Mutressa Movies, LLC is an independent film production company. With a strong team in place, its first feature length movie was completed in October of 2008. The Romantic Comedy TRICKS OF A WOMAN is a feature length movie in the HD format. We utilized the latest advancements in digital technology to produce this film. Our first major victory was securing the use of the new RED camera.

Immigration Tango               Tricks of a woman

Elika Portnoy, Actor, Writer, Producer

After stints as both a fashion model (including a spread in Vogue Magazine) and as co-host of the syndicated cable television show International Investor, the Bulgarian born actress recently made the transition to the movie industry, appearing in several independent films, including "Beyond Control", "Enduring Freedom", "Tangent", "Sleather", "Thunderstruck", "Close Shave". As founder of Mutressa Movies, an independent film production company based in Boston, she is responsible for bringing Tricks of a Woman and Immigration Tango to the screen as both producer and screenwriter.

David Burton Morris, Director & Writer

David Burton Morris was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. After attending UCLA film school he returned to Minnesota to make the feature film, Purple Haze (1983). He returned again in 1987 to film Patti Rocks (1988), which won the Coup de Coeur for Best Feature Film at the Deauville International Film Festival, Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. Both Purple Haze (1983) and Patti Rocks (1988) were shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Purple Haze (1983) won the Grand Jury Prize at the festival in 1983. His student feature film, Loose Ends (1976), was shown out of competition at the festival in 1988. His films have received twenty-five nominations, including seven Emmy nominations. His directing work has won Cable ACE awards and he has been nominated for a DGA award. Since 1994 he has been a full time resident of Minnesota where he lives with his screenwriter wife, Victoria Wozniak, and their two children and various animals.

Angel Barroeta, Director of Photography

Based in the U.S., but with strong connections in Latin America, Angel has been cinematographer for a number of films, including features such as Chatterbox, Operacion Jaque, Passing Fancy, and Off the Chain. His short films include the award-winning short films Broken, She Kills Him, and A Monkton Family Christmas, which screened at both the Toronto and Cannes film festivals. His painterly compositions and the artistry with which he lights scenes have led to work on major advertising campaigns for Nintendo DS, Continental Airlines, Ford Motors, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and more, as well as music videos for artists such Lil’ Wayne and Wyclef Jean.

Taylor Gentry, Director of Photography

Taylor is a New York based cinematographer who travels the world. Born and raised in Illinois, he studied film at the University of Iowa where he discovered his passion for cinematography while apprenticing for Emmy award winning Director/DP, Scott Duncan (Blood of a Stone, Survivor). Most recently he shot the 13-episode TV series Dangerous Drives for Speed TV that is airing currently. Prior to that he worked with producer and star Elika Portnoy on Tricks of a Woman as well as with Danny Wilcox Frazier on a film adaptation of his book, Driftless: Photographs from Iowa, for the multi-media website, MediaStorm. In 2006-2007 he was director of photography on the feature documentary The Greening of Southie that aired on the Sundance Channel and played in over 50 theaters, and The Girls of Elizabeth Street, which premiered at the Rome International Film Festival. Some of his advertising clients include Verizon Wireless, Gatorade, the Biography Channel, WeTV, Speed Television, the Sundance Channel, & the US Green Building Council.

Jorge Kreimer, Line Producer

A native of Lima Peru, Jorge has been involved in filmmaking since the age of 15. He at He graduated from New York University in 1989 where he studied filmmaking where he won Mobil Post Production Award in 1988 and 1989 for his short films The Day That You’d Love Me and Under My Skin. After working in New York as a gaffer for several years, he began working in production in Miami in 1998 producing commercials, TV series, broadcast news, and independent features for both the Anglo and Hispanic markets. He is currently developing an animated children’s series.

Lee Cippola, Editor

Lee graduated in TV/Film production from the S.T.A.R Academy Magnet program in South Florida where he received the Florida National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Scholarship, awarded to the top Television/Film Production student in the state. He then studied film at the University of Central Florida Film Program, producing and directing over twenty shorts. His first two films, Harder They Fall and Know Thy Enemy, were bought and distributed by Lionsgate in 2009. He is also an editor and is currently in development for three projects in which he will direct.

Mischa Tenenbaum, Editor

Originally from Boston, Misha is a film and television editor living and working in Los Angeles. He is currently editing the pilot for a new television series called Handicapped John. He has edited various TV shows, including Off-Road Adventures on the Outdoor Channel and Super Bikes! on the Speed Channel. He also edited news footage of the G8 summit and the 7/7 London bombings for Bright Entertainment Network in London and worked as an S&P editor for Technicolor Creative Services. He simultaneously trains and consults on both Avid and Final Cut Pro and was only the 14th person nationwide to become a certified user of Avid’s Media Composer software. He was recently featured at the LA Final Cut Pro User Group community during a segment called “Stump the Gurus”.

Joey Molland, Composer & Performer

Joey began his career in Liverpool around the same time as the Beatles, playing the same circuit and string of clubs and under the influence by many of the same artists, such as Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. After playing in a number of bands, he joined Gary Walker and The Rain, writing three hit singles in Japan and playing on such hits as Spooky and She Belongs To Me with The Masterminds. In 1969, he recorded Badfinger’s first album for Apple Records. He wrote more tunes than anyone else in the band and played almost all the lead guitar on their 70’s hit singles, including Come And Get It, No Matter What, Day After Day, and Baby Blue. They also wrote Without You (by Harry Nilsson in ‘72 and Mariah Carey in ‘94), one of the most played hits of all time. The band recorded four albums for Apple Records, two for Warner Brothers, and two more when the band reformed after the death of their guitar player in 1976. Joey also made two solo records, producing one himself, while also playing most of the instruments. He played on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album and played at the Bangladesh concert in 1972 at Madison Square Garden and on the album that followed. He also played with John Lennon on the Imagine album. In his 35 years in the music business he has produced several other bands and has published over 60 songs on CDs and albums. He is currently touring and recording with his trio Joey Molland’s Badfinger, featuring Mark Healy on bass and vocals and Brian Jentges on drums and vocals.

