Film Team

Last Call: The Specs Film is comprised of a stellar experienced film crew. 

Director / Producer

Tents of Hope culminated in over three hundred painted “Tents of Hope for Darfur” exhibited on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the week that President Barak Obama was elected, 2008.

 

She is currently working on The Al-Mutanabbi Book Arts Project, an artist/writer/activist project in response to a devastating bombing in Baghdad, Iraq that occurred in March of 2008. The project, involves over two hundred international artists and poets and musicians, and began touring the world, hosting events in museums, universities, libraries and galleries, in spring of 2013.

 

“Last Call: The Specs’ Film” is her first full-length documentary film.  With a complete insider’s view, as she is the bar owners’ daughter, Ms. Simmons plans a film rich in humor, pathos, social activism, musical and visual imagery, a triptych collage, as it will, of the complexity of human life in a pub in twenty first century America, with its’ owners personal roots reaching back to the end of the First World War.

Elly Simmons has worked as an internationally exhibiting visual artist for over thirty years, creating in a myriad of mediums, from paint to photography, collage, tapestry and mosaic, constantly exploring new media and confronting issues of great social import such as homelessness, women’s rights, war and peace, family history and interpersonal dynamics.   She spent two years as Artistic Director for Tents of Hope, an international artist/activist project on Darfur, where she served as consultant on “Tents”, a documentary on the project. 

Film Editor / Co-Producer

Todd Darling directed and produced the acclaimed feature documentary OCCUPY THE FARM (2014).  The film premiered at Regency’s UA 7 in Berkeley, CA and grossed more at the box office opening weekend than any other film at that multiplex.  Shocked that this indie documentary performed so well, Regency expanded OCCUPY THE FARM into 20 more theaters the next week.  The film went on to screen theatrically in over 50 cities in more than 60 theaters.

Todd also directed BLACK ROCK HORSE (2012) a 30-minute film about the jagged, yet comic efforts to create an art project at Burning Man;  A SNOW MOBILE FOR GEORGE (2009) Netflix/Bull Frog Films a feature documentary about the human consequences of environmental de-regulation; MTV’s hit reality show, LAGUNA BEACH (2004 – 2006); Fox’s “MURDER IN SMALL TOWN X”; and USA’s music show, “FARM CLUB”. Todd won the Eric Sevareid Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his first nationally broadcast documentary, “Año Nuevo”.   He has also worked on the broadcast of five Olympic Games. As a Director of Photography he has shot programs for the BBC, USA, Discovery Channel, and TLC. As an editor he has cut more than one hundred TV shows including episodes of MTV’s “Real World” and “Laguna Beach”, Lifetime’s “Project Runway”, and Comedy Central’s “The Man Show”.  Prior to film and television, Todd worked as a freelance journalist covering stories in Europe, the US and Mexico.

In 2016 Todd opened production offices in San Francisco, CA and is at work on a new film about the Trinity River, while continuing to develop new projects for television, web and theaters.

 

He is currently at work on a new film, “Two Rivers” about the Klamath and Missouri Rivers and the defense of those waters by indigenous tribes against outside industries.   His current editorial work includes “Dreams At Sea” a feature documentary about Syrian refugees stranded in Greece, and Last Call: The Specs film.

Sound Recordist

Claudia Katayanagi has for over the last thirty years worked in almost every genre of filmmaking, from feature films to music videos, commercials, and industrials. The majority of her career has been focused on documentaries. 

 

Her introduction to film was as a production assistant on the feature film Steppenwolf.She has been an associate producer on several projects over the years, including “Visions of the Spirit”, 

on writer Alice Walker and of a film festival in New York. Her first film that she produced, directed and shot was a documentary of London street performers.  Currently she is directing and producing two documentary films on the Japanese-American Internment during WWII - Voices of Internment: Seven Decades Later and The Legacy of Leupp.

Editor

Jason Bryan is a videographer, editor and director living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Upon completing his BFA in video and film from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jason traveled and worked in various capacities in production in Georgia, Chicago, New York, Kentucky, Texas, until settling in the San Francisco Bay Area.


His first film, "David Patrick Bryan in Bosnia: Concert in Sarajevo," covered the journey of his father, singer/songwriter

David Bryan into postwar torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. There Jason and David met with locals and organizations working on the healing and rebuilding process inside and outside of Sarajevo.  The film won the 2001 UCMVA award for international music video of the year.

 

Jason Bryan currently works in the field of educational and promotional videos, and his clientele includes the after school program, Bay Area SCORES, the environmental store Green Home, the SETH Group, the California Culinary Academy, the Sustainable Living Roadshow, and dance troupes and performers such as the Vau de Vire Society and musician Rosin Coven. 

 

Jason Bryan wears many hats, working as videographer, editor, director, and producer and is familiar and active in all aspects of production. In the Bay Area, Jason Bran has also assisted local production companies such as Frame By Frame Productions of Berkeley, Third Wave Media, Free Run Pictures of San Rafael, and DV Workshops of San Francisco.

 

Current projects include "Last Call: The Specs' Film, Stories of Love, Loss & Lust in a Twenty-First Century Bar", with producer/director Elly Simmons, and "Wiley, One Family's Journey Into the Promise of Cannabis Medicine".

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