|Mark Vadik ( Writer/Director ):|
|Having directed numerous theatrical productions in Chicago for over 10 years, "The Thirsting" marked Vadik's writing and directorial debut in feature film. The work has been compared to a stylistic hybrid of Dario Argento and Ken Russell. His stage adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III, performed at The Bailiwick Arts Center in Chicago, was named as "One of the top 10 Must Sees" for the 2004 Theater season in Chicago by Windy City Times. The Chicago Tribune has favorably compared his work and style with Sir Peter Brooks of the Royal Shakespeare Company of London and Robert Falls, Artistic Director of Chicago's Goodman Theater. Mark Vadik was first recognized as one of the America's "aspiring under-ground writers" in the early 90s when his poetry was featured on 60 Minutes. Additionally, he has had several original stage plays produced, including: "Closures", "American Manhood - Boxed In and Strung Out", "Old Soldiers Don't Like Rain". He has directed numerous commercials and music videos including the music video "Hello" for the European techno band "Scooter" and "God 2 Get Down" by South of Earth. Most recently, he produced the feature film "Desertion". He received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago.|
|Joel Kastleberg ( Producer ):|
A prolific and talented producer, Joel Kastleberg has an established reputation for fostering young, up and-coming talent and matching them with original, extraordinarily well written material. In the process he has brought to the screen several of the most critically acclaimed independent feature films in recent years.
Kastleberg began his theatrical producing career with New Line Cinema's Bodies, Rest & Motion, which stars Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz and Alicia Witt. This highly touted film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kastleberg subsequently produced Sleep With Me for MGM-UA, starring Meg Tilly, Eric Stoltz, Craig Sheffer, Parker Posey, Joey Adams, Thomas Gibson, Todd Field and Quentin Tarantino. An Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Sleep With Me had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Kastleberg then produced three films with an unknown 23 year old writer/director named Noah Baumbach. Baumbach was recently nominated for an Academy Award for The Squid And The Whale, which Mr. Baumbach wrote and directed. Kastleberg's first collaboration with Baumbach, Kicking and Screaming , stars Eric Stoltz, Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Parker Posey, Olivia D'abo and Elliot Gould. Kicking and Screaming premiered at the prestigious New York Film Festival and went on to become one of the most successful independent films of the year. Kastleberg re-teamed with Baumbach to produce Mr. Jealousy starring Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Bridget Fonda. Mr. Jealousy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the closing night film at the Los Angeles independent Film Festival.
Highball is an experimental film shot in six days. Produced by Kastleberg and written/directed by Noah Baumbach, the film starts Annabella Sciorra, Eric Stoltz, Justine Bateman, Ally Sheedy, Peter Bogdanovich, Rae Dawn Chong and others. The film was released by Lionsgate and has enjoyed an unexpectedly robust cult success.
James Adams (Executive Producer)
Larry Skorniak (Assoc Producer)
Brian Levin (Cinematographer)