Kerry Candaele, Producer, Writer and Director
Battle Hymns Productions, LLC
Candele was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in Lompoc, a small town on California’s central coast.
He has produced and directed several documentaries, including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Iraq For Sale for Brave New Films. He has also collaborated with his brother on the documentary, A League of Their Own, about their mother’s experience in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This documentary was later turned into a blockbuster hit by Columbia Pictures with the same title starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Geena Davis.
His latest film is Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, which follows the impact of the Ninth across the globe. A work in progress, For The Love of Music, captures the experience of thirty young conductors who have come to the middle of Maine to both learn their craft, and to discover themselves while learning how to communicate music through a baton, and most importantly, through themselves. Kerry has also made films for the Raiford Rogers Dance Company of Los Angeles, the Festival of Sacred Music (UCLA), and other organizations.
Kerry attended California State University Chico, U C Santa Barbara, and Columbia University where he was a Richard Hofstadter Fellow and President’s Fellow in U.S. history. He has also worked all over the world (including China, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, South Africa, Gaza, and the West Bank) for the Democracy Council www.democracycouncil.org, an NGO dedicated to peaceful reform in developing nations.
Kerry is the author of three books, two on United States history, and his recent Journeys With Beethoven: Following the Ninth and Beyond. Kerry as also has written articles and opinion pieces for both scholarly and popular publications such as USA Today, Symphony Magazine, Irish America Magazine, the Nation, and the Huffington Post. Having made music making a passionate hobby, he has written and released two CDs for Battle Hymns Records, and has produced a CD for Western Beat, a collection of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters www.battleymnsrecords.com
Mr. Herder has produced several films as the CEO of B-Side Films, a film company located in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr. Eckert is a painter, graphic artist and film maker. He and Oliver Herder operate B-Side Films, a Hamburg-based film company.
Lady Birgit Baum B.Sc.-Producer
Grand Officer, Sovrano Imperiale Angelico Ordine Constantiniano di SanGiorgio
H.E. Drs. Adam Lemmer MBA-Producer.
Ambassador & Lieutenant General of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John Knights of Malta.
Kirt Eftekhar – Executive Producer, Worldwide Distributor
Eftekhar is the CEO and founder of Venice, California based, Ocule Films, a distributor of high quality fiction and nonfiction programming to worldwide broadcasters, including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, SHOWTIME NETWORKS, USA NETWORKS, HBO, VH1,DREAMWORKS, LIONS GATE FILMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INTERNATIONAL, DISCOVERY NETWORKS, CHANNEL 4, FIVE TELEVISION, BSKYB, ZDF, FRANCE 5, NHK, SVT, SBS and STAR TV. In addition, Eftekhar has produced and developed many projects with top Hollywood talent including John Badham, Bruce Beresford, and Forest Whitaker. Prior to starting Ocule, Eftekhar served as Vice-President of Distribution and Production at Keller Entertainment Group and also as Vice-President of Acquisitions at Pop.com/Dreamworks.
In addition, Eftekhar has teamed up with Richard Abramowitz, the renowned indie film distribution consultant to launch a new specialized independent film distribution company, Area23a. Area23a will be a bi-coastal independently owned company focusing on event driven documentaries, with a special emphasis on social issue and music performance pieces.
The new distribution model will offer new ways for films to reach audiences across the country, receiving theatrical exposure through festivals, as well as art-house, cinematheque, university and museum bookings. The company will initiate a “value added cinema” exhibition circuit with a mission to expand the relationship between filmmakers and audiences throughout the country.
Courtney Messenbaugh-Executive Producer
After spending years in the world of finance and investment banking, Courtney finally followed her passions and has been writing, fundraising for a variety of political and nonprofit causes, film, and publishing. She regularly contributes to http://MotherProof.com as an automotive journalist, and as such has gained an improbable love for racing high-performance cars around the track. She has entered the world of book publishing and is the Publicist for the soon-to-be-released book Hard Money. Courtney has long been a music enthusiast and Following The Ninth immediately grabbed her imagination.
Coutney attended Vanderbilt University, where she studied French and Business Administration. She also has a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado, spending most of her time there studying the catalysts and effects of international economic development.
Courtney lives in Colorado with her husband, two young children and one very old, but very sweet, dog.
Chris Bottoms, Director of Photography
Chris Bottoms has several decades of film and video production experience in New York, Los Angeles, and across the globe. After attending The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Chris has shot numerous feature films, commercials, music videos and documentaries, and trained under the legendary cinematographers Matt Mahurin, Crescenzo Notarile, and Matthew LeBatique. He is a member of The International Cinematographers Guild.
Nick Higgins, Director of Photography
Nick has spent the best part of the last three decades living everywhere except his Scottish birthplace; most notably Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Brazil and now LA. Along the way he picked up Portuguese, an AFI Masters in Cinematography and an ITVS Independent Lens award for a film he made with his film-making partner in crime aka DOUBLE DOG FILMS director Kristina Robbins. Nicks camera work in Vietnam and Mali for the feature documentary A POWERFUL NOISE premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008. Other highlights include the National Geographic’s MY BRILLIANT BRAIN. Robert Greenwalds IRAQ FOR SALE, Lonely Planet’s DOWNTOWN LA, a series of documentary style TV commercials for THE HEAVYWEIGHTS advertising agency and other credits on the BBC, PBS, TLC and the Discovery Channel.