Director Charles Jones, born and raised in Harlem, New York, Charles is a Navy veteran and became an IT professional in civilian life. Needing to fulfill his creative ambitions, Charles became a successful music producer and recording studio owner, and in 2002, after 12 years, Charles switched lanes and embarked on a career in film and video production. After starting out as an editor and an ENG shooter, his skills at storytelling propelled him to learn more about the arts of cinematography, and eventually directing.
Today, Charles is the owner/operator of a “boutique” production company, SeaJay5ive Films (formerly Frontline Productions). His client list includes several independent production companies and performing artists as well as Black Entertainment Television (BET), Sy-Fy Channel, Kodak Film, Open Society Foundation, NYC Media, and The Outfit Media Group to name a few. Charles has also freelanced on a number of films that have screened both in the U.S. and abroad, serving as either editor, DP or director.
Most recently, he has served as both the DP and editor of the award-winning short film “UGLY” (directed by LeRon Lee), which screened at Festival de Cannes 2016 and will also be airing on HBO in January of 2017 as a result of being a finalist in the prestigious HBO/ABFF 2016 short competition. “UGLY” is the winner of Best Short at 2016 BronzeLens Film Festival, Best Short at 2016 Baltimore International Film Festival, Best Actor at 2016 Newark International Film Festival and has been well received as an official selection at many more film festivals around the US and overseas.
Charles is also the editor of the feature film “SECRETS”, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2016/(Directed by Juwan Lee, written by Jamal Hill & Juwan Lee) – which also showcased at ABFF 2016.
In 2015, the Award-Winning short film “TWO DAYS IN HARLEM” (which was co-created by Charles and stars Yandy Smith, Omarr Salgado & Jason Hurt) was featured in Season 4 of ABFF Independent on ASPiRE – Charles was also the DP and editor. The Harlem native is also the writer/director of the award-winning, feature length documentary, “AUTISTIC LIKE ME”, a film inspired by his own son’s autism diagnosis. Charles recently directed/edited the short film, “PERCEPTIONS” (written by Chad Quinn). The film boasts an amazing ensemble cast – Alimi Ballard, Charles Malik Whitfield, Malinda Williams, Wendy Davis, Cisco Reyes, Edward Fordham, Vida Guerra, Omarr Salgado, Nelcie Souffrant, Terrell Tilford and Fernando Chien. PERCEPTIONS is currently in consideration at several film festivals. www.SeaJay5ive.net IMDB page
Autistic Like Me: a fathers perspective, is Charles’ documentary feature directing debut.
Charles is a father of five, and his son Malik, is autistic. Autistic Like Me: a father’s perspective, is a deeply personal film, in which he produced and directed. A cinematic tour de force for the intimacy and enlightenment it conveys on such a topical issue. The documentary explores the struggles and successes of fathers from all walks of life whose children have been diagnosed with a condition on the spectrum. By giving a powerful voice to the experiences of men learning to parent children with autism, the film aims to become a catalyst for understanding, healing and awareness for the unique role that men must embrace in the lives of their children, families and communities.
Charles’ cinematic signature is continuously unfolding and promises to provide the world with a fresh and enlightening perspective in the realm of storytelling.
Director of Photography Wiener Milien is an Emmy award winning Director of Photography born and raised in New York City. As a DP he has worked on a variety of projects that have ranged from music videos, public service announcements, narrative features, documentary features, short films, commercials, and corporate media, etc. Even before he became a DP he held a variety of production positions too such as: grip, gaffer, sound recordist, boom operator, production assistant, producer, director, etc.
Wiener’s educational background was his first entrée into production having both a BA and an AAS from 2 City University schools (Brooklyn College & Borough of Manhattan Community College). While in school, Wiener interned at the City of New York’s own cable television station Crosswalks Television, where he was able to work alongside seasoned professionals and honed in on the craft of professional broadcast videography. More recently, Wiener has been charged with traveling around the world with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as one of the official videographers for the Mayor’s Press Office. In this capacity, he has the opportunity to travel to Haiti, Berlin, Ireland, and many other places within the U.S. too where he captured images of Mayor Bloomberg on behalf of the goodwill of New York City.
Many of the varied projects Wiener has worked on have not only become viral pieces online but have been aired nationally such as the television show “Secrets of New York with host Kelly Choi”. He is a passionate filmmaker and a dedicated professional. His client list includes: Pfizer, National Cine Media, The Outfit Media Group, You Here Productions, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Advertising Specialty Institute.
Producer Dena Greenbaum attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Film & Television Production with minors in Producing, Business, and the Business of Entertainment Media and Technology. She directed, wrote, and produced, “Blues” a short narrative film that received the Reach Film Fellowship through Cinereach and won best student short at the L.A. Women’s International Film Festival. She was also awarded the Clive Davis Excellence in Music and Film Production award and AmericanLife Network Post Production award. She is currently producing and directing a feature documentary called “Warm Beer Lousy Food” which comically depicts Lou Burdo, a self-proclaimed nut and founder of the Crazy Country Club in Brooklyn. In addition, Dena was the assistant producer and production coordinator on the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, officially selected drama “Gun Hill Road,” assistant production coordinator on “Maladies,” starring James Franco, and production coordinator on “The Stare” starring James Franco and Winona Ryder. Dena is a co-producer on the feature “Love Magical” and is excited to be producing “Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective.”