Below is a list of the crew for SYNTHETIC PLEASURES in alphabetical order:

  • Mark Berger (mixer), is the supervising rerecording mixer at the Saul Zaentz Company Film Center in Berkeley, California. Three out of the many films he has worked on received the Academy Award for Best Sound: Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and The Right Stuff. Known to play the mixing board "like an artist," some of the many films he has worked on include Blue Velvet, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, River's Edge, Mosquito Coast, Species and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
  • George Gund (producer) is a native of Cleveland who divides his time between San Francisco, New York City and wherever his involvements in the worlds of ice hockey, basketball and independent film take him. An enthusiastic patron of the arts and professional and amateur sports, his interests include producing and distributing international films, scouting the eastern and northern hemispheres for emerging hockey talent, and collecting asian and Native American art.

    George Gund has imported and distributed Eastern European films since the early 1970's and has been involved with numerous independent film productions both in the United States and abroad. He is also extremely active on the international film festival circuit . He has been a jury member at the Moscow and Istanbul International Film Festivals and, for the last thirty years, Chairman of the Board at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Currently, Mr. Gund is on the board of trustees of the Sundance Institute and a member of the Film Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    As majority owner of the San Jose Sharks, Mr. Gund introduced hockey to the Internet, making them the first NHL team with a web site. Characterized by his bottomless curiosity and his tireless pursuits around the world, Mr. Gund has more stories up his sleeve than any bio can convey.

  • Marcus Hahn (director of photography) was born and raised in Germany. He has shot several feature films in the US, including Punch the Clock, The Eyes of St. Anthony, Goldigger, Mindwarp, Children of the Night and The Maze. He also shot shorts as The Thrill, Walk Don't Run, Birdboy, Peering From the Moon among others. All films have appeared in film festivals all over the world.
  • John Kelsey (writing consultant) is a writer/filmmaker living in New York City. He studied Comparative Literature/Culture Studies at Columbia University and Film Production at New York University. He has been a free-lance writer & filmmaker for the past two years, recently venturing into video art.
  • Iara Lee (director), a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity and connects and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. As a filmmaker, Iara has directed/produced several full-length documentaries and dozens of short films over the past three decades. You can find her complete filmography here.
  • Jim McKee (sound designer) is one of the founding members of Earwax Productions in San Francisco California. As a sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works primarily with computers and tape, using concrete sound elements and human voice to build impressionistic and abstract sound environments. In addition to his sound design work, he has lectured at YLE Radio in Helsinki Finland, Western Public Radio, San Francisco State, CCAC and The College for Recording Arts. Feature films credits include: Hanna's War, American Ninja 4, The Dolls, The Color of Honor, Vegas in Space, The Motorist, and special effects sound design for Bram Stoker's Dracula, and design and effects with American Zoetrope for The Secret Garden. Recently, he supervised and did effects for the Imax film Yellowstone for Destination Cinema.
  • motormouthmedia (publicist) was founded by Brian Bumbery in early 1995 and is an indie public relations company.
  • Alex Stahl (music editor) a co-producer and mixer of City of Tribes Communications which presents a unique hybrid of house and 4th world offerings. In addition to helping unfold their signature sound, his ensemble APB is scheduled for a 1996 release of original work.
  • Stacy Thompson (editor) was educated at Stanford University, her editing credits include Stonewall-Night Variations, Romantic Comedy and Film in the Television Age (both for NY Center for Visual History, American Cinema Series for PBS), she was also sound editor of Paris is Burning.
  • Andreas Troeger (editor) was born and raised in Germany. He graduated with degrees in film, video and communication technology from German Universities. In Germany and the US, he directed and produced nine short films and art videos focusing on medical and social issues, such as STROM (English translation: current) and Lifepack. They have been screened and won awards at international festivals. Starting in 1992, Troeger collaborated with Nam June Paik and Paul Garrin in New York, creating video sculptures.
  • Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz (sound editor) has been designing sound and music since 1987. For years he worked as sound editor at the Saul Zaentz Company and has cut up sounds for such wacky films as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Johnny Mnemonic, and Species. In 1996, he made the leap into music editing, eventually working on Baz Lurman's Romeo and Juliet, Wag the Dog, and Arlington Road. He really loves that he went from Modulations to Armageddon. He was also the sound editor of Iara Lee's first film 'Synthetic Pleasures'. Besides sound editing work, he hosts a monthly cultural salon called Abstrakt-Zone.
  • John Yang (music researcher) got a BA from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and continues his education at Parsons School of Design. He spends most of his time studying youth culture and works as a free-lance music researcher.