Tyler A. Chase - Director/Producer/Editor
Tyler is an artist/auteur who founded L’ORAGE while attending New York University film School and in her first year created, Urban Inquisition, a short, narrative, 16mm film and the short satirical narrative film called Fowl Play, starring Jack Mulcahy (The Brothers McMullen). Both films screened at: the Tribecca Screening Room, the Cantor Screening Room, New York International Independent Film Festival, Occularis Open Eye and The Pioneer Theater. Tyler was consultant and PR person of award winning documentary films by Joanne Cheng: Mama's Gold and China Gold Rush (aired twice as a PBS special).
Most recently Chases first feature documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn - King Arthur, with Golden Globe Award winner, Brian Cox is completed and in the Festival Circuit. The Award winning, Sweet Soul in Exile, is Tyler's is a short documentary. In 2013 Tyler completed the short award winning narrative psychological drama, Animal Crackers (Pentimenti).
Tyler has several film projects at different stages of development and production: Blues for 475 is in Post Production, Let Them Eat Geese is in development/production and Touched by Duse with Ellen Burstyn, Paul Sorvino, and others is pending filming in Italy. Footage from Touched by Duse was screened as a work in progress at the National Arts Club, The Players Club, Kanbar Instititute of Film & Television at NYU Tish School of the Arts, William Esper Studio and the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge. L'ORAGE Productions participated as an NGO and Tyler took part in the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights Violations in Housing at United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and footage from her investigative documentary work was screened as testimony. Tyler spoke on the United Nations panel about preemptive forced eviction as well as at Columbia University.
Lisette D. Cevallos - Producer/Administrative Director
Lisette Cevallos (Producer, V.P. of L’ORAGE), a graduate of the NYU Film Program, collaborates as producer, administrator and budget/accounting and consultant in the development of the films produced at L’ORAGE Productions. She is also a union actress with a background in theatre performance and an award winning visual artist. She is a producer of the completed feature documentary film, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur with Golden Globe Award winner, Brian Cox as Narrator (presently in the festival circuit), the award winning short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile and the award winning short narrative film, Animal Crackers (Pentimenti),
Cevallos is involved in projects of different stages of development. They are: Blues for 475 (in post production), Let Them Eat Geese (development/production) and Touched by Duse (post production/production). Lisette participated on a panel at the National Arts Club that included Paul Sorvino, Mario Fratti, William Esper, Helen Sheehy and Tyler A. Chase where there was a special event and screening of footage of Touched by Duse.
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”.
Neil Cabana - Sound Mixer
Neil Cabana is an expert at sound. He is a producer and owns the publishing company, Dog and King. Throughout the years, Neil has completed many records and worked with a plethora of bands/artists such as Vangard, Jimi Bonet, The 27, and Casey. Regarding working with artists, he is a platinum record producer and focuses on alternative rock and pop with an urban sensibility. Neil is also a composer for film and TV and recently scored 2 compositions for 'Stronger Than the World" with fellow composer Peter Scartabello - a bio pic about Jose Aldo, the UFC Brazilian championship fighter.
Connie Crothers– (1941 - 2016) Improvisational Jazz Pianist
This short movie is dedicated to the memory of someone we love very much. Aside from being so kind as to appear in and donate music in support of our film, Blues for 475, Connie was known for her uncompromising improvisation and virtuosity as a Jazz Pianist. She did shows throughout the world and the New York area. She released four CDs in 2011.
Critic Grego Edwards said, “Connie Crothers is important. Important to the music.”
Eight CDs were critic’s choice for their year's best lists. Connie’s quartet appeared in the 2011 Vision Festival prompting Ken Weiss to name her quartet in Jazz Inside as, “the highlight of the Festival.”
Connie had a long association and performed with Max Roach and recorded Swish as part of his historic duets recordings. They performed duos at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in Tokyo, and Harvard University, where she was honored as Visiting Jazz Artist. Connie is supportive of this film, allowing Tyler to film her at 475 Kent, The Blue Note and other venues.