The Umbrella Project
Valencia Motion Pictures
Meet the Cast & Crew
llana Marks is a writer, international lecturer, and TV / radio host, working in Boston and Sarasota for over twenty years. She trained as a stage actress in London and acted professionally in addition to writing, producing, and directing theatrical productions.
Ilana wrote The G-String Theory, a book about her hilarious trip through the paradoxical sensuality of India, and she recently wrote Mind The Gap, a story and concept which first came to her in a dream.
On TV and radio, Ilana has interviewed hundreds of authors, musicians, celebrities, politicians, and has moderated debates at a state and national level.
Ilana founded The Umbrella Project LLC which is producing:
~ Mind The Gap, a feature film
~ In The Gap, a documentary film explaining the science and philosophy behind MTG with some of the top thinkers in the field of physics and metaphysics
~ Yogini, Ilana's animated children’s books and digital games
Ilana speaks four languages and from living, working, and traveling in five continents, she brings an authenticity to her work drawing on her many wonderful and mystical adventures all around the world.
Valencia Motion Pictures: Co- Producer
Ilana Marks: Writer & Executive Producer
Ralph Clemente, producer, educator, and director of the Valencia College of Film, has been praised by the Miami Herald as the “Filmmaker to Watch” and in 2008 he was honored as a “Film Florida Legend.”
In his twenty-six years as the director of Valencia's College Film Program, Clemente has catapulted it into national prominence with his visionary approach. Clemente has partnered in the production of 47 feature films.
With his unique abilities to draw highly acclaimed production professionals to Valencia’s projects, he has worked with Robert Wise, George Romero, Reza Badiyi, Jonathan Krane, Julie Harris, Ruby Dee, Sally Kellerman, Joe DiMaggio, Ed Begley, Jr., Tyne Daly, Mickey Rooney, Talia Shire, Kat Dennings, Rupert Friend and Peter Spirer among many others.
Kristi Knight: Line Producer
With over fifteen years experience, Kristi Knight has a proven track record of managing multi-million dollar budgets and overseeing staff and crew to complete large productions in studio, on location, and at large events.
As Studio Manager Kristi managed shows for Mariah Carey, Madonna, Lauren Hill, U2 Rooftop Show, and managed New Year’s Eve- Live from Times Square in New York.
Kristi also worked as MTV's Production Coordinator for prominent events and world renowned performers such as :
The Rolling Stones, David Bowie Live from the 10, Dave Matthews, NSync Live, the Super Bowl Half Time Show, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Spring Break, NBA All Star Bash, FANatic, and The Tom Green Show,
Kristi was the Line Producer and Production Manger for Pullin Television/ Disruptive Studios as well as
Production Manager and Accountant for Nightwatch Management.
She also worked as Staff Studio Manager and Staff Production Manager for MTV Networks and was the
Line Producer and Production Manger for PINKS All Out, tracking all show-related expenses for a 4.35 million dollar per season budget.
Actors (Partial list...stay tuned for full list)
Summer Hill Seven
Iron and Wine: Music
(Stay tuned for full music list)
Samuel Beam, better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. Beam has released five studio albums and his music has appeared in many television series including:
- Grey's Anatomy
- The L Word
Iron & Wine also wrote the song Flightless Bird featured in the Warner Brother's film Twilight and Twilight Saga.
Listen to Iron and Wine, proud soundtrack contributor to Mind The Gap.
William L. Whitacre: Supervising Producer
William Whitacre is an entertainment attorney and film producer. Bill has represented films shot in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sarajevo, at Universal Studios Orlando, and throughout the United States. He has produced films with Academy Award winning actors Ernest Borgnine and Mikey Rooney, and with Danny Glover, Tom Arnold, Julie Harris, Michael Winslow, and many others.
Willam's screen credits include The Blair Witch Project, one of the most iconic and commercially successful independent films in history.
In addition to providing business and production legal services for Mind the Gap, Bill is acting as Supervising Producer.
Anthony Realmuto: Director of Photography
Anthony Realmuto is an Emmy-winning, 25 year veteran of the Motion Picture, Television and Commercial industries with credits in the Camera Department from 30 feature movies, 10 episodic television series and
over 300 commercials. He has worked with and learned from many acknowledged master craftspersons in
the field of Media Content Production.
He is currently a freelance Director of Photography working with the latest Digital Cinema cameras and as a "visiting Professional", also teaches the Cinematography class of Valencia College's renowned Film Technology program.
A life-long resident of Florida, Anthony earned Bachelor's degrees in both Filmmaking and Television Production from UCF with undergraduate work at FSU and Valencia College.
Joe Sykes: Marketing
Joe Sykes worked as a sales and marketing manager for a fortune 500 company for over 20 years. Joe developed sound business relationships with key account decision makers to effectively launch new items, concepts, and programs across all business units. Joe has always been able to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities, helping his company’s market share and sales volume grow each quarter until they became # 1 in the industry.
Joe has received numerous awards from various customers and organizations within the community he served. Joe is currently serving as a consultant, responsible for providing assistance in marketing and promoting animation and video production services to clients.
The Umbrella Project
We are a dynamic media company which focuses on creating fun,
& enlightening entertainment.
Our projects use film, television, radio, art, music, and print.