York Spirit is being produced by several passionate
individuals with exceptional backgrounds in film, multi-media,
music. Though all skilled at production, the common bond
among them is their love for telling stories that relate
Muriel Stockdale - Director | Producer
For more than 26 years Muriel Stockdale has created outstanding
costumes for some of the finest producers of film, TV and
live entertainment. She has also produced, directed, stage-managed,
performed onstage, crewed backstage, managed costume shops,
and designed and painted scenery.
Muriel was a valued member of the teaching faculty at NYU
Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Design Department for
14 years. Muriel is an accomplished artist, a skilled craftsperson,
a Reiki hands on healer, a resourceful businesswoman, and
a writer. She is completing a final draft of her second
screenplay, Gabriel’s Flight,
and she has won a commission to write the book for the musical
version of the Indian epic myth, Ramayana.
For more than 30 years Muriel has been devoted to the study
of spiritual traditions of all cultures. She has acquired
a profound appreciation for all forms of worship.
The idea for this film was born during a sacred Hindu fire
ceremony held in the Shree Muktananda Ashram in South Fallsburg,
“For me that fire ceremony was a powerfully sacred
and profoundly nurturing event. It was a celebration that
made me feel that my connection to the divine was tangible
and that that connection was primordial, now and eternal.
I realized right then that this America is filled with sacred
events that uplift us. I made a commitment then to find
a way for us to share those nurturing practices through
Manech Ibar – producer
Manech is a principal in the visionary company Vth Season.
He has worked for Sony in the New Media (online space) for
five years. He has been in charge of Sony Classical’s
online department for the last three years, directing award-winning
sites, such as yoyoma.com, joshuabell.com and recently the
ground-breaking site sonyclassical.com. Manech was recently
promoted to an executive in the online department for all
of Sony Music. Manech has engineered several film soundtracks,
produced bands and produced/recorded projects for The American
Opera Society, Lincoln Center, New York University and the
Julliard School for Music. Manech also practices Shamanism,
leads sweat lodges and shamanic retreats.
To find out more visit www.vthseason.org
Casey Meade Rothstein-Fitzpatrick - producer
Casey is president of Projectile Arts. Inc., a nonprofit
organization founded in 2000 to promote and encourage communication
across cultural boundaries through arts. Projectile Arts
is more dedicated than ever to fostering dialogue by creating
entertaining and enlightening content. They collaborate
with film makers, musicians, photographers, writers, and
other artists, often immersing them in an unfamiliar environment
where they can interact directly and work closely with local
people to share their experience through their respective
Casey is currently completing his film, Take
Me To the River which reveals
images of the sacred pilgrimage of hundreds of thousands
to the Khumb Mela gathering in India in 2001.
To find out more visit www.projectilearts.org
Sam Adelman - producer
Producer of the award winning film Screen Door
Jesus brings over twenty years of post production
experience to the New York Spirit table. Features that he’s
worked on include Donnie Brasco, Changing Lanes,
The Legend of Bagger Vance, Pollock, and Desperately
Seeking Susan. A converted proponent of shooting
in HD, Screen Door Jesus won an award for best cinematography,
as represented by a 35mm transfer. He was also part of the
first editing team to use a non-linear system for a feature
film, The Montage, on a film for Sidney Lumet back in 1985
(Power). To find out more visit www.screendoorjesusthemovie.com.
Charlotte Rademaekers – associate producer
Charlotte produced and directed Apocalypso Now,
a mock rockumentary. She has edited several short films
and, most recently, was a contributing editor at New York
Times Television. Charlotte worked in new media for two
years at Columbia University, her alma mater, designing
and developing educational websites. She graduated, Magna
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 in comparative religious
studies. Previously, she spent a year living in the foothills
of the Himalayas studying Hindu and Buddhist scriptures.
Prior to meeting Muriel, Charlotte harbored dreams of making
a similar film. She is thrilled to have discovered and joined
City Spirit Productions.
Brian Cook - associate producer
As well as being a principal in Vth Season Brian co-owns
the media design company, Atomic Mouse. He has worked on
projects that do everything from concepting on Superbowl
ads to websites for Comedy Central’s South
Park. His skills and experience cover a full
range of media and advertising.
To find out more visit www.atomicmouse.com
Dr. Eugene Callender
Dr. Eugene Callender was a close associate of Dr.
Martin Luther King. He served in both the Carter and Clinton
administrations. Now, an active Harlem leader, he is Pastor
at St. James Presbyterian Church. Dr. Callender served as
President of the SYDA Foundation for more than 10 years.
Stephen Simon is the author of the book The
Force is With You: Mystical Movie
Messages That Inspire Our Lives which makes
the case for Spiritual Cinema being recognized as its own
genre. Stephen’s illustrious career as a film producer
includes Somewhere in Time, What
Dreams May Come, All the Right
Moves, Bill and Ted’s Excellent
Adventure and dozens more films. Stephen recently
completed his directorial debut with the film Indigo.
The Interfaith Center
The Interfaith Center is committed to promoting
understanding and respect among the world’s different
religious communities living in New York, and to making
the world safe for religious difference.
Lonette McKee exploded onto the screen in Sparkle.
Lonette starred in stellar productions such as: Jungle
Fever, He Got Game, Malcolm X, The Cotton Club, Garden of
Stone, Round Midnight, Cuba, Brewster’s Millions and
Which Way is Up. She has appeared frequently
on TV and created the ultimate Julie for Hal Prince’s
Showboat for which she received
a Tony Nomination.
Kathryn Wallack has written, co-written
and/or executive produced numerous stellar projects for
both TV and film formats Highlights include Josie
and the Pussycats, Doom Runners, and Sabrina,
The Teenage Witch which was the highest rated
“kids and family” Showtime production and became
the longest running ABC sitcom. Currently she is Executive
Consultant of the series and Executive Producer on the subsequent
television movies; Sabrina Goes to Rome
and Sabrina Down Under.