The Documentary Film

Creative Team

Meshakai Wolf, Director & Producer
Zac James Nicholson, Cinematographer & Co-Director
Eric Weil, Producer
Raymond Schillinger, Producer
Sam Reiss, Editor
Whitney Theis, Animator
Jonah Zorn, Associate Producer

MESHAKAI WOLF is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City. His most recent feature length documentary film, Flames of God, on acclaimed Macedonian Roma poet and musician, Muzafer Bislim, won best film at the Rolling Film Festival in Kosovo and was the closing night selection at the 2011 Margaret Mead Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. His first film, Gussie, is an intimate portrait of his great-grandmother who lived to be 105 years old. The 50-minute film documents the last 5 years of her life as she transitions from independence in her Coney Island apartment to a full-time care facility on Long Island. Gussie premiered at the Provincetown International Film Festival, was an official selection at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and won best documentary at the Magnolia Film Festival.

Shows he wishes he saw at My Father's Place: The Slits, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Augustus Pablo, Muddy Waters

ZAC JAMES NICHOLSON is an American filmmaker born in New York and living in Brooklyn. His work as a director and cinematographer spans the medium from narrative to documentary film, and is regarded for its unique character-driven, cinematic perspective. Most recently, he shot the feature length documentaries, Unseen Enemy, for CNNFilms and Memory Gameswhich is soon to make its festival debut. Zac also just finished his short film, Heard in Havana, about the first group of American composers to travel and present their work in Cuba in over fifty years.

Shows he wishes he saw at My Father's Place: Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Culture, Andy Kaufman, The Band

ERIC WEIL is an Emmy-award winning writer-producer based in New York. His work has featured on PBS, Nickelodeon, internationally via Sesame Street and has screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sydney Opera House among other prestigious festivals and venues. Since 2006 he has produced work for clients through his company, Reservoir Films. His multi-year project for New York Road Runners received honors from the Webbys, the Tellys and Parents’ Choice.

Shows he wishes he'd saw at My Father’s Place: Tom Waits, Living Colour, Richie Havens, Randy Newman & Brruuuccce!

RAYMOND SCHILLINGER is a producer, journalist and filmmaker who has worked on digital video teams at Bloomberg, The Atlantic, and PBS. His first documentary film, Dreams for Sale, chronicled the decline of Lehigh Acres, Florida, one of the hardest-hit areas during the 2008 foreclosure crisis.

Dream show at My Father's Place: The snowy winter night that Andy Kaufman took the entire audience out for milk and cookies (true story, apparently!). And hanging out on a Reggae night with Keith and Ronnie, of course.

SAM REISS is a filmmaker and photographer originally from San Diego, California who currently resides in New York. He has worked as a director and editor, focusing predominantly on fashion film, experimental work and music video. He is regarded for his unique use of music.  His work has been featured in Vogue Arabia, the Fashionography, Logo & the BBC and last year he edited Madonna's Her Story film for Vogue Germany.  Currently he is creating visuals for the Joyce Theater's The Tenant based on the novel by Roland Torpor.

Shows he wishes he saw at My Father's Place: New York Dolls, The Police, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Psychedelic Furs, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Muddy Waters

WHITNEY THEIS is a freelance animator based in Brooklyn. Her work encompasses many styles of animation, always striving for the right look and feel for each project. She has worked with brands and companies big and small, as well as creating VFX and animations for short and feature films. She is currently expanding her work to include illustration and comics.

Show she wish she had seen at My Father’s Place: 
Hall and Oates

JONAH ZORN is a New York based filmmaker and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a BA in Communication Arts, with an emphasis on Film Production and Theory. His senior thesis, for which he was the cinematographer, premiered at the Marquee Theater in Madison. Upon moving back to New York City, Jonah began interning at Suburban Rebel in the fall of 2018 and was soon brought on full-time as an Associate Producer on the film.

Shows he wish he had seen at My Father’s Place: Toots and the Maytals, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Fairport Convention

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