Sing Street

Filmmaker

John Carney

Writer/Director

John Carney’s most recent feature film credits as Writer / Director include Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley and Casting The Runes produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson and Eon Productions.

His other previous film credits as Writer / Director also include The Rafters, produced by Martina Niland and Macdara Kelleher and the Irish Film Board; Zonad with co-writer Kieran Carney; Once featuring the music of Glen Hansard and produced by Martina Niland, David Collins and Samson Films; On The Edge starring Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea and November Afternoon produced by Patrick O’Donoghue and Black & White film.

His previous television credits include Bachelor’s Walk Christmas Special and Bachelor’s Walk for RTE and Just In Time starring Frances Barber.

John’s theatre credits include the stage show Once, adapted from the musical feature film, directed by John Tiffany.

Filmmaker

Anthony Bregman

Producer

Anthony Bregman’s films include the Academy Award winning Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind; The Ice Storm; Sense And Sensibility; Thumbsucker; The Extra Man; Friends With Money; Our Idiot Brother; Please Give; Synecdoche, New York; The Tao Of Steve; Lovely & Amazing; Human Nature; The Savages; The Brothers Mcmullen; Trick; Darling Companion; and The Oranges.

Recent releases include Amy Berg’s Every Secret Thing (Anchor Bay) starring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks; Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo; John Carney’s Begin Again (The Weinstein Company) starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley; Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) starring Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.

Anthony is currently in production on James Schamus' Indignation, based on the novel by Philip Roth and in pre-production on James Ponsoldt's The Circle, based on the novel by Dave Eggers and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Collateral Beauty, from the script by Allan Loeb.

Upcoming releases include Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra (Lionsgate), written by Max Landis and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger; and John Carney’s Sing Street (The Weinstein Company).

In the fall of 2006, Bregman founded the New York City-based production company Likely Story, which he currently runs with Stefanie Azpiazu. Prior to Likely Story, Bregman was a partner at This is That for four years, and spent ten years as head of production at Good Machine, where he supervised the production and post-production of over thirty feature films, including Sense and Sensibility; Eat Drink, Man Woman; Walking & Talking, What Happened Was...; The Wedding Banquet; and Safe. Bregman teaches producing at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School and is Chairman of the Board of the IFP, the nation’s oldest and largest industry association for independent filmmakers, which also sponsors the annual Gotham Awards.

Bregman’s movies have won numerous awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Gothams, Indie Spirits, and Cannes, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, among others. In 2010 Roger Ebert named “Synecdoche, New York” the Best Film of the Decade.

Filmmaker

Martina Niland

Producer

Martina Niland is an honors graduate of Communications - Film & Broadcasting and is a well- established film and television producer based in Dublin, Ireland.

Martina’s most recent production is John Carney’s much-anticipated new feature entitled SING STREET, which is due for release in 2016 and stars Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Film Nation is selling SING STREET internationally, with The Weinstein Company looking after it’s release in North America.

Among Martina’s producing credits is Karl Golden's debut feature film THE Honeymooners (2003) and his second feature Belonging To Laura (2009). Martina was a producer of Perry Ogden’s debut feature Pavee Lackeen (2005), which won numerous awards including "Best Irish Film" at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival and the IFTA for Best Irish Film. To date, her most critically acclaimed production was John Carney's Once which received the Oscar® for Best Original Song and was named “Best Foreign Film” at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. Once is sold internationally by Summit Entertainment and was released in the US by Fox Searchlight. In 2009 Martina produced Carmel Winters' first feature, entitled Snap, which had its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, screening in the narrative competition section. Snap also won ‘Best Irish Film’ and ‘Best Irish Director’ at the Dublin International Film Festival. In 2012 Martina also produced – John Carney’s psychological chiller The Rafters, and two co-productions; the comedy/horror Grabbers, which premiered at Sundance and was released in Ireland by Element Pictures and by Sony Pictures in the UK and is sold internationally by SALT; and MILO, a Dutch Irish Co- Production, which won the Young People’s social Cine Club award at the Giffoni Film Festival 2012. Recently Martina produced the films Run & Jump and Stay. Run & Jump was co- written and directed by Oscar nominated Steph Green and won Best Irish Feature and Best Irish First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013 and the Silver Spike Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Having had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013, it was then released in North America by IFC / Sundance Selects. Stay, which stars Aidan Quinn and Golden Globe nominee Taylor Schilling in the lead roles, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2013. Gravitas Ventures released it in the USA and Canada in 2014. STAY is being sold internationally by Visit Films.

