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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.


THE team

Chantel Elassaad // Co-Producer Our in-house co-producer Chantel oversees all aspects of production on the majority of the company's documentary films. Despite working in the documentary field for the majority of her career, she only watches horror films and reality tv.

Chantel Elassaad // Co-Producer
Our in-house co-producer Chantel oversees all aspects of production on the majority of the company's documentary films. Despite working in the documentary field for the majority of her career, she only watches horror films and reality tv.

 
Kylie Sobel // Story Producer, Co-Director Kylie’s professional comfort zone is as token Millennial who makes Internet. She has created content for the Brian Ross Unit with ABC News, Good Morning, America, NowThis News, The Economist, Jazz at Lincoln Center, JetBlue, and the School of Visual Arts. Documentary is her passion. She's studied filmmaking at the International Center of Photography and The Edit Center. Kylie graduated from Fordham University with degrees in French and Middle Eastern Studies.

Kylie Sobel // Story Producer, Co-Director
Kylie’s professional comfort zone is as token Millennial who makes Internet. She has created content for the Brian Ross Unit with ABC News, Good Morning, America, NowThis News, The Economist, Jazz at Lincoln Center, JetBlue, and the School of Visual Arts. Documentary is her passion. She's studied filmmaking at the International Center of Photography and The Edit Center. Kylie graduated from Fordham University with degrees in French and Middle Eastern Studies.

 
Tina Potter // SVP, Multi-Platform Content Tina oversees development and new business strategy, managing network, OTT, and co-production relationships for pilots and series, and supervising multi-platform marketing strategies. Prior to that, she spent her award-winning career as a brand-builder, creative and marketing executive, helping broadcast and cable networks develop and refine their brand position and market their brands.

Tina Potter // SVP, Multi-Platform Content
Tina oversees development and new business strategy, managing network, OTT, and co-production relationships for pilots and series, and supervising multi-platform marketing strategies. Prior to that, she spent her award-winning career as a brand-builder, creative and marketing executive, helping broadcast and cable networks develop and refine their brand position and market their brands.

 
Jay Tan // Post-Production Supervisor Ilan and Tom told Jay that they're working on a Star Wars behind the scenes doc, hence the reason why he's working at CreativeChaos. He's still waiting patiently for that call sheet. In the meantime he runs the post-department.

Jay Tan // Post-Production Supervisor
Ilan and Tom told Jay that they're working on a Star Wars behind the scenes doc, hence the reason why he's working at CreativeChaos. He's still waiting patiently for that call sheet. In the meantime he runs the post-department.

 
Dana Benningfield  // Story Producer Geek + Creative + Idealist:  Dana comes to documentary filmmaking with a breadth of experience in several creative fields: advertising, theatre arts and publishing. She credits her father – the man who could spin a tall bedtime tale – for instilling in her the power of a story well told. 

Dana Benningfield  // Story Producer
Geek + Creative + Idealist:  Dana comes to documentary filmmaking with a breadth of experience in several creative fields: advertising, theatre arts and publishing. She credits her father – the man who could spin a tall bedtime tale – for instilling in her the power of a story well told. 

 
Patti Casby // Spiritual Producer Patti Casby is a producer of theater and film having founded Widdertill Productions in 2004. Since its founding, she has supported the development and distribution of narratives and documentaries. She can be seen most nights silhouetted against the moon in levitation whilst sending healing light and calling for enlightenment for friend and foe alike. 

Patti Casby // Spiritual Producer
Patti Casby is a producer of theater and film having founded Widdertill Productions in 2004. Since its founding, she has supported the development and distribution of narratives and documentaries. She can be seen most nights silhouetted against the moon in levitation whilst sending healing light and calling for enlightenment for friend and foe alike. 

Mandy Stein // Director, Producer Mandy Stein was an associate producer on "The Devil’s Playground", She produced both "Slasher" and "Crossover" for IFC Films and "What Remains" for HBO. She directed "You See Me Laughin’ ", "Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone" and "CBGB: Burning Down the House" and "Bad Brains : A Band in DC."

Mandy Stein // Director, Producer
Mandy Stein was an associate producer on "The Devil’s Playground", She produced both "Slasher" and "Crossover" for IFC Films and "What Remains" for HBO. She directed "You See Me Laughin’ ", "Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone" and "CBGB: Burning Down the House" and "Bad Brains : A Band in DC."

 
Stefano Ferrari // Cinematographer Stefano is not one of those cinematographers, who could tell you a story of how his parents bought him a camera as a child and how he's been making films ever since. As firm believers of starting from the bottom, they actually never bought him a camera at all, but instead made him work hard from an early age. At 16, Stefano started working as an electrician for major opera and theater productions all over Europe. Ten years later, he has transitioned into a director of photography and now calls New York home

Stefano Ferrari // Cinematographer
Stefano is not one of those cinematographers, who could tell you a story of how his parents bought him a camera as a child and how he's been making films ever since. As firm believers of starting from the bottom, they actually never bought him a camera at all, but instead made him work hard from an early age. At 16, Stefano started working as an electrician for major opera and theater productions all over Europe. Ten years later, he has transitioned into a director of photography and now calls New York home

Jessicya Materano // Coordinator, Central Services A true jill of all trades. When she's not developing coordinating and delivering documentaries, she's either at a record store or mastering the art of french-baking.

Jessicya Materano // Coordinator, Central Services
A true jill of all trades. When she's not developing coordinating and delivering documentaries, she's either at a record store or mastering the art of french-baking.

 
Addie Crabb // Assistant Editor Born and raised next to a movie theater, Addie is a cinephile through and through. She studied film history and analysis at Johns Hopkins University, and picked up editing as a hobby. Now she gets to put her love of Avid to good use! Outside of work, Addie can be found creating stop-motion shorts, impersonating Minions and collecting Wes Anderson paraphernalia.

Addie Crabb // Assistant Editor
Born and raised next to a movie theater, Addie is a cinephile through and through. She studied film history and analysis at Johns Hopkins University, and picked up editing as a hobby. Now she gets to put her love of Avid to good use! Outside of work, Addie can be found creating stop-motion shorts, impersonating Minions and collecting Wes Anderson paraphernalia.