Tom Donahue – Director, Producer, Co-Founder
Tom directed the Emmy-nominated Casting By (HBO), hailed as one of the top five documentary films of the year by the prestigious National Board of Review and reviewed as “outstanding!” by legendary critic Leonard Maltin. His interviewees for the doc include Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, among many others. After premiering at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Casting By has played in over 50 festivals worldwide and been released in over 35 countries. In 2014, it won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media.
His latest feature documentary, Thank You For Your Service premiered in 2015 at DOC NYC and was called “Gripping, wrenching and persuasive” by The Village Voice. The film is about the mental health crisis in the military (Interviews include Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General David Petraeus and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen). A CreativeChaos production, it is being produced in association with the Sprayregen Family Foundation and Artemis Rising Foundation (The Invisible War).
He directed the feature documentary, Guest of Cindy Sherman which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews (5 stars , Time Out NY) . The film was selected by the New York Times as recommended watching when it made its premiere on the Sundance Channel in May 2009.
Tom has produced and edited numerous features and documentaries that, combined, have won over twenty five awards at such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SxSW, Venice, San Sebastian and TriBeCa. As producer, his credits include Ramin Bahrani’s acclaimed defeature, Man Push Cart, NIck Sandow’s Ponies (starring John Ventimiglia and Kevin Corrigan) and Alfredo de Villa’s acclaimed debut feature, Washington Heights (starring Manny Perez, Tomas Milian and Bobby Cannavale).
Ilan Arboleda – Producer, Co-Founder
In addition to his duties as the primary producer on all CreativeChaos projects including the award winning film Casting By, the upcoming Thank You For Your Service and the soon to be completed The Best Is Yet To Come, Ilan oversees all creative development, business development, finance and operations for CreativeChaos vmg. Prior, Ilan was COO and Vice-President for three years at Go Go Luckey Entertainment, a television production company with more than two dozen series and hundreds of hours of programming under its belt. From 2003-2009, Ilan was the managing partner at Cinapse, a full service film finance and production company, where he produced films and developed and implemented slate funds, diversified film funds and project financing. He has consulted for media funds and international media interests in places as diverse as Dubai, Dakar, Macau, Hong Kong, Bogota and Cebu. He was also a founder of Dynamo Capital, one of the first Latin American film funds based in Bogota, Colombia, which financed 4-5 films per year. His films have been shown in every major global film festival and have been released in dozens of countries around the world. He holds a degree from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
STEVEN EDWARDS – co-FOUNDER
Steve combines a strong financial background with his love of art in his role as executive producer. A trained economist and graduate of the University of South Carolina, he has channeled his investment instincts into a bona fide hit as a first time producer with Casting By.
He welcomes the collaborative nature of filmmaking. As partner in CreativeChaos vmg and a believer in provocative cinema, he encourages the company’s philosophy of art, commerce, and social disruption.
Professionally, Steve’s interests include real estate management, financial services and private wealth management. The fifth generation San Franciscan now resides with his wife of 38 years Elizabeth in Richmond, VA and has two grown children who are both committed educators. Edwards divides his time between his financial clients and film production.