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DIRECTED BY

DAN LUND

                       

 

Dan Lund (Director) has been an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1989. He has contributed to dozens of classic features including “Beauty and the Beast and “Aladdin” as well as “Pocahontas”, The Lion King”, Tarzan”, Mulan, ” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Recently, he served as Effects Design Lead on 2013’s Academy Award®-winning “Frozen,  the biggest animated film of all time.

Outside of the studio system, Dan has been very active in bringing non-Disney themed projects from concept to completion including the award-winning documentary “Death Becomes Them: The Musical” (Best Director, New York Film Fest) and “Dream On Silly Dreamer” (Certificate of Merit ASIFA AWARDS). His love of underground theater led to a collaboration with writer Patricia Scanlon that resulted in the animated series of shorts “Hildy Hildy.”

His current project features the unheard song “Aria for a Cow” from the Academy Award®-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Dan says, “Sarah Ashman Gillespie (Howard Ashman’s sister) took a huge leap of faith in saying yes to my request…and all she asked was that I give just a little love to a cow needing some respect.” Nothing could give Dan more creative pleasure than doing just that, giving respect to the art of theater, animation, film, story, music and the process of putting on a show.



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ART DIRECTED BY

AMOS SUSSSIGAN

                       

 

Amos Sussigan (Art Director) has, at a relatively young age, already amassed an impressive list of accomplishments in TV, radio, animation, art design, and music videos and currently works at Paramount Pictures as a concept artist.

Amos grew up in Switzerland where he completed his diploma in languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French, and German). After graduating, he worked on air for Swiss TV and radio. He came to Los Angeles to attend Woodbury University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and won the Departmental Award of Academic Excellence in 2013.

Amos started a blog where he wrote about his sadness at being away from home. His blog became a radio program and then, in October 2011, when Amos was 22 years old, a book, The Chocolate Oscar.” The book sold out three times. Amos created and coordinated the marketing campaign of the book on his own. He has also received nominations and awards at more than fifty film festivals around the world for writing and directing his two shorts,  “Broken Wing” and “Swan Cake.”

Working on “Aria For A Cow” is a professional and personal milestone for Amos. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,  featuring the music of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, was one of the first movies he ever saw. Says Amos, “When I go home to Switzerland, my grandparents and I still watch it together.”



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PRODUCED BY

CONNIE THOMPSON

                       

Connie Nartonis Thompson (Producer) began her animation career in 1992 working on “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and “Beavis & Butthead.” Following that, she started an 11 year run at Walt Disney Animation Studios where she worked on animated features including“Fantastia 2000,  “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,  “Chicken Little, ” “The Princess and the Frog,  and “Tangled” as well as award-winning shorts “The Little Matchgirl, ” “Lorenzo,  and “Destino.” In 2007, she joined veteran producer Don Hahn at Disney’s live-action studio to associate produce the Disneynature documentaries “Earth, ” “Oceans, ” “African Cats,  and “Chimpanzee.” Hahn and Thompson also produced three other documentaries — “Waking Sleeping Beauty, ” “Hand Held, ” and “High Ground.”  Connie then went on to associate produce the critically acclaimed “Frankenweenie,  directed by Tim Burton. In 2012,  Connie left Disney for Illumination Entertainment to work on “Despicable Me 2,  one of the top five grossing animated films of all time. Currently, Connie is producing a stop-motion animated feature at Laika.  She is honored to have produced the animated musical short,  “Aria for a Cow” with her former Disney colleague, Director Dan Lund and Art Director Amos Sussigan.  Connie lives in Portland with her husband, writer Bryan Thompson.



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SUPPORTED BY

SARAH ASHMAN

                       

 

 

Sarah Ashman Gillespie has been Howard Ashman’s sister for as long as she can remember.  She is the webmaster of Howardashman.com and, with Ashman’s life partner, William Lauch, acts as literary executor for all of Ashman’s work.

Professionally, Gillespie is an editor and writer.  She was Director of Comic Art for United Media for many years, editing comic talents including Charles Schulz and Scott Adams.  As Sarah Ashman, she is co-author of two books, Holly Bloom’s Garden and Meditations for Children Who Do Too Much.