Filmmaker

Paul Trijbits

Co-Producer

Paul Trijbits is the Executive Producer of Disney's BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson; and J.K.Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO starring Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes.

Paul is Co-CEO of UK film and television production company FilmWave, founded in 2012 in partnership with Christian Grass, the former President of Production and Acquisitions, Universal Pictures International. Upcoming productions include Vincent Perez helmed Alone in Berlin staring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Brühl, based on the best- selling novel by Hans Fallada, a co-production with X-Filme in Germany. The company is currently in post-production on Once and Begin Again director John Carney’s new film Sing Street, as well as developing, packaging and producing a diverse slate of quality commercial film and television projects for the international market.

Paul was formerly Managing Director of Ruby Films & Television and before that the Head of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund. During his time at Ruby Films, Paul Executive Produced and Produced critically and commercially successful films including Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe among others. In his role at the UK Film Council, Paul was responsible for titles such as, Kevin McDonald's Touching The Void, Andrea Arnold's Red Road and Paul Greengrass' Bloody Sunday. Paul’s television credits include Stephen Poliakoff’s Golden Globe winner Dancing On The Edge for BBC2 and Starz, Case Histories for BBC1 and Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated Small Island.

Filmmaker

Christian Grass

Co-Producer

Christian is the founder of UK production company FilmWave, and the former President of International Production and Acquisitions, Universal Pictures International.

Christian founded FilmWave in 2012 in partnership with Paul Trijbits, Executive Producer of Saving Mr Banks and The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO. Alongside Sing Street current productions include Vincent Perez helmed Alone in Berlin staring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Brühl, based on the best-selling novel by Hans Fallada, a co- production with X-Filme in Germany and Brimstone directed by Martin Koolhoven, staring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning.

Under Christian's leadership the Universal Pictures International Production Division produced and acquired such films as Andrés Muschietti's Mama, Matthew Vaughn's Kick Ass, the Step Up franchise, Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, Rubbeldiekatz directed by

Detlev Buck, Timur Bekmambetov's Black Lightning and Park Chan-Wook's Cannes award winner Thirst among many others. Before joining UPI, Christian was Executive Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 20th Century Fox International. At Fox Christian oversaw the theatrical distribution, sales and marketing of all Fox and Fox Searchlight releases including Titanic, 28 Days Later, Moulin Rouge, Independence Day and The Devil Wears Prada among many others. Prior to joining Fox in 1996, Christian served as Vice President of International Marketing for Miramax International, where he supervised the marketing and publicity for all Miramax International releases including Pulp Fiction, Pret A Porter and Bullets Over Broadway among many others.

Filmmaker

Kevin Frakes

Executive Producer

Kevin Frakes is the founder and CEO of PalmStar Media. A producer of more than 30 films, Kevin also serves as a senior advisor to Merced Media.

In 2004, Kevin co-founded PalmStar, and has since gone on to raise over $100M in development, production and distribution financing for motion pictures and other media content. In 2010, working with a group of San Francisco Bay Area investors, Kevin co-founded PalmStar Media, a leading independent production and financing company based in Los Angeles, with a focus on film and television content. In 2012 Kevin arranged a formal partnership between PalmStar Media and Minneapolis-based hedge fund Merced Capital to create Merced Media Partners.

Kevin’s production credits include Hateship Loveship, How To Make Love Like An Englishman, and upcoming American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, among others.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 and an MBA from Yale University in 2004.

Filmmaker

Raj Brinder Singh

Executive Producer

Raj Singh runs the film finance and production platform for Merced Capital. He has produced or executive produced several films including American Ultra, November Man, and Laggies. Prior to his role at Merced Capital, Raj worked in private equity and investment banking in New York City.

