Russell Sheaffer is an experimental film and documentary maker with a strong academic background. Most recently, a short film that he co-wrote and co-directed with James Franco, MASCULINITY & ME, was an official selection of the 2011 Torino LGBT Film Festival and was featured in Franco’s solo exhibition, “The Dangerous Book Four Boys” in New York and Berlin (where the NY Times deemed the piece “the best by far” and V Man described it as one of the pieces which showed “irresolute, pop culture-inflected brilliance”).
He received his Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and his experimental shorts have screened both nationally and internationally at venues such as the MoMA, UCLA, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Torino GLBT Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, and the Anthology Film Archives.
THE FORGETTING GAME is Russell’s first feature film.
Pulkit Datta is a filmmaker and writer based in New York City, with a background in both film production and film studies. In 2008 he produced a short film, WRITTEN OFF, which received an honorable mention at the Midwest Regional Emmy Awards, and was screened at the Rochester Int’l Film Festival 2009. In 2010, he directed several 16mm black and white short films, including JASON., and FREE TO BE FREE, which have screened and received accolades internationally at film festivals and competitions in Monaco, Slovakia, Chicago and Germany.
Pulkit has worked with director/producer Mira Nair and is currently working at Dillywood, a production company that works on international fiction films, documentaries and commercials. Pulkit’s global upbringing has instilled in him an irrevocably multicultural attitude towards everything he pursues. As he develops his film career, he is geared towards making films that address socio-cultural issues and tell cross-cultural stories.
Jim Bittl works at HBO in New York City and moonlights as a documentary filmmaker. He is currently co-directing a project about women taxi drivers in New York.
During graduate school at NYU, Jim co-directed 4 experimental shorts with Russell Sheaffer that screened at the MoMA, IFC Center, and Anthology Film Archives with the Orphan Film Series. He also acted in Russell and Pulkit’s 16mm films that have screened at the Portland and Boston LGBT Film Festivals and the Monaco Charity Film Festival. Jim has also worked for Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Francois Verster in South Africa.