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COMPOSER

ALAN MENKEN

                       

 

Alan Menken’s voice has captured the imaginations of audiences for over 35 years.  His stage musicals include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and The Beast,  A Christmas Carol,  Weird Romance,  The Little Mermaid,  Sister Act, Leap of Faith and Newsies. His film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast,  Newsies,  Aladdin,  Pocahontas,  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules,  Home on the Range,  Enchanted and Tangled. Alan’s television credits include writing numerous songs for Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, the song for an episode of the ABC-TV series The Neighbors and the ABC-TV series Galavant.  He is the winner of the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk Award for his score for Newsies.  He has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including four for Best Score and 4 for Best Song.  He has earned 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”), 7 Golden Globes, London’s Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Other notable achievements include induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard’s number one single (“A Whole New World”) and number one album (Pocahontas).  In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend.  He has also been awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010 he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Upcoming work includes theatrical presentations of A Bronx Tale,  Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Trails (based on the lives of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans),  The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; film work includes the live action presentation of Beauty and the Beast and Sausage Party.



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SONG SUNG BY

KATE PAZAKIS

                       

Kate is also a well known nightlife personality. The current host/creator of the monthly event Broadway Barre at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz and the Creator/Long Host of one of the most successful and longest running cabaret nights “Mostly Sondheim” in New York City.

Broadway/1st national tour: South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher, Jerry Springer the Opera starring Harvey Keitel at Carnegie Hall, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Jennifer Hudson.

FILM/TV: South Park, Big Gay Musical, Pushing Buttons, Submissions Only, Unicorn Plan-It. Commercials: LasVegas.com – National directed by Bob Balaban, Pier 1 – National. Radio city Xmas spectacular – national.

 

 



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MUSIC DIRECTED BY

JOHN DEHAAS

                       

 

John B. deHaas (Music Director, Pianist) Recent shows include WAKE UP YOUR WEIRD (Off Broadway, Boston, Portland, Atlanta, Austin), LIZZIE BORDEN (Theater Downtown), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, LEGALLY BLONDE, LITTLE MERMAID JR, JEKYLL & HYDE, HAIRSPRAY (West Orange HS), HAIRSPRAY, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, NUNCRACKERS (Bay Street Players), A WONDERFUL LIFE (Mt. Dora), THE LAST FIVE YEARS and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Gramercy Theatre at the Plaza), JOHNNY GUITAR (Plaza Theatre) and MAMMA MIA (National Tour FL, NC, OK)

Past Orlando Fringe Festival shows: DAZZLED TO DEATH, IF LOOKS COULD KILL (Music), STREAKIN’ in 2004, WHEN PIGS FLY in 2008,  and THEME PARK DIVA in 2003, 2005, 2012 for which John wrote the music, lyrics, and book.

John also wrote the music, lyrics, and book for HALLOWEEN: THE MUSICAL, a parody of the 1978 John Carpenter horror film. The show was produced at the Footlight Theater and Orlando Shakes, and the cast recording is available everywhere!

John currently performs as a musician at Walt Disney World (Hoop Dee Doo, Princess Tea Party), and works as a vocal coach and music director for many theaters throughout central Florida. Aside from musical theatre, John has also released four new age projects, the most recent being a CD titled HOME.



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Post Production Producer

Lori Korngiebel

                       

Lori Korngiebel has worked in the film business for over 18 years, both in live action and animation.  She began her career in post-production with Castle Rock Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures working on award winning films including  Waiting for Guffman, Armageddon and The Insider.  In 1998, she joined Disney Animation Studios where she expanded her post-production skills to the computer-animated characters in Dinosaur.  It was the Studio’s second film featuring CG/3D animation and provided an opportunity for Miss Korngiebel to delve into the burgeoning world of computer-generated filmmaking.  She went on to serve as associate producer on the English language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away and was part of the early team producing Gnomeo & Juliet for Disney Animation and Elton John’s Rocket Pictures.  After completing post-production work on Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, she joined DreamWorks Animation in 2004 where she worked on numerous animated feature films and television specials, including as production manager on the 2010 critically acclaimed 3D computer-animated film, How to Train Your Dragon.   In 2009 she joined fellow Aria for a Cow colleague, Connie Thompson, and veteran producer Don Hahn at Disney to work on Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary about Disney Animation’s renaissance period during the 1980s.  Her collaboration with Hahn and Thompson continued with the  Disneynature documentaries Oceans and African Cats and independent documentary films, Hand Held and High Ground.  From there she went on to work as post-production supervisor on Disney’s John Carter and as associate producer on Maleficent, the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014.  She is currently working on The Finest Hours for Walt Disney Studios.

