THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND "TDE"
Joe Fremont - Writer,
Director, Executive Producer
"Through Different Eyes"©
is Joe's first coming of age story about multi-cultural friends who meet
attending college on the East Coast. "I had a blast working on this project. It
was a real cathartic experience. Almost like the characters came alive and wrote
the thing for me. Although I thought it was a bit weird when Jasmine told me it
was time to take a break from writing and put on some deodorant."
Joe has worked a number of movie sets, including the Miramax release of
"I Love You, I Love You Not",
starring Claire Danes,
James Van Der Beek and
Jeanne Moreau, and
written by WGA award winning screenwriter
as well as numerous short form projects, including
Stuart J. Zicherman's "Hitman
Seeks Hitman" and the promotional short for "Nothing to Lose", directed by
Eric Bross, starring Ron Eldard,
Josh Hamilton and
Cara Buono. The feature
film saw its commercial release as
"Ten Benny" starring
Adrien Brody, and featured
TDE's very own
"Carey Albert" -
Joseph Schommer - in his first feature film
A classically trained flutist and keyboard player (and music major in college
for about an hour), Joe performed on
Broadway at a sold-out "Caroline's" as the Music Director of
"Squirt TV Live". Joe was most recently seen on stage reunited with his 8 piece
jazz-rock high school band appropriately named
Octopus, performing on Long Island
for the fourth consecutive year before hundreds of enthusiastic friends and fans.
Joe was also attached to compose the score for a feature length film entitled
"Buffalo Woman" written by Kathy Anderson and produced by Michael Jascz'
Straight Shooter Films. This compelling project, based on the true story
of an 1800's woman from Buffalo, New York who was forced to pose as a man in
order to attain the right to own land, and which was to feature Mary Stuart
Masterson in the title role, failed to make it into production.
currently engaged with a number of auspicious projects, including the script for a spectacular action-thriller, true to life story of an
American who finds himself unwittingly at the forefront of a struggle for civil
rights in a far-off Asian country, potentially paying the ultimate price.
Also under development are the true to life story of our nation's first CIA Mom,
a true-to-life romantic dramedy based on the life of an important American publishing company
executive, a 2 hour TV movie reunion script for a major network television
series, and a newly optioned property about a bunch of 50-somethings
re-discovering old friends and themselves in the process while re-uniting for a
project for the first time in 30 years. "It's the
busiest, most rewarding period I can ever remember. I guess the hardest
part is finding time for that sleep thing I hear people talking about.
When I get a moment, I'm totally going to look into it." Look for the
website role out of the next project from Joe and the team at FreeLui
Productions in the very near future.
Mary Ann Wong -
Executive Producer, Production Designer
This is Mary Ann's first time on set after a long and decorated career as a Floral Designer, highlighted by a "Best In Show"
award at the nationally acclaimed New York Flower Show at the Jacob Javits
Center. Fans are looking forward to seeing Mary Ann's unique sense of color and light in bringing "Through Different Eyes" to film. "I'll admit I was hesitant at first when the
Joe & Jim offered me this project. But I fell in love with the characters and just couldn't say no. That and the fact that changing my phone number every two weeks was getting to be a real hassle!"
Stephen "Lucky" Luckingham
- Executive Producer
Already a distinguished 1st AD and Sensei in the world of Judo, and
former owner of the world renown
Nan Shin dojo in Manchester, Connecticut, Lucky brings an
extensive production background to TDE, both in front of and behind the camera.
Lucky appeared on screen as the character "Friendly"
in the domestic release
"Journey of the Steal-Proof Master". His prior efforts behind the
camera include an acclaimed series of instructional videos
"Core Throwing Techniques of the Kodokan Judo Syllabus"
featuring the legendary Steven R. Cunningham Sensei. Judo
enthusiasts and newcomers alike have had nothing but the highest praise for this incredible achievement in the world of the martial arts
training - witness the unanimous 5 star reviews over at
After a brief flirtation with aeronautics and
pilot training at the prestigious
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
in Prescott, Arizona, Lucky is back in Manchester Connecticut devoting his
energies to film work full-time. A quick check of
Luck's profile at the IMDB
shows no less than six projects over the past few years.
"Lucky's contribution to our project cannot be measured in words - he is quite
simply TDE's guardian angel. We are talking
about someone here who has accomplished a great deal in life, whether it be in
the martial arts disciplines, film production or whatever. Lucky's work and spirituality has inspired a great
many people, young and old. But from the moment he arrived on set, it was the project first,
everything else second. I don't know where we'd be without his hard work
and make-it-happen attitude. Simply put? If he's Lucky, well then
we're the fortunate ones to have him in such a key role on the TDE management team." -
writer, director Joe Fremont
Sandi Lucas - Producer,
Unit Production Manager
After becoming our nation's first Mom to
complete the CIA training program, Sandi spent the 80's doing what most of us
only dream of doing - traveling the world serving her country as a spy.
