New York, NY â€“ (April 21, 2008) â€“ Tangerine Films has signed three new directors to the companyâ€™s roster: Earle Sebastian, Tim Gaylord and Todd Bellanca. The diverse talents join the companyâ€™s directorial roster, which also includes Goodguys, John Lindley, and Tim Van Patten. According to Tangerine Filmsâ€™ Founder/Executive Producer Sal Del Giudice, the signing of these three directors enables him to expand the production company to the perfect size. â€œWe started in 2002, and have spent the last six years building the company. Now, we have a reputation for high-quality production and stellar client service. We have a great deal of repeat business, which is important to us. So we wanted to grow, but still remain a boutique in order to produce work in commercials, as well as new media and television.â€? Del Giudice points out that Tangerine Films is well poised for the advertising industryâ€™s expansion into the new media arena. In fact, the majority of the projects Tangerine has completed this year have been for distribution over the web, including a project for VW via ad agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky and webisodes for Lowes Home Improvement, collaborating with the client direct. Also, the signing of Director Earle Sebastian coincides with the innovative distribution online of his new documentary â€œAlicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland.â€? Featuring Grammy Award-winning musician Alicia Keys, the film follows Keys during a month-long trip to Africa as she visits communities affected by HIV and AIDS, and highlights the work of non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive. The documentary can be viewed online at
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. A portion of the film debuted live on â€œAmerican Idol: Idol Gives Backâ€? on April 9th on FOX. For Sebastian, who collaborates often with such high-profile music artists as Keys, Madonna and Beyonce, the director says that he was motivated to sign with Tangerine Films because of Executive Producer Del Giudice. â€œSal seems to have a like-mind, so I decided to put my faith in him.â€? This project with Alicia Keys combines Sebastianâ€™s experience shooting beauty and celebrities, with his documentary skills as a filmmaker. â€œA project like this,â€? he notes,â€? captures honest dialog from a celebrity like Alicia, who looks amazing. The film also puts a human face on a very important issue.â€?
For Director Tim Gaylord, signing with Tangerine Films gives him the opportunity to pursue his two passions; his work as a live-action director, and as a still photographer. He sees the blending of these two talents as a great advantage in todayâ€™s marketplace. â€œAs a photographer, I have already seen the transition to digital. Now we are experiencing this with film. Iâ€™m excited about offering both of my skills to clients, and being able to create work for broadcast, as well as content for the web.â€? Gaylord in fact has already completed a project for Tangerine Films via ad agency McGarry Bowen/New York for the Beijing Olympics and its key sponsors. Director Todd Bellanca says that Tangerine Films offered him the opportunity to be selective with his commercial career and pursue projects with strong creative direction. â€œWhen Sal saw my reel, he immediately was drawn to the kind of visual storytelling work that I want to be doing. Iâ€™m also interested in producing content for the web, since that enables me to return to my filmmaking roots and not be limited by the 30- or 60-second format.â€? Tangerine also offers Bellanca the support he needs to pursue his commercial projects, as well as his work in feature films, having just completed principal photography on his current action thriller, due to be completed by the end of this year.
Supporting his directors in commercials and the burgeoning arena of new media, as well as in television, documentaries, and feature film is key to what he has to offer directors at Tangerine Films, says Del Giudice. â€œI enjoy working with artists who are dedicated to their craft and passionate about it,â€? he concludes. â€œEach one of these directors are true filmmakers, who are constantly working to better themselves and their projects, and that inspires me.â€?
