Mack Sovereign-Line Producer
Ben grew up in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin. His father moonlit as a projectionist at the local movie theatre when he wasn’t seeing patients at the town's only family practice. He would sneak in with his dad to catch as many movies as he could. His fascination grew into filmmaking, attending UW-Milwaukee film school, and moved to LA. He has been working in post production for over 10 years. Cutting his editorial teeth on the Emmy nominated HBO Docu-series about the Foo Fighters 8th album, Sonic Highways, he recently formed Folk Cinema Post ; http://www.folk-cinema.com
Jill is a screenwriter, and producer. She has produced two projects with J.J. Abrams, Taking Care of Business and Gone Fishin. Recently she executive produced Keep On Keepin' On, with Quincy Jones,which won numerous awards for both Best Documentary and Audience Award at international film festivals. She also produced the documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl and is currently working as a producer on a Showtime documentary called Bollettieri, about the infamous tennis coach. Jill is a tremendous addition to the Fiddlin' team.
Jill Sorensen-Associate Producer
Julie grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Growing up on a steady diet of Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies, she worked her acting and modeling way to NYC for a summer, was hooked, and never looked back. While living between Los Angeles and New York, Julie acted, did theater, and enrolled in a gorilla style filmmaking class where she wrote, directed, crewed and acted in multiple short films.
After motherhood and divorce, she re-embarked on roles behind the camera as well as in front of it. On a trip to Cannes with two fellow divorcees, Julie, using only her hand held camera directed, shot, and appeared as herself in Cannes Without A Plan, a reality pilot/feature documenting the three women's impulsive romp to the Cannes film festival. A previous collaboration with Jeff Kanew led him to edit and co-produce this comedic, insightful film dealing with divorce, sobriety and being a single mom.
Fiddlin' is Julie's latest directing endeavor and one that she is most excited about. Along with her sister Vicki, they are filming this documentary about the multi-generational musicians who are keeping alive the Bluegrass and Mountain music from their home state and region. Going “back home” to shoot this film about these talented musicians, their music and the beautiful mountains she left has given Julie a whole new appreciation for all that she had at one time been eager to leave. Julie is also developing and writing projects with Jill Sorensen. Their film company, Calamity J Productions, has many projects in the works.
Jill is a native of Sweden and worked as a top model with the Ford Agency in New York City. As an actress she has appeared in several film and television projects winning BEST ACTRESS at the California Film Festival for the lead role in MARMALADE. She has appeared in comedy skits on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as Sex and the City. Her theatre credits include THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES in Los Angeles, and the New York City premiere of Lemon Meringue Façade. Her screen writing debut MARMALADE tells the comedic story of a fashion model being put out to pasture. It’s a bittersweet comedy about how society views the aging of women. The film won BEST PICTURE at the California Film Festival and BEST PICK OF THE FESTIVAL at the Cinevegas Film Festival chosen by The Hollywood Reporter. Jill is also a published interior designer and has been featured in House Beautiful, HGTV, Coastal Living, Luxe Magazine, The Washington Post, LA Times, The Washingtonian, Trad Home and DC Magazine among others. With a desire to help women and children she co-founded Knock Out Abuse Against Women (www.knockoutabuse.org) a not-for-profit organization raising money for victims of domestic violence. Since its inception in 1994 Knock Out Abuse has raised over 10 million dollars and helped 22,000 women and children rebuild their lives. The annual Knock Out Abuse gala is attended by over 800 influential women and has been called a “Washington institution”. It’s continually voted “top ten events” in the nation’s capital,
Jill is honored to be the recipient of 2008 SALVATION ARMY’S COMPASSIONATE CITIZENS AWARD. As a Producer on the film, FIDDLIN', Jill brings years of experience.
Liam Gannon-Camera Operator
Liam Gannon is currently a student at the University of Miami studying Motion Pictures with an emphasis in Production. In his early life, he participated in high school theatre and was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program where he began his studies of film. In August 2015, he worked on the set of Fiddlin' in Galax, Virginia at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention and has stayed active amongst the crew members. Liam continues his film
career in the summer of 2016 as a production assistant on the hit CBS television series, "Elementary".
Joshua Ausley-Director of Photography
Joshua Ausley is an award-winning cinematographer making films around the globe. He started out in front of the camera as talent while living in Japan, achieving fluency in the Japanese language. Now as a Director of Photography, Josh produces television commercials, documentaries, films, music videos, and branded content videos. He has worked with Vanity Fair, Instagram, ESPN, American Airlines, the NBA, Porsche, National Geographic, Discovery, Food Network, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Ashley Furniture and many more. He has traveled to over 25 countries and shot in Europe, Japan, India, Nepal, Canada and the Caribbean. Josh is also a PADI and SSI Advanced SCUBA diver with experience filming underwater in both controlled and open-water environments. Specialties: Directing, Scripting, Lighting, Cinematography (RED, ALEXA, Sony F55, Canon Cinema)
Tom Hauser, a native of Winston Salem, NC, has always been passionate about good sound. Meandering from studio recording into film making in 2009, Tom enjoys learning people's stories filming documentaries. As a musician, recording sound for Fiddlin' was a true joy for Tom, and often times Tom would dance while holding the boom pole during filming. In addition to working on the road as a production sound mixer, Tom runs a post production and composing studio in Winston Salem. More information about Tom can be found at www.hoozaudio.com.
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Vicki went to the University of Virginia where she graduated with a degree in Communication Theory and Rhetoric. After working in retail, marketing and the airline industry, Vicki moved to the Detroit suburbs, married her husband Rick, and began her family. While raising four children over the next twenty-five years, she served on several non-profit boards. Vicki created fundraisers for a variety of non-profits including PATH, the Junior League of Birmingham and Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. She also helped create marketing and development strategies for several organizations. More recently, Vicki and her youngest son, Willy Vlasic founded Teens 4 Arts which serves as a fundraising arm for Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit,. She is currently working on a project for the Detroit Institute of Art. Vicki's experience in marketing and fundraising has made her a key member of the Fiddlin' team as a producer. Having also written for many of the non-profits she served and recently completing her first screenplay, Vicki is happy to bring her writing skills to the table as well. While this is her first credit as a producer, she looks forward to the challenge of future film projects.
Mack Sovereign is a Producer and Production Coordinator based in Los Angeles. He has worked on film, digital, television and commercial productions for companies including Dreamworks TV and Nickelodeon. He is currently working in digital production for Studio71. He hails from Northern Michigan and is a 2015 graduate of Duke University, where he majored in Public Policy and played quarterback on the football team. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Willy Vlasic-Asst. Director/Camera Operator
Willy Vlasic has had an interest in film and acting from an early age. He began theater with the Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe at the age of nine in Telluride, CO performing in numerous productions with the troupe in Telluride, India and Vietnam, all by the age of 12. At 14, he was cast in his first feature film, Another Happy Day, and had the privilege of working with Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, George Kennedy, Ellen Burstyn and Ezra Miller. He continued to act throughout high school in short films, with Cranbrook Theater and at Stage Door Manor. Willy started college at the University of Miami studying film and has been an instrumental team player on Fiddlin’ doing everything from lighting and camera work, to interviewing musicians and chasing down release forms. Willy is currently studying finance at the University of Michigan and writing his first screenplay.