Filmmaker

Jo Homewood

Line Producer

Jo Homewood has been working in film for the last 20 years, having started her career from busking on Brighton seafront.

Jo’s most notable credits in film and television include Jim Loach’s Life of Crime; Tom Hall’s Trivia; Titanic – Blood And Steel directed by Ciaran Donnelly; Jon Wright’s Grabbers; A Kiss For Jed Wood directed by Maurice Linnane; John Smith’s Love And Savagery; Kari Skogland’s 50 Dead Men Walking; Aisling Walsh’s Damage; Ciaran Donnolly’s Proof; Jim Sheridan’s In America; Bloody Sunday directed by Paul Greengrass; Borstal Boy directed by Peter Sheridan; Angelica Huston’s Agnes Brown and John Boorman’s The General.

Filmmaker

Alan Macdonald

Production Designer

Alan is best known for his production design work on Stephen Frears’ The Queen, which won him nomination for Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film from the Art Directors Guild and Best Technical Achievement at the British Independent Film Awards, and for the Rajasthan-set The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden, which won him a similar nomination for Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film from the Art Directors Guild.

In 2013, he designed the sets for the Academy Award-nominated film Philomena and recently completed work on Stephen Frears’ latest feature about disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

Other credits include Love is the Devil, depicting 10 years in the life of painter Francis Bacon; The Jacket and The Edge of Love, all directed by John Maybury; and Kinky Boots, the film on which the Broadway musical is based.

Alan’s television credits include his design for Henry V directed by Thea Sharrock for the BBC, as part of ‘The Hollow Crown’ series and Man to Man, directed by John Maybury.

In 2014, Alan was production designer for Kevin Spacey’s one man play ‘Darrow’ for the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Filmmaker

Yaron Orbach

DOP

Yaron Orbach’s most recent notable film credits include Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrels To The Nuts; John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life?; Mariana Chenillo’s Paraiso; Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks For Sharing; Josh Schwartz’s Fun Size; Our Idiot Brother directed by Jesse Peretz; Lance Daly’s The Good Doctor; John Carpenter’s The Ward; Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give; Derrick Borte’s The Joneses; Richard Laxton’s An Englishman In New York and David Wain’s The Ten.

Previous notable television credits include Lionsgate’s Orange Is The New Black and Miguel Arteta’s Rita for Fox / Bravo and The Carrie Diaries for WBTV/CW.

Filmmaker

Louise Kiely

Casting Director

Louise received a Degree in Law from University College Cork and then trained at The Gaiety School of Acting. She was an Actor for a short period before setting up Louise Kiely Casting in 2005.

Her most recent notable film credits include Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did; Ian Fitzgibbon’s Death of a Superhero; Darrah Byrne’s Parked and Tom Hall’s Sensation.

Filmmaker

Tiziana Corvisieri

Costume Designer

Irish-based Italian-born Costume Designer Tiziana Corvisieri has been working in the film industry since 1994.

Her previous feature film credits include A Belfast Story directed by Nathan Todd; Tom Hall’s Sensation and with director John Carney, include the features Once; The Rafters and Zonad.

Previous television credits include Dan Zeff’s Ice Cream Girls for ITV; Nick Renton’s Little White Lie; John Carney’s Bachelors Walk II and III and Christmas Special and Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Proof II.

Filmmaker

Eoin Holohan

Location Manager

Eoin Holohan began his career in the Irish Film Industry in 1996, working as a Trainee in the Sound Department of I Went Down. He quickly realised that his talents were better suited to a different Department!

He has worked in the Locations Department of Films as diverse as King Arthur and Veronica Guerin.

His recent credits as Location Manager include ‘Frank’, ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’, ‘The Lobster’, and ‘All Is By My Side’.

Filmmaker

Barbara Conway

Key Make-Up Artist

Barbara’s previous film credits as Key Make-Up Artist include Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing; John Carney’s Zonad; Robert Quinn’s Cre ne Cille; Kit Ryan’s Botched; John Carney’s Once and Lance Daly’s The Halo Effect.

