MICHELE MAHER (Director, Writer, Producer) makes her feature film debut with GARMENTO. Prior to this, Maher assisted director Reggie Rock Bythewood on the feature film release, DANCING IN SEPTEMBER, which premiered on HBO in 2001 as part of their Original Film Series. Maher previously wrote and directed four short films while studying film at NYU. The films included *69, which aired on the Independent Eye Series on Maryland Public Television and was recognized at the 1998 Brooklyn film festival with the award for Best Film with a Female Theme. Her background also includes various projects as an actress on the stage and television. Maher most recently appeared in HBO's DANCING IN SEPTEMBER and has appeared in numerous national commercials. Earlier in her career, Maher spent two years working for various fashion design houses in New York where she drew inspiration for GARMENTO.
MARK SCHWARTZBARD (Director of Photography) studied film at Ithaca College. He has worked for the last few years as a camera assistant on feature films (Ed Harris' POLLOCK and Woody Allen's Spring 2001 project), for the television series NOW AND AGAIN and THE STREET, and for numerous commercials. He has also served as cinematographer or director on several short films. His own shorts have played and won awards at film festivals and museums around the country. GARMENTO is Schwartzbard's second feature as Director of Photography.
HENRY DUNN (Production Designer) has designed numerous independent films including ORDINARY SINNERS, THINGS TERRESTRIAL, THE SIMIAN LINE (Palm Springs Film Festival 1/00), and MARRIAGE MATERIAL (Lifetime Fall '99). His Art Direction credits include JUST THE TICKET, SERVICING SARA, and COYOTE UGLY. Dunn has also designed several theatrical productions including ZIBALDONE at Here, THE LEAR PROJECT at Access Theater, A THOUSAND CLOWNS at The Roundabout Theater, STONEWALL JACKSON'S HOUSE at The American Place Theater, WONDERFUL TIME at the WPA and PRINCIPALITY OF SORROWS for Pure Orange Productions. Dunn also designed and coordinated the Millennium Ball at the Knickerbocker Club in New York and regularly works as a design consultant for Colin Cowie Lifestyles. Henry is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
AMY WESTCOTT (Costume Designer) obtained a degree in fashion design from Syracuse University in 1992, and moved to New York City to work in the fashion industry. Four years and a number of design jobs later, she made her move to the film world and found a fit as a wardrobe assistant on COPLAND. Westcott's costume design film credits include CAMPFIRE STORIES, THE TRADE, and NANCY AND FRANK, as well as assisting on such films as CHERRY, HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL and MAMBO CAFÉ.
ANDREW MALENDA (Editor) began working in 1997 as a negative cutter with N&D Film & Video. By 1998, he began freelancing as an assistant editor and presently, he works on staff at the post production facility, Refinery in New York City, editing numerous shorts, documentaries and commercials. Malenda is currently co-directing and editing a documentary with his wife, filmmaker Margaret Harris. GARMENTO is his first feature.
SUSAN SHOPMAKER (Casting Director) is founder of Susan Shopmaker Casting in New York City. Most recently, she cast HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, released nationally in theaters in July 2001. Between the fall of 1999 and the summer of 2000, Shopmaker cast five films, all of which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. The films include SERIES 7 by Dan Minahan, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH by John Cameron Mitchell (winner Audience award and Director's award, DOUBLE WHAMMY by Tom DiCillo, ACTS OF WORSHIP by Rosemary Rodriguez (Shopmaker also produced), and DIARY OF A CITY PRIEST by Eugene Martin.
ED TOMNEY (Music Composer) is a composer, artist and producer based in both New York and Los Angeles. He has written and performed music for theater, dance, radio, television, and feature film, receiving numerous compositional awards and fellowships in the United States (NYSCA, NYFA, NEA, Meet The Composer) and Europe. Some of his scoring works for television include the critically acclaimed series WONDERLAND for ABC, and the David Lynch/Mark production AMERICAN CHRONICLES for FOX. Films scores include Michael Cohns' WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, source music contributions for Oliver Stone's JFK, PERSONS UNKNOWN starring Kelly Lynch and Joe Montagna, GUNCRAZY starring Drew Barrymore and James LeGros, and Todd Haynes' feature SAFE for Sony Pictures Classics.
RUTH THOMAS-SUH (Associate Producer) began her career at TIME-WARNER where she worked in marketing for the magazine group, and was the in-house producer of 40 national commercials for magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, LIFE, and People. After a stint in advertising at J. Walter Thompson, Thomas-Suh joined Internet consulting company AGENCY.COM in 1996 where she managed the media and client services staff. At the same time, she obtained her Masters in Journalism at NYU where she produced a documentary short called DANIEL WHERE FAITH MEETS SCIENCE. She is currently researching a full length documentary related to teen violence. GARMENTO is her first feature.