ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Writer, Producer, Editor & Director
Oliver Cukor was was attracted to film at a young age and made his first short film on video in 1978. With an equal interest in both the arts and technology Oliver studied architecture and acoustical design at the University of Auckland. Seeking out his true passion he returned to film in 1990 by attending NYU film school. His film “Sleeveless Heart” won a NYU SCE Short Film Award for best narrative short and also screened on PBS.
Following film school Oliver began working in film production on a project directed by photographer Robert Frank called “The Last Supper.” After several years of production experience, which included working as camera operator, sound editor, production manager and post production supervisor, he settled into the position of editor on the NBC Primetime special “Cured.” He subsequently edited hundreds of television projects for the broadcast and cable industry, extensively working on shows such as Martha Stewart Living, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Extra and Turning Point on ABC to name a few.
In 1995 Oliver started an editorial company and was solely responsible for all the editorial and finishing work on the 26-part Lifetime series “The Dish.” He subsequently went on to produce TV spots Burt Reynolds and ESPN.
Presently Oliver is a co-founder, director and technical guru of Sleeveless Productions, Inc., a New York based creative media company.
Lidija is a multi-talented visual artist with an extensive background in fine art, design and motion graphics. Her neo-expressionist artwork has been exhibited in both New Zealand and in the United States. In 1992 she made the decision to broaden her artistic horizons and study Medieval and Renaissance art in New York City.
Subsequently emerging technologies attracted her to the world of computer-generated imagery. This led her to begin experimenting with the digital medium and work as a motion graphic designer.
She is a co-founder of Sleeveless Productions Inc., a boutique NYC post-production facility formed in 1995, where she is now a creative director and senior designer. Lidija's interest in combining her fine art sensibilities and motion graphics experience have lead her to begin exploring the vast potential of the film medium.
Lidija also has a legal background, having graduated with a BA LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1978. Her fascination with the Socratic method of study which encourages critical thinking, and her work experience in community law, focusing on women, immigrants and indigenous issues, deeply informs her world view and ongoing interests.
A former ballet dancer, Nina Cukor, from Wellington, New Zealand was educated in fashion design at the American College of Applied Arts and Design in Los Angeles, CA. After relocating to New York, her career has included costume design for independent films and numerous years of Graphic Design for many of the fortune 500 companies, while she simultaneously studying voice, guitar and piano at the New School of Design. During this period she also continued her dance career as an International Latin style competition dancer. Subsequently she has expanded her visual skills into motion graphic design and video editing for major television networks.
Presently, Nina is a Co-founder and Vice President of Sleeveless Productions, Inc. A family owned, New York City High Definition post-production facility, where she is intensely involved in running the company in her role as Director of Operations and CFO.
Director Of Photography
Keith Dunkerley became interested in filmmaking at the early age of 5. At age 11 he was attending Cinekyd, a film school for kids in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By 13 he started teaching there during weekends and summer breaks. He continued to teach and produce a weekly television show for which he won several awards. After high school, he attended and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, majoring in cinematography. While there, he fine-tuned his skills shooting other students films every chance he got.
In March of 2001, Keith was picked by two-time Oscar winning Cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski, to intern with him on Steven Spielberg's “Minority Report.” During the three-month shoot, Keith stood side by side with Kaminski and observed him executing his craft. He was able to learn from one of the most highly acclaimed cinematographers of our time. Keith was then hired by Janusz to work in the camera department on “Catch Me If You Can.” He has also worked in the camera department on Ridley Scott’s film, “Matchstick Men.” Keith has shot various features, commercials and music videos, working with some of the most sought-after talent, as well as today’s up and coming directors. Keith has several projects awaiting final cut and is scheduled to shoot various features and commercials in the near future.
Scott Brock is an editor with seventeen years' experience in the motion picture industry. He has been Editor on numerous films, including “Limbo”, directed by Thomas Ikimi, “The Moderns”, directed by Alan Rudolph, and the documentary, “Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot”, directed by Barbabra McCullough. He was the chief Editorial Consultant for the just-released documentary on the London terrorist subway bombings, “The Homefront”, directed by Thomas Ikimi. He has also been a First Assistant Editor for Film Editor Thelma Schoonmacher on the following films: “The Departed”, “The Aviator”, “Gangs of New York”, “Bringing Out The Dead”, “Kundun”, and “Casino.” He has also been a First Assistant Editor for “Pecker”, directed by John Waters, “The Associate”, directed by Donald Petrie, and “Born to Be Wild”, directed by John Gray.
Scott has also been Staff Editor for Lightworks U.S.A. and was Head of Training for Lightworks Editors and Assistants.
An accomplished photographer, he specializes in fine art photographic digital printing processes. He holds a B.A. in Motion Picture/Television Production from U.C.L.A.