WHO WE ARE

 
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Matt Smollon | Founder/Director

Aside from being Founder and Director of the SOMA Film Festival, Matt is a veteran writer of film, television and many other creative endeavors. He has written over 20 original screenplays including Second City’s BuzzKill (Indican 2012), as well as Rooters and Figs of Newton with writer/director Steven Kampmann (Back To SchoolStealing Home). He has written for hire for independent producers on such projects as BoardwalkMob MentalityThe Grape (TV), Checkered and Takeoff, as well as many others. Matt has had three screenplays optioned by Miramax Films and was employed as a full time development executive/writer at Shooting Gallery Films (Sling BladeYou Can Count On MeCroupier). He worked with the writer Bruce Graham (Anastasia, Steal This Movie) on a story pitch based on his own idea titled Fruits vs. Vegetables. Matt has written and produced webisodes for Sports Illustrated, for SI.com.  He is the creator/producer of the documentary series Life in the D about a behind the scenes look at the daily grind of life in minor league basketball.  In his former position at Wiley Publishing, he wrote, directed and edited long and short form content for web promotion.  He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

 

Thomas Hanna | Co-Director

Thomas, an attorney in New York, has a wide range of legal experiences including litigation, real estate and entertainment. Most recently he has produced the independent feature films entitled Second City’s BuzzKill (Indican 2012), with Darrell Hammond and Krysten Ritter, winner, Best Feature Film at the 2008 New Jersey Film Festival at Cape May and Best Feature Comedy and Best Director at the 2009 Big Easy Film Festival and, A Novel Romance (Entertainment One/New Films International 2012), with Steve Guttenberg and Shannon Elizabeth.

He has also produced the highly successful Off-Broadway shows, Pieces (of ass) through his production company, New Scenario Entertainment, and Off-Broadway’s Voyage of the Carcass. Recently, he has also worked producing/developing several television projects for Steven Van Zandt’s company, Renegade Nation. Thomas was also the producer of the highly successful Shooting Gallery Film Series for Shooting Gallery Entertainment, where he oversaw all aspects of the series.

He has served as legal counsel and co-producer on the short film Death Of The Monkey, by David Goldsmith; and has worked on numerous feature films, where he gained invaluable experience and insight into the independent film world over the years, including Hamlet, by Michael Almereyda with Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Sam Shepard; Better Living, by Max Mayer with Olympia Dukakis, Roy Scheider and Ed Hermann; Dummy, by Gregory Pritikin with Adrien Brody; Perfume, by Michael Rymer with Jeff Goldbum, Michelle Williams, Omar Epps, Carmen Electra, Coolio, Paul Sorvino and Rita Wilson; Maze, by Rob Morrow with Laura Linney; and Heartbreak Hospital, by Ruedi Gerber with John Shea, Patricia Clarkson and Diane Venora.

 
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Susan Greeley | Program Director

Susan has over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry with an expertise in worldwide film distribution, acquisitions, programming, and business development.   Currently, Susan is the Associate Short Film Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises’ United In-flight Program.

Previously, Susan was the VP of Global Distribution and Business Development at Shorts International where she was responsible for licensing films across all channels worldwide.  She initiated the Oscar Nominated Shorts theatrical release and negotiated theatrical, television, and VOD deals.  Prior to Shorts International, Susan was VP of Worldwide Distribution and Acquisitions at Doug Liman’s HYPNOTIC where she created distribution strategies for ground-breaking branded entertainment programs including Reebok’s Terry Tate: Office Linebacker, and the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. Throughout the ownership changes her responsibilities increased and she became responsible for the worldwide sales department at Wellspring Media, managing the distribution of over 1000 hours of programming and over 300 feature films, including leading the sales team for the critically acclaimed and Award-winning Feature Documentary film, TARNATION at the Cannes Film Festival.

Susan has been a Jury Member/Panelist for numerous festivals including the Student Academy Awards, AFI Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, GEN-ART Film Festival, Calgary Film Festival, NYU First Run, Columbia University.

 
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Sarah Klein | Program Director

Sarah has been producing and directing documentary shorts and features for fifteen years and she co-founded Redglass Pictures with her directing partner, Tom Mason, in 2008. Her most recent piece featured Neil DeGrasse Tyson talking about the importance of science in America and generated 35 million views on Facebook. Before that she co-directed a sixteen-part video installation series featuring President Obama. Sarah is currently working to create a five-part video installation for the New York Historical Society's upcoming exhibit on Vietnam. She lives with her wife and daughter here in Maplewood, NJ. 

 

Linda Beck | Program Director

Linda Beck has served as an animation juror at the Woodstock, Indie Memphis, and Dusty Film Festivals, and the RiverRun Film Festival where she is honoured to also be on the Advisory Board.  Additionally, she has moderated animation panels at The Ottawa International Animation Festival and Atlanta Film Festival.  When she is not watching films or series, she is an Artist Development Specialist who works closely with development teams to land the perfect looks for new properties and rebrands.  Her current clients include Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. U.K., DreamWorks TV, and SpinMaster. 

Wearing her producer hat, she has produced content for children (Nickelodeon, Disney) and grown ups (History Channel, A&E, PBS).  Linda, sews, builds props, writes, directs, animates, and draws.  She is a SAG-AFTRA voiceover artist who employs her nonsensical voices on her husband and two kids, very large Rex rabbit, and in shouting encouraging words at the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers. 

 

Site Photos: Cindy Price (Mostly Maplewood) and Allyson Murphy