Hard To Be Me
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New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

New Media Fest - Phoenix Int'l Christian Film Fest

REEL Film Festival - DC

Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Accolade - TV Series

Accolade - Leading Actor

Accolade - Leading Actress

Indie Fest - TV Pilot

Indie Fest - Direction

LA Movie Awards

LA Awards

Colorado Film Festival

Nevada Film Festival

Yosemite Film Festival

Oregon Film Awards

Indie Gathering

Park City Film Music Festival

Skyfest III - Certificate of Excellence

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Crew Members

About the Creative Team

Erik Cieslewicz (Director)

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Erik attended the University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh where he studied in their Radio/Television/Film program. During his time in local televsion, Erik was the winner of an Edward R. Murrow Award, five Associated Press Awards, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. For his work on Hard to Be Me he was awarded a Best Direction award from The Indie Fest. He also directed two festival-screened shorts Holy Chip! and Microcosm and wrote two feature length screenplays for Blue Claw Entertainment that went on to pitch sessions with Happy Madison, Morgan Creek, and Mayhem Studios. He recently directed two short documentaries.

Edward Robert Bach (Creator / Executive Producer / Head Writer)

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An award winning actor and artist. He's starred in several films and has written, choreographed, directed, and written music for numerous children's theatre productions in New York. The spark for this show began when he saw the last major TV show with a functioning family leave the airwaves.

Virginia Ryker (Executive Producer / Legal)

Virginia began in filmwork over a decade ago while living in Norway. Since that time she has served in many capacities on and off sets: starting as a simple Production Assistant and working her way up to Prodcution Manager and Producer. She has written and produced several short films, including the award-winning Apnea: Without Breath; and is a key Producer on Hard to Be Me. She is also a licensed attorney and has earned a Masters of Management degree.

Aditi V. Desai (Producer)

A graduate student at American University getting an MFA in ‘Film and Electronic Media Production.” She has produced many short form projects from music video to 16mm short films, this will be her first venture into the world of television pilots.

Lauren Gildner (Producer)

Lauren has her M.A., Political Management and has also been educated through The Travel Channel Academy. Lauren was the Assistant Producer at a major political media firm where she supervised the production of television and radio advertisements. For this production, Lauren's main focus is in the areas of wardrob and make-up.

Paul Oehlers (Original Music)

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Paul is most recognized for his "extraordinarily evocative" film scores (Variety). Films incorporating his music have screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, to name a few. Most High, a film Paul scored, screened at at the Hamptons International Film Festival where it captured the Golden Starfish, the largest independent film award in the United States. The film has gone on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta International Film Festival and the Prism Award for Outstanding DVD of the Year.

His compositions have been performed in the United States and abroad including performances at the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Conferences, the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung in Darmstadt, Germany, and others. In 1987 a command performance of Paul's music was performed for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Paul is currently Assistant Professor and director of the Audio Technology program at American University.

Gene Ertel (Principal Director of Photography)

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Gene's previous credits include the the Feature films Song of the Dead and Academy of Doom both of which have been distributed this year by Monogram releasing. His most recent feature Happy Anniversary is in post production. Besides feature work Gene has worked in TV Spot advertising, Documentaries, and Experimental film. His work has been screened at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Cine Fantastico Y De Terror in Estepona Spain, the Rojo Sangre in Buenos Aires, The Manhattan Film Society, the Big Art Space in New York City and other festivals and media events around the world.

Will Fortune (Sound Designer/Editor, ADR Recording Engineer)

Will's other soundtracks have been featured in documentaries screened at film festivals, including the Coney Island Film Festival. Will graduated magna cum laude from American University where he studied Audio Technology and earned certification as a Digidesign Pro Tools Operator. He developed his ear and techniques working in post-production houses in both DC and Hollywood. Currently, Will is the Assistant Studio Manager for the recording studios at American University"

Allen Korslund (Editor)

Allen recently won the 2010 "Best Editing" Los Angeles Movie Award for his work on the TV Pilot, Hard to Be Me. Allen is an Encoding Technician with The Discovery Channel. He currently specializes in Video-on-Demand (VOD). He was previously part of the Quality Control/Technical Evaluation division, and has worked with Discovery for a total of 5 years.

Joe Tyler (Director of Photography)

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An experienced professional DP, he has worked in a wide variety of conditions including international/domestic travel, memorable locations include Japan, orea, Azerbaijan, Jamaica, Ukraine, Budapest, Germany. His credit list is extensive and includes: Deceiving Innocence: The Real Roger Coleman (A&E), Rescue: Katrina (Animal Planet ), BET J (BET), Physics of Baseball (Discovery), Smithsonian Spotlight (Showtime), Debate (USA TODAY/ HD NET), and the Clinton and Bush (43) White house tapings (White House Office of Communication).

