Matthew Cusimano - Owner, Cinematographer/Editor    Focus: Documentary, Weddings, Corporate, Nonprofit/NGOs   From 2012 - 2014 Matt worked as a teacher in South America with the U.S. Peace Corps, having specialized in literacy development, documentary, and art activism in partnership with various NGOs and the State Department. This transformative experience led Matt to focus strictly on nonfiction film and modes of media representation.   Matt holds a B.A. in Film & Video (Directing) from Columbia College Chicago & M.A. in Cinema Studies and Culture & Media from New York University, where he trained with documentary filmmakers and anthropologists.

Matthew Cusimano - Owner, Cinematographer/Editor

Focus: Documentary, Weddings, Corporate, Nonprofit/NGOs

From 2012 - 2014 Matt worked as a teacher in South America with the U.S. Peace Corps, having specialized in literacy development, documentary, and art activism in partnership with various NGOs and the State Department. This transformative experience led Matt to focus strictly on nonfiction film and modes of media representation. 

Matt holds a B.A. in Film & Video (Directing) from Columbia College Chicago & M.A. in Cinema Studies and Culture & Media from New York University, where he trained with documentary filmmakers and anthropologists.

  Norman Franklin - Script Developer    Focus: Corporate, Music Videos   Norman hails from Brooklyn, NY and currently is a part-time primary level arts educator (yes, the little ones). Having spent most of his life as an actor he holds a B.A. in Film & Video with a focus in directing from Columbia College Chicago. His senior thesis film  Beast  has enjoyed a successful run in the festival circuit both domestically and internationally, having won multiple awards in directing. In 2011 he was selected as one of the featured directors in the Martha's Vineyard Annual African American Film Festival sponsored by HBO. Currently you can see him in Comedy Central’s web series  Couched , the PBS documentary  Taking Park City,  and  Ghostmates: A Smosh Movie .  

Norman Franklin - Script Developer

Focus: Corporate, Music Videos

Norman hails from Brooklyn, NY and currently is a part-time primary level arts educator (yes, the little ones). Having spent most of his life as an actor he holds a B.A. in Film & Video with a focus in directing from Columbia College Chicago. His senior thesis film Beast has enjoyed a successful run in the festival circuit both domestically and internationally, having won multiple awards in directing. In 2011 he was selected as one of the featured directors in the Martha's Vineyard Annual African American Film Festival sponsored by HBO. Currently you can see him in Comedy Central’s web series Couched, the PBS documentary Taking Park City, and Ghostmates: A Smosh Movie. 

  Kyle Harrigan - Cinematographer    Focus: Weddings, Corporate   Kyle graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with a BFA in Film Media. Since then Kyle has worked on numerous feature films as a Director of Photography.    Kyle has worked in wedding cinematography for the past eight years, attaching himself to various studios. After years of mastering various techniques and styles, he has developed his own voice in wedding film.   Kyle moved to NYC in 2010 and began working as a camera operator. Notable clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, MSG, Barclays, FOX, CNBC, and Reuters.

Kyle Harrigan - Cinematographer

Focus: Weddings, Corporate

Kyle graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with a BFA in Film Media. Since then Kyle has worked on numerous feature films as a Director of Photography.  

Kyle has worked in wedding cinematography for the past eight years, attaching himself to various studios. After years of mastering various techniques and styles, he has developed his own voice in wedding film. 

Kyle moved to NYC in 2010 and began working as a camera operator. Notable clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, MSG, Barclays, FOX, CNBC, and Reuters.

  Devin Thomas - Researcher, Associate Producer    Focus: Documentary, Music Videos     
  
 
  
    
  
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  Devin is a 4th year PhD student and documentary filmmaker. Her dissertation project focuses on the intersection of magic, film (and video), and neoliberal economic policies on the African continent. Her larger research interests center on documentary film and film theory, the influence of anthropology on radical social movements, surrealism, colonialism and economic theory. Her research languages include English, French, Wolof, and Spanish. Devin’s first film— completed in conjunction with the certification in Culture and Media— Thiaroye by the Sea, premiered in October 2016 at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City.

