Tyler A. Chase - Director/Producer/Editor
is an auteur/filmmaker who founded L'ORAGE Productions while attending NYU Film School where she created two short narrative films that screened at: the Tribeca Screening Room, the Cantor Screening Room, New York International Independent Film Festival, Ocularis Open Eye and The Pioneer Theater. Tyler completed the feature documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur (2020) with Golden Globe Award winner, Brian Cox as Narrator (YoFiFest 2020 - Audience Choice Award) ; short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile (2018) (Berlin Short Film Festival - Audience Award 2020), and the short narrative film, Animal Crackers, (Pentimenti) (2012). Presently Tyler is completing post production for Blues for 475 Kent and is in development/planning with the feature documentary with working title, Always Here. She has projects in different stages of development, production and post. Tyler was a judge for the short film category of the Socially Relevant Film Festival; screened and lectured at the Kanbar Instititute of Film & Television at NYU Tish School of the Arts and her work has also been featured at the National Arts Club, The Players Club and the Dante Aligieri Society in Cambridge. Tyler was accredited by the Center for Women's Global Leadership to attend the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights Violations in Geneva, Switzerland and screened testimony from footage of her work surrounding A Castle in Brooklyn and Blues for 475 Kent. She participated on the human rights in housing panel at that session. Soon after, Tyler participated in a review discussion at the White House feedback event and was screened as testimony - UPR of Human Rights at Columbia University. Tyler makes films about subjects that she feels strong empathy for and works to exhume the many layers that define the human condition. Memberships: Film Fatales, IDA, D-Word, The National Arts Club, Fractured Atlas https://www.lorage.com
Lisette D. Cevallos - Producer/Administrative Director
Lisette Cevallos (Producer, V.P. of L’ORAGE), graduated from the NYU Film Program and has supported the creative work of L'ORAGE Productions from the onset as producer, production manager, administrator, writer, budget/accounting person and sometimes crew member. She is a producer of the award winning, documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur (2020) with Golden Globe Award winner, Brian Cox as Narrator (YoFiFest 2020 - Audience Choice Award) ; short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile (2020) (Berlin Short Film Festival - Audience Award 2020), and the short narrative film, Animal Crackers, (Pentimenti) (2012). Cevallos is presently involved in projects in different stages of development: Blues for 475 Kent (in post production), Always Here, in Development/Production, Let Them Eat Geese (development/production) and Touched by Duse (post production/pending foreign production). Lisette has participated on panels at the National Arts Club, The Players Club and other venues with Paul Sorvino, William Esper, Helen Sheehy, Susan Batson and Angelica Page for special events and private screenings of a rough cut of Touched by Duse.
Craig Parkes – (Senior Editing Consultant) Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
After a course in Communication and Media Studies at Auckland University of Technology, Craig Parkes got screen experience producing music videos for Bulletproof and Slipping Tongue. He also produced gangster fairytale short Big Bad Wolves (2005). Since then Parkes has amassed credits for company Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions — including supervising the post-production of feature Waru and TV shows This is Piki and Find Me a MÄori Bride. In 2013 he produced horror movie Ghost Bride, directed by David Blyth. Parkes is developing other screen projects, though company SPV Films. For Ghost Bride, Blyth was also quick to praise emerging producer, Craig Parkes, whose post-production background has been a great help in getting Ghost Bride into the international arena, given the increasingly technically complex deliverables required in various territories. Screenz article on international sales for Ghost Bride, 14 July 2014. We met Craig when our film A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, was Runner Up at the Out of the Can International Film Festival in the UK. Craig volunteered to help us and his technical expertise was invaluable in prepping our footage for DCPs and theatrical release.
Elizabeth "Page" Walker – Graphics (Poster Graphics and L'ORAGE Site)
Based in Atlanta, Elizabeth Page Walker met Director, Tyler A. Chase and Producer, Lisette Cevallos at the Cannes Film Festival . Since then Page has participated on documentaries as a Graphics person for posters. She also recreated the L'ORAGE website. Originally from the deep south of Georgia. Page is a filmmaker, photographer, and artist. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Her major was Mass Media Arts with an emphasis in Video Production and her minor was Chinese Language and Culture.
Page debuted her first short film, Remnants in a college classroom. Page made several other short films for the Campus Movie Festival, including, Maddy and Eavesdropped, in which she did Cinematography. She completed a Production Assistant Internship in Shanghai, China with a film company named, Bright Shadow Films.After her graduation, Page spent over a year studying and teaching English in Mainland China. She has a successful photography business in Atalanta.
