Robert Nathan (Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer)
Robert Nathan is an award-winning journalist, novelist and screenwriter who has worked on many critically acclaimed television programs, including all of the Law & Order series. For ER, he was a Co-Executive Producer and received the George Foster Peabody Award. For the original Law & Order, his episode “Manhood” received the only Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in the 20-year history of the series. Nathan’s other work in television includes Consulting Producer on the FX series Dirt; Executive Producer, show runner, and co-creator of the NBC series Prince Street;and Consulting Producer on the series Fairly Legal. He has received an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America, the GLAAD Media Award, the Silver Gavel Award, a Humanitas Award nomination, and four Emmy nominations as a producer. Early during his career as a journalist, Nathan was White House correspondent and weekend anchor for NPR’s nightly newsmagazine All Things Considered. He has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and has written for The New Republic, Harper’s and The Nation. Nathan is the author of four novels, including the political thriller The White Tiger. As half of the team published under the pseudonym Nicholas Condé, he is co-author of three novels, including The Religion, filmed by John Schlesinger as The Believers.
Lukas Kendall (Co-Writer, Executive Producer)
Lukas Kendall is the founder and publisher of Film Score Monthly, a magazine, website and CD label devoted to movie music, which he created as a high school student on Martha’s Vineyard. Since 1996, he has produced and released more than 250 CDs of classic film and television music for the collector’s market on his label and others, including CD boxed sets of music from the Star Trek andSuperman franchises. LUCKY BASTARD is Kendall’s first feature in any capacity. His company, Vineyard Haven, LLC, is the film’s financing entity.
Jim Wynorski (Producer, Unit Production Manager)
A 25-year Hollywood veteran as a writer, producer and director, Jim Wynorski is responsible for more than 150 motion pictures in a myriad of genres. In 1980, leaving behind a successful business in commercials, Wynorski relocated from New York to California and found himself on the doorstep of his childhood idol, B-film king Roger Corman. The renowned mogul hired Wynorski to cut “coming attractions” for all of the company’s new action and horror films, and offered Wynorski the first of many writing and directing assignments, 1986’s Chopping Mall. From then on, he turned out three to five films a year as a director, and even more as a producer and writer. Throughout the 1980s came a steady stream of wild exploitation titles, like Big Bad Mama II (1987) with Angie Dickinson, Not of This Earth (1988) with Traci Lords, and Return of The Swamp Thing (1989) with Heather Locklear. His 1990s titles included Hard Bounty (1995) starring Kelly LeBrock, Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III (1994), Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure (1995) with Shannon Tweed and Morgan Fairchild, and Munchie (1992), featuring the debut of then 12-year-old Jennifer Love Hewitt. In recent years, Wynorski has innovated new special effects techniques that landed the director no less than seven world premieres on the Syfy Channel, including Gargoyle (2004), The Curse of the Komodo (2004), Project Viper and Cry of the Winged Serpent(2007).
Clay Westervelt (Director of Photography)
During graduate school at USC, Clay Westervelt received both the Bush and Kodak Awards for Excellence in Cinematography, earning an apprenticeship with ASC members. He was honored to apprentice with Francis Kenny (2012 ASC President’s Award), and went on to learn lighting and camera techniques through on-set observation of Vilmos Zsigmond, Emmanuelle Lubezki and Dante Spinotti. After graduation, Westervelt filmed pilots for every major network, establishing the look of such series as Life of Luxury with Robin Leach (ABC), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E),Rattlesnake Republic (Animal Planet) and Junk Gypsies (HGTV). Most recently, Westervelt filmed the Emmy-winning documentary The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club as well as the Grammy-nominated Johnny Cash’s America.
Christine Sheaks (Casting)
Christine Sheaks began her film career as an associate to John Lyons, working on such films asBarton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy and Fargo. When Lyons became a producer, Sheaks’s first feature was A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves. Then came Boogie Nights for Lyons and director Paul Thomas Anderson, for which Sheaks won the Casting Society Award. From there, she went on to cast Josh Hartnett in H2O, Deep Blue Sea with Samuel L. Jackson, The Mod Squad, Scary Movie, Thir13en Ghosts, Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Underclassmen with Nick Cannon. Independent filmmaking has been Sheaks’s first love, starting with Hard Eight with Gwyneth Paltrow,Female Perversions with Tilda Swinton, Thursday (also co-produced) with Thomas Jane and Aaron Eckhart, D-WAR with Robert Forster and Craig Robinson (The Office), The Memory Thief (co-produced) starring Rachel Miner and Mark Webber, and the coming-of-age drama Calvin Marshall with Steve Zahn and Jane Adams. This year, Sheaks worked with actor-writer-producer Richard Montoya, who brought to the screen his celebrated play from the Mark Taper Forum, Water and Power, as well as casting Gary Lundgren’s second feature, Redwood Highway, starring James LeGros, Tom Skerritt and Shirley Knight. Says Sheaks, “I’m proud to have cast LUCKY BASTARD, which to me epitomizes the spirit of independent filmmaking.”
Tony Randel (Editor)
There’s almost no behind-the-camera job that editor Tony Randel hasn’t done over the course of his more than 30-year career in Hollywood. Like many filmmakers, including LUCKY BASTARD producer Jim Wynorski, Randel began his career with independent film mogul Roger Corman. Randel has worked frequently as a director, with film and television credits including Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Fist of the North Star and Assignment Berlin; he has been a screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, film composer, and vice president of production of New World Entertainment; and has done visual effects work, sound editing and costuming. Film editing has been Randel’s focus in recent years. Says Randel of his work, “I’ve always loved post-production, and this probably comes from my youth—I used to be into amateur radio, which is sitting in a small room with electronic equipment communicating to the world, and I love movies too, so editing and post-production are kind of a combination of the two.”