Susan Morgan Cooper
Director, Producer, and Writer
The award winning documentary film director and producer, Susan Morgan Cooper, grew up in a tiny village in Wales where her parents produced plays to raise money for charity. Shortly after arriving in America, she landed a small role in a Clint Eastwood film, but found film editing more fascinating than acting.
In 1991, when she met a 16 year old girl from Croatia, displaced by The Balkan War, Susan felt compelled to make her first documentary , Mirjana- One Girl’s Journey. In 2000 she produced and directed a documentary television series about heroes, called Heroes and Sheroes…ordinary people who did extraordinary things for others. For three months in 2005 she filmed in Tuscany ‘The Making Of’ Shadows in the Sun, directed by Brad Mirman with Harvey Keitel, Joshua Jackson, Claire Forlani and Giancarlo Giannini .
In 2008 Susan made the highly acclaimed, award winning documentary, An Unlikely Weapon. It was the story of Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, Eddie Adams, who’s Saigon Execution photo was credited with helping end the Vietnam War. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘ a terrific documentary’.
In 2012 Susan went to China to film Mulberry Child, where she traced a present day mother and daughter’s emotional disconnect back to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Critic Roger Ebert called Mulberry Child ‘a powerful and touching film’ and gave it three and a half stars.
In 2013, with Cass Warner, Susan wrote and produced a documentary about the iconic actor Dennis Hopper.
Currently Susan is in pre-production on a narrative feature film , East L.A. Kings. Based on real life events and the documentary she made ten years ago, it’s the story of a cop from East L.A. who takes a group of troubled boys off the streets and turns them into a championship roller hockey team.
Susan’s latest film, To the Moon and Back, is the story behind the Russian Adoption Ban and it’s impact on the lives of hundreds of American families and thousands of Russian orphans. Can you imagine bonding with your child and promising to return to bring them home? Imagine the loss you would feel if you were prevented from keeping that promise. These mothers and fathers are forced to live with the guilt of having betrayed their commitment to these children. Click here to view the trailer or here to learn more about the film.
Quyen Tran is a Los Angeles based cinematographer who, whether shooting or documentary, always places story above all else.
She began as a photojournalist, receiving international attention for her images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Scientific American, and hundreds of prominent publications.
Her cinematography has spanned the globe–having shot films in South Africa, Thailand, Japan, China, Russia and Vietnam–as well as all over the United States.
Features and documentaries shot by Quyen have appeared at Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, South by Southwest, and Telluride, among many others. Her most recent short film, SMILF, won the 2015 Sundance Jury Award for US Fiction.
In her time away from set, Quyen is an avid gardener, cook, martial artist, jam maker, and mother.
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Tyler is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a double major in Film Studies and Psychology, Ryerson University with an MA in
Media Production and the American Film Institute Conservatory with a MFA in Film Editing.
Over the last ten years he has worked in many production and post-production positions in both the Canadian and American media industries, primarily as director, writer and editor.
Kyle Eastwood grew up in Carmel, California as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. While doing his homework Kyle remembers listening to records of jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis playing in the house. His father had been attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958 and when his children were born it became a yearly family outing. Kyle’s childhood had jazz as its soundtrack and he credits his father with introducing him to the joys of the bass line. An accomplished composer, Kyle began working in film with a contribution to the score for Mystic River, a powerful drama which won two Academy Awards. In 2004, Kyle composed three pieces of music for the Academy Award winning Million Dollar Baby. Kyle composed the soundtracks for a number of Clint Eastwood films including Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Invictus.
Jessica Long is a world-class swimmer and a 12 time-U.S. Paralympic gold medalist. Born with fibular hemimelia, she was adopted from a Siberian orphanage at 13 months by Americans, Steve and Elizabeth Long. They arranged for an operation for her at 18 months old and Jessica persevered and learned to walk on prosthetic legs. That same perseverance propelled her to learn to swim in her grandparent’s pool. She loved the freedom of swimming and soon after began to compete. The youngest competitor in the 2004 U.S. Paralympics in Athens , Jessica won 3 gold medals at the age of 12.
Jessica’s sunny disposition and positive attitude make her a positive role model especially for children dealing with disabilities. She credits her success to the unwavering support and love of American adoptive parents.
Of the Adoption Ban Jessica said: “My adoption has given me an education and a loving family and being able to excel in sports. If this law was in place 20 years ago, I never would have been adopted and that’s insane to me.”
From major recording studios at Capitol Records and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, to the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City composer/producer Matt McGuire has enjoyed a successful career in the music profession spanning over 25 years. McGuire moved from Northern California to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to attend the Grove School Of Music. In 1996, McGuire began working with bassist Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. They formed a jazz quartet with and soon became the featured act at local hot spots such as The Baked Potato and Jack’s. They went on to make prominent appearances at major festivals such as The Monterey Jazz Festival and at the esteemed Carnegie Hall. McGuire wrote five of ten cuts on the group’s CD, recorded on the Sony/Columbia label. McGuire founded MusicWerks Productions, Inc. and has since written and produced music for all the major television networks and composed for animated television shows including “Extreme Dinosaurs,” “Pocket Dragon Adventures,” “Sabrina,” “Sonic X,” “Winx Club,” “G.I Joe,” “Shaman King,” “Chaotic,” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s”. Among his feature film credits are the scores and songs for the features Titanic, The Legend Goes On, Monster Mash and Dennis The Menace – Cruise Control.
Russ Howard III
Russ is a Los Angeles based composer for multimedia. Recent credits include the genre hit Hobo With A Shotgun, popular Christmas TV movies: Naughty or Nice and Holiday High School Reunion, the chart-topping European dance film Body Language, and many more.
He has provided original music for TV shows like Dollhouse, Teen Wolf, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Burn Notice, and Moonlight. For video games, Howard was part of the scoring teams who scored the games Sims 3, Sim City Societies, Army of Two, and Monsters vs. Aliens.