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DIRECTOR BIO

Adam Nemett (Writer/Director/Producer/Co-Editor) While majoring in Religion and Creative Writing at Princeton, Adam completed the script for THE INSTRUMENT under the guidance of award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. He served as Editor-in-Chief for The Nassau Weekly, and was founder and president of Modern Improvisational Music Association, now a nationally recognized non-profit organization devoted to education through improvisational music.

Since age 13, Adam has been a meditation practitioner. From 2000-2002, he engaged in a series of week-long silent meditation retreats which informed much of the spiritual framework of THE INSTRUMENT. Adam has since worked as a developer and producer for non-fictional television programming and several music-based films, including the recent documentary for the Bonnaroo 2004 Music Festival (Dir. Danny Clinch). His novella, “Verity’s Million,” won the Frances LeMoyne Page award for Fiction in 2003 and has since been adapted into an award-winning screenplay. THE INSTRUMENT is his first film.

THE FILMMAKERS

Frankie Ng Tze Wei (Director of Photography, Digital) - Frankie Ng Tze Wei is a video artist, playwright and stage director with an Economics degree from Princeton. He is currently fulfilling his duties as an only son and Central Bank Scholar from Singapore. His shorts have appeared at several film festivals in North America and Asia.

Chris Freilich (Director of Photography, Super 16mm) - Chris is a cinematographer, gaffer, and still photographer working in the New York-Philadelphia corridor.  His work as director of photography includes short films, documentaries, corporate videos, music videos, and a feature film.  He is widely traveled, having photographed Japan, Greece, Australia, France, Great Britain, China, Italy, and all over North America.

Macauley Peterson (Editor) -Macauley Peterson studied Philosophy at Princeton (B.A. 2001) before concentrating on filmmaking. In addition to THE INSTRUMENT, Macauley has shot and edited numerous shorts. Macauley is also a former film columnist for The Daily Princetonian, and has contributed to AIVF’s The Independent Film and Video Monthly.

THE CAST

Hilton Carter (Pallo/Camera) - Known to some as Ultramatik, Hilton is a director, actor, and video artist from Baltimore, MD. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002, Hilton has since directed and appeared in several music videos and short films. He currently attends the California Institute of the Arts, where he is studying film directing.

 

David Hittson (Tyler/Composer) – David graduated from Princeton University’s Music department in 2003, and composed the original musical score for THE INSTRUMENT under the guidance of electronic music pioneer, Paul Lansky. He began his musical experience at age two, and intends a career in the music industry. David plays guitar, bass, piano, violin, and has considerable voice training.

 

Heather Iandoli (Reese) - Heather is a regular on the Washington DC theater circuit, after training at the New Jersey School for the Arts and American University, where she received her BA in Theatre.

 

 

Ajay Kapur (Nirav/Composer) - a double major in Computer Science and Music, Ajay graduated from Princeton University in 2002, after developing many of the electronic instruments used in THE INSTRUMENT. He has played drum set for over 12 years and has experience in world percussion instruments such as djembe, dolak, and tabla. After living and studying music in India, Ajay moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he is currently working on a joint Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Music and Psychology, building artificially intelligent music and media technology for live performance art.

 

Jamie Klassel (Chloe) - A Theatre major at University of Maryland, College Park, Jamie has performed in numerous dramatic and comedic roles in Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City. She is now pursuing her acting career in New York.

 

Jose Mertz (Carlos) - Mertzalini Flight 504 landed in Queens, New York on April 1, 1980 and was raised in Kendall, Miami. He now lives in New York City where he continues painting, drawing, and composing music. Jose is co-founder of Gild, an arts collective showcasing fine art throughout New York City. His first album, “Orbit of the Morbid,” will be released in October 2004.

 

Taryn Wayne (Lida/Choreographer) - Graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a major in Anthropology, where she performed and choreographed for various campus dance companies and musical theater productions. She has trained in ballet, jazz, and modern dance for 14 years, and spent two years dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet Company in Seattle.

 

Cornel West (Father Figure/Scholar) – Dr. West is one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals.He is the author of numerous articles and books including The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism, The Cornel West Reader, and Race Matters. Dr. West can be seen in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and served as a philosophical consultant to the Wachowski Brothers during the making of the sequels.

 

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