MALCOLM MATUSKY (PRODUCER)
Malcolm Matusky has been an active professional in the corporate communications field since 1982. Initially apprenticed as a film cameraman at Frank Kolarek Films in New York City, he went on to earn a certificate in broadcast engineering from the Center for the Media Arts in New York City; a bachelors of fine arts in film and television production at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts; and a masters of business administration in marketing and management at Long Island University, were he participated in a cooperative education program with Army officers at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
From producing a documentary about a rain forest research station in Costa Rica sponsored by American Standard Corporation to promote their image in central America; to consulting on web design and integration with video productions and Internet sales sites, Malcolm has had experience in wide variety of communications techniques and technologies. Still photography, cinematography, lighting, sound recording and editing are some of Malcolm’s skills he has developed over the years as a working professional in New York’s film industry. Now he focuses on producing and directing, though for smaller productions and documentaries he is the “crew” as well as handling all aspects of pre-production through distribution.
Based in New York City till 2001, Malcolm is now located in Scottsdale Arizona where he runs Malcolm Productions, a specialty production company focusing on the needs of business to better represent themselves through video on the web.
ARI TAUB (DIRECTOR)
Ari Taub has been working in the film industry for over 25 years. His films have been screened around the world, covering many themes and genres. They have also been showcased on HBO, Arts and Entertainment, Showtime and the Disney Channel. Having directed three feature films, Ari has also worked in various capacities on numerous independent commercials, music videos, documentaries, industrials and short films He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television from the prestigious NYU TISCH School of the Arts. In addition to being praised by the likes of Roger Korman, Roger Ebert and the Los Angeles Times, Ari has received over fifty awards for the films he’s directed, working with stars including, Sandra Bernhard, Edward Furlong, Eric Roberts and Tony Lo Bianco.
In 2004, Ari’s breakout directorial effort was his feature film titled; The Fallen. A World War II drama taken from the perspective of Italian, German and American soldiers won the Best Film and Best Director award, as well as the Audience Award at the Milan International Film Festival. The film also won the the Best New Director Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Ari continued with the theme of war in the feature film, The Final Sacrifice, a film that Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine called, “Ugly, Gritty and Dangerous.” It also won the Best New Director award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.
Ari’s Follow-up feature is titled, 79 Parts, a high concept dramady set in 1979 about car robberies, youthful high jinks and forbidden love. It will be released in the Fall of 2018. Ari is president of Hit and Run Productions Inc, a production company that provides movie equipment to the local indie filmmaking community. Ari has also given himself to mentoring and teaching eager filmmakers, who see him as an influence and inspiration.
Ruben Rodas is a bi-coastal Independent Filmmaker. His professional background includes extended experience as Director and Cinematographer of Narrative Films, Commercials , Music Videos , TV shows, Branded Content, and Documentaries.
As cinematographer he has extensive experience to shoot in any Film format including ARRI ALEXA XT, Amira, Alexa Mini, RED Epic/Dragon/Weapon, Sony F3/F5/F7, F55/F65, Phantom, BlackMagic, Canon and the latest DSLR cameras.
Ruben has directed and shot advertising campaigns for high profile clients such as NBC Universal, HBO, ESPN, Dimasimo Goldstein, Taylor James, DOM360, Tuxedo, SunToyota, SteveWhite Volkswagen, TBC, Think Content, MTV, Montel Williams, Mario Testino, Cultnation, Psychology Today, Fairway, American Movie Co, Everlane, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Latin Vogue, Moves Magazine, Camp Shohola, Tibi, Handvaerk, Fidelity, Moonlight Brides, Adidas, H&M, Conde Nast, GAP, NY&Co, Betterment, Sallie Mae, The Alliance, Beach Body, DoSomething.org, Humanscale, Montecristi, Diageo, Illy, Samsung, and Marli NYC just to name a few.
Ruben is presently living in New York City where he continues developing his craft working as Director, Cinematographer, Producer and Photographer.