Jay Bulger (Writer/Director)
Jay Bulger attended Fordham University where he boxed in several New York Golden Glove boxing tournaments. Photographs of his fighting launched him onto the cover of Vogue and then modeling for brands such as Armani, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Cole, Hermés, etc.
After a 2-year bout with cancer, Jay dedicated himself to writing and directing and has since published feature articles for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, and many other publications. He has directed music videos and commercials for bands such as The Hold Steady, Nightmare of You, The Washington Social Club, Permanent Me, and Playradioplay; for labels including Island, Def Jam, Warner Brothers, East West, Vagrant, and French Kiss; and brands such as Pepsi and Disney.
For Jay’s article “In Search of Ginger Baker,” (Rolling Stone Magazine), Jay spent three months living with the rock legend in South Africa where Ginger has spent the previous decade living in seclusion. The article and the numerous hours of interviews Jay captured on film became the premise for Beware of Mr. Baker, and in the spring of 2010, Jay returned to South Africa with a small film crew to finish making the film.
Andrew S. Karsch (Producer)
Andrew Karsch currently divides his time between motion pictures, politics and technology. In 2010 he founded Insurgent Media with partners Fisher Stevens and Erik Gordon. At present, they have completed and are overseeing a number of documentary and feature films. After working as a producer and executive for many years with United Artists, Mr. Karsch founded Longfellow Pictures and subsequently ran companies for William Randolph Hearst III and Sidney Kimmel. Among his numerous producing credits are the Academy Award-nominated The Prince of Tides, The Rachel Papers, The Emperor’s Club, Princess Cariboo, Conviction, and the 2012 Academy Award-nominated Moneyball.
Mr. Karsch worked for many years with Senator Edward M. Kennedy running his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1976, while continuing to consult on all subsequent runs. He served as the Senator’s Issues and Media Director for the State of New York during his 1980 Presidential campaign. His political work remains one of his core concerns and he continues to advise candidates, campaigns and foundations. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Mr. Karsch worked with Rock the Vote to create and produce the largest youth registration drive to date, registering 2.64 million new voters, primarily between the ages of 18 and 30.
Fisher Stevens (Producer)
Fisher Stevens is an actor, director and producer. Stevens began his career appearing in the Tony-winning production of “Torch Song Trilogy”. He parlayed his stage success into films including The Flamingo Kid and Short Circuit, as well as guest roles on many television shows.
Stevens co-founded Naked Angels theater company in 1986 and in 1996 he co-founded GreeneStreet Films, where Stevens produced over 15 films including the Academy Award-nominated In The Bedroom, A Prairie Home Companion, Piñero, Swimfan and the acclaimed documentary Once In A Lifetime.
Stevens has a tremendous passion for documentary filmmaking. The Cove, which Stevens produced, won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary, the PGA Producer of the Year Award, and the Audience Award at Sundance. Additionally, Stevens co-directed Crazy Love, winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Stevens directed the film The War Against War, which takes an in-depth look at the United Nations peacekeeping missions around the globe, and he also collaborated with the critically-acclaimed political theater company Culture Project as director of two multi-media events, Blueprint For Accountability, addressing the complex issue of war crimes and torture.
In 2010, Stevens co-founded Insurgent Media with Andrew Karsch and Erik Gordon. Among the company’s work are documentaries about the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, drummer Ginger Baker, and Mission Blue, which follows oceanographer and TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle. Insurgent’s first release, Blank City, garnered rave reviews and was followed by the critically acclaimed Woody Allen: A Documentary for the PBS American Masters series, directed by Robert Weide.
Stevens’ recently made his Broadway directorial debut with John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown at the Lyceum Theatre. He is currently directing a feature film for Lakeshore Entertainment, Stand Up Guys, with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken.
Fisher resides in Brooklyn with his five fish.
Julie Goldman (Executive Producer)
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She has produced a wide range of award winning documentaries, working with a line-up of talented and acclaimed filmmakers. Her documentaries have been featured at the most prestigious film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and London. Julie was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for the 2010 Producer of the Year Award.
Her producing credits include SERGIO based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power and directed by Greg Barker. SERGIO was shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, nominated for a Primetime Emmy award and won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award.
Julie was a consultant on the Academy Award winning THE COVE and Matt Tyrnauer’s acclaimed VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR. She was also Executive Producer of Sundance Audience Award winner IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, which was released by THINKFilm, and producer of SONS OF PERDITION, which launched the Oprah Winfrey Documentary Club on OWN.
Julie recently completed BUCK, directed by Cindy Meehl, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Documentary Audience Award. Sundance Selects/IFC Films released BUCK in June to critical and popular acclaim and it has since played on over 500 screens across the country and is one of the top 5 grossing documentaries of the year. BUCK was shortlisted for an Academy Award, was chosen as one of the top 5 documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and was cited on many of the Best of 2011 lists, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Her 2011 slate of releases also includes BETTER THIS WORLD directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, which premiered on POV in September and was recently nominated for an IDA Best Feature Award and a Gotham Award for Best Documentary, KORAN BY HEART with Greg Barker and John Battsek for HBO and Silverdocs Best US Feature award winner OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara. Julie premiere two new films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media’s FINDING NORTH directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY directed by Alison Klayman.
She also has several films that are in production: 1971 directed by Johanna Hamilton; THE GREAT INVISIBLE directed by Margaret Brown; GIDEON’S ARMY directed by Dawn Porter, REVOLUTION directed by Greg Barker and GOD LOVES UGANDA directed by Roger Ross Williams.
Some of Julie’s earlier films include: EASY RIDERS RAGING BULLS, SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLACK SUN, WHAT REMAINS, ONCE IN A LIFETIME and CAT DANCERS.
Prior to launching Motto Pictures, Julie was a founding partner of Cactus Three, Senior Vice President of Production and Co-Production at Wellspring Media and Head of Sales and Co-productions at First Run/Icarus Films.
David Bell (Animation Director, Illustrator) and Joe Scarpulla (Animation Art Director, Animator)
David Bell and Joe Scarpulla have collaborated on film, animation, and photography projects for the past 10 years. Their work incorporates drawing, sculpture, miniatures, stop-motion animation, puppetry, and digital media.
They have exhibited their large-scale photography work internationally and focus on commercial and personal animated films.
They are both graduates of Parsons School of Design and are based in New York City. Aside from their collaborative work, Joe has worked extensively in publishing, and David has directed music videos and production designed videos and feature films. He now teaches stop-motion animation at the School of Visual Arts.
Eric Robbins (Director of Photography)
Unable to paint a painting the way his mind’s eye viewed it, Eric realized at age 16 that cinematography was the answer. It was a combination of all the things he loved, painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, and music all wrapped up into one thing – which led him to attend the School of Visual Arts. After camera assisting throughout college, he made his break into being a director of photography, which he has been doing ever since….
He has D.P.’ed hundreds of national and international broadcast commercials for many of the global leading brands. Lights and Lenses have taken him all over the earth, through this process.
“Beware of Mr.Baker” is his first feature length documentary.
Abhay Sofsky (Editor)
Abhay Sofsky was born in Brooklyn and raised in West Virginia. Beware of Mr. Baker is the first feature film he has edited. Before spending a month with Ginger Baker in South Africa, Abhay was producing, directing and editing original content for clients such as CollegeHumor, Levi’s, and Puma with his company Positively 4th Street Productions. His parents and his girlfriend are cool.