LANRE OLABISI: WRITER/DIRECTOR
Lanre Olabisi is a writer/director and founding member of the New York Independent Film Collective. His first feature film August the First, screened in over 30 international film festivals including South By Southwest (SXSW) and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, garnering top prizes at six festivals during its run and a nomination for an IFP Gotham Award. During the festival tour August the First received press coverage in Variety, Filmmaker Magazine and Indiewire. August the First is currently distributed in North America by Film Movement and can be currently seen on Netflix or Amazon.
In 2011, Lanre was one of 25 filmmakers selected by IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center to participate in the “Emerging Visions” Program. Lanre is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow and has received grants from the Urban Artists Initiative and The Jerome Foundation. Lanre received his MFA in Film Production from the City College of New York (CCNY). Currently, Lanre teaches Screenwriting and Acting for the Camera at The New York Film Academy.
CHRIS WEBBER: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A five-time NBA All-Star, Chris Webber’s two seasons as part of the fabled “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan in the early 90′s, and his 15 years as a power forward in the NBA, laid the foundation for his current success as a broadcaster, businessman, philanthropist and steward of African American culture. The Detroit native played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Golden State Warriors. He has earned the distinction of being a “thinking fan’s player-analyst” for his work on NBA-TV’s “NBA Gametime Live” since its launch in October 2008, as well as his role on “Tuesday Fan Night.” Webber has served as guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and more recently, as a game analyst for Turner Sports. He also recently launched “The Chris Webber Show” in February 2012 on Sirius/XM covering numerous topics from music and entertainment to politics and current events, interviewing celebrities from Joe Madison to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ludacris and Nas.
PETER GILBERT: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Peter Gilbert is winner of the following: Emmy, DGA, Sundance Film Audience and Cinematography, PGA, Peabody, Independent Spirit and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Awards. His films include the breakthrough documentary Hoop Dreams, which was nominated for an Academy Award. In addition to his work on Hoop Dreams, Gilbert has produced, directed and filmed documentaries, feature films, commercials and music videos. His work includes: At The Death House Door, Discovery Networks’ With All Deliberate Speed, NBC Networks’ Deadline, TCM’s There is No Place Like Home, PBS’ The Ballad of Eziquel Hernandez, The Gods Grew Tired of Us, Showtime’s A Time For Dancing, All The Rage, Vietnam, Long Time Coming, Prefontaine, Stevie, Married in America and American Dream. Peter is currently a Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University in the Graduate Documentary Film Program.
GABRIEL SEDGWICK: PRODUCER
Gabriel Sedgwick hails from Sweden but works as a producer in Brooklyn, NY where he is Head of Production at Hard Working Movies. He is a National Board of Review fellow, a Berlin Film Festival Talents alumni, an Anders Sandrew grantee, and has produced films such as Lanre Olabisi's directorial debut August the First and the award-winning short Slate (dir: Carmen Vidal), which have screened at multiple international film festivals, including SXSW, New Director's/New Films, and Karlovy Vary. He recently co-produced Jeremiah Zagar's feature-length documentary "CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart" which premiered in competition at Sundance 2014 and has been shown on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic in the UK.