Phil LaMarche - Author

In The Tradition of My Family is based on the short story by Phil LaMarche, a former writing fellow in the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program. "In the Tradition of My Family" was published in the Spring/Summer 2005 edition of Ninth Letter, a literary journal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was selected as a finalist for the Robert Olen Butler prize from the Del Sol Press. LaMarche was the Ivan Klima Fiction Fellow in the Prague Summer Program and completed the Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia. His first novel "American Youth", published by Random House in April of 2007, was nominated for a Quill Award for General Fiction. Phil currently teaches writing at SUNY Canton.


Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. - Editor

Michael Berenbaum has almost thirty years of editing experience for both feature films and television.  He is a voting member of
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Cinema Editors Society (ACE).  Michael received an Emmy award for the pilot episode of "Desperate Housewives" and has collaborated with an array of directors including Joel and Ethan Coen, John Turturro, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel, and Martin Scorsese. He edited episodes of the HBO series "The Wire" and "Sex and the City", winning two ACE Eddie Awards for his work on the latter. His projects include Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck, Adrian Brody, and Diane Lane, and the feature films Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2. He worked on the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie", starring Edie Falco, the FX series "The Americans", the HBO series "Happyish" and"Divorce," starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and the Netflix series "Marco Polo" and "Sweet Tooth."  He is currently working on the HBO Max series "Tokyo Vice" and "And Just Like That".


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Austin de Besche - Director of Photography

Austin de Besche has been a cinematographer for over forty years and a director for half that time. His cinematography credits include: the feature films Return of the Secaucus 7 and Lianna (both directed by John Sayles); On Thin Ice, an Emmy-winning anti-drug documentary; I'm a Stranger Here Myself, a feature-length documentary about Nicholas Ray (director of Rebel Without a Cause, etc.); second-unit television work for "Cheers" and "St. Elsewhere"; and corporate films and commercials numbered in the thousands. He co-photographed Voices of the Children, a documentary on Holocaust survivors, which won a National Emmy in 1999. Return of the Secaucus 7 was chosen for the "10 Best Films of 1980" list of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. As a director, de Besche works in many styles and formats - from cinema-veritas documentary to large studio production, digital video to 35mm film. He has served as director/cameraman on numerous promotions for The Discovery Channel, A&E Network, The History Channel, PBS ("Nova", "Frontline", "The American Experience", "Nova Science Now") and many other television and cable networks. Another noteworthy project is A Taste of Chanukah, a concert special directed and co-written by de Besche, starring Theodore Bikel.

de Besche served for three seasons as the primary director of photography and as a segment producer/writer/director on "The Wild Web", a nationally syndicated weekly television magazine show about the internet, distributed by CBS/Eyemark. He was also the senior director of photography on the national PBS children's show "Postcards from Buster." de Besche's Pilgrimage into the Past, a documentary he produced, directed and photographed, tells the story of a Holocaust survivor who was, with thousands of others, part of a forced death march just before the end of the Second World War. It premiered at the 2002 Boston Jewish Film Festival and won a Gold Remi Award at WorldFest Houston 2003, where he also won a Silver Remi Award for Cinematography for In The Tradition of My Family.

Austin's latest project is The Year We Thought About Love, a documentary about a Boston-based LGBT youth theater troupe, as they write a play about love.  An official selection of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Jenny McCracken - Production Designer

Having recently completed her role as Art Director for the independent film The Winter People, Jenny McCracken signed on as Production Designer for In The Tradition of My Family. She worked on Lasse Hallström's Hachi: A Dog's Tale  starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen.  McCracken has also been a member of the Art Department for the feature films The Blue Diner, State and Main, Outside Providence and The Crucible. Her debut directorial effort Water From The Moon was featured in the shorts program at the Slamdance Film Festival.

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Rosa J. Colón - Costume Designer

Rosa J. Colón has worked as costume designer and assistant wardobe on several short and feature films in the Boston area including Turntable and Crippled Creek. Rosa has worked as a set costumer on many feature films, including Shutter Island and The Proposal. She received her degree from Emerson College and is one of the founders of the This Way Productions film and theater group in Worcester, MA.

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Jeremy Oneail - Makeup Effects

Jeremy Oneail resides in the Boston area and has been doing makeup and special effects since 2000. His expertise made for spectacular gun shot wound and scar effects for the film. Additionally, Jeremy has worked the films Detour Into Madness, Interrogation, and Disappearances, and on many local theatrical projects. In his spare time, Jeremy practices and teaches historical European medieval martial arts.

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