year of the rat


After graduating with a BFA from Northern Michigan University in 1995, Mathew Bainbridge moved to Baltimore, MD. Since arriving in Baltimore, Mathew has worked in the motion picture and television industry for fifteen years. His resume includes major motion pictures such as Liberty Heights, Cecil B. DeMented, and Head of State, as well as the national television dramas The Wire and Homicide. Mathew has also worked on over one hundred television commercials including the infamous Bob Dole Viagra spot.

In 2004, Mathew wrote and directed Partita, an experimental fifty-two minute melodrama that played theatrically in New York and Los Angeles. The success of Partita lead Mathew to a teaching position at Towson University, where he was voted Professor of the Year in 2007-2008. From 2004 to 2011, Mathew worked directly with filmmaking legend John Waters. Mathew assisted Mr. Waters with his cinematic pursuits and two major art exhibitions (Unwatchable, Rear Projection). He has coordinated and assisted in the construction of art exhibitions for some of the most prestigious galleries and art dealers in the world including Simone de Pury (Zurich), Larry Gagosian (Beverly Hills), Marianne Boesky (New York) and Rena Bransten (San Francisco).


Lindsay Mercer brings to the table six years of film and television experience as a Producer, Coordinator, and Accountant. She’s worked in the Accounting Departments of the $65 million Warner Brothers feature film The Invasion, the ten-hour ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, and ABC and HBO television Pilots.

As the Production Coordinator for over one hundred episodes of Healthline and Whole Body Health on RLTV, she handled hiring, travel, set operations and money-management throughout all stages of production and post-production. She was also a Production Coordinator on the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. Lindsay has already produced two Independent SAG Low Budget short films, and keeps busy with Baltimore production outfit RedstarKGB in her spare time.

The result is a film professional with detailed knowledge of all shapes and sizes of film and video production, both commercial and independent, from every logistical angle.


Alex Hedstrom comes to this project with over ten years’ experience in film, music and education. He was an Associate Producer of the controversial 2003 documentary feature Taken As Directed, which gained attention and praise for its strident consumer advocacy and harsh criticism of government policy. Alex spent ten years as an active musician, writing and recording music with the band A Study in Her. To date, the band has released four full-length albums, and toured the United States many times. Alex also spent four years as a public school teacher in Baltimore County, MD, focusing on video production and editing.


Paul Weiss has worked on a variety of film projects since graduating with a BFA in Film, Video and Animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the co-writer and producer of the series Dollar Theater and the upcoming animated feature Written Off. In addition to working behind the camera, Paul brings ten years of marketing and advertising experience to the table through his time spent in the private sector.


Dawson Nolley, IATSE Local 487, grew up in Baltimore city. After attending the Calvert School and graduating from St. Paul’s School for Boys, he studied film and animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since returning to his hometown, Dawson has been working in the Art Department as a Propmaster, a Set Dresser, and an Art Department Coordinator, on major studio films, independent features, television series and pilots since 2001. Having worked on the HBO series The Wire for all five seasons, his resume also includes My One and Only (with Renée Zellweger), Live Free or Die Hard (Baltimore Unit), Past Life (part of the 2010 Fox Line-Up), An American Affair (with Gretchen Mol), and the upcoming thriller from Michael Cuesta, Tell-Tale, filmed in Rhode Island. Dawson was the Production Designer on the Missouri-filmed independent feature Small Pond, which is currently in post-production.


Matthew Thies is a composer and sound designer in Austin, TX. He studied computer music at Berklee College of Music and the University of Texas. Matthew is also an active member of Austin’s new and experimental music community. He has performed extensively as a part of the electronic trio Numbers on the Mast. The group released their first full-length album on Artificial Music Machine in 2007.

Music composed by Matthew Thies:


Edwin's Theme

Eaten by Charles Darwin



Donna DeSeta began her professional life as an actress and performer. Working off Broadway in musical theater earning rave reviews in "Dames at Sea" and "Uninvited Guests". In regional theater she worked in dramatic roles with the most prestigious and respected actors in the American theater.

She began her journey to becoming the respected casting director she is today when she took a "temporary" position at Stewart Models one of the most important agencies of it's time. She eventually became the Executive Vice President of the four corporations under the Stewart umbrella.

She left Stewart to open her business as a casting director and quickly won the confidence of directors, producers, choreographers, and creative heads.

She has been involved in casting over 40 theatrically released films. In theater she has cast for such giants as Garold Prince and Andrew Llyod Webber.