Odyssey Project Film

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ABOUT THE PROJECT


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

~ Paul Valery

THE TEAM

Michael Morgan, Producer

Michael Morgan is a classically trained actor and voice teacher. He is realizing a life long goal of producing films that honor the stories of marginalized and neglected voices through intersection with literary masterworks.  As an actor, he has performed at the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, La Mama, California Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theatre New York, Independent Shakespeare Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare and Company, Peoples Light and Theatre Company, The Red Pear Theatre in the South of France, City Street Theater, The Negro Ensemble Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Lobero Theatre, Center Stage in Santa Barbara, Classical Theater Lab in Los Angeles, Sierra Repertory Theater, and The Working Theater in New York.  Currently, he is on the theater faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Michael has also taught at Penn State, Yale School of Drama, Temple University, California Institute of the Arts, Neighborhood Playhouse, Theatre Conservatorium of Brussels, Royal Conservatoire in Liege, Theater of Changes in Athens, and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The Odyssey Project Film’s significance connects with his origins growing up in Harlem where he came to understand the survival choices that dominate the youth in tough neighborhoods. While instructing young actors in conservatory programs around the world has been rewarding he has discovered that facilitating someone to go on and believe in their potential and shift their lives from destructive to productive, has been his highest calling as a teacher.  Through documentary film, he seeks to infuse new meaning into revered classics and provide a forum for social activism.

Mark Manning, Director

Mark Manning is the Co-founder/Executive Director of the nonprofit media company Global Access Media and the Founder/Director of ConceptionMedia film production
company. He is an award-winning filmmaker with a series of critically acclaimed documentary films, including The Road to Fallujah, Caught in the Crossfire, The Consequence of Oil, The Circle of Life and American Voices. His films have screened worldwide and have played in international film festivals including; Telluride, Docufest, Atlanta, SlamDance, New Orleans, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, Honolulu, Miami, Dubia, Istanbul and the United Nations. He has covered a broad range of difficult and compelling issues from war in Iraq, the BP spill, the American media’s effects on U.S. civilians to compelling personal issue stories. He has interviewed over 1000 people including world leaders and Iraqi resistance fighters. During the Iraq war, he was the only westerner to live with and document the lives of Iraqi war refugees in the city of Fallujah, and co-founded an international relief agency that specialized in delivering humanitarian aid into combat zones. He is the creator and executive director of A Dialogue for Peace, a groundbreaking peace mission to connect and build relationships between university students in the United States and the Middle East. Media coverage of his work includes: Variety, LA Times, Air America, Entertainment Weekly, LA Weekly, Democracy Now, Free Speech TV, 100’s of U.S. and international radio interviews, Clear Channel, Al-ˇArabiya, Al Jazeera, Fox, CNN, CBS, and NBC. Through his experience as a documentarian and journalist, from the battlegrounds of war, Mark has developed a deep understanding and ability to connect to the heart of issues. It is his life’s passion and mission to offer alternatives to hopelessness, fear, hatred and ignorance by empowering people to connect to each other and become instruments of positive change.

Zachary Price, Ph.D., Researcher and Associate Producer

Zachary Price completed his doctorate at UCSB in Theater Studies and is currently an Assistant Researcher in the Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Price has worked in film development at Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, in television production for Law & Order, literary theatre management, and has had plays produced in spaces such as H.E.R.E. Arts Center, 651 Arts, Samuel French Off-off Broadway Short Play Festival, New School University, New Professional Theatre, and Dramatists Guild where he was a Playwriting Fellow. Price’s scholarly writing has appeared in Theatre Topics, Journal of Asian American Studies, and he is co-author of the Bunche Center’s 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report: Making Sense of the Disconnect. Price has been involved with The Odyssey Project since its inception working as a collaborator in numerous capacities including fight choreographer, movement coach, researcher, assistant director, associate producer, mentor, and community activist.


Reuben Aaronson, Director of Photography

Aaronson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has traveled the world to shoot and direct award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS, and many others. From Academy Awards to Emmys, his work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity. His film Amazon Gold narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold.

 


Ethan Boehme, Film Editor

Boehme is a film editor that primarily works in documentary and independent film. He is known for his pacing and sensitivity to tone, as well as, his unique artistic perspectives and experimental style. Boehme works with world renowned photographers, musicians, journalists and artists to create powerful stories and unique short films, such as Ancient Marks, Sacred: Angkor Wat and Interviews 50 cents with Alex Chadwick which have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. Recently, Boehme co-created and edited The Making of Stony Island: Music Makes Us One, with Director, Andy Davis. Clients include Google, Samsung, EMI, A&E, The Annenburg Foundation, and PBS.

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.

~ Edgar Cayce

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