THE PATERNAL RITES TEAM

Jules Rosskam – Director, Producer, Editor

Jules Rosskam is an educator and an award-winning director, whose films have shown at film festivals around the world, including top tier LGBT film festivals, such as Outfest, Frameline, and the London LGBT Film Festival. Other screenings include the Queens Museum of Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and Arsenal Berlin. His films have also broadcast on PBS and CBC. He previously directed, produced, and edited Thick Relations (2012), against a trans narrative (2009), and transparent (2005): JulesRosskam.com

Marc Smolowitz - Producer

Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award winning director, producer and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals - Sundance, Berlinale, AFI Docs, IDFA, Tokyo, Melbourne, among others - and been released worldwide theatrically, across all forms of television, and on VOD/Digital. IMDB

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Kadet Khune - Sound Designer

Kadet Kuhne is a digital media specialist with two decades of experience creating sound design and music for film, television, video games, apps, interactive installations, live performance and products. Kadet works with clients such as Electronic Arts, Google, and Disney, designs sound for award-winning independent films that have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes and Toronto, and creates soundtracks for commercial clients such as by Adidas, Toyota, Vail, and CNN. She recently worked on the latest release of SimCity, and manifests her specialty in interactive sound design on mobile and iPad apps. In addition to jobs in the studio, Kadet works as an adjunct professor focusing on interactive installations, emerging technologies and post-production audio. Her longstanding engagement with media is expressed in original sound and video works that are screened and exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Art Lucerne, LACMA, de Young Museum and Sundance Film Festival. KadetKuhne.com

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Danielle Holke - P

R and Social Marketing Associate

Danielle Holke is a veteran builder and nurturer of digital communities, for both organizations and individuals, with a current special focus on independent filmmakers. Her background in marketing and PR, with significant experience in entertainment, maker-culture, documentary film, and social causes, has allowed her to launch strong programs which have resulted in sold-out screenings at prestigious film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and AFI Docs, published cover stories and features in a variety of publications including The New York Times and IndieWire, and hundreds of fruitful relationships with taste-makers and journalists world-wide.

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Neely Goniodsky - Animator

Neely Goniodsky has a BA in animation from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. Some of her more noteworthy productions include “Pearl”, a short film directed and animated at the NFB, and “The Smiths” a production for Seattle University. She received numerous Canada Council and CALQ grants. Her films have screened at the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, and Animafest, Zagreb as well as many other international festivals. Her films range from completely abstract to more structured compositions. They often reflect her interest in interpersonal communication, as well as observation of human behavior and social issues.

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Irene Meltzer Richard - Coordinator, Distribution and Audience Engagement

Irene Meltzer Richard creates strategies for audience engagement, event management and partnership development. She has worked on campaigns for films and multi-cultural projects at a wide-range of profit and non-profit companies including Kino Lorber, the Cultural Exchange Lab, America Heard and the Audubon Mural Project. During her tenure at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, she liaised with a variety of notable NYC institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum as well as with international cultural services and organizations such as Human Rights Watch. In addition to the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, her festival credits include: Athena Film Festival, The New York EXPOsition of Short Film and Video, Other Israeli Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Women Texas Film Festival and Works by Women: A Film and Video Fest. She write articles and social media pieces for agnès films, a feminist film website supported by Michigan State University.