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The People Producer/Director

Sarah Brandt Talreja — Born in India, raised in Denmark, currently living in Los Angeles. Sarah recently received her MFA from the Art Center College of Design in directing / broadcast cinema. She holds a BFA in computer motion graphics from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sarah has worked on broadcast commercial spots and documentaries for various designs, post-production and editorial companies in New York City.


Trent Ermes — Trent received his degree in cinematography from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he lives and works today. In addition to shooting several documentary features, including 'For The Love Of Dolly' and 'American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow,' he has photographed music videos and short narrative films."


Cindy Thoennessen — Cindy is a recent graduate of the American Film Institute with an MFA in Editing. Prior to AFI, she spent three years as an Avid and Smoke editor at the NY-based post house, Charlex, where she cut national TV spots for clients like Kohl’s, Lowe’s and Her short film “Amarelinha” was an official selection at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and played at the Short Film Corner at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. An earlier short starring Peter Coyote, “Apparent Horizon,” was selected at the 2006 AFI Film Fest. Prior to working on “Forget the Past,” Cindy edited two narrative features, a coming-of-age film entitled, “The Journey,” written and directed by Scott Marcano, writer of “Bio-Dome,” and a political comedy set in Berkeley, CA during the late ‘80s, “The Wrong Hands.” Cindy is a member of the editor’s guild.

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Anagha A. Divekar — Anagha was born in Bombay, India.  She has spent most of her childhood in India and was there till she got married in 1996.  Since then she has been in the United States.  She currently works as Assistant Researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles.  She has two children and is fluent in Marathi, Hindi, and English.

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Sheena, Hsin-Lei — With strong passion for art since childhood, Sheena, grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved to the U.S at the age of fourteen. She wanted to master the English language and make a difference in the world. With two years of foundational Fine Arts education from the California State College of Long Beach and four years of professional Graphic Design education from Art Center College of Design. Sheena has worked as a freelance designer producing print graphics, branding, packaging, book designing, posters, website interfacing, and environmental graphics. She has also worked on several collages and illustrations as interests and as sources of inspirations. Her dedicated and determined passion in design always pushes herself to the next level during each project.

Creative Development

Hafiz Huda — An innovative, visual thinker, Hafiz Huda is an Interactive Creative Director for Momentum Worldwide and develops online marketing solutions for a variety of Fortune 500 clients. His work has won a WebAwards for his work with Motorola and Borden Dairy. A native St. Louisan, Hafiz takes pride in his city’s history, culture and arts. He first explored his love of the arts and theatre at the University of Pennsylvania, actively performing with the Glee Club, singing a cappella, and working on the production for a variety of shows. He studied at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and completed his degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with an emphasis in broadcast and interactive design. He has also produced and directed public service announcements for Prevent Blindness Georgia and the Greensboro Ballet Company.

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Jennifer Hassenberg — Jennifer is originally from Edison, New Jersey but now calls Manhattan home. She has been working in Advertising since 2000. Her traveling opportunities while being a Producer on the Agency side of Advertising led her to take a year traveling through Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Her excitement about Post Production brought her to Red Car where she worked as a client during her Agency years. She has now been a Post Production Producer at Red Car for over three and a half years. Though her primary experience involves commercials, she is hoping she can work on more documentaries in the future.

Vikkal Parith — Basing his foundation in design with an undergrad in Architecture from Mumbai Vikkal headed west to Savannah, GA to get an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.  He moved to NY to pursue a career in Broadcast Design where he met Sarah, a fellow SCAD alumni. Freelancing in NY with various design and post production houses, he finally calls Red Car NY home where he currently works as a Creative Director.

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Justin Matley — Justin is an audio engineer at Sound Lounge, New York's top commercial post production studio, and has worked extensively in commercials, films, and music. He has won a Telly Award for his audio work on "Last Chance" starring Academy Award nominee Roy Scheider, and his sound design and mix for Pontiac's "Motorati in Second Life" won ADTech and ANDY Awards. Along with a Best Short Film win at Hamptons International, other films have been selected for numerous other festivals including Sundance and Mill Valley. Justin also worked as an audio mixer for CBS-2 and MSNBC, where he mixed promos for many on-air broadcasts including EMMY winning "National Geographic Explorer". Justin also is a teacher and composer, and his piece 'Loom Textures for Percussion Piano and Voice' has received critical acclaim. He spends most of his winters skiing and summers obsessing over the Red Sox.

Roman Zeitlin — Roman, A classically trained musician who has been playing violin since the age of 3, Roman began his musical career by studying at the Moscow Conservatory of Tchaikovsky. Roman attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated in 2001 with a Batchelor’s Degree with a major in film scoring, and a minor in guitar performance.

In 2003 Roman joined McHale Barone Inc. where he composed music for TV and Radio for over 3 years. Having worked with wide variety of clients like BBDO, McCann, Publicis and DDB, Roman quickly gained a solid reputation in the business for his original and musical work. Roman worked along side Zap Mama for the 2004 release "Ancestry in Progress" playing, composing and arranging music for the album. Roman currently performs with the Ingrid Michaelson Band.

Roman composed music for an animated film "The Backbrace" 2005 Directed By: Andy London, which was featured in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2006 Roman left Irving Place Studios and became a freelance composer having worked with Robert Miller of RMI, Lucid Music, David Horowitz Music Associates as well as Sound Lounge and 38 Green.

Recent projects include MAC Cosmetics campaign against AIDS with Pamela Anderson, Anheuser Busch spots directed by Spike Lee as well as promo work with Redline Films for the Fox Sports Network. Also in 2006 Roman worked with Electronic Arts in developing music for the Sims 2 video game.