CREATIVE AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Proposed

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 is a veteran of the entertainment industry, recognized mostly for her work in horror films.  Celebrated for directing both the original Pet Sematary (1989) film and its sequel, Pet Sematary Two (1992), she has terrified audiences around the world throughout the years  with pictures such as Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011).

 

Mary has also proven her talent directing for various genres, with films such as the drama  Siesta (1987), the romance film Dragstrip Girl (1994), the comedy Clubland (1999), and the documentary 14 Women (2007).

 

In addition to film, Mary has also directed for several acclaimed television series such as The Blacklist, Arrow, Tales from the Crypt, and an opening sequence for Saturday Night Live. She also has directed official music videos for several famous musicians such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, the Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, and Motley Crew to name a few.

 

Mary has earned various awards for her directing achievements including the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Audience Award and the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival Prize. 

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

KATERINA PARENT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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.  

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. 

RALPH WINTER

CONSULTING PRODUCER

As a member of both the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Ralph Winter has been a giant in the film industry for over 40 years. From very early on in his career, he was the producer of several high-profile films, most notably in the Star Trek franchise. He continued to help produce blockbusters such as I, Robot and Planet of the Apes on top of several Marvel movies including the first 4 X-Men films and the Fantastic Four series. After releasing the recent hit, Adrift, Ralph is currently working on a biopic called Reagan. 

Ralph is extremely experienced in television, starting his career there on shows like Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley. He continued his involvement in television by producing for High Incident and also highlighting his versatility by directing an episode for the show. More recently, he worked on the popular Netflix series Altered Carbon and on the upcoming Hue 1968. 

Active in Christian filmmaking, Ralph has produced such supernatural thrillers as Three, Hangman’s Curse, The Visitation, and House. 

MASON ALLEY

CONSULTING PRODUCER

With 25 years in the entertainment industry, Mason Alley has a wide array of skills and knowledge in his repertoire. He has produced, written, and directed projects on many different scales and has worked with various communities outside of Hollywood to ensure their growth and increase their impact in their local setting. 

Mason has worked off-broadway, in broadcast television, and at a major studio with an Academy award winning co-writer telling great stories and changing lives. He has been intimately involved at all levels of production on several projects in these industries, utilizing his talents to breathe life into and bring a new perspective to the works he helps create. 

A man who fosters vision, strategy, communication, and healthy growth, Mason founded Resolute Management, LLC as a means to help leaders change the world. He has worked with community leaders in faith-based, non-profit, government, and business organizations to envision and implement strategies to help make the world we live in a better place. He describes his interest in this field as helping passionate people and the organizations they lead identify their “true north”, uncover their hidden talents, execute unbeatable strategies, and share their stories along the way. 

JOHN WILLIAM DORYK

COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER

John William Doryk is an award-winning film composer and sound designer, who has been creating original music and sound design for over 30 years. His work has been featured on The Discovery Channel, History Channel, PBS, NBC, BBC, ABC Nightline, FOX Network, Netflix, A&E Biography, for Focus on the Family Films, Compassion Intl, and many independent feature films and audio dramas. In 2019, he won "Gold" at the Park City Film Music Festival for his work on the PBS series, "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots," starring Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Samual Jackson, Alan Rickman and General Colin Powell. He was also a composer on the series "Unsung Heroes," directed by Frank Martin and produced by Ron Howard. In 2019, he was supervising sound editor for the period suspense thriller, "The Riot Act," starring Brett Cullen, Lauren Sweetser, and directed by Devon Parks. In 2019, "The Riot Act" won "best dramatic feature film" at the LA film awards. Recently, in addition to composing music and songs for Sight & Sound Theater's latest theatrical musical "Samson," he was supervising sound editor/sound designer and composer on Stone Table Films latest feature film "Once Upon a Time in Mongolia." He has recorded his music with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Springs Symphony, and many world class sessions players from LA, Nashville, and London. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife and two children, where he loves to technical rock climb, ice climb, and is an avid amateur astronomer. 

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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