Filmmakers

 

 

Joe Otting

Joe Otting, Director
Born and raised in Iowa, Joe Otting attended the University of Iowa and Columbia Film School in Chicago. Joe was introduced to advertising at one of the world’s largest ad agencies, BBDO where he learned production and post-production. He also began directing short films. After winning the first ever Production Fund grant from IFP/Midwest Joe made an award winning short The Third Rail a 2001 Cannes International Film Festival Kodak Selection, winning awards for Best Achievement in Directing, Editing and Cinematography. In 2005 the film was downloaded over 2.5 million times during its first week of release in Japan.

Meanwhile, Joe continued to direct and edit commercials, winning the prestigious Addy Award for his Moosehead Lager campaign, and also directing and editing spots for McDonald’s, Dell, Budweiser, and Monster.com. When Joe’s film, Vows topped over 10,000 entries to win the Loews Theatres/ Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Short Film Big Screen Contest his boss threatened to fire him so that he would leave town to make movies. Otting directed Asylum, a short film for HBO’s Project Greenlight. Joe was named runner-up for the second installment of the series during the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Asylum captured the attention of Hollywood, leading to his feature film debut, Already Dead for Sony Pictures, a suspense thriller starring Ron Eldard, Til Schweiger and Christopher Plummer. Otting has recently signed to direct Invasive for producers Steve Squillante and Til Schwieger. Joe is the co-founder of Fiber Films, a development, production and post-production company for commercials, film and emerging media. Otting resides in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

 

Denis Hamill
Denis Hamill, Screenwriter/ Producer
Denis Hamill, screenwriter of Under New Management, co-wrote with his brother John the feature films Turk-182! starring Timothy Hutton and Kim Cattrall for Fox and Critical Condition, starring Richard Pryor for Paramount. Hamill has also written ten novels, including Fork in the Road the film rights of which were recently acquired by Alexander Payne, Oscar winning director of Sideways. Payne will direct Fork in the Road for Fox Searchlight. Hamill currently writes a regular city column for the New York Daily News. He lives in New York.
Rory Cutaia
Rory J. Cutaia, Producer
Rory J. Cutaia is best described as the quintessential entrepreneur. Beginning his career as an attorney at a major Manhattan law firm, Mr. Cutaia soon found himself in Soviet era Moscow persuading the former Soviet Sports Committee to allow the amateur stars of their Red Army boxing club to compete, for the first time outside the Soviet Union, in the world of professional sports – under Cutaia’s management. Mr. Cutaia and his Russian boxers became a feature story in Sports Illustrated and so began Cutaia’s unquenchable thirst for business challenges. Since then, Cutaia changed the landscape of the telecommunications industry through a tech company start-up called Telx, the now internationally recognized leader in the data center network space, which he sold in 2006. Cutaia then became a partner in Corinthian Capital, the Manhattan based private equity fund, where he went on to create several other successful businesses and ventures, including GreenFields Coal Company, which has introduced a new technology to clean up toxic coal waste sites and produce the world’s first true clean source of energy from coal waste and bio mass material, and then launched Allied Fiber, a new next-generation nationwide fiber-optic network that will revolutionize America’s telecommunications infra-structure. Under New Management was Cutaia’s first foray into the entertainment business, and he now has several other projects in various stages of development. Mr. Cutaia is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavors. In 2005, he founded the U.S. Chapter of Innocence in Danger, an international charitable organization dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of children who have been victims of trafficking, through which he provides cutting-edge equestrian based therapeutic healing camps to scores of children every year. Rory J. Cutaia debuts his acting talents in the small role of the CEO in Under New Management.
Brian Hamill
Brian Hamill, Producer
Born in Brooklyn, Brian Hamill studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In the late 1960s, Hamill began a career as a photojournalist covering the Rock & Roll scene as well as the boxing world. He widened his scope into unit still photographer jobs on movie sets. Since then he has worked as a unit still photographer on over seventy-five movies including twenty-six Woody Allen films, resulting in the much acclaimed coffee table photo book entitled “Woody Allen At Work: The Photographs of Brian Hamill” (Harry N. Abrams, 1995). Hamill’s work has also appeared in numerous other books, publications and exhibitions including a one-man show at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1995. Brian has several projects in active development as a producer including "Fork In The Road" a Fox Searchlight Picture to be directed by Alexander Payne based on his brother Denis' novel. Brian lives in New York City.
Jeff Mazzola
Jeff Mazzola, Producer
Jeff Mazzola has worked in the motion picture industry for almost 25 years, staring as a Property Master on films like Sleepless In Seattle, Donnie Brasco, Addicted To Love, Mac, Radio Days, Heartburn and New York Stories for such directors as Stanley Tucci, Mike Newell, Francis Ford Coppola, John Badham, Nora Ephron, and Martin Scorsese. Since 1996, Mazzola has worked as an independent producer on It Had to Be You, starring Natasha Henstridge and Michael Vartan (Distributed by Lion’s Gate, aired on Lifetime), Sucker Punch (Distributed by Artisan Entertainment, aired on Showtime), Mama Mia, starring and directed by Tony Danza (HBO), the award winning films, Men Lie, (Distributed by Trans-Atlantic) and The Cottonwood, (Distributed by New Castle Films). In 1998 Mazzola founded ZAM Entertainment a full service production company producing motion picture entertainment, as well as several television/cable pilots. Jeff has recently finished the feature film Harold starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Descent starring Rosario Dawson, 2B Perfectly Honest,” starring Andrew McCarthy and John Turturro, Kiss Me Again. In 2001 he directed the feature film Campfire Stories starring Jamie Lynn Sigler, distributed by Think Films, aired on Showtime.