Tangerine Films was created to foster a collaborative, creative atmosphere for producing advertising, music videos, live events and programming for television and emerging media. Founded by Sal Del Giudice in 2002, the Tangerine team was carefully assembled to form a bona-fide, hands-on production co-operative. The directors, writers and producers are distinct. The staff is energetic. The unit is smart. Sal Del Giudice Founder / President / Executive producer For over 20 years Sal Del Guidice has been creating award-winning productions. He began his career in 1987 at Gomes Loew, working on campaigns such as IBM "Charlie Chaplin,â€? Dunkin Donuts "Time To Make The Donuts," and Breakstone "Sam Breakstone." Five years later, Sal joined the staff at Travisano-DiGiacomo Films where he was instrumental in crafting over 100 spots filmed all around the world. And in April 1998 Sal made the move to Perretti Productions as an Executive Producer. There he helped build the company into an advertising powerhouse bringing on talent like Michael Imperioli, John Lindley, and Mark Perez. Finally in August 2002, Sal ventured out on his own and founded Tangerine Films. With deep roots in the advertising world and a solid base of directorial talent, Tangerine hit the ground running. Buoyed by early success, Sal quickly expanded the scope of his company. Today, in addition to commercial work, Sal develops and produces feature films as a partner of Phaze 3 Filmz and creates and produces television and web content for clients such as VH1, WE, FUSE, Loweâ€™s, Chubb and UGO.com. And still Sal always finds time for music, his life-long passion. On and off over the years, he can be found in the recording studio or on the stage playing music with the likes of guitar virtuoso Michael Knight, CBS recording artist Gina Stile, and his own hard rocking band DUSTY ROSE. Tangerine Films New Directors Bios Director Earle Sebastian Born in Durban, South Africa of Zulu/Indian heritage. Educated in London and has lived throughout Europe and the U.S. and currently resides in Brooklyn N.Y. He is an award winning filmmaker who has worked with some of the biggest talents in the music industry. Artists including Madonna, Justin Timberlake, U2's Bono, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nelly, Tori Amos, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack, Macy Grey, Missy Elliot, many of whom Sebastian has directed music videos for and also documentaries, the first of which was the fabled, "Red Hot & Cool" Stolen Moments. This landmark project, the first collaboration of hip hop and jazz, sought to bring awareness through music and pop culture about AIDS among people of color while illustrating how the legacy of music is passed down from the old school to the new. The result was a very impressive sociological and musical mosaic, which included artists such as musical professor, Donald Bird, Pharaoh Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Ron Carter, The Last Poets, Branford Marsalis, Roy Ayres, Herbie Handcock, Lester Bowie, Gil Scott Heron, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, The Roots, MC Solaar, The Pharcyde, Guru, Me'shell N'degeocello, as well as, Harvard professor, Cornell West. "Red Hot & Cool" Stolen Moments is now a permanent collection of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Some of his other documentaries include "Inner City Blues, The Life of Marvin Gaye" and "Two Against Nature, The Music Of Steely Dan" This followed with a commercial campaign for Youth AIDS in association with Levi Strauss & Co. Along with his directorial talents, Earle also produced the accompanying albums to "Inner City Blues" as well as "Stolen Moments, Red Hot & Cool.â€? The latter, Time Magazine voted, Album of the Year. Sebastian has just completed his moving documentary, â€œAlicia in Africaâ€? for the hugely inspirational and influential charity, Keep A Child Alive (KCA). The documentary features international recording artist and KCA Global Ambassador Alicia Keys on her epic journey to the motherland and KCA's commitment to help improve the lives of African children and families living with HIV and AIDS. Director Tim Gaylord Tim is an accomplished, well-rounded photographer and director who developed his craft while working for many respected directors and cinematographers. Tim, who early in his career worked for such directors as David Fincher, Joe Pytka, Tony Scott, and Spike Jonze, now uses his own unique vision and style for directing, cinematography, and his award-winning photography. Timâ€™s current photography clients include Coca-Cola, Adidas, Nike, McGarry Bowen, VeeV Spirits, Diamonds By Jeffrey Rackover, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Brothers Records, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Los