Elika Portnoy, Actor, Writer, Executive Producer

After stints as both a fashion model (including a spread in Vogue Magazine) and as co-host of the syndicated cable television show International Investor, the Bulgarian born actress recently made the transition to the movie industry, appearing in several independent films, including "Beyond Control", "Enduring Freedom", "Tangent", "Sleather", "Thunderstruck", "Close Shave". As founder of Mutressa Movies, an independent film production company based in Boston, she is responsible for bringing Tricks of a Woman and Immigration Tango to the screen as both producer and screenwriter.

Todd Norwood, Director, Writer

A writer, director, and producer, Todd most recently directed Blackwater Farm. His feature film, the dramatic comedy The Wayfarers, premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in 2005 and also screened at the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Stratford-Upon-Avon Film Festival in England, as well as many others. His short, Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective, won the Best Story Line Award and the Best Achievement in Creativity Award at the Boston International Film Festival. Todd is also currently shooting an Internet sitcom scheduled for release this fall. He is a graduate of Emerson College and lives in New Hampshire.

Anthony Ambrosino, Producer

Anthony Ambrosino is a Rhode Island based producer, director, and advocate for film and television production in the New England area. In addition to Tricks of a Woman his projects include several award winning short films and two other forthcoming feature films both currently in post production (Sleather (2009) and Herbeast Comes to Life (2009)). As a crew member Anthony has worked on numerous feature films and television programs for companies such as Paramount Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company and Picture House Entertainment. In 2006 Anthony was a founding member of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative (RIFC), a non-profit organization designed to help foster the growth of and educate the local independent film community. On the heels of the film collaborative’s success in local independent films, Anthony, along with several other production professionals formed the Rhode Island Production Coalition (RiPro), a trade organization to help with development, advocacy, fundraising, charities, local legislation and higher education as it relates to media production in the state of Rhode Island. Anthony is also a producer and programmer for the Pawtucket International Music and Film Festival and in 2009 with his partners, will be launching a new film production company, The 989 Project.

Nicholas Delmenico, Line Producer

Nicholas Delmenico is a producer and filmmaker from Coventry, Rhode Island. An alumnus of the University of Rhode Island’s communications and film programs, Nicholas chose to stay in his home state and help build the local film community. In addition to his crew work with companies like Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and The Mark Gordon Company, Nicholas has worked on the development and production of many local films. Nicholas’s strength comes from his ability to bridge the gap between the business and the creative. As a line producer Nick has now completed his second feature film and his attention to detail has made him a popular choice amongst producers looking to get the most out of their budgets. Nick has directed two award winning short films (The Addict (2005) and Resolution 8 (2008)) and is in development on several projects for 2009. Nicholas currently serves on the Boards of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative and the Rhode Island Production Coalition. In 2008 he was named to the Pawtucket Arts Festival Executive Committee and is the Festival Coordinator for the Pawtucket International Music and Film Festival. Nicholas will be opening a new production company, The 989 Project, in 2009.

Claire Severance, Producer

Claire Severance has spent the last year in fundraising and event planning, working as a consultant to start-up companies for a variety of industries. This is her first project as a production coordinator and producer.

F. Ashley Triffletti, Producer

Ashley's work has garnered numerous awards, most recently an Award of Excellence from the Berkeley Film and Video festival for A Twenty-First Century Tale. He produced the short film A Close Shave this past spring. In addition to his work as an active filmmaker, Ashley teaches digital filmmaking at Emerson College.

Sean Glass, Associate Producer / Music Supervisor

Sean has spent time in both the worlds of film and music, having worked in the A&R and music supervision departments at Universal Records, as well as in music supervision at New Line Cinema. Sean current interest is short form documentary and videography with clients such as Next Modeling Agency, Decca/Universal Records, and Glassnote Records. He has written, directed and produced numerous short films, the latest of which, Benefits, debuted this past summer at the Bushwick Film Festival in New York. He is a graduate of Emerson College.

Taylor Gentry, Director of Photography

Taylor is a cinematographer who travels the world. Most recently he was director of photography on the feature documentary The Greening of Southie that aired on the Sundance Channel this past spring on Earth Day, and The Girls of Elizabeth Street, which premiered at the Rome International Film Festival. He is currently working with Danny Wilcox Frazier on a film adaptation of his recently published book, Driftless: Photographs from Iowa, for the multi-media website, MediaStorm. He apprenticed with Emmy-award winning cinematographer Scott Duncan (Blood of a Stone, Survivor).

Richard A. Lasser, Writer

Richard's film credits include The Chosen Few and The Counting House. His scripts Made in France and The Pearl of the Orient, to be directed by legendary British director Ken Russell, will shoot at the end of this year. Richard also wrote, directed, and produced a dark comedy short, I Scream. He is both a New Century Writers Awards finalist for Young Love and a Chesterfield Writers Awards semi-finalist. Richard is also a published author of two books on chefs and their food.

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Cory Gabel, Music Composer

Cory is an award-winning composer, producer and recording artist, creating original music for film, television, dance and theater. He performs regularly as a solo pianist, as well as a jazz bassist, vocalist and orchestral percussionist. Cory's professional music career began in Los Angeles, where he founded and fronted the alternative rock band Limestone Rome and releasing several recordings. During that time, he also wrote and recorded in a completely different medium, instrumental piano. The exposure of his music to filmmakers and producers paved the way for his transition into composing and producing for film and the formation of his company, Atticus Audio Arts.

 

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