Devin Thomas - Researcher, Associate Producer

Focus: Documentary, Music Videos

Devin is a 4th year PhD student and documentary filmmaker. Her dissertation project focuses on the intersection of magic, film (and video), and neoliberal economic policies on the African continent. Her larger research interests center on documentary film and film theory, the influence of anthropology on radical social movements, surrealism, colonialism and economic theory. Her research languages include English, French, Wolof, and Spanish. Devin’s first film— completed in conjunction with the certification in Culture and Media— Thiaroye by the Sea, premiered in October 2016 at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City.


  Mei Zhaohemei Gao - Marketing Consultant   Mei is a digital marketing specialist who has a diverse background in film studies, fashion, and English literature. She is adept at designing, creating and delivering multifaceted marketing programs to support the development and the growth of the services and products. Her focuses include online advertising, web site design and data analyzing, social media, SEO and SEM. She builds her own judgment in realizing these goals by always exposing herself to new information and by thinking creatively.  Mei holds an M.A in Cinema Studies from New York University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from General Assembly NYC. Her hair color is unpredictable. 

Mei Zhaohemei Gao - Marketing Consultant

Mei is a digital marketing specialist who has a diverse background in film studies, fashion, and English literature. She is adept at designing, creating and delivering multifaceted marketing programs to support the development and the growth of the services and products. Her focuses include online advertising, web site design and data analyzing, social media, SEO and SEM. She builds her own judgment in realizing these goals by always exposing herself to new information and by thinking creatively.

Mei holds an M.A in Cinema Studies from New York University and a Digital Marketing Certificate from General Assembly NYC. Her hair color is unpredictable. 

  Angela Benincasa - Graphic Designer/Co-Owner at Helicon Photo + Paper Co.   Angela is a freelance fashion designer turned self-taught graphic designer specializing in hand-illustrated bespoke logos and stationery. Her decade-long fashion design career at various NYC clothing companies strengthened her skills as an illustrator, stretching her designs into the digital realm and cultivated her ability to create unique, customer-specific products. She is currently dedicated to skill-building by studying hand lettering, calligraphy and business management in the hopes of shifting out of her fashion career to focus solely on her stationery design business.   Helicon Photo + Paper Co . frequently collaborates with Mango Tree Productions.

Angela Benincasa - Graphic Designer/Co-Owner at Helicon Photo + Paper Co.

Angela is a freelance fashion designer turned self-taught graphic designer specializing in hand-illustrated bespoke logos and stationery. Her decade-long fashion design career at various NYC clothing companies strengthened her skills as an illustrator, stretching her designs into the digital realm and cultivated her ability to create unique, customer-specific products. She is currently dedicated to skill-building by studying hand lettering, calligraphy and business management in the hopes of shifting out of her fashion career to focus solely on her stationery design business.

Helicon Photo + Paper Co. frequently collaborates with Mango Tree Productions.

  Burton Bilharz - Chief Editor, Associate Cinematographer    Focus: Weddings, Corporate   Originally from Illinois, Burt attended Columbia College Chicago and received a B.A. in Film & Video Production in 2010. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on hundreds of productions in a variety of positions, including cinematographer, grip/electric, camera assistant, editor, and director. In the spirit of living life and gaining perspective and experience, Burt has traveled long-term to several countries, worked in the Colorado mountains as a whitewater photographer, and worked on a cruise ship as a broadcast technician. Now living in NYC, Burt is out to explore, lean into life, and capture and create stories with true meaning and purpose.

Burton Bilharz - Chief Editor, Associate Cinematographer

Focus: Weddings, Corporate

Originally from Illinois, Burt attended Columbia College Chicago and received a B.A. in Film & Video Production in 2010. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on hundreds of productions in a variety of positions, including cinematographer, grip/electric, camera assistant, editor, and director. In the spirit of living life and gaining perspective and experience, Burt has traveled long-term to several countries, worked in the Colorado mountains as a whitewater photographer, and worked on a cruise ship as a broadcast technician. Now living in NYC, Burt is out to explore, lean into life, and capture and create stories with true meaning and purpose.