Filmmaker Biographies

BRIAN SAVELSON (Director/Writer/Producer)

Brian Savelson began his career in the theater as associate producer of A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Broadway, starring Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, and Sanaa Lathan. The production won two Tony Awards, broke Broadway box office records, and was widely noted for the incredibly young and diverse audience it brought to the theater. After early success with his short film, COUNTING WATER, which screened at over 20 festivals, was broadcast on PBS, and showed at LACMA, Brian made the transition to film. For David Bowie’s High Line Festival, Brian produced an outdoor video art installation. He then went on to win recognition as a music video director, best known for his award-winning video for Band of Horses. During the last election, Brian teamed up to produce a Broadway benefit starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to support the Obama effort. IN OUR NATURE marks Brian’s feature film debut.

ANISH SAVJANI & VINCENT SAVINO/FILMSCIENCE (Producers)

With filmscience, Anish Savjani and Vincent Savino have produced thirteen feature films: Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF, WENDY AND LUCY, and OLD JOY; Joe Swanberg’s ALEXANDER THE LAST, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS; Steve Collins’ YOU HURT MY FEELINGS and GRETCHEN; Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s OFF LABEL; Brian Savelson’s IN OUR NATURE; Geoff Marslett’s MARS; Bob Byington’s HARMONY AND ME; and Spencer Parsons’ I’LL COME RUNNING. These films have been nominated by Film Independent for three Spirit Awards, and they’ve screened at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and Venice. Additionally, Anish was the recipient of the Producers Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. Currently, filmscience has a number of projects by emerging and established independent filmmakers in production and development.