Angeles Times, Creative Artists Agency, Brillstein Grey, ICM, HBO, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Jordan, Larry Flynt, Luke Wilson, Harry Dean Stanton, and Jamie Lynn Sigler. In 2006 Tim earned the prestigious Obie Award for his photographic work for the HBO hit show Six Feet Under and was an Obie finalist for Full Throttle/Coca Cola. He also won both a Gold and a Silver Addy for his creative photographic work on Full Throttle. As a camera assistant on feature films through the late 1990s, Tim has worked with some of the best cinematographers and directors in the business, including Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski for Spielbergâ€™s The Lost World and Cameron Croweâ€˜s Jerry Maguire; David Tattersall for The Green Mile, directed by Frank Darabont; John Schwartzman, for Michael Bayâ€™s Armageddon and The Rock, and for Richard Donnerâ€™s Conspiracy Theory; and Harris Savides for Michael Jacksonâ€™s Scream Video, directed by Mark Romanek. Tim also directed the behind-the-scenes film for Italian Vogueâ€™s â€œPeter Lindbergh Photographs Amber Vallettaâ€? in 2001. Originally from Connecticut, Tim moved to Los Angeles after earning a bachelorâ€™s degree in English from Bostonâ€™s Northeastern University in 1992. His first work was for directors David Fincher and Michael Bay at Propaganda Films, and he soon began working as camera assistant on feature films and commercials. In 2000, Tim completed his commercial directing reel while continuing to pursue his love for photography. He currently works actively in both mediums with a focus on digital and high-definition formats. In 2001 Tim was hired to be the house photographer for the famed Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. He now has a personal archive of exclusive images of many popular bands in concert. Determined to create greater value with these rare photos, Tim is establishing a nonprofit, charitable foundation to support music and the arts for children. The plan is to raise funds through a website where fans view their favorite musicians in concert and then later purchase the concert images. Tim is based in New York and Los Angeles. Director Todd Bellanca Born in Buffalo, New York, Todd Bellancaâ€™s early inspirations were the snowy afternoons spent at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fascinated by the paintings of Franz Kline, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman, Todd began to explore the visual arts, at first through painting. Meanwhile, at home, Sunday afternoons for The Bellancaâ€™s meant back-to-back Sergio Leone films with his Father and Uncles as his Mother and Nana created their own epic in the kitchen: the perfect Bolognese. It was during this period that Todd began to dream of making movies. This unique combination of influences lead to Toddâ€™s crisply powerful visual eye, and his ability to mix his love of action film making with a deep sense of character storytelling. By college Todd had begun making short films and caught the attention of film professor, Morgan Wesson, who was producing the Ken Burns documentary, â€œEMPIRE OF THE AIRâ€?. That summer, Todd was hired onto the film for his first professional experience. After the completion of the film, Todd moved to New York City where his short film, â€œWish You Could See My Feetâ€? was selected for a museum tour of Europe. He next landed a job with an IMAX production company, where Todd was encouraged to experiment with their fleet of 16mm cameras. He began to shoot punk videos for the bands he adored in the New York scene. In 1989 his video for THE LOST premiered on MTVâ€™S 120 Minutes. This ignited Todd as a sought after music video director. But in 1991, with over 30 videos under his belt, he was ready for a change. Todd shifted into the tv commercial arena and since then, has directed spots for Nike, Burger King, New York Tourism and countless national and International brands. But a filmmaker at heart, in 1994, Todd directed â€œBECAUSE I AMâ€? an award winning documentary about a young motherâ€™s battle with AIDS and her relentless mission to educate young people about the disease, as she herself succumbed to it. In 2005, he directed his first narrative feature entitled â€œTHE SICKNESSâ€?. Set in Bangkok, the film paints a gritty portrait of Bangkokâ€™s sex patriot scene through the eyes of an American Boxer whose unlikely kinship with a US Federal Agent brings down an international human trafficking ring. In 2006, Bellanca launched film production venture SANGUINE & SMART with wife and partner Sasha Levinson. The duo penned and are now in development on OMERTA, a sexy, sweeping mafia drama set against the backdrop of a rural Sicilian town as it gears up for its â€œblood of the grapeâ€? harvest festival.