As a graduate of the University of Southern California, Lori is a tried and true Trojan, and can be found traveling the country during football season, cheering on her favorite team.  She is an active member of ASIFA and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is thrilled to be a part of the creative force behind Aria for a Cow and happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with her former Disney colleagues.



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FOTOKEM

                       

 

We Don’t Just Provide Workflow, We Enable It

FotoKem is an independently-owned, full-service post production facility serving the worldwide creative community since 1963. The company has been a trusted resource for every corner of the entertainment market, providing comprehensive post production expertise, high-end solutions and innovative in-house technologies. FotoKem assists filmmakers in successfully bridging production and post, helping to navigate the expanding world of motion picture finishing technology. The facility offers a broad spectrum of services, including a full-service film lab, file-based workflows, digital intermediates, digital cinema packaging, mobile dailies, global data delivery, film and video finishing, audio mixing and mastering, visual effects, restoration, and production rentals. FotoKem has also expanded over the years with the acquisition of SPY Post, Keep Me Posted, L.A. Studios, and Margarita Mix.



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SIDDHARTHA

                       

 

Siddhartha was born & raised in Hyderabad, India. He earned a Bachelor’s in Engineering, then studied animation, visual effects, and production at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and continued his work as a Digital Compositing artist in graduate school. Sid has worked on “Fruitvale Station”, “Junior Giants” and “Call of Dude” (Pilot Episode).

After shifting his focus toward production, Siddhartha started as a production assistant for “Market Street” directed by Carlos Baéna. He then became the production manager at Studio 400A, the collaboration class of The Academy of Art University. Siddhartha produced original live-action and animated shows working mainly on scheduling, budgeting and tracking projects. One project, “Borderlands 2, ” in association with 2K Studios, has been highlighted in, Forbes & Wall Street Journal.

Currently Siddhartha wrapped “Aria for a Cow” directed by Dan Lund as Production Manager and “Advantageous” directed by Jennifer Phang.



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Choreographer

ANGEL REDA

                       

 

ANGEL REDA, an American actress, singer and dancer, waas born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas.  She made her New York debut in Broadway’s longest running American musical,  Chicago, and continues to star in their new ad campaign promoting the show around the world.  On the West Coast she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked,  which she played during its Los Angeles and San Francisco engagements. Other West Coast Theatre: Pasadena Playhouse – Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Van Buren),  Dangerous Beauty (Imperia).  Film/TV: “Outside the Box”, “Zombeo & Juliecula”, “Aexis”, “Stepford Wives”, “Chappelle’s Show”, “Habit Heroes” (Disney V.O.), “Red Riding Hood’s Adventure” and “Safe at Home”.   Other Favorite credits: Hugh Jackman in Performance, Follies, Sweet Charity and No, No, Nannette!  Regionally, she has received Broadway World nominations for Best Actress as Lola in Damn Yankees – Goodspeed Opera House and Best Supporting Actress for Norma Cassidy in Victor, Victoria – Theatre Under the Stars.  She received the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Queenie in The Wild Party. Ms. Reda holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.



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Moo-vers & Shakers

                       

 

The PR “Moovers and Shakers”  brings together the diverse talents of a set of strong women helping Aria take the stage.

Jen Coyne is an artist, accountant, project manager, and transformational leader currently driving IT User Experience at Intel Corporation.  She enjoys collaborating on projects with like-minded creative people.  Her passion for the Arts first connected her to be an angel investor in Aria, and later, to use her PR & event planning talents to help with Aria press writing, festivals and events.  Mare Aehlich received her BA in English and her Master’s in Liberal Arts. After a stint as an officer in the United States Air Force, she began her marketing career in Las Vegas in 1993 working with a major casino. She’s focused on social media since 2005. She is in charge of all the social media accounts for the film.  “My goal is to expose Aria for a Cow to as many people as possible and have them fall in love with her like I have. She deserves it.”



YOU'LL MEET THEM SOON

MORE COWS

                       

There are many more mooing in our Barn, without whom this project could not have taken off or continue to progress. We thank all of them and cannot wait to introduce them and their work to you soon.

Come back and visit us to see who is our new awesome crew memeber.