Her past film credits as Assistant Make-Up Artist include Laws of Attraction directed by Peter Howitt; John Crowley’s Intermission; Liz Gill’s Goldfish Memory; The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Alfonso Arau; Not Afraid directed by Annette Carducci and Gerard Stembridge’s About Adam.

Barbara’s television credits as Key Make-Up Artist include Moone Boy 1&2&3 directed by Chris O’Dowd, Declan Lowney and Ian Fitzgibbon; Alan Shannon’s Roy; David Caffrey’s Raw; Nick Renton’s No Laughing Matter; Bachelors Walk Christmas Special directed by John Carney; Trouble in Paradise directed by Emer Reynolds; David Coffey’s Dan and Becs; The Last Furlong directed by Kieran Carney and Tom Hall; Darren Thornton’s Love is the Drug and Dearbhla Walsh’s The Big Bow Wow.

Filmmaker

Gavin Glass

Music Director

Gavin Glass is a music producer/director, instrumentalist, radio-presenter and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.

He has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and has produced and played on countless Irish records over his twenty year career. He has toured and played alongside a range of Irish artists including Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey and Declan O’Rourke to international acts such as Chas & Dave, Clarence Clemons (E-Street Band) and Garth Hudson (The Band).

As a music director, Gavin has worked on projects as diverse as “We Could Be Heroes”, a production that worked with young local bands from Munster and developed them into a professional house-band for an outdoor festival which featured some of Ireland’s top artists to the annual “Turning Pirate Mix Tape” which has performed to a sold out Vicar Street for the past six years.

In 2012 Gavin put together “The Grand Parade” a group of well known Irish artists for Today FM’s “Shave or Dye” campaign and co-wrote the campaign song “Start Again” which was a top ten hit for the group and all proceeds went to the Irish Cancer Society. The band made several television appearances and went on to headline a stage at that year’s Westport Festival.

He set up and continues to run Orphan Recording Studios in Dublin and presents “The Pick- Up” on Today FM’s alternative station TXFM.
His fourth album “Sunday Songs” is due for release on the 28th September.

Filmmaker

Gary Clark

Composer

Gary Clark began his career as singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist in late '80s sophisti-pop band Danny Wilson. He penned the band's 1987 international hit "Mary's Prayer". Now considered classic, it still regularly re-enters the top 100 airplay charts in the UK.

After the band split in 1990 he continued for a while with some solo projects, but increasingly was moving into the areas of songwriting and production for other artists. He continues to do this today, and has worked with, amongst many others: Natalie Imbruglia, Liz Phair, Lloyd Cole, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, The Veronicas, Delta Goodrem, McFly, Demi Lovato, Ferras, Lawson, Gin Wigmore and The Wanted. In 2014 he had two of his biggest international successes to date with Kim Cesarion's "Undressed" and Alex Hepburn's "Under" both of which were top five singles across Europe and number 1s in more than one country.

Although his credits in film and television to date are impressive, having contributed songs to There's Something about Mary, Nightwatch, Jawbreaker, Wild Things, Charlie’s Angels, Grey's Anatomy, 666 Park Avenue, Underbelly, Teen Wolf and Pretty Little Liars, amongst others; Sing Street is the first time Clark has written directly for the screen.

Clark has 3 BMI awards, has won Nordoff-Robbins/PRS songwriter of the year and has an Ivor Novello nomination for Best song musically and lyrically for “Mary's Prayer”.

Filmmaker

Andrew Marcus

Editor

Andrew Marcus began his editing career with Merchant Ivory Films. His credits include Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Howard’s End, Remains of the Day, Surviving Picasso, and Jefferson in Paris. He has also collaborated several times with director Kenneth Branagh on such films as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Peter’s Friends and Much Ado About Nothing. Andrew was the editor and second unit director of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mary Harron’s American Psycho and Callie Khourie’s Divine Secrets of Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

An avid surfer, he is delighted to include the documentary The Billabong Odyssey: The Quest to Surf the Worlds Biggest Wave, a theatrical feature about tow-in surfing among his credits. Other credits include such Under The Tuscan Sun, A Home At the End of the World, Everything is Illuminated, Tenderness, Flicka, When In Rome, The Moth Diaries, and the Step Up films, 2 & 3. Over the past few years he has collaborated with John Carney on Begin Again, worked on the Netflix miniseries Marco Polo, as well as co-editing Roger Waters’ The Wall and Nina Nourizadeh’s American Ultra. He is currently editing Indignation for James Schamus.

