The Team

BRAD BERNSTEIN

director/producer/writer

Brad Bernstein is a writer, producer and director who spent fourteen years in long-form documentary production before co-founding Corner of the Cave Media in early 2012. One of his recent documentaries is a 98-minute theatrical release that he directed, produced and wrote through the Cave entitled Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about the subversive and perverse Alsatian illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer. First Run Features picked up North American rights, Paris-based Le Pacte is handling French distribution and International sales (non-English), and PBS Distribution has scooped up English-speaking territories outside of North America. Far Out had its theatrical opening in New York at the esteemed Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on June 14th and in Los Angeles on June 21st at Landmark Nuart and will play in at least twenty other American cities in 2013.

Brad’s television work is also focused on documentaries. He is currently the staff writer for VH1’s Emmy Award-winning doc series Behind The Music and has also produced and six episodes of the series, mostly recently BTM: Ludacris. Brad is also co-director, executive producer and writer of Real Change: Artists For Education, a one-hour prime time special that aired on CBS on April 23rd, 2013 that includes interviews and performances with Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison and LMFAO. Season Two is currently in production and will also incorporate some of the biggest and brightest names in music and entertainment including Ludacris, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson and others and is set for air in 2014.

Through the Cave, Brad is also currently directing and producing a ten-camera, live concert and documentary adaption called Jazz and the Philharmonic which features Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg and the late and legendary Phil Ramone. The special will air nationally on PBS on February 28th, 2014 @ 9pm.

Also in 2014, VH1 will air a 90-minute special entitled ATL: The Rise of the Dirty South, a documentary conceived of and created by Corner of the Cave that details the rise of the hip hop sound in Altanta, a city which has now become the game’s center of gravity. The “Rock Doc” special will feature everyone from Ludacris to T.I. to Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

Brad served as Supervising Producer on an original, six-part documentary series called Saved for Animal Planet that aired in Fall 2011. He was also Supervising Producer on Recording: The History of Recorded Music, an 8-part documentary series shot in high-definition that traces America’s history since Thomas Edison invented the first sound recording device in 1877 to the Internet. The Executive Producers include Impresario Quincy Jones, the late, great legendary record producer Phil Ramone, and Miami-based producer Larry Rosen, and contains interviews with Phil Spector, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Chuck D, Clint Eastwood, BB King, Flea, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson and many other musicians and artists.

Brad was Coordinating Producer on ESPN’s highly acclaimed documentary series Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football, a 10-hour production narrated by Burt Reynolds; was a producer on In Focus, a 36-part Fox Sports documentary series hosted by esteemed broadcaster Dick Enberg; was a producer on Between the Lines, a four-hour original series for A&E hosted by Robert Downey, Jr. that featured President Jimmy Carter, Priscilla Presley, Martin Sheen and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and was producer and writer of MSG Profiles, an 8-part biography series on the New York Knicks and Rangers. He has also written and produced shows for MTV, YES, PBS and other international networks.

RICK CIKOWSKI

co-producer/editor

 

Rick Cikowski is a video editor and interactive media designer and the co-founder of Corner of the Cave Media, along with partners Brad Bernstein and Brandon Dumlao. He is currently Executive Producer and lead editor on Real Change. Cikowki’s editing credits include lead editor on RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music. His internationally-aired work has led him as far afield as Russia and India where he worked with the Dalai Lama on HBO’s Little Monk. He has also cut shows for various networks such as Amazing Animal Inventions for Animal Planet, Dangerous Beauty for MSNBC, History’s Mysteries for History Channel, and La Esquina, a weekly series for with hip hop star Pitbull. He has collaborated with numerous recording artists from Boyz N Da Hood on MTV Makes A Video to Iron & Wine’s music video for Naked As We Came. He also contributed editing and graphic work to Paul Simon’s Children Health Fund. Cikowski’s talents have made him a key resource for HBO, CBS, Fox, MTV, Travel Channel, The History Channel, ESPN, PBS, and Showtime.

Cikowski’s interactive media design includes websites for Royal Caribbean, JAZZ ROOTS and The Discovery Channel. He has created interactive web based games for movies such as I am Legend, Pink Panther 2, Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs and Body of Lies, and has produced web-based interactive content for Carib Beer, The Miami Heat and recording artist Pitbull. Cikowski recently produced the highly regarded “Planet Pit” ROBA App that is currently for sale on iTunes.

KEVIN RICH

executive producer

Kevin Rich is a Corporate Bond Trader currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Political Science. Kevin is an avid golfer and enjoys reading and travel.

