Garen Daly has been in the Boston film scene for over 35 years. His career started as a cinema manager which morphed into an operator for several of Boston’s better known art houses. He revived such places as the Somerville Theatre and the Dedham Community Theatre. He is an award winning programmer and consultant who continues to produce the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the oldest genre festival in the country.
With entertainment roots stretching back 100 years to his Vaudevillian opera singing grandparents, his critical and analytical side has seen him review films on TV, espouse commentary on NPR stations and occasionally write for such publications as Yankee Magazine.
Currently he sits on the Filmmaker’s Collaborative board of directors. Previously, he was on the boards of the Somerville Cultural Council, Boston Film & Video Foundation, Dedham Visionary Access and Somerville Community TV. He has international stature, sort of, as a Board member for (in)famous Museum of Bad Art (MOBA).
In his spare time he sleeps, cooks, writes, gardens and collects ex-wives. His dog makes him laugh, a lot.
Learn about his latest film The Orson Welles Complex here!
Tony Bennis is an established television and film producer. He has worked for CBS, ABC, and FOX television stations in Boston. Additionally he has successfully created and syndicated independent television programs for Showtime, FOX, A&E, SportsChannel, and broadcast stations around country. He has won or been nominated for numerous awards.
Recently, Bennis has been producing independent features, documentaries, music videos, and short films. BY THE SEA was nominated for a Best Picture award at the 2004 Imagen Awards (Latin-American Oscars). Bennis’ JAHMOL’S VISION FOR YOUTH PEACE earned a top award from the Coalition For Quality Children’s Media.
Beyond filmmaking, Bennis has a deep background in marketing and public relations learned while working on projects for national brands such as Ford Motors, Guess and Yoo-hoo.
Originally from New York City, Bennis has also lived in Los Angeles and Boston. He has consistently refused demands from friends to name the city with the best pizza.
Austin de Besche
Austin de Besche has been a cinematographer for over forty years, a director for half that time. He has photographed feature films (Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna for John Sayles), documentaries (including Emmy winners Voices of the Children and On Thin Ice), national children’s programming (Postcards from Buster, Design Squad and NOVA scienceNOW for PBS), second unit television work (Cheers and St. Elsewhere), concert films, magazine shows, corporate films and television commercials numbered in the thousands.
Many of his projects have been award-winners: Return of the Secaucus Seven was chosen for the “10 Best Films of 1980” lists of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. His skills and experience range from digital video to 35mm film, from tiniest location to huge sound stage, from unscripted documentary to drama to special effects. His work has taken him to Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and all over the United States.
He is also an actor and performer: he has acted in commercials and corporate films, performed in plays, studied and performed improv comedy for several years, and sings in a gospel choir.
Mr. de Besche recently produced, directed, and photographed Pilgrimage into the Past, a documentary about a Holocaust survivor who walks again with his family the route of a “death march” he lived through at the end of World War II. It has screened at several festivals, and was praised by renowned documentary-maker Ken Burns as “a fascinating, terribly honest and challenging film . . . a great film.”