Victor Nunez (Writer/Producer/Director) is an independent filmmaker known for his evocative, character-driven projects, set against the backdrop of his northern Florida home. "Ruby in Paradise," his feature prior to "Ulee's Gold," featured Ashley Judd in her film debut and earned widespread critical praise for its depiction of the personal and economic struggles of a young southern woman. It screened during the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as at the New York Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Nunez also produced, wrote and directed "A Flash of Green," based on the novel by Florida-based writer John D. MacDonald about a journalist's investigation of a Florida land swindle. Released in 1985, the film was made in association with American Playhouse and starred Ed Harris, Blair Brown and Richard Jordan. Nunez explored the bittersweet tale of a wealthy widow charmed and abused by a young hustler in "Gal Young'Un," starring Dana Preu and David Peck. The film, based on the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' short story and set in 1920's Florida, won Best First Feature at the Chicago Film Festival and shared the USA/Park City Film Festival Best Feature Award. A FLASH OF GREEN, GAL YOUNG'N, and RUBY IN PARADISE were also selected for the Director's Fortnight at Cannes and the New York Film Festival.

Nunez served on the founding boards of the Independent Feature Project and the Sundance Film Institute, in addition to serving on the Film Advisory Council of the Florida Film Commission from 1983 to 1986. Nunez has participated on the selection panels of the NEA, CPB and the Florida Fine Arts Council. He is well aware of the ironies and contradictions implicit in the term "independent filmmaker." Long live independent film!

Jonathan Demme (PRESENTER) is best known for his Academy Award-winning work as a director, with some 13 features to his credit. Some of those films include the 1993 release "Philadelphia," starring Tom Hanks (who earned an Academy Award for Best Actor) and Denzel Washington, "The Silence of the Lambs," which garnered five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture, "Stop Making Sense," which received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and "Melvin and Howard," for which Demme was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics. An alumnus of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Demme made his directorial debut with the genre classic "Caged Heat." Other directing credits include "Married to the Mob," "Swimming to Cambodia," "Something Wild," which he also produced, "Swing Shift" and "Last Embrace."

Demme Served as executive producer for "Household Saints," as well as the Grammy Award-winning documentary "The Making of Sun City" and the noir drama "Devil in a Blue Dress," starring Denzel Washington. Demme recently produced "That Thing You Do," directed by Tom Hanks, as well as the documentary "One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other Foot in the Grave," a film about the AIDS crisis which debuted at the San Francisco Film Festival.

Demme has produced and directed a number of documentaries about Haiti, including the acclaimed "Haiti Dreams of Democracy," (co-directed by Jo Menell) and "Haiti Killing the Dream" and "Tonbe Leve," which he executive produced. He recently produced "Courage and Pain," a film about the status of human rights in Haiti. Demme is a founding member of the group Artists for Democracy in Haiti.

Edward Saxon (Executive Producer) has enjoyed a prolific cinematic collaboration with filmmaker Jonathan Demme since 1984. With Demme, he produced "Philadelphia", starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Saxon won an Academy Award for "The Silence of the Lambs", the Best Picture winner in 1992. Other feature credits include "That Thing You Do," directed by Tom Hanks and "Married to the Mob", starring Michelle Pfeiffer. He executive produced the critically acclaimed comic thriller "Something Wild", as well as "Miami Blues" and the "Devil in a Blue Dress", starring Denzel Washington. He executive produced the upcoming "Mandela", the authorized biography of President Nelson Mandela. He served as associate producer on Spalding Grey's popular "Swimming to Cambodia", and produced the documentary "Cousin Bobby", which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.

He also collaborated on the compilation album of Haitian music, "Konbit", and was actively involved in the creation of the soundtrack to "Philadelphia", which went platinum.

Born in St. Louis, he attended McGill University in Montreal and subsequently received his masters degree from the University of Southern California's Peter Stark motion picture producing program. While at USC, Saxon produced and hosted "E.D.", a half-hour weekly experimental cable television series.

Valerie Thomas (Executive Producer) has been with Clinica Estetico for the past seven years. Under its banner she produced the omnibus feature "Subway Stories" for HBO and served as associate producer on "Cousin Bobby", the documentary directed by Jonathan Demme.