Filmmaker

Julian Ulrichs

Editor

Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction (Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an Assistant Editor (Begin Again, Foyle's War) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama Love Hate (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film Desaster (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include Jack Taylor: Shot Down and The Centre.

Filmmaker

Becky Bentham

Music Supervisor

Becky entered the music industry working at the Performing Rights Society before moving into audio post-production at Goldcrest Films and Roger Cherrills in Soho. Becky then travelled to Australia where she managed post-production audio facilities in Sydney.

On her return to the UK in 1992 Becky established herself as a Music Supervisor and Composer Agent at Air-Edel Associates until 2002, when she set up Hothouse Music Ltd, which burst onto the scene securing its position as the Europe’s leading Music Supervision Company and Composer Agency. Becky received the Ion Productions Business Award at Women in Film and TV awards 2009.

Becky’s extensive list of composer clients includes Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson-Williams, Angelo Badalementi and Gabriel Yared. After 20 years working closely with Composers, Directors and Producers, handling all aspects of music production for feature film, Becky’s knowledge of this industry is second to none.

Becky’s reputation as a first-rate music supervisor is established not only in the UK but also in the USA where clients include Universal, Warner Bros., Dreamworks 20th Century Fox, MGM, Sony, The Weinstein Company, HBO, and Disney.

Responsibilities on projects include; budget control, track research, track clearances, selection of music team (composer, musicians, studios, orchestrators, conductors, programmers, copyists, music editors and engineers etc), contract negotiations, session planning, session attendance, securing soundtrack deals etc.

Becky also has a wealth of experience in supervising on-set music and musicians. This involves the organization of everything from pre-records to on-set filming with musicians/singers: from sourcing and clearing tracks and commissioning new material as required, handling contract negotiations, hiring arrangers, musicians and singers (including vocal coaching for cast members) and coordinating pre-record sessions, to distributing rehearsal material to relevant personnel prior to shoot, liaising with on-set sound, props and costume teams, scheduling and supervising on set filming with musicians and providing full budgets and cost breakdowns to Producers. Becky has supervised on-set music for a range of high profile films including Les Misérables, Mamma Mia, De-Lovely, La Vie En Rose, The Edge Of Love, Strictly Sinatra, One Chance and The Book Thief.

Becky has vast experience of score recording throughout the UK and Europe and in source music clearances, using her broad knowledge of popular and classical music to work with Directors and Producers to choose appropriate material both artistically and financially.

Projects which illustrate her expertise include the feature films Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, La Vie En Rose for which she won a Czech Lion Award in 2008, John Madden’s Shakespeare In Love, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Filmmaker

Keiran Lynch

Music Supervisor

Kieran Lynch is an Irish music producer and mix engineer working in the music, TV and film industries. Kieran’s list of work includes projects with recording acts such as R.E.M., U2, Elvis Costello, The Beautiful South, Iarla Ó Lionáird, The Corrs, Paul Brady, David Lang, The Crash Ensemble and The Frank And Walters. Film work includes the soundtracks of features like Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, In America, The Tailor of Panama, The Good Thief, Ella Enchanted, The Water Giant, Kisses, Frank and Sing Street.

Kieran studied electronic engineering at University College Dublin before starting his career as a recording engineering at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in the mid 90s. There he worked for iconic producers such as Flood, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Stephen Street and Mike Hedges as well as recording many film scores with the Irish Film Orchestra. He now runs his own production company - Smalltone Productions - from his purpose build studio in the heart of Dublin city. Kieran also works in film post-production sound as a sound designer and re-recording mixer.

In recent times, Kieran Lynch has lectured at a number of Irish education facilities including Dundalk Institute of Technology, The Windmill Lane Academy and BIMM Ireland.