Capping a brilliant career, Sandi left the Agency in the early 90's but her wild
ride was only beginning. The Los Angeles Times ran a record-long front
page "story of her life" piece that was picked up by newspapers around the
country. Hollywood took notice, of course, and she was soon overwhelmed
with phone calls, e-mails, faxes, and letters all seeking to secure the rights
to tell the story of her life. After appearing on countless radio and
television shows ranging from ABC's "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings to
"The Gordon Elliott Show", Sandi, out of necessity, agreed to be represented by the
prestigious William Morris Agency. She then became the subject of numerous treatments
and pitches for a plethora of projects including book, movie, and television
series. Indeed, it was these efforts that gave birth to the "spy boom" in TV and
movies that we are currently experiencing today (for example, think: college
aged hard body chick who sometimes sports weird red hair while serving as an uber-hip (say it with me) CIA agent).
Sandi's unwavering commitment to quality and excellence serves her well here as
she joins the "TDE" team. Look for her story finally to be told in a
sensational screenplay currently under development by the same creative forces
as those behind "TDE".
James Liu - Producer:
"TDE: THE SHORT"
Jim's determination, creativity and inspiration were critical to the birth of
"Through Different Eyes". Jim has rejoined the project
toward completion of principal photography after a lengthy hiatus. But despite the time away, he never lost his conviction in its importance
or its value.
"This story is
absolutely compelling on so many levels. It's funny. It's heartwarming. Touching
and uplifting. Let's face it - we're dealing here with the minority
experience - what it's like to be a hyphenated American. And I don't
believe there's ever been a film that treats the subject with as much accuracy,
sensitivity and empathy as ours does. I am very, very proud of the work
and my association with TDE."
Xavier A. Santiago - Producer,
1st Assistant Director, Key Lighting: "TDE:
is one of three in the TDE family who attended "The American
Academy for the Dramatic Arts". Already well known to "TDE" fans as the actor
Xavier stepped up into a variety of responsibilities and was critical to the
early production success of TDE. Though Xavier scaled back his involvement
with the project toward the completion of principal photography, his impact cannot be understated.
"In addition to his outstanding portrayal of FABRICIO GONĒALVES, one of the
film's 6 main characters, Xavier
jumped into a plethora of roles behind the camera, including some with which he was quite
unfamiliar. It is a credit to his character and dedication that he performed them all as
well as he did. For example, he came to TDE with relatively little
experience with film lighting. But he embraced it completely and before
long became quite accomplished. There can be no doubt that the project would not be where
it is today without his tireless and accomplished efforts." - writer,
director Joe Fremont
"TDE: THE SHORT"
Rich & Kelly Gearity
Joseph M. Carvalhido
William P. Bonomo - Chief Legal Counsel
Bill brings a multitude of talents to "Through
Different Eyes"®. Not satisfied with a highly lucrative career in computer
software design, Bill took the LSAT's for fun and achieved one of the country's
highest scores. He then breezed through law school at Rutgers, passed the
Bar on his first try and the rest is history. Not bad for a guy with a
B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, an M.S. in Computer Science and, oh
yeah, twins - one boy, one girl of course. It's comforting to know
that the "TDE" legal team is repped by one of our country's brightest rising
legal minds. Not that we'll ever need it, of course.
Ryan "Flash" Gearity - A.C., KEY P.A.:
"TDE: THE SHORT"
Eagle-eyed TDE fans can catch Ryan as the deep
in thought "college test taker" at the
TDE Media Gallery.
We've seen Ryan grow about a foot since that first day on location back in the
Summer of 2004. Ryan's deft work as focus puller has been extraordinary.
That, and basically anything else you can think of, has made Ryan one of the
longest tenured, hardest working members of the TDE family. Ryan's
film-making career is by no means over now that TDE has wrapped - quite the
opposite. TDE fans are directed to check out his latest effort
Josh Slep - Boom Operator, Sound Engineer:
"TDE: THE SHORT"
New to the TDE family, Josh stepped right in as
though he'd been with TDE for years. Nicknamed TDE's "Ninja-Boom-Op", Josh
has performed incredibly well despite being relatively new to the art of field
sound recording. Our only regret is the we didn't bring Josh on board
Tammy Tunyavongs -
"TDE: THE SHORT"
What can we say about Tammy? Or better
yet, make that what can't we say? "If there's something out there Tammy can't do, I've yet to see it. She's
an incredibly quick study, she's dead on with the camera, and always generous.
Oh yeah, and she's a terrific actress in her own right. I'd hate to think
of we're TDE would have been without her!" Tammy will also appear on
screen in "Through Different Eyes". Check in on Tammy up close and personal at her
Kelly Butler - P.A.: "TDE:
Kelly comes to "TDE" via a location shoot at
Ridgefield's "Community Center". Kelly will be forever remembered as the
source TDE's first "slate outtake". Not to be deterred, Kelly carried on
exceptionally with in a variety of roles until leaving town for an elite prep
school. Kelly's contributions to TDE are yet another critical building
block to the success of the project.