Thomas has also been developing a broad swath of film projects for the company, including "Everyone's Blind in Heaven", by Ron Nyswaner, "Immaculate Invasion", adapted from the book by Bob Shaccocis by Anna Hamilton Phelan, "Mitigating Circumstances" by Agnieszka Holland for Holland to direct, Taylor Branch's book "Parting The Waters", adapted by Anna Hamilton Phelan for Demme to direct, and "Stopwatch Gang", adapted from the book by Greg Weston by Beth Henley for Demme to direct. Thomas was born in Berkeley, California and received a B.A. in Classics from Reed College.

John Sloss (Executive Producer) was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.A. degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1978 and his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1981. In March 1993, he left his Partnership at the International law firm of Morrison & Forester to form Sloss Law Office P.C., a law firm providing counsel in business transaction for the entertainment, sports and media industries.

Mr. Sloss has represented clients in all aspects of motion picture financing, production and distribution. He represents a large number of motion picture producers, directors and writers, among them Michael Almereyda, Edward Burns, Jonathan Demme's production company Clinica Estetico, Maggie Greenwald, Todd Haynes, Tom Kalin, Barbara Kopple, Richard Linklater, Paul Rudnick, John Sayles, George Sluizer, Kevin Smith, Whit Stillman, Rose Troche, Christine Vachon, the makers of "Hoop Dreams", and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the makers of the Academy Award-winning documentaries "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Common Threads" and most recently "The Celluloid Closet". He has acted as Executive Producer of Mr. Sayles' "City of Hope, "Passion Fish", "The Secret of Roan Inish", "Lone Star" and his current project, "Men with Guns", Maggie Greenwald's "The Ballad of Little Jo", Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise", and his current projects "subUrbia" and "The Newton Boys", Michael Corrente's "American Buffalo", and Edward Burns' "She's the One".

Mr. Sloss' experience and expertise extends to copyright, intellectual property and new media, as well as to other aspects of entertainment practice, including theater, music, literary and television. He serves as team counsel to the National Basketball Association New Jersey Nets.

Sam Gowan (Co-Producer) is the mild-mannered Associate Director of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Libraries. He first worked with Victor Nunez in 1975 on his award-winning film, "Gal Young' Un", by negotiating use of the historic Haile Plantation house in Gainesville, Florida, and formed a "community" project to lend resources toward the low-budget, independent film. In the early 1980s Mr. Gowan, as executive producer, brought Mr. Nunez and John D. MacDonald together to film the 1962 novel, "A Flash of Green." Mr. Gowan and Mr. Nunez formed a limited partnership to produce "Ruby In Paradise, " for which Gowan also served as the executive producer. Mr. Gowan and Mr. Nunez recently formed a production company, Nunez-Gowan Productions, Inc. to produce films, especially films that enhance Florida as a base for independent film makers. Although Mr. Gowan has worked at the University of Florida since 1965, he credits ULEE'S GOLD with introducing him to the excellence of Tupelo honey and to the extraordinary group of entomologists working in Gainesville.

Peter Saraf (Co-Producer) joined Clinica Estetico in 1991, where he has produced several projects, including "One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave", "Into the Rope", "Mandela", the official film biography of President Nelson Mandela, and the Demme directed "Storefront Hitchcock," which just completed production for Orion Pictures.

Gus Holzer (First Assistant Director) has worked on a number of feature films. As location manager/coordinator, Holzer's credits include DONNIE BRASCO, BEFORE AND AFTER, TO WONG FOO..., as well as Jonathan Demme's SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, MARRIED TO THE MOB, and MIAMI BLUES. For television, his credits include the MOWs "Hurricane Andrew" for NBC, "The Sunset Gang" for American Playhouse, and "Little Sweetheart" for the BBC. Gus has worked on all of Nunez's films, serving as everything from lighting director on FLASH OF GREEN to sound effects editor on RUBY IN PARADISE.

Stewart Lippe (Line Producer) has worked as a freelance cinematographer and has produced, written and directed several short films. Lippe acted as unit production manager on Nunez's previous film RUBY IN PARADISE as well as GATHERING EVIDENCE.

