Born in France in 1961, François Velle worked in television as a writer/director in his home country from 1988 until 1997. His work has received seven D'Or awards, the French equivalent of the Emmy Awards. In 1997, he made his feature film debut as a writer and director of the comedy Commes des Rois (Kings for a Day), which earned not only critical praise, but the attention of Dreamworks executives who have acquired remake rights for their studio.
Velle, who relocated to Los Angeles with his family in 1999, will co-produce the Dreamworks project. New Suit is Velle's second feature, and his American debut as a director.
Craig Sherman makes his feature screenwriting debut with New Suit. His writing credits also include "Very Bad Dates," a TV pilot for USA Broadcasting. Sherman's documentary Bomb won the award for First Place Documentary at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Alamo Student Awards.
Sherman is currently working on Untitled Pop Warner/Carlisle Project, a film for Fox 2000 Pictures.
LAURENT M. ZILBER
CHRISTINA N. ZILBER
In 1995, Laurent and Christina co-founded Trillion Entertainment, Inc. to produce independent films. They promptly secured the film rights to Joyride for which they supervised all aspects of production. Joyride was distributed domestically through Artisan Entertainment, starring Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic).
Following the success of Trillion's first film, Laurent and Christina went on to executive produce The Item, which premiered in dramatic competition at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at numerous festivals worldwide, including Toronto and Rotterdam. The Film has emerged as a cult favorite through Silver Nitrate Entertainment.
With Trillion producing, Christina wrote and directed the short film Jane Bond, which premiered with at the NY/LA Independent Film & Video Festival and has participated in The Chicago International Children's Film Festival, The Burbank Children's Film Festival 2000, Australia and Northern Ireland Film Festivals, and received the Silver Award at the Worldfest Houston. She is currently writing a feature film, which she plans to direct as well.
Laurent and Christina's next projects include the feature film adaptations of the novels Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas and The Nazi Officer's Wife, the incredible memoirs of Edith Hahn Beer, an Austrian Jew who survived the Holocaust by posing as an Aryan and marrying a man who became a Nazi officer. Trillion has also produced, A&E's The Nazi Officer's Wife documentary with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus (American Hollow and The Farm). The documentary is also based on Ms. Hahn Beers' book. It will air in June 2003. In addition, Trillion will produce the adaptation of Berkley Mather's novel The Gold of Malabar.
M. DAVID MULLEN
Director of Photography
M. David Mullen's cinematography credits include A Foreign Affair starring David Arquette, Infested, The Tomorrow Man, Stuck directed by Jamie Babbit, The Hypnotist; Alone with a Stranger, Still-Life, The Perfect Tenant, A Moment of Silence, Teacher's Pet, Ritual, Clean and Narrow, The Night Caller, Soulmates, Cupid, Shadow Warriors, Daddy's Girl, The Last Big Thing, Dead Cold, Lipstick Camera, Love Pig, and Jackpot, Twin Falls Idaho, and Northfork starring Nick Nolte and James Woods, all for writer/directors Mark & Michael Polish.
Nava has served as production designer on over twenty films, including many for Roger Corman. Some of Nava's film credits with Corman are: Alien Terminator, Black Rose of Harlem, Black Scorpion, Black Thunder, Bucket of Blood, Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys, Carnosaur 3: Primal Species, Detonator, Dillinger and Capone, Haunted Sea, Ladykiller, Not Like Us, Not of This Earth, Piranha, Sawbones, Suspect Device, Twisted Love, Virtual Seduction, and The Wasp Woman.
Nava also served as production designer on Rent Control, Waking Up Horton, Casper Meets Wendy, Hot Ticket, Ladykiller, Mind Games, Emmanuelle 2: A World of Desire, and Emmanuelle 5: A Time to Dream.
Kris Cole's feature film editing credits also include Dropping Out for director Mark Osborne. As an associate and assistant editor, Coles' credits include Garfield for 20th Century Fox, Conspiracy Theory directed by Richard Donner, Consenting Adults for director Alan Pakula, "Dream Street" for MGM TV, Making Mr. Right for director Susan Seidelman, and several films for director Mike Nichols including Primary Colors, The Birdcage, Wolf, Regarding Henry, Postcards from the Edge, Working Girl, and Biloxi Blues.