo Diddley, Arthur “Big Boy” Spires, and Johnny Shines.  In 1957, Smith joined Little Hudson’s Red Devil Trio and switched to playing drums.  After gigs or between sets, he started sitting in on drums with Muddy Waters’ band.  Muddy liked what he heard, and invited Smith to play drums on a 1959 recording session.  Willie began to fill in for Muddy’s drummer, Francis Clay, and in 1961, replaced Clay in Muddy’s band until 1964.  During this period, as he solidified his Chicago sound, Willie recorded with James Cotton, Jo Jo Williams and Muddy Waters on a tribute to blues vocalist Big Bill Broonzy.  With the exception of a brief hiatus from 1964-’68, Willie played in Muddy’s band until 1980, and appears on all of Muddy’s Grammy-winning albums.

After performing with Muddy Waters, Smith established his own niche within the tradition of the Delta Blues Sound by co-founding the Legendary Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Louis Myers, Calvin Jones, and Jerry Portnoy.  The group was nominated for several Grammy Awards, backed up Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, and Junior Wells, and toured with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.  They played behind Muddy for the soundtrack of the movie The Last Waltz, and appeared in the movie The Blues Brothers, where they played street musicians backing John Lee Hooker.

Smith’s traditional shuffle style has been regarded as the heart and soul of the Chicago blues sound, with Smith laying the beat behind many of the blues classics.  But these days, fans are just as likely to find him holding on to a harmonica, his first instrument, as they are a drumstick.  An award-winning blues drummer, he is also an accomplished harmonica master and dynamic vocalist.

www.williebigeyessmith.com