Mary Jo Slater (Producer) was an original tenant of Manhattan Plaza. As a working single mother, she was able to launch a successful career a producer and an award-winning casting director. While still a resident at Manhattan Plaza she produced the off-Broadway hit “Starting Here, Start Now” and went on to cast ABC’s “One Life To Live” and Hollywood films such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and the Academy Award nominated film “The Contender.”
Alice Elliott (Director) is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker whose films are dedicated to celebrating the role of community activism in elevating the quality of people’s lives. Her film “Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy” was nominated for an International Documentary Association Award. Her films have been presented in over 100 film festivals, as well as on HBO and PBS.
Erika Lockridge (Producer) is a member of the Lockridge Charitable Foundation, which funds non-profit ventures. As president of Bahr Productions she has produced “The Dust Factory,” starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, “The Forger,” starring Josh Hutcherson, and is the Co-producer of “Leni,” a film developed with Jodie Foster and producer Gabriela Bacher.
Cindy Cowan (Producer) is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), a leading film production and foreign sales company. She is currently producing the feature RED LIGHTS starring Robert DeNiro. She is also a producer of VERY BAD THINGS with an all-star cast, which included Cameron Diaz.
Ken Aguado (Executive Producer) is a studio executive, producer and author who’s credits include “The Salton Sea,” starring Val Kilmer for Warner Bros, “Sexual Life,” starring Kerry Washington and Anne Heche for Showtime, and the film “Standing Up,” written and directed by DJ Caruso (“Disturbia,” “Eagle Eye”) His most recent film, “An Interview with God,” is now in post-production.
Lisa Shreve (Producer/Editor) is a Manhattan Plaza resident and an Emmy Award winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker. She has edited and produced over one hundred television documentaries, feature films, newsmagazine segments, and corporate films. In addition to “Miracle on 42nd Street,” Ms. Shreve is presently producing “Outlaw,” a short dramatic film and “The Peacemaker,” a commercial written and directed by comedy writer Ned Rice.
Joal Ryan & Steve Ryfle (Screenwriters) are long-time journalists and the authors of multiple books.