Varda Bar-Kar is an award-winning filmmaker creating uniquely compelling, imaginative, and meaningful content ranging from features and television to web and branded entertainment. Her work has screened in festivals across the globe and has aired on major networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, The Documentary Channel and PBS. Her accolades include Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award for her film “Window”, Grand Jury and Audience Awards from NewFilmmakers LA for her short “Ode to Los Angeles” and a Silver Telly Award for her “Journey to Safety” PSA.
Varda is the creator of the web series “Runaway Stars” and co-creator of “House of Heather”, and contributor to the longform campaigns for Samsung, Walmart, Ford and Lincoln. Varda is committed to applying her filmmaking talent to forwarding the work of non-profits. YouTube named her “What Kind Of Planet Are We On” the Most Innovative Non-Profit Video Award, and SHOOT magazine featured Bar-Kar’s work in its prestigious New Director’s Showcase.
Varda is currently developing multiple scripted projects for film and television. She sits on the Board of NewFilmmakers/LA and is a member of Alliance of Women Directors and Film Independent.
Marina Viscún is an award-winning producer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked in various formats: television – Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, History; film – Big Voice, The Option; web – Oishi High School Battle/Smosh, The Tyler Zone/FX; branded entertainment – Ode to Los Angeles, Journey to Safety PSA; and music videos – Slash, Purity Ring, Imagine Dragons, Lonely Island. She has been honored with Grand Jury and Audience Awards, and Silver Telly for her previous collaboration with Varda Bar-Kar on Ode to Los Angeles and Journey to Safety, respectively.
Marina’s approach toward producing combines her personal and professional experiences as an immigrant, veteran, educator and content creator. Her goal is to introduce people to social issues through an array of projects addressing individual internal and external struggles that humanity ignores due to the complex structures and systems of our lives. While having a goal to inform, Marina strives to increase entertainment factor in socially conscious media to make its products accessible and enjoyable to all.
Marina is the President of Pingvin Productions, is serving on the Events and Programming Committee with NewFilmmakers/LA, and officiated as Operations Director for San Pedro International Film Festival. She likes chocolate, animals, traveling, and good company.
Deb Love is the Executive Producer of BIG VOICE, an upcoming musical documentary about a visionary high school choir director. Her credits as a Producer and Assistant Director include “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “The War”, “Less Than Zero”, “48 Hrs.”, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. While raising her two children she immersed herself in public school advocacy and fundraising. She is an active board member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, having served as Vice-President, and currently chairs the Board Development Committee. Some of her other non-profit work include chairing the Santa Monica High School Choral and Theatre Parent Steering Committees, co-chairing the Venice Art Walk Auction and Silver Circle Event Committees for the Venice Family Clinic, and volunteering at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Deb is a two time top-ten winner of the Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-off.
Carol Olson Coote is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Rutgers University with a Liberal Arts degree. She has extensive film experience and was a marketing executive for the International Departments of various studios like Warner Bros., Orion Pictures, and Lorimar. Olson Coote is also an activist and fundraiser for progressive causes and political candidates. She was instrumental in the Howard Dean for President California operation. She is happiest when she can marry her love of film with her passion for philanthropy. Her favorite cause is Public Education; she was the founding Co-Chair of “For The Arts,” a non-profit dedicated to returning the Arts to the classroom. She also advises many 501c-3′s on their fundraising and strategic marketing plans.
Executive Producer – John Beug
John Beug’s career spans over 30 years in the music industry, including overseeing music video and long-form television production for Warner Music Group and its record labels. A four-time Emmy nominated producer, John’s credits include an Emmy Award for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, a Grammy Award for When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors and SXSW Audience Awards for When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors and Take Me To The River.
Karen Lavender’s film career started in South Africa when she directed a documentary about the famous, controversial choreographer Robin Orlin. She worked in television post production, including Shaka Zulu – one of the largest international productions filmed in South Africa. She went on to maintain a successful career in event production, supervising over 500 events in numerous countries, ranging from seminars and benefits to music concerts. Upon her return to the film industry, Karen started by directing documentaries dealing with human rights issues. She became actively involved in the Women In Film PSA Program, recently receiving an official Commendation from the City of LA and US House of Representatives for a PSA she directed about the Gang Alternatives Program.
Daron Keet was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After joining the industry in 1990, he worked his way up through the camera assistant ranks and joined the International Cinema-tographers Guild in 2001. His experiences enable him to bring technical proficiency, clarity, and innovation to his approach. Daron is a confident trailblazer when crafting varied looks for directors, but a traditionalist at heart. He has a penchant for stylized imagery, impeccable composition, classical framing, and motivated camera movement. His work is peppered with intentional imperfections, organic textures, sunlit flairs, and “lighting in a bottle” accidents. His short film Ripple Effect won Best Cinematography Emerging Cinematographer Awards (2012). When he is not working he spends time with his wife and kids, and plays squash, and golf with friends.
Robert has worked in post production for over twenty years. His editing assignments include series (CBS’ “Numb3rs”), features (“The Park Bench”) and documentaries. He was an associate editor on Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award winning documentary “American Dream”, an experience that helped him see the broad reach of a well-crafted documentary. Recently he’s edited a variety of documentary features: “Dalai Lama Renaissance” with the Dalai Lama; “A Good Day To Die” about the Native American leader Dennis Banks (Best Documentary winner, DeadCenter Film Festival; Official selection, Denver International) and “HomeGrown”, an intimate portrait of a family living off the grid in urban Los Angeles (Peoples Choice Award winner, Wild and Scenic Film Festival; Official Selection at Lincoln Center, Mill Valley Film Festival, Vancouver International, Cleveland International).
Emmy winner Lars was born into a non-musical family and was astounded when he discovered that a guitar needs tuning. After that he went from heavy metal guitarist, to singer, to songwriter, to a Masters in classical composition, to international performances of his classical works, to lecturing in composition and audio production. As a result he has a unique approach to producing and developing artists. He has a similarly unique sound for his film music, as well as a cutting-edge approach to audio branding. Lars has scored over one hundred seventy films that have collected over one hundred awards, and his songs are also in high demand. As an audio branding expert, he has created audio logos for a range of companies.
LiveTribe Productions is a boutique production company that combines 40 years of creative filmmaking experience with a highly personalized and innovative approach to each and every project, ranging from internet and mobile platforms to music videos, commercials, documentaries, and feature films. It focuses on peoples’ lives and outlines the intimate or harsh realities of their worlds. It embraces the inspirational. It supports the artist who is paramount in helping to uplift culture.