Paul Mariano, Producer/Director
Paul was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from the oldest public high school in the country, Boston Latin School. He moved to California and served in the United States Air Force at Mather AFB in Sacramento. After completing his studies at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, he practiced as a criminal defense attorney in the Contra Costa County Public Defender Office for 27 years. Upon retirement, he co-founded Gravitas Docufilms with his co-director, Kurt Norton. For several years, Paul and Kurt produced "mitigation videos" for defendants in death penalty cases. Paul's directorial debut, Also Ran, won the award for Best Political Documentary at the 2006 Atlanta Docufest. His film Faces of Genocide began the International Citizens' Tribunal on Sudan, held in New York City on November 13, 2006. The film also showed at the Sarajevo Biennial Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in June 2007.
Kurt Norton, Producer/Director
Kurt Norton was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where his family has lived for four generations. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley (political science) he established Colorado Sports Monthly, a successful regional sports publication. After returning to the Bay Area he became a private investigator specializing in death-penalty cases, primarily working with the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. At the same time he pursued his passion for filmmaking by writing and directing numerous shorts that have screened in film festivals across the country. These Amazing Shadows is his second documentary feature in collaboration with co-director, Paul Mariano. His mother, Audree Norton, was the first deaf actor on American network television with her featured appearance on the CBS show, Mannix ("The Silent Cry"), in 1968.
Christine O'Malley, Producer
Christine O'Malley was born in Manhattan and raised outside of Chicago. In 2004 Christine served as associate producer on the Academy Award- nominated documentary film Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. Wordplay was the first feature-length film she produced through her production company O'Malley Creadon Productions. It was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the second-highest grossing documentary of 2006. Christine's second documentary, I.O.U.S.A., premiered at Sundance in 2008. It had a successful theatrical run and was broadcast on PBS.