Roland Tec (Producer, Director, Writer, Composer)
In 1998, Roland Tec was the first artist to be represented simultaneously in both the music and the film sections of the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Texas—at one end of town he could be seen performing on stage with his opera company (New Opera Theatre Ensemble) while down the road screenings for his feature film, All the Rage, were sold out. Such range is typical of his career, which began in both music and theatre and later expanded to include film. All the Rage (Strand Releasing) which Tec wrote, directed and scored, was hailed as “one of the sharpest, sexiest and most amusing satires of gay life ever filmed” by the Los Angeles Times and toured to festivals spanning five continents before its 1999 U.S. theatrical release. It is widely considered a hallmark of Queer Cinema and continues to inspire new audiences through vigorous DVD sales. It is based on Mr. Tec's one-man play, A Better Boy which he performed at the Boston Center for the Arts in 1994.
In 2001, shortly after moving to New York, Tec directed and co-wrote (with John Yearley) the downtown hit, Gratuitous Nudity. His play, Bodily Function was an O'Neill finalist and won the Yukon Gold Prize at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference before being produced at The Culture Project in New York City. Other plays include: Sniffing Out the Impostors, commissioned for the Byrdcliffe Artists Colony Centenary, The Personal Effects of Annie Solomon which was workshopped as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Memberfest and The Wreck Behind Us, based on the true story of the 1969 automobile accident that claimed the life of a 39-year-old actress, wife and mother on the cusp of stardom.
Tec's most recent film, We Pedal Uphill was shot over a period of two years and features performances by an unprecedented number of OBIE-Award-winning actors. It was released in 2009. February, 2011 marked the New York premiere of The Rubber Room, which Roland Tec co-wrote with Gary Garrison. Most recently, he completed a commission for Resonance Ensemble, entitled Kennedy V, a full-length play about Teddy Kennedy's formative years as a U.S. Senator, 1963-69. Currently he is composing music for Katherine Burger's gothic musical comedy, Legends of Batvia.
Roland is the Director of Membership (and a longstanding member) of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is also a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a member of the Producers Guild of America and Circle East. He has taught or lectured extensively at various institutions, including: Boston University, M.I.T., Brandeis University, The Institute of Contemporary Art, the 92nd Street Y, The United Nations and Harvard University. In 2008, after returning from Lithuania, where he co-produced Edward Zwick's WWII epic film Defiance, Tec founded Extra Criticum, an online forum at which performing arts professionals are free to bitch, moan, wonder and dream.
John Tilley (Executive Producer, We Pedal Uphill)
John Tilley has over
two decades of experience as an international and domestic distributor, marketer,
and licensor of independent feature films and documentaries. At Ben Barenholtz'
Libra Films [1975-1978], as head of United Artists Classics [1978-81], as
co-founder and owner of Cinevista, Inc. [1981-1996], he has marketed, distributed
and licensed the films of Pedro Almodovar, Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Ken
Loach, Paul Morrissey, Jonathan Demme, Brian De Palma, and M. Night Shyamalan
among many others. In 1997, John co-founded ProActive Film Marketing whose
goal was to empower independent film makers. ProActive's clients included
Ken Loach's Parallax Films, Film 4, the British Council and British Screen
Finance. With the advent of DVD and its revitalizion of independent and specialized
film on video, John helped establish new home video distribution entities
at Picture This! Entertainment and later at Overseas/First Look Films. Since
2000, John has been in charge of home video distribution and marketing for Strand Releasing, certainly
one of the most independent and adventurous film distributors on the current
scene. At Strand, John is currently supervising the DVD release of Roland
Tec's first feature film All the Rage.
Chris Arruda (Producer - We Pedal Uphill, Ohio)
Chris has been a producer
for the past 18 years. Much of his experience has been in the advertising
world as a producer of broadcast commercials. He has won several awards for
his work in this field including two Gold Clios, Addys, and most recently
a Gold Effie Award. His client list includes such companies as McDonalds,
Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, and Sony. For the past 5 years, Chris has worked
at the worldwide headquarters of Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, where he
produces spots for some of their most important clients. His involvement with
Pinkplot Productions started as an actor and he has performed in several of
Pinkplot's latest theatrical ventures including Bodily Function and The
Wreck Behind Us, both of which he also produced.
Cassidy Arkin (Director of Outreach)
Cassidy’s roots are diverse and multiracial – Norwegian, African- American, Sephardic Jew, and American Indian. Cassidy's career objectives as a writer and producer were established at the age of fifteen when she began producing a public access program that was subsequently awarded a California Emmy. For the past thirteen years Cassidy has worked full time in New York media, primarily at MTV, VH1, Oxygen Media, African Heritage Networks, Al Roker Productions, LeftCenter Productions, BET, ABC and most recently CBS Networks. Ms. Arkin's work is original and profound and has a cross-generational impact.
Cassidy Arkin was the on-air co-host for the 2009 season of Unfiltered, a CBS Digital radio show that talks on issues of politics, current events, entertainment and culture. She was the on-air producer for the 2007 season of My Two Cents, television talk show on BET J. She was the on-air voice for Weekend Vibe’s 2003-2004 season that aired on NBC. She’s been published in TRACE, Pink, Honey Magazine, Urban Latino, Evergreen Books, Evergreen State News Paper, MTV Graphics Newsletter, and NOTUGLY Web site for creative fiction. Independently, she’s been researching and developing a documentary film called From Selma to Montgomery, 1965. She produced, directed, and wrote the documentary One Week in the Life of an American School, which was featured in Olympia, Washington’s Women Make Film Festival. email Cassidy.