Blow Out, a winner of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan production award, is a short film written by Columbia MFA candidate Berkley Brady. Set on a remote rig somewhere in Canada’s sub-zero natural gas boom, the story follows geologist Zoe Hill over the course of a bewildering few days.
Writer/Director Berkley Brady entered the film industry when she won an award for new producing talent from Telefilm Canada in 2006. She worked in various capacities for several production companies in Canada (Asteriks; Chiaro Productions, Midi Onodera) before moving to New York in 2009, where she pursued her MFA in film at Columbia University. While there, she worked as a reader for Likely Story (Synecdoche, New York; The Ice Storm; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Cooper’s Town (Capote). Her most recent producing project, The Immaculate Reception by writer/director (and Blow Out producer) Charlotte Glynn premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won both Best Film and Best Director the 2014 Columbia Film Festival.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Berkley grew up in the shadows of the oil industry and has long been fascinated with extreme work, the often disturbing beauty of industrial areas, and with bringing Alberta’s cinematic landscape and stories to a wider audience.
Producer Diana Golts comes from a broadcast journalism background and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University. Prior to graduate school, Diana worked as a producer at Accessible Media Inc., a Canadian national television station that makes media accessible to the visually impaired. She has also translated and transcribed documentary films that have been screened at Hot Docs and NXNW. Diana hails from the world’s most multicultural city, Toronto, and is passionate about films that explore local culture, immigration and human connection. As a former competitive chess player, Diana looks at every film with both a visual and an analytical eye.
Director of Photography Edwin Martinez is a Bronx-born filmmaker who recently completed his first feature documentary To Be Heard, winner awards at the DOC NYC, San Diego Latino and Sarasota film festivals. As a cinematographer he has worked on several feature-length fiction and documentary films including Rachel Is, Leave No Soldier, Las Marthas (in production) and What Alice Found (winner, Special Jury Prize, Sundance). After graduating from the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory as a Gates Millennium Scholar, he earned a Master’s in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Edwin is currently developing a new feature-length project while producing shorts for educational, government and non-profit organizations. He also likes to bake.