The Film Makers
ALEX PEARCY – Writer/Director/Producer
Alex’s path to filmmaking toiled first through years on stages in nightclubs and bars as a working musician. A student of filmmaking and screenwriting at New York University and a graduate of San Francisco State University’s Department of Cinema, Alex’s award winning short films The Silver Dragon and Deserter have screened abroad at film festivals from France to Russia, and in the US from New York to Los Angeles. It is said that both Edgar Allan Poe and Billy The Kid are distant members of the Pearcy family tree, which may explain the dark, western nature of Ten Dollar Man. Alex works as a location scout for film (The Master, HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, The Pursuit of Happyness) and commercials in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife and two young children.
JONATHAN PERLSTEIN – Producer
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonathan is a graduate of Arizona State University where he majored in Communications with a minor in Film. Upon graduating Jonathan moved to Los Angeles where spent several years working at the major talent management company The Firm, immersing him in the rigors of television production. In 2009 Jonathan partnered with Untouchable Films where he spent two years aggressively learning film finance and distribution. In 2010 Jonathan brought his production experience back home to the Bay Area, working on a series of studio features (HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine) and independent films (About Cherry starring James Franco). Since then Jonathan has produced and helped secure distribution on several independent features (The Awakened and Love, Concord) as well as starting his own production rental company specializing in Wireless HD Video Transmission Equipment.
GEOFFREY KIRKLAND – Production Designer
Academy Award nominated production designer Geoffrey Kirkland began his career on the British television series Doctor Who and is known for his work on Children of Men, Mississippi Burning, Birdy, and Midnight Express. In 1983 Geoffrey was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film The Right Stuff. He is also a two-time BAFTA winner and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn.
JOSH BEAL – Editor
Bitten by the movie-making bug as a result of a random Brady Bunch episode in which the Bradys make their own film, Josh has been editing images together (8mm or otherwise) since the age of ten. During his professional career he has worked on high profile productions for NBC, HBO, Showtime, and Columbia Pictures among others. He is experienced in scripted television, feature films and documentaries. With an additional background in screenwriting, Josh is well positioned to help directors and producers shepherd a project through the final rewrite – the edit. He is known as a collaborative, thoughtful and fast working partner who brings a lot to the creative party in the cutting room.
JOEL HATCH – Line Producer / UPM
With over 30 years of experience, Joel has served as a Production Executive, Line Producer, Production Manager and Film Consultant, overseeing the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars. He has worked with such directors as David Fincher, Roland Joffe, Barry Levinson, Anton Fuqua and Bill Condon just to name a few. Additionally, Joel has worked and been involved with productions that have spanned the globe from Africa, Asia, United Kingdom, Australia and of course all throughout the United States. Some of his film credits include The Game, A Thousand Acres, Lost In Paradise, House of 1000 Corpses, Sleepers, Kinsey and Lonesome Dove just to name a few. Having worked in both the corporate world as an “In House” Production Executive as well as a “Freelance” Line Producer / Production Manager, has given him a competitive advantage over most producers. Joel earned his MBA degree a few years ago in an effort to provide Financiers a higher level of confidence that he understands the complexities of financing films and managing the production budgets and schedules of those films. Joel currently resides in San Diego but works on any location as needed.
DENNIS BENATAR – 1st Assistant Director
A 35-year veteran of the motion picture industry, Dennis has functioned in virtually every aspect of the production of visual media: filmed, recorded and live. His experience includes not only movies and television but he cut his entertainment teeth in live theater, concert and a variety of other performing arts to include dance, cabaret, comedy, etc. When Dennis stepped away from the live performance side of entertainment, he quickly found himself working in the film industry when he was chosen to be Sergio Leone’s 1st Assistant Director for Once Upon A Time In America. Rising through the ranks over the years, Dennis has worked a wide variety of positions in film production but his foremost love is working as a 1st Assistant Director, collaborating closely with directors to help them capture their “vision,” as well as completing their shooting days and the overall schedule. Dennis has worked along-side many great Directors: Bill Condon, Roland Joffe, Sergio Leone, Joel Schumacher and Penny Marshall, to name a few. Dennis is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and resides in Los Angeles, California. He works throughout the world and will travel as needed.
CHRIS MARTIN – Producer
Chris Martin is an independent producer and production manager whose work ranges from features to television to commercials. His credits include working as UPM for Peter and Benjamin Bratt’s La Mission, San Francisco PM for the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet, and associate producer for ESPN’s Bonds on Bonds.