JON REINER – DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Jon is the James Beard Award-winning author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, which also won the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Best Audiobook and was named a Best Book by The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Beast. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, many literary publications and recorded for NPR. Jon, his wife and two sons have purchased their Christmas trees from François since his first holiday season on Broadway and 102nd Street.
Brad Rothschild - Director, Producer
A filmmaker with both a creative and business background, Brad wrote and produced the feature film Homeland and produced the documentary Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, which opened theatrically in 2013. Brad is the director of the film African Exodus and an in-production documentary film about the hero of the Holocaust, Raoul Wallenberg. Formerly a Citigroup Vice President and a speechwriter for the Mission of Israel to the United Nations, Brad’s written work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel.
DAVID LEITNER - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
David Leitner is an Emmy-nominated (Chuck Close: Portrait in Progress) Director of Photography with over sixty credits in documentary and dramatic features, including eight Sundance premieres. Credits include Alan Berliner’s Nobody’s Business and Sandi Dubowski’s Trembling Before G-d. His cinematography has been seen on Showtime, Bravo, Sundance Channel, HBO, MTV, PBS, and theatrically. As co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated For All Mankind, he spent a year at NASA’s Johnson Space Center restoring and enlarging 16mm lunar footage. Since 1995 he has photographed dozens of documentaries about iconic writers, poets, artists and architects for New York’s Checkerboard Film Foundation.
JOHN SCOTT COOK - EDITOR, Producer
John brings over 20 years of filmmaking experience to the Tree Man team. His editing work includes Cymbeline (2014 Venice Film Festival), Salt, The Lovely Bones, Brooklyn’s Finest, Analyze That, The Sixth Sense, You’ve Got Mail, The Pelican Brief, and Rounders (1998 Venice Film Festival). John co-edited the film We Married Margo with Jenny Cook, which won the Festival's Audience Award as well as the Audience Award for Comedy Film of the Year at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival 2000. He served as the editor of Flora's Garment Bursting Into Bloom, which won the 2003 Showtime No Limits Award for "breakthrough or visionary achievement." John also worked on the MTV series Skins.
Jennifer Davidoff Cook - Editorial Department, Producer
Jennifer is known for her work on The Sixth Sense, Chocolat and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Her other film credits include The Lifeguard (2013 Sundance Film Festival), Mortdecai, The Producers, The Shipping News, The Cider House Rules, and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Jenny co-edited the film We Married Margo with John Cook, which won the Festival's Audience Award as well as the Audience Award for Comedy Film of the Year at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival 2000. Her television series credits include NYC 22 (CBS), Rubicon (AMC) and Happyish (Showtime).
ERIK DELLA PENNA – Original Score, ARRANGER, MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Songwriter, guitarist, banjo and lap steel player and singer, Erik has written, recorded and toured extensively with artists including Hazmat Modine, Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne and David Yazbek. He has written and recorded music for A&E television, The New-York Historical Society and documentaries including Remnants of a War, and music and lyrics for two Walden Media stage productions. Erik is writing two stage musicals currently in development in Chicago and New York. His guitar-and-drum duo, Kill Henry Sugar, is recording their seventh collection of original songs.
CHRISTOPHER P. PARNAGIAN – Counsel to 166 Productions LLC
Chris is a business and finance attorney in New York, NY, where he co-founded and is a partner with O’Hare Parnagian LLP. He holds a J.D. from. St. John’s University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Chris currently serves as co-chairman of the Corporation Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.