The Proposed

CREATIVE AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

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 for many years with several 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. 

DOUG SWIM

PRODUCER ATTORNEY

As a driver of business strategies, which achieve sustainable revenues and minimize exposure to risk,  Doug is recognized by many as a visionary leader who “makes a difference." Focused on balancing attention to detail with elite analytical skills, Doug is able to negotiate and resolve matters associated with challenging business and legal related issues to satisfy stakeholders and exceed expectations.

Along with his continued business holdings, Doug now also leads a production team within Aqueduct Pictures. As a  producer, he is responsible for the legal and financial aspects of each film project. 

 

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. He travels the continent speaking to groups of all sizes sharing his life story, spiritual missteps, and new life.

 

His fascinating tale captivates audiences around the globe and often includes audience participation in a question and answer type forum.

 

Michael is acting as the autobiographical consultant for The Adversary to ensure this "inspired by true events" film is authentic, educational, and entertaining.

 

He hopes his life and legacy will inspire others to find their unique path to righteousness, freedom, and inner peace.

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KATERINA PARENT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

A graduate of 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), Hesburgh (2018) 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 500,000 followers. 

Katerina most recently worked as a programming coordinator for National Geographic television networks in Washington, DC.

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 in addition to 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 working on shows such as Happy DaysMork and Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley. He continued his involvement in television by producing for High Incident, highlighting his versatility by directing an episode for the show. More recently, he worked on the popular Netflix series Altered Carbon.

Active in Christian filmmaking, Ralph has produced several supernatural thrillers such as ThreeHangman’s CurseThe Visitation, and House

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, Samuel L. 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.