Mr. Bitchin

crew bios:

mary c. reese - director / editor

Although some may argue that Mary Reese's entertainment career reached its pinnacle in the 7th grade – where she played "The Ghost of Christmas Past" in her junior high school's production of A Christmas Carol – there are many who believe that her most successful days in show biz are still ahead of her.

With a B.A. in Telecommunications & Film from the University of Oregon, Mary ventured into the world of motion pictures first as a camera operator for the local news station in Eugene, Oregon, and later as an assistant editor in the big city — Portland.

Mary became a freelance editor specializing in extreme sports material, working many years on ESPN's X Games, and for other companies producing similarly-themed adrenaline-filled thrill-ride-type content. Mary had enough of the rain, and moved to Hollywood in 2001 to enjoy the sunshine and the plethora of reality television editing opportunities. After having worked with producer Nancye Ferguson on the short subject documentary Cat Houses, a film about successful women, their houses and their cats, the two began work on the feature-length documentary Robert Williams; Mr. Bitchin'.

These days, Mary splits her time between the world of independent filmmaking, playing in a rock and roll band, and stock car racing, as she is currently one of the principal editors for ESPN / ABC's adrenaline-filled thrill-ride-type coverage of INDY Car and NASCAR.

nancye ferguson - co-director / producer

Nancye Ferguson's unique creative talents as an internationally recognized performance artist, actor, producer, and director began during her attainment of a BFA Degree in Art at SDSU in California. As an actor Nancye starred in David Lynch's original comedy series On The Air for ABC, as well as features and television shows working with such directors as Blake Edwards, Paul Verhoeven and Michael Patrick King.

She conceived the quirky pop-rock band Visiting Kids and later Atomika, a production entity that's been focusing on creating and producing innovative, inspirational television and film projects. Along with Mark Mothersbaugh and Klasky Csupo (Rugrats), she created, starred in and produced What's in Heidi's Head.

Additionally through Atomika, she created and developed television and feature film projects for Disney, Fox, Fox Family, MTV, Lyon's Gate, Film Roman and others.

Her directorial debut, Flying with the Angels, won many awards at festivals in the United States and Europe. Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' is her first documentary feature film.

michael laFetra - co-director / producer

A third generation Los Angeles native, Michael LaFetra began acting early on. He received a full scholarship to Loretto Heights College in Denver for two years, finishing his degree at SFSU, all the while acting in local theater. Moving to New York City, Michael continued his studies at the William Esper Studio. During his tenure in Manhattan, Michael appeared Off-Broadway, in independent features, and short films.

While in New York City, Michael discovered the work of renowned architect Pierre Koenig. Michael purchased the architect's esteemed Case Study House 21, which he proceeded to restore and list on the Los Angeles Cultural Registry.

In 2004, Michael launched his production shingle Foundation Films. To date, the company has produced in various capacities The Seat Filler, What We Do Is Secret, Bart Got a Room, the documentary Kevorkian, as well as the documentary Robert Williams, Mr. Bitchin'.

stephen nemeth - co-director / executive producer

Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records.

His producer credits include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Dogtown and Z Boys, What We Do Is Secret, and the upcoming Radio Free Albemuth and You and I. He recently saw the release of The Sessions starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy, which went on to win awards at Sundance and the Independent Spirit Awards and earned an Oscar Nomination. He recently finished production on Snake and Mongoose about a legendary drag-racing rivalry. Nemeth executive produced the documentary War / Dance which was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Fuel (Audience Award Sundance '08), Flow (Sundance '08), Pick Up The Mic (Toronto '05), Climate Refugees (Sundance '10), Mr. Bitchin' about Robert Williams, Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story and is in production on Patriocracy, A Nuclear Family, Ride With Larry, and State of Control.

He is on board of twelve non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth, Children Uniting Nations and UC Santa Cruz's School for the Arts.

silas hite - composer

Silas Hite is an Emmy nominated composer currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He has written memorable scores for some of the biggest television shows, video games and commercials of the past ten years and contributed music to both blockbuster and independent films.

In addition to the theme song and Emmy nomination for Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! he has composed memorable music for many other television shows such as Disney's Dance A-Lot Robot, Blue Mountain State, Eureka and Pixar's Mater's Tall Tales. His film work includes Ramona & Beezus, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. His video game credits include The Sims 2, The Simpsons, and Skate 3. His commercial scores have garnered a Cyber Gold Lion award from Cannes (Burger King), a Grand Effie Award and Adweek's Spot of the Year (Apple). He began his career at Mutato Muzika, Mark Mothersbaugh's music studio, as an in-house composer and musician and now works as a freelance composer and producer.