ANDREW L. YOUNG is an acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of Archipelago Films, a New York based production company. His work has received an Academy Award nomination, two Emmy Awards, six Emmy nominations, and five awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the “Grand Jury Prize.” UNBURDEN is Young’s debut as a fiction director, after having directed 20 documentaries, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Deadly Messengers, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast. Young is also an award winning cinematographer who has received the Excellence in Cinematography prize at Sundance three times as well as an Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations for Cinematography, and the Cinematography Prize at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. His work has been exhibited theatrically and on HBO, Cinemax, National Geographic, the BBC and PBS. He is particularly drawn to stories in which the lives of humans intersect with the natural world and is currently developing a feature film based on Jean Craighead George’s Newbury Medal winning novel JULIE OF THE WOLVES.
Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Distributor, Executive Producer, Publicist, Submission Contact
Tamara Rabil is a mother of three whose life experiences are the catalyst for this film. She recently founded WILD ANGEL FILMS to produce and distribute media focusing on the imperfect journey of parenting. She is a former fashion industry executive who worked at Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Guess? Jeans. An avid golfer, she created TEGNA, an international line of women’s golf apparel. Rabil earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA from Columbia University Teachers College. She currently resides with her husband and their children in Armonk, NY.
Producer, 1st Assistant Director
SUSAN TODD is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who has collaborated with Andrew Young for the past 25 years, producing and co-directing the majority of the films they have made through their company, Archipelago Films, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast. Her filmmaking credits and awards include an Academy Award nomination for Children of Fate, top awards at the Sundance Film Festival including the “Grand Jury Prize” and the “Filmmaker’s Trophy”, and numerous other career honors. Her work has been exhibited theatrically and on HBO, Cinemax, National Geographic, the BBC and PBS. She is currently developing a feature film set in the Arctic based on Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Award-winning young adult novel, JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Recently, Todd directed the International Understanding Through Film Program, a fellowship program for visiting filmmakers at the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York.
Co-Producer, Writer, Script Supervisor
Billy Shebar is a writer, director and producer of independent films and TV programs. He wrote the screenplay for Dark Matter (2007), starring Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, and Aidan Quinn, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen for Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects series. Shebar has received Emmy nominations for his work on the PBS documentary series Currents and The Eleventh Hour, and has produced episodes of the acclaimed series History Detectives (PBS), The First 48 (A & E), Lockdown (National Geographic), and In the Life (PBS). Shebar has directed numerous short films and videos, including “Meet me at the Powerhouse” (2009, music video of David Lang’s “Warmth”); on-stage video projections for Meredith Monk’s Magic Frequencies (1999); Guts (1995, starring Kristen Johnston), which won Best Short Film at the Long Island Film Festival, and was broadcast on public television’s New York Independents; and Timesquare (1989), a collaboration with visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, recently on display at the Friedman Benda gallery in Chelsea. Shebar has also created films for many non-profits, including The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Rainforest Alliance. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a Marshall Scholar.
Todd has worked with some of the top production companies in the film industry including Dreamworks, Disney, Paramount, Bad Robot and The Kennedy Marshall Company. As a freelance editor, his work includes feature length narrative films, short films, documentaries, trailers, tributes and commercials. Recently, he edited the dramatic-thriller, Leave, starring Rick Gomez, Frank John Hughes, Ron Livingston and Bryan Cranston; he recently worked alongside Jonathan Demme on his latest documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker, which premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival; He cut the theatrical trailer and several TV spots for Steven Spielberg’s award winning film, War Horse, and edited the David O. Selznick Achievement Award tribute which Mr. Spielberg received at the 2012 Producers Guild Awards show. Although an editor at heart, Todd is also an experienced musician, sound designer and music editor. His enthusiasm for great storytelling is matched only by his dedication to the craft of cutting, his world-class technical expertise and his undisputed love of film.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris Hajian began his musical education at the age of five, studying trumpet under his father, Edward, a professional musician in New York City. Chris’ formal training started at New York’s “Famed” High School of the Performing Arts, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition. His composition roots began in the indie film movement of the 90’s. Most notably, he composed the score to Ten Benny, starring Adrian Brody, that was selected for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Chris’s career started to blossom as he worked steadily composing for film and television. Feature films include Inspector Gadget 2 (Disney); Other Voices, Other Rooms (Golden Eye Films); a gritty cinema verite drama The Take (theatrical release 2008) starring – John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez, directed by Brad Furman (2007 Toronto Film Festival); and Yonkers Joe (Tribeca Film Festival 2008) starring Chazz Palmenteri and Christine Lahti. More recently, Chris finished scoring a new dark comedy feature Ex-Terminators starring Heather Graham and Jennifer Coolidge. It premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. Next up, Chris took on the dogs in Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Most recently he finished the score to We Made This Movie, an edgy, comedic indie which was produced by David Letterman. One of Chris’s latest scores is for the feature Documentary First Position directed by Bess Kargman. It was featured at the 2011 TIFF and was purchased for theatrical distribution by Sundance Selects/IFC.
Production Designer, Set Decorator, Art Director, Costume Designer
Makeup Effects, Makeup Artist, Hairstylist
Assistant Art Director
2nd Assistant Director
Sound Re-recording Mixer