The Filmmakers

MIRANDA BAILEY - Director

Miranda Bailey is a prolific producer, actor, and director, known for producing high-quality independent films. Bailey’s passion for bringing strong, well-crafted stories to the screen is evident in the diversity of her movies. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films, among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and the Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, as well as James Gunn’s SUPER and the Sundance Film festival hit SWISS ARMY MAN.

 

In addition to producing, Bailey is an accomplished director. Her directorial debut GREENLIT – a humorous documentary examining the hypocrisy inherent in Hollywood’s “green” movement - premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival to critical acclaim and was acquired by IFC International. Also, Bailey wrote and directed a comedy short film about a couple who go on the quest for the perfect three-way titled ANOTHER HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, which premiered at the LA Shorts Festival and went onto to win several awards in the film festival circuit. Bailey is set to direct the feature film YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, starring Jim Gaffigan, in May 2017.

Bailey recently produced NORMAN, directed by Joseph Cedar and released by Sony Pictures Classics, SWISS ARMY MAN, starring Golden Globe-nominee Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, and released by A24 and DON’T THINK TWICE, directed by Mike Birbiglia, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Birbiglia, and produced alongside Ira Glass (THIS AMERICAN LIFE). DON’T THINK TWICE was one of the best reviewed films of 2016 with a 99% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Bailey is in post-production on the highly anticipated film WHAT’S THE POINT directed by Lake Bell and starring Bell and Ed Helms.

Bailey will produce Rob Zombie’s RAISED EYEBROWS and most recently optioned the rights to Camille Perri’s breakout novel THE ASSISTANTS. Additionally, Bailey is headed behind the camera to direct the Jim Gaffigan comedy YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, set to begin Principal Photography May 2017.


JENNIFER FOX – Executive Producer and Consultant

Jennifer Fox is an internationally acclaimed producer, director, writer, and camerawoman. She wrote and directed Sundance Film Festival selections BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, and FLYING CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN, as well as the Emmy-nominated feature MY REINCARNATION. Some of the films Fox has Executive Produced include: LOVE & DIANE; ON THE ROPES; PROJECT TEN: STORIES FROM A FREE SOUTH AFRICA; MAURI BOY GENIUS; UPSTATE; CAT SCRATCH FEVER; and currently DADDY DON’T GO and THE REST I MAKE UP. She appeared in: TO HECK WITH HOLLIWOOD!; CINEMA VERITE: DEFINING THE MOMENT; and CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY.


AMANDA MARSHALL – Producer

Amanda Marshall is Vice President of Cold Iron Pictures. At Cold Iron, she has produced the A24’s SWISS ARMY MAN, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe and Mike Birbiglia's DON’T THINK TWICE. She executive produced the Gotham and Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, Joseph Cedar's NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER, and Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND. Most recently Amanda produced Lake Bell’s WHAT’S THE POINT starring Bell, Ed Helms, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cynac, Paul Reiser, and Mary Steenburgen.

 

Previously Amanda was Head of Production at Ambush Entertainment where she produced ANSWERS TO NOTHING, as well as co-produced a number of films including THE RIVER WHY, EVERY DAY, and James Gunn’s SUPER.


MARC LESSER – Producer / Director of Photography

Marc Lesser is a producer, director, editor, director of photography, motion graphics designer, and founder of Lucky Tiger Productions, a boutique production company in New York City. Recent projects include producing a virtual reality experience for the Saul Leiter Foundation, a museum installation for Magnum and the International Center of Photography, pieces for NBC Universal’s Digital Network, Everyday Health, Edible, WebMD and Macallan. He directed episodes of the Emmy Award Winning THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, shot segments of the Cooking Channel’s FOODCRAFTERS, MTV’s PRANKED, and produced the award-winning feature length documentary GREENLIT, which premiered at SXSW. He produced, shot and edited interviews with Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Jill Biden and Alicia Keys. Additional projects include Real Simple’s original web cooking series, and Sharecare’s HEALTH SMARTS, featuring Dr. Mehmet Oz. Lesser’s short film CUANDO LA LUNA ESTA LLENA (WHEN THE MOON IS FULL), garnered him critical acclaim, winning awards at national film festivals and screening all over the world. Marc graduated from Skidmore College and received an M.F.A. in filmmaking from the City College of New York.


ANDREA MAXWELL – Co-Producer - Editor

Andrea Maxwell recently edited and co-produced the controversial documentary THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST for director Miranda Bailey. Andrea got her start in feature films as a VFX editor for big screen blockbusters like SPIDER-MAN and GHOST RIDER, and has since cut a wide variety of projects including web series, documentaries, and award-winning shorts. She is also the co-creator of DOTTIE’S MAGIC POCKETS, an innovative children’s TV program that celebrates diversity by highlighting all types of families. Her enthusiasm for storytelling is matched only by her dedication to the craft of film editing and her love of stripes. 


ANDREW WAKEFIELD – Documentary Subject

Andrew Wakefield MB.BS., is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1981. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and trained as a gastrointestinal surgeon with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in the U.K. in 2001. Wakefield has published over 140 original scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters.

In 1995, as an academic physician working in a London teaching hospital, he was contacted by the parent of an autistic child with stomach issues. He soon learned from several other parents with autistic behaviors, that their children’s regressive behavior immediately followed an MMR vaccine. He started investigating a possible role between gastrointestinal issues, the MMR vaccine, and neurological injury in children. In pursuit of this possible link, Dr. Wakefield participated in a study of twelve children with both stomach and developmental issues. The ensuing report, written with twelve other authors, would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of Medicine.

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