Harry Shearer is a comic personality who takes “hyphenate” to new levels–first and foremost an actor, he is also an author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi–media artist and record label owner. The Los Angeles native and New Orleans resident has enjoyed enormous success over the last twenty years for his voice work for The Simpsons, on which he plays a stable of characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders. Shearer began his career in the late 1960s as part of a satirical news team at KRLA–AM called The Credibility Gap, where he befriended Michael McKean. Shearer and McKean joined forces again in the early 1980s with Christopher Guest and director Rob Reiner as they began work on the cult hit This Is Spinal Tap, thus launching the mock–umentary genre. The band reunited in July 2007 for The Live Earth Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and again in early 2009 for their first ever “Unwigged & Unplugged” tour. Other collaborations with Guest and friends include A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. In the world of fine art, Shearer’s installations have been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Fullerton Museum Center, Washington, D.C.’s Conner Contemporary Gallery, and the Susan Inglett Gallery in Manhattan. Shearer’s first novel, Not Enough Indians (Justin, Charles & Company) was released in October 2006. Shearer joined the online video world in July 2007 when The Harry Shearer Channel became a cornerstone of My Damn Channel, an entertainment and new media platform. Theatrically, Shearer collaborated with writer Tom Leopold and composer Peter Matz to create the book and lyrics for J. Edgar!: The Musical, about J. Edgar Hoover, currently being developed for Broadway. Shearer has worked in the Los Angeles and Boston bureaus of Newsweek, has been a columnist for the L.A. Times Magazine–his most memorable columns are collected in the book Man Bites Town (St. Martin’s Press)—and contributes to magazines ranging from Film Comment to Gentleman’s Quarterly. He pioneered the digital coverage of the second O.J. Simpson trial for Slate.com and has his own popular column on the Huffington Post. His one–hour radio program Le Show airs weekly on stations worldwide. He has won two Cable Ace Awards.
Tom Roche is a longtime writer, filmmaker and editor based in Atlanta, whose passion for music, film, radio, and history envelops his work. A former DJ, his credits include the edit of the earlier R.E.M. videos, Georgia artists as varied as TLC and Vic Chesnutt, and concert DVDs for artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Japanese noise–rockers Melt–Banana, and in 2009, Unwigged and Unplugged. Roche’s editing and co–producing credits include the National Geographic/PBS special Katrina’s Animal Rescues, and the acclaimed and revelatory Sacco & Vanzetti. His eclectic oeuvre also includes 57 episodes of the Adult Swim series Space Ghost Coast to Coast. His new doc, Alley Pat: The Music Is Recorded, lovingly recalls the era of 1950s–60s R&B radio in Atlanta and its effect on the civil rights movement. This self–produced–edited–directed film came in first place in both the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival and Kansas City CinemaJazz Film Festival. His sideline as a music writer earned him a spot in DaCapo Best Music Writing 2005 for his story of the passing of legendary BBC DJ John Peel.
Arlene Nelson is an artful film, television and commercial cinematographer best known for her naturalistic work on the documentary–style comedies of Christopher Guest. Her feature documentary credits include last year’s heavily–awarded Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès) and The Brothers Warner. Nelson shot and directed Naked States in 2000, a film about the work of artist Spencer Tunick, the legendary photographer capturing masses of naked people around the world. Naked States won the Discovery Award for Best Documentary at the AFI Film Festival and the Florida International Film Festival Audience Award. It screened as part of the Clinton Library Opening in Arkansas, among 11 other contemporary documentaries considered to be America’s best. Nelson began her film career working with Spike Lee on Do the Right Thing, and over two decades, has made her way through short films, music videos, then to commercials, documentaries and feature films. She has traveled and worked on every continent in the world, with the exception of Australia, shooting everything from secret passageways in St. Petersburg, Russia’s Hermitage Museum to Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell in South Africa. She is currently working on a hybrid narrative/documentary film with Academy Award nominated director Paola Di Florio and co–director Lisa Leeman, about the life and work of Parmahansa Yogananda, the man known as the spiritual father of yoga in the United States.
Karen began her career making documentaries for public television. Her first feature film was Rob Reiner’s cult hit This Is Spinal Tap, which launched the mock–umentary genre. She later teamed up with Christopher Guest in producing Waiting for Guffman. She has also produced David Byrne’s highly–lauded first feature, True Stories, Gus Van Sant’s critically acclaimed Drugstore Cowboy, Interscope’s The Cutting Edge, and the indie favorite Twenty Bucks, directed by Keva Rosenfeld. She produced the premiere episode of Showtime’s Likely Stories, featuring comedy shorts by Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal and Harry Shearer, an HBO pilot about the entertainment business written by and starring Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest, and The Secret Life Of Mr. Ed, directed by Michael Lehmann for Saturday Night Live. Her interest in animation brought her to the producing team of the popular children’s show One Saturday Morning for ABC/Disney. Murphy is also a co–founder of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference and continues to pursue new projects while consulting with entertainment, advertising and internet companies.
Christine O'Malley was born in Manhattan and raised outside of Chicago. She studied film and video production at Columbia College, Chicago. In 1995 she moved to Los Angeles and, after a brief stint working on feature films in the Art Department, switched to non-fiction production. Her first job in this capacity was as a researcher at Van Ness Films on several A&E Biographies. Later she teamed with Producer/Director Scott Goldstein where she produced several critically acclaimed documentaries for the Museum of Tolerance. In 2004 Christine served as Associate Producer on the Academy Award nominated documentary film Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. Wordplay, the first feature length film she has produced through her production company O'Malley Creadon Productions, was nominated for both a Critics' Choice Award and a National Board of Review Award for "Best Documentary of 2006." I.O.U.S.A., O'Malley & Creadon's second documentary, had its World Premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in the American Documentary Competition. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it "the most unexpectedly frightening film at Sundance." In 2009 she Executive Produced Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon, for the 10 year anniversary of the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants. Most recently, O'Malley and Creadon followed up their film I.O.U.S.A with a CNN Special, I.O.U.S.A.: Solutions.