Crew Biographies

Gerry Portrait-1Gerald Peary (WRITER/DIRECTOR) made his debut as director-writer with the acclaimed 2008 feature documentary, For the Love of Movies: the Story of American Film Criticism. He was a featured actor in the 2012 fiction film, Computer Chess. He has been a film critic for more than thirty-five years. From 1996-2012, he was a weekly reviewer for the Boston Phoenix. Currently, he is a film critic for the website, The Arts Fuse. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, and FIPRESCI (the International Film Critics Association). A Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Peary has taught film studies at Suffolk University, Boston, since 1980. He was a Fulbright Scholar, studying Yugoslavian Film Comedy in Belgrade, and Acting Curator of the Harvard University Film Archive. Since 1997, he has been the curator of the Boston University Cinematheque. He is the General Editor of the University Press of Mississippi “Conversations with Filmmakers” series. His nine books include co-editing the anthologies, The Classic American Novel and the Movies, The American Animated Cartoon, and Women and the Cinema: A Critical Anthology. His latest book is Samuel Fuller: Interviews.

IMG_5597Shaun Clancy (PRODUCER/RESEARCHER) has been reading and collecting comic books since age 8, and has spent the last 20 years investigating the history of comic books. He has interviewed countless people who have worked in the comic book business, in print and on radio, and has been published in Alter Ego Magazine, Back Issue! Magazine, The Comics Journal, Comic Book Creator, and Comic Book Artist.  He has contributed his research to a dozen books, and appeared on the PBS series, The History Detectives. A native New Englander, Clancy resides in the state of Washington.

ReederDavid Reeder (EDITOR) A long-time filmmaker, David Reeder has worked as a producer, editor and cameraman on films such as Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, Ace Ventura 2-When Nature Calls and RoboCop3. Reeder is an active documentarian and on the Board of Directors of Visionaries, Inc., producer of public
television programming related to the nonprofit world.  Reeder is also a Professional-in-Residence in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University, where he teaches digital filmmaking and post-production courses. He is a native of Southern California who has lived and worked in Miami, New York, Los Angeles & Atlanta.

Sasha's photoAleksandar “Sasha” Lekic (CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR) has been an all-around video production person for the past 13 years. His documentary shorts have appeared on PBS, WorldlinkTV, at film festivals, and on Serbian National Television. His recent short, “Letter to my Grandchildren,” about an artist trying to reconcile with his family, premiered at the 2014 Boston International Film Festival.  Lekic is a production partner in Life Skills Productions, for which he has shot and edited numerous profiles of non-profits which make a difference in the world.  His film and video work has taken him to Armenia, Ghana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and across the USA. Lekic has edited several episodes of The Visionaries PBS TV series, and was the co-editor of For the Love of Movies: the Story of American Film Criticism, a previous collaboration with filmmaker Gerald Peary.

AllieAllie Humenuk (CINEMATOGRAPHER) is an award-winning filmmaker and much-employed director of photography, who was nominated for an Emmy as a cinematographer on the PBS Series, Design Squad. She has taught film and video production at Harvard University and the Massachusetts College of Art and for 15 years produced media about public health issues as the Executive Producer at Vida Health Communications. She is the director of the feature documentary, Shadow of the House, about the photographer, Abelardo Morrell. Currently, she is co-directing, co-producing, and shooting the feature-length gay rights documentary, The Guys Next Door.

LEFKO HEADSHOT-1David Lefkowitz (SOUND DESIGN/SOUND MIX) A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Lefkowitz has worked for many years around Boston in the recording business and as a recording engineer on music projects featuring regional and international artists. As a university professor at the New England Institute of Art and Bay State College, he has taught cross departmentally over 16 courses including Sound Design, Music Theory, Audio Technology, and Advanced Mixing. Lefkowitz has been composing music for twenty years. Recently he has become a playwright, a stage director, a multimedia artist. Unyfi, his audience-centered comical rock arts show, premiered in  2013. He is in process of producing a second rock-based show called Inspyre.

Lucia by Ed PincusLucia Small (STORY EDITOR/POST-PRODUCTION PRODUCER) is a 20-year veteran independent filmmaker. One Cut, One Life (2014), Small’s most recent documentary feature, co-directed with Ed Pincus (1938-2013), played at Full Frame and the New York Film Festival, and is being theatrically distributed by First Run Features. Small’s directorial debut, My Father, The Genius (2002), about her visionary architect father, won the Grand Jury Prizes for Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Slamdance Film Festival, She first teamed with Pincus to co-direct The Axe in the Attic (2007), a story about the diaspora of Hurricane Katrina. Earlier in her career, Small helped produce documentary projects for PBS, ITVS, and American Public Television. Now, when not directing and editing her own work, she works principally as an editor and story consultant.

Rob Ribera (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER) is a Ph.D. candidate in the American and New England Studies program at Boston University. He is currently writing his dissertation on the works of Walt Disney, John Huston, Jacob Lawrence, and Bill Mauldin during and post-WWII, and is also editing a book of collected Martin Scorsese interviews. He earned an M.A. in English from St. John’s University and an M.F.A. in Film Studies from Boston University. He is filming a short documentary with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He was an Associate Producer on Gerald Peary’s 2009 film, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism.

Kelly Ribera (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER) earned an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University and is a co-creator of Sleepover Shows, an online music magazine featuring artists like Deer Tick, Nels Cline, Amanda Palmer, Trampled by Turtles, Frightened Rabbit, and OK GO. Sleepover Shows has received coverage by The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Spin Magazine, and NME Magazine. She is currently editing and producing short documentaries and has worked for several years in educational and publishing production work.