Caucus

The Filmmakers

Directed and Edited by AJ Schnack
Produced and Photographed by AJ Schnack and Nathan Truesdell
Producers Shirley Moyers and Edward Parks
Executive Producers Niraj Bhatia and Frank Mele
Photographers Bill Ross and Turner Ross
Original Music Composed by Mark degli Antoni
Graphic Design by Juan Cardarelli and Eric M. Levy
Bonfire Films of America and Rival Pictures/Om Films

AJ SCHNACK (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor) is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentary credits include WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS (2013), which he directed along with David Wilson and which is set to premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival; CONVENTION (2009), which premiered as the Centerpiece Film at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and which was acquired and released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects; KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America, France, Japan, Brazil, Australia and aired on More4 in the United Kingdom; and GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) (2002), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically in North America by Cowboy Pictures.

Schnack was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON and was the first recipient of AFI Silverdocs' Cinematic Vision Award. He was recently an editor on Michael Rapaport's BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and won the Producers Guild Award for Best Documentary.

He is the founder and co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, which held its 6th edition at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City in January 2013. From 2005-2011, he wrote the popular nonfiction film blog, All these wonderful things. He has served on juries at Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, DokuFest Kosovo, Los Angeles, AFI Silverdocs, Miami, Sarasota, Camden, Denver, Ashland and the Independent Spirit Awards and has curated panels at Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Silverdocs and True/False.

He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of Southern Illinois.


NATHAN TRUESDELL (Producer/Cinematographer) is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Previous to CAUCUS, he was a producer/cinematographer/co-editor on the nonfiction feature WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS (2013), which will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and CONVENTION (2009), which premiered at AFI Silverdocs and was acquired by IFC Films/Sundance Selects.

He is currently editing THOMAS A. SWIFT'S ELECTRIC RIFLE, a feature documentary about the controversial history of the taser gun, for director Nick Berardini.

Truesdell has directed, photographed and edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction short films, commercials and music videos. He was the cinematographer and editor on the acclaimed nonfiction short, BIG BIRDING DAY (2010), which premiered at SXSW 2010 and which had its television premiere on public television's P.O.V. in August 2011.

He is currently in early principal photography on his feature-length nonfiction directorial debut, THE ART OF MAKING MONEY.

Since 2010, Truesdell has served as the Producer of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, awarded each January at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and is a member of Cinema Eye’s core leadership team. In 2011, he directed the Documentary Channel’s broadcast of the Cinema Eye ceremony.

Truesdell is a native of Central Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri.


SHIRLEY MOYERS is an Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated producer whose feature film work includes the Independent Spirit Award nominated KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON and GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS).

She has produced more than 100 music videos, including award-winning clips for OK Go (the UK Music Video Award winner "This Too Shall Pass" and the Grammy nominated "All is Not Lost"), blink-182 (the MTV Video Music Award winner "All the Small Things"), Papa Roach (Grammy nominated "Broken Home") as well as videos for eels, They Might Be Giants, 311 and others. She produced six of the videos off of OK Go's "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" album, including the much-lauded Rube Goldberg machine video for "This Too Shall Pass", currently with more than 36 million views on YouTube alone.

In 1995, she co-founded Bonfire Films of America with partner AJ Schnack, which has produced more than 200 film and video projects, including 4 feature documentaries, numerous short documentaries, music videos and commercials, including a series of Emmy-winning public service announcements for Boys and Girls Town.

Moyers is a native of Southern California and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.


EDWARD PARKS (Producer) is a Grammy nominated, award-winning producer responsible for multiple narrative and documentary features, all which have received theatrical distribution and critical acclaim. He most recently co-produced the 2012 Sundance dramatic competition feature, LUV, starring Common, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert. He was also the recipient of winning Producer of the Year for Feature Documentaries from the Producers Guild of America for BEATS, RHYMES and LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2011. He is now currently in pre-production for MAN CALLED BUFFALO with director Chris Eyre and just wrapped principle production on his latest narrative film, SPACE STATION 76, starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, and Jerry O’Connell.

He is the co-founder of Rival Pictures, a Santa Monica based production company that has produced features, web content, and a number of commercials for clients such as State Farm, Nike, and Toyota. He received his Masters from the Cinema Arts School at the University of Southern California in 2000.


BILL AND TURNER ROSS' first feature length film, 45365, was the winner of the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award in 2010. They went on to receive numerous accolades, including nominations for Editing, Cinematography, and Debut Feature at the Cinema Eye Honors; the film was also broadcast as part of PBS’ Independent Lens Series.

Their second feature, TCHOUPITOULAS, debuted at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories. They were nominated for Outstanding Direction and Editing at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors for their work in the film.

Bill and Turner Ross were born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Bill Ross’ documentary, fiction, and multi-media short films have been featured at festivals that include Cannes and the Seattle Film Festival. He has taught filmmaking to students at the elementary and secondary level, and conducted a summer film program for children in the Los Angeles area. Turner Ross has worked in the art departments of studio features such as Déjà Vu, Skeleton Key, My Own Love Song, and Idiocracy, as well as a handful of independent features.