Connie Crothers– (1941 - 2016) Improvisational Jazz Pianist, Composes/Performs Music in the Movie and on this Site
Connie Crothers – (1941 - 2016) Improvisational Jazz Pianist, Composer/Performer theme for Blues for 475 Kent She is known for her uncompromising improvisation and virtuosity as a Jazz Pianist. Crothers began studying classical piano at age 9 and went on to major in composition at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, her teachers emphasized "procedure and structure" and "compositional rigor" over emotional expression, which did not sit well with Crothers. Inspired by his recording of "C Minor Complex," one of the first examples on record of free improvisation, she relocated to New York City to become a student of Lennie Tristano. After Tristano's death in November 1978, Crothers founded the Lennie Jazz Foundation and recorded a memorial concert album in his honor. Max Roach and Connie recorded duo in 1982, as part of Roach’s historic duets project–“Swish,” New Artists. They performed duo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in Tokyo, and at Harvard University, where she was honored as Visiting Jazz Artist. As a solo performer, she appeared in the Berlin Jazztage, Jazz at Middleheim when she received a feature article in Knack, the Toronto International Jazz Festival, and at Carnegie Recital Hall, presented by Lennie Tristano. Tristano wrote on her first record, “Perception,” SteepleChase, “Connie Crothers is the most original musician it has ever been my privilege to work with.” She appeared throughout the world and the New York area throughout her life. Just after her Visions concert in 2016, Crothers died of lung cancer in Manhattan on August 13, 2016. https://www.conniecrothers.net/bio
Cody Geil - Musician/Composer - Background Score
Cody lives in Brooklyn. Her music was instrumental to the success of the feature doc, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur. She has been a loyal and supportive colleague since 2004. Hailing from Chicago, Cody Geil started playing violin at the young age of 3 ½. at 17, Cody was granted a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. During school she played with her electric string quartet. They released tracks on Koch Records and toured many times in Europe. She has played with many artists, a variety of musical genres, sings and plays both acoustic and electric violin. Her performances include: Kanye West (Late Registration and Graduation tours), Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Mandela Day concert with Zucchero, President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, U.S. Open with Nick Jonas, Clinton Foundation Recordings for many artists including Godsmack’s Sully Erna.Cody has released two original CD’s. Go with the Day and The Lion Tamer. Cody also leads a jazz band called Bon Musique. She sings (French and English) and plays the violin in this group. The band plays all the classic standards as well an authentic approach to modern music. https://www.codygeil.com/
Deborah Masters - Sculptor/Artist - Appears as Herself (tenant of 475 Kent)
Renowned sculptor, Deborah Masters has supported this film from its inception. Aside from being in our film, she went to a lot of trouble to arrange our filming at the Kent building when no one was allowed to be there. She also arranged for us to film her enormous panels built into the walls of terminal four in Kennedy Airport.
Deborah Masters is a sculptor who has shown widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has had many one-person exhibitions and group shows, and has shown in the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, and the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris. She has concentrated on permanent public art installations in JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 Immigration Hall , Walking New York, 350’ of painted reliefs (for which she received Best Public Art Prize of 2002 from the Municipal Art Society), Coney Island’s Ocean Parkway Viaduct, the Coney Island Reliefs, 1260 sq ft of relief sculpture, Audubon Park ‘s Travelers in New Orleans, California State University at Chico’s Three Sisters, and Harrisburg, PA’s Park Mother in Reservoir Park, among others. She has also completed 15 major private commissions. She is currently working on Artifacts a 7-piece ruin of oversize pieces, which will tumble down a steep hill in a cow and sheep pasture at Kinderhook Farm, NY in 2014.
She has also worked on the environment for 30 years winning the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention for removing all VOCs at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Toxic Release Inventory facility. Her work has centered on removing toxins from the environment and being a Watchperson for the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Community. She helped begin the Mobil Oil Lawsuit, from which the Greenpoint community has recently been awarded 25 million dollars. Masters was recently working on The Green Eggs Wetland Project, a stormwater garden, which combined her interest in art and the environment. It was funded by the Hudson River Foundation.
Masters has also worked on the Loft Law since 1980, when wide-scale evictions of loft tenants began in NYC’s industrial buildings. Masters worked to help write the 1st Loft Law with the lawyers committee that concentrated on Chapter 466. She has continued her tenant advocacy from 1980 to the present. Among her achievements was a court victory against one of the Village Voice’s “10 Worst Landlords”.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Simon Lee - Appears as Himself (tenant of 475 Kent)
Simon Lee was present the day of the preemptive forced eviction and gives an account of what occured. Simon Lee works in photography, video and installation; his latest project MOTHER IS PASSING. COME AT ONCE is a multi-screen, kinetic installation. His work is known to often be "a powerful metaphor for the random flow of history and a low tech formal tour de force" (Holland Cotter, New York Times). Lee has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Berkshire Museum, MA, Roebling Hall, New York; the Moscow International Film Festival; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal; Poznan Bienalle, Poland; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, France; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His photographic series Where the Future Throws a Shadow over the Land has been presented in exhibitions in Moscow, Copenhagen and Montreal.
Sergio Goes – Contributed Footage RIP
Known for his stellar photography and his award winning documentary, Black Picket Fence, the late Sergio Goes did a black and white video of a wedding on the roof of the 475 Kent for newlyweds Alison Dell and Rob years ago. He loved living at 475 Kent and moved to Hawaii shortly before the evictions took place. He died a couple of years ago while free diving and doing what he loved to do, underwater photography. His wife Andrea Torres gave us the footage saying that Sergio would have wanted us to have it for this film.
Andrea Torres - Contributed Footage
Andrea lives in Hawaii where she has a dance company. She was kind to allow us the use of her late husband, Sergio Goes footage of the Kent from a wedding he filmed there, showing the happiness and kind of community spirit of 475 Kent.
Ashley Tyler – (Contributed Footage - Former Tenant of 475 Kent)
Fashion Designer, Ashley Tyler gave us the rights to vital footage of the eviction and the weeks following the eviction. Ashley also filmed meetings with state agencies that lends a clear understanding of what it is like to be suddenly homeless. It also shows the agencies as a muddled mess blindly following orders despite the consequences.
Alison Dell – Appears as Herself - Contributed Footage (tenant of 475 Kent)
Scientist, Allison Dell who’s Wedding took place on the rooftop of the Kent building connected us to the widow of Sergio Goes so that we could acquire it. The footage is vital to the film in that it provides insight into the happy community that lived at the building and how they would contribute to each others lives. She also gave us right to crucial photos, one of which is being used for our poster. Allison is still at the Kent and is in the film
Michael Kreigh – Contributed photography (tenant of 475 Kent)
Architect, Michael Kreigh is an architect who contributed great photos of the 475 Kent building and days and nights when tenants stood outside their in the freezing cold, holding signs and trying to stay cheerful.