CREATIVE AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Proposed

CRAIG HAAGENSEN

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

A member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE), Craig began his film career as a commercial assistant cameraman apprenticing under his father and award- winning  cameraman Robert “Hagy” Haagensen.   His thorough training and attitude soon saw him working with top commercial directors such as Burt Stern, Howard Zieff, Richard Donner, Ridley Scott and Nic Roeg, and cinematographers such as Ian Wilson, Owen Roizman, David Quaid, Peter Biziou and Adrian Biddle.  

Craig has worked on several  iconic films such as Fatal Attraction (1987), Black Rain (1989) Glengarry Glenn Ross (1992), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Corruptor (1999)American Gangster (2007), and Across the Universe (2007) to name a few.  

Craig's work in television include renowned modern titles such as 30 Rock (2006-2013), The Good Wife (2009-2016), Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014), and Mildred Pierce (2011)

Craig won the 2008 Boston International Film Festival for Best Cinematography and was nominated for the 2016 BSC, ACO, GBCT Features Operators Award for Best Camera Operator.  

Craig shot the official promotional trailer for The Adversary, which included over sixteen hours of interview footage.

BILL MCCONNELL

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Bill has been involved in the motion picture and performing arts industries as a First Assistant Cameraman and producer for over forty years, with credits in many box office successes such as Steel Magnolias (1989), Cape Fear (1991), Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994), Friday Night Lights (2004), and Fast and Furious (2009) to name a few. Bill has also earned Executive Producer credits for the original musical productions One Voice (1996) and Fixin' 2 Rain (2006). An Angel and Dove award winning producer, Bill has worked as the Director of Photography for several Christian media programs.

Aside from his work in the entertainment industry, Bill owns B'COOLERS, a portable air conditioning and power generator company that services major media productions. 

MARY LAMBERT

DIRECTOR

A long-time member of the DGA, Mary Lambert has carved out her place as a veteran of the film industry, especially renowned for the horror genre. Celebrated for her work on both the original 1989 Pet Sematary film and its sequel, Pet Sematary Two, she has continued terrifying audiences around the world in the years since with such pictures as Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

Mary has also proven to be well-rounded as a director, creating films in other genres such as drama with Siesta, romance with Dragstrip Girl, comedy with Clubland, and documentary with 14 Women.

 

On top of making movies, Mary has a large resume of TV episodes under her belt, directing for such acclaimed series as The Blacklist, Arrow, Tales from the Crypt, and an opening sequence for Saturday Night Live.She also has significant experience directing the official music videos of several famous artists such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, the Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Whitney Huston, and Motley Crew.

 

As a director who has earned such awards as the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Audience Award and the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival Prize, Mary maintains a high degree of professionalism and dedication to her craft. She has a real appreciation of character work in all of her films, citing it as the driving force behind her desire to work on a Stephen King adaptation when approached about Pet Semetary.

 

Her philosophy toward the works she has created can be summed up with the quote of hers, “I love it when you tell a story visually, with sub text instead of with text”.

STEVE LASKY

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

As First Assistant Director (AD) and Production Manager, DGA member Steve Lasky has worked with Lumina Productions for over 10 years on a vast array of feature films, television shows, and advertising projects. Notable clients include ION Television, ESPN, Nike, Eastman Kodak, Wal-Mart, Hyundai, Tampa Bay Rays, and Sea World.

 

Steve’s skill set also incorporates being the Senior Writer at HSNi, where he wrote and managed original content for HSN television andHSN.com, one of the largest retail online sites. At this company, he was in charge of advertising projects working with clients such as Sephora, Dyson, Estée Lauder, Chef Emeril, and others.

 

Steve has the know-how to keep everything on schedule and on budget for all of his projects. He’s very experienced in Movie Magic (MM) Scheduling both for development and for shooting schedules on top of managing timely and accurate production reports. His ability to tirelessly coordinate with production, locations, and local authorities has helped tremendously with keeping things running smoothly.

 

With experience working on a multitude of different sets and managing crews from 8 to 120, he works hard to support the creative mission while never forgetting his primary mandate of ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

TERRI GRIPPO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Terri’s business career began as an employee benefit consultant, overseeing accounts for various Fortune 500 companies. She is currently responsible for most legal, technological, and social developments regarding The Adversary, including the acquisition of book rights, approval of legal documents, and coordination of in- person interviews. Terri is also the designer of the Company’s Facebook page and head of the social media marketing division. Creatively, Ms. Grippo has written, edited and acquired music for all videos posted to the Company’s social media sites. 

ELAYNE SCHNEIDERMAN SCHMIDT

LINE PRODUCER

A renowned line producer and production manager, Ms. Schmidt’s forty-plus credits include such blockbuster films as Academy Award-nominated The Birdcage (1996), Academy Award-nominated Ali (2001), In Her Shoes (2005), New In Town (2009),  six-time Academy Award nominee Up In The Air (2009), I Am Number Four (2011), 2017 Academy Award best picture winner Moonlight, and 2017 Cannes Festival and Oscar short-lister The Florida Project. Her television credits include Miami Vice (1984-1990), CSI: Miami (2002-2012), and Reno 911 (2003-2009)

Ms. Schmidt decided in 2011 to bring her considerable expertise to the independent film world and focus on projects in the under-$20 million budget range that offer exceptional stories and potential for both film festival accolades and cross-over appeal for mainstream audiences. 

MICHAEL LEEHAN

PRODUCER,
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CONSULTANT

The real-life inspiration for The Adversary, Michael Leehan and his 2011 autobiography, Ascent From Darkness, have fueled the narrative for this compelling story. A California native, Michael currently resides in Oklahoma and works as an Evangelical minister at Solus Christus Ministries. Michael frequently travels to host churches to tell his fascinating tale to audiences around the nation and encourage others to learn from his spiritual missteps

Michael is acting as the autobiographical consultant for The Adversary, to ensure this "inspired by true events" film is as authentic as necessary. He hopes his life and legacy will inspire others to find their unique path to righteousness, freedom, and inner peace.  

KATERINA PARENT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

A graduate from the University of Notre Dame (B.A. Film, Television, & Theatre), Katerina began her media career in film production on several global features, including the ESPNFilms “30 For 30” Catholics vs. Convicts (2016) and a U.K. Netflix original adaptation of the internationally best-selling novel series, The Enemy (2009). Katerina’s early work in cinematography included an independent documentary project with World Wrestling Entertainment's Seamus the Celtic Warrior, where she directed, shot, and produced her own short piece highlighting Seamus' premiere visit to the University of Notre Dame's campus. The finished piece debuted on The Fighting Irish's official Facebook and Twitter pages to a combined 300,000 followers. 

INSPIRED BY THE REAL LIFE OF MICHAEL LEEHAN, 
AUTHOR OF ASCENT FROM DARKNESS
REPRESENTATION

Producer

Terri Grippo 

terri@aqueductpictures.com

Producer, Autobiographical Consultant

Michael Leehan

michaelleehan@gmail.com

Aqueduct Pictures

(954) 931- 8379  

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