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tom donahue
Director + PRODUCER, founder

Tom is the primary director on all of CreativeChaos vmg’s projects as well as the Chief Creative Officer. Tom’s films not only entertain, but they are deeply researched and articulated dives into systemic socio-political issues that create accountability and strong calls to action. Tom is not afraid to take on powerful institutions, he has interviewed world leaders, powerful corporate titans, famous celebrities, and whistleblowers. An award winning director, his films have played on thousands of screens, major networks, the US Capitol, and at dozens of festivals. Prior to his career as a director, he was an award winning producer and editor of feature films, documentaries, and television. His critically regarded work has won over 30 awards from around the globe. He holds a degree from SUNY Purchase.

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Ilan arboleda
Producer, founder

Ilan is the primary producer on all CreativeChaos vmg projects and the managing partner overseeing all creative development, business development, finance and operations for the company. He has worked around the globe, financing and producing films and television for diverse audiences. CreativeChaos is the full manifestation of his lifelong dream to merge his passion for filmmaking with his commitment to public service. His films and tv programs have appeared in dozens of festivals, on multiple networks, and have been screened in theaters around the world. He holds a degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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steve edwards
executive producer, founder

A trained economist and graduate of the University of South Carolina, he has channeled his investment instincts into a finance and production company. He has a deep love of film and television and welcomes the collaborative nature of the filmmaking process. As founder, partner in CreativeChaos vmg and a believer in provocative cinema, Edwards encourages the company’s philosophy of art, commerce, and social disruption.

 
 

Jessicya materano
Head of production &
co-producer

Jessicya oversees all aspects of production, from development through delivery on each of our projects. She manages a dedicated team committed to making great films with strong social action. She also serves as co-producer on many of the projects providing both logistical expertise and creative oversight. As a former art school student, Jessicya responds to stories of identity and those who struggle to find purpose amid large-scale social issues. Jessicya holds a B.F.A from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an M.P.S. from the School of Visual Arts.

 
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sarah marie ampil
assistant editor

Sarah came to CreativeChaos to help create films that change the world, starting with the forthcoming gender in Hollywood documentary. An editor by training, she assists with the challenging and exciting process of turning a complex social problem into a compelling narrative. Sarah is a senior at the School of Visual Arts.

 
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Dana Benningfield
Story Producer

As story producer, Dana calls upon a breadth of experience in several creative fields: advertising, theatre arts and publishing. She loves being part of a team attempting to make the world a better place, one documentary at a time. She credits her father – the man who could spin a tall bedtime tale – for instilling in her the power of a story well told. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.F.A. from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Jay Tan
post production supervisor

Jay moves our films from the editing rooms onto the big screen. As the Post Production Supervisor, he manages digital assets, integrates with vendors, provides technical support, and oversees the workflow once the project exits principal photography all the way through to a high-standard of completion. He oversees an enthusiastic team, all of whom he has spent countless hours training and developing.  Jay is passionate about filmmaking and oversees the CCVU - an in office education program - where he teaches every member of the company different aspects of the filmmaking process. Jay holds a degree in Theatre Arts from SUNY Stony Brook as well as a certificate in film from The New School.

 
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Kylie Sobel
Co-Director

Kylie started as a story editor at the company, but quickly transitioned to becoming a co-director. Prior she spent a decade at digital news organizations as a key insider in critical positions but realized her passion for storytelling trumped the 24 hour pitfalls of the 24 hour newscycle. She is currently co-directing an untitled project on the Fourth Estate. Kylie studied filmmaking at the International Center of Photography and The Edit Center. She is a graduate of Fordham University with degrees in French and Middle Eastern Studies.

 
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ALEX STEINBERG
Business Development 

 After serving as a consultant for several years, Alex wanted to bridge the gap between creativity and business. Acting as a liaison between outside groups and CreativeChaos, he makes sure great ideas make it to the screen. He’s eager to help create movies that mobilize those who see them. Alex received a degree in Economics and Organization Studies from the University of Michigan.

 

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MICHA COOPER-EDWARDS
HEAD OF MARKETING & STRATEGY

Micha leads the marketing, publicity and social action campaign strategy for the company’s productions, as well as our corporate and NGO partnerships. Micha has a 15-year multinational career spanning entertainment, brand management, experiential marketing, product marketing and merchandising.  A dynamic and passionate leader, her sunny disposition and global IQ inform her ability to foster one voice for a diverse team and work with CreativeChaos’ founders to determine the long-term business growth strategy. Micha holds an MSc in Media and Communications from The London School of Economics in the U.K., and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

 
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Azza Cohen
STORY PRODUCER & Co-Director

Azza is the primary development manager, key story producer, and is the co-director of one of the company’s most ambitious projects. A historian by training, she likens documentary film to a fellow history teacher, one that inspires audiences through provocative, sensitive, nonfiction storytelling. She is a tireless researcher and factchecker. Azza holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University where she serves on the board of the trustees as well as an M.A. in History from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 
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Will Schreck
ASSISTANT EDITOR

Will has quickly risen to become the most trusted Assistant Editor at the company helping to manage the workflow of multiple projects in post production. In the editing room, he love being a part of a team dedicated to highlighting in unique ways not seen before. He obtained a degree in Media Studies with a focus in Film and Television from Penn State University.