Special Thanks

Debbie Larsson & family
Zü Coffee
Drew Struzan
American University

Doug M. Henderson
Loiter Apparel & Accessories
St. Anne's School of Annapolis

The Melsom Family
Washington Humane Society Shelter
John Douglass
Leena Jayaswal
Brian Dragonuk
Brigid Maher
Geoffrey Turner
Lonnie Coy
Amy Hendrick
Laura Murray
Matthew Boerum
Erin Phillips
Ishu Krishna
DC Camera
Dawn Campbell
John Sjoblom

Hard To Be Me

Featuring Music by
Cyndi Lauper

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Directed by
Erik Cieslewicz

Writing Credits
Edward Robert Bach (creator)
Edward Robert Bach (teleplay) and
David J. Gannon (teleplay)
Edward Robert Bach (story by)

Produced by
Edward Robert Bach (executive producer)
Robert P. Bach (executive producer)
Virginia Ryker (executive producer)
Edward Robert Bach (producer)
Aditi V. Desai (producer)
Lauren Gildner (producer)
Virginia Ryker (producer)

Original Music by
Paul Oehlers

Cinemaphotography by
Gene Ertel (principal director of photography)
Joe Tyler (director of photography)

Film Editing by
Allen Korslund

Casting by
Edward Robert Bach
Erik Cieslewicz
Aditi V. Desai
Virginia Ryker

Makeup Department
Sabra Street (makeup designer)
Lauren Gildner (hair and makeup)
Aditi V. Desai (makeup asst.)
Dawn Geiger (makeup asst.)
Lauren Gildner (hair stylist for Ms. Biggs)

Assistant Director
Aditi V. Desai (first assistant director: DC)
Virginia Ryker (first assistant director: MD)
Aditi V. Desai (second assistant director: MD)
Virginia Ryker (second assistant director: DC)

Sound Department
Will Fortune (sound mixer)
Will Fortune (re-recording mixer)
Allen Korslund (boom operator)
Matt Royer (boom operator)
Vinson Corbo (boom operator)
Will Fortune (sound editor)
Will Fortune (sound effects editor)
Amy Falkow (foley artist)
Jon Casalaina (foley engineer)
Will Fortune (adr recording engineer)

Visual Effects by
Babatunde Ogundiyun (opening sequence creator)
Matthew Genebach (animated visual effects)
Edward Robert Bach (digital effects artist)
Katie Green (visual effects artist)
Allen Korslund (visual effects artist)
Avery Lanier (visual effects artist)
Dylan Lee (visual effects artist)
Tim Nargi (visual effects artist)

Camera and Electrical Department
Kit Reiner (key grip)
Parker J. Davis (key dolly grip)
Gene Ertel (gaffer)
Nick Gay (gaffer)
Stephen Tringali (first assistant camera)
Kai Fang (assistant camera)
Jack Stannard (assistant camera)
Ishu Krishna (camera operator)
Matthew McClain (camera operator-dan's vLog)
Stephen Tringali (camera operator)
Nadine Asaad (still photographer)
Vinson Corbo (dolly grip)
Katie Jones (dolly grip)
Vinson Corbo (grip)
Brendan Lowder (grip)

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Gildner (costumer)
Edward Robert Bach (costumer)

Editorial Department
Gene Ertel (colorist)
Aditi V. Desai (digital media coordinator)

Set Decoration/Design
Edward Robert Bach
Lauren Gildner
Virginia Ryker

Other Crew
Nadine Asaad (production assistant)
Luke Cieslewicz (production assistant)
Vinson Corbo (production assistant)
Parker J. Davis (production assistant)
Kaylene Lewek (production assistant)
David Matias (production assistant)
Ali Shepard (production assistant)
Kit Reiner (production assistant)
Robert P. Bach (accounting)
David J. Gannon (casting assistant)
James Irving (casting assistant)
Olishia Johnson (casting assistant)
Kit Reiner (casting assistant)
Aditi V. Desai (location manager)
Virginia Ryker (location manager)
Virginia Ryker (craft services supervisor)
Dennis Crooks (craft services)
Dawn Geiger (craft services)
Kaylene Lewek (craft sevices)
Vicky North (craft services)
Anna Rigizadeh (craft services)
Andy Walton(craft services)
Peg Walton (craft services)


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