Taking A Chance on God
Cast & Crew
Brendan Fay, Director
Originally from Athy, Ireland, Brendan is an activist, filmmaker and advocate for justice and equality for LGBT people in the Church and wider society. He is founder and co-chair of New York's inclusive St. Patrick's Parade, and founder of the Lavender and Green Alliance – a group serving the needs of the Irish LGBT community. Brendan is a presenter on spirituality, sexuality and justice at churches, colleges, community groups, rallies and retreats. He has testified in Washington DC and in New York and been arrested in defense of civil and human rights.
Brendan has been involved in the movement for marriage equality since 1998 and, with Jesús Lebrón, is co-founder of the Civil Marriage Trail Project, which brings gay and lesbian couples across borders to Canada to avail of legal same-sex marriage. Brendan lives in Astoria, NY with his spouse Tom Moulton. They were among the first New Yorkers and bi-national couples to legally marry in Canada in July 2003.
In March 2008, in light of Polish President Lech Kaczyński’s bizarre use of images of their wedding in an (in part, anti-gay) televised address to the nation, Brendan and Tom travelled to Poland and appeared on national TV, making the case for gay equality and same-sex marriage. They returned for EuroPride, in Warsaw, in July 2010.
Brendan has coordinated a documentary film series about being Irish and gay in America. His own films have been screened at many festivals, including the Cork International Film Festival (Remembering Robert: Director), the Tribeca Film Festival (Saint of 9/11: Co-producer & European Field Producer), The NY Fleadh Film Festival (A Month’s Mind: Director) and the Galway Film Festival (Edie and Thea: Associate Producer). His work has also been broadcast on PBS and MNN New York.
Taking A Chance On God: Director
A Teacher Goes to City Hall: Producer
Edie and Thea: Associate Producer
Saint of 9/11: Co-producer and European Field Director
The Other Parade: Subject (about Brendan Fay, Founder, St. Pat’s for All)
A Month’s Mind: The Fr. Mychal Judge Memorial: Director
Remembering Robert: A Family & The AIDS Crisis: Director.
Being Patricia: Being Transgender and Irish: Director
Punk Nurse: Director
Danny Boy: Danny Dromm: Director
Ilene Cutler, Producer and Editor
Ilene Cutler is a filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited in a variety of contexts. She has shot and edited many pieces for corporate clients, private events and educational institutions, in addition to creating several films focusing on pertinent and cutting-edge social justice issues.
It is this latter work which is nearest to her heart. Ilene was the director of a program serving runaway and homeless youth in Poughkeepsie, NY for close to twenty years, and has long been an advocate for the homeless, the disabled and the disenfranchised. She is now able to use the medium of film as part of her commitment to such advocacy work, to tell significant and important stories and move an audience toward awareness and action.
Dan Messina, Editor and Co-writer
Dan Messina's work as a producer, shooter and editor has been broadcast on A&E, Style Network, Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, and The Women's Entertainment Network. He is currently directing and editing The Other Parade, a documentary feature about The St. Pat's For All Parade – an all-inclusive St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Sunnyside, Queens, created in response to the exclusion of gays and lesbians from openly marching in the other St. Patrick's Day parades in New York City.
Peter Wetzler, Composer
An award winning composer/pianist/producer and music director, Peter has worked extensively in film, television, multimedia theatre and dance, as well as education with a uniquely diverse musical background. While classically trained in piano Peter was guest soloist with symphonies at an early age and studied conducting and composition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. From Europe he moved into jazz and non-western music having played in gamelon and avante garde ensembles while writing music for post- modern choreographers such as Bill T Jones, David Dorfman and Susan Marshall and touring Europe and North America with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians. The strong rhythmic drive of his music blended with the raw experimental influence of the “downtown” New York City music scene has made his style much sought after for unique film and television scoring ranging from animation and films featured at MOMA and PBS Great Performances to National Geographic’s permanent multimedia installation in Washington DC.
A large portion of his recent scoring work includes documentaries for ABC, BBC, Discovery, Biography, The Learning Channel and his radio program Sound Forms: Conversations with Composers, heard on WGXC or streamed from the its website.
William Wade-Patel, Production Assistant
William Wade-Pentel was born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a degree in Political Science. Influenced by his parents, diverse neighborhood, and education, Will has always had a strong interest in human rights. Before this film he has worked mainly in sound engineering and reinforcement; his father owns a sound company, Collegium Sound, Inc., so Will has been involved in the audio engineering world his whole life.
Michael Gaylin, Aurora Video
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