TOM PUTNAM: DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Tom Putnam’s short films and features have played more than 400 film festivals and have been released worldwide. He directed the WWII documentary Red White Black & Blue for PBS, and produced the acclaimed documentary Marwencol, winner of Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and two Independent Spirit Awards. His short films include Broadcast 23, which premiered at Sundance, and Tom Hits His Head, one of the most widely seen short films of all time. He also was named “One of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker magazine.
Detroit native Brenna Sanchez is a documentary filmmaker specializing in music, adventure and cultural projects. She got her start in as a writer and editor for the award-winning monthly magazines Orbit, Hour Detroit, and Raygun, the cutting-edge music magazine. She has worked on such films as Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (PBS), The Highwaymen (CMT), The Joy of Lex (Discovery), The Cool School (PBS/Arthouse), about the LA art scene of the 1960s, SEARCH AND DESTROY: Iggy & The Stooges’ RAW POWER (Sony), and Johnny Cash’s America (Sony/A&E IndieFilms), which was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award. BURN is her directorial debut. She was nominated for Best New Director at Tribeca Film Festival.
Putnam and Sanchez head TBVE Films, a full-service production company geared toward commercials, PSAs, narrative features, and short- and long-form documentary projects. TBVE. That’s “Tom & Brenna vs. Everyone,” which is how it feels sometimes in the world of independent film production! From the high-impact world of action sports, to the drama of firefighting, to intimate portraits of iconic and everyday Americans, Putnam and Sanchez have done it and are hungry for more. They direct, produce, crew, shoot and cut. They are an inspired, hard-working team. They also consult with filmmakers on story, production, funding, marketing and self-distribution, and have spoken on crowdfunding and distribution panels all over the world.
Denis Leary is a five-time Emmy nominee and the star of the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me about the lives of New York firefighters. He is also the founder and president of The Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides funding and equipment to fire departments throughout the United States. Leary has acted in over 40 movies, including The Ref, Wag the Dog, Ice Age and the Amazing Spider-Man. His most recent book, Why We Suck, spent six months on the New York Times Bestseller List. He is currently producing and writing Sirens, an EMS-based comedy, on TBS. He is set to write and star as an aging rock star in the upcoming FX comedy pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Jim Serpico is President of Motion Pictures and Television at Apostle. A native New Yorker, Serpico co-founded the production company in 1994 with producing partner Denis Leary. Serpico has produced several feature films, and served as an executive producer on FX’s critically acclaimed Rescue Me. He is currently executive producing Marc Maron’s series on IFC, Sirens on TBS, and the upcoming FX pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.