Before becoming a director, Dale Peterson worked in many other aspects of filmmaking. Twenty years ago, he produced his first documentary film, Bring your Best, about homelessness in Los Angeles’s Skid Row. The documentary received national acclaim. Since then he has worked as director of photography, editor, producer, writer and director. Dale’s love of music led him to produce and direct over 100 music videos for bands ranging from The Melvins to Alice in Chains. Over the past six years, Peterson has dedicated himself to writing and directing his own films. In 2009, his documentary I’m Gonna Do It Until The Day I Die won Best of Fest at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and Best Short at the Charlotte and Detroit Film Festivals. In 2011, Peterson’s short film Hard to Come By won seven awards at nine festivals, including Best Short at the Manhattan and Palm Beach International Film Festivals, and garnered him Best Director honors at the Los Angeles ITN Film and New Media Festival. In 2015, Peterson completed his first feature, Hello, My Name is Frank . . .
Peterson still maintains close ties to artists and executives in the music industry, finishing the sound editing of “Hello, My Name is Frank” in the historic Detroit studio where Eminem’s 8 Mile was recorded. Consulting on the film was Grammy-award winning producer and sound engineer Steve King, who produced Eminem’s 8 Mile and who also worked with Aretha Franklin, George Clinton and 50 Cent. The soundtracks for all of Peterson’s films feature rock and indie artists.
Kenneth “Kenny 5” Greenbaum edited our film. Kenny 5 was recognized by the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival with the Best Editing Award for our film. Kenny 5 is a director, editor, producer, and co-owner of Majic Robot Films, a one-stop production shop based in West Palm Beach, Florida. With production facilities in Florida and Detroit, Michigan, Kenny 5 has been making films for over 20 years. Kenny 5’s clients include the Melvins, Detroit Romantics, Amphetamine Reptile Records, Capitol Records, 4ad Records, Virgin Records, George Clinton, Kid Rock, Icp, and King Gordy, Norton Museum of Art, and Palm Beach University. Kenny 5 is also an Eagle Scout, father, and inventor, and his Majic Robot Films brings a fresh in-your-face style of filmmaking. Kenny 5’s major influences are Houdini and film director Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Tanner Wolfe is a cinematographer with diverse and extensive experience in narrative, documentary and commercial filmmaking. He has shot on most filmmaking formats including RED/Epic, HD and 35mm film. He is also a DP with a keen eye and a spirit of adventure. Tanner recently found himself running around New York and the Port of Los Angeles creating a series of commercials for a logistics group. Recently he finished shooting a documentary in Papua, New Guinea about domestic violence. Tanner has a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. He began his collaboration with Dale Peterson on the award winning short, Hard to Come By.
Chris was born and raised in Chicago where he later majored in Producing at Columbia College. He enjoys travel, volunteering, and photography for the new adventures that they bring. His experiences and service with Americorps function as his guide both on set and in life. Over the last few years, Chris has worked with a film finance company as well as in narrative film production ranging from the independent (Gateway, Garden of Echoes) to the big budget (Bridesmaids, This is 40, The Wolverine). His diverse resume has molded him into a well-rounded producer capable of solving the day to day problems of production while always keeping an eye on the big picture. Chris views film as a medium not only for entertainment, but also for promoting social consciousness and creating change. It's this view that has sparked his interest in Hello, My Name is Frank . . . as it tackles the issues of family, friends, loss, and disability.
Wendy is General Counsel of Knobbe, Martens, one of the largest firms in the U.S. that focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law. Despite her busy schedule, Wendy produces indie films for husband, award-winning writer and director Dale Peterson. Their first film working together, Hard to Come By, won Best Short at the Manhattan and Palm Beach Film Festivals, and garnered Best Director and Best Actor honors at the ITN Film and New Media Film Festival. Their second film, Hello, My Name is Frank . . . completed production in 2013 and post-production in 2014. Wendy is looking forward to sharing this amazing and inspiring film.
Risa has cast over 65 feature films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Wall Street, Something Wild, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Born on the Fourth of July, Talk Radio, JFK, Sneakers, The Joy Luck Club, True Romance, Speed, How To Make An American Quilt, Dead Presidents, Twister, Benny and Joon, and Flirting With Disaster. She has cast numerous television shows and pilots, including “Roseanne,” “CSI:NY,” “The Cape” for Universal/NBC, “A Gifted Man” for CBS, “Rewind” for Syfy, and is currently casting “Masters of Sex” for Showtime/Sony.
Risa started casting in the NY Theatre, working for over 10 years at the Ensemble Studio Theatre as a casting director, producer, and director. From her expertise in this arena, she and her partner, Billy Hopkins, took their first step into feature film casting with Desperately Seeking Susan. They made an instant name for themselves as the team who tapped the hottest up and coming talent. They worked together for several years casting such classics as Something Wild, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, At Close Range and True Romance. They worked closely with Oliver Stone on numerous films, including Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, Talk Radio, JFK, The Doors, Heaven and Earth, and Natural Born Killers.
Risa’s worked with a host of renowned directors and producers, including Steven Frears, Jonathan Demme, Adrian Lyne, Alan Parker, Tony Scott, Phil Robinson, The Hughes Brothers, Kathryn Bigelow, Steve Kloves, Jan de Bont, David O. Russell, John Madden, Norman Jewison, John Huston, Robert Redford, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Newell, Ridley & Tony Scott, Walter Parkes, Kathy Kennedy, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Sherry Lansing, Stanley Jaffe, Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.
Risa has cast a myriad of actors at very early stages in their careers, including (in no particular order): Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp, Sam Rockwell, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Bullock, Sean Penn, Kiefer Sutherland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Tea Leoni, James Spader, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Ben Stiller, Macaulay Culkin, Aidan Quinn, John Turturro, Stanley Tucci, Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton, River Phoenix, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Frances McDormand, Patricia Arquette, David Strathairn, Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Ving Rhames, Mary Stuart Masterson, Michael Madsen, Val Kilmer, Mercedes Ruehl, Anthony Edwards, Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crudup, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, W.H. Macy, Eriq La Salle, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Rappaport, Alessandra Nivola, Kimberly Elise, Brittany Murphy, Penn Badgley, Hayden Panettiere, Rob Morrow, Donal Logue, Freddy Rodriguez, Chris Tucker, Adam Goldberg, Luke Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Jane Lynch, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Matt Lillard, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, Kevin Spacey, Joaquin Phoenix and George Clooney.