Robert "Pat" Garner (Production Designer) is the co-owner and Vice President of Garner Contracting, a commercial and residential building and design firm located in Florida. Garner worked for Peter Barton Productions in various crew positions. He acted as production designer on GATHERING EVIDENCE. Garner has worked on all of Nunez's films.

Marilyn Wall-Asse (Costume Designer/Hair and Make-Up Supervisor) is the costume designer in residence and artistic co-director of the Hippodrome State Theater in Florida. Her credits include over 100 hundred stage productions, as well as television and film work, including credits for Showtime, American Playhouse, and PBS. She has acted as make-up artist for candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore and television personality Phil Donahue. Wall-Asse worked on A FLASH OF GREEN and RUBY IN PARADISE, both directed by Nunez.

Virgil Marcus Mirano (Director of Photography) has worked in the film industry for a number of years as a special effects consultant, still photographer, and lighting cameraman. Mirano worked as Director of Still Photography for Boss Film Studios, Entertainment Effects Group, and Robert Abel and Associates. Prior to this work, Mirano was a photographer for Charles and Ray Eames Design Co. Mirano and Nunez were co-Directors of Photography for the film GATHERING OF EVIDENCE. He also served as visual consultant on GAL YOUNG UN and A FLASH OF GREEN.

Jennifer Fong (Unit Production Manager) has worked on numerous feature films in various positions. She co-produced FRESH KILL and worked as a locations coordinator on THE NUTCRACKER. Fong served as line producer/ production manager on Robert Pappas' YESTERDAY TODAY. Fong previously worked as First Assistant Director on Tony Chan's COMBINATION PLATTER, as well as Nunez's RUBY IN PARADISE.

Debbie Devilla (Art Director) has worked as art director on several television and film productions, including GATHERING EVIDENCE and American Playhouse's BIG TIME, SHIMMER. Devilla has also worked as production designer on a number of projects including HIDE AND GO SEEK, RATCHET and BACKFIRE. Her production design commercial credits include projects for Marrakech and Cosmic Perfume, Lincoln Mercury and Price Waterhouse.

Pete Winter (Sound Designer) is the owner and operator of Winterstone Productions. Through this company, Pete has worked in various positions from videographer to sound recordist and designer. Pete has received many awards for his work, including the Crystal Reel Award for Best Original Soundtrack. In addition to his film work, Pete is very involved in volunteer work documenting the lives of Holocaust survivors as well as running media workshops for USAID. Pete's sound design credits include GATHERING EVIDENCE, RUBY IN PARADISE, and SEX IN THE NINETIES.

Charles Engstrom (composer) has composed the music for all of Nunez's features. He has also composed numerous musical pieces in various traditions, and is an accomplished violin and harp player.

Alex Steyermark (Music Supervisor) has numerous feature film credits to his name. Steyermark has worked on Spike Lee's last 9 films including MALCOLM X, CLOCKERS, and GET ON THE BUS. He also supervised Clinica Estetico and HBO's production SUBWAY STORIES. Upcoming work includes Ang Lee's THE ICE STORM and Barry Sonnenfeld's FOR LOVE OR MONEY. In addition to his music supervising work, he has written and directed two award winning shorts and an opera libretto. Steyermark served as music supervisor for the first two seasons of WNET's critically acclaimed "City Arts" television series.Steyermark is also the recipient of 1994 and 1995 ASCAP Writer's Awards.

Judy Courtney (Casting Director) has worked as a casting director on numerous television and film productions. Her feature film credits include JACKKNIFE, 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, TOOTSIE, and ON GOLDEN POND. She has worked extensively with both network and public television. She has done numerous American Playhouse productions including GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, PRIVATE CONTENTMENT, LINCOLN AND SEWARD, and ROANOAK. Previously, Courtney worked with Nunez on RUBY IN PARADISE and A FLASH OF GREEN.

Jean Nakahara (Post Production Coordinator) has worked as Post production Coordinator on the features CHAIN REACTION and STEAL BIG, STEAL LITTLE. At Andrew Davis's production company Chicago Pacific Entertainment, she was the operations manager for the administrative offices and post production facility.