Robert A. Nowotny - Producer
Robert A. Nowotny's
career spans slightly more than 20 years in the motion
picture and television industry. Bob is especially known as someone who
discovers and develops new talent, evidenced by the fact that all four of
his feature films have been directed by first-time directors. His first
feature was BILLY GALVIN, starring Karl Malden, and distributed
domestically by Artisan Entertainment and released in the foreign market
by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
He next produced THE RADICALS, which starred Norbert Weisser,
Christopher Neame and Mark Lenard in one of his last motion picture
appearances. THE RADICALS is distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer overseas
and by Raven Releasing and Gateway Films in North America. KILLING TIME
has also been acquired by Raven Releasing and Raven Pictures
International. This quirky, dark comedy stars Sal Xuereb and represents
Bob's third consecutive feature film shot on 35mm. Most recently, Bob
continues to serve as a Consulting Producer on A CIRCLE ON THE CROSS. Now
in post production, this is Bob's first digital feature. The ensemble cast
is headed by acclaimed Broadway actor Terrence Mann.
Bob has recently moved back to the Texas Hill Country from Ruidoso, New
Mexico, where he produced the Emmy-Award Winning documentary THE LEGEND OF
BILLY THE KID for the Disney Channel. Bob's current television project is
ATTORNEYS-AT-LARGE, a proposed prime time television series which he is
developing with Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment.
A two-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Bob received his
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with Honors, in 1970, and
later earned his Master of Arts Degree from the Department of
Radio-Television-Film in 1979.
Harrison Witt - Writer/Director
Harrison is currently editing his digital
short “Mr. Z Loves Company”--a screen adaptation of an experimental
theatre piece that was the highlight of the Fontera Fest Fringe Theatre
Festival (Austin, 2003). His short film Chemical Nurse was runner up in
the Best Shorts Competition at SXSW Film Festival (Austin, 1995).
Animus I, a 16mm short, screened at SXSW and The Revelation Film
Festival (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide - Australia) in 1996 and
1997. His music video Believe It was invited to air on MTV’s 120
Minutes. Harrison’s documentary project Bar Belles--a story about powerlifting
high school girls--was selected to participate in the IFCON project, San
Elephantitus is Harrison’s third feature-length screenplay. He studied
screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin while earning his MFA
in Film Production. He attended Robert McKee’s Story Seminar and has
consulted extensively with Producer’s Rep Jeff Dowd during the writing of
Harrison’s production experience spans over ten years in the industry.
Behind the camera credits include director of photography for Snow
Monkeys of Texas (National Geographic Television), as well as numerous
music videos, and the award-winning narrative shorts Bella, Bella, Bella
and The Comforts of Home. Harrison has also shot and edited industrial
films for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Tulsa International
Airport. Additional lighting experience includes gaffing many commercials
and music videos as well as working as a union electrician on such films
as Courage Under Fire, Michael, Spy Kids 2, Suburbia, and
The 25th Hour.
Jeff Dowd - Producer’s Representative
Jeff Dowd is a Los Angeles-based writer/producer, producer’s representative, and a nationally recognized authority on marketing, distribution and exhibition.
Jeff was a producer of ZEBRAHEAD which Oliver Stone Executive Produced. ZEBRAHEAD won the Filmmakers Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures. He Co-Executive Produced FERNGULLY...THE LAST RAINFOREST, the animated feature starring Robin Williams, Tim Curry and Christian Slater. It was released by Twentieth Century Fox and won the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Best Picture award.
Jeff helped raise $28 million of financing for independent pictures in recent years. Jeff has consulted on the marketing or been producer's representative of such diverse films as: BLOOD SIMPLE, THE BLACK STALLION, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, THE GREY FOX, GANDHI, HEART LIKE A WHEEL, WAR GAMES, HOOSIERS, THE STUNT MAN, HEARTS AND MINDS, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Neil Young’s GREENDALE and METALLICA: SOME KIND MONSTER.
At the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Jeff Dowd partnered with John Sloss and CineticMedia and sold BETTER LUCK TOMORROW to MTV Films for theatrical release. They also sold the LA Film Festival Audience Award Winner KISSING JESSICA STEIN to Fox Searchlight. Jeff helped Rena Ronson and Cassian Elwes of William Morris sell CHERISH to Fine Line Features. Jeff and Jonathan Dana sold the acclaimed documentary, THE COCKETTES to Strand Releasing and the Sundance Channel. Jeff sold the 2001 Sundance film SCRATCH to Palm Pictures and Intermedia. Jeff also sold Raymond DeFelitta’s TWO FAMILY HOUSE (Sundance Audience Award Winner) to Lions Gate Films, GOAT ON FIRE AND SMILING FISH (Toronto Film Festival Discovery Award winner voted on by 775 critics), Finn Taylor’s DREAM WITH THE FISHES to Sony Classics and Lakeshore Entertainment at Sundance and EIGHT DAYS A WEEK with Keri Russell to Warner Brothers.
Jeff has been on the board of the Independent Feature Project, the International Documentary Association, the Sundance Film Festival and the Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute.
Beth Sepko - Casting Agent
Beth has over 14 years in the film business. Her experience ranges from big-budget
studio films to shoe-string indies. Her feature credits include Spy Kids 3, The Rookie,
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003, Levelland, Rolling Kansas, and Spy Kids 2. Beth’s Extras
Casting credits include Secondhand Lions, he Life of David Gale, Miss Congeniality,
Arlington Road, Rushmore, and Office Space.
Duncan Montgomery - Legal Services
With offices in Dallas and Austin, Duncan provides comprehensive legal services for
all aspects of the film business. His recent experiences with fund-raising for a
$1.5 million feature makes him a perfect fit for Elephantitus. Additionally, Duncan’s
knowledge of the complicated world of feature film distribution--foreign and domestic--
will be invaluable to this project.
Marcus Laporte - Prosthetic Fabricator
Marcus’s enthusiasm and creativity are already paying great dividends for
our film. He has completed the first prosthetic prototype for Titus’s
unfortunate condition and the results are amazing. Marcus has worked in
the prop shops of numerous feature films including Spy Kids and
Spy Kids 2. Marcus has just completed the first run of the Elephantitus Big Ball
Dennis Meehan - Sound Recordist
Dennis’s extensive experience in sound recording and boom operation will
ensure that our sound quality is of the highest level, thus minimizing the
need for costly post-production sound work. His feature credits include Screendoor Jesus, Rolling Kansas, The Krone Experiment,
The Perfect Specimen, Sanity, and Still Breathing.
Marc Herbst - Post-Production Sound
Harrison and Marc have already collaborated on numerous film and digital
video projects. Marc has extensive experience in all areas of post sound
work for film and video. He and his brother Erik operate Panhandle House,
a full-service music and movie sound post-production house based in
Denton, Texas. Creative collaboration and state-of-the-art digital
technology make Panhandle House the perfect fit for Elephantitus.
Dominic Eardley - Web Designer
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Dominic is an expert in digital media
production. Well-versed in digital video, web design, motion
graphics, compositing and video compression, he has designed and delivered
media solutions for both local and national clients through his firm Walking Man
Richard Lewis - Project Advisor
Richard Lewis has worked as a producer, director, editor, and/or writer
for National Geographic Television, Channel 4 (UK), A&E, PBS, Sierra Club
Productions, and Devillier-Donegan Enterprises. His last production, Chimp
Rescue, premiered on National Geographic Explorer and won a Genesis Award
for Best Cable Documentary. Richard's editing credits include Nick
Broomfield's Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of A Serial Killer. He teaches in
the RTF Department at the University of Texas at Austin.