Gregory Kallenberg, Director/Producer
Most recently, Gregory has had the honor of touring with “Haynesville” and discussing the film around the globe. He has shown the film in Europe and all over the United States with the goal of getting people to think deeper about energy, its human cost and how to move towards a clean energy future. Kallenberg’s background is in film and writing, with a focus in journalism and television. Prior to filmmaking, he wrote for Esquire, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Austin American Statesman’s XL magazine and other publications. Mr. Kallenberg also developed stories and wrote for Bluefield Productions, an award-winning company producing shows for History Channel, A&E and others. Kallenberg attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Science in film. Kallenberg also attended the film program at the University of Southern California. Prior to “Haynesville”, Gregory directed Eating Levi, an internationally successful film about Levi Oliver and his quest for competitive eating fame.
Mark Bullard, Producer
Mark began his film career as an editorial assistant at Fox Studios, working under editor Thomas J. Nordberg (U Turn, Any Given Sunday, I Love You Phillip Morris). He has since contributed to over a dozen (mostly independent) productions in a wide range of capacities, including producer, editor, and cinematographer. Bullard was a producer and editor of the award-winning music documentary Lubbock Lights, editor of the documentary Eating Levi, which premiered at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival and a producer of Blood Trail, now in worldwide distribution with Lion’s Gate. Other work, again in various capacities, includes short films, television productions (HBO, IFC) and corporate productions (Whole Foods, Microsoft). Julia Roberts appeared in a short documentary he directed about the Baja 1000–the most grueling off road race in the world, and he is currently producing Haynesville with Gregory Kallenberg.
Chris Lyon, Editor
Chris is an up-and-comer in the editing world and has handled Haynesville like a pro. When not in the editing room, Lyon also works on feature film and network television sets. He has found himself on various levels of production with companies such as Secret Identity Productions (6 Month Rule), 20th Century Fox/ABC (“The Gates”), and SPEED Channel (“PINKS All-Out“). When it comes to film, Chris is also fiercely independent. He has self- produced several shorts and features (including the recently completed post-apocalyptic drama Stay With Me) and has proven to be an essential supporting character – willing to assist in everything from camera and production work to editing and graphic design – in the burgeoning Louisiana independent film scene.
Patrick Long, Associate Producer
Patrick produced, directed, shot and edited The Jackson Hole Journal, 24 half-hour documentaries on the pioneer history of Jackson Hole, for which he won The Wyoming State Historical Society’s Documentary of the Year. He co-produced, edited and contributed photography for When the Buffalo Roam, a half-hour documentary on national and local policies affecting the last, free-roaming American Bison herd in Yellowstone National Park. That film was a finalist at the 1999 Jackson Hole International Wildlife Film Festival. This program has been distributed internationally to promote interest and understanding of this complex situation. More recently, Mr. Long completed All Rendered Truth, an hour-long documentary on self-taught artists in the American South. The documentary was a featured selection in a variety of film festivals including The Telluride Film Festival, The Asheville Film Festival, Southern Circuit and was featured in a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation. All Rendered Truth was photographed, edited, directed and produced by Mr. Long.
Rob Senska, Cinematographer
Rob has written, directed and edited a wide variety of projects though he spends most of his time as a cinematographer. On Haynesville, Senska was charged with bringing his particular cinematic style to what would be his first feature-length documentary. His body of work is diverse as it gets, having lensed such projects as a horror, comedy, musical in both short and feature lengths. His work has appeared in film festivals around the country. Only just prior to being brought on board with Haynesville, Rob moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where he has begun contributing to the local independent film community in a major way by helping to grow grassroots movements for regional filmmaking.
Jay Weigel, Composer
Jay is a composer, producer, conductor, contractor, and arranger for film, television, records, and concerts working out of New Orleans. He has worked in the Film/TV world for over 25 years. His recent work can be heard in the four Tyler Perry films, HBO’s Little Britain, USA, Jim Carrey’s I Love you Phillip Morris and several documentaries and independent films. From 1998-2001, he worked as an orchestrator, assistant conductor, and head music preparatory for Terence Blanchard as well as assisting George S. Clinton and Christopher Lennertz record in New Orleans. As an arranger and orchestrator he has worked with REM, Chris Thomas King, Judith Owen and several projects with Hal Wilner. Additionally, original work has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Louisiana Philharmonic, St. Louis Cathedral, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, and the Acadiana Symphony to name a few.
Director’s note: We have been traveling “Haynesville” for a long time and, along the way, my background has been discussed in screenings, on the Web, on E-mail, etc. Part of this discussion has included questions and information about my family’s business and, among its other interests, its involvement in the oil and gas business. I have always been open about this and, in November, posted an article that detailed my relationship with my family’s business (I helped my dad with the buying and, hopefully, will help restore a dilapidated historic building in Shreveport’s downtown and also was a graphic designer for my father’s poetry books). I also pay Caddo Management to help me with my accounting on the project. My message hasn’t changed from when the question was first brought up: If you have any question about me or my beliefs, please check out my film. It is a clear statement that shows a balanced view of the current and future energy picture. “Haynesville” gives a fair cost/benefit analysis of how we can get to the clean energy future (SPOILER ALERT: conserve more energy, supplant coal with natural gas and ramp up existing renewable technologies — while putting more money into research and development of new renewable and sustainable technologies), and I’m very proud of it. Below, I have also posted a note to a journalist. The note has a link to the original blog post.
Name of Journalist,
Sorry for the delay. I was traveling. Thanks for coming to me and asking. Have you seen the film yet? I’d love to hear what you think.
This is an issue has been brought up in the past and has always been addressed. After a similar correspondence, I posted a response on my web site (http://www.haynesvillemovie.com/1679/haynesville-its-message-and-my-background/) in November. It is also something that is brought up in occasional screenings (everyone from “drill baby, drill” people to the “no drilling, any time, anywhere” folks).
My dad’s company is invested in oil and gas among many other things. As I was working on a different documentary project, my day job for Caddo Management was helping my dad with publishing his poetry as well as looking to buy and rehabilitate some dilapidated downtown buildings (Caddo Management, by the way, has five people in it). I left the company after I started “Haynesville” because I needed the time to work on the film. All that said, my message is in “Haynesville”, and it speaks for me and my production team. We tried really hard to make it a balanced look at energy and to explore our current and future energy options. I think we were successful.
I hope that helps. Feel free to let me know if you need anything else.