David Pushkin – Director and Producer
In 1994, David discovered the placard at Hawks Nest State Park that tells the story of the industrial accident. He immediately made plans to construct a sculpture to commemorate the event. This sculpture is being re-designed and presented to the park. Since learning that the placard gravely understates the number of deaths at the site, David is making this documentary to set the record straight.
David is an artist and filmmaker who is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. He currently lives in New York City and has recently completed a long career as art professor at Hofstra University. He has also been a member of the faculty at Columbia and American Universities. David received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in experimental film at the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied with George and Mike Kuchar, his Masters of Fine Arts in studio art from Columbia University and is currently working on a PhD in Video from the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.
He was head of North American acquisitions for a subsidiary of Sony and Nippon TV, acquiring television specials including the MTV Music Video Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Barbara Walters interview with Michael Jackson and documentary footage for the Japanese television program “Let’s See TV of the World”. His most recent work includes ten video portraits of Astroland at Coney Island in which he collaborated with award winning AP Photographer, Steven Day (“American Airline Lands on Hudson River”, featured on Time Magazine’s “100 Best Photographs of 2010”). Steven and David have presented their Coney Island Videos in Los Angeles, CA and Brussels, Belgium and currently look forward to exhibitions in London, Milan and Lisbon. He has also published several articles and has directed an international conference on the films of Jean Cocteau.
Jennifer Grey Ogrin – Producer
Jennifer Grey Ogrin is a young filmmaker who is bringing attention to West Virginia’s new generation of creative talent. She is originally from Charleston and is currently working as Talent Producer for MTV’s upcoming West Virginia reality television program, “Buck Wild”. Jennifer continues to do project development for Luau Productions, assistant directs and produces television commercials and short films for Gen 11 Studios and recently worked as production coordinator for the feature film, “Child of God” directed by James Franco. Jennifer has worked on many aspects of film, video and theatrical production including: production coordination, travel coordination, casting, script supervision, make-up, costume, and set construction. Now, she concentrates on producing. She has also worked for the West Virginia Film Office and Worldview Entertainment of New York. Jennifer is a high energy producer who brings a native touch to our production and a youthful approach to the art of storytelling.
In 2005 Michael Lipton founded the WV Music Hall of Fame. The WVMHoF has collaborated with the WV Department of Education to create a Traveling Museum which has visited 120 schools in 54 counties throughout the state, released two critically acclaimed CDs, and produced numerous displays and exhibits. The WVMHoF’s current projects include making “The Film History of WV Music” and a Bill Withers tribute CD.
Lipton is also a musician and music writer, who has toured with various bands, produced numerous CDs, and scored feature films, documentaries and shorts. Recently, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred l. duPont-Columbia University award for his music on Trey Kay’s radio documentary “The Great Textbook War.”
Tristram Lozaw is a composer, musician and rock critic. His film music credits include the PBS Frontline series “The Farmer’s Wife,” the indie short “Magic Carpet,” and Lisa Olivieri’s “Helen Keller Had It Easy.” He has also created music soundtracks with Michael Lipton, including music for Bob Wilkinson’s award-winning “Shades of Gray” and the NPR radio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” for which he received Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, and Columbia Journalism School Awards. He has also worked crew on indie films and television.
As an audio engineer, Lozaw has mixed, mastered, produced, and restored recordings for dozens of artists and projects, including the all-star “Always Lift Him Up: A Tribute to Blind Alfred Reed” CD. He worked on Rock Band “The Eighties” and produced radio advertising for K&L Sound, the Harvard Coop, and Boston Rock, among others.
Mike is a songwriter from Charleston, West Virginia. He has performed throughout the State for over 20 years. His bands have included “Mike P and the Lower Case G’s”, “Head Salad” and the legendary Morgantown funk band, “Joint Chiefs”. He is currently in the band “600 lbs. of Sin”.
His songs are often outlets for his political beliefs, such as the title track to 600lbs of Sin’s latest EP, “29” , a dirge for the workers that were killed at the Upper Big Branch mine. Mike is active in the Charleston community as a political organizer and cultural pundit. He has helped organize political campaigns, musical fundraising events and protest rallies.