Hallowed Ground

a film about Gettysburg

 

The Filmmakers

 

MARK ROZZO
(director/producer)

Mark Rozzo has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Oxford American, and teaches nonfiction writing at Columbia University, where he was also a National Arts Journalism fellow.  He is deputy editor at Vanity Fair and has also been a regular contributor at The New Yorker and a books columnist at the Los Angeles Times, where his 2004 story about Gettysburg, “Who Chooses History?,” provided the impetus for Hallowed Ground.  As a musician and songwriter, Rozzo has released albums with the bands Champale, Maplewood, and Bambi Kino, and has created music for TV, commercials, and films, including Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). 

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SAM ERICKSON
(director/producer/
cinematographer)

Sam Erickson is the founder of 44 Pictures, a Brooklyn-based production company that has created programming for Bravo, MTV, and Fuse, and head of production at Arcade, a production agency at Sony Entertainment.  As a rock photographer, Erickson has created arresting images of such music icons as Bob Dylan and P. Diddy, and has shown his work at New York's Morrison Hotel gallery.  He has directed concert films, videos, and documentaries, including My Morning Jacket: Okonokos, The Dave Matthews Band: Road to Big Whiskey, and Bravo Profiles: Kris Kristofferson.  In 2011, Erickson created the IFC travel series Young Broke & Beautiful.

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MATTHEW AMSTER
(director/producer/
cinematographer)

Matthew Amster is a professor of anthropology at Gettysburg College, where he teaches film studies.  He received a Ph.D. from Brandeis based on field research on the island of Borneo.  He uses video extensively in his work and, in 2011, completed a film about Borneo called The Internet and the Water Buffalo.  Amster has published numerous academic articles, including “A Pilgrimage to the Past: Civil War Reenactors at Gettysburg” in the anthology Reflecting on America.  He is at work on a documentary called Being Viking, about modern-day Scandinavians who channel the Viking era.

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ALEX MEILLIER 
(editor)

Alex Meillier is a director, editor, and motion-graphics artist.  Along with his wife, Tanya Ager Meillier, he is half of Ager Meillier Films. Originally from Minneapolis, he began his career at the age of 15 as a prime-time on-air reporter for NBC affiliate KARE.  After a stint in the journalism program at the University of Minnesota, Alex graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Meillier 's directorial debut, Alias Ruby Blade, premiered at IDFA in 2012 and at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. As a documentary editor, his work can be seen in HBO’s Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, Born to Fly (about choreographer Elizabeth Streb), which premiered at SXSW 2014, and Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. He lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene.


SHADDEI GUILLAUME
(editor)

Shaddei Guillaume received a B.F.A. in film and video from the School of Visual Arts in New York. As a documentary editor, she has worked on the 2012 political documentary The Muslims Are Coming, featuring Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow.  At 44 Pictures, she has cut a series of videos documenting the working life of the Dave Matthews Band.  She lives in Queens, New York.