Lilibet Foster: Director and Producer
Lilibet Foster is an Academy Award® Nominated filmmaker and multiple award-winning director, producer and writer of feature documentaries, television programs and branded content. She earned her Oscar® Nomination for producing feature documentary, “Speaking in Strings,” while her previously produced film, “Soul in the Hole,” won the Independent Spirit®: Truer Than Fiction Award. After successful theatrical releases, both films premiered on HBO. Her critically acclaimed documentary, “Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY,” Gala Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and her soon to be released film, “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story), was the 3rd most successful Kickstarter documentary campaign, won the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, a Nomination for Spa City Best Documentary at the Hot Springs Film Festival and was featured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Additional major awards her work has earned include the Cable Ace Award; International Documentary Association (IDA) Nomination; Honorary Webby; iFilms Best of the Net Award; Newport International and Paramount Studio’s WIN Film Festival Jury Prizes; selection in competition and shown at the Sundance, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tribeca, Hamptons, Full Frame, Locarno, DocNYC and many more international festivals; and “Top Films of the Year” nods by “Premiere” and “The Village Voice.” She has also directed, produced and developed programs, specials, series, pilot segments and sizzlers for many of the major broadcasters including, Discovery, ESPN, O2, A&E, PBS and BBCAmerica; segments for Stand Up To Cancer’s live television show simulcast on ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks; and she directed branded entertainment campaigns for companies such as Sony, Apple, Shell and Nike, with award winning production company, Radical Media. She has been profiled and interviewed in multiple news sources from, Access Hollywood, CNN, CBS, NBC, NY1, Elle Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, US, AP, The Village Voice, Time Out and Premiere, to Germany’s RTL-TV News, Italian Vanity Fair and the UK Daily Mail.
She is from the Virgin Islands, and is a principal of production company Asphalt Films Entertainment and the Soul in the Hole Foundation that assists at-risk teenagers, in New York City.
Sam Maydew: Producer
Sam Maydew is a collaborator at the full service production/management company Silver Lining Entertainment, a company he started with longtime partner Jeff Golenberg. The company represents approximately 150 film and TV clients which include Vincent D’Onofrio, Evangeline Lilly, Jai Courtney, Katherine Heigl, Michael Kenneth Williams, Katherine Waterston, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Josh Peck, Jason Isaacs, Ramon Rodriguez, Eliza Dushku, Retta, Wilmer Valderrama, Cat Deeley, Chi McBride, and David Morrissey. On the production side Maydew & Golenberg are preparing to shoot a film (soon to be announced) that Netflix is financing. In August Maydew will also be producing "The Kid" starring Ethan Hawk and James Franco with Vincent D'Onofrio directing. Last year Maydew & Golenberg also produced the FX series “Partners” starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer, the CBS pilot “Taxi 22” starring John Leguizamo as well as Leguizamo’s one man show “Ghetto Klown” for HBO. They also produced “Mall,” a film based on Eric Bogosian’s novel of the same name. Vincent D’Onofrio adapted the screenplay and stars in the film, while Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn made his directorial debut with his band mates handling the music for the film. Maydew also produced Katt Williams’ “American Hussle” for HBO and the first season of the cult hit “Video Game High School.” Upcoming projects include “Only For My Son,” which they are producing with Ed Norton and Bill Migliore. Zoe Saldana is attached to star with a script written by Ramon Rodriguez and Rosie Perez. The two have partnered with “Zombieland” director, Ruben Fleischer, to produce the Black List script “Paint.” Maydew has spent the last four years producing the documentary film about the inspiring story of former client Andy Whitfield’s battle with cancer entitled “Be Here Now,”(The Andy Whitfield Story), directed by Oscar® nominee Lilibet Foster.
Maydew started his career as a producer and was responsible for developing and producing the Sony Classic film “SLC Punk!” Maydew also developed and produced other films, including “The Education of Charlie Banks” starring Jesse Eisenberg, and “Daydream Nation” starring Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Prior to Silver Lining Entertainment, Maydew & Golenberg started The Collective in 2005 along with Michael Green. Over the course of eight years the company grew to over 125 employees and multiple businesses, including a robust film and television department, music department, content creation, and a digital platform. Maydew moved to Los Angeles from Seattle, Washington and first worked in development at NBC before pursuing a producing career.
Deborah Kuleff: Co-Producer
Deborah Kuleff is an Australian Producer who has worked on numerous award-winning Documentaries and Television programs, many of which have screened internationally. Her very first short film, “Salomon”, was accepted into thirteen different festivals around the world. More recently, she has seen two of her programs receive Australian Logie Nominations. One, for the cooking series “Made in Italy: with Silvia Colloca” (SBS |2015), and the other for comedy-documentary, “Mr. Firth Goes To Washington” (SBS | 2009). Her work has taken her to the USA, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Morocco, and now Ireland. She prides herself with having programs not only feature on all of the Australian networks, but also with a number of international Broadcasters as well. These include, Discovery TLC (UK), CBeebies (Canada), Knowledge Network (Canada), TV2 (Norway), Australia Network (Asia-Pacific) and RTÉ (Ireland). Deborah is proud to have produced in a variety of genres such as, Documentary, Factual Entertainment, Children’s TV, Food & Lifestyle, Drama, Reality TV, Comedy and Animation. Today, she currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
David Meneses is an award winning editor of numerous feature length and short documentaries, and television series. His work includes the Emmy® nominated “Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery;” “A Woman Among Boys: A Brooklyn Basketball Story;” “Redemption” which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short; and he was the consulting editor of the Academy Award® Nominated short film, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan,” directed and produced by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill. He also edited the feature documentaries, “The First Season,” directed by Rudd Simmons and “The Undocumented,” directed by Marco Williams; as well as the short film “Public Farm 1: The Making of an Urban Farm,” 5 short branded entertainment films for “Unsung: A Life in the Day of Hard Work,” (Shell Rotella) and soon to be released feature documentary, “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story), directed by Lilibet Foster which won the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary and was Nominated for Spa City Best Documentary at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It was also the 3rd most successful Kickstarter documentary, with over 2.5 million viewers of the trailer, which he also edited. Recently, he was one of two editors on “The Hand That Feed,” Directed by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick which won the Full Frame Film Festival Audience Award and was selected as part of the Best of Fest encore screenings for AFI Docs (formerly Silver Docs).
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