Megan SMITH-HARRIS 

Megan’s career encompasses documentary, television, film, theater, and radio both in Canada and the United States. She is the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent production company with a commitment to create high quality, socially relevant programs with a unique perspective. Megan produced, directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-forged. The film has aired on PBS, been dubbed, "a must-see" by Real Screen, "emotionally potent” by the Los Angeles Times, and “a truly important film” by PBS International. Megan also helmed three documentaries for the Women’s Entertainment Network: SURROGATE STORIES, CHILD BRIDES, and POLYGAMY. In addition, programs and moderates the New Perspectives Documentary Series in Wilton, Connecticut where she lives with her husband and business partner, Bill Harris, their son Jack, and a very energetic rescue dog named Duncan.

Bill HARRIS 

Executive Producer

Bill is CEO and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions. A television programming executive with 30 years broadcast and cable experience, Bill has worked with ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, and spent 16 years as head of production for the A&E Television Networks (A&E, History, Lifetime and Biography channels). Bill joined A&E in 1994 overseeing Documentary Programming, including the development, launch and unprecedented success of the Emmy Award-winning BIOGRAPHY® series. As VP of Production, he managed the launch of THE HISTORY CHANNEL before becoming SVP of Production and Broadcast Operations. A multiple Emmy, Telly, Ace, Cine and Vision Award winner, Bill has been inducted into the National Association of Minorities in Cable (NAMIC) Hall of Fame and was named a Cable Maverick by the Cable Center in 2008. More recently, Bill was executive producer on two Oscar® qualifying documentaries, including DIGITAL DHARMA and TRIAL BY FIRE: LIVES RE-FORGED He also directed and produced THE TACKLE GIRLS: ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION, a feature documentary on the world champion gold medal women's football team from the USA.

Sara ALLEN 

Executive Producer

Sara Allen is a career songwriter/lyricist best known for countless recordings with partners Daryl Hall and John Oates including the hits PRIVATE EYES, MAN EATER and I CAN'T GO FOR THAT (No Can Do)  Along the way, she has worked in research and production for television documentaries and music videos that have aired on PBS, Lifetime, and MTV. Sara first partnered with Pyewackitt Productions as an Associate Producer on the critically acclaimed feature documentary, TRIAL BY FIRE: LIVES RE-FORGED, which screened at film festivals and special events across the country and aired across the country on PBS. TRIAL BY FIRE has also been broadcast in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Most recently, she was Special Guest producer of an episode of Daryl Hall's television show LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE with Daryl Hall which featured the legendary band 'Cheap Trick'. 

Laela KILBOURN 

Director of Photography

Director of Photography Laela Kilbourn was recently chosen by Indiewire as one of "8 More Female Cinematographers You Should Know About". Her documentary feature credits include five Sundance Film Festival hits: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, award-winning AMERICAN TEEN, Emmy-nominated WORD WARS, and her additional camera work on HOT COFFEE and Oscar-winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM. Laela also filmed MAGIC CAMP, winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Family Filmmaking Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival; SYNC OR SWIM, winner of the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation; and History’s eleven part docu-series SANDHOGS. She has worked on projects for HBO, NBC, AMC, A&E, Nick Jr., ESPN, MTV, VH1, WeTV, Trio, TruTV, and TV One. Laela also collaborated with Pyewackitt Productions on the two-hour television special, SURROGATE STORIES (WEtv) and TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged which aired domestically (PBS) and abroad. She has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University.

 

Jeff REILLY 

Editor & Co-Producer

Jeff is a two-time Emmy award-winning editor whose credits include the PRISM award winning documentary THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE which he also co-wrote & co-produced. Jeff also edited the Emmy-awarding-winning RAND UNIVER-SITY for ESPN’s 30for30.  Recently, he co-edited DIANE, a feature length narrative for Director Mike Mongillo. Jeff has produced and edited several vignettes for the SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman New York City Gala. Some clients include Sony Pictures, ESPN, HBO, and NBC. Previously, Jeff collaborated with Pyewackitt Productions on SURROGATE STORIES, which aired on WEtv, and TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged, which aired on PBS. In addition to film and television, Jeff has also produced and edited several campaigns for non-profit companies. Currently, he is completing editing on BELIEVELAND for ESPN Films as well as co-directing and editing the feature documentary, GENERATION FOUND. More at FaceFirstFilms.com

Peter GINSBURG 

Sound Recordist

Peter Ginsburg's work in documentary films has taken him from tunnels hundreds of feet below Manhattan to stunt planes dogfighting over California's Central Valley; from the tent cities of Port-au-Prince to the boardrooms of Wall Street's largest power brokers; from war-torn Liberia to America's last prison rodeo.  His credits include LIBERIA: AN UNCIVIL WAR for Discovery Channel, the History Channel's SANDHOGS and the Academy Award Nominee THE WILDEST SHOW IN THE SOUTH.  He lives in New York City.

 

Sam BIBBINS 

Editor

Ed ROMER 

Co-Producer

Ed Romer is a retired entrepreneur with a variety of past involvements in the technology and food industries. Currently, he serves as an advisor or board member with the New York City Independent Film Festival, The Tell Foundation (Wilton, CT), the Romer Foundation (Brussels, Belgium), and the Ivy Baldwin Dance Company (NYC, NY). He advises and supports an array of creative projects in the areas of filmmaking, dance, photography, television, and music. Romer is the Co-Executive Producer of FRONT DOOR BLUE SKY, a documentary about bringing dance to inner city children and the Producer of the short film, SPECIALS. He is writing and developing a feature film screenplay, THE WINE CLUB and is also the owner of xpozure gallery in Wilton, CT which showcases the work of emerging artists. Romer lives in Wilton with his wife, Catherine and two cats. Together, they have two sons, Andy, a fine arts and architectural photographer,  and Charlie a technology entrepreneur.

Brendan Berry's professional career in music began as a performer, playing at a young age, with the distinguished District of Columbia, Blue’s Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in Studio Composition. Early in his collegiate career he began writing film scores for short documentaries. Brendan has scored award winning films, and his work has since been heard across the world on numerous stages, in thousands of theaters, on television, and the radio.

 

Brendan prides himself on his ability to not only create any genre or style of music and sound design, but his ability to subtly capture and enhance the emotions of the medium that his work is being written for. Brendan received in Masters in Music Therapy in 2014, and works as a full time music therapist while continuing to score feature length films and write for television.

Brendan BERRY 

Composer / Original Music Score

Sam Bibbins is an editor and filmmaker from Branford, CT who has worked in the independent film world as well as for numerous non-profit organizations over the last four years. Recently Sam has cut for clients such as the Serious Fun Children’s Network, 4th Dimension Productions, ESPN Films and more. Prior to his work on THE BUDDY SYSTEM, he helped edit  feature length documentaries such as, “BELIEVELAND” a 30 for 30 film for ESPN, as well as the film “GENERATION FOUND” for 4th Dimension Productions and Face First Films. In addition to his work as an editor, Sam has also produced content geared towards marketing and fundraising for many non profit organizations throughout the state of Connecticut under his own company, Subculture Films. 

Director & Producer