JIM O’Donnell

director of photography

 

Jim O’Donnell is a 2-time Emmy Award winning Director of Photography and has been nominated numerous times, most recently for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography, Spring ‘07. Over the last 22 years, JOD has built his reputation working in both film & television. He is considered a pioneer in the world of High Definition Television, as one of the first DP’s to work in the new medium as early as 1986. O’Donnell’s close collaboration with Rebo Studio (the first HDTV production company in the USA) during the eighties and nineties makes him one of the few DP’s that has worked with every generation of HD camera since its inception. The scope of his work includes Documentary, Commercial, Reality, Children’s Television, & Independent films. JOD has been involved with numerous award winning childrens shows including Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Bear In The Big Blue House, Between The Lions, The Wubulous World Of Dr. Seuss, Out of the Box, and the new Electric Company due to start airing later this year. JOD is currently shooting 4 documentary projects including RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, and a documentary on Jacob’s Pillow – the 75 year old famous summer dance festival / workshop that is host to the most acclaimed dance companies throughout the world.

BRANDON DUMLAO

animation supervisor

 

Brandon Dumlao is a Director, Editor and Cinematographer and a co-founder of Corner of the Cave Media. His rhythmic style and creative eye can be seen in music videos featuring Akon, Young Jeezy, Young Joc, Snoop Dog, Freddy Jackson, Talia, Ivy Queen, Daddy Yankee, Winston and Yandel, Alex and Fido, Toby Love, Trick Daddy and Trina. He has directed domestic and international campaigns for brands including Johnson & Johnson, HP, Esserman International and Ford and has edited the feature documentary Party Animals for HBO, and boxing special De La Hoya vs. Mosley for HBO Boxing.

From Muhammad Ali hitting the speed bag with fellow heavy weight champion Lennox Lewis, to laying on a patch of ice documenting seals in the sub zero waters near Newfoundland, his work as a cinematographer has allowed him to work with living legends and travel the world. Brandon has also been lead editor on shows for Discovery Channel, Science Channel, A&E, ID and HBO, and post production supervisor for the successful “Shark Week” series “Day of the Shark” for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

JASON SCHMIDT

editor

 

Jason Schmidt is a freelance editor with 15 years of broadcast experience. He has edited over 150 shows for nearly 30 series on 14 networks. In 2008, he won an Emmy for the HBO documentary “Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush” and has been nominated on 5 other occasions, proving the old adage that you can’t win ‘em all! Jason also was awarded a 2002 Peabody Award for the CBS documentary “9/11″ and a 2006 Peabody Award for the HBO documentary “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.” In 2007, he earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for the CBS News feature “Uphill Battle.”  Jason has edited 6 programs for the legendary PBS documentary series
“Frontline,” including 2 season premieres. Controversy from his latest effort, “WikiSecrets”, led to a hacker revolt and eventual shutdown of the PBS website in protest.

Jason has also cut scores of segments for the prestigious programs “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO) and “Sunday Morning” (CBS) and has edited 4 episodes of the venerable VH1 series “Behind The Music,” along with a
dozen other shows for MTV Networks. His other clients include Sundance Channel, A&E Biography, 48 Hours, Nova, History Channel, TLC and Discovery, among others. In 2011, he worked with director Brad Bernstein
on the pilot for the upcoming Animal Planet series “Saved.” Jason holds a Master’s Degree from Boston University and is an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI). He has international experience teaching editing platforms and
served as an adjunct professor at New York University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. A new coming attraction – a second daughter – will appear this fall at a hospital near him.

KRISTI BURNS

clearance coordinator

 

Mom by day, clearance and footage/stills researcher by night (and during nap time.) The various projects she has worked on have required her to find everything from spontaneous human combustion stills to the early commercials of comedian Jeff Dunham. She is convinced she is the only person to have worked for both Morgan Spurlock (reality series, 30 DAYS) and Ronald McDonald (she got his lunch.) Producers for series on A&E, Biography, Discovery Channel, FX, The History Channel, Lifetime Television, NBC as well as DVD BTS producers call on KdB to assist with their research and clearance challenges. That’s how she landed in Brad Bernstein’s list of contacts.

Recent credits include: consulting for the Experience Music Project in Seattle for the initial worldwide debut of the multimedia exhibitions, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE EXHIBITION and AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION; Clearance Supervising the sixth series of the longest running celeb reality series to date, GENE SIMMONS’ FAMILY JEWELS (and keeping the legendary KISS’ frontman’s marriage proposal secret!). She is the co-founder and former director of CLEAR, an association of clearance and research professionals. All that and she does a great time clock voice over for IRON CHEF AMERICA, as well as read you the news on the ipad app, THE DAILY.

SAM NORVAL

still photography

 

Sam Norval was born and raised in Cape Town, the artistic and cultural melting pot of Southern Africa. Feeling the need for creative growth, he moved to London, England, to pursue his passion for photography. During the years he lived in London, he was fortunate to work with some of the most talented and inspirational photographers in Europe. Feeling he needed a new avenue to explore, Sam packed his bags once more and moved to the city of his childhood dreams, New York City. From 2007-2009, Sam joined Brad, Rick and Jimmy on RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, capturing iconic still imagery of Les Paul, Harry Belafonte, Clint Eastwood, Paul Simon, Pete Seeger, Rick Rubin, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Phil Spector, Norah Jones, Stephen Sondheim and many other interviewees.

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