Writer/Director – P.J. Wolff
P.J. has an extensive background in both the film and music industries. After years of slinging bass for a variety of touring rock bands, including a stint with Billy Idol (appearing alongside Idol and Steve Stevens in the video for Speed the title track of the ’94 blockbuster of the same name) he began shifting gears from musician to director by jumping behind the camera on music videos and has since gone on to direct dozens of indie rock and punk videos, commercials, live concert films etc., working with a wide variety of artists including Keanu Reeves, RZA, The Cramps, John Doe, Kanye West, Punk Rock Karaoke All-Stars and more.
In 2001, P.J. produced and directed the feature DIY documentary/concert film Badsville, a critically acclaimed look at LA’s thriving underground music scene at the turn of the millennium. Around this time he also helped launch LA indie rock label Acetate Records.
In addition to directing, P.J. has worked for years as a professional editor. He recently edited the gothic horror film The Yellow Wallpaper starring Veronica Cartwright and Michael Moriarty, and the provocative documentary The Mechanical Bride narrated by Julie Newmar, as well as numerous television shows including Knife Fight and White Collar Brawlers for the newly launched Esquire network (NBC/Universal). The darkly atmospheric short film 9 Minutes starring Joshua Leonard (Blair Witch Project, Humpday) marked P.J.’s narrative directorial debut and is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit.
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Cinematographer – Christopher Blauvelt
Christopher worked for years as right hand/1st assistant camera to world renown cinematographer, Harris Savidas. Since Harris’ untimely death in 2012, Chris has gone on to become quite a renown cinematographer in his own right. In 2013 not one, but two films Chris lensed were featured at the Cannes Film Festival – Sofia Copolla’s The Bling Ring and Max Rosestarring Dean Stockwell and Jerry Lewis. At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Chris took home the Best Cinematographer, Drama award for his tragically beautiful work on Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning and Glenn Close.
Chris has worked with director P.J .Wolff several times before, shooting the original spec trailer for Sinners’ Holiday as well as several music videos. The two are long time friends and fellow punk rockers at heart.
Production Manager/1st AD – Sally Sue Beisel-Lander
Originally hailing from the Seattle area Sally has been in the film and television business for over two decades and has worked with some of the biggest name directors in the world – David Fincher, David O. Russell, J.J. Abrams and Gus Van Sant to name but a few. In recent years she’s been predominantly working in television as 1st AD/Production Manager on hit shows such as Ray Donovan and Brothers and Sisters. She and P.J. are also long time friends.
Producer – Robert Sexton
Emmy winning producer, Robert Sexton, brings 13 odd, some may say very odd, years of experience to production; He has Produced videos for the likes of Clint Black and Trisha Yearwood to Marylin Manson, and commercials ranging from NASCAR to Burger King.
Robert’s vast experience producing low/micro budget videos for metal and punk bands such as Soulfly, The Dwarves, Mondo Generator, Death Angel, Amen, Hell Yeah, and Pigmy Love Circus featuring Danny Carey from Tool, make him an expert in getting the biggest bang for your production buck. With Sinners Holiday‘s very modest budget, Robert will be an invaluable asset in ensuring that the production value of the film is on par with anything the Hollywood Studios have to offer. Robert is also a long time friend of director P.J. Wolff.