Natalia Elizabeth Co-Creator & Director of Cicatrix
Lee Milby. Director
Lee Milby is a graduate of the exclusive Cooper Union School of Art, having earned a BFA while specialising in large scale oil paintings. After graduating she developed a serious allergy to oil paint and was forced to abandon her original passion and seek out new creative outlets. She stumbled upon video making as a means of paying her rent, filming raves and shows as a freelancer. This gave her a crash course in camera work and direction, and led to Lee discovering a new passion for videography. When she first started out, Lee believed that directing was not something meant for her, as being a 5 foot tall trans-racially adopted asian woman with a background in oil painting did not fit the traditional mold of a film director. But with perseverance and a bit of luck, she realized that she had a talent for directing, and that her unconventional background gave her a unique vision, one she implemented in projects like the scifi short Forge. Today, Lee uses her non-traditional background to her advantage, both as a source of passion and creativity, but also to keep her focused on what really matters in every project, which is exploring the common humanity in all of us.
Deval Mistry. Assistant Director
Born in India, from a very young age, Deval Mistry (Dev) was obsessed with arts and craft, which lead to formal education in traditional and digital animation and visual effects. He started his creative career in 2012, as a visualizer in India. During this time he partnered with successful media agencies, as a creative spearhead and a consultant. While creating media campaigns (digital and print), art installations, commercials and documentaries for clients national and international. Seeking a bigger challenge and intense international experience, he decided to return to academics and pursued an MA in communications arts and media management at New York Institute of Technology, New York in 2016. Armed with modern mantras for social media savvy environment and a refined set of skills, in the past 3 years, Dev has produced visual dialogues for entrepreneurs, corporations, musicians, and artists. For consecutive years he has worked with the Lincoln Square - Winters Eve, Community Partnership Charter School (Brooklyn), the Animation and Film Fest - NYIT and Be Your Craft INC. Along with several production and post-production projects, Dev has also embarked on directorial ventures. Bride Con, a 3-part American web-series, No De De, a narrative music video and Cicatrix, a dramedy television pilot are some of the featured feathers in his director's hat. Currently, Dev is producing new content that engages and connects with a larger audience through autobiographical documentaries
PAUL DEMONTE. Editor
Born and raised in New York, Paul Demonte is an editor at heart and cameraperson by second nature. With a strong storytelling sense that composite the styles of documentary, promotional, and short film, he believes a good story is key to captivating an audience and that editing is essential to grasping one's emotions. The majority of Demonte's work is based in New York, where he is a freelancer and has worked for companies such as Sony, E.C. Professional Video, Emblem Health, Brightpoint Health, The Waterfront Barge Museum, The North River Historic Ship Society, The Dinner Party and RealScout. Demonte's production company, The Dog Ate It Productions, has also created content for film festivals in New York including "Tug & Barge: A New York Harbor Love Story" for The Maritime Film Festival and "A New York Theater Story" for the Workers' Unite Film Festival. Demonte has also had the opportunity to collaborate with sculptor and artist Vera Manzi-Schacht. Their short film, "The Stars Came Out in Pienza", was screened at the American Academy in Rome, Italy as well as in Fiesole, Italy and Siracusa, Italy.
Joel D. Executive Producer
Joel was born in Guyana and migrated to New York City in his early teens. Being a devoted film fan he used movies as a source of escape and inspirational guide during his transition into American culture especially during the turbulent high school years, this interest later pointed him into working for ABC-TV station & the Disney company. While at ABC-TV Joel discovered new skills utilizing digital and social media which led him to work in marketing and production for BYC Studios. Never forgetting the pristine green landscapes of his homeland, Joel is now using digital platforms as a means for problem solving to highlight critical issues by applying his training in digital media and marketing to raise awareness about environmental issues facing our planet while pursuing a degree in environmental science at Queens College, City University of New York.